Fabrizio Di Gianni practises EU and international trade law and EU as well as Italian competition law. He also assists clients on other aspects of EU law, including free movement of goods and regulatory law, with a particular focus on the car industry.

EU and International Trade Law

Fabrizio regularly assists clients in major EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases as well as safeguard investigations. He also has a wealth of experience assisting clients involved in investigations initiated by third countries worldwide. 

His expertise extends to trade-related matters involving the WTO, marks of origin, export controls and customs investigations before the European Commission and Member State customs authorities. He advises a wide range of clients, including governments, industry associations, companies, producers and importers. His activities focus on representing the interests of clients’ at all stages of the proceedings before the investigating authorities as well as litigating before the competent jurisdictional bodies.  

Fabrizio also assists public bodies and individuals targeted by EU sanctions.

EU and Italian Competition Law

Fabrizio advises clients on matters involving EU and Italian competition law. His range of experience includes cartel investigations as well as mergers and acquisitions before the Commission and the Italian Antitrust Authority. In the area of State aid, he assists clients in Commission investigations in which he has acted as counsel for complainants and alleged beneficiaries as well as public authorities suspected of having granted State aid. 

Fabrizio also regularly represents clients before the European Commission and the EU Court of Justice as well as the Italian Antitrust Authority and the Italian Civil and Administrative Courts (TAR and Consiglio di Stato). 

He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on competition law and trade law matters.


Italian, English, French, Spanish


  • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (International Trade/WTO)
  • Chambers Global – ‘Foreign Expert’ (Competition/European Law)
  • International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers
  • Expert Guides – Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers
  • Expert Guides – Guide to the World’s Leading Trade and Customs Lawyers
  • Legal 500 for Customs, Trade, WTO and Anti-dumping
  • Legal 500 for Competition Law
  • Best Lawyers – Trade Law


  • Georgetown University, Washington DC, Master of Common Law Studies, Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize, 1995

  • College of Europe, Bruges, Post-graduate studies in EC law, 1989

  • University of Naples Federico II, Bachelor of Law, magna cum laude, 1987


Contributor to Il Diritto della Concorrenza nella Comunità Europea, Van Bael & Bellis (2009).

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, EU Anti-Dumping and Other Trade Defence Instruments (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2011), the standard work of reference in the field of EU trade law.

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Italy

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    • 17/01/2019
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists Italy in connection with the safeguard investigation with regard to imports of Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assisted Italy in the framework of the safeguard investigation initiated by the European Commission under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Regulation with regard to imports of Indica rice originating in Cambodia and Myanmar. Both Cambodia and Myanmar benefit from the Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement, which is one of the pillars of the GSP and guarantees tariff-free access to the EU market for all exports, except for weapons and ammunition. With the support of other EU rice-producing Member States, Italy claimed in its request that the significant increase in imports of Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar at low prices caused EU growers and millers of Indica rice to experience serious difficulties. At the end of the investigation, the Commission concluded that Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar is imported in volumes and at prices which cause serious difficulties to EU producers. Consequently, for the first time since the adoption of the GSP Regulation in 2012, the European Commission decided to make use of the safeguard provisions in the GSP Regulation in order to protect the interests of the EU industry. The common customs duty with regard to imports of Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar will be reinstated as from 18 January 2019 for a period of three years, with a progressive reduction in the second and third years of its application. Italy was assisted by Van Bael & Bellis partner Fabrizio Di Gianni, senior associate Aldo Scalini and associate Sofia Gentiloni Silveri. The Commission’s implementing regulation was published in today’s Official Journal.

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    • 07/12/2017
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists heirs of Commission official in action for damages

    In a landmark judgment issued on 7 December 2017, the EU General Court (Appeal Chamber) upheld the appeal brought by the heirs of the European Commission official Alessandro Missir Mamachi di...

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    • 09/11/2017
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists CCCME before the ECJ in a dispute concerning a minimum import price undertaking for the import of photovoltaic panels from China

    In two judgments issued today, the Court of Justice rejected the appeals brought by the EU producers of solar equipment, SolarWorld AG, Brandoni solare SpA and Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente SA...

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