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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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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.

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.