Craig Malam



  • San Francisco


    • University of Queensland, Australia, Ph.D.
    • Toulouse School of Economics, M.Ec.
    • Australian National University, B.Ec. (Hons.)
    • Australian National University, B.A.

Craig Malam consults on high-profile antitrust and competition matters, with a focus on mergers, merger investigations, and related litigation. An expert on industrial organization and competition policy, Dr. Malam’s almost twenty years of experience includes seven years serving as senior economic advisor at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In that role, he led the economic analyses of numerous mergers, as well as matters involving alleged cartels, monopolization, price fixing, predatory pricing, and abuse of market power.

Dr. Malam has particular expertise analyzing mergers of multi-sided platforms, software as a service businesses (SaaS), as well as mergers in the cloud computing and consumer electronics industries. Other industry experience with merger analysis includes automotive distribution, building products, cable television, financial markets, healthcare, payment services, retail, and transportation.

Merger reviews and investigations

Dr. Malam consults to merging parties on investigations of proposed mergers conducted by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, as well as pre-deal risk assessments on behalf of potential acquirers and targets. Dr. Malam has led teams in support of agency clearance for several large software mergers.

Antitrust and competition

Dr. Malam has addressed a range of matters involving cartels, as well as allegations of bid-rigging and monopolization. He has substantial experience with antitrust issues arising with technology and digital platforms. He has provided expert consulting on competition issues in online advertising technology and big data as a source of market power.

Dr. Malam has published on competition-related topics and speaks on a variety of antitrust, competition, and intellectual property issues. His coauthored publication, “If You Build it, They Will Come: Building an Efficiencies Case,” won an Antitrust Writing Award for best business article in the mergers category. Dr. Malam has taught courses on industrial organization at Australian National University and the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Malam serves as vice chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. He is also a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia’s Business Law Section.

Professional Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • American Economic Association
    • California Lawyers Association
    • European Association for Research in Industrial Organization
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Cornerstone Research Staff and Affiliated Expert Win 2024 Antitrust Writing Awards


2023 Merger Guidelines Addressing Potential Impacts on Workers


Mergers That Create a Better Workplace? Some Practical Considerations Raised by Guideline 10 of the 2023 Merger Guidelines Addressing Potential Impacts on Workers

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2024 Antitrust Writing Awards


Litigating the Mitigating Factors

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Cornerstone Research Staff and Affiliated Experts Submit Comments on the Joint FTC-DOJ Draft Merger Guidelines


The Consumer Welfare Standard: Should It Be Attacked? Or Defended?


If You Build It, They Will Come: Building an Efficiencies Case