Pietro Merlino



Pietro Merlino is the Head of Orrick’s Italian Antitrust & Competition practice group, based in the Rome office.

Pietro assists clients in connection with the application of EU and Italian competition rules across a wide range of industry sectors, from energy to media, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive, consumer goods and transportations. He advises and represents Italian and international players in all areas of competition law, including abuse of dominance, cartel and restrictive practices investigations, merger control, licensing and distribution, as well as on general EU law issues.

He regularly appears before the EU courts and Italian civil and administrative courts, as well as before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority.

Over the years, Pietro has developed particularly strong experience in the application of competition rules in the life sciences’ sector, where he was involved in some of the most prominent antitrust cases of the past decade, as well as in the energy and transportation sectors. In addition, he focused extensively on the interplay between antitrust law and intellectual property rights.

Pietro is recognised as a leading individual in Italy for EU, regulatory and competition law by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and the Global Competition Review, as well as for healthcare and life sciences by The Legal 500 and the most reputed Italian legal directories. In the Legal 500 EMEA 2022 Guide, a testimonial says ‘Pietro Merlino is a lawyer, who in addition to being highly competent, is very brilliant and imaginative. Thanks to this, he is able to identify winning solutions that are not within everyone’s reach.‘

Pietro frequently authors publications on antitrust matters, and lectures at various Italian universities – most recently in the European Competition Law Course at the Law School of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre – and he regularly participates as a speaker at conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad.

Prior to joining the firm, Pietro worked in the Rome and Brussels offices of a leading international law firm for almost two decades.