FratiniVergano has an integrated Competition and EU Law team with a unique blend of expertise and knowledge of EU Competition and Regulatory law and policy that enables it to assist clients with effective legal solutions in multifaceted sectors.
We advise on Competition law (antitrust, merger control, State aid), with a pragmatic focus on the legal and reputational risks associated with meeting compliance requirements, on the institutional aspects of EU law (powers and competences of the EU and rights of individuals vis-à-vis the institutions), as well as on the fundamental principles of the Internal Market (free movement of goods, services, capital and workers, freedom of establishment).
We regularly assist companies, industry associations and individuals on issues related to the implementation of EU law in Member States with a view to taking full benefit from the Internal Market and to enforcing the general principles of non discrimination and transparency, as well as the other specific principles and EU fundamental rights forming the EU acquis against domestic and foreign administrations.
We assist and represent clients in direct actions before all the EU jurisdictions: the Court of Justice and the General Court. We also provide advice in national Court proceedings in all cases where an EU law issue becomes relevant, contributing to have EU law interpreted in conformity with our clients’ interest in the context of preliminary rulings.
Competition and EU Law-related technical assistance
We developed a broad expertise in undertaking multi-country harmonization/integration projects and considerable experience in introducing and adjusting international best practices to fit local context and requirements, as well in strengthening the institutional capacity of competition authorities, national authorities and State aid institutions.
Our expertise mainly covers the EU, Eastern Europe, North Africa and ASEAN areas, both at regional and national level.
Thanks to the diversity of backgrounds and command of different languages within the firm, we are ideally placed to assist clients in safeguarding their interests before EU and EU Member States’ authorities. In addition, our Singapore office allows us to effectively operate in the ASEAN region and to respond to the increasing demands of our clientele.
We regularly advise in projects involving approximation of national legislation with the EU acquis, by providing our expertise to twinning projects within various EU funding programmes, to projects to the benefit of the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Member States’ competition authorities in the field of Competition policy and law, as well as to projects developed by the European Commission in the field of Internal Market and Competition law.
The activity includes the legal assessment and drafting of legal reports, as well as the management of interviews and surveys with EU and national institutions and stakeholders. We also offer country-specific or global monitoring services to our clients.
Academic and training engagement
We strongly believe in the importance that lawyers be constantly at the forefront of the intellectual and academic debates surrounding EU and Competition Policy and Law, as well the development and interpretation of its rules and procedures.
To achieve this, lawyers are encouraged and allowed time and resources to conduct research, publish articles and essays on specialized journals, speak at conferences and hold lectures or teaching courses in recognized universities or research institutes.
In recent years, lawyers in the firm have taught on various aspects of EU and Competition Law, inter alia, at the following academic and training institutions:
- EIPA, European Institute of Public Administration - Maastricht, The Netherlands;
- University Tor Vergata - Roma, Italy;
- University Carlo Bo - Urbino, Italy;
- University Alma Mater Studiorum - Bologna, Italy;
- Annual National Congress for continuing training for lawyers (Italian Bar Council) - Rome, Italy;
- University of Milan (Università degli Studi) - Milano, Italy.
For a detailed list of the articles or legal essays published by lawyers in the firm, please see the pages with the individual lawyers’ profiles.