Sabrina Borocci

Sabrina Borocci


Email [email protected]​

Phone +39 02 720 2521

Fax +39 02 72025252

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

'proactive, strategic and persistent'

Chambers Europe 2021

Sabrina leads the Italian Antitrust and European law practice and is a member of our EU - Global antitrust practice. Since the beginning of her career, she has been advising clients with a focus on Italian and European antitrust, competition and merger control law, as well as European law. She is the professional for all competition related and application of EU law related aspects of your business.

Sabrina has a strong academic background having dedicated her PhD and LL.M. studies entirely to European law and Competition law. She is adjunct professor at Bocconi University. She defines herself as an "oxymoron": a bookworm with a strong commercial attitude!

Sabrina focuses on cartel and abuse of dominance investigations in various industries and merger control filings. She has particular experience in life science and healthcare, automotive, consumer, TMT and digital media and energy and natural resources.

On antitrust matters she provides full service assistance both at compliance level and at a litigation level. She defines herself a litigator, but she advises also clients on compliance with the competition rules in a wide range of commercial agreements, including distribution and agency agreements, long-term supply agreements, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. She also provides assistance in internal antitrust audits and public enforcers' investigations (including dawn raids) and requests for information.

Sabrina also advises frequently on regulatory matters with specific focus on compliance to European law across member states and on competition on areas of commercial agreements (licencing and distribution), connection with IP right (patents) and assistance with regulators (tariffs, access to market).

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, she was a partner in a renowned Italian boutique law firm and before that a counsel at a magic circle law firm.

Awards and recognitions


Lawyer of the year Competition Antitrust
Legalcommunity Corporate Awards


Competition & European Law
Chambers and Partners


Leading Individual in Competition Law
Who's Who Legal


Competition/EU Law
Legal 500 EMEA


Best Competition & Antitrust Lawyer in Italy
ILO Client Choice Award


Ranked in Women in Antitrust in Italy
Global Competition Review (GCR)

Education and admissions


PhD - European and Antitrust Law, Università Ca' Foscari, Venice and University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 2006

LL.M. - Antitrust and IP Law, King's College London, 2002

Law Degree - Civil/Private Law, Coherence between European and domestic law, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy, 1998


Antitrust Law Section of American Bar Association (ABA)

Non-Governmental Advisor of the Italian Competition Authority in the International Competition Network (ICN)

Antitrust Section of International Bar Association (IBA)

Concorrenze Association - Founder

Italian Association of European Jurists (AIGE)

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

European High and Supreme Courts

Italian High and Supreme courts

Representative experience

Advising IBM Corp. on its US$34 billion acquisition of Red Hat Inc, an enterprise software provider that builds technologies on open source platforms such as Linux and Kubernetes.

Advising Airbnb before the Italian administrative courts and the European Court of Justice in connection with the entry into force of the new tax regulation affecting Airbnb's business In Italy.

Advising Volkswagen Bank on a case of alleged cartel in the consumer credit market.


Advising Vodafone on a case of alleged cartel in the telecommunications market.

Advising GE Healthcare on a case of alleged abuses of dominant position in the diagnostic imaging equipment maintenance market.

Advising Volkswagen Leasing on a case of alleged cartel in the long term lease market.

Advising COREPLA - National Consortium for the Collection and Recycling of Plastic Packaging, on a case of alleged abuse of dominant position in the plastic materials recycling market.

Advising Recordati on merger control activities.

Advising Italfarmaco on a case of alleged cartel with Novartis in the pharmaceutical market.*

Advising SAB Miller on merger control activities.

Advising a company operating in the rail transport infrastructures markets on merger control activities.

Advising CNP Partners on merger control activities.

Advising Rentalcars in a case of alleged unfair commercial practices issues.

Advising eBay in a case of alleged unfair commercial practices issues.

Advising Whatsapp in a case of alleged unfair commercial practices.

Advising Unilever in preliminary ruling proceedings relating to the definition of “single economic entity” and on the test to be applied to exclusionary and discount policy. 

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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