Antonio Bavasso is co-head of the global antitrust practice. He advises on all aspects of antitrust law, practising primarily in London and Brussels.
Over the years Antonio has advised on a number of precedent-setting merger and behavioural investigations as well as regulatory and antitrust litigation. These include: News Corp on the two-to-one merger that created Sky Italia and on the controversial regulatory aspects of its proposed acquisition of BSkyB; BSkyB on various matters, including the acquisition of a stake in ITV (and following litigation up to the Court of Appeal) as well as on the UK litigation on use of foreign decoder cards; WPP on its acquisitions of Grey and TNS; Alliance UniChem on its merger with Boots and subsequent CAT appeal; Sun Microsystems on its complaint against Microsoft; 20th Century Fox on the EC investigations on use of MFN clauses and digital deployment agreements, and the CC reference on supply of movies to pay-TV; and Orange Austria on the merger with Hutchison which was cleared by the EC following a phase II review. He is currently advising 21st Century Fox on the EC investigation into supply of films.
Antonio is dual-qualified in the UK and Italy and has practised in San Francisco. He holds a JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Florence and a PhD from University College London (UCL), where he is also a visiting professor. In this capacity he delivers the EU competition law course and is a co-founder and director of UCL’s Jevons Institute. He has published widely in this area, and is a co-editor of Competition Policy International and consultant editor of Butterworths Competition Law Handbook. He is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network of competition authorities on unilateral practices and merger control.
Antonio comes recommended as a leading lawyer in his field in Who's Who Legal and he is recommended by Chambers. Clients say he "really understands our business and gives practical advice, rather than taking theoretical legal positions". He is praised as an individual who is "always prepared to jump in and offer pragmatic and practical solutions".
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 100 specialists located across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.
WWL says: A first class lawyer, "you want him on your side" for behavioural investigations and antitrust litigation
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