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Here you can find the recent competition policy and public procurement projects in which Lear has been involved.

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Assessment of damages in the telecoms market

Lear’s economists assisted an Italian mobile and fixed telecom operator against a number of request for damages due to an alleged abuse of dominance in the mobile termination market. The same company required Lear further assistance in quantifying damages suffered as a consequence of abusive or unfair commercial practices and contractual breaches by other telecom […] Read more

Competition Economics, State Aid

Assessment of benefits of open networks

Lear is assisting a leading regulator in the assessment of costs and benefits arising from open access requirements in the deployment of network infrastructure. In particular, Lear is responsible for designing a methodology for the assessment and for applying this to a sample of cases. The project will serve to inform the design of subsidies […] Read more

Competition Economics, Mergers

Merger in the natural gas sector

Lear assisted 2i Rete Gas, the second largest operator in the Italian market for natural gas distribution, in the notification to the Italian Competition Authority of a merger between 2i Rete Gas and Nedgia, which is being evaluated by the Italian Competition Authority. Lear has assessed the competitive implications of the merger, quantified the efficiencies […] Read more

Competition Economics, Mergers

Merger in the broadcasting tower sector

Lear advised a major national broadcast tower company in the notification to the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) of the acquisition of another national broadcast tower company in a complex “merger to monopoly” case. Lear’s economists presented the efficiencies brought about by the merger and illustrated the market mechanisms that would have ensured these efficiencies to […] Read more

Competition Economics, Mergers

Merger in the grocery retailing sector

Lear assisted a leading grocery retailer in a phase II merger inquiry before the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM). Lear’s primary responsibility within the project was to analyze the data resulting from customer surveys, estimate the diversion ratios and apply the UPP, GUPPI and IPR tests to assess the unilateral effects of the merger. The merger […] Read more

Competition Economics, Mergers

Merger in the metal packaging coatings market

Lear advised a major producer of metal packaging coatings before the UK Competition Commission, against a hostile proposal for acquisition made from a rival firm. The analysis performed by Lear’s economists, which consisted in a complex quantitative and theoretical work, showed that the proposed merger would have harmed competition in the identified relevant markets. Lear’s […] Read more

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.