Saverio Valentino’s practice focuses on advising companies on a wide range of issues under European and Italian antitrust and merger control law.

He also represents companies before the European Commission and the Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA), as well as before the EU courts of law and Italian civil and administrative courts.

Saverio joined the firm in 1998 and became a senior attorney in 2007. From 1998 to 1999 he was resident in the Brussels office, and from 2000 to 2001, he was resident in the Washington, D.C., office.

Before joining Cleary Gottlieb, Saverio worked with the law firm Freshfields in Brussels in 1996, and with the law firm Pappalardo & Associati in Brussels from 1996 to 1997. He also trained for a six-month period with the Directorate General I of the European Commission, in the unit dealing with multilateral commercial policies and WTO and OECD questions.


Italian Competition Law Reform,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, August 16, 2022 (co-author)

Merger Control in Italy: Overview,” Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, 2021.

“Article 102 TFEU on Prohibition of the Abuse of a Dominant Position” and “Article 106 TFEU on Public Undertakings and Monopolies,” Smit & Herzog on The Law of the European Union, Matthew Bender, 2016 (co-author). 

“Recent Developments in Italian Competition Law,” First Supplement and Update of Competition Laws Outside the United States, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2005 (co-author).