WilmerHale (Brussels)

Roberto Grasso

WilmerHale (Brussels)
Lawyer (Of Counsel)

Mr. Grasso is a counsel in WilmerHale’s Regulatory and Government Affairs Department, and a member of the Antitrust and Competition and European Regulatory Practice Groups. His practice focuses on European and Italian antitrust and competition law, as well as EU law. Mr. Grasso joined the firm in 2008, and was resident in the Washington, DC office from June 2008 to December 2008. He has been a member of the Lecce Bar since 2006. Mr. Grasso’s practice encompasses counseling on EU and Italian legal issues, particularly on cartel and abuse of dominance cases, as well as merger policy and EU State aid law. He has assisted multinational companies in antitrust litigation proceedings before the European Court of First Instance and the Italian Supreme Court. Mr. Grasso has also secured several merger clearances before the Italian Competition Authority and performed multi-jurisdictional merger analysis in a number of jurisdictions around the world. Mr. Grasso has gained experience in assisting clients both in the United States and Europe in a wide range of industries, including investment banking and financial services, manufacturing, airports and chemicals. Prior to joining WilmerHale, from 2005 to 2007, Mr. Grasso was an associate in both the antitrust, competition and trade and the energy groups of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Rome. Mr. Grasso also trained with the Legal Service of the European Commission, Competition Unit, in Brussels, where he worked on cases concerning mergers and acquisitions, cartels and other issues regarding EC Law, pending before the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance. From September 2004 to March 2005 Mr. Grasso joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Rome, where he mainly worked on merger clearance, cartel and abuse of dominance cases. From March 2005 Mr. Grasso joined the Legal Service of the Italian Competition Authority, in Rome, where he focused on drafting legal opinions in the fields of competition and consumer law and in the assistance in trials before the Italian Administrative courts. Mr. Grasso regularly publishes articles on EU and US competition law. Most recently he was author of “The E.U. Leniency Program and U.S. Discovery Rules: a Fraternal Fight?”, Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 29:565.


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11066 Bulletin

John Ratliff, Roberto Grasso Unilateral conduct in the energy sector: An overview of EU and national case law


This foreword provides an overview of the practice of the European Commission and European national competition authorities as regards unilateral conduct in the energy sector. It is based mainly on cases reported in e-Competitions. There are more than 120 cases covered, including national court judgments and investigations, which were started, settled or did not result in a decision.

Philippe Claessens, Roberto Grasso The Belgian Competition Authority fines €2 million for excessive pricing on the markets for the production, wholesale and trade of electricity (Electrabel)


On 18 July 2014, the Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority adopted a decision imposing a €2 million fine on Electrabel for abuse of dominant position contrary to Article 3 of the Belgian Competition Act and of Article 102 TFEU on the market for the generation, wholesale and (...)

Gian Luca Zampa, Roberto Grasso The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigation for abuse of dominance in the market for autoclaved cellular concrete (Italgasbeton / RDB)


On 14 December 2005, the Italian Antitrust Authority (“IAA”) opened proceedings under Article 82 EC Treaty - as well as under the correspondent national provision - against RDB S.p.A. (“RDB”) and its controlled company RDB Hebel S.p.A. (“RDBH”), for an alleged abuse of dominant position in the (...)



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