EU and competition law in Italy


BonelliErede's antitrust group in Italy, which operates in the firm's Brussels and Rome offices, works closely with practitioners based in the Milan and London offices. The team is 'made up of very talented lawyers', with their expertise including restrictive practices, abuses of dominant positions, vertical relationships, and the distribution and sale of products and services. The team is particularly highly rated for its strengths in private antitrust enforcement, and it also has a robust compliance practice. Francesco Anglani leads the competition and antitrust team, which also includes former practice head Claudio Tesauro and Sara Lembo.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Anglani

Other key lawyers:

Claudio Tesauro; Sara Lembo


The partners who assist us are characterised by their deep knowledge of the market, as well as their availability.

The team is made up of very talented lawyers.

Great competence and professionalism, with 100% availability.

Francesco Anglani is a great professional, with excellent competence and maximum availability.

Francesco Anglani is recommended for his great competence and understanding of business needs.

Claudio Tesauro is one of a kind; he is a deep connoisseur of the sector, pragmatic, gets straight to the point, finds solutions, and is tenacious and creative.

Claudio Tesauro, is not simply a trained lawyer but an exceptional person with absolutely unique human and personal resources and superior preparation skills – he cannot be compared to other top international top lawyers.

Sara Lembo is a competent, professional, who is always available, proactive and very accurate.

Key clients


Ernst & Young S.p.A.


Ferrovie Italiane dello Stato S.p.A.


Roma, Fiorentina, Torino (football teams)


Salini Impregilo

Telecom Italia

UBI Banca

Work highlights

  • Assisted Enel Energia with proceedings to challenge the ICA’s decision that the Enel group abused its dominant position in the market.
  • Acted for Ernst & Young and EY Advisory in follow-on damages actions, which involved an anti-competitive agreement.
  • Acted for three football teams in follow-on damages actions involving an anti-competitive agreement, which concerned tenders for the broadcasting rights for football matches.


Chiomenti provides ongoing advice to companies on Italian and European competition law matters, including abuses of dominant positions and cartels, as well as merger notifications before the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) and the European Commission (EC). It also assists with state aid proceedings and has an active litigation team. Cristoforo Osti is the head of the antitrust department, which includes of counsel Stefania Bariatti and counsel Alessandra Prastaro. Experienced partners Gian Michele RobertiGuido Bellitti and Marco Serpone joined the Rome office in 2020 from EJC- Roberti & Associati, with which the firm integrated.

Practice head(s):

Cristoforo Osti; Gian Michele Roberti

Other key lawyers:

Stefania Bariatti; Alessandra Prastaro; Gian Michele Roberti; Guido Bellitti; Marco Serpone; Patrick Actis Perinetto


Fantastic experience, reputation and expertise.

Gian Michele Roberti is a go-to lawyer in this area; he is technically flawless and has the ability to understand the complexities of an innovative business quickly; and his ability to have brilliant ideas to solve innovative legal problems makes him irreplaceable.

Cristoforo Osti has great experience and knowledge of antitrust matters, and he is highly respected by the authorities.

Cristoforo Osti and his collaborators stand out for their great professionalism and competence; they are always ready to deliver proactive support, and act as true partners to our company.

Key clients

Amazon Europe Sarl

Amazon Italia Customer Services S.r.l.

Vivendi S.A.

Angelini S.p.A.

Finaf S.p.A. (Angelini Group)

Toyota Motor Italia S.p.A.

Toyota Financial Services PLC

Lyconet Italia S.r.l.

Toyota Financial Corporation

Gilead Sciences S.r.l.

Opel Bank S.A.

BMW Bank Gmbh (Italian branch)

Areti S.p.A.

La Veggia S.p.A.

Buzzi Unicem S.p.A.

Cementi Moccia S.p.A.

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.


Coop Centro Italia SC

F2i-Fondi Italiani per le infrastrutture

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Investindustrial VI LP.

Reti Televisive Italiane S.p.A.

Mediaset S.p.A.

Premium S.p.A.

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.

Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation

Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co., Ltd

Adolf Wuerth

Banca Generali S.p.A.

UnipolSai Assicurazioni S.p.A.

BNP-Paribas Securities

Crédit Agricole Cariparma S.p.A.

FlixBus Italia S.r.l.

Camfin S.p.A.

Philip Morris Italia S.p.A.

Goldcar Italy S.r.l.

Industrie Riunite Odolesi S.p.A.

Polynt S.p.A.


Work highlights

  • Assisted Rete Ferroviaria Italiana with compliance issues.
  • Assisted Buzzi Unicem with extraordinary appeals against a judgment of the Council of State on an IAA decision, which concerned an alleged agreement between cement companies to increase sales prices.
  • Assisted Leonardo with the notification to the IAA of its acquisition of Vitrociset.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton fields specialists in restrictive practices, abuse of dominant positions and state aid. It regularly acts before the EC and the Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA) in relation to M&A deals, as well as non-merger control areas and subsequent appeals. The practice is also experienced in antitrust-related administrative and civil litigation. Matteo Beretta and Marco D’Ostuni are highly experienced partners, with further support provided by counsels Cesare Rizza and Gianluca Faella, and senior attorneys Saverio Valentino and Fausto Caronna. Former partner Mario Siragusa is now a senior counsel.

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Beretta; Mario Siragusa; Marco D’Ostuni; Cesare Rizza; Gianluca Faella; Saverio Valentino; Fausto Caronna

Key clients

Sky Italia

Telecom Italia – TIM


Santander Consumer Bank



Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi



Deloitte Consulting


Assilea – Associazione Italiana Leasing



Coca Cola





Work highlights

  • Acted for Siram (and parent company Veolia Energie International) in an ICA proceeding, which related to an alleged unlawful agreement involving the facility management sector’s public tender for the award of service contracts.
  • Assisted Telecom Italia – TIM with proceedings before the European Commission, which concerned an antitrust clearance involving the wireless network infrastructure sector.
  • Assisted both Santander Consumer Bank and Assilea with an appeal against the ICA’s decision in a car financing case.

Clifford Chance

Led by antitrust specialist Luciano Di ViaClifford Chance's experienced Italian competition group covers mergers, joint ventures, cartels and abuse of dominance cases. In addition, it is also active in market investigations, litigation and state aid work. Di Via's experience includes advising domestic and international clients on antitrust matters in the food and beverage, retail, insurance, energy, life sciences and telecoms sectors. Providing notable support is senior associate Pasquale Leone, who has approximately 15 years of experience in antitrust and competition.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Di Via

Other key lawyers:

Pasquale Leone

Key clients

AGC Group






Work highlights

  • Advised Dedalus Holding on the antitrust filing surrounding the acquisition of part of the healthcare software business of Agfa-Gevaert, which develops, manufactures and distributes analogue and digital imaging systems and IT solutions.
  • Advised Amco, a specialist in NPE management, on the antitrust aspects of a partial, non-proportional demerger project.
  • Acted for Italgas Reti in an abuse of dominant position investigation, which was commenced by the ICA.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's competition law team covers antitrust litigation, cartels, horizontal and vertical agreements, and abuses of dominant position. It also assists clients with various other matters, such as merger control, state aid cases, compliance, and administrative and civil litigation. Alessandro Boso Caretta focuses on the technology, telecoms, life sciences, transportation and energy sectors. Domenico Gullo is experienced in competition law (both at European and national level), EC law and consumer protection.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Boso Caretta; Domenico Gullo


What I appreciated is the possibility of combining the broad range of skills that is typical of a large firm with the ability to provide a service that is tailor-made for clients.

High-level specialist advice from a team that is very attentive to clients’ requests.

Ability of the professionals of the antitrust team to understand the needs of clients, even if they are particular, and turn them into reality.

The undoubted professional skills of the lawyers combined with rare interpersonal skills, have always allowed us to resolve all issues, even very complex ones.

The ability of the firm’s team to integrate into the operating logic of the client’s legal structure is highly appreciated.

We particularly appreciate Domenico Gullo’s pragmatism and the fact that his experience allows us to have a very realistic picture of our positions, which helps us adopt effective and profitable long-term behaviour and strategies, thereby minimising legal risks.

I appreciate the constant availability of Domenico Gullo and the simplicity with which I have access to him, something not to be taken for granted with large firms.

Alessandro Boso Caretta is a really brilliant lawyer, who is very easy to work with and great at problem-solving; he gives incredibly valuable support, has deep experience and strong technical legal skills, and a comprehensive understanding of the needs and complexities of multinational companies. I would highly recommend him!

Key clients


Assicurazioni Generali

Poste Vita

EDP Renewable Italia

Admenta Italia



ERG Power Generation

European Commission

Iccrea Banca



RCI Banque








Vodafone Automotive

Work highlights

  • Assisted Engie with a successful appeal before the administrative Court (Tar Lazio) against a €38m fine that was imposed by the ICA in a bid rigging case.
  • Advised Five on the merger control aspects of a transaction, which led to the acquisition of joint control by FIVE and Versalis of the Finproject Group.
  • Successfully defended Vodafone before the Italian Supreme Court in a high-value antitrust action for damages, which was brought by a competing operator for an alleged abuse of dominant position.

Gianni & Origoni

Gianni & Origoni demonstrates strong capabilities in competition matters involving the financial services, pharmaceuticals, energy, telecoms and transport sectors. The team advises on Italian and European-level merger notifications, cartel cases and abuse of dominance issues, as well as distribution law. Names to note include Piero Fattori, who is an Italian and EU antitrust law specialist, and Alberto Pera. Other key advisers are Eva Cruellas SadaMatteo PadellaroSalvatore Spagnuolo and associate Andrea Pezza.

Practice head(s):

Piero Fattori

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Pera; Eva Cruellas Sada; Matteo Padellaro; Salvatore Spagnuolo; Andrea Pezza


This European and competition law practice stands out for the vast expertise of its lawyers, both at administrative and litigation stages.

The firm benefits from the enormous experience of the partners; and its integrated legal services, ranging from the due diligence phase to post-closing obligations (including antitrust clearance) make the firm the first choice for M&A transactions.

The team has first-rate technical-legal skills.

The level of availability is absolutely exceptional.

Piero Fattori is one of the top national experts for antitrust regulation. His knowledge of the dynamics that characterise the proceedings before the ICA, as well as the evident esteem he is held in by ICA officials, are crucial factors in the context of investigations.

Piero Fattori is an esteemed professional, who is very competent and enlightened in his approach to clients.

Eva Cruellas Sada is a highly respected professional in relation to antitrust compliance, as well as proceedings involving unlawful agreements and abuse of dominant positions.

Associate Andrea Pezza has significant experience.

Key clients


Assotelecomunicazioni – Asstel

Telecom Italia




Deutsche Bank

Assicurazioni Generali













Rekeep S.p.A.




Alfa Acciai

Ferriere Nord

Zucchetti Informatica S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Telecom Italia with its agreements with Vodafone, which concerned an active network-sharing partnership for 4G and 5G, as well as the expansion of their passive-sharing agreement.
  • Assisted both CDP Equity, (controlled by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti) and ENI with the antitrust implications surrounding the creation of two joint ventures.
  • Assisted the Italian telecoms industry association (Asstel) with an investigation that was launched by the ICA.

Nctm Studio Legale

Nctm Studio Legale's group frequently acts for clients in proceedings involving allegedly anticompetitive agreements and abuses of dominant positions, as well as concentration notifications and antitrust damages actions. It also fields specialists in cooperation, distribution and licensing agreements, antitrust compliance, state aid, advertising regulations, and unfair commercial practices and consumer protection. Experienced partners Luca Toffoletti and Alberto Toffoletto are the names to note, as is Francesco Mazzocchi, who joined from Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Luca Toffoletti

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Toffoletto; Francesco Mazzocchi


Experience in complex issues with strong knowledge of even the most technical aspects.

Luca Toffoletti does not lose sight of the objective and has strong subject knowledge.

In-depth analysis by a very helpful and practical team.

Key clients

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A

Vodafone Italia

Vodafone Group


Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.

Linde Medicale S.r.l.

Eco-bat S.p.A.


Cdp – Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Italo Spa


SCF Società Consortile Fonografici

Unieuro Spa

Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.

Flashfiber Spa

Falck Spa

Seiko srl

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vodafone Italia with the notification before the EC of a joint venture with Telecom Italia, which concerned the physical infrastructure supporting 4G and 5G mobile networks.
  • Assisting Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A (LNPA), the National Association of football teams (First Division), with a number of antitrust litigation cases, including a matter against Mediapro that concerned the competitive procedure for broadcasting rights.
  • Represented Eco-Bat, a recycling company, in a cartel case, which was commenced by the IAA for an alleged violation of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

White & Case LLP Italy

White & Case LLP Italy's 'brilliant' competition team regularly acts for clients in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations before the ICA, as well as merger control notifications and international transaction clearances. It was recently particularly active in the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, media, and food and beverage sectors. Veronica Pinotti has over 20 years of EU competition and regulatory law experience, while associate Martino Sforza's practice includes merger, cartel and abuse of dominance cases, as well as unfair competition.

Practice head(s):

Veronica Pinotti

Other key lawyers:

Martino Sforza


The firm has an excellent international reputation in the antitrust and regulatory sector.

I appreciate their ability to work efficiently and rigorously; the firm ranks among the leading law firms in Italy, offering an all-inclusive and quality service.’

A guarantee of professional reliability; the firm has substantial breadth and depth of expertise and experience in competition.

Always very accurate, fast, proactive, brilliant and commercially driven –  the clients just love them.’

Veronica Pinotti is highly appreciated for her professionalism, competence and availability; she has a lot of experience that allows her to make informed choices.

The reputation of Veronica Pinotti’s team reflects positively on how the whole firm work; it differs both for the quality of the work and competence of the lawyers.

Veronica Pinotti and associate Martino Sforza are very talented competition lawyers.

Martino Sforza is very competent in the antitrust and regulatory space.

Key clients


Autosock Operations





Nutricia Italia

Davide Campari Milano


Energean Oil & Gas



Heineken Italia


Huawei Italia





Fondazione Ronald McDonald Italia


Nestlé Italiana

Octapharma Italy

Pastificio Rana

Pernod Ricard

PFH – Palladio Holding

Pfizer Italia


Ralph Lauren Europe

Warner Bros Entertainment Italia

Work highlights

  • Defended Eco-Bat, the international scrap lead battery recycler, in cartel proceedings, which were initiated by the ICA for alleged collusive conduct.
  • Defended Husky in proceedings, which were initiated by the ICA for potential breach of abuse of dominant position rules.
  • Defended Itron, an international water meter producer, in cartel proceedings, which were initiated by the ICA for alleged restrictive agreements on competition.


At AshurstDenis Fosselard heads up the Italian competition and EU law practice, which handles proceedings before the EC, ICA, and national and EU courts. The varied workload includes merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance. Fosselard splits his time between the Brussels and Milan offices. Counsel Gabriele Accardo is another key figure in the group.

Practice head(s):

Denis Fosselard

Other key lawyers:

Gabriele Accardo; Guilia Carnazza


Denis Fosselard is an extremely valid professional in the completion law sector. He stands out for his remarkable professional skills and constant availability.

Denis Fosselard’s legal opinions are always focused and very concrete –  characteristics that I really appreciate when working on deals.

Denis Fosselard has excellent interpersonal skills and is a very astute lawyer.

Counsel Gabriele Accardo makes complex issues simple and understandable. This is extremely useful, especially in an ever-changing market and with stakeholders who need ethical, sustainable and practical solutions.

Key clients

Alfa Acciai

Ferriera Valsabbia

Babcock International


Althea Group

The Juice Plus+ Company


Total MS

Banco BPM

Work highlights

  • Assisted Alfa Acciai S.p.A., Ferriera Valsabbia S.p.A., Valsabbia Investimenti S.p.A. with new proceedings, which were re-opened by the EC against the main Italian steel manufacturers for alleged anticompetitive conduct.
  • Acted for Ferriera Valsabbia in its appeal (before the Italian administrative courts) of the ICA’s decision to fine the main Italian producers of reinforcing steel bars and electrowelded mesh.
  • Assisted Babcock with its appeal of the ICA’s decision to fine the company for allegedly taking part in an anticompetitive agreement in the helicopter services market.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie

Led by competition law expert Andrea CicalaStudio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie's Italian competition team is experienced in cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, appeals against ICA decisions, private antitrust enforcement cases and merger control notifications. It also assists with compliance programmes, dawn raids and unfair commercial practices, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Cicala

Other key lawyers:

Giacinto Zampetti

Key clients

Facebook Inc.

Facebook Ireland Ltd.

Mytaxi Italia S.r.l. (also known as FREE NOW)

IMG Worldwide LLC

IMG Media Limited

Daimler AG

Mercedes Benz Financial Services Italia S.p.A.

Gi Group S.p.A

Willis Towers Watson Italy S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland in proceedings launched by the ICA, which concerned alleged unfair commercial practices.
  • Aced for Mytaxi Italia in both submitting complaints to the ICA and requesting the application of provisional measures.
  • Acted for Mercedes Benz Financial Services Italia and Daimler in proceedings that were launched by the ICA to investigate collusive conduct.

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale was recently active in cases before both the ICA and the Italian administrative courts. The team is also experienced in antitrust compliance and private enforcement and antitrust damages litigation, as well as state aid, merger control and foreign investment notifications. Alessandro Greco is the antitrust and competition head.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Greco

Other key lawyers:

Gabriele Maria Polito; Antonio Campitiello

Key clients

Aspen Pharmacare



Turkish Airlines





Stryker (Stryker Corporation and Stryker Italia)

Rail Cargo Austria

Al Dahra Group

Servizi Italia

Consorzio Manital

Nomad Digital



Johnson Controls

Sixthcontinent Europe


Work highlights

  • Acted for South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare group in relation to a second instance judgment before the Council of State, which challenged the ICA’s decision to fine Aspen for abusing its dominant market position.
  • Acted for Manital group, a provider in Italy of facility management services to public administrations, public entities and private clients, in litigation that challenged a prominent bid-rigging cartel investigation.
  • Assisted Al Dahra (a multinational agribusiness that specialises in animal feed and essential food commodities) with the notification obligations surrounding the sale of 50% of its issued share capital to Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Gattai, Minoli, Partners

Gattai, Minoli, Partners' active antitrust and consumer protection team is led by experienced partner Silvia D’Alberti. She advises clients on all aspects of EU and national competition and merger control law, regulatory matters, commercial transactions and consumer law, at both advisory and litigation stages. Counsel Fabiana Campopiano provides notable support.

Practice head(s):

Silvia D’Alberti

Other key lawyers:

Fabiana Campopiano

Key clients

Ambienta SGR S.p.A.


Bain Capital

Barilla G. E R. Fratelli S.p.A.

BNP Paribas Securities Services SCA

ButanGas S.p.A.

Cedacri S.p.A.

Cellnex Italia S.r.l.

Cerved S.p.A.

Clessidra SGR S.p.A.

Costa Crociere S.p.A.

CVC Capital Partners

Eurizon Capital SGR S.p.A.

Eni S.p.A.



GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A.

Giochi Preziosi S.p.A.

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

I.P.E.M. – Industria Petroli Meridionale S.p.A.

Iren Mercato S.p.A.

LeasePlan Italia S.p.A.

Metro Italia Cash & Carry S.p.A.

Nexi S.p.A.

Open Fiber S.p.A.

Reithera S.r.l.

Shell Italia S.p.A.

Snam S.p.A.

Total S.p.A.

Toyota Motor Corporation

Verisure Italia S.r.l.

Vulcangas – Società Italiana Gas Liquidi S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Iren Mercato with an antitrust filing before the EC and the Chinese and Turkish competition authorities, in relation to the sale to Snam of the co-controlling shareholding in OLT Offshore LNG Toscana.
  • Assisted GEDI Gruppo Editoriale on the sale (alongside Telecom Italia) of its participation in Persidera to Ei Towers and F2i TLC, which involved potential antitrust concerns.
  • Assisted Bain Capital with the merger filing before the EC of the acquisition of joint control (together with NB Renaissance partners) of Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, which is active in the IT services market.

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's competition law specialists assist with concentrations, cartels, abuses of dominant position, joint venture agreements, and pre-merger notifications and defence of transactions. Other areas of strength are civil antitrust litigation, state aid, antitrust audits and compliance programmes. Stefano Grassani leads the team, which also includes counsels Andrea Torazzi and Lorenzo Picciano.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Grassani

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Torazzi; Lorenzo Picciano


Great attention is paid by the partners to their clients.

Meticulous attention to the work done, with a problem-solving attitude.

They know how to solve problems and are very clear.

A special mention must go to Stefano Grassani, a true leader and master of antitrust law.

Work highlights

  • Defended SEA, (the managing operator of the two Milan airports) and the Municipality of Milan against a follow-on antitrust and state aid damages civil action, which was commenced by handling operator ATA Handling.
  • Assisted Neuberger Berman with the filing with the EC (as well as with the Brazilian and the Serbian competition authorities) of the acquisition (with Bain Capital Investor) of joint control of Engineering Ingegneria Informatica.
  • Assisted Sogaer, the managing company of the Cagliari Airport, with proceedings commenced by the EC for an alleged unlawful state aid that was granted by Sogaer to its subsidiary.

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria's EU law and competition department is particularly active in state aid litigation, where it acts for the Italian state and private operators. Elsewhere, the team is active in high-profile antitrust and unfair competition litigation, as well as the management of large-scale transactions that require merger control strategies. Edoardo Gambaro is an Italian and European antitrust law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Edoardo Gambaro

Other key lawyers:

Pietro Missanelli

Key clients

Banca Popolare di Bari


Scuola Elementare Maria Montessori

Unes Maxi S.p.A.

Bracco Group



Mediocredito Centrale


Passavant Impianti Srl

Work highlights

  • Acted for Banca Popolare di Bari, as respondent, in an appeal filed by the EC against the EU General Court’s judgment on an alleged state aid granted by Italy to ailing bank Tercas.
  • Acted for Federalberghi, the Association of Italian hotels, (against Airbnb) before the EU’s Court of Justice in relation to the taxation of short rents.
  • Successfully represented the appellants before the European Court of Justice in a state aid case, which related to municipal tax exemption on real property that was granted by Italy to non-commercial bodies.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team is experienced in merger notifications, cartel and abuse of dominant position cases, and private competition enforcement matters and administrative law proceedings. It also assists with commercial agreements, unfair commercial practices and antitrust compliance programmes. Sabrina Borocci is experienced in competition matters involving the pharmaceuticals, media, telecoms, consumer goods and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sabrina Borocci

Other key lawyers:

Luigi Nascimbene; Aurora Muselli


The Hogan Lovells team stands out for its professionalism, fairness and vision of the surrounding world.

Great technical ability and professional experience, with a great sense of timing, organisational skills and attention to clients’ needs.

The team is proactive, personable and always available.

They clearly have significant experience of large cartel cases.

Truly solid advice.

Sabrina Borocci has great experience, passion, and relationship and communication skills; she also takes the initiative, pays attention to detail, and is great at co-ordinating teams in very complex cases.

Sabrina Borocci is a real leader for her attention to detail and content, and winning advocacy with the authorities. The right contact if you want not only to have a legal opinion on a case, but to win it.

Sabrina Borocci has the ability to listen and always finds solutions.

Key clients

Volkswagen Bank GmbH

Vodafone Group Services Limited

GE Healthcare

Recordati S.p.A.

Alstom Ferroviaria S.p.A.

Volkswagen AG

Airbnb Ireland Unlimited Company

Corepla – National Consortium for the Collection and Recycling of Plastic packages

Italcementi S.p.A.

Cooper Standard Automotive Inc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vodafone Group Services Limited in a cartel case before both the Regional Administrative Court and the ICA, which involved the monthly invoice system of Italy’s four main telecoms operators in Italy (including Vodafone Group’s Italian subsidiary).
  • Assisted Airbnb Ireland before the EU Court of Justice with a preliminary ruling, which was requested by the Italian Supreme Administrative Court in relation to tax matters affecting, inter alia, competition.
  • Assisted an Italian consortium, active in the plastic materials recycling market, with an abuse of dominance appeal of an interim measures decision adopted by the ICA.

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati's EU and competition law department assists clients with merger filings and distribution matters, and it also has notable expertise in behavioural investigations. It also handles antitrust litigation and advises on compliance issues. Vito Auricchio assists with mergers, abuse of dominance cases and matters involving alleged cartels before the EC and the IAA, as well as civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Vito Auricchio

Other key lawyers:

Valerio Mosca; Guendalina Catti De Gasperi

Key clients


2i Rete Gas


Penny Market (Rewe Group)



BPER Banca


Fratelli Arena S.r.l.


Work highlights

  • Assisted Nexi with the filing before the EC of the acquisition of Intesa Sanpaolo’s merchant acquiring book.
  • Assisted Fratelli Arena, a retail operator in Sicily, with the filing before the ICA of the acquisition of sole control of a number of supermarket outlets.
  • Assisted BPER Banca with the filing before the ICA of the acquisition of sole control of direct competitor, Unipol Banca.

Pedersoli Studio Legale

Pedersoli Studio Legale's team has 'excellent knowledge of competition and European law', and is noted for its particular expertise in the Italian banking, financial and insurance sectors. The group's work covers merger control, commercial practices, cartels and abuse of dominance cases, state aid and competition litigation. Davide Cacchioli leads the competition department, which includes the 'very reliable and client-focusedAlessandro Bardanzellu.

Practice head(s):

Davide Cacchioli

Other key lawyers:

Alessandro Bardanzellu


The competition/EU Law team of Pedersoli Studio Legale is highly capable of providing excellent interdisciplinary assistance.

Pays attention to the client and identifies the best defensive strategies.

I appreciated the maximum availability of all the members of the team including partner Davide Cacchioli as well as his collaborators.

Excellent knowledge of competition and European law; the team has leading professionals with considerable experience in the sector.

I am always struck by the lucidity, clarity, precision and punctuality of Alessandro Bardanzellu’s work – a key resource for Pedersoli’s competition law team.

Alessandro Bardanzellu is a very reliable and client-focused lawyer, who has excellent knowledge of Italian competition law.

Alessandro Bardanzellu’s knowledge of the decision-making practice of the Italian Competition Authority, combined with his analytical skills, was of great help during the whole project.

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo



Davide Campari-Milano


Gruppo Argenta

Alpha Private Equity

Credito Emiliano

Ondulati Nordest

Scatolificio Idealkart

Work highlights

  • Assisted Intesa Sanpaolo with the merger control issues surrounding a voluntary public exchange offer for all of Unione di Banche Italiane’s shares.
  • Advised Intesa Sanpaolo on the merger control issues surrounding the sale of its merchant acquiring business to Nexi.
  • Assisted INWIT with antitrust and Golden Power issues that related to the incorporation of  Vodafone Towers into INWIT, which will significantly contribute to the development of 5G technology in Italy.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani's EU and competition team includes Roberto A Jacchia, whose sector experience includes pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and gaming. He co-heads the group with Antonella Terranova, who handles merger filings, cartel and abuse of dominance defences, and restrictive agreements and practices.

Practice head(s):

Roberto A Jacchia; Antonella Terranova

Other key lawyers:

Fabio Ferraro


The competition law department is best known for its handling of complex cases, as well as its combination of many disciplines to achieve the best results for their clients.

It is unique for the level of seriousness that is reserved for each client, and its spectacular preparation and competence in civil, administrative and European law.

Each client feels like a privileged friend who can always count on the firm.

Reliability, competence, professionalism, respect for the client, and passion for their work and for client service.

Roberto A Jacchia is very experienced and proactive, and has deep knowledge of competition law issues. He is also very efficient and I trust his strategic overview.

Key clients





EEC Clean Energy SRL

Renault Trucks

Stanley International Betting

Volvo Trucks

Universal Tobacco

Rizzani de Eccher

Work highlights

  • Assisted Stanleybet with obtaining from the Council of State a new reference to the Court of Justice, which related to a preliminary ruling concerning the granting of instant lotteries.
  • Advised Universal Tobacco on vertical practices and agreements, as well as antitrust compliance.
  • Successfully defended Rizzani de Eccher, an infrastructure sector group, before the Greek National Competition Commission in (reportedly) the largest cartel investigation in Greece’s antitrust history.


Dentons is 'among the best in Italy', with its practice being led by Michele Carpagnano, who represents national and multinational companies before the ICA, as well as the EC. He also acts in judicial cases and class actions before the domestic courts that involve antitrust infringements.

Practice head(s):

Michele Carpagnano

Other key lawyers:

Giulia Giordano


Dentons’ European and competition law practice is certainly among the best in Italy.

In-depth knowledge of this area with clear exposure of the risks.

Ability to frame the issue quickly and propose concrete and business-oriented solutions.

Michele Carpagnano has considerable experience and his support is effective and business-oriented; he is also able to provide information and solutions in a very short time.

Its strength lies in its being guided by international professional Michele Carpagnano, who knows this area perfectly.

This team reflects the quality and calibre of the firm itself.

Key clients

Philip Morris Italia S.r.l.

NTT Data

Piombifera Italiana S.p.A.

Spanish Chamber of Commerce


Indra Italia S.p.A.

AITEC (Associazione Italiana Tecnico Economica del Cemento)

L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.

Yamaha Music Europe

Tim S.p.A.

Avis Budget Group

Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.

Trentino Sviluppo

Italcementi (HeidelbergCement Group)

Accorhotels Italia S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Piombifera Italiana, an Italian recycling company, in an ICA investigation that concerned an alleged restrictive arrangement.
  • Advised Volotea, a Spanish low-cost airline, on several matters including competition law and state aid.
  • Assisted TiIM with an ICA proceeding, which concerned an alleged violation of consumer protection law.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Led by the 'super-competentPietro MerlinoOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italian antitrust and competition practice group was recently active in complex, high-stakes behavioural competition investigations and litigation, high-profile merger control proceedings and antitrust audits and compliance. Managing associate Marianna Mariani also provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Merlino

Other key lawyers:

Marianna Mariani


In-depth knowledge of this area and excellent understanding of business issues.

The Orrick team follows its clients with great attention and professionalism.

The strength of this firm lies in offering clients original solutions that turn out to be successful. This derives – in addition to the technical skills of the professionals – from their ability to understand and immerse themselves in the business of their client.

The team demonstrates deep knowledge of this practice area and is able, brilliantly, to co-ordinate all stages of the process positively and in an absolutely timely manner.

The team has a very good grip on both behavioural and mergers work. While the team in not very big, all its members are hands-on and with a good commercial approach.

Pietro Merlino is always very helpful, collaborative and proactive, providing useful suggestions and winning solutions to obtain the final result, while constantly maintaining a fruitful and constructive relationship with the ICA officials.

I appreciated Pietro Merlino’s lucidity, with which he faces issues, even the most complex ones.

Pietro Merlino is super-competent and flexible.

Key clients

F. Hoffmann–La Roche Ltd

Auchan Retail International SA

Kedrion S.p.A.

Sicuritalia S.p.A.


Iren S.p.A.

Coca-Cola HBC Italia

Sinterama S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted F Hoffmann-La Roche with appeal proceedings brought before the Council of State (CoS), Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation, and the European Court of Human Rights, against the CoS’ judgment on an alleged anti-competitive arrangement.
  • Assisted Auchan (the multinational retail group) with the complex merger control aspects of the sale of its Italian retail arm to Conad, the Italian co-operative retail group.
  • Assisted Sicuritalia, which is active in Italy’s private security sector, with the complex merger control aspects of its acquisition of IVRI.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke regularly handles proceedings before the Italian antitrust authorities, as well as private enforcement matters. It also has merger filing capabilities, and is noted for its work at the intersection of competition and advertising law. Enrico Fabrizi is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Enrico Fabrizi

Other key lawyers:

Valeria Veneziano; Angelo Molinaro


Great willingness to intervene quickly and come up with an answer.

Always takes into consideration the clients’ needs.

Extremely in-depth and sophisticated knowledge of competition law.

Competence and availability, with a collaborative attitude and continuous updates.

Great availability, practical solutions and a competent approach.

An extremely responsive firm that makes even complex competition law concepts intelligible.

Enrico Fabrizi guarantees competition law assistance that is always effective and timely.

Enrico Fabrizi has always stood out for his presence and clarity.

Key clients

Autotorino S.p.A

CNS-Consorzio Nazionale Servizi

ContextLogic (Wish)

Grendi Trasporti Marittimi S.p.A

Grifols Italia S.p.A

Nuovo Imaie

Ovdamatic S.p.A.

Pometon S.p.A


Reale Mutua Assicurazioni

Watertech S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pometon, a supplier of metal powders and granules, in a complex appeal before the EU General Court, which resulted in the reduction of a fine by 40%.
  • Represented Watertech, an Italian manufacturer of water meters, in IAA proceedings that concerned an alleged public tender cartel.
  • Assisted CNS-Consorzio Nazionale Servizi with appealing a decision of the IAA, which related to a cartel investigation into a large tender procedure.

Pavia e Ansaldo

Pavia e Ansaldo's Rome-based team assists with all aspects of competition activities, from litigation and investigations to antitrust compliance and merger filings. Filippo Fioretti, who 'displays great flexibility', is a highly regarded competition law adviser, with support provided by associate Maria Rosaria Raspanti.

Practice head(s):

Filippo Fioretti

Other key lawyers:

Maria Rosaria Raspanti; Fulvio Maria Palombino; Giulio Brunelli


Great experience and knowledge of antitrust matters.

Filippo Fioretti displays great flexibility and availability. I very much appreciate his ability to listen and expand upon antitrust issues, in relation to my company’s sector.

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Wolters Kluwer Italia

Colt Technology S.p.A.

Some of Italy’s largest taxi unions and taxi companies

Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA)

KAI S.r.l. (formerly Shell Italia Aviazione)

Mercury S.p.A.


Sonepar Italia

Dea Capital Alternative Funds

Work highlights

  • Acted for a large oil and gas company in its major victory in two long-running lawsuits, which were initiated by Alitalia (and its former subsidiary Volare) in relation to the payment of airport fees.
  • Advised Linkem, an Italian wireless broadband operator, on merger control proceedings instigated by the EC, which concerned the proposed creation of a joint venture between TIM and Vodafone.
  • Advised Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Europe on the establishment and implementation of an antitrust compliance programme.

Portolano Cavallo

Portolano Cavallo fields sector experts in fashion, luxury, automotive, media, life sciences and energy. The team was recently active in selective distribution and merger control matters. The principal contacts are counsels Enzo Marasà and Irene Picciano; the latter joined in 2019 from De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani.

Practice head(s):

Enzo Marasà; Irene Picciano


A young, dynamic and specialised firm that has very competent professionals, who know the business realities of clients and provide tailor-made advice.

Counsel Irene Picciano is a very experienced connoisseur of competition issues; she is also very helpful and attentive to the peculiarities of the various product sectors.

Trevisan & Cuonzo

Trevisan & Cuonzo's experience includes assisting businesses with proceedings before the Italian and EU antitrust agencies, as well as with private enforcement actions before the Italian courts. Name partner Luca Trevisan, of counsel Mario Libertini and Vittorio Cerulli Irelli are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Vittorio Cerulli Irelli

Other key lawyers:

Mario Libertini; Virginia Bellucci; Roberta Stasi; Giulia Varallo


Very strong legal knowledge.

A strong practice that has particular expertise in IP-related issues.

The team is approachable and hard working.

Solidity, attention to clients’ needs, and ability to propose solutions of benefit to the client, also from a cost-saving point of view.

Luca Trevisan is outstanding.

Luca Trevisan is appreciated for his proactivity, lateral thinking, excellent negotiation skills, and ability to immerse himself in business realities by offering 360-degree views.

Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is an excellent lawyer who is a tremendous team player. For him, the client’s interests and needs come first and he works extremely hard to ensure that no other considerations upset that focus. He is a pleasure to work alongside.

Key clients

Industria Chimica Emiliana SpA

Prodotti Chimici e Alimentari SpA

Nokia Italia SpA (Now Microsoft mobile)

Supermatic SpA

Serim SpA

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd

Sony Mobile

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented service providers Supermatic SpA and Serim SpA in cartel proceedings that were brought by the IAA.
  • Further to acting successfully in proceedings before the IAA, the firm secured the full dismissal of related damages claims for Industria Chimica Emiliana SpA and Prodotti Chimici e Alimentari SpA.
  • Represented a smartphone manufacturer in complex, multijurisdictional patent and competition law litigation.

3D Legal

3D Legal's EU and Italian antitrust and regulatory practice regularly advises on matters concerning alleged cartels and abuses of dominance, as well as mergers, unfair commercial practices, antitrust compliance programmes and state aid. It is also experienced in energy, telecoms and transport sector regulation. Gennaro d’Andria and Roberto Pirozzi are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Gennaro d’Andria; Roberto Pirozzi


A nimble boutique that punches well above its weight on competition matters.

Great for proactivity and passion for the subject.

Great ability to interpret the client’s business and to suggest the best strategies in court with foresight and in pursuit of the result.

The team always suggests courageous and innovative solutions; it does not submit to the rule of the obvious!

The firm has extensive knowledge of antitrust issues, and is able to respond to complex and difficult requests in a short time.

The lawyers are highly skilled but have an appreciable business approach.

A particularly dynamic and flexible firm that is very focused on clients’ needs.

Gennaro d’Andria stands out for his strong practical sense, tenacity and loyalty towards clients.’

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato's team, which is part of a global antitrust practice,  is led by 'extremely capable' counsel Emilio De Giorgi. It advises on the full spectrum of antitrust matters in Italy, including merger control, cartels, market investigations, behavioural cases, litigation and state aid.

Practice head(s):

Emilio De Giorgi


Proactivity, relations with the authorities and dedication are the characteristics that make this team among the best on the market.

The team is characterised by its constant availability and the ability to find pragmatic solutions in a short time.

The team, led by counsel Emilio De Giorgi, is able to assist clients with complex antitrust investigations and disputes. Its strengths are in-depth knowledge of the subject, experience and proactivity, as well as tailor-made solutions for complex assignments.’

Emilio De Giorgi is an extremely capable and dedicated professional, with a strong commercial sensibility. He is my point of reference for obtaining proactive and reliable assistance.

Emilio De Giorgi stands out for his profound knowledge of antitrust legislation and for his exceptional ability to manage relations with the ICA.

In addition to possessing specialist expertise, Emilio De Giorgio has extraordinary problem-solving skills, broad pragmatism and uncommon availability.

Key clients

DS Smith

Sky Italia

CTS Eventim

Husky Injection Molding Systems

MP & Silva

Malacalza Investimenti

Wind Tre


20th Century Fox

Work highlights

  • Acted for DS Smith, an international supplier of recycled packaging, in relation to two alleged cartels in the Italian corrugated board and related packaging sector.
  • Defended Sky Italia against Telecom Italia before the Court of Milan, in relation to contractual provisions for the distribution of Sky’s television offering on internet protocol television.
  • Assisting MP & Silva with an appeal of an IAA cartel investigation-related decision, after successfully closing several attachment proceedings.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's team is experienced in handling antitrust disputes, IP-related antitrust, cartels, compliance and merger control. It also assists with antitrust matters involving public tenders, state aid and market investigations. Team head Federico Marini-Balestra made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Federico Marini-Balestra

Other key lawyers:

Simone Cadeddu; Lucia Antonazzi

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.p.A.

Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano

Dompé Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Generali S.p.A:

John Bean Technologies


BMW Group

Perform Investment (DAZN)

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Tempur Sealy Italia S.r.l.

Widex Italia S.r.l.

Widex A/S


Work highlights

  • Acted for Telecom Italia in proceedings that were initiated by the ICA in relation to an alleged exclusionary strategy.
  • Advised Telecom Italia on the antitrust issues surrounding its strategic partnership with Google.
  • Assisted DAZN with an investigation carried out by the ICA, which related to a proposed merger between Sky Italia and Mediaset group’s Pay TV unit.

Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati – CDP Studio Legale

Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati – CDP Studio Legale acts for clients before the antitrust authorities (and other sectoral agencies), the administrative courts and the ordinary courts in antitrust-related proceedings. Rino Caiazzo has over 30 years of experience in competition and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Rino Caiazzo

Other key lawyers:

Daniele Pilla


Great knowledge of electricity market regulation, both in terms of antitrust issues and sector regulation.’

I have had very positive experiences with the firm, thanks to its professionalism, timeliness and results.

The team is exquisitely managerial in understanding the peculiarities of business activities and how to represent them.

Rino Caiazzo is among the best professionals in this market segment; he has great experience in competition law.

Key clients

British Telecom

Bristol Myers Squibb

Western Union


Poste Mobile

Cassa Centrale Raiffeisen dell’Alto Adige SpA




Hitachi Rail STS S.p.A

Hitachi Rail S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted for MAN before the Tribunals of Milan, Rome and Naples, in relation to a request for truck cartel-related damages.
  • Acted for Ansaldo STS and Hitachi Rail before the EC (among others) in a procedure for the appraisal of the proposed Bombardier and Alstom merger.
  • Assisted Cassa Centrale Raiffeisen dell’Alto Adige S.p.A. with the filing at the ICA of a concentration that led to the creation of banking group, Gruppo Bancario Cooperativo delle Casse Raiffeisen.


Linklaters' competition practice is led by Lucio D’Amario, who has expertise in EU and Italian competition law. He has a particular focus on merger control and anticompetitive agreements, including exchanges of sensitive information between competitors and alleged abuses of dominant positions.

Practice head(s):

Lucio D’Amario

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi's team focuses on merger control, competition law compliance, behavioural and consumer law investigations (and litigation), public procurement and state aid. Of counsel Salvatore Lamarca regularly acts before the ICA and also advises on public procurement issues.

Practice head(s):

Salvatore Lamarca

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Piron

Work highlights

  • Represented RATP in complex litigation.
  • Acted for Airbus in administrative litigation, which involved antitrust regulatory aspects and EU law.
  • Advised Toppazzini S.p.A. on an investigation into an alleged participation in a cardboard market cartel.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' antitrust department was established in 2020 when of counsel Riccardo Pennisi joined from Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie. Pennisi's experience includes representing clients in ICA proceedings involving alleged behavioural violations.

Practice head(s):

Riccardo Pennisi


Riccardo Pennisi is a complete and brilliant professional, who is particularly attentive to clients’ needs and scrupulous in his professional performance.

Great for practicality, pragmatism and detail.

Client oriented, proactive and solid.

Key clients

Fondo Italiano di Investimento

Recordati S.p.A.

Wise Equity SGR

Wise Capital

Sodastream Industries Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Recordati on the review of contractual aspects from an antitrust perspective.
  • Assisted Wise Capital with merger control issues surrounding various transactions.
  • Assisted Fondo Italiano di Investimento with general antitrust issues.

Tonucci & Partners

Tonucci & Partners' competition and EU law department, which is led by Giorgio Alù Saffi, fields specialists in merger control issues, cartels and abuse of dominance, commercial agreements, state aid and antitrust litigation. The team also advises on compliance and unfair business practices. Giovanni Pallone is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Giorgio Alù Saffi

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Pallone


The team is made up of highly trained professionals, who are speedy and attentive to clients.

Combines the characteristics of a law boutique with those of a large firm.

Preparation, efficiency, problem resolution and availability.

Giorgio Alù Saffi and Giovanni Pallone are serious professionals, with very solid knowledge that is constantly updated.

Key clients


Fincantieri S.p.A

Infront Sports & Media AG

Autostrade per l’Italia S.p.A.

Heineken Italia S.p.A.

Partesa S.r.l.


Interactive3G S.r.l.

Europcar Italia S.p.A.

Goldcar Italy S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Appointed (jointly with monitoring trustee Advolis) by the IAA in merger control cases surrounding both Luxottica Group’s acquisition of sole control of Barberini and Telecom Italia and Vodafone’s acquisition of joint control of INWIT.
  • Acted for Infront in complex litigation before the State Council.
  • Assists Heineken Italia (and its wholesale distribution company Partesa) on an ongoing basis.


WLex's competition, regulatory and consumer protection work ranges from matters involving alleged cartels and abuses of dominant positions to mergers and the drafting of vertical and horizontal agreements. Francesca Sutti has over 20 years of experience in European and competition law matters.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Sutti

Other key lawyers:

Margherita Grassi Catapano; Lucrezia Puliatti


‘I personally know the lawyer Francesca Sutti, a highly competent lawyer, an expert in her field. I found the Competition Law and European Law team to be extremely knowledgeable on topical issues, hardworking and efficient in their tasks.’