Paolo Buccirossi is the Director and founder of Lear. Paolo has been working in the field of competition policy since 1994. After five years spent as an economic advisor at the Italian Competition Authority, Paolo set up Lear in 1999. Since then, he has advised private clients and public institutions on a wide range of competition issues, including cartels, abuse of dominance, vertical agreements and mergers in a variety of industries, before the European Commission and several national competition authorities. Some of the companies Paolo has assisted include: Vodafone, WIND, Shell, ENI, Bayer, Roche, Procter & Gamble, Apple, Unilever and Mediaset. Moreover, Paolo has prepared witness statements in private litigation cases and investment disputes and assisted clients during regulatory reviews, mostly in the telecoms and media sectors. Paolo regularly acts as a consultant for the World Bank and the EBRD. In addition, he has led several research projects for the European Commission, the European Parliament and several competition authorities in the world.
Paolo has published in several academic journals like the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and has been the editor of the Handbook of Antitrust Economics (MIT Press). He holds an MSc in Public Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics awarded by the University of Rome La Sapienza. Paolo has been a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University and New York University. He also teaches Economics of Competition Law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and a course on Damage Quantification at the College of Europe.