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 together with Emilio Calvano looks at the M&A activity carried out by Amazon, Facebook, and Google between 2008 and 2018 (Argentesi et al., 2019b). Over this period, based on publicly available information, Google acquired 168 companies, Facebook 71 companies, and Amazon 60 companies. The question is whether the target companies would have grown to be viable competitors to the acquiring tech giants.
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Lear is pleased to announce that Alessia Marrazzo and Salvatore Nava have been promoted to partners.
Alessia Marrazzo has joined Lear in March 2014. She has amassed considerable experience in Lear’s litigation practice, routinely supporting clients in follow-on damages actions; she has been involved in several cases before the Italian Competition Authority; and she has worked on ex-post evaluation analyses of competition policy decisions on behalf of the European Commission and national competition authorities. Most notably, Alessia has recently advised a leading operator in the Italian energy sector in a series of damages claims brought by its clients and competitors; and assisted the Mexican government in two arbitration cases. Alessia holds a Master in Competition and Regulation from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
Salvatore Nava has joined Lear in September 2014, after gaining extensive experience in a competition economics consultancy based in London. During this time, Salvatore has worked across all of Lear’s practices, including public and private enforcement of competition law and technical assistance. Most recently, Salvatore has led the team responsible for the ex post evaluation of digital mergers that Lear carried out on behalf of the CMA; and the one tasked with the assessment of State Aid rules set out by the European Commission to help SMEs gain access to finance. Salvatore holds advanced degrees in Economics and Industrial Economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of East Anglia respectively.
Since being established in 1999 by Paolo Buccirossi, Lear has grown to become a respected member of the global antitrust community. With these appointments, Lear commits to investing in its internal resources to continue to feed this growth.
The Administrative Tribunal of Piemonte has upheld the appeal lodged by Deutsche Bahn Italia (Deutsche Bahn) S.r.l. and Öbb-Personenverkehr Aktiengesellschaft (OBB) against the decision of the Italian Transport Regulation Authority (Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti – ART) to raise wholesale fees for international train services. Read more
The Lear Competition Festival (LCF) is a unique event where competition law and economics, and regulatory issues will be discussed at all levels.
During the three-day Festival, participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on specific antitrust issues, to acquire new tools for legal and economic analysis of firms’ practices, and to network with the main players in the competition field.
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.
As part of the EBRD project with the Albanian Competition Authority (ACA), this week Lear has met relevant stakeholders from public institutions, regulatory bodies, and the business community in Tirana. Read more
Il 9 settembre a Milano si terrà la conferenza stampa per la presentazione del libro: Marca, Internet e contrasto alla disinformazione – Tutelare il brand, affrontare la crisi, quantificare il danno.
La pubblicazione, edita da Centromarca, l’Associazione Italiana dell’Industria di Marca, propone approfondimenti per rispondere in maniera adeguata alle news infondate, fake news, che possono danneggiare l’immagine di una azienda ed i suoi brands. Read more
Paolo explores merger in digital market in an interview by Caron Beaton-Wells for Competition Lore. The interview focuses on the Lear report for UK CMA on the ex-post review of merger decisions concerning Facebook, Google, Amazon and others. Read more
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