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.
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna launches a new PhD program in “Public Governance, Management, and Policy” for the academic year 2023-24. This program, funded by the European Union’s Next Generation EU under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, offers a multidisciplinary curriculum developed by the Departments of Economics, Management, Political and Social Sciences, and Statistical Sciences “Paolo Fortunati.” Read more
On 15 September 2022, the Civil Court of Milan rejected in its entirety a claim brought by Iliad, seeking compensation for the damages allegedly caused by a competitor’s unfair market conduct, and condemned the claimant to pay the litigation expenses. The full judgement was issued in April 2023.
On 17 March 2023, the Civil Court of Rome rejected in its entirety a claim brought by Romeo Gestioni, seeking compensation for the damages allegedly caused by an agreement in the market for cleaning services. The matter stems from an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority which had found that four companies active in this market had coordinated their bidding behaviour in tenders organized by the government to secure cleaning services for schools across Italy.
Lear, together with E.CA Economics, Sheppard Mullin and University of East Anglia, was 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 addresses four areas: the status of rail infrastructure; accessibility and costs pertaining to rolling stock; profitability and demand elasticity of rail freight services; and effectiveness of State support measures.
We are pleased to announce the 2023 edition of the Lear Competition Festival, #LCF23, with exciting news!
Be part of this new edition of the Lear Competition Festival, where academics and practitioners discuss cutting-edge topics in the field of competition law and economics. During plenary and parallel sessions, you will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of specific #antitrust concerns and network with key actors in the competition field.
Lear is the leader of a consortium comprising E.CA Economics, Fideres, Kantar Public, Prometeia and University of East Anglia, which was appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study exploring certain aspects of the state of competition in the European Union. Read more
The Italian Competition Authority (ICA) found that a project to change the remuneration model for “not-on-us” ATM withdrawals on the Bancomat network violated Article 101 TFEU. Lear assisted some member banks of the Bancomat network that opposed the project. The current remuneration system provides for an interchange fee paid by the “issuing” bank to the “acquirer”, while the acquirer cannot charge a direct fee. In contrast, the project presented by Bancomat provides for a direct fee to the cardholder. Read more
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