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Competition Economics

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

Lear is assisting an international manufacture of consumer electronics in a proceeding started by the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) on a vertical agreement with one of the main marketplaces that has allegedly reduced intra-brand price competition on the marketplace and led consumers to pay higher prices for the branded goods.

Competition Economics

Compliance assessment of an intra-group asset transfer with the market economy operator principle

Lear has been appointed by a State-owned Italian company to assess whether an intra-group transfer of assets, without a monetary transfer from the beneficiary company, could lead to the creation of a economic value at the group level, and thus satisfy the market economy operator principle test, meaning that a private investor would have the […] Read more

Competition Economics

Compliance assessment in the personal care sector – ongoing

Lear is assisting a producer of personal care products in developing a model aimed at ensuring that bids proposed in the context of tenders are compliant with antitrust provisions. The assignment entails estimating avoidable and long-run incremental costs, which the client can compare to the price offered to make sure that an equally efficient competitor […] Read more

Competition Economics

Assistance to an Italian company active in the electronic tolling sector

Lear assisted an Italian company active in the electronic tolling market in a proceeding in front of the Italian Competition Authority, which has been initiated following the company’s decision to change the monthly fee for the use of the highway toll payment device and the related communication addressed to its customers. To support and justify […] Read more

Competition Economics

Alleged anti-competitive effects of an information spillover in the Italian automotive industry

Lear was appointed by a leading firm active in the automotive industry to assess the potential anti-competitive effects of an information spillover. The company had received sensitive information on a competitor’s business strategy and wished to assess if such information had any anti-competitive effect on its own business strategy. Lear performed several econometric analyses finding […] Read more

Competition Economics

Economic pass-on analysis of discounts into retail prices for a leading Italian grocery retailer – ongoing

Lear is assisting one of the leading Italian grocery retailers in the context of an ongoing investigation undertaken by DG Comp aimed at understanding the role of international alliances in the grocery retailing sector. In particular, Lear is performing economic analysis aimed at showing that specific discounts are passed-on to end consumers in the form […] Read more


Dispute in the market for maritime freight transport – ongoing

Lear is assisting Moby and CIN, which is fully owned by Moby, in a claim brought on by Grimaldi on the basis of an exclusionary abuse. Lear has analysed the damage compensation produced by Grimaldi, and has developed an in-depth critique, highlighting how the methodology used to estimate the damages incurred by Grimaldi have been […] Read more