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Gianni De Stefano

Counsel
Brussels

Gianni De Stefano

As a counsel in our Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) practice, Gianni De Stefano advises companies on every major area of antitrust and competition law, including complex multi-jurisdictional mergers and joint ventures, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance and restrictive practices cases. Gianni represents clients in proceedings before the European Commission and competition authorities in Italy and other Member States and litigates before the European Court of Justice or national courts. He also helps clients to anticipate and avoid antitrust and competition problems, offering on-going advice, compliance audits and interactive training.

Gianni has experience in the automotive, energy, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, media and entertainment, technology, and transportation sectors.In recent years Gianni managed global teams for second phase merger cases (e.g. the General Electric/Alstom case, which dealt with an unprecedented array of substantive, procedural, jurisdictional and political challenges in over 25 jurisdictions) as well as some of the most complex global cartel investigations (e.g. air cargo, automotive, smart card semiconductors and professional videotapes cases) at all levels (from the dawn raids to the decision on whether to apply for leniency, settle or respond to the allegations of the authorities, to subsequent litigation before the European Court of Justice).

Gianni is editor of the 'Journal of European Competition Law & Practice' (at Oxford University Press). Gianni is also a founder of 'antitrustitalia', an association of professionals working in antitrust based in Brussels and including European Commission's officials, in-house lawyers, economists and private practitioners. Gianni is also non-governmental advisor to the European Commission and the Italian competition authority within the International Competition Network

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“Lawyer with widespread recognition,” “peers appreciate the fact that he knows how to handle matters in the European Union framework”

TopLegal, 2014

Representative Experience

Coordinated cartel leniency applications to the European Commission and several Member States authorities in the Automotive, Smart Card Semiconductors, Videotapes and Batteries cases.

Coordinated a global team in the landmark acquisition of Alstom Energy by General Electric in over 30 jurisdictions (phase 2 in the E.U. and the U.S.).

Advised an International medical device company entering Europe on its unilateral conduct and distribution agreements.

Assisted an airline company in two appeals before the General Court of the European Union challenging European Commission decisions imposing fines and rejecting confidentiality claims.

Coordinated a global team assisting an Asian company involved in cartel investigations covering both regulatory/criminal and civil damage proceedings in a number of jurisdictions worldwide.

Advised beneficiaries, competitors, investors and governments on numerous State aid issues.

Education and admissions

Education

  • LL.M in Property and Antitrust Law (Rotary Scholarship), New York University School of Law, 2006
  • Master of European Legal Studies (très bien), College of Europe, 2004
  • Law degree (cum laude), University of Bologna Law School, 2002

Memberships

  • Antitrustitalia: Mr. De Stefano is a founder of antitrustitalia, an association of Brussels-based antitrust professionals including European Commission officials, in-house lawyers, private practitioners, economists and academics (www.antitrustitalia.it)
  • American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Brussels (E-list)
  • Italy
  • New York

2014

The Italian legal publication TopLegal lists Gianni De Stefano in its 2014 legal directory as “lawyer with widespread recognition,” adding that “peers appreciate the fact that he knows how to handle matters in the European Union framework.”

TopLegal

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