EU and Competition

Our in-depth experience of EU and Competition matters dates back to the’70s of the past century. At that time, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani was one of the first Italian law firms to practice EU (then EC) and competition law.

Since then our expertise has served a number of major clients belonging to the pharmaceutical and life sciences, gaming, tobacco, automotive, cosmetics, luxury, food and beverage, electronic communications, construction and infrastructures, and transport industries.

Our EU and Competition Team provides counsel to national and multinational companies on:

  • Cartels
  • Abuse of dominant position
  • Restrictive agreements
  • Leniency
  • Block exemptions
  • Self-assessments
  • Free movement of goods, services, persons and capital
  • Competition related litigation, private enforcement and antitrust damages
  • Domestic, EU and multi-jurisdiction merger clearances
  • Regulated sectors
  • State aid
  • Compliance programs
  • Proceeding and investigation of the European Commission, of the Italian Competition Authority, of other national competition authorities, dawn raids
  • Competition proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Contentions antitrust proceedings before the Administrative Courts.

Through our Italian, Brussels and Moscow offices we moreover advise clients on issues of:

  • International trade law and WTO law
  • Structural funds
  • Competition features of intellectual property
  • Public procurement
  • Lobbying actions at the domestic and EU levels.

Our Firm has gained extensive experience in the field of antitrust compliance, supporting its clients on a continuous basis in setting up, reviewing and updating their compliance programs and policies, also in the light of the 2014 EU Guidelines.

Our EU and Competition Team is coordinated and regularly collaborates with the Firm’s other practice areas, such as the M&A Teams, on deals presenting competition issues during the due diligence phase and /or where a merger filing is necessary, as well as the Litigation and ADR Teams and the IP Team, delivering to the client a seamless, fully integrated service.



Besides being a fully operative unit, our Firm’s office in Brussels is a privileged source of information and a dedicated research “think tank”. Our Brussels Team regularly provides alerts and updates on EU law to all offices of the Firm as well as clients, and publishes the “” blog, an innovative project providing information to operators of the transportation and logistics sector, and the “” blog, which follows closely and regularly reports on the Brexit saga.

We regularly collaborate with forensic economists, economic intelligence and research companies and the academic world in matters of identification and quantification of market effects and antitrust damages and have an outstanding record of cases, work and projects in such respects.
Our Rome office is the regular logistic and liaison basis for all domestic antitrust work, as well as for dealings and proceedings with the Competition Authority.


De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani is praised by clients for its ‘deep knowledge of competition law issues’. Practice head Roberto Jacchia, who is ‘a fantastic personality to work with’, ‘very proactive’ Antonella Terranova and Fabio Ferraro are recommended. The team is representing gaming and betting operator Stanley before the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding competition matters related to the client’s establishment and provision of services in Italy”. Legal500

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani is ‘responsive and has good business acumen’. Recently, the team represented European gaming and betting operator Stanleybet International in relation to complaints to the EC concerning freedom of establishment issues. Roberto Jacchia is extremely well versed in EU law and knows how to handle complex cases”. Legal500

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani is ‘great on all accounts’ and provides ‘high-level assistance’ regarding merger control, cartel and other abuse of dominance issues”. Legal500

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani provides ‘high-level insights’ and ‘first-class service’ on a wide array of antitrust issues, including cartels, abuse of dominance and state aid; the ‘very good’ Roberto A. Jacchia and ‘great strategist’ Antonella Terranova recently advised TIGAS-Erdöl Tirol on merger clearance work”. Legal500