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 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 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
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
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
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
The Administrative Tribunal of Lazio has upheld the appeal lodged by car manufacturers and their captive banks, setting aside the decision of the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) alleging an horizontal agreement between captive banks and regarding the purchase of motor vehicles through financing supplied by captive banks. Read more
In 2020 Lear proposes a new conference format, where competition law and economics issues will be discussed at all levels.
The Lear Competition Festival is a unique event, that gives participants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on specific antitrust issues, acquire new tools for the legal and economic analysis of firms’ practices, and network with key actors in the field of competition law competition (e.g. competition authorities, firms, IFIs, economists and lawyers).
The LCF features an innovative tailor-made platform – Talent4Comp – helping young talents and organizations in the antitrust field meet each other for employment opportunities.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
ADVANCED DISCUSSION OF COMPETITION LAW AND ECONOMICS TOPICS
Promoting and developing the antitrust knowledge through round tables on cutting-edge topics with outstanding speakers from regulatory and competition authorities, universities, legal and economic consultancies, firms and international institutions.
Know-how sessions on competition law and economics and discussions on leading antitrust cases.
LCF SHORT ESSAY AWARD
Award of the four Best Short Essays on highly debated topics of competition law and economics.
Opportunity to promote your organization through exhibition stands or personalized advertising in an international environment.
NETWORKING AND SOCIAL EVENTS
Unique occasion to interact with international experts and keynote speakers to make new contacts and establish professional relations.
On July 17, 2019 the Tribunal of Rome issued two judgements awarding damages to RTI (Mediaset Group) for copyright infringements by Dailymotion S.A. and Vimeo LLC. The Court found that both video sharing platforms infringed RTI’s copyrights by publishing on their portals audiovisual content drawn from RTI’s programs and awarded RTI damages for a total of 10.3 million euros (5.5 for Dailymotion and 4.8 for Vimeo). Read more