Professor of Law, College of Europe, Bruges; Senior Partner, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Brussels
Massimo Merola is the managing partner responsible for the Brussels Office of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and is the scientific director of the firm’s European Law and Antitrust group, where he oversees a broad regulatory practice specializing in EU law and competition law. In the field of competition law, he is mainly recognised as one of the leading experts in State aid law. In the broader context of EU law other than competition law, his focuses on Customs law, regulation of network industries, internal market rules, EU funding, etc.. He has a long and extensive experience as a litigator before the EU Courts. In conjunction with his active legal practice, Massimo Merola is a professor since more than twenty years at the College of Europe, Bruges,where he (i) teaches an obligatory course in State aid and public undertakings, and (ii) chairs the Global Competition Law Centre, the research centre on Competition Law of the College of Europe. As a renowned practitioner and scholar, Massimo is a regular speaker at European conferences and seminars on Competition and State aid and the author of more than fifty scientific publications.