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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

Ex-ante assessment of the competitive effects of a multi-year purchasing agreement in the Italian insurance market

Lear assisted two leading Italian insurance companies in the assessment of the competitive effects of a purchasing agreement they intended to undertake, with the aim of evaluating its compatibility with Art. 101 TFEU. Lear consultants analysed the relevant geographic and product markets, calculated market shares in the affected markets and analysed the competitive concerns that […] Read more

Competition Economics

Concentration in the retail market for health, beauty, and household products

Lear has been appointed by a leading private equity and alternative assets investment company wishing to acquire control over a number of companies active in the Italian retail market for health, beauty, and household products, for a total of three different transactions carried out by an investment company. In two transactions, Lear’s economists have assisted […] Read more

Competition Economics

Alleged cartel in the Italian market for third-party liability insurance services – ongoing

Lear has been appointed by one of the largest insurance companies active in Italy and worldwide to rebut the accusations by the Italian Competition Authority, which has started a preceding to ascertain the potential anticompetitive effects of an information exchange among a number of price comparison websites and other insurance companies active in the provision […] Read more

Competition Economics

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

Lear has assisted Apple Inc. in a proceeding before the Administrative Tribunal of Lazio (TAR), again a decision by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) on a vertical agreement with the Amazon group that has allegedly reduced intra-brand price competition on the Amazon.it marketplace. Lear supported Apple throughout the ICA and TAR proceedings; Lear submitted economic […] Read more

Competition Economics

Ex-ante assessment of the creation of a joint venture in the Italian market of the copyright intermediation for to the use of musical works – ongoing

Lear is assisting two leading companies in the sector of the intermediation of rights related to copyright for the use of musical works. The two companies notified a JV to the Italian Competition Authority (ICA). The ICA started a proceeding to assess the competitive effects of the transaction. Lear has been asked to identify and […] Read more

Competition Economics

Evaluation of the anti-competitive effects of a new regulation in the payment and settlement sector

Lear has been appointed by a consortium of banks to analyse the effects of the new Direct Access Fee (“DAF”) proposed by Bancomat S.p.A. to replace the Multilateral Interchange Fee (“MIF”) model for “not-on-us” ATM withdrawals with a model based on a direct fee to the cardholder. The Italian Competition Authority found that the project […] Read more

Policy Assessment

Support study for DG COMP for the revision of the Railway Guidelines

Lear, together with E.CA Economics, Sheppard Mullin and University of East Anglia, carried out a study on behalf of the European Commission to assist in the revision the Community guidelines on State aid for railway undertakings. The objective of the revision is to ensure that the guidelines are apt to promote the full liberalization of […] Read more