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.
Lear, together with DIW Berlin, E.CA Economics, Sheppard Mullin and University of East Anglia, has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a background study on State aid in the field of environmental protection and energy. The results of the study will support the Commission in the revision of the EU Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy (EEAG) as well as the respective parts of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). Read more
DG Competition organised an interesting webinar on the ex post economic evaluation of European competition policy. Paolo Buccirossi spoke about the abuse of dominance cases.
The slides from the webinar are now available on DG Competition’s website, here
The recording of webinar are available here Read more
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) has rejected the claim brought by Tele Fácil México, S.A. de C.V. (Tele Fácil) against the Mexican Government. Read more
The webinar has been organised by the European Commission (EC) on the occasion of the publication by Wolters Kluwer of an edited volume entitled “Ex Post Economic Evaluation of Competition Policy: The EU Experience. More info on the publication here
Paolo Buccirossi will intervene in the webinar by discussing the challenges posed by the ex-post evaluation of abuse of dominance cases.
To register at webinar here
Lear’s partners contributed to a recently published book on the ex-post evaluation of competition policy in the EU. The book has been edited by Fabienne Ilzkovitz and Adriaan Dierx and collects studies that range from the ex post evaluation of specific policy interventions to the assessment of the broader impact of competition policy.
The volume enhances the assessment of the economic impact of this policy, which is essential for the good functioning of the internal market in the European Union. Read more
Lear, together with DIW Berlin and Sheppard Mullin, has been appointed to support the European Commission’s “fitness check” on the “Guidelines on State aid to promote risk finance investments” and the “Guidelines on State aid to airports and airlines”. The Guidelines were part of the State Aid Modernisation, a package of rules meant to simplify the procedure State Members must follow to implement State aid. The fitness check is an evaluation aimed at deciding whether to further prolong or update the provisional rules of the Modernisation package. Read more
Due to the current health emergency and the governmental provisions related to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lear Competition Festival will not take place in June 2020, as originally planned and proposed.
In agreement with our partners, the Lear Competition Festival is postponed to 9-11 June 2021.
We are working with the same enthusiasm to organize a Festival with even more initiatives, always striving for the highest qualitative standards.
In the forthcoming months, we will keep you updated on any news related to the LCF and, for any information, you can visit our website www.learcompetitionfestival.com.
As part of the Technical Assistance project financed by the EBRD, Lear’s team is delivering online trainings to the officials of the Albanian Competition Authority to strengthen their skills and competencies on economic aspects of competition policy. In particular, the topics of the first set of trainings to be delivered in May 2020 are on:
These have been peculiar days for us and for all, due to the Covid-19 emergency. It is our first objective to safeguard the well-being of Lear staff, our colleagues and clients and to do our part to curb the spread of the infection. Despite the difficulties, we are continuing to do our best to provide our partners and clients with the best service possible, in the hope that everything will be soon back to normal.
We look forward to when we will be able to meet in person again.
From all the Lear team!
Lear together with Emilio Calvano looks at the M&A activity carried out by Amazon, Facebook, and Google between 2008 and 2018 (Argentesi et al., 2019b). Over this period, based on publicly available information, Google acquired 168 companies, Facebook 71 companies, and Amazon 60 companies. The question is whether the target companies would have grown to be viable competitors to the acquiring tech giants.
To read more on this article here