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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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)


An international survey among defense lawyers was lauched under the aegis of Concurrences in order to compare the protections that have been implemented in 15 different jurisdictions to address issues of fundamental rights arising in the frame of digital investigations. A first set of Best (...)

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 ?


La 5ème conférence annuelle du Global Competition Law Centre, organisée à Bruxelles les 11 et 12 juin 2009, était dédiée à l’étude lancée par la Commission pour la révision du Règlement 1/2003. Les contributions présentées ici sont la synthèse de six groupes de travail : I - Le régime de l’exception légale et (...)

Dominique Berlin, Jean-Louis Colson, Massimo Merola, Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, Paul-Bertrand Barets L’application des règles en matière d’aides d’État au secteur bancaire et financier*


Dans cette présentation de la table-ronde dédiée à l’application des règles en matière d’aides d’Etat au secteur bancaire et financier, le Professeur Dominique Berlin propose une systématisation du rôle du secteur bancaire (et financier) au regard des règles en matière d’aide d’État et mets en lumière (...)

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