Romano Subiotto QC


T: +32 2 287 2000
F: +32 2 231 1661

T: +44 20 7614 2296
F: +44 20 7600 1698

Download Bio PDF
Romano F. Subiotto QC is a partner based in the Brussels and London offices.

Mr. Subiotto joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1997. He received his Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos from the University of Málaga, Spain in 1980; his LL.B., First Class Honours, from the University of London, King's College, in 1984 (Harold Potter Prize in Property Law, Laws Exhibition, Second Maxwell Law Prize); his Maîtrise en Droit, Mention Bien, from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, in the same year; and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1986, where he was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholar.

Mr. Subiotto qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 1988, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2009. Mr. Subiotto is also a member of the Bar in Brussels. He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

Mr. Subiotto advises companies on a wide range of issues under European and national antitrust law, and represents companies in arbitrations and before the European Commission, national antitrust authorities, the European Courts in Luxembourg and the High Court in London. Mr. Subiotto has spoken widely on EU law issues and published numerous articles. He is also distinguished as a leading Competition/Antitrust lawyer by Chambers and Partners Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers. Mr. Subiotto is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport as well as a member of the Advisory Council of Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy.

Mr. Subiotto also regularly advises companies on a wide range of industrial sectors, including diamonds (Alrosa), payment cards (American Express), pharmaceutical products (Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Debiopharm, Lundbeck, Merck & Co. Inc., Millenium Pharmaceuticals, PhRma, Sanofi), diagnostics (association of diagnostics manufacturers, Agilent Technologies), electronic measurement instruments (Agilent Technologies), air transport (British Airways, Lauda Air, TAT European Airlines), luxury products (Richemont, LVMH), telecommunications (Telefonica O2), cosmetics (Estée Lauder, Sephora), sports (FIFA Marketing, the IOC, the Grand Slam Committee), alcoholic beverages (LVMH), hospital beds (Hillenbrand), computer hardware (Logitech), animal health (Merial Intervet), plant protection (Bayer CropScience), radiopharmaceuticals (MSD Nordion), glass fibers (Owens Corning), rail transport (Russian Railways) security services (Securitas, Stanley Black & Decker), karting (Vega), offshore drilling (SeaDrill), Foreign Exchange (HSBC), EU financial regulation (European Central Bank), aquaculture (Marine Harvest).

Illustrative experience in litigation before the European Courts since 1990:
  • Case T-712/14 Confédération Européenne des Associations d’Horlogers-Réparateurs (CEAHR) v. Commission (counsel to LVMH- Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton intervening in support of the Commission) Re: appeal against the Commission's clearance decision concerning the supply of spare parts and the provision of repair and maintenance services for luxury watches.
  • Case T-704/14 Marine Harvest ASA v European Commission (counsel for Marine Harvest) Re : Appeal against a European Commission decision fining Marine Harvest for implementing an acquisition involving a public offer prior to notification to and clearance by the European Commission.
  • Case T-472/13 Lundbeck v. Commission (lead counsel for Lundbeck) Re: Appeal against Commission decision fining the appellant for entering into reverse patent settlement agreements.
  • Case T-93/13 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland v. European Central Bank (lead counsel for the ECB) Re: Representation before European General Court in appeal filed against the Guideline on a Trans-European Real-time Gross settlement Express Transfer system (TARGET 2) and a decision amending Decision ECB/2007/7 concerning the terms and conditions of TARGET 2-ECB.
  • Case T-45/12 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland v. European Central Bank (lead counsel for the ECB) Re: Challenge to the ECB’s standards for the use of central counterparties in euro system foreign reserve management operations.
  • Case T-496/11 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland v. The European Central Bank (lead counsel for the ECB) Re: Challenge to the ECB's framework policy concerning the location of central counterparty clearing systems handling euro-denominated transactions.
  • Case C-207/10 Paranova Danmark A/S and Paranova Pack A/S v. Merck Shape & Dohme B.V. and Merck Shape & Dohme (lead counsel for Merck) Re: Indication of repackager on new packaging of imported machines.
  • Case C-400/09 Orifarm A/S, Orifarm Supply A/S, Handelsselskabet A/S and Ompakningsselskabet A/S v. Merck & Co. Inc., Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. and Merck Sharp & Dohme (lead counsel for Merck) Re: Indication of repackager on new packaging of imported medicines.
  • Case T-540/08 Esso Société Anonyme Française and Others v. Commission of the European Communities Re: Appeal against a Commission decision fining the appellants for cartel activities.
  • Case C-441/07 P Commission/ALROSA Company Ltd. (lead counsel for ALROSA). Re: Commission appeal against Court of First Instance judgment annulling the Commission decision.
  • Case T-170/06 ALROSA Company Ltd v. Commission (lead counsel for ALROSA). Re: Appeal against EC Commission decision prohibiting sale of diamonds by ALROSA to De Beers.
  • Case C-431/05 Merck Genéricos Produtos Farmacéuticos v. Merck & Co. Inc. (counsel for Merck & Co. Inc.). Re: Direct effect of TRIPS Agreement in national law (reference from Portugal’s Supreme Court).
  • Case C-348/04 Boehringer Ingelheim e.a. (lead counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim). Re: Extent of rights of parallel importers to tamper with original pharmaceutical packaging (reference from UK Court of Appeal).
  • Case C-95/04P British Airways v. Commission (lead counsel for British Airways). Re: Regulation of rebates granted by a dominant company under Article 82 EC (appeal against judgment of Court of First Instance).
  • Case C-252/03 Ministre de l’Economie v. Millennium Pharmaceutical Inc. (lead counsel for Millennium, language of case: French). Re: Effect of the 1924 Switzerland-Liechtenstein customs union on interpretation of the EC Regulation on Supplementary Protection Certificates (reference from the Cour Administrative of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg).
  • Case C-245/03 Merck, Sharp & Dohme B.V. v. Etat belge (lead counsel for Merck, language of case: French). Re: Interpretation of EC Directive on the transparency of national price-fixing and reimbursement measures for pharmaceuticals.
  • Case C-143/00 Boehringer Ingelheim and others v. Swingward Ltd. and another (lead counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim). Re: Extent of rights of parallel importers to tamper with original pharmaceutical packaging (reference from UK High Court).
  • Case C-443/99 Merck, Sharp & Dohme v. Paranova Pharmazeutika Handels (lead counsel for Merck, language of case: German). Re: Extent of rights of parallel importers to tamper with original pharmaceutical packaging (reference from Austrian court).
  • Case T-49/97 TAT European Airlines SA v. Commission (lead counsel for the applicants). Re: Appeal against Commission decision authorizing the payment of the third tranche of the FRF 20 billion state aid to Air France.
  • Case T-60/96 Merck & Co. Inc., NV Organon, and Glaxo Wellcome plc v Commission (lead counsel for appellants). Re: Commission refusal to adopt emergency measures blocking exports of pharmaceutical products outside Spain.
  • Case T-236/95 TAT European Airlines SA v. Commission (lead counsel for the applicants). Re: Appeal against Commission decision authorizing the payment of the second tranche of the FRF 20 billion state aid to Air France.
  • Joined Cases C-267/95 and C-268/95 Merck & Co. Inc. and Others v. Primecrown Ltd and Others and Beecham Group plc v. Europharm of Worthing Ltd (lead counsel for Merck). Re: Attempted reversal of EC law on patent exhaustion.
  • Joined Cases T-371/94 British Airways plc, Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-Sweden, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij NV, Air UK Ltd, Euralair International, TAT European Airlines (applicants in Case T-371/94) and British Midland (applicant in Case T-394/94) v. Commission (sole counsel for the applicants). Re: Appeal against Commission decision authorizing FRF 20 billion aid to Air France. The decision was annulled.
  • Case T-260/94 Air Inter SA v. Commission of the European Communities (lead counsel for the intervener, TAT European Airlines).
  • Case T-2/93 Société anonyme à participation ouvrière Compagnie nationale Air France v. Commission of the European Communities (lead counsel for the intervener TAT).
  • Case C-222/91 Ministero delle Finanze and Ministero della Sanità v. Philip Morris Belgium SA, and others (member of team lead counsel for Philip Morris).
  • Case T-35/91 Eurosport v. Commission, withdrawn, (member of team intervening on behalf of Sky Television plc).  

Experience as an arbitrator since 2008 in cases brought to the Court of Arbitration for Sport includes:
  • CAS 2007/A/1395 WADA v. NSAM & Cheah & Ng & Masitah.
  • CAS 2008/A/1504 SC Politehnica 1921 Stiinta Timisoara Invest SA v. Clubul Sportiv FC Srbianka Giuchici.
  • CAS 2008/A/1479 WADA v. CONI, FPI & Elga Comastri.
  • CAS 2008/A/1478 Gianluca Coletta v. CONI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2008/A/1571 Nusaybindemir SC v/ TFA & Sinak SC (Chairman).
  • CAS 2008/A/1646 Luca D’Andrea v. CONI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2008/A/1618 Marco Cedroni v. CONI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2008/A/1707 MKE Ankaragücu Sports Club v. Huzeyfe Dogan (Sole Arbitrator) (withdrawn).
  • CAS 2008/A/1712 Marta Bastianelli v. CONI, consolidated with CAS 2008/A/1742 UCI v. Marta Bastianelli & FCI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2008/A/1744 UCI v. Schachl & ÖRV (Chairman).
  • CAS 2009/A/1807 UCI v. Gallucci & FCI & CONI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2009/A/1859 Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü v. FIBA Europe (Chairman) (withdrawn).
  • CAS 2009/A/1879 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte v. CONI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2009/O/2007 Lorito Venture Capital
  • CAS 2009/A/2024 Giovanni Lucchetti v. CONI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2045 Olympique Lyonnais v. UEFA & Fortuna Hjørring (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2063 UCI v. José Antonio Redondo Ramos & RFEC (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2108 Jamaican Football Federation v. FIFA & Vellbor Milutinovic (Chairman). 
  • CAS 2010/A/2120 Desportivo Brasil v. FIFA & Schalke 04 (Chairman) (withdrawn).
  • CAS 2010/A/2070 Antidoping Switzerland v. Jan Ullrich (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2083 UCI v. Jan Ullrich & Swiss Olympic (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2178 Pietro Caucchioli v. CONI & UCI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2201 M. Andrea Mangiante v. CONI & UCI.
  • CAS 2010/O/2163 Ilija Ivic v. FK Crvena Zvezda (Sole Arbitrator)
  • CAS 2010/A/2229 WADA v. FIVB & Gregory Berrios (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2234 Basquet Menorca SAD v. Vladimer Boisa (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2252 Oleksandr Zavarov v. FC Arsenal Kiev (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2162 Doping Control Centre, Universiti Sains Malaysia v. WADA (Chairman).
  • CAS 2010/A/2308 Franco Pellizotti v. CONI & UCI, and CAS 2011/A/2335 UCI v. Franco Pellizotti, FCI, CONI (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2362 Mohammad Asif v. International Cricket Council.
  • CAS 2011/A/2364 Salman Butt v. International Cricket Council.
  • CAS 2011/A/2445 José Luis Sáez c. COE (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2456 Luciano Galletti v. Olympiakos FC & HFF (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2463 Aris FC v. Javier Edgardo Campora & HFF (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2490 Daniel Köllerer v. Association of Tennis Professionals, Women’s Tennis Association, International Tennis Federation & Grand Slam Committee (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2501 UCI c/Julian David Muñoz Giraldo & Federacion Colombiana de Ciclismo (FCC) (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2543 Gymnova v. FIG (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2566 Andrus Veerpalu v. International Ski Federation (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2586 William Lanes de Lima v/ FIFA (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2625 Mohamed Bin Hammam v. FIFA.
  • CAS 2011/A/2615 Thibaut Fauconnet v. International Skating Union / CAS 2011/A/2618 International Skating Union v. Thibaut Fauconnet (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2665 Persipura Jayapura v. the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) & Adelaide United FC (Chairman).
  • CAS 2011/A/2678 IAAF v. RFEA & Francisco Fernández Peláez (Sole Arbitrator).
  • CAS 2012/O/2722 Francisco Pavón v. AC Arles-Avignon (Chairman).
  • CAS 2012/A/2731 Brazilian Olympic Committee & Brazilian taekwondo Confederation & Márcio Wencesiau Ferreira v. World Taekwondo Federación & Comité Olímpico Mexicano & Federación Mexicana de Taekwondo & Damien Alejandro Villa Valadez (Chairman).
  • CAS 2012/O/2734 Álvaro Mejía v. AC Arles-Avignon (Chairman).
  • CAS 2012/A/2773 The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) v. The Greek Athletics Federation (SEGAS) & Ms Irini Kokkinariou (Sole Arbitrator).
  • CAS 2012/A/2775 Al-Gharafa S.C. v. Hakan Yakin & FC Luzern (Chairman).
  • CAS 2012/A/2851 FC Metallurg v. Tkachenko Sergey Viktorovich (Chairman).
  • CAS 2012/A/2879 Associação Atlética Ponte Preta v. Ittihad Club (Chairman) (withdrawn).
  • CAS 2012/A/2907 Abderrahim Goumri c. Fédération Royale Marocaine d’Athlétisme (FRMA) (withdrawn).
  • CAS 2012/O/2923 Bologna FC 1909 S.p.A v. Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona (withdrawn).
  • CAS 2012/A/2959 World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) v. Ali Nilforushan & Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) (Chairman).
  • CAS 2012/A/2972 Matti Helminen v. RLVB (Chairman).
  • CAS 2012/A/2999 Dario Orlando Donadio c/Raúl Bravo Sanfélix (Chairman) (Withdrawn).
  • CAS 2012/A/3024 Slovak Tennis Federation, Slovak Cycling Federation, Slovak Handball Federation, Slovak Football Association v. Slovak Olympic Committee (Chairman).
  • CAS 2012/A/3046 Amine Laalou v. FRMA (Withdrawn).
  • CAS 2013/A/3071 Ana Beatriz di Rienzo Bulcão v. Fédération Internationale d´Escrime (Withdrawn).
  • CAS 2013-A-3157 Panathinaikos BSA and Dimitrios Giannakopoulos v Euroleague Properties (Sole Arbitrator).
  • CAS 2013-A-3169 Panathinaikos BSA v Euroleague Properties SA and Euroleague Entertainment and Services SLU (Sole Arbitrator).
  • CAS 2013/A/3199 Rayo Vallecano de Madrid SAD v. RFEF (Chairman).
  • CAS 2013/A/3112 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) v. Lada Chernova & Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) (Chairman).
  • CAS 2013/A/3207 TP Mazembe c/ Alain Kaluyituka Dioko & AI Ahli SC (Chairman).
  • CAS 2013/A3327 Marin Cilic v. International Tennis Federation consolidated with CAS 2013/A3335 International Tennis Federation v. Marin Cilic
  • CAS 2013/A/3314 Villarreal CF SAD v. SS Lazio Roma SpA (Chairman).
  • CAS 2013/A/3339 Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional v. FIFA & Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (Chairman).
  • CAS 2013/A/3340 Real Club Deportivo Mallorca SAD v. FIFA & Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (Chairman).
  • CAS 2013/A/3373 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) v. Turkish Athletic Federation (TAF) & Nevin Yanit
  • CAS 2013/0/3421 Nikky Arthur Vuksan & Rasport Management AG v. Genoa Cricket and Football club S.p.a.
  • CAS 2013/A/3378 Karsiyaka Spor Kulübü v. Tiago Queiroz Bezerra (Chairman) (withdrawn).
  • CAS 2014/A/3529 Alessandro Ballan c. Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (CONI).
  • CAS 2014/A/3515 Francesco Reda v. Union Cycliste Internationale & Comité Olympique National Italien (Chairman).
  • CAS 2014/A/3532 Simone Gomes de Lima Alves v. International Military Sports Council (CISM).
  • CAS 2014/A/3548 Indra Gunawan v. FINA (Chairman).
  • CAS 2014/A/3549 Putera Guntur Pratama v. FINA (Chairman).
  • CAS 2014/A/3522 All India Karate-do Federation v. World Karate Federation (Chairman).
  • CAS 2014/A/3561 IAAF v. Real Federacion Española de Atletismo & Ms. Marta Domingues Azpeleta and CAS 2014/A/3614 WADA v. Ms. Marta Dominguez Azpeleta & Real Federacion Española de Atletismo.
  • CAS 2014/A/3629 Parma FC SpA v. Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio & Torino FC Spa (Chairman).
  • CAS 2014/A/3469 IAAF v. SAAF & Hussian Alhamdah (Sole Arbitrator) (Withdrawn).
  • CAS 2014/A/3700 Genoa Cricket and Football Club S.p.A. v. Nikolaos Klitsidis.
  • CAS 2014/A/3751 A.N. Athlete v. WADA (Sole Arbitrator).
  • CAS 2014/A/3773 Marc Joules Amez-Droz v. FIA (Sole Arbitrator).
  • CAS 2014/A/3788 UCI v. Roman Kreuziger, Czech Cycling Federation and Czech Olympic Committee.
  • CAS 2014/A/3798 Danilo Decembrini c. Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) (Sole Arbitrator).
  • CAS 2014/A/3779 International Cricket Council (ICC) and Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the ICC (ACSU) v. Mr. Shihab Chowdhury, Mr. Salim Chowdhury, Mr. Mosharaff Hossain, Mr. Mahbubul Alam, Mr. Darren Stevens and Mr. Mohammad Ashraful (Withdrawn).
  • CAS 2014/O/3644 Córdoba CF SAD v. Sport Global Rights ZEC, S.L.(Chairman).
  • CAS 2014/A/3840 Clube Atlético Mineiro v. Al-Gharafa SC.
  • CAS 2014/A/3802 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) v. International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) & Nicklas Backstrom & Swedish Ice Hockey Association (Chairman) (Withdrawn).
  • CAS 2014/A/3789 Wenxiu Zhang v. Olympic Council of Asia (Chairman).
  • CAS 2015/O/3908 Jorge Horacio Cyterszpiler v. Calcio Catania S.p.A. (Sole Arbitrator).
  • CAS 2015/A/3940 Carolina Kostner v. CONI, CAS 2015/A/3941 UPA-CONI v. Carolina Kostner, CAS 2015/A/3960 WADA v. CONI & Carolina Kostner.
  • CAS 2015/A/4005 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) v. All Russia Athletics Federation & Sergey Kirdyapkin & RUSADA, CAS 2015/A/4006 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) v. All Russia Athletics Federation & Yuliya Zaripova, CAS 2015/A/4007 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) v. All Russia Athletics Federation & Sergey Bakulin, CAS 2015/A/4008 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) v. All Russia Athletics Federation & Olga Kaniskina, CAS 2015/A/4009 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) v. All Russia Athletics Federation & Valeriy Borchin, CAS 2015/A/4010 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) v. All Russia Athletics Federation & Vladimir Kanaikin.
  • CAS 2015/A/4059 WADA v. 34 Essendon Players 
  • CAS 2015/A/4078 World Anti-Doping Agency v. Stephen Dank, Australian Football League, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
  • CAS 2015/A/4120 Fabio Mazzarella v. Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) & Mariano Ossa & William Yerkes.
  • CAS 2015/A/4185 Krysztof Zwarycz v. Polish Weightlifting Federation.
  • CAS 2015/A/4210 Karam Gaber v. United World Wrestling (Chairman)
  • CAS 2015/A/4241 Kuwait Sporting Club et al. v. FIFA.

Illustrative experience in arbitration includes the representation of Aventis and its subsidiary Aventis CropScience in an ICC arbitration commenced by The Scotts Company regarding the enforceability of a non-competition clause entered into at the time of the sale by Rhone-Poulenc Agrochimie, a subsidiary of Aventis CropScience, of its home and garden business to The Scotts Company.

Illustrative experience in national litigation includes:
  • Joined cases Adidas Salomon AG v. Lawn Tennis Association and others and Adidas Salomon AG v. International Tennis Federation and others. Re: Representation of The Lawn Tennis Association, and The All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club and Tennis Australia in two joined English High Court actions relating to alleged breaches of EU and UK competition law brought by Adidas Salomon AG against the operators of the "Grand Slam" tennis tournaments and the International Tennis Federation. 
  • The Queen (on the application of James Alistair Preston) v. Wandsworth Borough Council and the Secretary of State for Justice (2010-2011). Re: Counsel to Mr. James Preston in a judicial review action concerning a law that disenfranchises British citizens living outside the United Kingdom for more than 15 years.
  • Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd. and others v. KME Yorkshire Ltd. and others (2011).  Re: Counsel to the KME group of companies in damages action following on from an EU Commission decision finding that the KME group of companies had participated in a cartel. 
  • Akzo Nobel N.V. v. Competition Commission supported by Metlac Holding S.R.L. Re: Counsel v. the intervener, Metlac, in an action before the Court of Appeal concerning the powers of the Competition Commission to prohibit an acquisition involving companies established outside the United Kingdom.

Honors and Distinctions

Chambers Global - Competition/European Law: Belgium. Competition/European Law: United Kingdom.

Chambers Europe - Competition/European Law. 

The Legal 500 Latin America - International Arbitration.


  • Harvard Law School
    (LL.M., 1986)
  • King's College London
    (LL.B., 1984)
  • Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
    (Maîtrise en Droit, 1984)
  • Universidad de Málaga
    (Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos, 1980)

Bar Admissions

England & Wales - 1988
Brussels - 1997


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Areas of Law