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At a Glance


“Autonomy - no face time and just trusted to do your work and come into the office when suits.”

“Colleagues who care and are driven.”

“Friendly people, intellectual curiosity.”


“Lack of diversity and transparency around opportunities.”

“Opaque salary and bonus structure and promotions only once per year.”

About Charles River Associates Europe

Charles River Associates® is a global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its combination of analytical rigor, functional expertise, and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems.

Clients include national and international companies; national,  and local government agencies and foreign governments; public and private utilities; and trade associations, which operate in a number of industries. Among those industries are banking and capital markets, capital projects, chemicals, communications and media, energy and utilities, entertainment, financial services, health care, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, metals, mining, & materials, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, retail, sports, telecommunications and transportation. 

Growth at CRA

CRA has grown its two main areas of business recently: management consulting and litigation services. Under the former, its consultants offer advice on corporate and business unit strategy, performance improvement, portfolio management, market supply-demand dynamics, pricing, technology management, capital allocation, and managing for value. 

Law firms, businesses, and government agencies turn to the firm for its litigation support, expert analysis, and guidance on regulatory and corporate matters. CRA's consultants and academic affiliates have in-depth industry knowledge and expertise in economics, accounting, finance, and business. Service offerings include class certification, damages analysis, expert reports and testimony, and regulatory analysis. CRA also offers business advisory services, including strategy development, valuation of tangible and intangible assets, risk management, and transaction support. 

During fiscal 2019, CRA continued to make talent investments, augmenting its teams in Antitrust & Competition Economics, Finance, Forensic Services and their new Risk, Investigations & Analytics practice. CRA continues to focus on areas that it knows well, which offers CRA a higher likelihood of success.

Minding your Is and Ps 

CRA is a prolific publisher, regularly putting out studies, surveys, and reports. It also has a number of newsletters that focus on the energy industry, accounting and valuation, antitrust and competition issues, financial markets, life sciences, transfer pricing, and the oil and gas industry, among other subjects.

Note:  For information on Marakon, a CRA subsidiary, please refer to Firsthand's profile Marakon.

In the News

CRA was recognized by Global Investigations Review 2020 as one of twelve leading investigations consultancies from around the world for handling sophisticated cross-border, government-driven, and internal investigations.

CRA is pleased to have several consultants and academic affiliates nominated for Global Competition Review Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate leading teams and practitioners within the antitrust community. 

CRA consultants recently published an article in PM360 magazine. The authors explain why it is essential to assume the correct balance of risk when considering vaccine procurement during a pandemic—this will help healthcare systems secure immediate supply but also support vaccine development and allow for the timely scale-up of manufacturing capacity.

On 9 November 2020, Uber completed its acquisition of Postmates after the deal was cleared by the Department of Justice (DOJ). A transatlantic CRA team provided economic antitrust advice to both parties throughout the merger control proceedings and assisted in responding to the DOJ.

On 24 November 2020, the Lazio Regional Administrative Court (TAR) annulled the €678m sanctions against car manufacturers that were imposed by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA). CRA provided economic advice and support to General Motors.

In a recent paper, CRA consultants discuss how the existing regulatory framework—which has focused on switching and transparency of UK retail energy markets—might be affected by the changing relationship between energy suppliers and consumers.

Charles River Associates Europe

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Firm Stats

Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: CRAI
Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
President & CEO: Paul Maleh
2020 Employees (All Locations): 826

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA (World HQ)
London, UK (Europe HQ)

Major Departments & Practices

Antitrust & Competition Economics

Auctions & Competitive Bidding



Financial Economics

Forensic Services

Intellectual Property

Labor & Employment

Life Sciences


Risk, Investigations & Analytics

Transfer Pricing




Antitrust & Competition

Auctions & Competitive Bidding

CEO Advisory

Class Actions

Damages & Quantam

Employment & Compensation

ESG and Sustainability

Financial Litigation & Regulation

Forensic Accounting

Information Security & Privacy

Intellectual Property

International Arbitration

Investigation & Compliance


Management Consulting

Mergers& Acquisitions

Transfer Pricing