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Paolisa (Paola) Nebbia


Paolisa Nebbia is counsel in the firm’s Rome office, where her practice focuses on Italian and EU competition law.

Paolisa has acquired extensive experience working at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission (DG COMP) and at the Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato).  She has in-depth knowledge of the working and dynamics of public enforcers and has handled several complex and high profile cases. Her experience spans across several sectors, ranging from media to consumer products, e-commerce to sports, and from collective rights management to Services of General Economic Interest.

She has held professional appointments in Competition Law and in EU Law at several UK universities, is a former Law Fellow of St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford and is currently a visiting professor at the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Selected Experience

  • Confidential client. Representing and advising on a cartel investigation by the Italian Competition Authority. (ongoing)
  • Confidential client. Representing and advising on a public procurement cartel investigated by the Italian Competition Authority. (ongoing)

Selected Publications

  • Damages claims for the infringement of competition law, Oxford University Publishing, June 2015 (with I. Lianos and P. Davis);
  • “Il concetto di aiuto di Stato”, in L.F. Pace (a cura di), Dizionario sistematico della concorrenza, Jovene, 2013;
  • “Competition law and consumer protection against unfair commercial practices: a more than complementary relationship?” invited paper in I. Lianos - I. Kokkoris (ed.) The Global Limits of Competition Law, Stanford University Press, 2012;
  • “State Aid Law and the Role of National courts” in E. Szyscszak (Ed.) Handbook of State Aid Law, Elgar Publ., 2011, London;
  • "Commento agli articoli 7, 8, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 del Regolamento 1/2003” and “Commento alla Comunicazione della Commissione Com. 26.9.2008, n. 2008/C245/02 - Linee guida sull’applicazione dell’articolo 81 CE ai servizi di trasporto marittimo” in A. Catricalà - P. Trojano Codice della Concorrenza, UTET, 2010;
  • Vertical agreements, volume 21F in Vaughan & Roberson (ed.) Law of the EU, 2008;
  • “Do rules on State aid have a life of their own? National procedural autonomy and effectiveness in the Lucchini case” (2008) European Law Review, 428;
  • “Damages actions for the infringement of competition law: compensation or deterrence?” (2008) European Law Review 23;
  • “…So what happened to Mr. Manfredi? The Italian decision following the ECJ ruling” (2007) European Competition Law Review, 591;
  • “Antitrust supervision of the banking sector in Italy: the 2005 reform and the first cases” (2009) European Competition Law Review (co-authored), 378;
  • Unfair Terms in European Law. A Study in EU and Comparative law, Hart Publishing, 2007;
  • “The notion of “urgency” in interim proceedings concerning competition law: some thoughts after the Microsoft order” (2007) European Competition Law Review 271.

Selected Speaking Engagements

Paolisa is a regular speaker at conferences covering competition matters, European law and regulatory issues, especially in the media sector. Recent engagements include:

  • "Competition remedies to market concentration: the issue of access to content", invited speaker at the European Audiovisual Observatory/Council of Europe conference "Media ownership – market realities and regulatory responses", Brussels, 2016;
  • "Il video e la terza rivoluzione di Internet: tendenze di mercato e prospettive di policy" conference-discussion organized by Digit@lians – il network dell'Italia digitale , Brussels, 2016;
  • “Business and antitrust in the age of e-commerce” businesses guidance seminar on antitrust and online sales, Milan, 2015. 



  • University of Southampton, Ph.D.
  • Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, LL.M., cum laude
  • Università degli Studi di Torino in Giurisprudenza, (J.D. equivalent), cum laude



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