Antitrust & Foreign Investment Partner, Milan
“I have 20 years’ experience of competition and antitrust law in Italy and Europe, offering clients strategically focused, commercial and practical advice in their business-critical corporate behavioural and merger control cases.”
Education and qualifications
As head of the firm’s Italian Competition/Antitrust practice, Lucio has extensive knowledge of all aspects of EU and Italian competition law, with a particular focus on merger control and anticompetitive agreements, including exchange of sensitive information between competitors and abuses of dominant positions.
Lucio regularly advises on investigations into corporate anticompetitive behaviour, representing clients before the Italian Competition Authority and the Italian administrative and civil courts. He also frequently acts before the European Commission as well as the General Court and the Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
Lucio is highly experienced in many antitrust and competition issues in various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, insurance, consumer, aerospace and defence.
Lucio has led on a number of the market’s most significant antitrust cases. Highlights include advising:
- A multinational pharmaceutical company in its defence against a complaint of alleged collusion with a multinational health-care company to impede the use of a retinal treatment product, in order to gain an advantage for their product, in an alleged infringement of Article 101 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)
- AXA in an investigation on the distribution of non-life insurance products in Italy
- British American Tobacco ltalia before the Italian Competition Authority in proceedings for alleged anticompetitive practices in the market for the production and sale of cigarettes in Italy, as well as in related appeals before the Council of State and the European Court of Justice relating to proceedings on the interpretation of Article 101 TFEU
- Sara Lee as one of several companies charged with price fixing in the Italian cosmetics market
- Nestlé on its merger filing with the Italian Competition Authority in connection with its acquisition of sole control over the global infant nutrition business of Pfizer Nutrition
- Finmeccanica (now Leonardo) in European and multijurisdictional merger filings in relation to the acquisition of British Aerospace’s avionics activities and military communication business
Lucio writes regularly on antitrust issues in industry publications and newspapers. His articles include:
“Implementation of EU anti-trust damages directive”, Marketing Intelligence, Law Business Research, January 2017
“Cartels in Italy”, Marketing Intelligence, Law Business Research, June 2016, co-authored with Matteo Farneti, Alice Galbusera and Giorgio Valoti
“The Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions from an Italian Perspective”, Global Litigation Competition Review, April 2016, co-authored with Alice Galbusera
Lucio also regularly speaks at Italian Antitrust Association conferences.
Education and qualifications
Lucio studied law at Sapienza University of Rome and gained master’s degrees in international business law, Sapienza University, and in European and comparative law, University of Oxford.
He speaks Italian and English.