Antonio is co-head of Allen & Overy LLP’s global antitrust group and advises on all aspects of antitrust law, practising primarily in London and Brussels.
Over the years Antonio has advised in relation to a number of precedent-setting merger and behavioural investigations as well as regulatory and antitrust litigation. These include: News Corp on the 2-1 merger which 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 decoders 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 the 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 Hutchinson 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. He is visiting professor at University College London (UCL) where he delivers the EU competition law course and is a co-founder and director of the Jevons Institute at UCL. 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 also a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network of competition authorities.
Antonio comes recommended as a leading lawyer in his field in the Who's Who Legal directory and he is recommended by Chambers where he is described by clients as "really understanding our business and gives practical advice, rather than taking theoretical legal positions" and is praised as an individual who is "always prepared to jump in and offer pragmatic and practical solutions."
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition team comprises over 100 specialists located across Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. The firm advises corporates and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the most high-profile and complex cases in recent years.
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