Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for expertise in the full range of competition law matters, with extensive experience in administrative and civil antitrust litigation. Highly active before the European Commission (EC) and the Italian Competition Authority (ICA), representing clients in merger control proceedings. Handles industry-specific matters in a variety of sectors, including telecommunications, transport, energy and life sciences, acting for an impressive list of high-profile Italian players and multinational corporates. Abuse of dominance cases remain a key focus and the team is increasingly acting on proceedings concerning infringements of Article 101 of TFEU.

Strengths Clients emphasise the team's "ability to enter into the technical nature of the business, to intuit any problems and to suggest effective solutions."

Sources commend the lawyers' "absolute mastery of the subject."

Work highlights Assisted Sky Italia in connection with MediaPro Italia's appeal against the Milan Tribunal's finding of unfair competition, relating to the assignment of soccer audiovisual rights.

Notable practitioners

Cesare Rizza
handles mandates relating to abuse of dominance, merger control and cartel behaviour. Among his broad client roster are leading packaging and energy companies.

Marco D'Ostuni
handles numerous mandates relating to abuse of dominance, merger control and antitrust litigation for local and global corporations. Clients underline his "excellent profile in antitrust."

Mario Siragusa
enjoys widespread acclaim among interviewees, with one client hailing him as "monumental in this field," and another source adding: "He is extremely respected and highly esteemed by the European authorities." He represents the interests of influential Italian and multinational companies on a regular basis.

Interviewees describe
Matteo Beretta
as "client-oriented and very available." He acts for clients in the media and retail sectors on merger control, as well as in appeals against decisions of the ICA.