Francesco Liberatore

Francesco Liberatore

Partner

Francesco Liberatore advises clients on all aspects of the application of communications and competition law.

On the behavioral side, Francesco’s practice includes bringing and defending all types of regulatory and competition disputes before Ofcom, the Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission, as well as managing internal investigations, dawn raids, and counseling on compliance issues and various commercial agreements. On the transactional side, Francesco handles UK and EU merger control due diligence and filings, as well as coordinating multijurisdictional merger control strategies. He also advises private equity investors, banks, and other financial investors on arbitrage opportunities. Francesco’s litigation experience includes representing clients in matters before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court of Justice and the European Courts.

Francesco authored several legal publications, including the UK Chapter of the International Telecommunications Law Handbook (Juris Publishing).

Francesco has been listed as a leading practitioner in Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 UK and Who’s Who Legal.

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  • Defended a major life sciences and technology company in connection with the first-ever case of abuse of regulatory process.
  • Advised an international cloud computing provider on compliance with the applicable telecoms regulations across the world.
  • Acted for an international satellite communications provider in connection with an investigation by Ofcom related to compliance with its authorization conditions.
  • Advised a global leader in conferencing, collaboration and web meeting tools in connection with the acquisition of a leading UK competitor.
  • Advised a major home appliances and Internet or Things manufacturer on the coordination of a multijurisdictional merger control filing and remedial strategy for the acquisition of a global competitor.
  • Advised various private and government clients on regulatory and policy reforms and related infrastructure projects in the communications sector in the EU, Africa, Caribbean, Gulf region and Middle East.
  • Represented a multinational technology company in connection with the successful closure of an investigation into an alleged price fixing practice by way of agreed commitments with the European Commission (Global Competition Review Award: Behavioral Matter of the Year – Europe).

Education

  • King's College, London
  • Catholic University, Milan

Admissions

  • England and Wales
  • Italy

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) and Committee Chair of the IIC Brussels Chapter.
  • Member of the legal panel for consultancy services to the European Commission in the context of ICT and media competition cases.

Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Recognized in Chambers UK 2017 as an “expert in the telecoms sector and acts on mergers as well as behavioral mandates. An impressed source describes him as ‘extremely efficient and helpful throughout.’”
  • Recognized as Up and Coming for Competition Law – UK in Chambers Europe 2017.
  • Listed in Who Who’s Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017.

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  • Speaker, “Connected Policies and Smart Cars”, October 2017.
  • Speaker, “Connected Regulation – what are the legal issues and regulatory roadblock?” September 2017.
  • Author, UK Chapter of the International Telecommunications Law Handbook (Juris Publishing).
  • Author, “Why Italian Regulators Have Zoomed In On Big Data,” Data Economy, 10 August 2017.
  • Chairman of M&A Panel for the Digital Regulation Forum, Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, London, 28-29 March 2017.
  • Chairman of the Competition Panel for the IIC Telecommunications and Media Forum, Doha, 21-23 March 2017 (see Intermedia July 2017 Vol 45 Issue 2, pages 4-5, for a summary of the panel discussion).
  • Author, “The State of Debate – What to Expect From the EU E-commerce Sector Inquiry,” CPI’s Europe Column, Competition Policy International, November 2016.
  • Speaker, “Co-investment in Broadband Infrastructure Roll-out”, The Digital Economy Legal Update, webinar co-hosted with HSBC Global Research, November 2016.
  • Chairman of the Competition, Regulation and Investment Panel for the ECTA Regulatory Conference Brussels, MCE Management Centre Europe, Brussel, 9-10 November 2016.
  • Speaker, Legal Aspects of Spectrum Management and Allocation Workshop, Policy Tracker, Oxford, September 2016.
  • Expert opinion to the European Parliament on the negotiation of an agreement between the EU and Switzerland for cooperation in competition matters.
  • Training for the national judiciary of various EU member states on the application of EU competition rules in the pharmaceutical sector, under the auspices of the European Commission training framework.
  • Author, “Restrictions on Parallel Trade of Pharmaceutical Products and EU Competition Law”, EU Competition Law Between Public and Private Enforcement, Wolters Kluwer.