Sara Lembo


  • European Union law, antitrust law and regulatory law, with particular focus on advising companies before administrative and judicial authorities on:
    • anti-competitive agreements including bid rigging
    • abuse of dominant position
    • antitrust compliance programs
    • actions for damages deriving from antitrust offences
    • control of corporate concentrations
    • state aid
    • adjustment
    • unfair trading practices
    • abuse of economic dependence
  • Key sectors:
    • pharmaceuticals
    • fashion, luxury goods, design and online platforms
    • banking
    • telecommunications
    • transport
  • Foreign languages: English, French and Spanish


  • Joined the firm in 2006
  • Member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Focus Team
  • Member of the Public International Law & Economic Diplomacy Focus Team
  • Member of the Competition Litigation Task Force
  • Worked for an Italian law firm and for an English law firm, dealing mainly with matters of European law
  • Trained at the Italian embassy in Dakar, Senegal and the UN
  • Author of a number of publications
  • Speaker for advanced courses in European Union law and competition law

Ranking and Awards

The Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 EMEA international legal directories list Sara as an expert in antitrust law and in healthcare and life sciences in Italy.


“She is a great lawyer with a solid expertise and a proactive approach.”

(Chambers & Partners)


  • Member of the Italian Bar
  • Member of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Bar
  • PhD in national and international arbitration from LUISS University of Rome
  • LLM in European Union and competition law from the College of Europe (Bruges)
  • Master’s in international studies from LUISS University of Rome
  • Law degree from Federico II University of Naples

Knowledge Sharing

NRRP and waste: calls for proposals launched for funding waste management plants and circular economy projects

MITE recently launched a call for proposals for funding for waste recycling projects, as part of Mission 2 (component 1) of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). The calls are a concrete opportunity to reach the NRRP goals in relation to urban waste management (collection, treatm …

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Merger reviews in the time of Covid-19: the failing-firm defence

The Covid-19 pandemic and the measures adopted by national authorities to contain it have already caused an economic downturn and put numerous businesses in difficulty. Merger reviews by the Commission and national competition authorities will take these consequences into account, under cert …

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Another first in Italy: BonelliErede launches its Competition Litigation Task Force - 10 February 2021

BonelliErede has drawn on its strengths in civil litigation and competition law, its expertise in competition-related damages actions, and its proven track record to set up a new task force dedicated to competition litigation – the first of its kind in Italy. The Competition Litigation Task F …

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BonelliErede makes up four new partners - 17 December 2019

BonelliErede’s partnership continues to expand. At the partners’ meeting on Saturday, four promotions to the partnership were approved: Barbara Concolino, Sara Lembo, Matteo Fanni and Giovanni Muzina. Barbara Concolino (38) joined BonelliErede in 2014. She specialises in international arbit …

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