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Competition/European Law — Italy


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Competition/European Law

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Band 1

第一等

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for unmatched expertise in the full range of competition and antitrust matters, with extensive experience in administrative and civil antitrust litigation. Highly active before the EC and Italian Competition Authority, representing clients in merger and non-merger control proceedings. Boasts an impressive client roster of high-profile Italian players and multinational corporates. Abuse of dominance cases remain a key focus and the team is increasingly involved in the provision of antitrust compliance services.

Strengths According to a client, it is "one of the top firms for antitrust issues. The team provides an excellent service in terms of quality and speed."

One interviewee highlights the team as an "absolutely stand-out practice in the sector."

Work highlights Represented Sky Italia in an investigation before the Italian Competition Authority regarding alleged collusion concerning the broadcasting rights of Serie A football.

Assisted Esso Italiana with a follow-on action for damages proceedings brought by Alitalia, concerning a decision by the Italian Competition Authority in a case against a purported cartel of Italian jet fuel suppliers.

Significant clients Eni, Enel, Snam, Telecom Italia, Hoffmann-La Roche.

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Interviewees are widely impressed by Mario Siragusa's long-standing track record and expertise in the sector, with one client reporting: "In my opinion he is one of the best antitrust experts in Europe." Specialising in EU and Italian competition law, he is frequently involved in complex litigations. Recent such cases include his representation of UnipolSai Assicurazioni before the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio to obtain a judicial review of a previous cartel case decision.

Marco D'Ostuni has a wide breadth of experience in antitrust, state aid and merger control proceedings, regularly representing clients before the EC and Italian Competition Authority. His recent cases have included representing Deloitte before the Italian Competition Authority concerning alleged collusive practices amongst companies involved in the tender procedure for the provision of support to the Audit Authority. Clients say: "He knows the business and the needs of the company very well and he has a good capability to catch the risks."

Cesare Rizza is highly active before the EC, as well as Italian civil and administrative courts. According to one source "he's very quick in answering and provides an excellent service."

Market commentators find Matteo Beretta to be "an outstanding lawyer," with impressive experience in European and antitrust law. He recently advised Italmobiliare on EU merger control proceedings in relation to the sale of its majority stake in Italcementi to HeidelbergCement.

Pietro Merlino is praised by interviewees for being "reliable, competent and orientated to understanding the structure of the clients' business." He has gained expertise in a range of matters including abuse of dominance cases, merger control proceedings and cartel investigations.

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BonelliErede - Competition/European Law

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Claudio Tesauro
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Genoa, Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Integrated group acting across its offices in Italy as well as in Brussels and London, providing considerable international support on competition matters. Represents a broad range of clients both Italian and multinational, with recent activity in the telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and transport sectors. Areas of expertise include cartel investigations, abuse of dominance and state aid cases.

Strengths One interviewee states: "Personally I look for a law firm that I can work with as a real partner and this is exactly what I have been offered by BonelliErede."

Further commentators report: "The firm has a good reputation and is well structured to deal with complex cases."

Work highlights Assisted Uber with several proceedings including defence against an unfair competition appeal and representation before the Italian Competition Authority regarding regulation of private hire vehicle services and unfair trade practices.

Represented Telecom Italia and CEIT Impianti in several proceedings concerning abuse of dominant position and involvement in fixed and mobile telephone cartels.

Notable practitioners

Leading practitioner Claudio Tesauro has particular expertise in restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance cases. Clients say: "He is very straightforward and efficient and is also creative in finding a solution." His recent case highlights include assisting Cairo Communication with competition matters related to the public takeover of RCS MediaGroup.

Massimo Merola handles competition and EU law matters from the Brussels office, with a focus on state aid. He represents clients before the EC, as well as other European and national courts.

Francesco Anglani joins the rankings following effusive feedback from interviewees. He represents clients before the competition authorities at national and European levels, including assisting with abuse of dominant position and state aid cases. Sources say: "He was very well prepared and is an excellent lawyer who knows the topics well." Clients include Lega Calcio for whom he lately assisted with an appeal before the Italian administrative court regarding alleged collusion in the allocation of broadcasting rights of Serie A football.

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Chiomenti - Competition/European Law

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Cristoforo Osti
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Advises clients on the full scope of competition issues both at national and European levels. Notable experience gained in merger control as part of complex M&A transactions and increasing activity in state aid cases. Regularly involved in proceedings involving the energy, transport and telecoms sector.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's support, saying: "They are business-oriented, but I also like their approach to discussion; things get done very quickly with them."

Work highlights Advised Ansaldo Energia on the competition aspects relating to its acquisition of Alstom technology and further assets from GE, following the merger of GE and Alstom.

Assisted Vivendi with competition elements regarding the acquisition of Mediaset Premium, including filing the transaction with the EC.

Significant clients Toyota Motor Italia, Alphabet Italia, Charterhouse Capital Partners, Camfin, UnipolSai Assicurazioni.

Notable practitioners

Highly respected competition lawyer and professor Cristoforo Osti is considered "very business-oriented and skilled in antitrust matters, with a high profile in Italy." He recently represented Buzzi Unicem before the EC for an alleged violation of Article 101 TFEU.

Stefania Bariatti advises clients on EU and competition law matters and has further activity in the IP and IT sectors. Her recent case highlights include assisting Reti Televisive Italiane and Mediaset Premium with proceedings regarding alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the allocation of football TV rights.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Competition/European Law

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tommaso Salonico
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Acts at an international level on a wide range of EU and Italian competition law matters, supported by a substantial network of offices across jurisdictions. Recent areas of focus include merger control in relation to cross-border projects, litigation and consumer protection. Gained notable expertise in regulated sectors such as energy and gas, telecoms, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths According to one interviewee, "the main thing that I appreciate with Freshfields is the experience and that the lawyers always make themselves available when we need them."

Work highlights Represented Allianz against a decision made by the Italian Competition Authority ascertaining that it had violated the Italian Consumer Code with its marketing activity.

Assisted CheBanca! with the antitrust and merger control proceedings concerning its acquisition of 89 Barclays branches.

Significant clients ThyssenKrupp Group, Borsa Italiana, London Stock Exchange, Emirates, LafargeHolcim.

Notable practitioners

Tommaso Salonico has in-depth knowledge of the competition law field, with notable expertise in regulated industries such as the energy sector. Of late, this has included advising CK Hutchison Holdings on the merger and regulatory aspects relating to its joint venture with VimpelCom, valued at EUR10.9 billion. Clients say: "He is an excellent lawyer; his most important strength is that he knows the market, our business and the law."

Gian Luca Zampa assists clients with a range of competition and antitrust matters. He recently advised Cinven on the merger control issues related to its acquisition of the entire share capital of Ergo Italia. According to interviewees, "he is excellent. When you need his help, his timing is crucial and he responds quickly. He has a very pragmatic approach and provides very close support to the client."

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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners - Competition/European Law

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Piero Fattori
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bologna, Milan, Padua, Rome and Turin

What the team is known for Well-reputed team attracting praise for its strength in the banking and energy fields. Recent areas of activity include private enforcement and cartel cases, as well as taking on an increased number of state aid matters. Experienced in representing clients before local courts, the Italian Competition Authority and the EC.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's comprehensive approach, reporting: "The firm is well organised and provides legal opinions which are very detailed, to the point and enriched with useful case law."

One impressed interviewee states: "The work was well-coordinated and the lawyers provided us with a short and focused report. They were very useful with these practical matters and helpful in offering us business and legal advice."

Work highlights Represented Eni in a follow-on action regarding a decision made by the Italian Competition Authority to sanction the company for anticompetitive practices in the Italian jet fuel market.

Assisted Novartis with an appeal against the Italian Administrative Court of First Instance after it upheld a judgment to fine the company for an alleged cartel agreement with Hoffmann-La Roche.

Significant clients Generali, L'Oréal, Gucci, Safilo Group, Takeda.

Notable practitioners

Highly regarded competition practitioner Piero Fattori assists clients at a domestic and EU level, often representing companies before the competition authority as well as the civil courts. Sources confirm his position, with one praising his "outstanding command of competition law-related topics and deep knowledge of business processes. Our company can rely on him to provide a prompt and fitting answer." His recent case highlights include assisting Alfa Acciai with an Italian Competition Authority investigation concerning alleged anti-competitive practices within the manufacturing industry.

Alberto Pera has an impressive track record in competition law, from a practical and academic standing. He advised RCS Libri and RCS MediaGroup on the competition aspects related to RC Libri's acquisition by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, valued at EUR127.5 million. Clients report: "He is very talented, experienced and is very respected and well known in the market. He is dedicated and always ready to work under tight time constraints."

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Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato - Competition/European Law

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luciano Di Via
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary department combining competition, antitrust, IP and consumer protection know-how to provide a full-service approach to its client base of domestic and international entities. In-depth knowledge of local legislation and EU law allows the team to advise on a range of issues including merger filings, cartel investigations and state aid antitrust matters.

Strengths One client highlights the team's availability, reporting: "What Clifford Chance can ensure is that the lawyers are immediately reachable and able to react fast. They are very responsive and quick at getting back to you. Their experience is very valuable too."

Further sources acknowledge the additional support provided by its wider network.

Work highlights Assisted Samsung Electronics with proceedings opened by the Italian Competition Authority for unfair commercial practices.

Represented PwC before the Italian Competition Authority alleging a cartel.

Significant clients Pfizer, Permira, CVC Capital Partners, Lactalis, Arvedi.

Notable practitioners

"Seasoned antitrust practitioner" Luciano Di Via heads the competition team at Clifford Chance. He is highlighted by clients as "a good legal and business partner and very available and willing to work on urgent matters." His recent case highlights include assisting Banca Popolare di Milano with the antitrust aspects concerning its merger with Banco Popolare.

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DLA Piper Italy - Competition/European Law

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Francesca Sutti, Alessandro Boso Caretta and Domenico Gullo
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Strengthened by a wide international network, assists international and Italian clients with competition and EU law issues. Undertakes a range of mandates such as antitrust litigation, cartel investigations and assistance during dawn raids and other investigations. Notable expertise in the telecommunications, energy and financial services industries.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's approach, stating: "The team are very responsive and dedicated to the client; they give sound and pragmatic advice. They also have a smart sector approach that I find very useful."

Another interviewee reports: "It is a very efficient law firm which is customer-oriented and skilled in technical matters."

Work highlights Assisted Vodafone Italia with a follow-on action for damages case after the Italian Competition Authority fined Telecom Italia for an abuse of dominant position in the market.

Advised ERG on all antitrust aspects concerning the EUR700 million acquisition of E.ON Produzione's entire hydroelectric business.

Significant clients Consorzio BANCOMAT, Bormioli Rocco.

Notable practitioners

Domenico Gullo focuses on competition law, with notable expertise in EU policies, state aid and unfair competition. Clients say: "He distinguishes himself by his great competence, specifically in the area of antitrust, and by the clarity in which he expresses himself, both in a written and oral manner. Also for his problem-solving ability and inclination to satisfy the client's needs."

According to one interviewee, Alessandro Boso Caretta is "very smart and business-oriented, with great competence and knowledge of this sector. He's always very friendly and available, so it is very easy to work with him." He specialises in competition matters, with a particular focus on regulated sectors such as the telecommunications field. He regularly represents clients before the regulatory and antitrust authorities.

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Nctm Studio Legale - Competition/European Law

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luca Toffoletti
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Dedicated practice covering the full range of regulatory and contentious matters. Frequently works with companies based in regulated sectors such as telecommunications, transport and pharmaceuticals. Private enforcement cases are another key strength.

Strengths Clients report that "all of the lawyers are distinguished by their excellent knowledge of the matters and their experience. They are well organised, efficient and effective."

Work highlights Represented Linde Medicale before the Italian Competition Authority regarding an alleged cartel in the medical oxygen market.

Assisted Messaggerie Italiane and Feltrinelli with an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority into the potential competition concerns related to the acquisition of RCS Libri by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore.

Significant clients Banca Popolare dell'Alto Adige, CRIBIS Teleservice, SCF Consorzio Fonografici, L'Oréal.

Notable practitioners

Sources note that Luca Toffoletti "stands out for his competence" and is "very experienced." As head of the firm's competition department, he handles a broad range of matters including assisting with merger control proceedings and representing clients before the civil courts. He recently represented Ge.S.A. and Liomatic before the Italian Competition Authority concerning an alleged cartel in the market for vending machines.

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PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE - Competition/European Law

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Davide Cacchioli
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations: Milan and Turin

What the team is known for Handles a range of compliance, consumer protection and merger control issues, including representing clients before the Italian Competition Authority and administrative courts. In addition to traditional strength in the banking and insurance industries, offers recent experience gained in the media sector.

Strengths Sources are impressed by the team's client-oriented manner, saying: "I would point out the extreme availability of the team at any time and the maximum client focus that they have always shown. I have the best impression of the competition department."

According to one interviewee, "it is a very strong team that knows Italian and European law well."

Work highlights Advised Campari Group on all antitrust matters relating to its acquisition of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle, valued at EUR652 million.

Represented Intesa Sanpaolo before the Italian supreme court regarding an alleged violation of Article 101 TFEU, concerning cartels within the payment card sector.

Significant clients UBI Banca, Credem Banca, Groupe Alpha, Pirelli, Ali Group.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Davide Cacchioli handles all areas of competition law including merger control proceedings, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases. He represented Edigita before the Italian Competition Authority in merger control authorisation proceedings concerning the acquisition of RCS Libri by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. Clients say: "He has remarkable knowledge of the competition practice, strengthened and completed by the ability to understand our company's underlying business concerns."

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Baker McKenzie - Competition/European Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrea Cicala
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Undertakes cases within all areas of competition law, including cartel investigations, private enforcement and merger control. Notable focus on the fashion and luxury goods industry, with additional experience in the automotive and pharmaceuticals sector.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "worldwide presence" as a key strength. One interviewee reports: "The lawyers go directly to the issue with a broad vision of the content and are used to working in an international environment so are fully aware of all the details."

Work highlights Represented IMG Italy before the Italian Competition Authority in proceedings concerning alleged cartel activity including exchange of sensitive information.

Significant clients Emerson Electric, Mercedes-Benz Charterway.

Notable practitioners

Andrea Cicala advises clients on a full spectrum of competition matters, including representation in investigations before the Italian Competition Authority and appeals in the Italian administrative courts. He has significant experience within the fashion and retail sectors. Clients report: "He is a great professional with evident good knowledge and command of antitrust matters" and is "very flexible and business-oriented."

Department profile by Baker McKenzie

The Baker McKenzie Italian Competition & Trade Practice Group helps clients to develop commercial strategies in compliance with applicable laws and assists them in antitrust proceedings before regulatory authorities and courts. Our Competition law team has experience in advising on the full range of competition law matters relevant to our clients on-the-ground in Italy and at EU level.

Our lawyers provide legal advice with respect to distribution strategies, horizontal practices including cartels, dominance issues, merger and acquisition transactions, unfair commercial practices and state aid procedures. They also have an extensive experience in the creation and implementation of antitrust trainings, compliance programmes and internal audits. They handle competition proceedings before Italian and EU administrative and judicial authorities and civil proceedings relating to competition cases such as damages claims. The Competition & Trade Practice Group offers efficient, high-quality legal services to companies.

We help clients with: Agreements - Concerted Action - Commercial Conduct,Vertical restraints,Compliance and Training,State Aids,Merger control,Investigations, Competition law litigation, Leniency, Inspections,Public Tenders.

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Cintioli & Associati - Competition/European Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Fabio Cintioli and Dario Ruggiero
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Boutique firm specialising in public law, including competition and European law. Regularly represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority and the administrative and civil courts. Key areas of focus include the telecommunications sector, with further expertise gained in the transport and postal sectors. Enters the rankings following praise from clients highlighting the practitioners' experience and business-minded manner.

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's client focus, saying: "We have had the opportunity to approach various complex and contentious matters with Cintioli & Associati and I find the firm to be outstanding in its customer-oriented approach."

One interviewee reports: "Cintioli & Associati is an extremely reliable partner in any antitrust case."

Work highlights Represented Vodafone Italia before the Italian Competition Authority in a case concerning the alleged abuse of dominant position by Telecom Italia.

Assisted Caronte & Tourist with an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority into an alleged price-fixing agreement amongst companies running sea transport to and from Sicily.

Significant clients Federazione delle Cooperative Raiffeisen, UniCredit, Nexive.

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Having gained significant expertise as a former general secretary of the Italian Competition Authority, Fabio Cintioli assists clients with competition and antitrust matters. One interviewee reports: "He has wide-ranging experience in the antitrust area and is a strong litigator. He really impressed me because of his ability to deal with very complex antitrust and multidisciplinary cases."

Dario Ruggiero handles Italian and European antitrust cases, specialising in matters relating to the postal, telecommunications and energy sectors.

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Gatti Pavesi Bianchi - Competition/European Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stefano Grassani
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Solid team dedicated to advising domestic and international clients on compliance, antitrust and litigation. Regularly represents clients before national and European antitrust authorities and courts. Notable activity of late on merger control filings and state aid investigations.

Strengths Interviewees recognise the firm's depth of expertise, stating: "The team is good both in national matters and also at the European Commission level. The standing of the law firm is good and they are always available to provide assistance."

Additional sources say: "We found the lawyers to be very competent and understanding of the needs of the client."

Work highlights Assisted the Municipality of Milan with the filing of an appeal with the European General Court against a decision made by the EC regarding a state aid-related matter.

Advised Neuberger Berman on the competition matters related to its joint acquisition of interest in Engineering Ingegneria Elettronica with Apax Partners.

Significant clients UniCredit, Banca Mediolanum, Banco Popolare, Chiesi Farmaceutici, Italfarmaco.

Notable practitioners

Described as an "extremely good lawyer" by market commentators, Stefano Grassani heads the firm's competition department. He has gained significant experience in vertical agreements within the fashion industry and abuse of dominance cases within the pharmaceuticals sector. His recent case highlights include assisting Grandi Navi Veloci with an appeal against a decision made by the Italian Competition Authority regarding its purported involvement in a price-fixing cartel.

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Hogan Lovells Studio Legale - Competition/European Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sabrina Borocci
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Local team supported by a widespread international network, allowing for particular strength in cross-border matters. Advises clients on state aid, antitrust cases and unfair commercial practices, as well as assisting with antitrust compliance programems. Regularly undertakes mandates for clients from regulated industries such as TMT, energy and life sciences.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's global network, with interviewees stating: "It is a well-structured international law firm," and "a very good practice for international issues."

Value for money Interviewees find the practice to offer "a competitive package."

Work highlights Assisted Volkswagen with proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority regarding an alleged cartel in the Italian long-term care rental services.

Advised SABMiller on the antitrust issues related to the sale of Peroni, as well as assistance with merger control proceedings.

Significant clients TripAdvisor, AEG, PayPal, Groupon, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Europe.

Notable practitioners

Depicted as "competent, scrupulous and timely," Sabrina Borocci heads the competition department. She assists clients with all areas of competition and EU law, including merger control filings and cartel investigations. Further interviewees state: "She is very good at merging local and international knowledge" with "great experience and added value."

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Legance - Avvocati Associati - Competition/European Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vito Auricchio
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Compact practice providing assistance with daily competition matters and undertaking cartel investigations, state aid and unfair commercial practice cases. Focuses on the retail, energy, transport and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths Interviewees comment on the team's efficiency, saying: "It is a very qualified law firm with an organised team so that everything happens in a short time."

Work highlights Represented Cementir Italia before the Italian Competition Authority regarding a cartel investigation in the cement sector.

Assisted Fondo Strategico Italiano and Eni with the merger filing for the joint acquisition of Saipem.

Significant clients Snam, Alperia, Total, Danone, Parmalat.

Notable practitioners

"Well-reputed lawyer" Vito Auricchio handles competition and EU law matters including civil litigation and compliance. He assisted F2i SGR with the filings connected to its joint venture with Enel Green Power.

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Rucellai & Raffaelli - Competition/European Law

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Band 4

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What the team is known for Handles a range of competition, antitrust, state aid and consumer protection matters, including assistance with litigation before national and European courts. Regularly assists clients from the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, insurance and transport industries.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Enrico Adriano Raffaelli is considered to be "very well known" in the market. He undertakes competition and EU law-related matters for the firm's wide range of clients.

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Tonucci & Partners - Competition/European Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Giorgio Alù and Mario Tonucci
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Brescia, Florence, Milan, Padua and Rome

What the team is known for Assists domestic and international companies with an array of competition and EU matters, such as merger control issues, cartel investigations and state aid cases. Sectors of focus include automation systems, telecommunications, energy and gaming.

Strengths Interviewees describe the lawyers as "excellent, keen and loyal professionals who really work as a team."

Further sources highlight the "availability towards the client" and "great ability" of the team.

Work highlights Advised Fincantieri on Italian and EU competition matters including merger control regulations.

Assisted Autostrade per l'Italia with the drafting of guidelines to be submitted to the Italian Competition Authority concerning the assignment of oil and food services on its network.

Significant clients Heineken Italia, Partesa, Rail Cargo Austria, Aeroporti di Roma, Marcândi.

Notable practitioners

Giorgio Alù focuses on providing advice to clients involved in state aid and antitrust-related issues. According to one interviewee, "he is able to quickly and proactively identify the most balanced and appropriate legal solutions." His recent case highlights include assisting Europcar with proceedings related to an alleged agreement amongst car hire companies to restrict competition.

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Eminent Practitioner

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Europe guide

Highly respected competition lawyer and professor Cristoforo Osti is considered "very business-oriented and skilled in antitrust matters, with a high profile in Italy." He recently represented Buzzi Unicem before the EC for an alleged violation of Article 101 TFEU.

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Star Individuals

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees are widely impressed by Mario Siragusa's long-standing track record and expertise in the sector, with one client reporting: "In my opinion he is one of the best antitrust experts in Europe." Specialising in EU and Italian competition law, he is frequently involved in complex litigations. Recent such cases include his representation of UnipolSai Assicurazioni before the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio to obtain a judicial review of a previous cartel case decision.

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Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Renowned practitioner Silvia D'Alberti heads the competition department at Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners. She has wide-ranging experience in EU and national competition matters, including representing clients in court and advising on regulatory and merger control issues. Clients are impressed by her "highest level of competence, and ability to understand and anticipate our needs." She assisted Registro Italiano Navale with a merger file concerning the change in control of RINA.

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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Highly regarded competition practitioner Piero Fattori assists clients at a domestic and EU level, often representing companies before the competition authority as well as the civil courts. Sources confirm his position, with one praising his "outstanding command of competition law-related topics and deep knowledge of business processes. Our company can rely on him to provide a prompt and fitting answer." His recent case highlights include assisting Alfa Acciai with an Italian Competition Authority investigation concerning alleged anti-competitive practices within the manufacturing industry.

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Libertini Mario Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to market commentators, Mario Libertini of Libertini Mario Studio Legale is "an outstanding antitrust lawyer." Peers highlight his knowledge of the sector and academic capabilities.

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BonelliErede

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leading practitioner Claudio Tesauro has particular expertise in restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance cases. Clients say: "He is very straightforward and efficient and is also creative in finding a solution." His recent case highlights include assisting Cairo Communication with competition matters related to the public takeover of RCS MediaGroup.

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Legance - Avvocati Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Well-reputed lawyer" Vito Auricchio handles competition and EU law matters including civil litigation and compliance. He assisted F2i SGR with the filings connected to its joint venture with Enel Green Power.

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Stefania Bariatti

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefania Bariatti advises clients on EU and competition law matters and has further activity in the IP and IT sectors. Her recent case highlights include assisting Reti Televisive Italiane and Mediaset Premium with proceedings regarding alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the allocation of football TV rights.

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Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati - CDP Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rino Caiazzo heads the competition team at Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati - CDP Studio Legale. He has a wealth of knowledge relating to competition matters, with notable expertise in the telecommunications and energy sectors. His recent case highlights include representing BT Italia in a private enforcement case seeking further damages following a decision made against Vodafone for its abuse of dominant position. Clients say: "He is very quick in providing the right response, has long experience in competition law and very wide knowledge of the jurisprudence. He also has a lot of experience in dealing with the antitrust authorities."

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Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Seasoned antitrust practitioner" Luciano Di Via heads the competition team at Clifford Chance. He is highlighted by clients as "a good legal and business partner and very available and willing to work on urgent matters." His recent case highlights include assisting Banca Popolare di Milano with the antitrust aspects concerning its merger with Banco Popolare.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marco D'Ostuni has a wide breadth of experience in antitrust, state aid and merger control proceedings, regularly representing clients before the EC and Italian Competition Authority. His recent cases have included representing Deloitte before the Italian Competition Authority concerning alleged collusive practices amongst companies involved in the tender procedure for the provision of support to the Audit Authority. Clients say: "He knows the business and the needs of the company very well and he has a good capability to catch the risks."

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Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described as an "extremely good lawyer" by market commentators, Stefano Grassani heads the firm's competition department. He has gained significant experience in vertical agreements within the fashion industry and abuse of dominance cases within the pharmaceuticals sector. His recent case highlights include assisting Grandi Navi Veloci with an appeal against a decision made by the Italian Competition Authority regarding its purported involvement in a price-fixing cartel.

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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alberto Pera has an impressive track record in competition law, from a practical and academic standing. He advised RCS Libri and RCS MediaGroup on the competition aspects related to RC Libri's acquisition by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, valued at EUR127.5 million. Clients report: "He is very talented, experienced and is very respected and well known in the market. He is dedicated and always ready to work under tight time constraints."

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Enrico Adriano Raffaelli

Rucellai & Raffaelli

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Enrico Adriano Raffaelli is considered to be "very well known" in the market. He undertakes competition and EU law-related matters for the firm's wide range of clients.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cesare Rizza is highly active before the EC, as well as Italian civil and administrative courts. According to one source "he's very quick in answering and provides an excellent service."

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Gian Michele Roberti

EJC - Roberti & Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources report that Gian Michele Roberti of EJC - Roberti & Associati "is a true EU law expert and a litigator who is very good in the administrative and civil law courts." Further interviewees highlight his experience in state aid cases.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tommaso Salonico has in-depth knowledge of the competition law field, with notable expertise in regulated industries such as the energy sector. Of late, this has included advising CK Hutchison Holdings on the merger and regulatory aspects relating to its joint venture with VimpelCom, valued at EUR10.9 billion. Clients say: "He is an excellent lawyer; his most important strength is that he knows the market, our business and the law."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gian Luca Zampa assists clients with a range of competition and antitrust matters. He recently advised Cinven on the merger control issues related to its acquisition of the entire share capital of Ergo Italia. According to interviewees, "he is excellent. When you need his help, his timing is crucial and he responds quickly. He has a very pragmatic approach and provides very close support to the client."

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matteo Bay splits his time between Latham & Watkins' Milan and Brussels offices. He has notable experience assisting multinational companies with cartel investigations, as well as representing clients before the EC, the Italian Competition Authority and further national courts. Interviewees praise his "excellent management of relationships" and "good business approach." He represented Coca-Cola HBC in defence of multiple damages claims brought by distributors.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators find Matteo Beretta to be "an outstanding lawyer," with impressive experience in European and antitrust law. He recently advised Italmobiliare on EU merger control proceedings in relation to the sale of its majority stake in Italcementi to HeidelbergCement.

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PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Davide Cacchioli handles all areas of competition law including merger control proceedings, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases. He represented Edigita before the Italian Competition Authority in merger control authorisation proceedings concerning the acquisition of RCS Libri by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. Clients say: "He has remarkable knowledge of the competition practice, strengthened and completed by the ability to understand our company's underlying business concerns."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrea Cicala advises clients on a full spectrum of competition matters, including representation in investigations before the Italian Competition Authority and appeals in the Italian administrative courts. He has significant experience within the fashion and retail sectors. Clients report: "He is a great professional with evident good knowledge and command of antitrust matters" and is "very flexible and business-oriented." 

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lucio D'Amario of Linklaters advises clients on all aspects of EU and Italian competition law, with notable expertise including anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position cases. Recently he has represented Novartis and Novartis Farma before the ECJ in proceedings regarding an alleged cartel in the pharmaceuticals sector. Clients say: "He is knowledgeable, responsive and always available to give feedback."

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Andrea De Matteis

De Matteis Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner of De Matteis Studio Legale, Andrea De Matteis handles a range of antitrust cases, with a focus on matters relating to the e-payment sector. A market commentator reports: "It is no surprise that he wins complex cases because he leaves no stone unturned. He views difficult situations as a challenge and likes to overcome them one step at a time."

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Osborne Clarke

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients report that Enrico Fabrizi of Osborne Clarke is "available and courteous," as well as "precise, competent and client-oriented." As head of department, he handles a full spectrum of competition issues for clients with notable experience in regulated markets, unfair commercial practices and state aid. He assisted Ovdamatic with an Italian Competition Authority investigation into an alleged cartel amongst vending operator companies.

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DLA Piper Italy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Domenico Gullo focuses on competition law, with notable expertise in EU policies, state aid and unfair competition. Clients say: "He distinguishes himself by his great competence, specifically in the area of antitrust, and by the clarity in which he expresses himself, both in a written and oral manner. Also for his problem-solving ability and inclination to satisfy the client's needs."

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McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Europe guide

Veronica Pinotti is head of the Italian competition practice at McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. Clients report: "She is an experienced professional and proactive in finding the best solution for the client." She has a wealth of experience in Italian and international competition matters, including those concerning cartels, abuse of dominance and state aid. Her recent case highlights include advising Warner Bros. on various competition issues, such as compliance and merger control projects.

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Nctm Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources note that Luca Toffoletti "stands out for his competence" and is "very experienced." As head of the firm's competition department, he handles a broad range of matters including assisting with merger control proceedings and representing clients before the civil courts. He recently represented Ge.S.A. and Liomatic before the Italian Competition Authority concerning an alleged cartel in the market for vending machines.

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Tonucci & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Giorgio Alù focuses on providing advice to clients involved in state aid and antitrust-related issues. According to one interviewee, "he is able to quickly and proactively identify the most balanced and appropriate legal solutions." His recent case highlights include assisting Europcar with proceedings related to an alleged agreement amongst car hire companies to restrict competition.

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EUJUS Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gianluca Belotti is managing partner of specialist antitrust boutique EUJUS Law Firm. He has extensive experience in competition, state aid and EU law matters. He frequently represents clients before the Italian and European courts.

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Hogan Lovells Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Depicted as "competent, scrupulous and timely," Sabrina Borocci heads the competition department. She assists clients with all areas of competition and EU law, including merger control filings and cartel investigations. Further interviewees state: "She is very good at merging local and international knowledge" with "great experience and added value."

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Alessandro Boso Caretta

DLA Piper Italy

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to one interviewee, Alessandro Boso Caretta is "very smart and business-oriented, with great competence and knowledge of this sector. He's always very friendly and available, so it is very easy to work with him." He specialises in competition matters, with a particular focus on regulated sectors such as the telecommunications field. He regularly represents clients before the regulatory and antitrust authorities.

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Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Claudia Cattarin of Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners habitually represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority and the EC, as well as advising on the full scope of competition matters.

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Cintioli & Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Having gained significant expertise as a former general secretary of the Italian Competition Authority, Fabio Cintioli assists clients with competition and antitrust matters. One interviewee reports: "He has wide-ranging experience in the antitrust area and is a strong litigator. He really impressed me because of his ability to deal with very complex antitrust and multidisciplinary cases."

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Dandria Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Gennaro d'Andria of Dandria Studio Legale is "a professional of high quality who always offers business-oriented solutions which perfectly suit the market in which the client is operating." He assists clients with competition matters such as cartel cases, abuse of dominant position proceedings and unfair commercial practices.

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Pavia e Ansaldo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Filippo Fioretti of Pavia e Ansaldo is considered "a very good lawyer who immediately understands the point and has good knowledge of the competition market." He specialises in antitrust investigations and regulatory law, with notable experience advising clients in the oil and gas sector. He assisted DigitalSi with an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority concerning an alleged cartel in broadcasting post-production services.

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Macchi di Cellere Gangemi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Simone Gambuto of Macchi di Cellere Gangemi focuses on the insurance, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals sectors. Sources highlight his "sound pragmatism and impressive knowledge of the law."

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alessandro Greco of Eversheds Sutherland undertakes mandates for both Italian and international clients, with experience advising on EU law, antitrust matters and state aid cases. He recently assisted Aspen Pharmacare with an Italian Competition Authority investigation concerning abuse of dominance in the pharmaceutical sector. According to one impressed interviewee, "he stood out for his detailed knowledge of competition law issues and the quality of his pleadings before the court."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pietro Merlino is praised by interviewees for being "reliable, competent and orientated to understanding the structure of the clients' business." He has gained expertise in a range of matters including abuse of dominance cases, merger control proceedings and cartel investigations.

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Cintioli & Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dario Ruggiero handles Italian and European antitrust cases, specialising in matters relating to the postal, telecommunications and energy sectors.

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Francesco Sciaudone

Grimaldi Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francesco Sciaudone splits his time between the Brussels and Italian offices of Grimaldi Studio Legale. He has notable experience in merger filings, cartel cases, state aid and unfair practice investigations. Clients describe him as "skilful, pragmatic and able to understand the client's perspective. He is business-minded, creative and solution-driven."

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Gabriella Scionti

ECR Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gabriella Scionti of Italian competition boutique ECR Legal undertakes mandates for both international and domestic clients. She has experience acting before both the Italian Competition Authority and the EC and also assists companies with the implementation of antitrust compliance programmes.

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Studio Legale DDPV

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luciano Vasques of Studio Legale DDPV focuses on regulatory matters including antitrust and consumer protection. He advises clients on matters at both Italian and European levels, with particular knowledge of the energy sector. According to one interviewee, "he is a person of high intelligence, with strong analytical and advocacy skills."

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Up and Coming

Francesco Anglani

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francesco Anglani joins the rankings following effusive feedback from interviewees. He represents clients before the competition authorities at national and European levels, including assisting with abuse of dominant position and state aid cases. Sources say: "He was very well prepared and is an excellent lawyer who knows the topics well." Clients include Lega Calcio for whom he lately assisted with an appeal before the Italian administrative court regarding alleged collusion in the allocation of broadcasting rights of Serie A football.

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Star Associate

Carlo Edoardo Cazzato

Lipani Catricalà & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Standout associate Carlo Edoardo Cazzato of Lipani Catricalà & Partners specialises in competition and regulatory matters, particularly concerning the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. Clients are impressed by his "ability to offer ideas and solutions quickly, and effectively deal with all the dynamics of an antitrust investigation."

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