Pietro Merlino’s practice encompasses most aspects of European Union and Italian competition law, including abuse of dominance, merger control, restrictive practices, cartel investigations, licensing and distribution, and intellectual property.

He appears frequently before the EU courts of law and Italian civil and administrative courts, as well as before the European Commission and the Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA). Pietro regularly lectures at conferences and is widely published in legal journals.

Pietro joined the firm in 1999 and became counsel in 2009. He worked in the Brussels office from July 2001 through July 2003. Prior to joining the firm, Pietro worked at the law firm of Professor Antonio Tizzano, currently a judge and the Vice-President of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.

Notable Experience

  • Edison before both the EU General Court and the Court of Justice in the reversal of a €58 million fine concerning a cartel in the hydrogen peroxide and persalts markets, in which Edison’s former subsidiary Ausimont was allegedly involved.

  • Eni: (i) in obtaining the Commission’s approval of certain commitments, ending abuse of dominance proceedings concerning the management and operation of a number of international natural gas pipelines, without a finding of infringement; (ii) in the Administrative Tribunal of Lazio’s annulment of an IAA’s abuse of dominance decision fining Eni for allegedly denying access to Italy’s natural gas transportation grid; and (iii) in winning an appeal before the Italian supreme administrative court regarding an alleged exclusionary abuse, which led to a 93 percent reduction of the largest antitrust fine ever issued in Italy.

  • Concrete producer Xella International in an appeal before the Administrative Tribunal of Lazio, which resulted in the annulment of fines and structural remedies imposed by the IAA over Xella’s alleged participation in an anticompetitive scheme (the first degree judgment was mostly recently upheld by the Council of State).

  • Merck & Co. in a two-year investigation before the IAA concerning an alleged abuse of dominance, closed with the approval of the commitments submitted by Merck & Co.

  • Merger control aspects of various M&A transactions, including AEM’s acquisition of joint control over Edison and the merger between Banca Lombarda e Piemontese and Banche Popolari Unite (which led to the creation of Italy’s fourth-largest banking network).

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Selected Activities

Lectures on competition law issues at various academic institutions, including the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Roma Tre University.