Matteo Beretta is counsel based in the Milan office.
Mr. Beretta’s practice primarily focuses on European law and antitrust law, a practice area in which he advises numerous major international companies in regards to merger control procedures, and cartel and abuse of dominant position matters.
He represented AEM in its merger with AMSA and ASM Brescia, creating Italy’s largest local utility and third-largest energy company (A2A). Most recently he assisted A2A in its acquisition of sole control of Edipower, in the context of the reorganization of Edison. He also assisted Edison in the European cartel investigation regarding the hydrogen peroxide sector, Barilla before the Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA) and the Italian Administrative Courts in connection with alleged collusive practice aimed at raising the price of pasta in the Italian market and COMIECO (the Italian Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Cellulose-based Packaging) before the IAA in an investigation regarding the compatibility with competition law of the Italian regulatory framework for recycling of waste cartonboard and paper.
Mr. Beretta lectures at the Catholic University in Milan and at numerous conferences on competition matters. Among the publications he recently co-authored: the Italian chapter in Global Legal Insights: Merger Control
(Second edition, Global Legal Group, 2013), in International Merger Control
(First Edition, Global Legal Insights, 2011), and in Competition Laws Outside the United States
(Second Edition, ABA, 2011); “Italian Merger Control Law” in Merger Control Worldwide
, Cambridge University Press, 2012; “The presumption of liability of mother companies for the antitrust infringements of their subsidiaries”, Contratto e impresa
, 2010; “Relevance of personal links in merger control cases”, published in Bank mergers and competition after the entry into force of the recent Law on Savings: theories and practical problems
, Cedam, 2007; Economia e Diritto Antitrust
, Carocci, 2006.
Mr. Beretta is distinguished as a leading Competition/European Law expert by Chambers Europe
. He is also recommended for Competition law by The Legal 500 EMEA
and Who's Who Legal
Mr. Beretta joined the firm in 1997 and became counsel in 2004. He worked in the Washington, D.C. office and the Brussels office before transferring to the Rome office in 2001. He currently divides his time between the Milan and Rome offices. Mr. Beretta graduated from the University of Milan in 1991 and obtained an LL.M. degree from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1992, as well as an LL.M. from the New York University School of Law in 1999. Before joining Cleary Gottlieb, he worked with the law firm Mario Caffi in Bergamo from 1992 to 1993 and with the law firm Tizzano & Pappalardo in Brussels from 1994 to 1996.
Mr. Beretta has been a member of the Bergamo Bar since 1995. He is a native Italian speaker and is fluent in English and French.