Federico Marini Balestra is a partner and the Head of EU & Competition Law at Bird & Bird, Rome, Italy. Federico’s practice areas stretch from antitrust and regulatory proceedings, to administrative and commercial litigation, with in-depth expertise in TMT law and regulation. He lectures on Internet and media law at the Scuola Nazionale dell’Amministrazione in Italy and often write on antitrust and TMT law in the leading legal journals. He has also co-written one of Italy’s leading textbooks on ecommunications law. Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, he was a legal officer at the Italian Communications Authority, as well as a senior associate in the Rome and Brussels offices of another international law firm for 11 years, focusing on antitrust cases, administrative and commercial litigation and on counselling in regulatory proceedings.