Profile

Barbara provides expert economic advice on competition, antitrust, damages litigation, regulation and state aid. She has advised private and public sector clients on national and EU-wide matters, across a range of sectors including energy, food and beverages, chemicals, heavy industries, cement, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, rentals and leasing, transport, consumer goods retailing, financial services, and electronics. Her clients include Vivendi, Telecom Italia, IMG, Toyota Financial Services – Toyota Motor Group, ENI, Leaseplan Group, Marionnaud, Linde Medicale (Linde Group), Safilo, Colacem, Postemobile, BT, Heineken Italia, Cosmote, EE, Deutsche Telekom, Eurocontrol, Metro, Media Saturn, SEA Airports, QVC, Sky Italia, the Singaporean Competition Commission, UPS, and YOOX. She has advised AGCOM on the ex ante tests to prevent margin squeezes; mobile and fixed telecoms operators on a range of regulatory and competition matters, including water-bed effects and spectrum liberalisation; and Ofcom on the impact of wholesale interconnection arrangements on performance and welfare outcomes in mobile communications markets. As an experienced econometrician Barbara has advised extensively on cartel effects and damages estimation and, more generally, on identifying the effect of regime changes on performance. She applies an array of quantitative tools to the analysis of performance, cost-efficiency benchmarking, merger effects and efficiencies, bidding events, water-bed effects from wholesale to retail markets, and market definition in settlements and litigation, regulatory and competition cases. Barbara has advised extensively on auction matters and spectrum policy, including in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and the UK. She has particular expertise in relation to regulatory and competition issues in broadcasting, including the management of TV platforms, communications and postal services. She was previously a partner at CEG Europe, and before that worked at Ofcom, where she focused on competition policy (merger commitments in advertising markets, competition in TV markets, Ofcom’s approval of BBC iPlayer and licensing on Digital Terrestrial Television) and spectrum policy. She has also taught graduate, postgraduate and executive education courses at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and worked at NERA Economic Consulting. Barbara features regularly in the recommended competition experts’ lists of the Global Competition Review and Expert Guides, and has appeared in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists.

Qualifications

  • PhD Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • MSc Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • BA Economics, University of Venice, Italy