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Agostino Bignardi

Agostino Bignardi


Agostino is an associate in the Competition, Regulation & Trade team based in London.



Agostino advises clients on the full spectrum of UK, EU and multi-jurisdictional competition law matters including authority investigations and court appeals, domestic competition litigation, M&A transaction review and clearance, State aid and other competition law compliance issues.

Agostino has experience of working with clients in a range of sectors including financial services, private equity, air freight, aerospace and defence, and petrochemicals.

Agostino's experience includes advising:

  • a state-owned energy company on the competition law aspects of its strategic joint venture, obtaining merger control clearances from antitrust authorities in the EU, South Africa and Indonesia*
  • a global defence contractor to obtain Phase I clearance from the European Commission in its acquisition by an aerospace and defence company*
  • a financial institution in ongoing European Commission cartel investigations in the financial sector*
  • a cargo airline in its written and oral appeal before the European General Court against the European Commission’s re-adopted decision imposing €776 million of fines*

* Experience gained prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills


Agostino has practised as a competition lawyer both in London and in Brussels

MSc in Law, Business & Management (Distinction), University of Law
Bachelor of Arts, Economics with French, University of Nottingham