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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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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


Cartels, Competition Economics

Alleged cartel in the insurance market

Lear advised a major insurance company involved in a cartel investigation by the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM). Lear’s analysis focused on highlighting the weaknesses of the AGCM’s approach to the case, and provided evidence that the companies’ behavior was the result of autonomous and economically rational strategies pursued by the companies. The Administrative Tribunal of […] Read more


Abuse of Dominance, Competition Economics

Alleged abuse in the retail electricity market

The Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has started an investigation into Enel to ascertain whether certain practices by Enel could distort the competitive dynamics resulting from the full liberalisation of the market. More specifically, Enel, as the only vertically integrated operator, has allegedly leveraged on its upstream operations to foreclose competitors from the downstream market. Lear […] Read more


Abuse of Dominance, Competition Economics

Alleged abuse of dominance in the italian copyright sector

The Italian Competition Authority claims that SIAE (the Italian collective rights management organizations) lacks transparency in the collection of royalties and discriminates among users, abusing its dominant position. Lear is supporting SIAE by providing economic arguments in favor of SIAE’s legal monopoly and showing the inefficiencies that would be brought about by a departure from […] Read more


Abuse of Dominance, Competition Economics

Alleged abuse of dominance in the market for maritime freight transport

Lear assisted Moby and CIN, which is fully owned by Moby, in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority (ICA). The ICA claimed that Moby/CIN was abusing its dominant position in the market for maritime freight transport to and from Sardinia, with the aim of foreclosing rivals. Lear’s analysis highlighted the weaknesses of the ICA’s approach […] Read more