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Andrea Cicala

Andrea Cicala is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Milan office.

On 18 March 2023, Legislative Decree No. 26 of 2023 implementing EU Directive 2019/2161 was published in the Italian Official Journal.
After a long implementation process, the legislative decree will enter into force on 2 April 2023, amending and integrating the text of Legislative Decree no. 206 of 2005.
The new rules are intended to strengthen consumer protection when contracting, especially online, with traders. The new rules are also intended to fully harmonize consumer protection rules at European level by introducing greater transparency and more effective sanctions with regard to unfair commercial practices, unfair terms and distance contracts.

This 1 hour session will explore the issues you might anticipate arising in light of emerging trends to litigation across Europe and offer some practical thoughts on how to minimize or avoid the risk of litigation when effecting changes to your distribution and supply chain. We are delighted to invite you to join us on Tuesday October 5 via Zoom as we discuss managing your supply chain. Click here to register and receive joining details.

This alert provides a snapshot on how authorities have adjusted their dawn raid practice and procedures to handle unannounced inspections during lockdowns, and what you need to do to adjust your internal dawn raid procedures to a “hybrid” work environment in which staff split their time between the office and home.

The coronavirus outbreak, which hit Italy at the end of February 2020, recorded an exponential increase in the demand for some “essential” goods to cope with the emergency (e.g., protective masks, disinfectant gels, sanitizing products and so on), as well as a simultaneous proliferation of commercial initiatives, especially implemented by online operators, concerning the sale and marketing of these products, not always promoted correctly or under “fair market conditions.”

The Italian Antitrust Authority (Authority) recently published its Guidelines on calculating fines for serious breaches of national or EU competition law. In line with the decisional practice of the Authority, the Guidelines indicate that the fine will be determined by calculating a starting amount (based on the affected sales) which…

On October 31, 2014 the Italian Antitrust Authority (“Authority”) published its Guidelines on the criteria to be followed in order to quantify the administrative fines in cases of serious violation of national or EU regulations governing anti-competitive agreements and abuse of a dominant position. The adoption of the guidelines is…