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Disputes for IP and trademark infringements, breaches of contract, financial crimes, fraud or anticompetitive practices are becoming more and more frequent. Economic analysis often plays an important role in such disputes as it helps to estimate damages, address liability, develop optimal litigation strategies and design settlement options.

With our knowledge of micro-economic theory, modeling tools and econometric techniques we support firms and their legal advisers in managing these disputes effectively. We advise our clients during every stage of a contested matter, from strategy development and data gathering, to cross-examination, damages analysis and settlement services.

We provide oral and written witness statements, evaluate the economic and financial consequences of the disputed practices, and employ both simple and sophisticated quantitative methods to determine the relevant “but-for” scenario against which to compare the actual outcome and assess damages.

We are expert in litigation settings arising from breaches of competition law in a wide variety of markets. Relevant examples of our work include: defending a producer of packaging materials sued for damages following a decision on a cartel; supporting a major airport service provider in a court case which arose due to the level of its tariffs; defending a firm sued for damages following an EU decision on a cartel in the chemical sector; providing a witness statement for a major telecoms operator which challenged the Italian Government in court on the imposition of a turnover contribution; defending a telecoms company against numerous requests for damages due to discriminatory practices; supporting a media company in seeking compensation for damages suffered following unauthorized on-line diffusion of its contents.

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If your company needs advice for any matter related to litigation or administrative proceedings, contact us.


Latest Engagements

Damage quantification for a major football team

Lear is assisting Milan A.C. in the damages action against three media agencies who, according to a decision by the Italian Competition Authority, coordinated their bids for the tender for the broadcasting rights of Italian football matches abroad. Lear is also assisting the Lega Serie A , the top Italian football league, in the same […] Read more

Unfair commercial practices in the banking sector

Lear assisted Deutsch Bank in lodging an appeal against a decision of the AGCM who sanctioned the bank for an unfair practice in the provision of investment services to retail customers. In setting the sanction, the AGCM took into account the alleged harm caused by the illegal practice. Lear’s submission shows that the damage estimation […] Read more

Damage assessment in a margin squeeze case

Lear has been appointed by one of the main mobile and fixed telecom operators to support it in the appeal against a judgement of the Court of Milan who condemned it to pay damages for around € 54 mln. Paolo Buccirossi acted as the party’s economic expert to work along the court appointed expert to […] Read more

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