Pierpaolo is an Italian High Court Counsel (Rome Bar, 1992). He is an experienced international tax law practitioner as well as an academic. Pierpaolo graduated top of his class from Guardia’s military academy in Italy in 1987. He graduated from Pavia’s Law School with Prof. Giulio Tremonti in 1989, with concentration in corporate taxation. Pierpaolo obtained his postgraduate dual degree (LL.M. - International Tax Program) at NYU, with Prof. Paul McDaniel in 2002. Pierpaolo is a retired Brigadier General from the Italian Guardia di Finanza ,with both outfield and headquarters experience. He is a senior permanent official of the European Commission, where he covered several positions at the Secretariat General, the Anti-Fraud Office, DG Competition and eventually the Legal Service, where he currently works as Senior Legal Expert in the Antitrust and Merger Control Team. In addition to specializing in international taxation and competition law, Pierpaolo worked for a number of years in the fields of agriculture law, fraud prevention and cross-border criminal cooperation.