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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, Cooperation and Vertical Agreements

Alleged restriction of competition agreement in the market for distribution of consumer electronics

Lear has assisted Apple Inc. in a proceeding started by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) on a vertical agreement with the Amazon group that had allegedly reduced intra-brand price competition on the Amazon.it marketplace. Lear prepared an economic brief highlighting the shortcomings of the ICA’s analysis, the efficiencies of the agreement, and showing that a […] Read more

Competition Economics, Mergers

Ex-ante assessment of a merger in the Italian insurance sector

Lear has assisted Assicurazioni Generali in the acquisition of Cattolica Assicurazioni. Lear has analysed the relevant geographic and product markets to identify affected markets according to the thresholds set by the European Commission in the horizontal mergers guidelines, and for those markets has analysed the competitive concerns that might arise from the concentration, showing that […] Read more


Damages estimation for alleged abuse of dominance in the market for electricity distribution

Lear assisted one of the main distributors in the Italian electricity market in developing defensive strategies apt to rebut the accusations of abuse of dominance made by three different companies active in the retail electricity market. In two of thesecases, Lear assisted its client in developing a defensive strategy against the competitors’ accusation regarding alleged […] Read more


Regulatory dispute in the telecommunication sector

Lear is assisting an Italian telecom operator that has filed a claim against the decisions of the sector regulatory body regarding its evaluation of the annual net costs of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) borne by the incumbent (USO Provider by law) that other telecom operators can be asked to provide funding for. Lear’s client […] Read more


Damages quantification following abuse of dominance in the ultrabroadband market

Lear is assisting the shareholder of a wholesale operator in the market of FTTH (Fiber To The Home) network in a damages action, initially promoted by its subsidiary, against the Italian incumbent operator for wholesale and retail fixed access TIM. The latter has been sanctioned in 2020 by the Italian Competition Authority for exclusionary conduct […] Read more


Dispute in the cement and concrete markets

Lear is assisting a major producer of cement and concrete in several damages claims brought by clients active at different levels of the supply chain. The actions for damages follow an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority which had found that companies in the market for cement had coordinated their pricing behaviour. Lear’s economists are […] Read more


Dispute in the market for cleaning services

Lear is assisting a company active in the cleaning services market in a damages action initiated by one of its competitors. The action follows an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority which had found that four companies active in this market had coordinated their bidding behaviour in tenders organized by the government to secure cleaning […] Read more