Patrizia Pedretti

Associate, Milan, Brussels

Biography

Overview

Patrizia Pedretti is an associate in the Milan office and her practice focuses on the areas of EU and Italian antitrust and competition law, as well as regulatory matters.

Her practice covers EU and national merger control, including the filing of transactions before competition authorities, anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance and consumer protection.

Patrizia has been involved in several complex antitrust investigation cases, helping international clients respond to requests for information, prepare hearings, implement compliance programs and appeal antitrust decisions before the administrative courts.

She also counsels international clients on privacy and data protection law, such as conducting privacy assessments, responding to the Italian Data Protection Authority's requests for information, advising on employee monitoring tools and flagging issues in cross-border M&A transactions.

Patrizia has been recognized as a Rising Star in EU and Competition Law by The Legal 500 2022.

Prior to joining White & Case, Patrizia worked in the Milan office of an international law firm and in the Brussels office of a consultancy.

Bars and Courts
Milan Bar
Education
JD
Università degli Studi di Trento
Languages
Italian
English
French

Experience

Antitrust

  • A leading international scrap lead battery recycler, in connection with a cartel proceeding initiated by the Italian Competition Authority for alleged collusive conduct in violation of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  • A leading international water meters producer, in connection with a cartel proceeding initiated by the Italian Competition Authority for alleged restrictive agreements on competition, allegedly put in place during public tenders for the supply of water meters to the operators of the integrated water service, in violation of Article 2 of Law no. 287/90 and/or Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  • A leading packaging producer before the First Instance Administrative Court in connection with the appeal of the fining decision of the Italian Competition Authority in the cardboard cartel matter for alleged breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  • A major international player in the radio technology sector in connection with a complaint to the Italian Competition Authority, the Italian Communications Authority, the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and other Italian public authorities concerning potential restrictions to competition, as a result of one of its main competitor's request filed in a pending private litigation, in order to obtain a temporary or permanent injunction to prevent the sale of our client's products to public entities and businesses around the world (including Italy).
  • A leading pharmaceutical company in connection with the assessment under applicable EU and national competition laws of proposed commercial arrangements for the supply of specific products in the context of public tender procedures.
  • A leading brewing company in connection with all national and EC competition matters, in particular on complex activities, daily assistance on the review of all horizontal agreements with antitrust relevance, all their distribution arrangements and complex merger and potential acquisitions and JV projects; compliance training and audit, review of industry association activities.
  • A leading American film and television production company in connection with the sector enquiry of the Italian Competition Authority on the status of competition in the film distribution sector in Italy, under Article 31(4) of Law no. 220 of 14 November 2016 laying down rules on cinema and audio visual.

Merger control

  • The Hungarian international group MOL, in connection with the substantive merger control assessment, notification and clearance by the Italian Competition Authority of the acquisition of certain oil assets of the Chevron group pertaining to the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli oil field off Azerbaijan in the landlocked Caspian Sea, as well as the regional pipeline which helps bring the oil to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean.

Data Privacy

  • A leading international pharmaceutical company on the implementation of a process for the voluntary COVID-19 vaccination campaign for essential workers within the company's Italian plants and their relatives, including assessment of the applicable legal basis under the GDPR, involvement of company doctors bound by professional secrecy to collect and process such data and assessment of applicable data retention periods.
  • A leading pharmaceutical company on the collection of medical/health information of customer facing employees included in the current public COVID-19 vaccination campaign and security measures to be implemented to protect confidentiality of the data (e.g. retention period, deletion of certain data, etc.).
  • A leading pharmaceutical company in a proceedings before the Italian Data Privacy Authority in order to obtain a mandatory opinion on the processing of health data for the purpose of a study requested by the Italian Medicines Agency on the consequences of the improper use of one of the company's drug.
  • A leading pharmaceutical company on the response to a request for information from the Italian Data Privacy Authority, concerning the processing of personal data of healthcare professionals.
  • A leading pharmaceutical company in connection with data privacy advice under GDPR and Italian law in relation to the constant review of their current GDPR compliance system and governance, including improving existing notices and procedures and data privacy roles.
  • A major international insurance group on extensive data privacy advice under GDPR, Italian and German law on complex assessments related to the qualification of the roles as autonomous data controllers or joint controllers, with regard to the management of the group whistleblowing platform established to manage reported concerns in relation to breaches of external and internal regulations, under EU, Italian and German data privacy rules.