Antonio Bavasso is “a very good practitioner” who “has to be on the list” according to peers who commend his work on merger and behavioural cases.
Antonio Bavasso is co-head of Allen & Overy LLP’s global antitrust practice. He advises on all aspects of antitrust law, practising primarily in London and Brussels.
Over the years Antonio has worked on a number of precedent-setting merger and behavioural investigations as well as regulatory and antitrust litigation. These include advising News Corp on the two-to-one merger that created Sky Italia and on the controversial regulatory aspects of its proposed acquisition of Sky (then BSkyB); Sky 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; 20th Century Fox on the European Commission (EC) investigations on use of MFN clauses and digital deployment agreements; the CC reference on supply of movies to pay-TV; the acquisition of EMI's music publishing business by the Sony-led consortium; Paddy Power’s merger with Betfair; Orange Austria on the merger with Hutchison which was cleared by the EC following a Phase II review; Veon (formerly VimpelCom) and Wind on their four-to-three mobile merger with H3G in Italy which was conditionally cleared by the EC; and 21st Century Fox on its £27.7 billion takeover bid for Sky and the subsequent £11.6 billion sale of its 39% stake in Sky to Comcast. He also advised 21st Century Fox on its US$71 billion acquisition by The Walt Disney Company, one of the largest global M&A deals, and Fox Networks Group on the investigation by the EC into alleged anticompetitive behaviour surrounding the acquisition of EU sports rights. He is advising Qatar Petroleum on the EU investigation into alleged territorial restrictions of liquefied natural gas into Europe.
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). He is a visiting professor at UCL where he teaches EU competition law and is a co-founder and director of the university’s Jevons Institute. He has published widely 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 Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. He is described as a “first-class lawyer”, with an “excellent working knowledge of the competition authorities.” He is considered one of the top advisers on merger control and regulatory litigation. Clients commend Antonio for his academic excellence and the fact that “he can grasp anything very quickly." Antonio led the team that won the British Legal Awards Competition Team of the Year 2018 for advising on the 21st Century Fox/Sky deal.
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 120 specialists operating 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.