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Irene Picciano joins Portolano Cavallo as of counsel

Portolano Cavallo announces the arrival of Irene Picciano as of counsel. Irene will focus on competition as well as product, trade and corporate compliance matters.

In the area of European law in general and competition, Irene has many years of experience in self-assessment procedures of horizontal and vertical agreements (distribution and agency agreements, long-term supply, production and specialization agreements, licensing, joint ventures, etc.), M&A assessments and notifications, assistance with respect to dawn-raids, compliance programs, cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings before national and EU authorities and courts. Irene has also worked on several leading cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union on fundamental EU Treaty freedoms.

Irene also has extensive experience on specific aspects of compliance: not only on antitrust matters and anti-bribery, but also on complex product and trade compliance issues, such as release for free circulation and related customs aspects, marketing authorizations, export control, antidumping proceedings, labelling, EC marking and related policies.

Her work has mostly been for clients in the fashion/luxury, life sciences, automotive, food & beverage and consumer goods industries.
Irene graduated in law from the University of Salerno in 1994 and was admitted to the Bar in 1997. She then received a Master’s Degree specializing in European Union Law, Economics and Policies from the European College of Parma. Prior to joining Portolano Cavallo, she was a partner at De Berti Jacchia from 2005 and co-headed its Brussels office, where she was located from 1999 to 2001.

She authored more than 150 legal science and academic publications, and is a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) to the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition within the International Competition Network (ICN). Since 2012, Irene is admitted before Italy’s highest courts.

Compliments of Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, a member of the EACCNY