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About Michael Tagliavini

Based in Rome, Michael is an associate in the Antitrust, Competition and Trade practice group.

Michael assists clients in relation to Italian and EU competition law. He joined the firm in 2024. Prior to joining Freshfields, he worked as an associate for leading international law firms in Rome and London. In 2018, he was a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission's DG Competition.

Of Italian mother tongue, he speaks English fluently and has some knowledge of French.



  • Harvard Law School (Master of Laws)
  • King’s College, London (LL.M. in Competition Law)
  • University of Bologna (JD, summa cum laude)

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to the Italian Bar (Rome)


  • Michael Tagliavini, Self-preferencing and the concept of abuse of dominance: much ado about nothing?, 44 E.C.L.R. 200 (2023).

  • Michael Tagliavini, Commitments and Protection of Third-Party Contractual Rights: The CJEU Overturns for the First Time a Commitments Decision in the Canal + Judgment (C-132/19 P Canal +), 5 EUROPEAN COMPETITION AND REGULATORY LAW REVIEW 330 (2021).