Squire Patton Boggs Recruits Communications and Competition Law Expert

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    Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to welcome Francesco Liberatore as a partner in London, joining from Jones Day. Mr. Liberatore’s practice combines communications and competition law and policy.

    Mr. Liberatore advises a broad range of clients on legal and regulatory issues affecting the electronic communications sector and the evolving internet ecosystem. He has extensive experience working with the EU and UK regulatory framework for electronic communications, as well as the regulatory systems applicable to the provision of traditional communications, VoIP and new internet-based services around the world.

    Mr. Liberatore also has worked on a wide range of UK and EU competition law matters including but not limited to those involving the electronic communications sector. Qualified in England & Wales as well as Italy, he has acted for clients before the UK regulators, Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority, as well as the European Commission, and also has managed internal investigations, counselled on compliance issues, and coordinated multi-jurisdictional merger control strategies. Mr. Liberatore also has considerable litigation experience in this area, including the representation of clients in matters before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court of Justice and the European Courts, as well as the training of the judiciary in other EU Member States on the private enforcement of competition law.

    Discussing his appointment to the firm, Francesco Liberatore said: “I was particularly drawn to Squire Patton Boggs because of its highly regarded communications law and competition practices, on top of its global footprint and impressive client service credentials. I am excited to be a part of the firm’s continued success in these strategic growth areas.”

    “Francesco is a very welcome addition to our global Communications Practice Group,” said Ann LaFrance, EMEA coordinating partner for the Communications Practice Group. “Given the significant changes on the horizon in the EU and UK regulatory frameworks and the potential implications of Brexit, not to mention regulatory developments in the MENA region and beyond that are affecting the broader ICT sector, Francesco could not be joining us at a more opportune time for our existing and future client base.”

    Brian Hartnett, managing partner of the Brussels office and co-chair of the global Competition – Antitrust Practice Group, added: “Francesco’s broad competition law experience, with an emphasis on the electronic communications sector, will be a strong complement to our existing EU and global antitrust credentials and capabilities.”

    An avid author, Mr. Liberatore has most recently written the UK chapter of the International Telecommunications Law Handbook (Juris Publishing, 2016). He has been ranked in Chambers UK and Chambers Global and noted in The Legal500 UK. He speaks English, Italian and French and conversational Spanish and Dutch.

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