Italy: Competition 2019

In this chapter we recognise 34 competition specialists who have been selected for their leading expertise in commercial and behavioural matters including merger control procedures, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Claudio Tesauro BonelliErede, Rome 
2. Maurizio Pappalardo  BonelliErede, Milan
3. Gian Luca Zampa Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Rome 
4. Francesco Anglani  BonelliErede, Rome 

Leading Italian firm BonelliErede sees three competition lawyers recognised here.
Claudio Tesauro is a heavyweight in the European competition market. He wins recommendations from peers thanks to his considerable expertise in restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance cases.
Maurizio Pappalardo comes highly recommended by market sources who consider him a go-to name for cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and merger review proceedings.
Francesco Anglani stands out among peers for his expert handling of competition compliance, regulation and contentious matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also performs well with three of its members listed here. 
Gian Luca Zampa is “a really good lawyer” whose practice covers the full range of merger control cartel and state aid matters before the EU Commission and Italian authorities.
The “excellent” Ermelinda Spinelli “is an amazing practitioner” report market commentators. She is described as “a trustworthy professional and a hard-working lawyer” who is “very precise, quick and punctual".
Tommaso Salonico has areally strong command of competition law topics jointly with a deep knowledge of business processes” effuse sources who consider him “a good team coordinator”.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton sees three practitioners listed here.
Matteo Beretta is well versed in advising international corporations on merger control procedures, cartel proceedings and abuse of dominance matters before Italian and EU regulators.
Marco D'Ostuni is recommended by peers for his strong expertise advising clients in the energy, telecommunications and media sectors on competition matters before Italian and EU authorities.
Giulio Cesare Rizza is highlighted by market commentators for his experience in behavioural and litigation work in competition law, while also being is also well versed in state aid matters.

Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners achieves four listings in this chapter. 
Piero Fattori wins recommendations from peers and clients and is praised as “an excellent and very pragmatic lawyer". They add he is “an accurate professional – technically very smart and prepared”.
Salvatore Spagnuolo is a well-regarded competition practitioner in the Italian market among peers who brings a “detailed approach to complex topics” and “great effort in his deep analysis" of competition matters.
Eva Cruellas Sada receives acclaim from peers as a “clever antitrust lawyer” who is well versed in cartel, abuse of dominance and distribution matters before the Italian competition authority and the EU Commission. 
Alberto Pera gains recommendations from peers across Europe for his practice, which encompasses economic and legal matters pertaining to competition law.

Riccardo Pennisi at Studio Legale Associato Baker McKenzie is recommended for his “ability to understand client’s needs and to make complex antitrust legal concept user-friendly”, as well as his “reliability, pragmatism and efficiency”.
Andrea Cicala possesses almost 30 years of experience in competition matters spanning cartels, compliance, distribution and merger control matters.

The distinguished Mario Libertini at the Sapienza University of Rome “is really one of the most talented antitrust lawyers – especially in the telecoms sector", according to one impressed source.  

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Pietro Merlino is celebrated by peers and clients as “an amazing antitrust lawyer” and “a very smart practitioner”. Respondents note he isreally quick in focusing on the actual potential issues and possible solutions”.

Enrico Adriano Raffaelli of Rucellai & Raffaelli wins widespread commendations from sources who applaud his “high level of competence and experience, which is particularly fruitful during hearings”.

Davide Cacchioli of Pedersoli Studio Legale has "great knowledge of the law and authority practices”, say sources who add he is “a very experienced and accurate professional, both in analysis and in practical suggestions".

The “exceptional” Cristoforo Osti at Chiomenti is “one of the top lawyers in Italy”, and is well versed in litigation and advising on state aid, abuse of dominance and other behavioural matters.
Stefania Bariatti enjoys a strong international reputation for her profound knowledge and understanding of EU and Italian competition law. 

Grimaldi Studio Legale’s Francesca Moretti is an acclaimed name in the Italian competition market known for her experience handling article 101 and 102 matters for clients in the construction, pharmaceuticals, entertainment and communication sectors.

Silvia D'Alberti at Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners has over 16 years of experience in merger control, consumer law and regulatory matters in Italy and the EU.

Simone Gambuto of Fieldfisher is “extremely knowledgeable of antitrust law and practical in her approach", effuse sources who praise her “efficiency, pragmatism and resolution to meet the goal”.

Nicola Ceraolo with Nunziante Magrone is a well-respected name in the competition space who has over 30 years of experience in advising domestic and international clients across the IT and energy sectors.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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