Sabrina Borocci | Milan | Hogan Lovells

Sabrina Borocci

Partner Global Regulatory


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Borocci Sabrina

Sabrina Borocci
Borocci Sabrina
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Sabrina Borocci has great experience, passion, and relationship and communication skills; she also takes the initiative, pays attention to detail, and is great at co-ordinating teams in very complex cases.

Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

Sabrina is a EU qualified lawyer, member of our EU antitrust practice within the Global antitrust practice, she leads the Italian antitrust and European law practice. Since the beginning of her career, she has been advising clients with a focus on European and Italian antitrust, competition and merger control law, as well as European law in general. 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 ESG, Telecommunication, commercial agreements, connection with IP right (patents) and assistance with regulators.

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.

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Sabrina Borocci is well known for acting on a wide range of matters, including merger controls, cartel investigations and anti-competitive agreements, assisting pre-eminent clients from the pharmaceutical, financial services and transport industries. Sources highlight "her strength in customer orientation" and "ability to identify problems and propose solutions.

Chambers Europe 2019

Representative experience

Advising Unilever in preliminary ruling proceedings before European Court of Justice. 

Advising Airbnb before the Italian administrative courts and in preliminary ruling proceedings before European Court of Justice.

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

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

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


Advising GE Healthcare on a case of alleged abuses of dominant position in the diagnostic imaging equipment maintenance 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 Italfarmaco on a case of alleged cartel with Novartis in the pharmaceutical market.*

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 Recordati on merger control activities.

Advising SAB Miller on merger control activities.

Advising CNP Partners on merger control activities.

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

Advising Whatsapp in a case of alleged unfair commercial practices.

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

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

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • PhD - European and Antitrust Law, Università Ca' Foscari, Venice and Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris, 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
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Brussels
  • Milan
Court admissions
  • European High and Supreme Courts
  • Italian High and Supreme courts
  • 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)


Competition & European Law - Band 3

Chambers Europe

Ranked Globally Among 130 Women in Antitrust

Global Competition Review (GCR)

Competition Antitrust - Lawyer of the year

Legalcommunity Corporate Awards

Competition & EU Law - Leading individual

Legal 500 EMEA

Competition Law - Leading Individual

Who's Who Legal

Antitrust & Public enforcement - Lawyer of the year

Legal Community Awards 2020 - Litigation

Best Competition & Antitrust Lawyer in Italy

ILO Client Choice Award

Ranked Globally Among 150 Women in Antitrust

Global Competition Review (GCR)