THE FIRM This hugely respected Italian independent firm boasts one of the largest antitrust practices on the market, with specialists based in Rome, Milan, Brussels and London. It offers a full service in all aspects of competition and European law and frequently acts before EU courts and the Italian Antitrust Authority. In addition to domestic companies, the firm also represents a number of international clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters. In a recent highlight, the team advised TNT Post Italia in several cases regarding alleged abuse of dominant position in the postal industry.
Sources say: "Bonelli has an excellent antitrust team, no doubt about it. All the lawyers are available, reliable and proactive."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Claudio Tesauro is lauded as "a brilliant lawyer, he knows competition regulations inside out and builds solid relationships with regulatory bodies." He has considerable experience in a number of sectors, including media, energy, finance and insurance.
Acting out of Brussels, Massimo Merola is hailed for his expertise in state aid. Clients regard him as "extremely knowledgeable and thorough." Indeed, one source enthusiastically claims that "reading his court submissions is a sheer joy."
Aurelio Pappalardo is long-established in this field and continues to lend his wealth of experience to the team.
Splitting his time between Milan and Brussels, Maurizio Pappalardo focuses on state aid, tenders and community litigation.
Luciano Di Via is currently representing Liquigas in proceedings relating to alleged collusive conduct in the liquid petroleum gas distribution market.
International arbitration specialist Luca Radicati di Brozolo is recognised for his excellent academic profile.
Dario Ruggiero is another valued member of the team who continues to build his market reputation.