Luca Crocco

  • Partner
  • Boulevard du Régent, 43-44
  • Brussels B-1000
  • Belgium
  • T +32.2.788.6212


Luca Crocco is a partner in the Brussels office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s global Antitrust & Competition Practice. His practice focuses on EU and Italian competition law. Prior to joining Latham, he practiced competition law and corporate law for four years at other leading international law firms in Milan. 

Mr. Crocco represents international companies, in particular companies in the manufacturing, consumer goods, chemicals, and electronics sectors, before the European Commission and the Italian competition authority in cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings. In addition, he regularly represents clients in merger control proceedings before the European Commission and the Italian authority, and coordinates multijurisdictional merger filings for global transactions.

Mr. Crocco also has a strong expertise in EU State aid law and has represented clients, in particular, companies in the energy and aerospace industry in State aid proceedings before the European Commission.

Mr. Crocco regularly writes on EU and Italian competition law. In particular, he is co-author of the chapter “State aid law claims in merger control” in the volume The Reform of EC Competition Law – New Challenges, edited by Lianos/Kokkoris and published by Wolters Kluwer, 2010.

Mr. Crocco is a founder of antitrustitalia, a networking group for Brussels-based Italian antitrust professionals, including enforcement officers, lawyers, economists, corporate counsel, and scholars. Visit for more information.

Thought Leadership

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Global Merger Control Reviews -  May 12, 2021
  • Merger Control in Europe Following COVID-19 -  March 24, 2020
  • Deal Planning After Brexit — Merger Control Aspects -  January 29, 2020
  • Private Equity and EU Merger Control - Select Issues -  June 21, 2017
  • Buy and Build Strategy Increases Antitrust Risk for Private Equity -  April 26, 2017
  • Court of Justice Finds Deutsche Bahn Dawn Raids Illegal  -  June 23, 2015
  • General Court Rules on Relationship Between “Standard” and Settlement Cartel Procedures for First Time  -  May 22, 2015
  • YKK v Commission: How the 10% Fining Cap Works in Cases of Corporate Restructuring -  November 16, 2014
  • The European Court of Justice Caps Liability for Acquired Companies’ Cartel Infringements  -  September 9, 2014
  • EU General Court Endorses Aggressive Use of State Aid Rules in Energy Markets -  March 6, 2012
  • European Commission Publishes New Guidance on Assessment of Horizontal Co-operation Agreements -  December 22, 2010
  • Italy: Procedural Changes, Commitments, Interim Measures and Merger Pre-Notification -  2007
  • EU Cartel Enforcement—Proposed New Settlement Procedures -  November 16, 2007
Clients appreciate that Mr. Crocco "understands our business in detail and offers solutions rather than just giving us long legal advice."Chambers Global 2018
Bar Qualification
  • Brussels Bar - E List
  • Italy (Avvocato)
  • MA in EU Legal Studies, College of Europe, 2005
  • Magister Juris, University of Oxford, 2000
  • JD, Università degli Studi di Siena, 1999
    cum laude
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Energy Regulatory & Markets
  • EU State Aid