Elisabetta Righini is a partner in the Antitrust & Competition Practice in Latham & Watkins' Brussels office. Her practice centers on international and European law, with a particular focus on EU regulation and litigation and on State aid.

Ms. Righini helps clients navigate complex regulatory frameworks in Europe and has particular expertise in the digital, telecoms, entertainment, energy, and transport sectors. She regularly advises digital platforms and media services on developments in the EU Digital Single Market, including in connection with the Digital Markets Act, Digital Services Act and AI Act, and represents them in front of EU institutions and courts in relation to compliance or investigations.

Ms. Righini also routinely advises companies, industry associations, and public authorities on State aid compliance and assists them with European Commission investigations and litigation before the European courts. Her State aid clients are active in a variety of sectors, including cinema, energy, transport, infrastructure, postal, technology, automotive, and chemicals.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Righini worked for 15 years in high-level positions at the European Commission, both as a Member of its Legal Service, and last as a legal advisor to former Competition Commissioner and Vice-President Joaquín Almunia. She leverages her long standing legal practice and in-depth understanding of the European Commission’s policy and enforcement when assisting clients with forming their legal strategy in Europe. Over the years, she has become a trusted and strategic advisor to many of her clients on issues such as compliance with European regulation.

Ms. Righini also has extensive experience as a litigator, having appeared before the European Court of Justice in over 100 cases relating to a variety of EU issues, such as State aid, external relations, anti-dumping, network industries, and fiscal matters. She has also appeared before the World Trade Organization in over 20 cases relating to sanitary and phytosanitary measures, genetically modified organisms, subsidies, tariffs and non-tariffs, barriers, and telecoms.

She is a Visiting Professor at the Centre of European Law of Kings College’s Dickson Poon School of Law in London, and a member of its Advisory Board. Ms. Righini is the local Chair of Latham’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) committee and a member of the European Network of Women in Leadership.

A selection of Ms. Righini’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising a gatekeeper company on the Digital Markets Act, from legislation phase to designation, impact of compliance on its business model, representation in engagement with European Commission, litigation strategy
  • Advising a technology company on the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act, and their impact on the client’s business model
  • Advising a technology company on compliance with the Digital Services Act for a number of its services, including cloud, gaming and messaging
  • Advising a company on its internal policies for the use of AI
  • Advising a technology company on antitrust and regulatory policy developments at EU and Member State level and assisting with advocacy and compliance strategy
  • Representing a confidential client in its appeal of the decision by the European Commission in the State aid investigation regarding Belgian corporate tax sweeteners as well as in its intervention in related pilot cases at the European Court of Justice
  • Advising an energy company on the interplay of EU law and international arbitration in relation to cases at the ICC and an investigation by the European Commission
  • Advising a major European rail company on public financing of local transport services
  • Advising an advertising company in connection with a Commission’s State aid investigation into the public service compensation it receives for the management of the city’s public bike system
  • Advising three Lithuanian energy intensive users in their complaint to the EC, a successful appeal before the General Court and in preliminary rulings before the European Court of Justice in connection with the conformity of Lithuanian electricity regulations with EU State aid and energy directives
  • Advising a digital broadcaster on State aid and regulatory measures adopted at national level and their conformity with EU law
  • Advising an online retail platform on the implementation of the EU regulation on platform-to-business relations
  • Advising a mobility platform on compliance of its business model with EU law, development of a compliance strategy and advocacy with EU institutions
  • Advising an online audiovisual services’ provider on conformity with EU regulatory and competition law of measures adopted by the Member States to implement the AVMS Directive and on a strategy to further develop its business model in Europe 
  • Advising an OTT provider on rights and obligations deriving from existing EU and Member State regulation as well as on the changes foreseen by the Digital Single Market proposals
  • Advising a multimedia messaging application on EU regulatory developments in connection with the EU Directive for Copyright in the Digital Single Market
  • Advising provider of satellite services in multiple EU jurisdictions in disputes regarding the tender process for in-flight broadband connectivity, including in appeal before the EU General Court, in negotiations with governments and national regulators responsible for spectrum allocation and the European Commission
  • Advising an international airline on the consequences of Brexit on its business model and assisting in interactions with the European Commission during EU-UK withdrawal negotiations 

Bar Qualification

  • Brussels Bar - E List
  • Italy (Avvocato)


  • LL.M - International Business Law, University College London
    with merit
  • Law Degree, Università degli Studi di Firenze

Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish