Anna Fava

Anna Fava

Antitrust & Foreign Investment Associate, Brussels

“My focus is to guide clients through even the most complex, industry changing transactions and antitrust investigations.”

Overview

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Anna advises companies on all aspects of EU and Italian competition law, including merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance proceedings, and EU State aid rules. She has experience in several industries, including information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical products, financial services, media and sports rights, consumer products and energy.

Anna handles extensive merger work before the European Commission and national authorities throughout the EU, America and Asia. She has represented clients in proceedings in EU Courts, and complainants before the European Commission in relation to abuse of dominance and vertical restrictions. Anna has also counselled in matters involving the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, in particular in the pharmaceutical sector.

Anna joined Linklaters’ Brussels office in May 2020. Before joining Linklaters, she worked as an associate for several years for a leading American law firm. Before then, Anna worked at the cartels directorate of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition as well as at the Italian State Attorneys’ office.

Work highlights

Anna’s prior experience includes advising:

  • Essilor in its €46 billion combination with Luxottica.
  • 3M in its US$6.7 billion acquisition of Acelity. 
  • Tech Data in its US$2.6 billion acquisition of Avnet TS.
  • A leading multinational technology company in a number of transactions.
  • A leading multinational technology company in abuse of dominance proceedings in court.
  • A leading pharmaceutical company in an abuse of dominance and Article 101 TFEU matter.
  • A global hedge fund in an EU state aid matter.
  • A leading broadcaster in a cartel investigation related to football broadcasting rights. On appeal, the court of first instance annulled the fine.

Education and qualifications

Anna holds an LL.M. in competition law from King’s College London (2012) and a master’s degree in law from the University of Bologna (2012).

She speaks English, Italian and French.

Published works

Anna regularly publishes on issues such as abuse of dominance, State aid and services of general economic interest:

  • “Article 102 TFEU on Prohibition of the Abuse of a Dominant Position” and “Article 106 TFEU on Public Undertakings and Monopolies”, Smit & Herzog on the Law of the European Union, Matthew Bender (co-author).
  • Italian Supreme Court, P.C./Ordine dei Farmacisti della Provincia di Caserta, G.C.L.R. Issue 3 (2014) (co-author).
  • Italian Supreme Court, Delta Impianti s.r.l./Colacem S.p.A., G.C.L.R. Issue 3 (2014) (co-author).