20 November - 21 November 2017 | Brussels


2-day intensive training on the concept of State aid for tax measures, regulations applicable for the tax sector, and relevant case law


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Phedon Nicolaides (Chair & Speaker)
Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University, and Academic Director at lexxion training

Dr. Nicolaides has been educated in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and has a PhD in economics and a PhD in law. He has acted as consultant to a number of public authorities in various EU Member States and to international institutions and organisations such as the European Commission, the European Investment Fund, the European Economic and Social Committee, the OECD and the UN. He has published extensively on competition policy, State aid, and policy implementation. During the past 15 years, he has carried out training activities on State aid in most EU Member States.

Andreas von Bonin
Partner, Antitrust, Competition and Trade, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
Andreas has spent over 10 years developing his practice in Brussels. He is focusing on EU and international competition law spanning merger control and joint venture cases, antitrust compliance and investigations of anti-competitive behaviour, as well as competition litigation before the EU Courts. Andreas also specialises in EU State aid and regulatory procedures, including in the context of privatisations and most recently in respect of the European Commission’s focus on State aid breaches throughMember States’ tax measures. Additionally, Andreas oversees Freshfields’ EU regulatory and public affairs practice, advising clients at the interface of law, politics and business.

Andrew Thomson
Sullivan & Cromwell, London

Andrew Thomson is European Counsel in Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office advising on general U.K. corporate tax matters. He joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 2011. He has advised on the tax aspects of M&A, redomiciliation, capital markets, banking, securitisation, project finance, structured products and real estate transactions. He also advises on value added tax. Mr. Thomson has published articles on topics including the European Commission’s proposal for a financial transaction tax and U.K. taxation of regulatory capital instruments.

Massimo Merola
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.


Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo
Principal Associate, Garrigues, Brussels

Alfonso Lamadrid is a Principal Associate at the EU and Competition Law Department of Garrigues (Brussels). He holds LL.M degrees from the College of Europe (Bruges) and Harvard Law School, and obtained his Law degree with a specialization in EU Law (Valedictorian) from San Pablo CEU University. Alfonso has extensive experience in relation to the application of all areas of EU competition law in a wide array of sectors, notably technology, finance, sports, food, energy and telecommunications. He is acting/has acted on behalf of clients in dozens of cases before EU Courts, many of these in the field of State aid. Alfonso has published extensively on international and EU State aid and competition law matters and is regularly invited to lecture and participate in conferences. He is a Visiting Professor at the Brussels School of Competition, the co-Director of the annual EU & Spanish Competition Law Course at the IEB (Madrid) and the editor of the legal blog Alfonso is ranked by Chambers&Partners as a leading lawyer for EU Competition/ Belgium (only “associate to watch”) and Competition/Spain (“star associate”).


Pierpaolo Rossi
Senior Legal Expert, Competition and Mergers Team, Legal Service, European Commission

Pierpaolo Rossi is Senior Legal Expert and works at the Competition and Mergers Team of the European Commission’s Legal Service. Pierpaolo is an attorney and certified accountant in Italy. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Universities of Rome and Pavia with degrees in economics and law. He further obtained his LL.M. at NYU where he graduated from the International Tax Program. Pierpaolo has a vast and lasting professional experience in public administration. After graduating top of his class from Guardia di Finanza Academy in Italy, he directed several Guardia’s outfield offices. He later worked at Guardia’s Headquarters in Rome in the Office of the Chief of Staff being responsible for international tax cooperation. In 1995, he took office at the European Commission where he was Case Officer and Legal Counsel for Judicial Cooperation at the Antifraud Office, and Case Handler at the Competition Directorate where he dealt with fiscal aid measures. Since 2008, Pierpaolo joined the Commission’s Legal Service, Agricultural Law Team. He is lecturer and teacher of EU taxation at various graduate programs in Italy, France, Portugal and Switzerland. He authored a number of publications in the field of taxation and EU law.


Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels, Belgium

Studied law at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law (1996-2001) and Comparative Law at the International Faculty of the University Robert Schuman Strasbourg (1999-2002). He did a banking-lawyer postgraduate training (2000-2002) and took part in the common European specialist course of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French École National d’Administration in spring 2002. He has been working at the State Aid Monitoring Office in Budapest since 2001. In 2007, he was appointed as head of the unit. He is a regular speaker at the seminars on State aid. Since January 2011 he is the attaché responsible for State aid at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU in Brussels.


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