Lear specializes in applying economics to antitrust and competition policy questions. Our economists combine an in-depth knowledge of economic theory and cutting-edge statistical and econometric techniques with the ability to present sophisticated economic arguments in a clear and persuasive way.
We have extensive experience in dealing with mergers and acquisitions, abuses of dominance, vertical agreements, cartels and state aid. We provide advice to firms involved in proceedings before National Competition Authorities and the European Commission. We also perform ex-ante assessments of the antitrust risks of specific business decisions.
Lear’s experience spans across a broad range of industries, including telecommunications & media, retailing, transport, chemicals, food products, industrial manufacturing, energy, banking, insurance, recycling and consumer durables. Our clients are some of the major players in these industries.
We also undertake projects and studies for European and National Competition Authorities on antitrust issues. Relevant works carried out by our economists include: an ex-post assessment of two merger decisions for the UK Competition Commission, a study proposing a methodology for the review of merger decisions for the DG Competition of the European Commission and a report on the cost of erroneous interventions under Article 102 (TFEU) for the UK Office of Fair trading.
As part of the evaluation process of the current State aid rules, 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 […] Read more
Lear is assisting the Association of the Operational Leasing Companies (“ASLO”), an association of companies providing operating lease of motor vehicles and related services in Romania, investigated by the Romanian Competition Council for having allegedly enabled an exchange of sensitive and detailed commercial information among its associates.In order to rebut the RCC’s allegation, Lear is […] Read more
Lear has assisted several Slovak hauliers in the action for damages arising from a collusive price-fixing agreement in the market for medium and heavy trucks, as established by the European Commission. Lear has been appointed to provide the quantification of damages suffered by claimants who purchased trucks during the period of the infringement. In line […] Read more