Summarizes and documents the outcome of the year long work by the CERN working groups studying the role of flavor physics in the era of the LHC
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The three reviews collected in this volume summarize and document the outcome of the year long work by the CERN working groups studying the role of flavor physics in the era of the LHC. They confirm that flavor physics is an essential element in the future of high-energy physics. Should new-physics particles be produced at the LHC, studies of flavor physics will play a key role, helping to find the underlying new-physics scenario, to study the properties of new-physics particles and to detect or to exclude new sources of CP violation and flavor structures.