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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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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


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


14 May 2021 - Competition Economics, digitalmarkets, Mergers

New CMA Merger Assessment Guidelines inspired by Lear’s recommendations

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


5 March 2021 - Competition Economics, Mergers

HORIZONTAL MERGER ASSESSMENT IN THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY

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


26 January 2021 - #competitionlaw, Competition Economics, Competition Policy

PAOLO SPEAKS AT THE 16TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE GLOBAL COMPETITION LAW CENTRE

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


14 December 2020 - Competition Economics, Horizontal Agreements

ICA’s decision in I811 set aside by Administrative Tribunal

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


Lear Competition Festival
14 November 2019 - Antitrust, Competition Economics, Competition Law, Talent4comp

LEAR COMPETITION FESTIVAL ROME 10-12 JUNE 2020 – SAVE THE DATE

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.

PARALLEL SESSIONS
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.

EXHIBITION AREA
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.

Stay tuned and sign up here to find out all the latest news on #LCF2020!

 

 


17 July 2019 - Competition Economics, copyrights, Damages

Two new judgements on copyright violation by video sharing platforms

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

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