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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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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.


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


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.


Dispute in the Italian copyright sector

Lear assisted an Italian collecting society in rebutting a damages claim made by one of its competitors. The competitor alleged inter alia to have been denied access to information constituting an essential input to operate in the market and estimated damages accordingly.


Dispute in the Italian broadcasting sector

Lear assisted an Italian broadcaster claiming damages resulting from discrimination in promotion efforts. Lear economists were involved in proceedings before the court appointed expert aimed at ascertaining the extent of the discrimination that the broadcaster was subjected to.


Damages quantification in the football audio-visual rights market

Lear has been appointed to quantify the damage arising from an anti-competitive agreement aimed at altering the tenders for the award of audio-visual rights for the broadcasting of Italian football matches abroad. The media firms involved in the agreement were sanctioned by the Italian Competition Authority in early 2019.