Vito Auricchio is a highly respected figure in the Italian market, with respondents saying that they "really rate him" for his superb competition work.
Peers and clients say:
"Vito is very bright, efficient and reliable".
"He offers a business-minded and international approach."
Vito Auricchio is a partner at and heads the EU, antitrust and regulation practice of Legance. Vito splits his time between the Milan and Rome office of Legance.
He advises Italian and foreign companies on different antitrust and regulatory matters, in cases of mergers, abuses and cartels before the EU Commission and the Italian Antitrust Authority, as well as civil litigation. Vito’s activity also focuses on advising clients in compliance, distribution matters and consumer protection law.
Recent merger experience includes his assistance to Nexi, the leading payment system provider in Italy, in the filing before the EU Commission of the acquisition of Intesa SanPaolo’s merchant book. Vito also assisted Fratelli Arena in a Phase 2 investigation before the ICA concerning the acquisition of a number of outlets in the South of Italy and BPER Banca in a Phase 2 investigation before the ICA concerning the acquisition of Unipol Banca.
Recent behavioural and contentious work includes assisting 2i Rete Gas, the second largest player in Italy in gas distribution in an abuse of dominance investigation before the ICA. Vito also successfully assisted Auchan in an investigation before the ICA concerning unfair commercial practices in the supply of bread to retail chains. His cartel work includes assisting Iliad as intervener in a cartel investigation before the ICA against the major mobile player and Cementir Italia, a leading Italian cement manufacturer, in a cartel investigation before the ICA.
Vito Auricchio is mentioned in Chambers and Partners (Band 2) as follows: "very talented and very knowledgeable" (2020), "very diligent and calm" "with a strong understanding of clients' businesses and a practical approach aimed at finding alternative solutions and strategies" (2019), "he has a good economic understanding of the business, coupled with a practical commercial approach" (2018), “well-reputed lawyer” (2017) and “he is noted by sources for his work in public enforcement and cartel investigations” (2016).
GCR 100 says of Vito that he “has been at the helm of LEGANCE’s competition practice since 2013 and has led the firm impressively during his tenure”.