Andrea Appella is a senior lawyer with significant experience in competition law and IP in the media industry, where he worked for most of his career. He is currently Deputy General Counsel for Europe & Asia at 21st Century Fox. He is a Visiting Professor at The Dickson Poon School of Law where he teaches the course 'Competition & Intellectual Property in the Media Industry: Law and Practice'. Andrea was Co-Chair of the IBA Antitrust Committee in 2014 and 2015
His experience covers all the media sectors, i.e. movie production and distribution, broadcasting, licensing, publishing (newspapers, magazines and books), music and digital. He advises on the full range of European and international Competition Law issues, including Article 101 and 102, mergers, compliance and competition/IP policy developments.
After beginning his career as a solicitor at Herbert Smith (1994-1997), he worked for MTV Europe (1998-1999), Warner Bros (1999-2002) and Time Warner Europe (2003-2008), where he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel, overseeing the full range of European competition law matters for Time Warner Corporate and Time Warner Divisions in Europe (Warner Bros., Turner, HBO, Time magazine, AOL, Warner Music).
Andrea was also Director of International at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK (June 2008 – July 2009), where he was in charge of developing the OFT’s international strategy and led the team responsible for the OFT’s international activities (contributions to multilateral competition bodies such as OECD, ICN and ECN, bilateral relationships with foreign competition and consumer authorities, support of cross-border enforcement actions).
He is also a member of the Committee of the Law Society’s Competition Section. He was featured among the “Stars of the In-House Competition Bar” in Global Competition Review (March 2005) and is a frequent speaker at competition law and media law conferences.
Andrea earned his first law degree, magna cum laude, at the Libera Universita' Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome, and an L.L.M., with Merit, from the London School of Economics. He is a member of the bar in both Italy (as an avvocato) and England (as a solicitor).