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Some of the events, conferences, publications and projects we have worked on are listed below. Some other projects are not listed as we must respect client confidentiality in sensitive areas.

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8 November 2022

ICA’s decision on the Apple/Amazon agreement set aside by the administrative tribunal

The Administrative Tribunal of Lazio (TAR) has annulled the decision by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) whereby Amazon and Apple had been found to have breached competition law. The case concerned an agreement between Amazon and Apple whereby the number of third party sellers allowed to operate on the Amazon Marketplace to sell Apple products was restricted; according to the ICA, this amounted to an horizontal agreement seeking to soften intra-brand price competition in the sale of Apple products to divert sales towards Apple’s online store. Read more


Lear Job Offer
28 October 2022

Job opportunity at Lear!

Lear is looking for a Junior Consultant and a Consultant to support its existing staff on the delivery of their current portfolio of work and to build on the continuing success and growth of the business. We offer a permanent position starting in early 2023. Read more


14 October 2022

LCF 22 – Detection of Killer acquisitions session managed by Lear

How can we empirically measure the phenomenon of killer acquisitions? How can national competition authorities effectively detect them? Is there any other competitive concern other than the potential competition narrative? Read more


13 October 2022

#LCF2022 – VIDEOS ARE NOW ONLINE!

The second edition of the Lear Competition Festival (LCF)  has come to an end. We are extremely satisfied with how it turned out and we are very happy with the quality of the debate. 
You can access to the videos of the 3-day festival here. 👉 https://bit.ly/3VgBgEt


1 June 2022 - Competition Economics

SUPPORT STUDY FOR THE EX POST EVALUATION OF EU COMPETITION ENFORCEMENT OF “KILLER ACQUISITIONS” IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SECTOR

Lear has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out an ex-post evaluation of EU competition enforcement looking at acquisitions of innovative competitors in the pharmaceutical sector that have led to the discontinuation of overlapping drug research and development projects to the detriment of future competition (“killer acquisitions”). Read more


17 March 2022 - catchment area, Competition Economics, critical loss, relevant geographic market

FROM THE CATCHMENT AREA TO THE RELEVANT MARKET. A MODEL OF GEOGRAPHIC MARKET DEFINITION BASED ON CRITICAL LOSS ANALYSIS

The LCN and Inisght discuss the approaches adopted by competition authorities throughout the EEA to define local geographic markets in mergers involving grocery retailers, and identify some systematic flaws in these approaches. We argue that one simple rule for the definition of local geographic markets can be developed based on critical loss analysis, and that this rule is consistent with economic theory on market definition.

The Lear Competition Notes is available  here
Read more on our Insight here


21 February 2022 - Policy Assessment, State aid

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, has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study to assist in the revision the Community guidelines on State aid for railway undertakings. The study will provide the Commission with the relevant information to update the Guidelines, to ensure that they are apt to promote the full liberalization of the rail sector and well-aligned with the regulatory developments that ensure a level-playing field in the internal market. Read more


LCF 2022
10 February 2022 - #competitionlaw, #Economics, #LCF22

LEAR COMPETITION FESTIVAL ROME 21-23 SEPTEMBER 2022 – REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

We are pleased to announce the second edition of the LCF, this year as an in-person event.

LCF22 offers an opportunity to discuss recent trends in competition law and economics, and to network with key players in the field. Participants will take part to a 3-day international event involving law firms, international organisations, leading scholars, and practitioners, senior representatives of competition authorities, companies’ executives and more!

Find out the latest news at www.learcompetitionfestival.com

Join us and take advantage of our early bird offer!


3 February 2022 - Capacity Building, Competition Economics

New project for the support of the Antimonopoly Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Lear has been appointed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”) to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Antimonopoly Committee (“AC”), the competition authority of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The aim of the project is to provide training to the staff of the AC focusing on the main economic and legal concepts and practices within competition law enforcement as well as the quantitative and econometric methods in competition analysis. Read more


28 October 2021 - #competitionlaw, Antitrust, Competition Economics

PAOLO’S ARTICLE ON “THE VIRTUE OF AN IMPERFECT COMPETITION LAW” FOR CPI ANTITRUST CHRONICLE

This article discusses the goals that an “imperfect competition law” can and should pursue, taking into account the inevitable tension among social values.

Read it here

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Silvia Caporale

Should you wish to learn more about Lear media and communication, please feel free to contact Silvia Caporale at silvia.caporale@learlab.com or call +39 06 68300530.