Sten Fridmot Nielsen has been Judge at the General Court since 17 September 2007 and President of the Sixth Chamber at the General Court since September 2013; graduated in law from Copenhagen University (1988); civil servant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988-91); tutor in international and European law at Copenhagen University (1988-91); Embassy Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations in New York (1991-94); civil servant in the Legal Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994-95); external lecturer at Copenhagen University (1995); Adviser, then Senior Adviser, in the Prime Minister’s Office (1995-98); Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union (1998-2001); Special Advisor for legal issues in the Prime Minister’s Office (March 2002 to July 2004); Assistant Secretary of State and Legal Counsel in the Prime Minister’s Office (August 2004 to August 2007).
Ian Stewart Forrester degrees from the University of Glasgow (MA 1965, LLB 1967) (history and English literature, law); master’s degree in civil law from Tulane University of Louisiana (MCL 1969); called to the Scottish Bar (1972) and the New York Bar (1977); appointed Queen’s Counsel (1988); called to the Bar of England and Wales (1996) and the Brussels Bar (1999); practised at the Bar in Edinburgh, Brussels, London and New York; visiting professor (1991) and doctor honoris causa (2009) of the University of Glasgow; Bencher of Middle Temple (2012); arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); author of numerous publications; Judge at the General Court since 7 October 2015.
Giovanni Pitruzzella born 1959; graduated in law from the University of Palermo (1982); Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Palermo; Professor of Constitutional and Competition Law at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome; Legal Adviser to the Italian Government (1993-96); Professor of Public Law at the University of Cagliari (1986-97); President of the Commission for application of the special status of the Region of Sicily (1998-2002); Legal Adviser to the Italian Ministry of Health (2008-11); member, then President, of the Commission for proper exercise of the right to strike in essential public services (2006-11); President of the Italian Competition Authority (2011-18); appointed by the President of the Republic, in April 2018, as one of the ten members of the Commission for institutional, economic and social reforms and appointed by the Prime Minister, in June 2018, as a member of the group of experts called upon to propose a project of constitutional reform; author of numerous publications on public, constitutional, administrative and competition law; Advocate General at the Court of Justice since 8 October 2018.
Richard Whish is Emeritus Professor of Law at King’s College London; in 2014 he was appointed QC Honoris Causa. He was a non-executive director of the Office of Fair Trading in the UK from 2003 to 2009, and a non-executive director of the Singaporean Energy Markets Authority from 2005 to 2011. He is the co-author, with David Bailey, of Competition Law, 8th edition 2015 (OUP), and the author of many other books, articles, case-notes and book reviews on various aspects of international competition law and policy.
Gabriella Muscolo is a Commissioner of the Italian Competition Authority. Appointed as a Judge in 1985, she sat at the Specialist Section for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in the District Court of Rome and at the Court for Undertakings in Rome. In 2009, she was appointed as a member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal-EBA of the European Patent Office-EPO and she resigned in May 2014, when she was elected as Commissioner. Since 2008, Gabriella Muscolo has been lecturer of Company Law at the School of Specialization for the Legal Professions at the University of Rome – La Sapienza. She also lectures at Italian and Foreign Universities.
Frédéric Jenny has a Ph.D. in Economics (University Paris II) and a Master’s in Economics (Harvard University). His research areas concern the relationship between structure and performance in European countries, particularly France, antitrust legislation in Europe. He is Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee, Professor at ESSEC Paris Business School and Head of the International Committee of the Review Concurrences.
Maria Pilar Canedo Arrillaga is member of the board of the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC). She is Professor of Private International Law and Jean Monnet Chair Holder on Transnational Trade Law. She has directed an “Erasmus Mundus Master in Transnational Trade Law & Finance” and lectures in several Graduate post graduate and PhD Programs at Deusto University. She has also taught, among other institutions, as Invited Professor such as Universidad Carlos III, Madrid; Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid; ESADE, Barcelona; Université Robert Schumann Strasbourg III; University of Strathclyde, Glasgow; Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico; Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota and USF, San Francisco, USA.
Mattia Melloni is one of the four members of the “Conseil de la concurrence” of Luxembourg and in this capacity is responsible of the ECN for this Authority. He is also an associate professor at the University of Nancy, Law School. He started his professional career in London and moved to Brussels later on while working for two leading international law firms in competition and trade matters. He also spent several years at the General Court of the European Union while working as référendaire (law clerk) before joining the “Conseil de la concurrence” of Luxembourg (2012). Mattia Melloni qualified as “avocat” in Brussels (2004). He holds a Ph.D. from the Free University of Brussels, an LL.M. from the University of Minnesota Law School, a D.E.S. from the Institute of European Studies of Brussels and a law degree from the University of Bologna.
Roberto Chieppa is the Secretary General of the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri. He has been Secretary General of the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato from December 2011 until June 2018. Councillor of State since February 2000. Lecturer for university and post -graduate courses on administrative law and antitrust law; co-edited and contributed to legal trade journals, authored over 50 publications in the administrative law sector. Roberto Chieppa collaborated with the Ministry of Regional Affairs and Local Autonomies as a member of the joint Committee on the laws for implementing the special Statute of the Region of Aosta Valley and as an expert on issues concerning the liberalization of public services and the reform of the consolidated law on local entities and issues related to mountainous areas. Member of the regulatory quality and simplification Unit established at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
Andrea Pezzoli is Director General for Competition of the Italian Competition Authority, where he has worked since 1993 as head of the Investigative Directorate “Food, Pharmaceutical and Transport” and as Chief Economist. Previously he was a senior economist of the Research Department of Istituto Mobiliare Italiano (1981-86) and Head of the Industrial Policy Unit of the Centro Europeo Ricerche (1986-93). He teaches Competition Issues at the University of Tor Vergata and at Luiss University in Rome. Author of several articles in the field of Competition Policy and Industrial Economics. He is the co-author with Lapo Berti of Le stagioni dell’antitrust: dalla tutela della concorrenza alla tutela del consumatore, UBE, 2010. In 2016 he published Originators vs Originators: Competition Before the Market and Market Power Beyond Dominance in G. Muscolo and G. Pitruzzella (eds), Competition and Patent Law in the Pharmaceutical Sector, Wolters Kluwer.
Ralph Taschke has worked for the Austrian Competition Authority since beginning 2014. Previously he worked as legal clerk at the Vienna Court of Appeal and in the legal service of the Ministry of Defence. Internships in the State Aid department of the Ministry of Economy and in the Cartel Directorate of DG Competition rounded up his experience in competition law. Taschke studied law in Vienna and Nottingham.
Daniele Calisti joined the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition in 2008, where he first worked in the European Competition Network Unit. As a member of the Private Enforcement Unit, Dr Calisti worked on all the EU policy initiatives on damages actions for breaches of the EU antitrust rules, from the 2008 White Paper to the 2013 proposal for a Directive. A graduate of the School of Law at LUISS University in Rome, Dr Calisti holds an LLM in European Law from King’s College London and a PhD in Public Law and Economics from La Sapienza University in Rome. Prior to joining the European Commission, he also served as an advisor on the implementation of EU law to the Chair of the Committee for Legislation of the Italian Parliament.
Michele Carpagnano is a partner in Dentons’ Rome office and the head of the Italian Competition & Antitrust practice, PhD, he holds a teaching position in EU Competition Law at University of Trento. Founder and Co-Director of the Trento Summer School in Advanced EU Competition Law & Economics, he is also the Founder and Co-Director of the Osservatorio Permanente sull’Applicazione delle Regole di Concorrenza. As Attorney he represents national and multinational companies before the Italian Competition Authority as well as the European Commission and he has been involved as a legal expert in several cases and class actions before domestic courts concerning antitrust infringements. Michele Carpagnano advised the European Parliament on the introduction of EU legislation on collective redress. He is author of three books on private antitrust enforcement and several articles on competition law issues.
Marco D’Ostuni is a partner based in the Italian offices of Cleary Gottlieb. He focuses mainly on competition law and on regulation in the energy, telecommunications and media sectors. He has represented clients in some of the leading EU and Italian competition law cases, often in liberalized and heavily regulated sectors. He is distinguished as a leading lawyer in Italy in Competition/EU Law by Chambers Europe and Who’s Who Legal, and in TMT: Telecommunications by Chambers Europe and The Legal 500 EMEA. In 2014, he was named “Best Italian Telecommunications Lawyer of the Year” by online magazine Legal Community. He is a member of the Rome and New York Bars. He has widely published on antitrust matters and regularly lectures at numerous conferences and universities.
Jesús Alfaro has been a Professor of Commercial Law since 1995 and is currently teaching at the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid. He specialises in (i) EC and Spanish competition law (mainly, cartels and abuse of dominant position investigations); (ii) Unfair competition; (iii) Contracts (mainly distribution agreements, termination of manufacturer/distributor relationships); (iv) Consumer law. Additionally, he is also well known as a Corporate law specialist (mainly, internal corporate conflicts, corporate governance and corporate litigation). Consultant at Linklaters since February 2012. As well as his strong practice in commercial and competition law, Jesús has also written books and dozens of articles on problems related to constitutional and private law, general theory of contracts, antitrust law and economic analysis of law, corporate and consumer law.
Francisco Marcos is expert in economic analysis of law, commercial and competition law, he teaches law at IE Business School, having studied as a Fulbright scholar (1994-1995) at UC Berkeley and having enjoyed a scholarship for the Real Colegio di Spagna (1997-1998) in Bologna (Italy). He works as an independent consultant and as short-term consultant for the World Bank-IFC, advising governments, companies and firms on different matters in the area of market regulation and antitrust law. In October 2006 he was appointed General Director of Competition Policy at the Regional Antitrust Authority in Madrid, stepping down from that position on September 2009. He is member of the Editorial Board of the European Business Organization Law Review and of European Company Law. Author of numerous academic works, including two books.
Anthony Mark Williams is a Professor of Law at The University of Melbourne, School of Law. He read law at the University of Bristol and subsequently read for an LLM with Merit and a PhD from King’s College, University of London. He was admitted as a Solicitor in England and practiced law for 5 years before switching to an academic career in 1990. He worked at Hong Kong Polytechnic University until 2014. Professor Williams is also admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales and Hong Kong. He has published in various leading law journals. Professor Williams has been actively involved in the promotion of competition policy and law in Hong Kong, China and the wider Asian region. He is the founder of the Asian Competition Forum, a non-profit organization with a membership of over 300 that seeks to bring together academics, government officials, lawyers, business and consumer leaders to discuss competition-related issues and to promote research into competition law and policy issues.
Ginevra Bruzzone is Deputy Director General of Assonime, in Rome. Assonime is a private think tank active in corporate law, tax law, competition and regulatory policies. At Assonime, which she joined in December 2000, she is in charge of EU and Italian competition law, consumer protection, IP law and regulation. She was formerly Senior Economist at the Research Department of the Italian Competition Authority, from 1991 to 2000. Ginevra Bruzzone has published extensively in the field of law and economics in national and international publications, and has a significant experience as teacher and lecturer on antitrust issues. She teaches a course on Competition and Consumer Protection in the EU in the Master on European Economic Governance at Luiss University, in Rome. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Italian Authority for Transportation and of the Steering Council of the Italian Section of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Gwenael Muguet-Poullennec is a référendaire (law-clerk) at the General Court of the EU. He first worked with Judge Rafael Garcia-Valdecasas before joining Judge Sten Frimodt Nielsen’s cabinet. As a référendaire for the reporting judge, he actively contributed to cases such as Airtours v. Commission (T 342/99), My Travel v. Commission (T 212/03), Ryanair v. Commission (T 342/07) or Kingdom of the Netherlands and ING v. Commission (T 29/1O and T 33/10). Prior to joining the Court, Gwenael practiced in the Paris office of an American law firm. In this capacity, he advised clients in competition law matters. He also worked as a legal expert in relation to several WTO disputes between the EU and the USA He qualified as an attorney-at-law in NewYork State after obtaining law degrees from Panthéon-Assas (Paris Il) and Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris l) Universities as well as the Columbia University School of Law (NYC). Gwenael has been lecturing on a regular basis in France and Switzerland. He is also co-editor of the pages on State Aid and Procedural Law for the Revue Lamy de la Concurrence, one of the French-speaking leading reviews dedicated to Competition Law.
Jakob Rüggeberg studied economics at the Universities of Maastricht, Hamburg and Toulouse and graduated with a master thesis on the economics of private enforcement in 2005, published by the NMa (Dutch Competition Authority) as the best economics thesis of the year in the Netherlands. Jakob earned practical experience working at a leading economics consulting firm and is currently finishing his doctoral thesis in economics at the University of Amsterdam. His PhD research is published in peer-reviewed journals and focuses on the economics of private enforcement and effective mechanisms of compensation.
Paolo Buccirossi is the Director and the founder of Lear. Paolo has been working in the field of competition policy since 1994. After five years as economic advisor at the Italian Competition Authority, in 1999 Paolo set up Lear. Paolo has also cooperated with several governments in the implementation of a national competition policy regime and has advised the Dutch and the Czech Competition Authorities on their system of sanctions for breaches of competition law. In addition, he has led several research projects for the European Commission, the OFT, the UK Competition Commission and the Brazilian CADE. Paolo has been Visiting Scholar at George Mason University, New York University and Cambridge University He also teaches Economics of Competition Law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Paolo has published on several academic journals.
Paolo Palmigiano is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer (EMEA) for Sumitomo Electric Industries. Previously he was the Head of Competition Law at Lloyds Banking Group in London, the General Counsel of the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), the regulatory and competition authority in Ireland for telecoms and post. From 2000 to 2009 Paolo headed the Competition and Regulatory team of BT Group plc in London. He is the chairman of the Association of in-House Competition Lawyers, vice-chair of BIAC (the voice of business at the OECD in Paris) and a non-governmental advisor to the Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) in the UK He is also a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s users’ group.
Miguel Perez Guerra is a senior antitrust counsel at Google in London, where he advises and oversees competition matters throughout the EMEA region. He previously worked at Amazon in its European headquarters in Luxembourg, where he was lead counsel to the retail and marketplace e-commerce businesses. Prior to moving in-house, he was a senior associate at Linklaters’ competition & antitrust team, and was an associate at Clifford Chance’s European competition and regulation group before that. He qualified into the telecoms & utilities department at Spanish law firm Garrigues. He is a graduate in law and in economics by Comillas-ICADE University in Madrid, and has studied international and EU law at Georgetown University and at King’s College London.
Irene de Angelis Head of Antitrust Affairs for Intesa Sanpaolo, she advises on the full spectrum of EU and Italian competition law and procedures. Qualified lawyer in Italy, she previously spent several years in the private practice and then was legal counsel for the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce in Brussels. She is Vice-President of ICLA Italia – In-house Competition Lawyers’ Association, and member of Antitrustitalia- an association of professionals working in antitrust based in Brussels. She has been nominated amongst the ’30 in their 30s’ Notable Women in Competition 2017.
Luca Leonardo, admitted in Italy (Avvocato), is the Legal Compliance and Antitrust Manager of Italcementi Group, which he joined in 2000. Graduated in law from the University of Messina, he later earned a Master in EU competition Law and international contracts from Bicocca University and an Executive Master MBM (Management of Building Materials) from the MIP School of Management at Politecnico University in Milan. He deals with antitrust, antibribery, corporate criminal liability laws and other compliance matters. He is also responsible for designing and managing corporate compliance programmes, coordinating and supporting subsidiaries to ensure global implementation.
Julia Suderow is Rechtsanwältin and Abogada, based in Bilbao. As a lawyer she advises companies and law firms on competition law issues. She is also specialized on energy issues and international litigation. She previously worked as an associate with the Spanish Law firm Gomez Acebo y Pombo and with the law firm, Dr. Frühbeck Abogados y Economistas in Madrid. She studied Law and History in the University of Hannover Germany. She has an LLM of the University of Hannover and holds a doctorate in Private International Law and EC Competition Law of the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. She has several publications on Private International Law and Private Enforcement of Competition Law. Julia is the coordinator of the Spanish Team of the Osservatorio Antitrust.
Elin Moen is Senior IP and Competition Counsel in Schibsted Media Group, responsible for all areas of competition law involving Schibsted Media Group in Norway and abroad. Schibsted Media Group has media and online classifieds operations in 22 countries worldwide. Elin Moen is also appointed a member of the Norwegian Competition Complaints Board. Prior to joining Schibsted in February 2016, she worked as a deputy judge in the Norwegian District Court and practiced competition law and intellectual property litigation at the Norwegian lawfirm BA-HR. Elin Moen graduated in 2006, is a qualified lawyer in Norway and holds an LL.M. degree in competition law from King’s College London.
Martina Caldana is a Senior Economist in Compass Lexecon’s European Competition Policy practice, based in the London office. Since joining in 2014, she has been involved in a large number of high profile cases relating to a wide range of competition matters. Ms. Caldana’s analytic focus is on merger analysis. She has advised clients on a variety of merger cases before European and non-European competition authorities, including some of the highest-profile EU and global mergers in recent years. She has particular expertise in financial services and pharmaceuticals, but she has also advised clients from other industries including energy, agrochemical and IT/ Media and Telecommunications. Ms. Caldana holds a B.A. and an M.Sc. in Economics from Bocconi University, where she specialized in industrial organization and competition policy.
Marc Realp Campalans is the Director-General of the Catalan Competition Authority (ACCO) since July 2016, an independent body aimed to guarantee, improve and promote competition in Catalonia ensuring that the benefits of the competitive functioning of the market extend to society as a whole. Previously he worked as an expert in the regulation of the telecom sector in Europe and Spain. He was strategy advisor on regulation for various public administrations and telecommunications operators and participated in numerous public and private initiatives for the promotion and deployment of broadband in Catalonia and Spain. He also worked on the promotion of more competitive ICT regulation and markets with less barriers to entry. Marc Realp holds a PhD and a Master degree in Telecommunications Engineering from de Polytechnic University of Catalonia, a Master degree in Optoelectronics and Communication Systems from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and a Program for Management Development from ESADE business school.
Jeremy Fleming-Jones is editor and Brussels Bureau Chief, EMEA, PaRR Europe. With a decade of experience covering Brussels legal and political scene, Jeremy is a journalist with roots working as a solicitor in the City of London. Jeremy returned to legal sector journalism at PaRR from EurActiv, where he covered finance, trade and tech regulatory issues at the multilingual on-line news site. After working as a corporate litigator with Travers Smith Braithwaite, Jeremy became City correspondent for the Law Society Gazette. In 2005, he set up European Lawyer magazine’s Brussels bureau, and has covered regulatory and political issues affecting trade and competition freelance for Europolitics, the UK Press Association, Financial Times and Strategic Risk magazine.
Ciro Favia, with over 10 years of professional experience in the Energy sector, is currently Head of Italian Antitrust Affairs and Regulatory Support at Enel. Moreover, he is member of some business supervisory bodies and think tanks, such as UPA juridical commission, Confindustria Antitrust Group, International Chamber of Commerce Antitrust and Marketing commission. He was President of the Telemarketing control Committee. He experienced in Spain as Antitrust referent for Viesgo, a Spanish electricity company and managed the M&A processes for the acquisition by Enel of subsidiaries in Eastern Europe (e.g. Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovak Republic, Poland). He graduated in law with honors at Bari University (Italy).
Stefano Trento is a Vice President at Compass Lexecon based in Madrid and London. He has more than ten years of experience in the analysis of markets and competition, first as an academic at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and the UAB, and – since 2011 – as a consultant at Compass Lexecon.
Stefano has assisted legal teams in a large number of Article 102 TFEU cases (including in major cellular standard-essential patent cases), Article 101 TFEU cases (including for several retailers in the litigations against MasterCard and Visa before the UK High Court and the Court of Appeal), and follow-on damages claims (including in relation to the trucks cartel).
His advisory work also covers judicial challenges to regulatory measures (including for British American Tobacco in multiple jurisdictions by estimating the effects of plain packaging on cigarette consumption, and for Hutchison 3G in the context of termination rate appeal at UK Competition Appeal Tribunal), and merger review both at the EU level (Hutchison 3G / O2 Ireland) and at the UK level (BT / EE).
Fabrizio Di Benedetto obtained a PhD in EU Law in 2016 at the Università degli Studi di Milano. He’s been working in the field antitrust compliance since 2014. In 2015 he began working for Intesa Sanpaolo Group in the Antitrust Team as senior antitrust adviser. He also advises the Group on State-aid issues. Fabrizio has written several articles on antitrust, State-aid and EU law issues.
Marco Ramondino is a case handler at DG Competition of the European Commission and deals with mergers in basic Industries, manufacturing and agriculture sectors. Since he joined the Commission in 2014, Marco has been involved in several complex mergers in the transport, consumer goods, metals and agrochemical sectors, including most recently Dow/DuPont and Bayer/Monsanto. Prior to joining the European Commission, Mr. Ramondino worked for several years at the Court of Justice and in private practice in Brussels. Mr. Ramondino holds a law degree from the University of Naples, as well as an LLM degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Emma Trogen is Director of Legal Affairs at Cosmetics Europe, the European trade association representing the European Cosmetics and Personal Care industry. Emma is in charge of all legal matters pertaining to the interpretation of the overall legal and regulatory framework for cosmetics and personal care products. She is also in charge of all questions pertaining to vertical distribution and selective distribution. As the legal counsel of the association, she also oversees all contractual matters and ensures the association’s compliance with legal frameworks such as competition and data protection laws. A qualified attorney, Emma previously worked in the EU and antitrust practices of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom as well as Swedish firm Vinge in Brussels. In 1998 she attained her law degree from the University of Nantes, France and she has also studied EU law at the Universities of Cardiff (Wales) and Rennes (France).