Danilo Samà

CDC Cartel Damage Claims (Brussels)
Senior Competition Economist (Ph.D.)

Dr Danilo Samà | Senior Competition Economist (Ph.D.) | www.danilosama.com

(Italy, 1984). Dr Danilo Samà has been working as Senior Competition Economist at CDC Cartel Damage Claims in Brussels since 2014, where he is responsible for the economic analysis, econometric assessment and damage quantification. In his role, he has gained extensive experience in all phases of damage litigation, working on economic issues concerning some of the largest antitrust cases in Europe. His expertise ranges from the development of theories of harm in relation to markets affected by cartels, the design of architectures for the collection of data provided by damaged companies, to the quantification of damages in and out-of-court. In his daily activities, he is in contact with the CDC’s network of renowned academic experts in the fields of econometrics and industrial organisation. Furthermore, he serves the French and Italian markets as a primary contact for damaged companies and law firms. Over the years, he has contributed to pioneering innovations in private antitrust enforcement such as the CDC’s interest calculation tool.

Ph.D. (Doctory of Philosophy) in Economic Analysis of Competition Law, XXV cicle, LUISS “Guido Carli” University of Rome, Faculty of Economics, Italy (2014), defending the dissertation “Essays on Economic Analysis of Competition Law: Theory and Practice”. Ph.D. Visiting Researcher in Quantitative Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics, France, focusing on econometrics techniques and industrial organization applied to competition policy (2013). European Master in Economic Analysis of Law, attending the Erasmus Rotterdam University, The Netherlands, the Ghent University, Belgium, and the University of Hamburg, Germany (2011): dissertation in Economic Analysis of Competition Law under the supervision of Prof. Emeritus Thomas Eger (University of Hamburg) and the examination of Prof. Elena Argentesi (University of Bologna) about the antitrust economic treatment of discount and rebates (3rd best thesis). For the Master, he awarded the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship granted by the European Commission, being for merit first ranked over 800 students worldwide. M.Sc. Master of Science Degree cum summa laude in Economic Analysis of Law at LUISS, Faculty of Economics (2009), with a dissertation in Economics Analysis of Competition Law under the supervision of Prof. Emeritus Roberto Pardolesi about the relationship between competition and regulation in the telecommunication markets: to prepare the thesis, he spent a visiting research period at the School of Business and Social Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark (2008). B.Sc. Bachelor of Science Degree cum summa laude in Economics at LUISS, Faculty of Economics (2006), with a dissertation in Industrial Organization under the supervision of Sen. Prof. Emeritus Carlo Scognamiglio about the liberalization and privatization of the energy markets, focusing on the antitrust judgement against ENI for abuse of dominant position which led the Italian Competition Authority to impose the highest fine ever levied in Italy.

In 2011-2012 he worked as Competition Economist Trainee at the Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) of the European Commission for the Unit A/3 - State Aid Case Support and Policy directed by Mr Koen Van de Casteele, supporting the Deputy Director General for State Aids Mr Gert-Jan Koopman and the Chief Economist Team’s State Aids Adviser Dr Vincent Verouden. In 2009-2010 he worked as Competition Economist at Pavia & Ansaldo in the antitrust department directed by Mr Stefano Grassani, working on cases before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority concerning abuses of dominant position, cartel investigations, mergers and state aids.

Dr Danilo Samà is Research Fellow and General Secretary at the LUISS’s Law & Economics LAB for the Competition Law & Economics area (www.law-economics.net) and Editor-in-Chief of Competition Policy News (www.competition-policy-news.com), website which reports all latest news worldwide concerning competition policy which are released by authorities, economists, lawyers and universities. He is a member of the Italian Antitrust Association. His main fields of academic interest and professional occupation concern antitrust, competition and regulation, which he has experienced in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. He has published several articles in international journals and monographs, available on his personal website (www.danilosama.com).

Linked authors

Economisti Associati (Bologna)
DG COMP (Brussels)

Articles

2656 Bulletin

Danilo Samà, Giacomo Luchetta The Italian Competition Authority fines three operators in the Southern Italian electric market for undertaking a concerted practice aimed at sharing the market for certain dispatch services (Repower Italy Dispatch Price)

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Three electricity generators active in the Southern Italian area - Repower Italia S.p.A., EGL Italia S.p.A. and Tirreno Power S.p.A. - have been sanctioned by the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Italian Competition Authority - ICA) for undertaking a concerted practice in (...)

Danilo Samà, Giacomo Luchetta The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio confirms a fine imposed by the Italian NCA against the construction market leader for abuse of dominant position in the plasterboard market (Mercato del Cartongesso / Saint-Gobain)

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On the 24th of December 2011, the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio (‘RAC’)(Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale del Lazio) rejected the appeal from Saint-Gobain PPC Italia S.p.A. (‘Saint-Gobain‘), the Italian subsidiary of the multinational corporation leader worldwide in the construction (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The European Commission adopts a negative decision concerning financing in the form of guarantees and other equity interventions granted by the local government of Åland to a state‑owned commercial property company (Ålands Industrihus)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* On 13 July 2011 the Commission adopted a negative decision concerning financing in the form of guarantees and other equity interventions granted by the local government of Åland to Ålands Industrihus Ab (ÅI), a state‑owned (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The European Commission finds that a Bulgarian metal manufacturer received subsidies in the form of unpaid debts to the State of around €3.7 M (Ruse Industry)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* The European Commission finds that a Bulgarian metal manufacturer received subsidies in the form of unpaid debts to the State of around €3.7 million (Ruse Industry) On 13 July 2011 the Commission foundthat the Bulgarian metal (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The EU Commission finds that Romania’s plan to support the production of energy from renewable energy sources is in line with the 2008 environmental aid guidelines (Romanian Green Certificates)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* By decision of 13 July 2011, the Commission found that Romania’s plan to support the production of energy from renewable energy sources is in line with the 2008 Environmental Aid Guidelines, as it creates clear incentives for (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The European Commission clears under EU State aid rules an investment fund that will support sustainable urban regeneration in the north‑west region of England (Northwest Urban Investment Fund)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* The European Commission clears under EU State aid rules an investment fund that will support sustainable urban regeneration in the North‑west region of England (Northwest Urban Investment Fund) On 13 July 2011 the Commission (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The European Commission authorises a plan by Germany to exempt selected groups of passengers to and from seven German islands from a newly‑created tax on air transport (Juist, Norderney)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* On 29 June 2011, the Commission authorised a plan by Germany to exempt selected groups of passengers to and from seven German islands (Juist, Norderney, Helgoland, Baltrum, Langeoog, Wangerooge, Borkum) from a newly‑created (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The EU Commission concludes that the unlimited State guarantee granted to a French research body constitutes compatible State aid as long as its economic activities are conducted solely on an ancillary basis and connected with its main activity (Institut Français du Pétrole)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* By decision of 29 June 2011 the Commission concluded that the unlimited State guarantee granted to the Institut Français du Pétrole Énergies Nouvelles (IFP) constitutes compatible State aid as long as the IFP’s economic (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The EU Commission clears Danish support for the liquidation of a bank, as it provides for an orderly wind‑up of the bank and foresees sufficient safeguards to limit distortion of competition (Eik Bank)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* On 6 June 2011 the Commission cleared Danish support for the liquidation of Eik Bank, as it provides for an orderly wind‑up of the bank and foresees sufficient safeguards to limit distortion of competition. The bank, until 2010 (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The European Commission finds that the different taxation imposed by the Greek Government for casino entrance fees is unlawful aid (Aid to certain Greek casinos)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* Following an in‑depth investigation, on 24 May 2011 the Commission found that the different taxation of casino entrance fees is unlawful aid because it creates fiscal discrimination in favour of public casinos and causes the (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Danilo Samà The European Commission rejects complaints filed by mobile phone operators already active in the French market, as it finds that the procedure for awarding fourth 3G mobile phone licence does not involve any State aid (France – 4th UMTS licence)

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"State aid: main developments between 1 May and 31  August 2011"* On 10 May 2011 the Commission rejected complaints filed by three mobile phone operators already active in the French market, as it found that the procedure for awarding France’s fourth 3G mobile phone licence in 2009 did not (...)

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