Francesco Rosati

RBB Economics (Brussels)
Economist (Partner)

Francesco Rosati advises clients on all aspects of the economics of competition law. His practice focuses primarily on cases before the European Commission and the French Competition Authorities, but has substantial experience in a number of other jurisdictions, as well as in court and arbitration proceedings. He has worked on a number high profile investigations of mergers, anticompetitive agreements, abuses of dominance, preparing expert reports and presenting economic analysis to the authorities, including at public Hearings. Francesco has worked for clients in a range of different industries, such as media, electronics, mobile telephony, healthcare, tobacco, retail banking, transport, petroleum products, computer software, engineering, construction products, and a range of branded and unbranded consumer goods. Clients he has worked for include British Airways, Ericsson, Heineken, Lagardère, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Royal Canin, Schneider Electric and Shell. He holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Rome. He is fluent in English, French and Italian (both spoken and written).


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RBB Economics
White & Case (Brussels)
University College London
ENSAE Paris-Tech
Jones Day (Washington DC)
Allen & Overy (Paris)
Apple (Brussels)
International Airlines Group (London)


21950 Bulletin

Francesco Rosati, Petr Janda The French Minister of Economy requires commitments to address possible horizontal and conglomerate effects in a merger of a mobile network and pay-TV operator and an Internet service provider (SFR / Neuf Cegetel)


Introduction On 15 April 2008, the French Minister of Economy (hereafter, the Minister) cleared the proposed acquisition by Société Française du Radiotéléphone (SFR) of a majority share of Neuf Cegetel, subject to remedies. The transaction raised conglomerate issues in the markets for broadband (...)

Francesco Rosati The French Minister of Economy requires in Phase I important remedies to address concerns of bundling in a merger of newspapers and magazines publishers (LVMH / Les Echos)


On 19 December 2007 the French Minister of Economy, Finance and Employment (hereafter “the Minister”) cleared, after a “Phase I” investigation, the acquisition by the group LVMH of Les Echos S.A., publisher of the leading business newspaper Les Echos and of magazines specialised in economic and (...)

Francesco Rosati The French Minister of Economy sets out principles for the assessment of competition in markets that use Internet as media and conditionally clears in phase I a merger in the market for online classified advertisement (Spir / Schibsted)


Introduction On 10 September 2007 the French Minister of Economy, Finances and Employment (hereafter the “Minister”) cleared the creation by Spir Communication and Schibsted ASA of a jointly owned company, subject to behavioural commitments (Decision C2007/19, hereafter “the Decision”). The new (...)

34736 Review

Emmanuel Combe, Francesco Rosati, Igor Simic The passing-on defence theory


This set of three papers are derived from the training session on the “Passing on defence” organized by Concurrences Review that has held on 5th July 2011 in Paris. The first contribution written by the economist Emmanuel Combe is dedicated to the definition of the fundamental notions. The second (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Florence Ninane, Francesco Rosati, Geoffrey D. Oliver, Hendrik Bourgeois, Ioannis Lianos, James Killick, Johanne Peyre, Niamh McCarthy, Philippe Choné The EU guidance on exclusionary abuses: A step forward or a missed opportunity?


Quelles sont les conséquences pour les entreprises de la Communication de la Commission concernant l’article 82 du Traité ? Rend-elle l’action de la Commission plus prévisible ? L’utilisation de nombreux critères économiques réduit-elle le risque que les pratiques pro-concurrentielles des entreprises (...)

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