Irene Picciano Portolano Cavallo


Irene Picciano is a partner at Portolano Cavallo based in Milan. She joined Portolano Cavallo in 2019, mainly responsible for competition and EU law as well as product, trade and corporate compliance matters. In the area of competition and European law in general, Irene has many years of experience in negotiation and self-assessment of horizontal and vertical agreements under the relevant EU Block Exemption Regulations, including distribution and agency agreements, procurement and long-term supply, production and specialisation agreements, licensing agreements, joint ventures, etc. She also deals with merger and acquisition assessments and notifications, assistance with internal audits and investigations (including “dawn-raids”), compliance programs, proceedings before national and EU authorities and courts in cartel and abuse of dominance cases. She has overseen numerous proceedings for preliminary rulings before the Court of Justice of the European Union on the subject of fundamental freedoms under the EU Treaty and worked on state aid complaints and structural fund issues. Irene has also accrued extensive experience on specific aspects of compliance, not only on antitrust matters and on issues involving the Organizational Model under Legislative Decree No. 231/2001, but also on complex product and trade compliance issues, such as the release for free circulation and related customs aspects, marketing authorizations, export control, dual use, antidumping procedures, labelling, EC marking and related policies. She has gained experience in different industries, particularly 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 subsequently awarded 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 has authored more than 150 legal and academic publications (published, amongst others, in “Rivista di diritto comunitario e degli scambi internazionali”, “Giustizia Civile”, “Le Società” e “I Contratti” IPSOA), and is a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) to the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition within the International Competition Network (ICN). She speaks regularly at seminars, conferences and specialist undergraduate and post-graduate university courses on the areas of her expertise. Irene is a member of the Union des Avocats Européennes, the European Law Institute and the Italian Antitrust Association in Brussels and is also co-head of the Corporate Compliance Group within ASLA (Italian Association of Associated Law Firms). Irene has been a Supreme Court attorney since 2012.

2023 Awards

2022 Awards


Nominee, 2022 Antitrust Writing Awards: Business, Private Enforcement

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