Linklaters strengthens competition team with new partner and counsel elections

Linklaters has elected two new partners - Lucio D’Amario, based in Milan, and Natura Gracia, based in London - to its competition / antitrust practice.  In addition, Fredrik Löwhagen, based in the firm’s Madrid office, has been appointed as counsel.  The promotions take effect from 1 May 2015.

Michael Cutting, global head of Linklaters' competition practice, said: “These promotions highlight our commitment to strengthening our competition offering in order to deliver a consistently excellent service to our clients. Natura, Lucio and Fredrik are excellent lawyers and we are confident they will be successful in their new roles.”

Natura Gracia: Natura joined Linklaters in May 2005, and the competition group as an associate in London in 2006. Originally from Spain, she is dual qualified: Spain and England and Wales.  Natura has extensive cross border experience, regularly advising international clients on the application of merger control, state aid, utilities regulation and public procurement. She also acts on behalf of international clients to obtain regulatory approvals for merger transactions in various jurisdictions and advises on all aspects of European competition law. During her time at Linklaters she has undertaken a secondment at the Office of Fair Trading (now the UK Competition and Markets Authority) and her client base consists of diverse industry sectors including energy, water, financial services and private equity/financial sponsors.

Lucio D’Amario: With extensive international experience in his educational and professional background, Lucio has built and successfully managed the firm’s competition practice in Italy over the last three years. He joined Linklaters as a Counsel from Allen & Overy in January 2012. Lucio obtained an M.Jur. at Oxford University. He regularly works on cross-border matters, including Russia, the UAE, China, Belgium and the UK.

Fredrik Löwhagen: Fredrik is a dual qualified Spanish and Swedish lawyer who was based at Linklaters’ Stockholm office before transferring to Madrid in 2006. Fredrik regularly advises on global merger control matters, but is also highly experienced in advising on antitrust issues in the financial and energy sectors, and is an expert on EU state aid law.

For further information, please contact Rupert Winlaw on +44 20 7456 3219.