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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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21 January 2019 - Cartels, Competition Economics

The Italian Competition Authority clears joint bidding by Grifols and Kedrion

On December 12, 2018, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) found that the agreement between Grifols and Kedrion to submit a joint bid for the contract manufacturing of plasma therapeutic products derived from blood donations was not anticompetitive, but rather enhanced the welfare of the Italian Healthcare System. Read more

17 December 2018 - Abuse of Dominance, Competition Economics, Horizontal Agreements, Mergers

LEAR’s activity 2018: proceedings before the ICA

This year was another great year for Lear’s activity. We have assisted several firms in nine proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority for alleged breaches of antitrust legislation in different markets, such as telecommunication, transport and electricity. Read more

20 November 2018


Lear has extended its involvement in the action for damages against the six trucks manufacturers sanctioned by the European Commission for a price-fixing agreement in the market for medium and heavy trucks. After supporting the first legal action in Italy, Lear has been involved also in an action for damages put forward by 39 Slovak hauliers.

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20 November 2018 - Advocacy, Competition Economics, Technical Assistance


Lear is providing technical assistance to the Jamaica’s Fair Trading Commission (“FTC”) to strengthen its skills on competition advocacy. A key step of the Project has been completed early this month: the stakeholders’ consultation, which is part of the acquisition of information on the current state of competition advocacy in Jamaica. Read more

14 November 2018 - Antitrust, Collusion, Competition Economics, Mergers

Paolo Buccirossi at ACE conference 2018

The 16th Annual ACE conference will take place at the University of Bologna from the 15th to the 16th of November 2018.
Paolo Buccirossi will take part in the discussion in the session on Italy Antitrust – Aspen Excessive Pricing in pharmaceuticals and Serbia Antitrust and in the session on Serbia Antitrust -Collusion in the market for sunflower oil.
More details on ACE Program here

30 October 2018 - Digital Platform, Ex-post Evaluation, Mergers, Technology sector

Past merger assessment in the technology sector

Lear is pleased to announce a research and evaluation project for the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) looking at approaches to assessing potential theories of harm and evaluating past merger decisions in the technology sector. Read more

17 October 2018 - Capacity Building, Public Private Partnership, Public Procurement

Workshop on Contemporary Issues in Procurement Practices in Paris

Lear is proud to sponsor the Workshop on Contemporary Issues in Procurement Practices, organized by the IMPPM Alumni Association in collaboration with the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The Workshop will take place at the headquarter of UNESCO in Paris on 23rd and 24th October 2018. Read more

4 October 2018 - Competition Economics

Italian Competition Authority’s investigation into planned obsolescence in the smartphone sector

Lear has been retained by Samsung to assist within consumer protection proceedings started by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA).
The ICA alleged that software updates for a popular smartphone model had the effect of deteriorating the device’s performance. Read more

3 October 2018 - Capacity Building, Public Procurement, Technical Assistance, Tribunal skills

Training on Tribunal Skills in Public Procurement

Lear is glad to welcome a delegation from the Bosnian Public Procurement Review Body (PRB) composed by the President and 3 Members in its office in Rome.
The study visits is currently taking place and has been organized within the scope of the EBRD funded project “Enhancing the tribunal skills and capacity of the PRB” :
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6 September 2018 - #Advocacy #Competition, #Economics, Capacity Building

Competition Advocacy: a new strategy and capacity building programme for the Jamaican Fair Trading Commission

Lear is providing technical assistance to the Jamaica’s Fair Trading Commission (“FTC”) to strengthen its skills on competition advocacy. The main objectives of the assignment are to perform an assessment of the effectiveness of past FTC’s advocacy initiatives, to develop a new competition advocacy strategy and to build capacity within the FTC to pursue its advocacy objectives. Read more

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Silvia Caporale

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