Bonelli Erede (Brussels)

Massimo Merola

Bonelli Erede (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Massimo Merola is the managing partner responsible for the Brussels Office of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and is the scientific director of the firm’s European Law and Antitrust group. Massimo oversees a broad regulatory practice specializing in EU law, European competition law, State aid law. He regularly appears before the European Commission and diverse national agencies and sanctioning bodies in various EU Member States to represent leading corporate clients in sectors like telecommunications, energy and air transportation. In addition to his extensive transactional expertise, Massimo maintains a litigation practice that routinely advocates for clients involved in multiparty, cross-border disputes brought before the EU Courts. In conjunction with his active legal practice, Massimo has lectured since 1993 as a professor at the College of Europe of Bruges, where he teaches an obligatory course in State aid and public undertakings law. He has also served as visiting professor in Community law at the University of Perugia, the University of Valencia, and the University of Barcelona. Additionally, he acted as the academic advisor for the post-graduate course, "Giuristi d’impresa" ("Business Lawyers") organized by the Pescara Bar Examination Committee in Italy. As a renowned practitioner and scholar, Massimo is a regular speaker at European conferences and seminars on Competition and State aid and the author of several publications. Graduated, magna cum laude, from the Faculty of Law of the University La Sapienza in Rome, Massimo has worked from the start of his professional career on European Law and Antitrust matters in a variety of international settings. Upon completing his Master Degree with honors (College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium) and qualifying for the Bar, he developed expertise in European law as a trainee at the State aid and commercial policy group of the Legal Service department of the European Commission. He subsequently entered private practice in 1987, joining a law-firm specializing in competition law in Brussels (Aquarone, Casella, Guarino, Libonati, Pappalardo, Uckmar). From 1989 to 1992, he worked as an associate at the US law firm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. In 1992, he co-founded the law firm Pappalardo e Associati in Brussels, then merged into Bonelli Erede Pappalardo in 1999. He also served as Of Counsel to the Spanish law firm Gomez de Liaño y Asociados in 1992 and 1993.

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Damien Gerard, Massimo Merola, Bernd Meyring The Notion of Restriction of Competition: Revisiting the Foundations of Antitrust Enforcement in Europe, Damien GERARD, Massimo MEROLA and Bernd MEYRING


This section selects books on themes related to competition laws and economics. This compilation does not attempt to be exhaustive but rather a survey of themes important in the area. The survey usually covers publication over the last three months after publication of the latest issue of (...)

Ana Barros Feiteira, Angie Ng, Benoît Merkt, Camilla Jain Holtse, Christian Hagerman, Christian Nielsen, David T. Fischer, Dieter Hauck, Graeme Edgerton, Iñigo Igartua Arregui, Kiri Tahana, Lesley Farrell, Martijn Snoep, Martin Klusmann, Massimo Merola, Michael Reiss, Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Nathan Muyskens, Nick Taylor, Rayan Houdrouge, Sara Lembo, Serge Bourque, Shreeya Smith, Suzanne Kingston, Teresa Lorca Morales, Tommy Pettersson Digital evidence searches in competition investigations: Best Practices for effective fundamental rights Results of an international survey among defense lawyers


Un programme de recherche international regroupant des avocats de la défense a été constitué sous l’égide de Concurrences afin de comparer les protections mises en place dans 15 régimes différents pour assurer le respect des droits fondamentaux dans le cadre des investigations informatiques. Une (...)

Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke, Denis Waelbroeck, Eric Morgan de Rivery, Filippo Amato, Jacques Bourgeois, Leonardo Armati, Marc van der Woude, Massimo Merola, Matthew Levitt, Tarik Hennen Towards an optimal enforcement of competition rules in Europe: Time for a Review of Regulation 1/2003?


The Fifth annual conference of the Global Competition Law Centre, held in Brussels on 11-12 June 2009, was dedicated to the Commission’s review of EC Regulation 1/2003. These contributions are the summaries of six work groups: I) The directly applicable exception system and the direct (...)

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