European Union Law and Competition

Since its establishment, the Firm represents foreign and national clients in proceedings before both the European Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union (direct actions as well as preliminary rulings), with special regard to those disputes concerning European Union Law, Antitrust and State Aid Law. On this last field of law, the Firm advised the Italian Government and also published the book Competition and State Aid, edited by Kluwer Law International.

Santa Maria Law Firm regularly assists its clients also in administrative proceedings initiated by both the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM), with regard to alleged

violations of Antitrust Law. In this context, the Firm developed a solid expertise in helping its clients to have access to leniency programmes.

Moreover, the Firm usually advises both Italian companies as well as multinational corporations in performing the notification procedures to the competent antitrust authorities related to merger control.

The professionals of the EU Law and competition department collaborate with their colleagues of the civil or administrative litigation teams, to settle the disputes pending before national courts concerning the direct application as well as the interpretation of European Union Law, requests for damages related to the violation of Antitrust Law, abuse of economic dependence, unfair competition, drafting and negotiation of distribution and subcontracting agreements.

Lastly, the Firm regularly assists its private and institutional clientele dealing with a wide variety of issues related to European Union Law, in particular the ones connected to the criticalities concerning the freedom of movement of goods and services as well as those related to Transport Law and to specific areas such as Sports Law and Pharmaceutical Law.


Included capabilities

  • Cartels and Horizontal Agreements
  • Distribution and other Vertical Agreements
  • State Aids
  • Control of both Merger and Joint Ventures
  • Antitrust compliance programmes
  • Sectorial Regimes, with special regard to Sports and Pharmaceutical Law
  • EU Procedural Law
  • Private Enforcement of Antitrust Law
  • Direct application of the rules concerning Antitrust and State Aids
  • Direct application of European Union Law in National Courts
  • European Union Internal Market Rules
  • Unfair Competition and consumer protection