Pierluigi is a part-time PhD student in competition law at the Centre of European Law under the supervision of Professors R. Whish and M. Bloom. He began in Autumn 2003 (M.Phil) and successfully completed his transfer to the PhD register in July 2004. His earlier studies include an undergraduate degree in law at the Libera Università degli Studi Sociali (LUISS - Guido Carli) of Rome, with a Civil Law thesis on the International Sale of Goods (1980 Vienna Convention), under the supervision of Prof. G. Benedetti. In 1995-1996 he studied for his LL.M (European Law) at the European Law Institute of the Libre Université de Bruxelles (ULB). After full time work as an associate in a US law firm in Milan and Brussels, he was awarded a post-graduate research position in EC Competition Law at the same European Law Institute in Brussels in 2000/2001, funded by the Italian National Research Council (CNR), under the supervision of D. Waelbroeck and J.F. Bellis. For his study of abuse of dominant position in the Italian telecommunications sector he was awarded the CNR research prize in 2002.
Research interests include EC, UK and Italian Competition Law, with a focus on electronic communications. Doctoral research focuses on abuse of dominant position with respect to the access to the communications network; structural and functional networks separation to favour access, also considering the possibility of co-operative approach and intervention by the State to bridge the digital divide.
Recent Publications & Presentations
International Conference at the Italian Competition Authority on the Guidance on Art. 82 EC – ‘Application of Art. 82 to regulated industries. Looking for a new approach: ‘Winners do not punish’, Rome, 06.03.09
“European ‘Class’ Action: British and Italian points of view in evolving scenarios”, in Europa e Diritto Privato, Giuffré, Milan [forthcoming 2009];
“Functional or structural separation in regulated industries? Winners do not punish; possibly cooperate (and innovate)”, Concorrenza e Mercato, Giuffré, Milan, n. 16/2008;
Handouts of EU/UK/Italian Competition Law for the Chair of Civil Law at the Università Roma 3, 2006-07/2007-08/2008-09;
Contributions to “Comparative Competition Law Project Casebook”, a joint project of the University of Illinois College of Law and King’s College of London School of Law, Champaign (IL) - London, 2004-2005;
“Decision of the Commission Newscorp/Telepiù (COMP/M.2876). The dominance test and the creation of a monopoly, with respect to the consumers interests and the engagements of the acquiring company”, Europa da vicino, n.2/I, Maggioli Editore, Bologna, Sept. 2003;
“Modernization Rules of Application of Artt. 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty pursuant to the EC Regulation no. 1/2003 of December 16, 2002”, Europa da vicino, Maggioli Editore, n.1/I, Bologna, April 2003;
“The Galileo Project: an European Alternative to the Radio-Navigation Satellite Systems”, Europa da vicino, n. 1/I, Maggioli Editore, Bologna, April 2003;
“The abuse of dominant position in the telecommunications sector in Italy with respect to the European and Italian Competition Law”, Institute of European Studies-CNR, Brussels-Rome, June 2001;
“Regulatory framework for cable networks in the Member States: Italy”, Squire Sanders, Brussels, November 2000;
“From Notification to Approval-Italy”, Competition Handbook-Millennium Edition, European Counsel, PLC Publications, London, November 1999.
“New Law” of European Counsel and “Newsletters” of Graham & James for Mondaq: “Mobile Telephony Licenses”, European Counsel, March 2000; “New Fixed-Mobile Telephony Rates”, Mondaq, February 2000; “UMTS Mobile Telephony Licenses Mondaq, December 1999; “E-Commerce in Italy. The “State of Play” of Italian Law and its Prospects for Development”, Mondaq, October, 1999; “E-Commerce in Italy, European Counsel, September 1999; “Italy: Italian Telecommunications Join Europe”, Mondaq, August 1997; “Italy: How the Italian Telecommunications Scene Finally Changes-The Communications Authority”, Mondaq, August 1997; “Italy: the Italian Telecommunications Arena and Its Actors AT&T/Stet Agreement, Mondaq, August 1997.
Teaching & Employment Interests
Contract Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Università degli Studi di Roma III, chair of Civil Law, to teach EC/Italian Competition Law with a focus on remedies under UK, EC and Italian Competition Law.
He is counsel of lawfirm Accomply, based in Milan. As a lawyer he advises companies on a wide range of competition law issues, ranging from cartel enforcement, to pre-merger notification assessment. He previously worked as an associate with the US lawfirm Squire Sanders & Dempsey in Milan and Brussels, and with the lawfirm Baker & McKenzie in Rome, with a focus on commercial and regulatory issues with respect, in particular, to telecommunications companies.
He also advised the Italian Ministry of Foreign Trade on International Trade and Competition Law issues and worked at the Enforcement Division of the Office of Fair Trading in London, Branch ‘Media, Sport and Communications Industries’, on the cases British Horseracing Board and Cityhook, and for the Legal Department of British Telecom Global Services.