Cento is founder and Managing Partner of Case Associates, IEA Fellow in Law & Economics and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Buckingham.
Since 2006 the Global Competition Review survey has voted Cento one of the most ‘highly regarded’ competition economists. He has over 40 years’ experience assisting lawyers and companies in responding to investigations by the European Commission, national competition and regulatory authorities, and as an expert in courts in Europe and the AsiaPacific region. Cento was also adviser to the Microsoft Monitoring Trustee on the pricing of protocols under commitments set out in the EC Microsoft 2004 decision.
Cento regularly acts as an expert witness in competition law, commercial and damages litigation. He has been an expert witness in courts and tribunals in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Cento has appeared as an expert in many high profile antitrust cases including Crehan, Hendry, those against members of the international vitamins’ cartel (Deans/BCL, Devenish, Moy Park, Grampian/Vion) and the first major UK collective action (Merricks v MasterCard). He has advised on liability and damage actions in the transport, automotive, energy, water, postal, property, credit/store cards, banking, finance, commodities, insurance, medical, paint, sport, Internet, tax, packaging, electronics, mobile and movies sectors/industries.
Cento has provided economic assistance in a number of the world’s largest mergers including Carnival/P&O Princess Cruises, MCI/WorldCom, Vodafone/Manessmann, Seagrams/Polygram, AOL/Time Warner, Telia/Telenor, and Telia/Sonera.
Cento has degrees in economics and law (BEc (Hons), MEc, DPhil), He is also IEA Fellow in Law and Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb). After a short period at the Australian Federal Treasury, Cento was a Commonwealth Scholar and then research fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University. He has held academic positions in economics and law at universities in the UK, US, Canada and Australia, and was the Research Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) an influential economics think tank. He has published extensively on the economics of competition, regulation and the law, and is on the editorial boards of the UK Competition Law Reports.
For recent research by Cento go to SSRN Website