As a counsel in Hogan Lovells’ Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) practice, Gianni De Stefano advises companies on every major area of antitrust and competition law, including complex multi-jurisdictional mergers and joint ventures, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance and restrictive practices cases. Gianni represents clients in proceedings before the European Commission and competition authorities in Italy and other Member States and litigates before the European Court of Justice or national courts. He also helps clients to anticipate and avoid antitrust and competition problems, offering on-going advice, compliance audits and interactive training. Gianni has experience in the automotive, energy, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, media and entertainment, technology, and transportation sectors.In recent years Gianni managed global teams for second phase merger cases (e.g. the General Electric/Alstom case, which dealt with an unprecedented array of substantive, procedural, jurisdictional and political challenges in over 25 jurisdictions) as well as some of the most complex global cartel investigations (e.g. air cargo, automotive, smart card semiconductors and professional videotapes cases) at all levels (from the dawn raids to the decision on whether to apply for leniency, settle or respond to the allegations of the authorities, to subsequent litigation before the European Court of Justice). Gianni is editor of the ’Journal of European Competition Law & Practice’ (at Oxford University Press). Gianni is also a founder of ’antitrustitalia’, an association of professionals working in antitrust based in Brussels and including European Commission’s officials, in-house lawyers, economists and private practitioners. Gianni is also non-governmental advisor to the European Commission and the Italian competition authority within the International Competition Network.