Managing Team

Cristian Santesteban, Founder and President

Cristian founded RedPeak in 2010 after working at Compass Lexecon (and its predecessors) for almost a decade.  Cristian has worked on some of the most important mergers and antitrust cases of the last two decades, involving firms such as AT&T, Intel, and Comcast.  Cristian has worked alongside both defense and plaintiffs’ counsel throughout his career.  His experience spans the range of antitrust issues, including monopolization, class certification, price fixing, mergers, and damages.  He has particular industry expertise in semiconductors, computers, telecom, biomedical products, and media, among others.  Cristian has testified as expert witness in price fixing and monopolization matters.  Cristian has led teams in proceedings in U.S. Federal and State courts, as well as administrative agencies in the U.S., Europe and New Zealand.  Cristian also performs economic consulting services for private sector clients not involved in litigation.  He has worked with firms in valuing their client portfolios, consulted on pricing strategies, and contributed his analytical and statistical skills for business strategy.  Cristian is a lecturer at Stanford University where he teaches a seminar for college seniors on competition economics as well as a modern microeconomics theory course open to all undergrads.  For two years, he also taught microeconomics and Industrial Organization (IO) at UC Berkeley, where he was a Lecturer Teaching Fellow, awarded to a select group of lecturers at Cal.  Prior to teaching, Cristian spent a year in the Clinton White House as a Staff Economist in the President’s Council of Economics Advisers.  In that position, he was responsible for industrial organization, regulation, and technology issues.  Cristian holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford and a BSEE from UT Austin.  He lives near Dolores Park in the heart of San Francisco.  He also loves mountains, especially red peaks.

 

Andrew King, Managing Consultant

Andrew King is the lead Managing Consultant at RedPeak.  He has over six years of experience as an economic consultant in antitrust litigation. He supports expert economist testimony through data analysis, report writing, document review, deposition preparation, and trial preparation and support. While at Red Peak Economics and Compass Lexecon before that, Andrew provided instrumental support in several of the leading antitrust cases and mergers of the past decade. Andrew has covered a wide variety of industries including healthcare, computer components, internet-based technologies, transportation, agricultural products, and manufacturing.  Andrew has specialized in overcoming the unique challenges that are posed by the increasing availability of large, detailed datasets in antitrust litigation. He has managed teams of analysts to compile and analyze large transaction-level datasets in many of the field’s most data-intensive cases. Andrew is also an expert at constructing and analyzing geographic information systems and graph databases for purposes of creating relevant economic metrics that depend on the underlying geographic competitive landscape.

Outside of antitrust, Andrew has developed an extensive career in applying advanced quantitative methods to a broad array of policy areas. Prior to his time at RedPeak, Andrew worked as a Senior Accountability Analyst at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), the state wide nonprofit advocate for charter schools. There he helped develop the regression-based accountability framework that CCSA uses to inform their decision on whether to support a charter schools’ renewal. Andrew also worked for California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, where he evaluated the cost effectiveness metrics of California’s energy efficiency programs.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.  When not doing economics consulting, you can find him climbing, cycling, or backpacking in the Sierras.

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