Bernard O'Connor > ADVANT Nctm > Milan, Italy > Lawyer Profile

20121 MILAN

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Administrative & European Public Law

Trade Law

Competition and IP Law


Equity Partner, based in Brussels. Bernard O’Connor is an EU and WTO lawyer and manages the Brussels office of Nctm. Mr O’Connor advises domestic and international clients on EU and WTO Law. Qualified in 1980, Bernard opened his own practice in 1996. In 2009 Bernard joined Nctm. He has extensive litigation experience both in the EU courts in Luxembourg and in WTO dispute settlement in Geneva. He currently represents the Council of the EU in trade cases before the EU courts. Many of his cases have concerned EU and WTO food and agricultural law.

Mr O’Connor teaches in a number of universities including: the State University, Milan, (full time course, undergraduate); the MILE at the University of Bern, and at IELPO, University of Barcelona and at Carlos III, Madrid (all trade modules, post graduate). He has written books on EU and WTO law.


2009 – Present: Practice of EU and WTO law in Brussels and Milan. 1986 – 2008: Private practice of EU and WTO law in Brussels. 1985 – 1986: LLM in EU law. 1983 – 1985: Legal researcher in Copenhagen. 1978 – 1983: solicitor in Dublin.


Italian, English, French.


Admitted to the Bar of Brussels, 1992.

Solicitor Law Society of Ireland, 1981.


LL.M. European University Institute, Florence.

Master in Legal Science, Trinity College, Dublin.

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Italy > Industry focus: Food

ADVANT Nctm focuses on EU and WTO law, including for food clients. Bernard O’Connor, who heads up the team from Brussels, is particularly appreciated for his expertise in the registration of the geographical indication for food products at European level. The Milan office houses Paolo Gallarati and Pietro Zanoni  who focus on M&A transactions for food companies.