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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, Mergers

Merger in the banking sector

One of the largest banking groups in Italy, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.a., has declared its intention to proceed with the takeover of UBI Banca S.p.a. The potential merger between these two banks raises concerns regarding the competition level in numerous markets: hence, the merger must be first approved by the Italian Competition Authority. Lear is assisting […] Read more


Competition Economics

Alleged abuse of dominant position in the online advertising sector

Lear assisted an association representing the Italian online advertising industry in setting out how the conduct of certain market participants may constitute a breach of art. 102 TFEU. The assignment entailed a comprehensive analysis of the online advertising supply chain, carried out through desk research and interviews to market participants.


Litigation

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

Lear assisted one of the main distributor in the Italian electricity market in developing defensive strategies apt to rebut the accusations of abuse of dominance made (along 2019) by two different companies active in the retail electricity market. In the first case, Lear assisted its client in developing a defensive strategy against the competitor’s accusation […] Read more


Litigation

Assessment of damages in the retail electricity market for alleged unfair commercial practices

Lear is assisting a leading operator in the electricity retail market in a damages action started by a competitor. The competitor claims that Lear’s client has implemented unfair commercial practices aimed at winning back customers switched to the competitor.


Policy Assessment

Public consultation on regulation of airports tariffs

Lear assisted one of the main Italian airport operators in the preparation of its position paper in the public consultation issued by the Italian Transport Regulator concerning its proposals for the regulation of airport charges.


Procurement

Economics impact evaluation of the adoption of auction mechanisms alternative to the sealed bid first price

Lear provided an independent economic assessment for an Italian waste management and recycling consortium on the optimal auction mechanism to adopt for the allocation of the collected material. Starting from a thourough economic literature review of all the auction mechanisms (i.e. sealed bid-first price, English auction, Dutch auction and Vickrey auction), Lear carried out economic […] Read more


Litigation

Damages quantification in the e-commerce sector

Lear was appointed by a firm active in the e-commerce sector to quantify the damage arising from an abuse of dominant position by a competitor in an adjacent market. The abuse of dominant position was ascertained by the European Commission.