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Competition Economics, Cooperation and Vertical Agreements

The American fast food market in Italy: market definition and resale price maintenance

Lear assisted a consumers association in: i) identifying relevant markets in the fast food sector; ii) assessing available evidence of a resale price maintenance strategy by a major American fast food chain. Lear developed both qualitative and quantitative analyses, including diversion ratios analysis and price concentration analysis.


Competition Economics, Cooperation and Vertical Agreements

OECD Competition Committee’s Roundtable on “Vertical restraints for on-line sales”

Paolo participated as an expert in the OECD Competition Committee’s Roundtable on “Vertical restraints for on-line sales”. Paolo was asked to prepare a background note that covers all aspect of the economic assessment of vertical restraints when these concern the distribution of products or services over the Internet. The Roundtable will also discussed the case […] Read more


Competition Economics, Cooperation and Vertical Agreements

Market assessment for the leading beer producer in the Italian beer markets

Lear assisted a major beer producer in the Italian market in its self-assessment of compliance to competition rules. Lear was asked to define the relevant antitrust markets and assess the existence of a dominant position. Lear’s economists, closely following the European Commission guidelines on the identification of the relevant market and the enforcement of art. […] Read more


Cartels, Competition Economics

Alleged horizontal agreement in the market for financial services to the automotive sector

Lear is assisting two of the captive banks investigated by the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) for having allegedly enabled an exchange of sensitive and detailed commercial information regarding the financial terms and other contractual characteristics to be applied to dealers and customers.


Cartels, Competition Economics

Assessment of a joint venture in the ultrabroadband market

The ICA started an investigation to assess whether a joint venture between TIM and Fastweb created for the implementation of FTTH (Fiber To The Home) networks can potentially harm competition. Lear assisted a competitor of the joint venture which at that time had just entered the wholesale market of FTTH network.


Cartels, Competition Economics

Alleged horizontal agreement in the market for long term car rentals

Lear assisted an association of companies providing long term car rentals, investigated by the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) for having allegedly enabled an exchange of sensitive and detailed commercial information among its associates. In order to rebut the AGCM’s allegation, Lear developed a qualitative analysis centered on the level of aggregation of the exchanged data […] Read more


Cartels, Competition Economics

Alleged coordinated behaviour in the market for optional services to the SEPA DD payment system

Lear assisted a major Italian bank in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority related to the payment mechanism for the new Additional Optional Service SEDA. The Authority’s allegation was that eleven banks and the main banking association coordinated to avoid a remuneration mechanism based on a multilateral interchange fee and adopted a new mechanism – […] Read more