Professor of Law, King's College London; Partner, LMS Legal LLP
Renato is a Professor of Law at King’s College London, where he is also the Director of Research of the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution and partner at LMS Legal LLP in London, focusing on international arbitration and ADR and global competition law. He is a member of the Italian Arbitration and ADR Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network.
Renato has served as arbitrator and acted as counsel in arbitrations under several arbitration rules, including the ICC Rules, the UNCITRAL Rules, and the CAM Rules. He is also an expert in EU, UK, Italian and global antitrust, with a strong focus on international strategic advice and arbitrations involving competition, regulatory and public policy issues. He advises major Italian and foreign clients on cartel investigations, abuses of dominance, regulated sectors (particularly telecoms and energy), State aid, and antitrust, regulatory and data protection issues in the digital economy. In addition, Renato has a busy merger control practice where he regularly provides strategic advice on global deals as well as acting for clients in filings in before the European Commission, in Italy, and in the United Kingdom. His industry experience covers various sectors including construction, oil & gas and infrastructure, M&A, digital markets and IT, transport, energy, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, financial services, manufacturing, heavy industries, consumer goods and retailing. He has deep knowledge of both common law and civil law legal systems, multi-disciplinary skills and a strong degree of cross-cultural insight that enable him to anticipate and manage risks in transactional and contentious matters across jurisdictions.
He published more than 60 articles and book chapters as well as a number of books including Key Themes in International Construction Arbitration (London, Informa 2017), Competition Enforcement and Procedure (Oxford, OUP 2016) and The Foundations of European Union Competition Law: The Objective and Principles of Article 102 (Oxford, OUP 2011). Among other academic appointments, Renato has been Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and Professor of Competition Law and Arbitration at the University of Southampton.
Previously, Renato was Deputy Director of Legal and Policy at the UK Competition Authority where he led on major areas of enforcement and policy, including investigations in the construction sector, financial services, damages actions in competition law, and the review of the policy on abuse of dominance under Article 102 TFEU.