Compliance with competition rules has become key to the smooth functioning of every business. The growing body of Italian jurisprudence in this field and the fact that European competition law applies directly in the Italian territory have created a complex legal framework of which your company must be well aware. Post-modernization of Article 101 (governing vertical agreements such as franchise and exclusive distribution structures) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union through Regulation 1/2003, you may file actions for violations of EU competition law also before the Italian courts and the Italian competition authority, Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM).
We take great pride in our competition/antitrust practice. Our clients benefit from practical advice that allows them to achieve their strategic objectives within the limits of Italian and EU competition law.
We have in-depth knowledge of all the areas covered by competition/antitrust law, namely:
- Merger control;
- Public procurement and competitive tendering;
- Antitrust disputes including private damages, commercial disputes and judicial reviews;
- Merger control;
- State aid (compliance and filing of complaints);
- Anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance (compliance and filing of complaints and
- Sector-specific regulation (telecommunications, media, financial markets and energy).
The contents of this page should not be taken as an authoritative statement of Italian law and practice. Neither the author nor the publisher are responsible for the results of actions taken on the basis of information contained in this summary, nor for any errors or omissions. This text is not intended to render legal, accounting or tax advice. Readers are encouraged to seek professional advice concerning specific matters before making any decision.