Who We Are


antitrustitalia is an association of Italian professionals working in antitrust based in Brussels. Its members include officials of the European Commission, in-house lawyers, private practitioners, consultants, economists and academics.

antitrustitalia is a forum where Italian antitrust professionals can meet to exchange experiences and views.  It is an open association that encourages the active participation of all those who are interested and willing to contribute to its development and growth.

The organizers of antitrustitalia are (in alphabetical order):

  • Francesco Carloni (K&L Gates Brussels, Milan)
  • Giorgio Castaldo (European Commission – DG Competition)
  • Luca Crocco (Latham & Watkins LLP)
  • Gianni De Stefano (Hogan Lovells International LLP)
  • Massimo Tognoni (European Commission – DG Competition)
  • Teresa Vecchi (European Commission – Legal Service)

Since its creation in May 2011, the antitrustitalia network has grown to approximately 200 members.

antitrustitalia organises monthly lunch talks (“pranzi antitrust”) in the Brussels office of Confindustria, Italy’s main business federation;  seminars at the Italian Permanent Representation to the European Union; and social events such as drinks receptions (“aperitivi”) or dinners.

Below is a list of the antitrustitalia events to date:


  • 17 March 2016, 30th Lunch Talk: “Quantity Rebates After Post Danmark II”, Nicholas Khan, Legal Adviser in the European Commission Legal Service.
  • 17 February 2016, 29th Lunch Talk: “Vertical restraints in On-line sales: comments on some recent developments”, Luc Peeperkorn and Josefine Hederström (European Commission, DG Competition, Policy and case support in antitrust)
  • 26 January 2016, Cocktail, Vini Divini Aperitivi, Rue du Berger 24, 1050 – Bruxelles


  • 8 December 2015, Christmas Dinner, L’Auberge de Boendael, Square du Vieux Tilleul 12, 1150 – Bruxelles
  • 5 November 2015, 28th Lunch Talk: “25 years of Italian antitrust law”, Alberto Pera, antitrust partner at Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners and former Secretary General of the Italian Antitrust Authority
  • 16 October 2015, 27th Lunch Talk “Price discrimination in online / digital markets: is it fair, and is there a role for competition intervention?, Cristina Caffarra, Vice President and Head of European Competition Practice at Charles River Associates.
  • 10 September 2015, 7th Seminar at the Italian Permanent Representation: Le novità nei rapporti tra il public e il private enforcement alla luce della Direttiva 140/2014”
  • 29 July 2014, 26th Lunch Talk: “Commitment decisions under Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003: Too much of a good thing?”, Wouter Wils, Hearing Officer at the European Commission and Visiting Professor at King’s College London
  • 10 July 2015, Cocktail and walking dinner: Les Jeux d’Hiver, Chemin du Croquet 1, 1000 Bruxelles, “Quattro anni di antitrustitalia
  • 28th May 2015, 25th Lunch Talk: “Antitrust damages actions after the EU Directive: what’s next?”, Laurent Geelhand of Hausfeld LLP and Damien Géradin of Tilburg University
  • 24th April 2015, 24th Lunch Ralk: “The Commission’s assessment of mobile telecom mergers: what have we learned?”, Sophie Moonen, Head of Unit C5 at DG Competition
  • 18th March 2014, 23rd Lunch Talk: “Parity clauses in the online hotel booking sector – what’s going on?”, Paul Bridgeland, case handler in Unit F-1 at DG Competition and Matthias Hunold, Chief Economist at DG Competition
  • 19th February 2015, 22nd Lunch Talk: “Restrictions ‘by object’ after Groupement des Cartes Bancaires – much ado about nothing?”, Dr. Henning Leupold, member of the Competition Team of the Legal Service of the European Commission
  • 29th January 2015, 5th Aperitivo, L’Auberge de Boendael, Square du Vieux Tilleul 12, 1150 – Bruxelles


  • 20 November 2014 – 6th Seminar at the Italian Permanent Representation: meeting with the Chairman of the Italian Competition Authority
  • 28 October 2014 – 21st Lunch Talk: “The interface between competition and IP” (@Madou Tower)
  • 30 September 2014 – 20th Lunch Talk: “The Court of Justice case-law on (exclusionary) abuses of dominant position in light of the Intel judgment
  • 24 July 2014 – 19th Lunch Talk: “IP, market power and antitrust enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector” (@Confindustria)
  • 25 June 2014 – antitrustitalia 3rd anniversary – Cocktails at the Residence of the Ambassador of Italy to the Kingdom of Belgium, H.E.
  • 21 May 2014 – 18th Lunch Talk: “Apple/e-books: coordination and the role of MFN clauses”, Giulio Federico (@Confindustria)
  • 10 April 2014, 17th Lunch Talk: “Merger remedies: an enforcers’ view of the Commission’s case practice during the last three years”, Thomas Deseinhofer and Mr. Massimiliano Kadar (@Confindustria)
  • 19 March 2014 – 16th Lunch Talk: “The role of the Chief Competition Economist in competition policy: prospects at the beginning of the new mandate?”, by Massimo Motta (@Confindustria)
  • 18 February 2014 – 5th event at the Italian Permanent Representation at the European Union. Vittorio Di Bucci, Legal Service, European Commission “The Reform of State Aid Rules”
  • 29 January 2014 –  aperitivo at Martini Bar Brussels


  • 5 December 2013, Christmas Dinner at Chalet Robinson, Bruxelles
  • 26 November 2013, 15th Lunch Talk: “The future of EU merger control: simpler and better?”, by Johannes Luebking and Michele Piergiovanni, European Commission (@Confindustria)
  • 24 October 2013, 14th Lunch Talk: “Alitalia, AirOne and the opening to competition of the Linate-Fiumicino route”, by Gabriele Accardo of Studio Legale Dandria (@Confindustria)
  • 20 September 2013 – 13th Lunch Talk: “Civil redress of antitrust damages: the dawn of a new era” by Daniele Calisti, Commissione Europea (@Confindustria)
  • 9 July 2013 – 12th Lunch Talk: “30 years in the antitrust trench” by Mario Siragusa, Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton (@ Confindustria)
  • 12 June 2013 – Cocktail party to celebrate two years of antitrustitalia (@ La Patinoire)
  • 11 May 2013 – 11th Lunch Talk: “Econometric tools for merger analysis” by Andrea Amelio, European Commission (@ Confindustria)
  • 19 April 2013 – 10th Lunch Talk: “Antitrust and international cooperation: towards a new enforcement system?” by Antonio Capobianco, Senior Counsel at the OECD (@ Confindustria)
  • 21 March 2013 – 9th Lunch Talk: “Privacy and Antitrust” by Bruno Gencarelli, European Commission, Deputy Head of Unit – Data Protection (@ Confindustria)
  • 21 February 2013 – 4th event at Italian Permanent Representation to the European Union:“Modernisation of the EU State aid rules” by Nicola Pesaresi, European Commission, DG Competition
  • 30 January 2013 – 3rd “Aperitivo” (@ Etiquette)


  • 12 December 2012 – Christmas dinner (@ Dolceamaro)
  • 27 November 2012 – 8th Lunch Talk: “Form CO: user guide manual” by Giorgio Castaldo and Michele Piergiovanni, European Commission, DG Competition (@ Confindustria)
  • 22 October 2012 – 7th Lunch Talk: “Antitrust Compliance programmes: an international challenge” by Irene de Angelis e Jacques Moscianese (Intesa Sanpaolo SpA) and Irene Picciano (De Berti Jacchia) (@ Confindustria)
  • 28 September 2012 – 6th Lunch Talk: “TV broadcasting rights: consequences and possible future scenarios after the ‘Murphy‘ judgment” by Lodovico Benvenuti, Mediaset (@ Science14 Atrium)
  • 5 July 2012 – 3rd event at Italian Permanent Representation to the European Union: “The modernisation of EU State aid rules in the context of the enduring economic crisis” by Massimo Merola, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo
  • 20 June 2012 – Cocktail party to celebrate one year of antitrustitalia (@ La Patinoire)
  • 30 May 2012 – 5th Lunch Talk: “Abuses of dominance: the awakening of the Italian Competition Authority” by Vito Auricchio, Legance, Roma (@ Confindustria)
  • 25 April 2012 – 4th Lunch Talk: “Antitrust investigations: the interaction with public institutions and media” by Paolo Nicoletti, APCO Worldwide, Bruxelles (@ Confindustria)
  • 23 March 2012 – 3rd Lunch Talk: “Horizontal agreements: recent judgements of the TAR and the Consiglio di Stato” by Lucio D’Amario, Linklaters (@ Confindustria)
  • 24 February 2012 – 2nd Lunch Talk: “Minority shareholdings in merger control” by Giorgio Motta, Skadden Arps (@ Science14 Atrium)
  • 26 January 2012 – 2nd event at Italian Permanent Representation to the European Union: “Competition policy and the energy markets” by Flavio Laina, European Commission, DG Competition


  • 15 December 2011 – Christmas dinner (@ “Da Vincenzo”)
  • 12 December 2011 – 1st Lunch Talk: “Corporate Statements and the Leniency Notice: legal aspects and practical experience of the European Commission” Antonio Caruso, European Commission, DG Competition (@ Science14 Atrium)
  • 3 October 2011 – 2nd “Aperitivo” (@ B52)
  • 13 July 2011 – 1st event at Italian Permanent Representation to the European Union: “Competition policy: main actors and their interaction” by Elisabetta Righini, member of the cabinet of Joaquin Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission
  • 5 May 2011 – 1st “Aperitivo” (@ Parc Savoy)

You can contact us at antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it