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Competition/European Law — Italy


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 the 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. Expertise in handling industry-specific matters in a variety of sectors, including telecommunications, energy and life sciences. Abuse of dominance cases remain a key focus and the team is increasingly involved in the provision of antitrust compliance services.

Strengths Clients praise the team's communication and client service skills. One pleased interviewee states: "The lawyers provide an outstanding service in every sense: they are experienced, available and have a personal approach. They have a very fluid and articulated style, without being confusing."

Other sources highlight the practicality of their counsel, with one stating: "I look for clear-cut and practical but quite broad advice. They are very good at this: they are to the point and at the same time explain very well what the basic principles are, without getting lost in them."

Work highlights Represented Telecom Italia in proceedings for antitrust damages brought by competitors including Vodafone and Colt. The matter was in relation to two allegations of abuse of dominant position and was valued over EUR1 billion.

Assisted Petronas with the global merger control requirements triggered by the creation of a number of joint ventures together with other multinational oil companies.

Notable practitioners

Mario Siragusa demonstrates a wealth of experience in advising clients on investigations, in addition to providing representation in disputes before European Union courts as well as the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio. "He really is the best in market for competition! He is super smart, he really gets it - it's as if he's been doing competition law since he was five," states an interviewee. Other sources are quick to back up this claim, with clients reporting: "He is the name in antitrust."

Marco D'Ostuni is experienced across the spectrum of competition matters, including abuse of dominance disputes, alleged bid-riggings in calls for tenders and antitrust compliance assistance. One of his clients notes: "He is a really well-prepared lawyer: has really good technical skills and he goes the extra mile."

The "outstanding" Cesare Rizza's expertise covers a range of competition matters and he often assists clients with state aid, abuse of dominance and alleged cartel disputes, as well as damages actions. He regularly represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority as well as the EC.

Matteo Beretta regularly represents multinationals in merger control proceedings, cartel allegations and investigations launched by the EC. Interviewees praise his standing in the market and note: "He has a very good reputation."

Pietro Merlino "is straightforward and gets to the point quickly. He is very skilled at summarising issues and has great availability," according to clients. He advises on abuse of dominance, cartel investigations and restrictive practices.

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BonelliErede - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 2

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What the team is known for Integrated group acting across its offices in Milan, Rome, Brussels and London, providing considerable international support on competition matters. Represents a broad range of important clients both Italian and multinational, with recent activity in the telecommunications, eyewear and media sectors. Areas of expertise include cartel investigations, abuse of dominance and state aid cases. Noted on the market for its merger control work.

Strengths Clients find the team's work to be very efficient. One source states: "It's a very cohesive team with a huge amount of knowledge. The lawyers are always available and meet deadlines."

"They give a good, quality service," reports another interviewee.

Work highlights Advised Delfin, majority shareholder of the Luxottica Group, on the competition matters related to the merger between Essilor and Luxottica. The merger was valued at EUR50 billion.

Represented FastWeb in a challenge against the EC's decision to approve a merger between Hutchison 3G Italia and Wind.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Claudio Tesauro's wide practice includes assisting clients with merger-related competition matters and proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority, linked to abuse of dominance and anti-competitive agreements. A client enthuses: "He is very structured and finds suitable solutions with a strong rationale, always giving rounded advice."

Brussels-based Massimo Merola is experienced in state aid and merger control issues, often representing clients in proceedings before the European courts. A peer notes: "He knows a lot and is a very nice person too."

Francesco Anglani regularly represents clients in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority and administrative courts, involving anti-competitive agreements and bid-rigging infringements. Market commentators praise his activity.

Sara Lembo receives market recognition for her assistance with matters before the Italian Competition Authority, involving issues that range from abuse of dominant position to anti-competitive agreements linked to public tenders. She is described by peers as "very active and well known."

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Chiomenti - Competition/European Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 further notable activity in state aid cases. Regularly involved in proceedings involving the financial services, automotive and TMT sectors. Recent areas of assistance include anti-competitive agreements and cartel cases.

Strengths Clients appreciate the high-calibre counsel provided by the team. One interviewee confirms: "The entire team showed a real talent," and others add: "Team members are competent and effective."

Another client reports: "The team has a deep knowledge of competition and European law," adding: "I would fully recommend it."

Work highlights Assisted Vivendi with the merger notification before the EC of Vivendi's potential acquisition of de facto control over Telecom Italia.

Advised BMW Bank on an alleged anti-competitive exchange of information concerning the financing of the purchase of vehicles.

Notable practitioners

Cristoforo Osti is applauded by sources for his academic prowess and legal expertise in competition matters. His clients include banks, retailers and telecommunications companies. Interviewees praise his commercial mindset and one of them notes: "He always tries to find the best solution for everyone. He is very attentive to antitrust policies and compliance."

Stefania Bariatti regularly advises clients on M&A-related antitrust advice, anti-competitive exchanges of information and cartel cases. Clients highlight her international expertise, with one stating: "She impresses us with her deep knowledge of the international antitrust mechanisms."

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https://www.chiomenti.net/en/practice-and-industries/eu-law-and-antitrust

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Areas of focus include merger control in relation to cross-border projects, litigation and consumer protection investigations. Has been involved in abuse of dominance and price signalling disputes as of late. Notable expertise in regulated sectors such as energy and gas, telecoms, healthcare and financial services.

Strengths Clients find the team's assistance in complex situations to be very effective. One interviewee further notes: "The team members have specific competencies and the ability to interpret the needs of the client."

Other sources regard the team to be "strong and prepared."

Work highlights Acted for Borsa Italiana and its Italian subsidiary BIt Market Services on an investigation launched by the Italian Competition Authority, regarding alleged abuse of dominance in the provision of financial information services in Italy.

Advised LafargeHolcim on the EU merger control issues related to the creation of a joint venture to be controlled by the client and Colabeton.

Notable practitioners

Tommaso Salonico has a wide breadth of experience in representing clients before the Italian Competition Authority in cartel, M&A-related and antitrust compliance proceedings. Sources highlight his expertise in the energy and telecoms sectors. "He not only knows the law, but also what the practices are and the regulator as well, which is useful," report clients.

Gian Luca Zampa regularly represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority and the EC, assisting with abuse of dominance, merger control and cartel cases. Sources praise his litigation skills, with a client highlighting him as "very pragmatic and efficient" counsel.

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

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed team active across the banking, pharmaceutical and energy fields. Advises on a host of private and public enforcement mandates, including on cartel investigations, distribution agreements and antitrust infringement. Further ability in state aid. Experienced in representing clients before local courts, the Italian Competition Authority and the EC. Recent additions to the department's client list include Sorgenia.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's ability to offer comprehensible advice that fits their requirements. A source states: "The lawyers have a very good knowledge and listen very well," adding: "They work well in a team with other professionals and explain things clearly."

Another client reports: "I am very happy with the team - its members are very prompt to react to our needs."

Work highlights Assisted Fiamm with a merger filing in relation to the sale of a 51% stake in Fiamm Batterie to Hitachi Chemical for EUR100 million. The sale was filed before the EC and the Indonesian Competition Authority.

Represented Manutencoop Facility Management in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority and in the subsequent appeal before the administrative courts, in which the authority concluded that the company had entered into an anti-competitive agreement with EXITone, Roma Multiservizi and two others.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate Piero Fattori's approach and single him out as a lawyer who is "attentive and super prepared." His broad activity encompasses merger filings, abuse of dominant position cases and anti-competitive agreements, and he regularly advises entities with activity in the energy, finance and life sciences sectors.

Alberto Pera boasts vast experience in assisting clients before the Italian Competition Authority and the European Court of Justice. His work regularly involves contentious mandates linked to anti-competitive practices and agreements. An interviewee highlights: "He is always able to choose the best solution to protect the interest of clients."

Eva Cruellas Sada represents clients in investigations launched by the Italian Competition Authority, covering abuse of dominance and distribution agreements. "She is very dedicated to the client - always available for giving advice and very timely in her work," reports an interviewee.

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Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 3

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What the team is known for Local branch of an extensive international network, offering 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. Represents clients from a variety of sectors, including financial services, retail and life sciences.

Strengths The team's expertise in multi-jurisdictional mandates is noted amongst clients. A source confirms: "Clifford Chance's international network is eminently well-suited for cross-border instructions and its ever-expanding geographic footprint is one that matches the needs of multinational clients."

Work highlights Represented International Paper before the Italian Competition Authority, concerning allegations of a cartel in the corrugated cardboard and packaging market.

Advised Profumerie Douglas on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of La Gardenia and Limoni.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Luciano Di Via is praised by sources for his work in the competition field, including on cartel investigations and merger clearances, within which he regularly represents important multinational entities. Sources find him to be a lawyer "who acts with calm confidence" and further report: "He is authoritative, able to help with strategy and very thorough."

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DLA Piper Italy - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority, Italian civil and administrative courts and the EC. Notable expertise in the telecommunications, energy and financial services industries.

Strengths The team is praised for providing tailor-made advice to its clients. A source accentuates: "The lawyers are very dynamic and give sound, pragmatic advice. They are easy to work with and have a smart approach."

Another client affirms: "The team's main strengths are its specific expertise in antitrust matters and positive reputation."

Work highlights Assisted ICCREA Banca with an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority, concerning the interbank agreement for the provision of a SEPA-compliant Electronic Database Alignment service.

Represented Sirti in proceedings before the Supreme Administrative Court to challenge a decision made by the Italian Competition Authority.

Notable practitioners

Domenico Gullo's practice entails competition and EU law mandates, including antitrust compliance, whereby he regularly advises clients active in the telecoms, financial services and gaming sectors. "Domenico's main strength is the ability to immediately identify and address the most important issues within an antitrust case. He also stands out for his ability and flexibility of approach," reports a client.

Alessandro Boso Caretta assists clients with disputes related to abuse of dominant position and unfair commercial practices. Interviewees find his counsel effective, with a client stating: "He has impressive legal skills, in-depth knowledge of the market and an outstanding ability to solve problems."

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Nctm Studio Legale - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dedicated practice covering the full range of regulatory and contentious matters. Represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority, administrative authorities and the EC. Frequently works with companies based in sectors such as the telecommunications, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Private enforcement cases are another key strength.

Strengths One source commends the team for its "excellent expertise and client-oriented approach," in addition to the lawyers' "good knowledge of business needs" and "pragmatic and to-the-point" advice.

Another interviewee states: "Their response times are excellent, they have deep knowledge of the local market and good insight into the way local authorities work."

Work highlights Represented Telecom Italia in a follow-on antitrust damages action after the Italian Competition Authority's decision to fine the client for abuse of dominant position.

Acted for Messaggerie Italiane on the competition aspects of its joint venture in the book distribution industry, alongside Effe 2005 Gruppo Feltrinelli.

Notable practitioners

Luca Toffoletti's varied workload includes merger control and antitrust compliance advice, as well as representing clients in contentious cartel and unfair commercial practice mandates. Clients find him to be hard-working and value that "his approach is flexible, but at the same time he is very clear in identifying and reporting issues and potential liabilities for the company."

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PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE - Competition/European Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Skilled in antitrust issues linked to setting up pan-European distribution networks. In addition to traditional strength in the banking and insurance industries, offers recent experience gained in the energy sector.

Strengths The team's ability to maintain a commercial outlook is noted amongst clients, with one stating: "The lawyers are quickly able to deeply understand the complex mechanisms that underlie business models."

Interviewees further highlight the department's ability to provide innovative and timely advice, adding: "Pedersoli Studio Legale has an outstanding familiarity with the Italian Competition Authority’s procedures and recent trends."

Work highlights Assisted UBI Banca with the merger control and regulatory filings for its acquisition of Nuova Banca delle Marche, Nuova Banca dell'Etruria e del Lazio and Nuova Cassa di Risparmio di Chieti.

Represented Ondulati Nordest in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority related to an alleged violation of Article 101 of the TFEU.

Notable practitioners

Davide Cacchioli is well versed in competition matters regarding merger control, cartel investigations and unfair commercial practices. "He supports us with a pragmatic, practical legal analysis which is based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by our business," reports a client.

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Baker McKenzie - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Undertakes cases within all areas of competition law, including cartel investigations, private enforcement and merger control. Recent experience includes providing competition law compliance training programmes for clients. Notable focus on the fashion and luxury goods industry, with additional experience in the automotive, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers for "their top-notch counsel and hands-on approach to business, even when assessing complex issues."

"T hey are very prepared, with an international approach," claims another source.

Work highlights Represented Mercedes-Benz CharterWay in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority, concerning alleged exchange of sensitive information and co-ordination of commercial strategies within a trade association.

Assisted Cementir Holding with antitrust issues associated with its acquisition of HeidelbergCement's Belgium-based business.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Andrea Cicala's practice encompasses merger control and compliance advice to clients in national and EU contexts, along with cartel proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority. Interviewees highlight his experience and appreciate his pragmatic approach, confirming: "He is well reputed in the antitrust arena."

Riccardo Pennisi is well thought of by interviewees for his activity in the competition and EU law sphere. He is experienced assisting clients with cartel proceedings and vertical agreements. A source refers to him as a "friendly and smart lawyer."

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The team has significant experience in all areas of Competition law, such as cartel investigations, appeals before competent courts against decisions rendered by the competition authorities, private antitrust enforcement cases, merger control and risk assessment relating to merger transactions, compliance programs, assistance in analysing and assessing distribution networks.

The team has unique experience in:

  • Assisting clients in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority.

  • Assisting clients in merger proceedings before the European Commission, particularly in the acquisition of divested businesses. 
  • Assisting clients in the fashion, luxury and leisure business industries in assessing and in implementing distribution networks such as selective and franchising systems. Baker McKenzie has a specific focus on the fashion industry which enables our team to accrue in-depth knowledge of the industry, facilitating prompt understanding of our clients' business needs. We are able proficient in conceiving, developing and running detailed and in-depth practical compliance training programmes, as well as implementing antitrust audit programs.

The team participated in launching the Dawn Raid App, a unique and innovative a smartphone application allowing Baker clients to quickly gather information and guidelines on how to handle antitrust dawn raids and obtain immediate legal assistance in all of the 44 jurisdictions where Baker McKenzie is actually present.

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Cintioli & Associati - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 4

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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. Experience in handling disputes concerning cartel allegations and unfair commercial practices. Key areas of focus include the telecommunications industry, with further expertise gained in the transportation and banking sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's practical counsel. A source notes: "The lawyers have an entrepreneurial vision - not just legal - and they are also very quick."

Interviewees also praise the team's strength in representing clients before the administrative courts in Italy.

Work highlights Advised Alicost, Alilauro and two others on an appeal contesting the Italian Competition Authority's decision regarding a cartel for sea-transport services in the Gulf of Naples.

Represented Vodafone in proceedings before the European Court of Justice questioning the compliance of Italian national legislation on unfair commercial practices, as enforced by the Italian Competition Authority, related to telecommunication services.

Notable practitioners

Fabio Cintioli has a wealth of experience advising clients on antitrust and competition mandates before the Italian administrative courts and the EC, along with investigations launched by the Italian Competition Authority. Clients appreciate his "recognised knowledge and reactivity in replying."

Dario Ruggiero's work often encompasses providing assistance to clients in the regulated telecommunication and energy sectors, including abuse of dominant position and cartel cases. Sources highlight his litigation abilities.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 4

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What the team is known for New addition to the rankings instructed on domestic and cross-border mandates, regularly advising clients before the Italian Competition Authority and administrative courts. Active in private enforcement, merger control and cartel disputes. Services a varied roster of clients, including companies from the energy, pharmaceutical and TMT sectors.

Strengths Clients find the team has a proactive approach to keeping them up-to-date on matters. An interviewee states: "We are very pleased with the excellent legal service delivered to us, both in terms of responsiveness and in terms of accurate updates on the procedural issues relevant to pending antitrust litigation."

Many sources also highlight the team's availability to respond very quickly to queries: "The lawyers understand what I need and also respond very fast. Even if urgent, at night or on weekends, you get very comprehensive answers from them."

Work highlights Represented Aspen Pharmacare in an investigation launched by the Italian Competition Authority concerning abuse of dominance and in the subsequent appeal against the authority's findings.

Advised cement manufacturer CALME on a cartel investigation led by the Italian Competition Authority.

Notable practitioners

Alessandro Greco is skilled in advising clients on competition and EU law matters and often represents them in cartel cases, as well as providing regulatory and state aid advice. Interviewees find him to always be available and highlight his provision of "effective and practical advice."

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Gatti Pavesi Bianchi - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Solid team dedicated to advising domestic and international clients on merger control filings, state aid investigations and antitrust litigation. Regularly represents clients before national and European antitrust authorities and courts. Demonstrates aptitude in handling price-fixing cartel disputes.

Strengths Sources value the team's "preparation, experience and reputation."

Interviewees also affirm the quality of antitrust advice provided by the team, describing its members as "good lawyers."

Work highlights Assisted GNV with an appeal before the Lazio Administrative Tribunal against the Italian Competition Authority's decision condemning GNV and other companies in an alleged price-fixing cartel matter.

Advised Airport Handling on proceedings launched by the EC concerning the client's alleged breach of state aid law.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Stefano Grassani exhibits great expertise in state aid law mandates, as well as cartel investigations and merger filings. He regularly assists important international and Italian clients. An interviewee declares: "He is well experienced and I like his pragmatic and practical attitude."

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Hogan Lovells Studio Legale - Competition/European Law Department

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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 antitrust cases and unfair commercial practices, as well as assisting with antitrust compliance programmes. Regularly undertakes mandates for clients from regulated industries such as TMT, energy and life sciences. Notable recent activity in cross-border merger control issues.

Strengths The firm's strength in multi-jurisdictional proceedings with various authorities is noted by clients: "The firm knows how to deal with local authorities, the expected timings and outcomes, and has strong knowledge of local competition laws."

Work highlights Continued to assist Volkswagen with proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority regarding an alleged cartel in the domestic long-term car rental services sector.

Notable practitioners

Sabrina Borocci leads the department and regularly advises clients on merger filings, cartel investigations and compliance mandates. Clients appreciate her expertise, with one stating: "She shows a very deep knowledge of competition law at European level and knows how the authorities usually behave, so is able to advise on proactive ways in which to be prepared in front of them."

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Hogan Lovells’ Italian Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) is based both in Milan and Rome.
Our Italian team works closely with our ACER teams elsewhere in Europe, located in Brussels, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Russia, offering a co-ordinated pan-European service covering both EU and national competition regimes.
In Italy we assist national and multinational companies, trade associations and other organisations in a full range of matters before the Italian Competition Authority as well as before the European Commission. Our key areas of advice include competition/cartels/abuses of dominant position investigations, competition related litigation before the EU and Italian courts (including private enforcement or follow-on damages claims), merger control, day to day competition law advice, compliance, EU anti-fraud (OLAF) investigations, EU law (including in relation to free movement of goods and capital), trade law (including anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases), state aids, public procurement and EU regulatory.

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Legance - Avvocati Associati - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Compact practice providing assistance with cartel investigations, state aid and unfair commercial practice cases. Focuses on the retail, energy, transportation and pharmaceutical sectors. Regularly represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority and Italian civil and administrative courts.

Strengths Clients praise the team's dedication to their cause. One source comments: "The team is competent, shares the objectives of the client and does everything possible to achieve the best results."

" The overall level of service is high; the advice is appropriate and the response times are very good," reports another client.

Work highlights Represented Total in a follow-on damages action raised by Alitalia, concerning an investigation by the Italian Competition Authority into the jet fuel sector.

Assisted Snam Rete Gas with an abuse of dominance claim in the credit-rating market for gas transportation contracts, before the Supreme Administrative Court.

Notable practitioners

Vito Auricchio leads the department and is skilled at assisting clients with cartel investigations, abuse of dominance claims, distribution agreements and consumer protection mandates. "He has a good economic understanding of the business, coupled with a practical commercial approach," states an impressed client, who additionally highlights his responsiveness.

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The EU, Antitrust and Regulation Department has gained extensive experience in the implementation of compliance programs, and also assists clients on State aid, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising.

The group assists clients before the Antitrust Authority and the European Commission in proceedings regarding concentrations, cartels and abuse of dominance.

In collaboration with the Administrative Law and the Litigation Departments, the EU, Antitrust and Regulation Department also provides assistance in challenging orders issued by national and EU administration agencies before the relevant administrative courts, in proceedings before ordinary jurisdictions, or in arbitrations regarding competition law issues.

The EU, Antitrust and Regulation Department assists Italian and foreign companies cited in Fortune 500 and FT 500 Europe, that operate in different economic sectors, including telecommunications, energy, transportation, food, banking and finance.

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Rucellai & Raffaelli - Competition/European Law Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Experience in handling abuse of dominance claims, merger filings and state aid issues.

Strengths Sources confirm that the team is reputed in the Italian competition market, with a solid knowledge of European law.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Enrico Adriano Raffaelli is recognised in the market for his practice, which includes advice on both Italian and European competition law. He boasts additional skill in commercial litigation.

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Tonucci & Partners - Competition/European Law Department

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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, state aid cases, audits and compliance programmes. Sectors of focus include life sciences, telecommunications, energy and gaming. Often represents clients before the Italian administrative courts.

Strengths Clients find the team to be very efficient. An interviewee comments: "The lawyers constantly provide excellent, innovative, business-oriented and fast solutions."

Another source finds the department's members to be "extremely available - I can call them whenever I want, day or night"

Work highlights Advised Heineken and its fully owned Italian distributor Partesa on antitrust compliance policies and merger control regulations linked to potential acquisitions.

Assisted Polcast Italia with an appeal before the Regional Administrative Tribunal of Lazio, challenging a decision by the Italian Communication Authority.

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Department head Giorgio Alù Saffi's expertise includes advising clients from the shipbuilding and TMT sectors on state aid, merger control and consumer protection. One of his clients reports: "He has an excellent grasp of business aspects."

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Senior Statesperson

Libertini Mario Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to sources, Mario Libertini of Libertini Mario Studio Legale is "very renowned and recognised" in the Italian antitrust landscape. He is highlighted in particular for his expertise in the telecoms sphere.

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Eminent Practitioner

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cristoforo Osti is applauded by sources for his academic prowess and legal expertise in competition matters. His clients include banks, retailers and telecommunications companies. Interviewees praise his commercial mindset and one of them notes: "He always tries to find the best solution for everyone. He is very attentive to antitrust policies and compliance."

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Star Individuals

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mario Siragusa demonstrates a wealth of experience in advising clients on investigations, in addition to providing representation in disputes before European Union courts as well as the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio. "He really is the best in market for competition! He is super smart, he really gets it -  it's as if he's been doing competition law since he was five," states an interviewee. Other sources are quick to back up this claim, with clients reporting: "He is the name in antitrust."

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Band 1

Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Silvia D'Alberti of Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners maintains a solid reputation in the market for her competition and EU law knowledge. Her practice ranges from representing clients in behavioural investigations, such as cartel proceedings, to merger filings and compliance programmes. "I am very satisfied: she's fast and understands the needs of our business - she's really prepared on competition law," states a happy client. Other sources expand: "She has a very good knowledge of how the Italian authorities work."

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Band 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Piero Fattori's approach and single him out as a lawyer who is "attentive and super prepared." His broad activity encompasses merger filings, abuse of dominant position cases and anti-competitive agreements, and he regularly advises entities with activity in the energy, finance and life sciences sectors.

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Band 1

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Claudio Tesauro's wide practice includes assisting clients with merger-related competition matters and proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority, linked to abuse of dominance and anti-competitive agreements. A client enthuses: "He is very structured and finds suitable solutions with a strong rationale, always giving rounded advice."

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Band 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vito Auricchio leads the department and is skilled at assisting clients with cartel investigations, abuse of dominance claims, distribution agreements and consumer protection mandates. "He has a good economic understanding of the business, coupled with a practical commercial approach," states an impressed client, who additionally highlights his responsiveness.

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Band 2

Stefania Bariatti

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefania Bariatti regularly advises clients on M&A-related antitrust advice, anti-competitive exchanges of information and cartel cases. Clients highlight her international expertise, with one stating: "She impresses us with her deep knowledge of the international antitrust mechanisms."

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Band 2

Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati - CDP Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rino Caiazzo of Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati - CDP Studio Legale is particularly renowned for his antitrust activity in the telecoms space, representing clients in litigation before the Italian courts. His work includes private enforcement, margin squeeze matters and horizontal and vertical agreements. Interviewees praise his knowledge and one of them emphasises: "He is ready to give advice at any occasion, with precise details and business-oriented opinions."

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Band 2

Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Luciano Di Via is praised by sources for his work in the competition field, including on cartel investigations and merger clearances, within which he regularly represents important multinational entities. Sources find him to be a lawyer "who acts with calm confidence" and further report: "He is authoritative, able to help with strategy and very thorough."

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Band 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marco D'Ostuni is experienced across the spectrum of competition matters, including abuse of dominance disputes, alleged bid-riggings in calls for tenders and antitrust compliance assistance. One of his clients notes: "He is a really well-prepared lawyer: has really good technical skills and he goes the extra mile."

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Band 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Stefano Grassani exhibits great expertise in state aid law mandates, as well as cartel investigations and merger filings. He regularly assists important international and Italian clients. An interviewee declares: "He is well experienced and I like his pragmatic and practical attitude."

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Band 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alberto Pera boasts vast experience in assisting clients before the Italian Competition Authority and the European Court of Justice. His work regularly involves contentious mandates linked to anti-competitive practices and agreements. An interviewee highlights: "He is always able to choose the best solution to protect the interest of clients."

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Band 2

Enrico Adriano Raffaelli

Rucellai & Raffaelli

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Enrico Adriano Raffaelli is recognised in the market for his practice, which includes advice on both Italian and European competition law. He boasts additional skill in commercial litigation.

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Band 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "outstanding" Cesare Rizza's expertise covers a range of competition matters and he often assists clients with state aid, abuse of dominance and alleged cartel disputes, as well as damages actions. He regularly represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority as well as the EC.

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Band 2

Gian Michele Roberti

EJC - Roberti & Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gian Michele Roberti of EJC - Roberti & Associati receives praise from the market for being "a fantastic state aid lawyer," in addition to being highlighted for his involvement in "very important strategic deals."

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tommaso Salonico has a wide breadth of experience in representing clients before the Italian Competition Authority in cartel, M&A-related and antitrust compliance proceedings. Sources highlight his expertise in the energy and telecoms sectors. "He not only knows the law, but also what the practices are and the regulator as well, which is useful," report clients.

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gian Luca Zampa regularly represents clients before the Italian Competition Authority and the EC, assisting with abuse of dominance, merger control and cartel cases. Sources praise his litigation skills, with a client highlighting him as "very pragmatic and efficient" counsel.

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matteo Bay of Latham & Watkins splits his time between Brussels and Milan. His practice covers investigations before the Italian Competition Authority and the EC, including issues of unfair commercial practice and cartel investigations before the EU General Court. One of his clients notes: "He is a very experienced, business-minded lawyer, who is also very practical in the way he supports the company."

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Band 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matteo Beretta regularly represents multinationals in merger control proceedings, cartel allegations and investigations launched by the EC. Interviewees praise his standing in the market and note: "He has a very good reputation."

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Band 3

PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE

From the Chambers Europe guide

Davide Cacchioli is well versed in competition matters regarding merger control, cartel investigations and unfair commercial practices. "He supports us with a pragmatic, practical legal analysis which is based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by our business," reports a client.

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Andrea Cicala's practice encompasses merger control and compliance advice to clients in national and EU contexts, along with cartel proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority. Interviewees highlight his experience and appreciate his pragmatic approach, confirming: "He is well reputed in the antitrust arena."

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Band 3

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lucio D'Amario of Linklaters is "good at thinking outside of the box and at having a holistic view of files - he also takes politics and broader policy issues into account, so his approach isn't confined to the technical legalistic view," comments an interviewee. His practice encompasses competition and EU law mandates covering merger control, price signalling and anti-competitive agreement matters.

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Band 3

Andrea De Matteis

De Matteis Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrea De Matteis of De Matteis Studio Legale is recognised amongst market commentators for his antitrust work in the financial services sector. He is also experienced in distribution and M&A antitrust matters. According to a client: "He has the ability to look at the law not only in relation to the work requested but also checking if there are other aspects that require our attention - he thinks outside of the box."

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Band 3

Osborne Clarke

From the Chambers Europe guide

Enrico Fabrizi of Osborne Clarke heads the competition and European law department and is an expert in providing counsel to clients in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority, administrative courts and the EC. His work includes abuse of dominance, merger filing and state aid matters. One of his clients notes: "Enrico is very skilled, impeccable in his precise opinions and always inclined to find practical solutions to our problems."

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Band 3

DLA Piper Italy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Domenico Gullo's practice entails competition and EU law mandates, including antitrust compliance, whereby he regularly advises clients active in the telecoms, financial services and gaming sectors. "Domenico's main strength is the ability to immediately identify and address the most important issues within an antitrust case. He also stands out for his ability and flexibility of approach," reports a client.

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Band 3

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Veronica Pinotti of White & Case LLP advises clients before Italian civil and administrative courts, competition authorities and the EC. Her practice includes unfair commercial practices, merger control and distribution issues. Clients praise her pragmatic counsel and observe: "She understands the complex commercial dynamics behind projects perfectly and is therefore able to provide comprehensive and exhaustive antitrust advice."

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Band 3

Nctm Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luca Toffoletti's varied workload includes merger control and antitrust compliance advice, as well as representing clients in contentious cartel and unfair commercial practice mandates. Clients find him to be hard-working and value that "his approach is flexible, but at the same time he is very clear in identifying and reporting issues and potential liabilities for the company."

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Band 4

Giorgio Alù Saffi

Tonucci & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Giorgio Alù Saffi's expertise includes advising clients from the shipbuilding and TMT sectors on state aid, merger control and consumer protection. One of his clients reports: "He has an excellent grasp of business aspects."

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Band 4

EUJUS Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gianluca Belotti of EUJUS Law Firm is skilled in competition and EU law, also covering state aid and anti-dumping matters. His presence on the market is noted amongst sources.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sabrina Borocci leads the department and regularly advises clients on merger filings, cartel investigations and compliance mandates. Clients appreciate her expertise, with one stating: "She shows a very deep knowledge of competition law at European level and knows how the authorities usually behave, so is able to advise on proactive ways in which to be prepared in front of them."

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Band 4

Alessandro Boso Caretta

DLA Piper Italy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alessandro Boso Caretta assists clients with disputes related to abuse of dominant position and unfair commercial practices. Interviewees find his counsel effective, with a client stating: "He has impressive legal skills, in-depth knowledge of the market and an outstanding ability to solve problems."

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Band 4

Cintioli & Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fabio Cintioli has a wealth of experience advising clients on antitrust and competition mandates before the Italian administrative courts and the EC, along with investigations launched by the Italian Competition Authority. Clients appreciate his "recognised knowledge and reactivity in replying."

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Band 4

Dandria Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gennaro d'Andria of Dandria Studio Legale is noted by clients to be "focused on always providing highly valued practical solutions to the business: despite his deep legal knowledge, theoretical approaches and academic speculation are definitely not his style." His practice covers merger control, cartel damages proceedings and consumer protection advice, amongst other areas.

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alessandro Greco is skilled in advising clients on competition and EU law matters and often represents them in cartel cases, as well as providing regulatory and state aid advice. Interviewees find him to always be available and highlight his provision of "effective and practical advice."

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Band 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pietro Merlino "is straightforward and gets to the point quickly. He is very skilled at summarising issues and has great availability," according to clients. He advises on abuse of dominance, cartel investigations and restrictive practices.

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Band 4

Cintioli & Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dario Ruggiero's work often encompasses providing assistance to clients in the regulated telecommunication and energy sectors, including abuse of dominant position and cartel cases. Sources highlight his litigation abilities.

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Band 4

Francesco Sciaudone

Grimaldi Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francesco Sciaudone of Grimaldi Studio Legale is an accomplished adviser on EU law-related mandates, often advising directorates of the EC. His competition practice also encompasses advising companies active in the energy and infrastructure sectors on a variety of mandates, including mergers and state aid cases. "He is always capable of giving a strategic view on the most complex issues and has full comprehension of every relevant aspect of the matter, be it legal, financial or technical," according to one of his clients.

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Band 4

Studio Legale DDPV

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luciano Vasques of Studio Legale DDPV is complimented on his litigation skills by market commentators. He represents clients in cartel investigations, abuse of dominant position disputes and appeals before Italian administrative courts. He is also skilled at advising clients on antitrust and consumer protection compliance programmes.

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Up and Coming

Francesco Anglani

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francesco Anglani regularly represents clients in proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority and administrative courts, involving anti-competitive agreements and bid-rigging infringements. Market commentators praise his activity.

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Up and Coming

Eva Cruellas Sada

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eva Cruellas Sada represents clients in investigations launched by the Italian Competition Authority, covering abuse of dominance and distribution agreements. "She is very dedicated to the client - always available for giving advice and very timely in her work," reports an interviewee.

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Riccardo Pennisi is well thought of by interviewees for his activity in the competition and EU law sphere. He is experienced assisting clients with cartel proceedings and vertical agreements. A source refers to him as a "friendly and smart lawyer."

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Associates to watch

Carlo Edoardo Cazzato

Lipani Catricalà & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlo Edoardo Cazzato of Lipani Catricalà & Partners assists clients with disputes before the Italian Competition Authority and administrative courts, concerning anti-competitive activity. He is also experienced in regulatory matters. Clients find him to be "very prepared and fast. He understands the questions and provides solutions."

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Associates to watch

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sara Lembo receives market recognition for her assistance with matters before the Italian Competition Authority, involving issues that range from abuse of dominant position to anti-competitive agreements linked to public tenders. She is described by peers as "very active and well known."

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Associates to watch

Valeria Veneziano

Osborne Clarke

From the Chambers Europe guide

Valeria Veneziano of Osborne Clarke handles a varied workload across the competition field, with involvement in cartel proceedings, merger filings and antitrust compliance programmes. One of her clients enthuses: "She has the ability to react very quickly. Furthermore, she has a strong knowledge of the competition issues both at the Italian and European levels."

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