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This section encompasses contentious and non-contentious matters arising under EU, domestic and international competition law, including cartels, abuse of a dominant market position and merger control. Unless a more specific subsection exists, areas such as antitrust, state aid and public procurement are also considered here.

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Band 1
  1. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
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    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 15 Years Ranked
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has an outstanding reputation for its expertise in the full range of competition law matters, with extensive experience in administrative and civil antitrust litigation. It is highly active before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority, representing clients in merger control proceedings. The law firm also 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 in the automobile, telecoms and technology sectors. Abuse of dominance cases remain a key focus and the team is increasingly acting on proceedings concerning infringements of Article 101 of TFEU. Its lawyers have experience appearing before the administrative courts such as the TAR Lazio.
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Band 2
  1. BonelliErede
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    BonelliErede
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    BonelliErede's integrated group acts across its offices in Milan, Rome, Brussels and London, providing considerable international support on competition matters. It represents a broad range of important clients both Italian and multinational, with recent activity in the telecommunications, technology, energy, financial services and media sectors. The antitrust law team's areas of expertise include cartel investigations, abuse of dominance and state aid cases, as well as merger clearance, consumer protection matters and the implementation of compliance programmes. Its lawyers offer significant experience assisting with appeals at the TAR Lazio and Consiglio di Stato and follow-on damages cases.
  2. Chiomenti
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    Chiomenti
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    Chiomenti advises clients on the full scope of competition issues both at a national and European level. It offers notable experience in merger control as part of major M&A transactions and further skills in cartel proceedings before the ICA. The team also assists with anti-competitive agreement matters and unfair business practices, as well as on the implementation and monitoring of compliance programmes. The firm's lawyers are regularly involved in proceedings involving the financial services, automotive and retail sectors.
  3. Gianni & Origoni
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    Gianni & Origoni
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    Gianni & Origoni has a well-reputed team active across the telecoms, pharmaceutical and energy fields. It advises on a host of private enforcement mandates, including on abuse of dominance, distribution agreements and antitrust infringement. The team offers further capabilities in pricing regulation and is experienced in representing clients before local courts and the ICA. Lawyers at the firm are active on consumer protection matters.
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Band 3
  1. Advant Nctm
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    Advant Nctm
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    Advant Nctm offers a dedicated practice covering the full range of regulatory and contentious competition matters, with particular strength in achieving clearance for acquisitions, joint ventures and FDI. The law firm represents clients before the ICA, administrative authorities and the EC and also frequently works with companies based in sectors such as telecommunications, automotive, digital technology, media, sports and pharmaceuticals. Antitrust litigation is another key strength of the team, including damages actions, as well as anti-competitive agreements and matters related to unfair commercial practices.
  2. Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato
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    Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance's local branch of its extensive international network offers a full-service approach to its client base of domestic and international entities. Its in-depth knowledge of local legislation and EU law allows the team to advise on a range of issues, including abuse of dominance proceedings, cartel investigations and issues relating to state aid. The team represents clients from a variety of sectors, including energy services, retail, telecommunications and life sciences. Its lawyers also assist a number of well-known private equity firms with FDI filings. Coordinating with its global technology group, the firm provides advice on significant antitrust issues in the technology space.
  3. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer acts at an international level on a wide range of EU and Italian competition law matters, supported by a substantial network of offices across jurisdictions. Its key areas of focus include merger control in relation to cross-border projects, public procurement and consumer protection investigations. The team offers additional expertise in cartel investigations and alleged exchanges of sensitive information. Its lawyers are frequently sought out by clients in regulated sectors such as energy and gas, automotive, media and financial services.
  4. Gattai, Minoli, Partners
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    Gattai, Minoli, Partners
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    Gattai, Minoli & Partners is an expert team equipped to assist national and international clients from the energy, automotive, pharmaceutical and financial services industries. The firm handles a broad range of competition and EU law, including merger controls, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations before the ICA. Corporations additionally benefit from the team's expertise in implementing and monitoring Italian Consumer Code compliance programmes.
  5. Legance
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    Legance
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    A compact practice providing assistance with cartel investigations, state aid and unfair commercial practice cases, Legance - Avvocati Associati regularly represents clients before the ICA and Italian civil and administrative courts. The team is also active on mandates concerning sole control and its lawyers regularly focus on the banking, energy and retail sectors. It is increasingly sought out by national and international corporations, particularly to advise on the competition law aspects of corporate transactions.
  6. Cintioli & Associati
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. DLA Piper Italy
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    DLA Piper Italy
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 13 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper assists international and Italian clients with competition and EU law issues. It is engaged in a range of mandates such as antitrust litigation and investigations, as well as providing assistance with compliance and dawn raids. The department advises on multi-jurisdictional merger clearance mandates and is able to draw on the expertise and geographic reach of its global network.
  2. Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici
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    Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's solid team is dedicated to advising domestic and international clients on merger control filings, state aid investigations and antitrust litigation. It regularly represents clients before national and European antitrust authorities and courts and demonstrates aptitude in handling price-fixing cartel disputes as well as follow-on damages cases. Its lawyers are well versed in assisting clients from the telecoms, financial services and retail sectors.
  3. Hogan Lovells Studio Legale
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    Hogan Lovells Studio Legale
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 12 Years Ranked
    Hogan Lovells has a strong local team supported by a widespread international network, allowing for particular strength in cross-border matters. The department advises clients on antitrust cases and unfair commercial practices, as well as assisting with antitrust compliance programmes. It regularly undertakes mandates for clients from regulated industries such as TMT, energy and transport. The team is also skilled at assisting clients with merger control mandates.
  4. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Linklaters has a reputed team acting on significant cross-border matters, covering merger control, anti-competitive agreements and cartel investigations. It also represents clients in appeals against ICA decisions. The team has an established client list of leading corporations, including those in the financial services, telecommunications and life sciences sectors.
  5. Osborne Clarke
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    Osborne Clarke
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Osborne Clarke deals with both national and EU competition law involving a vast range of mandates, encompassing abuse of dominance, cartels and misleading advertising. It also assists with the antitrust aspects of distribution and cooperation arrangements, defending clients from investigations and representing them in damages claims. Clients of the firm often hail from the life sciences, insurance and maritime industries.
  6. White & Case LLP
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    White & Case LLP
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    White & Case has an active team enjoying recognition for its antitrust practice. It is experienced in advising on matters regarding cartel investigations, compliance programmes and merger controls. The department also handles work for clients from a broad range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare and media as well as the food and beverage industry.
  7. Baker McKenzie
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
  8. Pedersoli Studio Legale
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. Eversheds Sutherland
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    Eversheds Sutherland
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 7 Years Ranked
    Eversheds Sutherlands' skilled team is often instructed on domestic and cross-border antitrust mandates, regularly advising clients before the ICA and administrative courts. It is active in private enforcement, merger control and cartel disputes with further expertise in damages litigation. The department acts for a varied roster of clients, including companies from the energy, pharmaceutical, transport and TMT sectors.
  2. 5
    Grimaldi Studio Legale
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 10 Years Ranked
    Grimaldi Studio Legale deals with a range of competition and EU matters, including blockchain, anti-competitive commercial practices and abuse of dominance. The team notably handles cartel proceedings in front of the ICA. Its sector focus includes aviation, shipping and energy.
  3. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
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    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is well regarded for the filing of mergers and foreign direct investments. The team further handles investigations into the abuse of dominance and appeals on IAA decisions. It also assists clients with compliance programmes.
  4. Rucellai & Raffaelli
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    Rucellai & Raffaelli
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 12 Years Ranked
    Rucellai & Rafaelli handles a range of competition, antitrust, state aid and consumer protection matters, including assistance with litigation before national and European courts. The team regularly assists clients from the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, insurance and transport industries. It is experienced in handling abuse of dominance claims, merger filings and state aid issues.
  5. Tonucci & Partners
    Competition/European Law
    Europe 2022 | Band 5