Aurelio Pappalardo

Founding Partner


  • Competition/antitrust and European Union law at EU and national level
  • Legal assistance before the Italian antitrust authority and European courts


  • Retired in 2013, but remains closely involved with the firm
  • Founded Pappalardo e Associati in 1992, which evolved into BonelliErede
  • Worked at the European Commission in Brussels (1960-986):
    • head of unit
    • head of the Directorate-General for Competition (responsible for the application of competition regulations to state-owned companies)


“He is the founding father of Italian competition law.”

(Chambers & Partners)


  • Professor of European competition law at the University of Liège (1986-2001)
  • Professor of European competition law at the College of Europe, Bruges (1969-1994)