Profile

Barbara provides economic advice on competition, commercial disputes and damages, regulation and state aid. She has advised on national and EU-wide matters, across a range of sectors including telecoms, energy, food and beverages, chemicals, heavy industries, cement, health and pharmaceuticals, rentals and leasing, transport, consumer goods retailing, financial services, and electronics. Clients in the public and private sectors include the Italian communications regulator Agcom, BT, Colacem, Deutsche Telekom, easyJet, ENI, Exor, Groupe Guillin, Heineken Italia, IMG Worldwide, Inwit, Leaseplan Group, Linde Medicale, Marionnaud, Metro C&C, the UK communications regulator Ofcom, Safilo, SEA Airports, Sky Italia, Telecom Italia, the Singaporean Competition Commission, Toyota, Vivendi, and YOOX Net-A-Porter.

Barbara has in-depth expertise, drawing from cases in a number of EU member states in broadcasting and communications, including auction matters and spectrum policy. She is frequently appointed before the Italian courts as economic expert on commercial disputes, antitrust damages and regulatory matters in a range of sectors. Her work has been submitted in proceedings before the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Italy, as well as before the Court of Rome and the Court of Milan, among others.

Repeatedly ranked among GCR’s competition experts, Barbara has also taught undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education courses at LSE and was a Junior Fellow of the Royal Economic Society in 2000–01. She served on the Board and Scientific Committee of the Italian Antitrust Association from 2014 to 2017, and is an active member of the group Concorrenze (promoting competition matters debates and compliance) and of WomenAT Competition.

Selected project experience

  • Advising Inwit in the merger of the TIM and Vodafone networks (2020)
  • Advising Vivendi in its commercial dispute with Mediaset regarding the creation of Media for Europe (2020)
  • Advising a microelectronics producer in a commercial dispute claim in relation to industrial design (2019–20)
  • Advising Telecom Italia in the case on invoicing cycles before the Italian Competition Authority (2019–20)
  • Advising taxi dispatching companies in the case brought by mytaxi (now FREE NOW) before the Italian Competition Authority and in the subsequent appeal (2018)
  • Advising Linde Medicale in the two proceedings before the Italian Competition Authority (2018)
  • Advising LeasePlan before the Italian Competition Authority and the Romanian authority in the long-term rental case (closed without allegations in Italy) (2017–18)

Selected publications

  • Reynaert, T., von Hinten Reed, N. and Veronese, B. (2019), ‘The future airline-airport relationship and the question of market power’, Journal of Airport Management, 13:4, Autumn/Fall, pp. 322–334.
  • Veronese, B. (2015), ‘The counterfactual. Is it any more than a sophisticated version of the what-if game?’, Competition Law Insight, September.
  • Veronese, B. (2014), ‘Estimating antitrust damages. Will the new legislation make things any easier?’, Competition Law Insight,
  • Veronese, B. (2014), ‘European Public and Private Antitrust Enforcement: It Takes Two to Tango’, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 5:8.
  • Morgan de Rivery, E. and Veronese, B. (2013), ‘Rescue and restructuring guidelines – Preliminary thoughts’, chapter 7, in J. Derenne, M. Merola and J. Rivas (eds), Competition Law in times of Economic Crisis: in Need of Adjustment?, Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC) Annual Conference Series, College of Europe.
  • Merola, M., Cappelletti, M. and Veronese, B. (2013), ‘The “One Time, Last Time” Principle in Times of Crisis’, chapter 12, in J. Derenne, M. Merola and J. Rivas (eds), Competition Law in times of Economic Crisis: in Need of Adjustment?, Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC) Annual Conference Series, College of Europe.

Qualifications

  • PhD Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • MSc Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • BSc Economics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy