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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 July 2019

Cerimonia di consegna Premio Luigi Prosperetti

il 2 luglio presso l’Università Luigi Bocconi si terrà la cerimonia di consegna del premio Luigi Prosperetti per le miglior tesi in economia e diritto della concorrenza.
Paolo Buccirossi parteciperà alla tavola rotonda su Common Ownership e Concorrenza.

Maggiori dettagli sul programma qui


Recruitment LEAR - Junior Consulatnt
19 June 2019


Lear is looking for a Junior Consultant and a Data Analyst to support its existing staff on the delivery of their current portfolio of work and to build on the continuing success and growth of its business.

You can find additional information on the positions at vacancies

LEARtalk Digital Markets
14 June 2019 - Competition Economics, digitalmarkets, Mergers, policy evaluation


Lear economists discussed, together with practitioners from the private and public sector and academics, on the relevant economic features of digital markets and the challenges they present for merger control.

The presentation (in Italian) is available here

3 June 2019 - digitalmarkets, Mergers, policy evaluation

The report on Evaluation of past merger decisions in the UK digital sector is online

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed Lear to carry out a study looking at 4 past merger decisions in the technology sector taken by the Office of Fair Trading, including the Facebook/Instagram and Google/Waze decisions.

The study investigates:

  • the potential competition theories of harm to be assessed when evaluating mergers in digital sectors;
  • whether the assessment in 4 digital merger clearance decisions was reasonable based on the evidence available at the time;
  • whether the outcome of the decision has been detrimental to consumers based on the market evolution following the mergers.

The main findings of the study will be presented during the LEARtalk Digital Markets in Rome on June 13th.

The report is available  here
More info on the LEAR talk Digital Markets  here


29 May 2019 - #Advocacy #Competition, Capacity Building

New project for capacity building for the Albanian Competition Authority

Lear has been selected by the EBRD to provide technical assistance services to the Albanian Competition Authority (ACA). The project aims at promoting ACA’s advocacy role and strengthening the skills and competencies of ACA’s officials and case handlers, through targeted capacity building programmes on STATA, ECJ Jurisprudence (Art 101 and 102 of TFUE) and merger analysis. Read more

LEARtalk Digital Markets
14 May 2019 - Competition Economics, digitalmarkets, Mergers

LEARTALK: Ex-post Assessment of Merger Control Decisions in Digital Markets – Rome 13 June

Lear will organize a workshop to present the results of a recent project carried out for the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on the ex-post assessment of merger control decisions in digital markets
More info on the event here


29 April 2019 - Competition Economics, Cooperation and Vertical Agreements

Italian Competition Authority’s decision against Radio Taxi 3570 overturned in Court

The Regional Administrative Tribunal (TAR) upheld the appeal of Radio Taxi 3570 and annulled last year decision of the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) for the alleged foreclosure effects of the non-compete clause which prevents taxi drivers associated with the three largest cab dispatching cooperatives in Rome from accepting calls for service from competitors. Read more

16 April 2019 - State aid


Lear, in consortium with Sheppard Mullin and DIW Berlin, has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study seeking to evaluate the relevance and effectiveness of the rules that the Commission set out for Member States to provide aid to Small and Medium Enterprises by facilitating their access to risk capital and loans. Read more

11 April 2019 - #Advocacy #Competition, #Technicalassistance


In March 2019, Lear concluded the project for providing technical assistance to the Jamaica’s Fair Trading Commission (“FTC”) to strengthen its competition advocacy strategy. Key steps of the projects have been: an extensive review of all past advocacy efforts carried out by the FTC since 2005; Read more

26 March 2019 - Policy Assessment, State aid

Evaluation on the EU’s State aid rules for operating aid to airports

The Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission (DG COMP) has commissioned to a consortium led by Lear and participated by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Sheppard Mullin, a study to support its evaluation of the rules regarding access to operating aid to airports under the EU Aviation Framework applicable as of 2014 (2014 Aviation Guidelines). Read more

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Silvia Caporale

Should you wish to learn more about Lear media and communication, please feel free to contact Silvia Caporale at silvia.caporale@learlab.com or call +39 06 68300530.