European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)

Gianni De Stefano

European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Policy Officer

Gianni de Stefano is a policy officer at the European Commission in the DG COMP. Prior he was the global director competition law at AkzoNobel after being for over a decade an antitrust lawyer in international leading law firms. Previously, he worked as a counsel in the antitrust, competition and economic regulation practice at Hogan Lovells in Brussels, and advised companies on every major area of antitrust and competition law, including cartel investigations, complex multi-jurisdictional mergers and joint ventures, abuse of dominance and restrictive practices cases. Gianni De Stefano holds degrees from the University of Bologna (law school), La Sorbonne in Paris (exchange program), College of Europe in Belgium (master of European Legal Studies) and New York (LL.M.), and is a qualified lawyer in Italy, Belgium and New York.


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1634 Bulletin

Christopher Thomas, Dina Jubrail, Gianni De Stefano The EU Court of Justice issues a preliminary ruling on the liability for anti-competitive behaviour by employees and outside contractors (VM Remonts)


Liability for anti-competitive behaviour by your employees and outside contractors: when you are off the hook and when you are not* In its recent VM Remonts judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed the strict liability of companies for the anti-competitive behaviour of their (...)

Christian Ritz, Gianni De Stefano The German Regional Court of Berlin refers the extradition of an Italian citizen from Germany to the United States for cartel charges to the EU Court of Justice to rule on whether Member State extradition can violate the principle of non-discrimination under EU law (Romano Pisciotti)


On 18 March 2016, the Regional Court of Berlin (RC Berlin) in Romano Pisciotti v. Federal Republic of Germany referred four questions to the European Court of Justice to seek guidance on whether Mr Pisciotti could argue that he had suffered discrimination and claim compensation from the German (...)

Gianni De Stefano The Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa adopts an amendment to the COMESA competition rules on the determination of merger notification thresholds


Updated Merger Filing Rules in COMESA* The Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (“COMESA”) has adopted an amendment to the COMESA Competition Rules on the Determination of Merger Notification Thresholds. Companies now have greater clarity as to when they will (...)

3321 Review

Gianni De Stefano, Giovanni Labate, James Harvey, Jérémy Bernard, Laurent Eymard, Marie Blanchard, Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, William Koeberlé The Coty judgment: Online selective distribution and platform bans


In its Coty Germany c. Parfumerie Akzente decision dated 6 December 2017, the Court of Justice reiterated the conditions of application of Article 101 TFEU to selective distribution agreements based on qualitative criteria. The Court also ruled for the first time on the prohibition to resell (...)

Christopher Thomas, Daniel E. Shulak, Gal Rozent, Gianni De Stefano, Katherine L. Kay, Katie Hellings, Raz Agranat, Yoshitoshi Imoto Extradition and antitrust law: Businessmen involved in global cartels extradited to foreign countries


This article has been nominated for the 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. As more jurisdictions criminalise cartel conduct and increase cooperation with other enforcement regimes, the threat of extradition in global cartel cases is (...)


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