Federico Marini Balestra

Bird & Bird (Rome)
Lawyer (of Counsel)

As a member of the EU & Competition Group in Italy, Federico practice areas stretch from antitrust and regulatory proceedings, to administrative and commercial litigation, with in-depth expertise in TMT law and regulation. He lectures on Internet and media law at the Scuola Nazionale dell’Amministrazione in Italy and often write on antitrust and TMT law in the leading legal journals. He has also co-written one of Italy’s leading textbooks on ecommunications law. Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, he was a legal officer at the Italian Communications Authority, as well as a senior associate in the Rome and Brussels offices of another international law firm for 11 years, focusing on antitrust cases, administrative and commercial litigation and on counselling in regulatory proceedings.

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Lucia Antonazzi, Federico Marini Balestra The Italian Competition Authority sanctions a telecommunication company for having undertaken a complex abusive strategy aimed to hinder the entry of the new infrastructure competitors in the broadband communication services sector (Telecom Italia)

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The Italian Antitrust Authority ("ICA") launched in June 2017 a proceeding for alleged violations of Article 102 TFEU committed by Telecom Italia ("TI") - through a complex abusive strategy aimed at a double purpose: in the retail market, to make its customer base less contestable by other (...)

Federico Marini Balestra, Lucia Antonazzi The Italian Competition Authority sanctions telecommunication operators for their participation in a cartel (Assotelecomunicazioni / Fastweb / Telecom Italia / Vodafone...)

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On 7 February 2018, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) initiated an investigation against the major fixed and mobile operators (TIM S.p.A, Vodafone Italia S.p.A, Fastweb S.p.A and Wind Tre S.p.A). The investigation was aimed at verifying whether the companies had coordinated their (...)

Lucia Antonazzi, Federico Marini Balestra The Italian Supreme Administrative Court accepts appeals against the Authority ruling which found that telecommunications companies restricted competition and prevented the development of disaggregated forms of supply of ancillary technical services (Telecom Italia)

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On 23 December, the Italian Supreme Administrative Court ("Consiglio di Stato") accepted the appeals lodged by several companies active in the supply of technical ancillary services and the incumbent network owner, Telecom Italia S.p.A., against the rulings of the Regional Administrative Court (...)

Lucia Antonazzi, Federico Marini Balestra The Italian Supreme Court rules that an airline company abuse its dominant position by refusing to grant online travel agencies the right to intermediate its tickets by accessing its databases and procedures for flight reservations (Ryanair)

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On 12 November, the Italian Supreme Court brought to an end a multi-jurisdictional dispute which began in 2008, related to the Ryanair’s refusal to grant online travel agencies ("OTAs") the right to intermediate its tickets by accessing its databases and procedures for flight reservations. On 4 (...)

Lucia Antonazzi, Federico Marini Balestra The Italian Regional Administrative Court of Lazio upholds the Competition Authority decision which fined a company for abusing its dominant position in the electricity market (Enel)

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On 17 October 2019, the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio (“TAR”) issued its judgment on the appeal lodged by Enel Group against the decision of the Italian Competition Authority (the “ICA”) issued on 20 December 2018. The ICA had fined the company over EUR 93 million for abusing its dominant (...)

Lucia Antonazzi, Federico Marini Balestra The Italian Regional Administrative Court of Lazio rejects the appeal against an abuse of dominance decision in the markets for the management of copyrights (SIAE)

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On 26 September 2019, the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio (“TAR”) rejected the appeal lodged by the Italian Authors’ and Publishers’ Association (the “SIAE”) against the decision of the Italian Competition Authority (the “ICA”) taken on 25 September 2018. In this decision, the Authority had (...)

Federico Marini Balestra The Italian Council of State confirms the €180 million fine imposed on a pharmaceutical cartel for entering into an anticompetitive agreement by object (Hoffman-La Roche / Novartis)

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On July 17th, the Council of State dismissed the appeals presented by F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. and Roche S.p.A. ("Roche") and from Novartis Farma S.p.A. and Novartis AG ("Novartis") against the judgement issued by Regional Administrative Court of First Instance rejecting the appeals against the (...)

Federico Marini Balestra The Italian Competition Authority fines two low cost airlines companies for increasing the price of their tickets in a non-transparent manner (Ryanair / Wizz Air)

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On 21 February 2019, the Italian Competition Authority ("AGCM") concluded two proceedings - launched in September and October 2018 - against the low cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air,. The two investigations showed that, from 1 November 2018 onwards, passengers of the two companies were only (...)

Federico Marini Balestra The Italian Competition Authority fines for over €109 million two companies for abusing dominance in regulated retail energy markets in order to gain customers in competitive markets (Enel / Acea)

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On 8 January 2019, the Italian Competition Authority ("AGCM") fined Enel (the national former incumbent in the electricity sector) for over EUR 93 million and Acea (the Rome municipality utility company) for over EUR 16 million for abusing dominance in regulated retail energy markets to gain (...)

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