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Antonio Bavasso

Antonio Bavasso

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Antonio Bavasso is a London-based partner in Allen & Overy’s international antitrust group. He advises on all aspects of antitrust law. He is regularly involved in leading merger and behavioural investigations in the UK. He has advised clients in numerous merger investigations before the European Commission, UK and Italian authorities including BSkyB/ITV, WPP/TNS, Google/Double Click, UK Newspaper Distribution, Boots/Alliance UniChem, Sun/Microsoft, GWR/Capital Radio, WPP/Grey, Taminco/Air Products, NewsCorp/Telepiù, and Pay-TV Film Output. He has considerable experience of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) having advised on 2 out of the 7 merger control cases before the Tribunal.
Antonio’s recent experience includes advising BSkyB on its precedent setting challenge before the CAT to the Competition Commission Report and Secretary of State Decision concerning its stake in ITV, WPP on its £1.1 billion acquisition of market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres plc which received clearance from the European Commission in 2008, BSkyB on the reference to the European Court of Justice regarding the interpretation of EC law (including free movement and competition law provisions) on the use of foreign decoder cards in the UK, and an intervener in relation to the Google/Double Click merger, which was subject to a phase II ECMR investigation. Antonio obtained a JD summa cum laude from the University of Florence, has been a British Chevening Scholar and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London (UCL). Antonio is dual-qualified in the UK and Italy and has practised in Brussels and San Francisco. He is visiting Professor of EC Competition Law at University College London (UCL) and is a co-founder and director of Jevons Institute at UCL. He has published widely and is a co-editor of Competition Policy International.

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