Paolo Buccirossi

Director and Founder, Lear - Laboratorio di economia

Paolo Buccirossi is the Director and the Founder of Lear - Laboratorio di economia, antitrust, regolamentazione, a research and consulting firm specializing in the fields of antitrust and regulation. Paolo has been working in the field of competition policy since 1994. After five years as Economic Advisor at the Italian Competition Authority, in 1999 Paolo set up Lear. Since then he has advised private clients and public institutions on a range of competition issues, including cartels, abuses of dominance, vertical agreements and mergers in a variety of industries, before the European Commission and various national competition authorities. Paolo has also prepared witness statements in private litigation cases and assisted clients during regulatory reviews, mostly in the telecoms and media sectors.

Paolo has also cooperated with the Bulgarian and the Lithuanian governments in the implementation of a national competition policy regime and has advised the Dutch and the Czech Competition Authorities on their system of sanctions for breaches of competition law. He has led several research projects for the European Commission, the OFT, the UK Competition Commission, the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, the Brazilian CADE and the World Bank Group (WBG). Paolo has also published on several academic journals, including the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Industrial Economics and the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and he is the Editor of the Handbook of Antitrust Economics (MIT Press). He holds an MSc in Public Economics and a PhD in Economics awarded from University La Sapienza (Roma, Italy). Paolo teaches Competition Law Economics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and was a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University, New York University and Cambridge University.

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