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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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Damages quantification in the football broadcasting rights market

In 2019, three media agencies were sanctioned by the Italian Competition Authority for coordinating their bids for the tender, organized by the Italian football league, for the broadcasting rights of Italian football matches abroad. The damage quantification was assessed by Lear itself. In this context, Lear economists have been appointed ex post to apportion the […] Read more

Competition Economics

Alleged violation of art. 101 TFEU in the recycling sector of spent lead-acid batteries and accumulators

The Italian Competition Authority opened an investigation against a consortium of several smelters and batteries’ producers to ascertain an alleged agreement to lower prices and share the market of spent lead-acid automotive and industrial batteries for recycling. Lear has assisted the consortium in its defensive strategy against the allegation of exclusionary practices, and has contributed […] Read more

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.


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


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.