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 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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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