Francesco Liberatore advises clients on all aspects of the application of competition law and communications regulation. He has particular experience in technology driven sectors.

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 is recommended as a leading practitioner in Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

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  • Defended various major technology companies in connection with EU/UK competition law investigations, including the successful closure of an investigation by the European Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority into an alleged price fixing practice by way of agreed commitments (Global Competition Review Award: Behavioral Matter of the Year – Europe).
  • Advised various international telecommunications and internet-based services providers in successfully devising global regulatory compliance strategies, including in connection with the implications of the new EU Electronic Communications Code, roaming and net neutrality regulations for new solutions, such as in-vehicle Wi-Fi, cloud computing, collaboration tools, content delivery networks, social media and over-the-top services, amongst many others.
  • Acted for various communications providers before Ofcom, including the successful closure of an investigation into non-compliance with satellite authorization conditions by way of agreed commitments.
  • Obtained merger control clearance from the European Commission, the Competition and Markets Authority, and coordinated multijurisdictional filing strategies, in many high-profile transactions, including successfully negotiating a settlement in return for merger control clearance of a multibillion dollars acquisition involving two global home appliances and Internet of Things manufacturers.
  • 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.

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.
  • Lecturer, Competition Law, Post Graduate Course, King’s College (London). 

Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Competition Law, London, 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’”.
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for EU and competition; Fintech; IT and telecoms.
  • Listed in Who Who’s Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017-2018.

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  • Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence and Competition Issues”, International Institute of Communications (IIC), Telecommunications and Media Forum, Brussels, 24-25 April 2018.
  • Author, “Enabling Rural Coverage – regulatory and policy recommendations to foster mobile broadband in developing countries”, GSMA Connected Society, 2018.
  • Author, “Hoffman-La Roche / Novartis: Implications for Co-promotion and Co-marketing Agreements”, CompLaw, 8 February 2018.
  • Author, “10 EU Telecom Regulatory Developments to watch in 2018”, Law360, 1 January 2018.
  • Speaker, “Telecom M&A Strategies”, TMT Finance World Congress, London, 29-30 November 2017.
  • Author, “Telecom M&A: how the rise of national protectionism may prove challenging for deals in 2018”, TMT Finance, 23 November 2017.
  • Moderator, “Co-Investment in New Infrastructure Roll-out”, HSBC and Oxera, Total Telecom Congress, London, 31 October 2017.
  • Speaker, “Connected Policies and Smart Cars”, IIC Brussels Chapter, October 2017.
  • Speaker, “Connected Regulation – what are the legal issues and regulatory roadblock?”, IIC Brussels Chapter, September 2017.
  • 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.

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