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.
The Lear Competition Festival is officially over! We are extremely satisfied with how it turned out and we are very happy with the quality of the debate.
The videos of the 3-day festival are available at https://bit.ly/3wqToi8
The program includes:
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has updated its Merger Assessment Guidelines to make its approach to merger assessment more in line with recent developments, especially in the digital landscape. In revising its Guidelines, the CMA paid particular attention to the role that changes in technology have been playing in shaping the way firms compete with one another. The new Guidelines are built on Lear’s recommendations on how to approach the assessment of digital mergers included in the “Ex-post Assessment of Merger Control Decisions in Digital Markets” report. These recommendations were broadly meant to address the risk of under-enforcement in digital markets. Read more
The first nomination has been received in the category of Best Soft Law writings for the Competition Advocacy and Communication Strategy that Lear prepared for the Albanian Competition Authority as part of a wider technical assistance project financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
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The second nomination is in the category of Best Academic writings, for the article “Merger Policy in Digital Markets: an Ex-post Assessment” published in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics in 2020. The paper presents a retrospective evaluation of pivotal merger control decisions in the digital sector, including Facebook/Instagram and Google/Waze.
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The best way to begin an economic analysis is to ask a relevant question. In a merger analysis the relevant question is: will the post-merger new entity have the ability and the incentive to exert a higher market power? But which analyses are best suited to answer these questions? This note argues that the best way to make this call is to understand first how firms compete in the market, something economists refer to as the “mode of competition”. Read more
Lear has been selected by the EBRD to provide technical assistance to the Armenian State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition (“SCPEC RA”). The aim of the project is to support the institutional development, policy enforcement capacity, and advocacy activities of the SCPEC RA, through a comprehensive capacity building programme based on extensive trainings, advocacy support, market studies and secondary legislation drafting. Read more
Lear was appointed by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) to assist in the phase II review of the proposed merger between Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co., Ltd. (KSOE) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME), which are among the largest shipbuilders worldwide. Read more
As part of the EBRD project “Capacity Building for Albanian Competition Authority (ACA)”, Lear developed a long-term Competition Advocacy Strategy (hereinafter, the Strategy) for the ACA. Read more
The Global Competition Law Centre of the College of Europe will organize the 16th Annual Conference, entitled: “Ex post assessment of European competition enforcement: Did agency intervention restore competition in the market?”.
The event will run online over three consecutive Fridays starting on 29 January 2021. Read more
In 2018, a telecom operator sued Enel, one of the main operators in the Italian electricity market, for the interruption of a commercial partnership entailing the provision of a bundled offer which included electricity and telecom fixed services. Read more