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Some of the events, conferences, publications and projects we have worked on are listed below. Some other projects are not listed as we must respect client confidentiality in sensitive areas.

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20 November 2018


Lear has extended its involvement in the action for damages against the six trucks manufacturers sanctioned by the European Commission for a price-fixing agreement in the market for medium and heavy trucks. After supporting the first legal action in Italy, Lear has been involved also in an action for damages put forward by 39 Slovak hauliers.

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20 November 2018 - Advocacy, Competition Economics, Technical Assistance


Lear is providing technical assistance to the Jamaica’s Fair Trading Commission (“FTC”) to strengthen its skills on competition advocacy. A key step of the Project has been completed early this month: the stakeholders’ consultation, which is part of the acquisition of information on the current state of competition advocacy in Jamaica. Read more

14 November 2018 - Antitrust, Collusion, Competition Economics, Mergers

Paolo Buccirossi at ACE conference 2018

The 16th Annual ACE conference will take place at the University of Bologna from the 15th to the 16th of November 2018.
Paolo Buccirossi will take part in the discussion in the session on Italy Antitrust – Aspen Excessive Pricing in pharmaceuticals and Serbia Antitrust and in the session on Serbia Antitrust -Collusion in the market for sunflower oil.
More details on ACE Program here

30 October 2018 - digital platform, Ex-post evaluation, Mergers, Technology sector

Past merger assessment in the technology sector

Lear is pleased to announce a research and evaluation project for the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) looking at approaches to assessing potential theories of harm and evaluating past merger decisions in the technology sector. Read more

17 October 2018 - capacity building, public private partnership, Public Procurement

Workshop on Contemporary Issues in Procurement Practices in Paris

Lear is proud to sponsor the Workshop on Contemporary Issues in Procurement Practices, organized by the IMPPM Alumni Association in collaboration with the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The Workshop will take place at the headquarter of UNESCO in Paris on 23rd and 24th October 2018. Read more

4 October 2018 - Competition Economics

Italian Competition Authority’s investigation into planned obsolescence in the smartphone sector

Lear has been retained by Samsung to assist within consumer protection proceedings started by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA).
The ICA alleged that software updates for a popular smartphone model had the effect of deteriorating the device’s performance. Read more

3 October 2018 - capacity building, Public Procurement, Technical Assistance, Tribunal skills

Training on Tribunal Skills in Public Procurement

Lear is glad to welcome a delegation from the Bosnian Public Procurement Review Body (PRB) composed by the President and 3 Members in its office in Rome.
The study visits is currently taking place and has been organized within the scope of the EBRD funded project “Enhancing the tribunal skills and capacity of the PRB” :
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6 September 2018 - #Advocacy #Competition, #Economics, capacity building

Competition Advocacy: a new strategy and capacity building programme for the Jamaican Fair Trading Commission

Lear is providing technical assistance to the Jamaica’s Fair Trading Commission (“FTC”) to strengthen its skills on competition advocacy. The main objectives of the assignment are to perform an assessment of the effectiveness of past FTC’s advocacy initiatives, to develop a new competition advocacy strategy and to build capacity within the FTC to pursue its advocacy objectives. Read more

31 July 2018 - Advocacy, Competition law, Competition Policy

Western Balkans and the Design of Effective Competition Law: The Role of Economic, Institutional and Cultural Characteristics

The study “Western Balkans and the Design of Effective Competition Law: The Role of Economic, Institutional and Cultural Characteristics” by Paolo Buccirossi and Lorenzo Ciari has been published by Springer in the book “Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe”, edited by Boris Begović and Dušan V. Popović.
The paper analyzes the optimal design of competition law in Western Balkan countries. It first identifies the “policy choice set”, i.e. the essential variables that define a competition policy regime; Read more

12 July 2018 - Abuse of Dominance, Competition Economics, Maritime Transport

Alleged foreclosure in the market for maritime freight transport

Lear has assisted Moby in its appeal before the administrative court seeking to overturn the finding of the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) that Moby had abused its dominant position in the market for maritime freight transport to and from Sardinia. Read more

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