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.
Lear economists discussed, together with practitioners from the private and public sector and academics, on the relevant economic features of digital markets and the challenges they present for merger control.
The presentation (in Italian) is available here
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed Lear to carry out a study looking at 4 past merger decisions in the technology sector taken by the Office of Fair Trading, including the Facebook/Instagram and Google/Waze decisions.
The study investigates:
The main findings of the study will be presented during the LEARtalk Digital Markets in Rome on June 13th.
Lear has been selected by the EBRD to provide technical assistance services to the Albanian Competition Authority (ACA). The project aims at promoting ACA’s advocacy role and strengthening the skills and competencies of ACA’s officials and case handlers, through targeted capacity building programmes on STATA, ECJ Jurisprudence (Art 101 and 102 of TFUE) and merger analysis. Read more
Lear will organize a workshop to present the results of a recent project carried out for the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on the ex-post assessment of merger control decisions in digital markets
More info on the event here
The Regional Administrative Tribunal (TAR) upheld the appeal of Radio Taxi 3570 and annulled last year decision of the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) for the alleged foreclosure effects of the non-compete clause which prevents taxi drivers associated with the three largest cab dispatching cooperatives in Rome from accepting calls for service from competitors. Read more
Lear, in consortium with Sheppard Mullin and DIW Berlin, has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study seeking to evaluate the relevance and effectiveness of the rules that the Commission set out for Member States to provide aid to Small and Medium Enterprises by facilitating their access to risk capital and loans. Read more
In March 2019, Lear concluded the project for providing technical assistance to the Jamaica’s Fair Trading Commission (“FTC”) to strengthen its competition advocacy strategy. Key steps of the projects have been: an extensive review of all past advocacy efforts carried out by the FTC since 2005; Read more
The Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission (DG COMP) has commissioned to a consortium led by Lear and participated by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Sheppard Mullin, a study to support its evaluation of the rules regarding access to operating aid to airports under the EU Aviation Framework applicable as of 2014 (2014 Aviation Guidelines). Read more
On March 19 and 20, Paolo Buccirossi and Salvatore Nava will be in Kingston, Jamaica, to deliver a training to the officials of the Jamaican Competition Authority (FTC). The training will conclude the assignment, which entailed identifying gaps in the advocacy efforts carried out by the FTC in recent years and devising an advocacy strategy for future initiatives. Read more
OCDE Competition Open Day was held in Paris on 27 Febraury, where a range of provocative debates on issues and topics recently explored by the OECD Competition Committee were discussed. Paolo Buccirossi took part in the panel of vertical restraints in e-commerce, focused on three particularly common categories markets: selective distribution models, most-favoured-nation clauses and retail price maintenance.