Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)

Giorgio Motta

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Giorgio Motta joined the Brussels office of Skadden, Arps in 1999. Mr. Motta has a wide-ranging experience in European Community (EC), Italian and international antitrust merger control and cartel enforcement. Mr. Motta advises clients on antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has worked on numerous transactions requiring international antitrust merger control approvals both in Europe and on a worldwide basis, for clients including Activision in a $18.9 billion combination with French media conglomerate Vivendi and its wholly owned subsidiary Vivendi Games ; American Express Company in its approximately $1.1 billion sale of its American Express Bank to Standard Chartered PLC ; Oakley Inc. in its $2 billion acquisition by the Luxottica Group ; Abbott Laboratories in the $8.1 billion sale of its laboratory testing unit and blood analysis division to General Electric Company ; Guidant Corporation in its $23.9 billion acquisition by Johnson & Johnson and its subsequent $27 billion acquisition by Boston Scientific Corporation ; and Fisher Scientific International in its $12.8 billion merger with Thermo Electron Corporation. Mr. Motta also deals with cartels as well as EC and Italian competition law issues relating to vertical restraints and dominance. He has represented clients in Article 101 (formerly 81) investigations in relation to cartels, trade association membership, strategic alliances, distribution arrangements and other vertical agreements, both before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority. In the cartel enforcement area, Mr. Motta has assisted clients in leniency proceedings before the European Commission, and he has advised clients on antitrust compliance issues. Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Motta worked as a legal trainee in the financial services unit of the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. Mr. Motta is a member of the Brussels bar and the Catania bar in Italy.

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Articles

2922 Bulletin

Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, Aurora Luoma, Aristeidis Demiroglou, Caroline Janssens The EU Commission calls for contributions on the fundamental question of how competition rules and sustainability policies interact with each other, and what can be done better

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Sustainability issues are increasingly high on the list of competition policy priorities both at the European Union and member state levels. The European Commission (EC) and national competition authorities are actively rethinking how competition policy can better support the transition to (...)

Niels Baeten, Ingrid Vandenborre, Giorgio Motta, Frederic Depoortere, Bill Batchelor The EU Commission proposes new powers of investigation, sanction and control on mergers, market conduct and public contracts to combat foreign subsidies

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The European Commission (EC) has proposed far-reaching new powers to investigate and sanction foreign subsidies that have allegedly distortive effects on the European Union’s (EU) internal market. The proposals include : (i) mandatory notification of acquisitions, including potentially minority (...)

Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, Niels Baeten The EU Commission proposes a merger control legislation for the acquisition of foreign-subsidised companies’

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The European Commission’s (EC) June 2020 white paper proposing wide-ranging controls over foreign-subsidized companies’ access to Europe’s internal market has received fresh impetus. In a report issued earlier this month, the European Union’s (EU) audit body faulted the EC for a hitherto (...)

Ingrid Vandenborre, Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta The EU Commission delays merger notifications until further notice and develops emergency State aid response to the COVID-19 outbreak

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly around the world, and countries take unprecedented measures to contain the spread of the disease, businesses are increasingly struggling with the economic impact of this crisis. While airlines, tour operators and event businesses have been among the (...)

Karen M. Lent, Giorgio Motta, Tara L. Reinhart, Clifford H. Aronson, Steven C. Sunshine, David P. Wales The US DoJ publishes a statement cautioning that the antitrust laws remain in effect and agreements among competitors that set commercial terms may be illegal

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Antitrust-Related Considerations Collaborations With Competitors Companies seeking to collaborate with competitors in response to the COVID-19 crisis must keep in mind, as the Department of Justice has recently cautioned, that the antitrust laws remain in effect, and agreements among (...)

Alexander Kamp, Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, Nick Wolfe The UK Competition Authority publishes its guidance on its functions under the withdrawal agreement setting out the regulator’s approach during the Brexit transition period

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The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published “Guidance on the Functions of the CMA Under the Withdrawal Agreement” (Guidance), which sets out the regulator’s approach to merger and competition cases during the Brexit transition period that will run until at least through December (...)

Melissa Healy, Ingrid Vandenborre, Giorgio Motta, Frederic Depoortere, Bill Batchelor The UK CAT confirms a deferential standard for the Competition Authority in its merger prohibitions (Tobii)

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A recent decision by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), Tobii AB (publ) v. Competition and Markets Authority, confirms a deferential standard for the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in its merger prohibitions. The CMA is widely regarded as a thought leader among merger control (...)

Nathaniel Carden, Paul W. Oosterhuis, Niels Baeten, Giorgio Motta, Alex Jupp, James Anderson The EU General Court delivers two judgments providing guidance on the application of the arm’s length principle in the context of State aid investigations (Fiat / Starbucks)

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Introduction On September 24, 2019, the EU General Court (General Court) issued its long-awaited judgments in relation to the appeals brought against two European Commission (EC) decisions of 2015 concluding that tax rulings granted by The Netherlands and Luxembourg conferred illegal state aid (...)

Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Thorsten Goetz, Ingrid Vandenborre The UK FCA issues its first antitrust decision and fines several companies for sharing strategic information during an initial public offering (Hargreave / Newton / RAMAM)

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The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued its first antitrust decision since obtaining competition law powers four years ago. The decision is a controversial one. It sets the FCA up as a strict enforcer on the type of information that competing investors can share when making (...)

Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, Michael J. Frese, Simon Baxter The EU Court of Justice deals a blow to the EU Commission’s power to close antitrust investigations with commitment decisions by ruling that they do not preclude national courts from examining whether agreements comply with antitrust rules (Gasorba / Repsol)

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On November 23, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (Court of Justice) dealt a blow to the European Commission’s (Commission) power to close antitrust investigations with commitment decisions, with its ruling in Case C-547/16 Gasorba et al. v. Repsol. The Court of Justice ruled that (...)

Alex Jupp, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, James Anderson, Jonathon J. Egerton-Peters, Niels Baeten The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation into statutory rules exempting some financing incomes earned by foreign subsidiaries

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On 26 October 2017, the European Commission (the Commission) opened an in-depth investigation into UK statutory rules that exempt certain financing income earned by foreign subsidiaries of UK corporate taxpayers from UK tax. The Commission’s investigation will focus on whether the UK Controlled (...)

Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, Simon Baxter The EU Court of Justice quashes the 2014 judgment of the General Court that upheld a fine of €1.06 billion for an abuse of dominant position by implementing loyalty rebates based on exclusivity agreements (Intel)

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On September 6, 2017 ,the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) quashed the 2014 judgment of the General Court (GC) that upheld a fine of €1.06 billion ($1.5 billion) on Intel Corporation Inc. (Intel) for abusing a dominant market position by implementing loyalty rebates based on (...)

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