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  Antonio Bavasso

Partner Co-Head Antitrust

London

Antonio is co-head of the Global Antitrust practice. He advises on all aspects of antitrust law, practising primarily in London and Brussels. 

Over the years Antonio has advised on a number of precedent-setting merger and behavioural investigations as well as regulatory and antitrust litigation.  These include: News Corp on the 2-1 merger which created Sky Italia and on the controversial regulatory aspects of its proposed acquisition of BSkyB; BSkyB on various matters including the acquisition of a stake in ITV (and following litigation up to the Court of Appeal) as well as on the UK litigation on use of foreign decoders cards; WPP on its acquisitions of Grey and TNS; 20th Century Fox on the EC investigations on use of MFN clauses and digital deployment agreements,  the CC reference on supply of movies to pay TV, the acquisition of EMI music publishing business by the Sony-led consortium, Paddy Power’s merger with Betfair and Orange Austria on the merger with Hutchinson which was cleared by the EC following a phase II review.  He has recently advised VimpelCom and Wind on their 4-3 mobile merger with H3G in Italy which was conditionally cleared by the EC.  He is currently advising 21st Century Fox on the EC investigation into supply of films and its proposed acquisition of Sky.

Antonio is dual-qualified in the UK and Italy and has practised in San Francisco. He holds a JD magna cum laude from the University of Florence, a Ph.D from University College London. He is visiting Professor at University College London (UCL) where he teaches the EU competition law and is a co-founder and director of the Jevons Institute at UCL. He has published widely in this area and is a co-editor of Competition Policy International and consultant editor of Butterworths Competition Law Handbook. He is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network of competition authorities on unilateral practices and merger control. 

Antonio comes recommended as a leading lawyer in his field in the Who's Who Legal directory and he is recommended by Chambers.   He is described as “first class lawyer, you want him on your side for behavioural investigation and antitrust litigation”.

Professional qualifications

Admitted as avvocato, Italy, 1999

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2001

Academic qualifications

JD (cum laude), University of Florence, 1995

PhD, Law, University of London (UCL), 2001

Published work

Books

Editor, Butterworth Competition Law Handbook, since 2012

2003, “Communications in EU antitrust law: market power and public interest”, Kluwer

Associate editor of Judicial Review in European Law, 2000, "Liber Amicorum" in honour of Lord Slynn of Hadley, O’Keeffe (ed.), Kluwer.

Articles/Book chapters

2016 “Telecoms mergers under the EU merger Regulation: A New Frame of reference?”, with Dominic Long (November) Competition Policy International Chronicle (2016), p. 1

"State aid in broadcasting", with Christopher Best in EU State Aids, Hancher, Ottervanger, Slot (eds) (5th ed Sweet & Maxwell, 2016), pp. 715-732

2015 “The Application of Competition Law in the Communications and Media Sectors: A Survey of Recent Cases”, with Dominic Long 6(5) Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (2015), pp. 265-380

2014 “The Application of Competition Law in the Communications and Media Sectors: A Survey of Recent Cases”, with Dominic Long 5(4) Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (2014), pp. 233-246

2013 "The Application of Competition Law in the Communications and Media Sectors: A Survey of 2012 Cases", with Dominic Long, 4(3) Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (2013), pp. 264-27

2012, "Media Plurality: under the Skin of Control - Concept, Context and Reform", 8(2) Competition Policy International, (2012) pp. 52-81

"The Application of Competition Law in the Communications and Media Sectors: A Survey of 2011 Cases", with Dominic Long, 3(4) Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (2012), pp. 385-39

"State aid in broadcasting", in EU State Aids, Hancher, Ottervanger, Slot (eds) (4th ed Sweet & Maxwell, 2012), pp. 567-589

2011 "The Application of Competition Law in the Communications and Media Sectors: A Survey of 2010 Cases", with Dominic Long, 2(3) Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (2011), pp. 259-268

2010 "An Opportunity for Reform of the UK Competition Regime", with Simon Pritchard, October 2010, CPI Antitrust Journal

"Clarifying the Scope of Judicial Review in Competition Inquiries The Saga of PPI", with Mark Friend, 6(1) Competition Policy International, (2010) pp. 213-236

"The Application of Competition Law in the Communications and Media Sectors: A Survey of Recent Cases", with Dominic Long, 1(3) Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, (2010) pp. 232-240

2009 "UK Anti-Cartel Enforcement", with Louise Tolley, in Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide, Dabbah and Hawk (eds.) (Cambridge, 2009), pp. 1216-1246

2007 "Causation in EC Merger Control", with A Lindsay, 3(2) Journal of Competition Law and Economics (2007), pp. 181-202

2006 "State aid in broadcasting", in EC State Aids, Hancher, Slot, and Ottervanger (eds.) (3rd ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2006) pp. 420-438

2005 "The Role of Intent under Article 82; From 'Flushing the Turkeys' to 'Spotting Lionesses in Regent's Park", 26(11) European Competition Law Review (2005), pp. 616-623

2004, "Electronic communications: a new paradigm for European regulation", 41(1) Common Market Law Review, pp. 87-11

"Industrial policy and extraterritoriality international antitrust; a lesson from Europe", The Antitrust Bulletin (Fall/2003), pp. 657-666 (contribution to A Symposium on Global Antitrust Law and Policy in honour of Professor Thomas Sullivan

2002, "Public service broadcasting and state aid rules: between a rock and a hard place", (27)(3) European Law Review, pp. 340-350

"Essential facilities in EC law: the rise of an 'epithet' and the consolidation of a doctrine in the communications sector", in 21 Yearbook of European Law 2001-2002, Eeckhout and Tridimas (eds.), Oxford University Press, pp. 63-106

2000, "Four freedom and national competence in search of the dividing line", with O’ Keeffe, in Judicial Review in European Law, Liber Amicorum in honour of Lord Slynn of Hadley, O’Keeffe (ed.), pp. 541-556, Kluwer

1999, "Gencor: a judicial review of the Commission’s policy: many lights and some shadows", 22(4) World Competition, pp. 45-65

Written Evidence on Multijurisdictional Merger Control in the FM/T&N case, submitted to the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee of the US Attorney General for Antitrust with Mark Friend Final Report

1998, Case note, Verteinigte Familiapress Zeitundsverlags- und vertriebs GmbH v. Heinrich Bauer Verlag, ECR [1997] I-3689, 35 Common Market Law Review, pp. 1413-1426

"Boeing McDonnell Douglas: did the Commission fly too high?", 19 European Competition Law Review, pp. 243-248

1997, "Fundamental Rights and the European Citizen", with O’Keeffe, in European Citizenship and Institutional Challenge, M. La Torre (ed.), Kluwer, pp. 35-53, 1998; A revised version published as “Judicial protection of fundamental rights and the European citizen”, in Judicial Protection of Fundamental rights, Editions Bruyland, pp. 251-265

"Il forum non conveniens nell’esperienza giuridica inglese: discrezionalità come strumento e giustizia come fine", Forum non Conveniens in the English
Experience: Discretion as a Means and Justice as a Goal, in Rivista di diritto civile, pp. 607-638

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