Former Legal and Policy Advisor to EU Competition Commissioner to Join Latham in Brussels

Arrival of Elisabetta Righini further strengthens State aid and EU competition law practice.

September 24, 2015

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Elisabetta Righini will join the firm’s Brussels office as counsel in the Antitrust & Competition Practice.

Righini is an experienced international and European lawyer and former high-level European Commission official. Her diverse career includes 15 years at the European Commission, most recently as a senior member of the Cabinet and legal advisor to former Competition Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission, Joaquín Almunia.

She has significant expertise in competition law, in particular State aid, and extensive knowledge of EU law and decision-making, energy law, international law and organisations, and international trade law. Righini is also an experienced litigator. She has appeared in over 100 cases before the European Courts in Luxembourg and in over 20 before the World Trade Organisation.

Jean Paul Poitras, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Brussels, said: “We are delighted to welcome Elisabetta to the firm. She is a fabulous lawyer with a unique combination of experience. Her reputation in Brussels and within EU legal academia is a testament to her deep knowledge, astute judgment and many years advising at the highest levels.”

“State aid is an area of European competition law enforcement that has always been important. Elisabetta’s arrival boosts our State aid practice at a time when the Commission is becoming increasingly willing to use its powers in a range of sectors, including many that have not been investigated before,” added Poitras.

“Elisabetta’s experience not only complements our State aid capability but also our broader EU competition practice,” commented Sven Völcker, Global Co-chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice. “She also has direct and very relevant experience that will help expand our merger control, cartels and monopolistic conduct investigations practices. As the level of complexity and economic importance of State aid and EU competition law cases continue to grow, having a lawyer of Elisabetta’s stature and acumen on the team will be a tremendous resource for our clients.”

“Latham & Watkins’ strong global platform and deep expertise in the world’s regulatory centres are unique and I am extremely pleased to join the firm and to be able to contribute to its continued growth. Latham’s competition practice is among the best in the world and I look forward to joining this talented and formidable team,” said Righini.

Righini is an Italian qualified lawyer whose diverse career includes practicing European and international law in Italy and London, and 15 years at the European Commission, initially as member of its Legal Service and most recently as legal and policy advisor to the former Competition Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission. She received her LLM, with merit, in International Business Law from University College London. Righini is a visiting professor at the Centre of European Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, and a member of its Advisory Board. 

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Jean Paul Poitras, Office Managing Partner, Brussels +32.2.788.6209
Sven Völcker, Global Co-chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice +32.2.788.6242

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