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The Firm

Our Firm was founded in 1998 on the initiative of Massimo Moretto, then a partner in an international law firm with offices in Milan and Rome.

With over twenty years of activity in Brussels we are a point of reference in European Union law, competition law and international trade law. In these matters we provide our clients with consultancy and assistance services both in administrative proceedings before the European Commission or the national authorities (competition authorities, customs, tax authorities, etc.), and in judicial proceedings before the Union or the national courts, even of last instance.

We boast an uncommon experience in the field of European litigation. A list of the numerous cases dealt with before the Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union is available on the website of the Court of Justice at the following link: curia.europa.eu.

Over the years we have gained specific expertise in assisting Italian companies active in Belgium in the fields of corporate law, commercial law (agency, distribution, franchising), commercial real estate law, protection of personal data, electronic commerce, food law, public procurement. We carry out credit recovery activities for selected clients.

Our operational headquarters are located in Brussels, but we also provide our services in real time throughout Italy and, in particular, in Milan, Rome, Turin, Vicenza, Treviso, Padua and Venice. To foster collaboration with other lawyers and consultants, we have decided to remain an independent legal boutique.
We work in Italian, English, French and, in some cases, also in Dutch.

About us

The Firm is led by Massimo Moretto, who works assisted by one or two young colleagues. However, it is a flexible structure, capable of involving other lawyers and consultants when needed and in real time.

We are in fact co-founders of EUGENIUS, a legal team which includes lawyers and university professors who stand out for the level of excellence achieved in competition law, EU law and international trade law.

Furthermore, if and when necessary to ensure the most effective protection of our clients, we make use of specialized consultants.

Thanks to our flexible structure, we can be a valid alternative to the competition law and EU law departments of large law firms.

Profile

Lawyer at the Venice and Brussels Bars, Massimo Moretto has been dealing with European Union law, competition law and international trade law since 1990. He has extensive experience in competition matters (cartels, mergers, abuse of dominant position, State aid, distribution agreements, private enforcement actions), customs law (tariff classification, refund and remission of duties, tariff quotas), anti-dumping, procurement, food law and health protection (free movement of food products, labelling, traceability, health police, market support measures, animal by-products, fertilizers).

Massimo has gained specific competence in judicial proceedings before the Court of Justice and the Court of the Union. A list of the numerous cases he has filed before the courts of the Union is available on the website of the Court of Justice at the following link: curia.europa.eu. 

Massimo regularly represents his clients also before the European Commission, the Italian authorities (the Competition Authority and the Customs Agency) and the national courts, including those of last instance.

He has also acquired specific expertise in assisting Italian companies active in Belgium in various matters of Belgian law, such as, in particular, commercial and corporate law, commercial real estate law, food law and public procurement.

Main publications

Co-author of various editions of the Customs Code for the La Tribuna publishing house (from 2001 to 2014).

Il Sole 24 Ore, 10 April 2012
Competition – In an article published in Il Sole 24 Ore of 10 April 2012, Professor Barbara Baarsma, Massimo Moretto and Martin Poelman hope that the newly created Tribunale delle imprese can facilitate also in Italy the introduction of claims for compensation of damages caused by cartels and other violations of the competition rules. Click here to read the full article.

Food and Drinks, n. 4, April 2012
Health Police – Exceptional measures to support the poultry market – In an article published in Alimenti e Bevande of April 2012 Lorenza Andreis and Massimo Moretto underline the importance of the judgement with which, upholding the action brought by Italy, the General Court of the European Union annulled the decision of the Commission  rejecting the request for exceptional support measures made by our country to compensate for the economic losses caused by the killing of chicks due to the impossibility of placement in areas affected by avian flu. Click here to read the full article.

Het Financieele Dagblad, 1st March 2012
Competition In an article published in Dutch in the financial newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad of 1 March 2012, Professor Barbara Baarsma, Massimo Moretto and Martin Poelman explain that companies that are victims of a cartel have the right to obtain compensation for the damage suffered, also highlighting the facilities they can benefit from, in particular under Dutch law. Click here to read a summary of the article in English and the full article in Dutch.

Areas of activity
European Union law
Competition law and State aid
Customs and anti-dumping law
European litigation
Food law and health protection
Commercial real estate law
Commercial and corporate law
Public procurement

Working languages
Italian, French, English and Dutch

Professional association
Venice Bar – Brussels Bar (list of established European lawyers). Admitted before the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation and the other Higher Courts

Education
Law degree ( cum laude ), University of Ferrara (1986); LL.M. in European Law, European Institute of Public Administration, Luxembourg (1994-1995)

Of counsel

Alberto Dal Ferro

Profile

Lawyer of the Vicenza Bar, Alberto Dal Ferro has been dealing with European Union law and international trade law since 1986. He assists public and private subjects on issues of competition, free movement of people, goods, services and other issues related to European Union law, which he was able to deepen thanks to the experience acquired at the Research and Documentation Service of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.

He also provides assistance to European institutions and bodies with which he collaborates from the beginning of his professional activity, in judicial disputes before national courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union in matters of competition, state aid, EU civil service , agriculture, EU funding (a complete list of disputes in which he has taken part as a lawyer is available on the website of the Court of Justice at the following link: http://curia.europa.eu and debt collection both in and out of court.

Main publications

Dal Ferro A., La Corte di Giustizia dell’Unione europea: Corte costituzionale o Corte suprema?, in Gattinara G., Pappalardo F. (cur.), L’Europa dei Diritti, Donzelli, 2014.

Dal Ferro A., La tutela dei singoli nel sistema dei Trattati europei, in Gattinara G., Pappalardo F. (cur.), L’Europa dei Diritti, Donzelli, 2014.

Campesan A., Dal Ferro A., La responsabilità dello Stato per la violazione degli obblighi ad esso incombenti in forza del diritto comunitario alla luce della sentenza Francovich, in Rivista di diritto Europeo, 1992, 2.

Areas of activity
European Union law
Competition law
European civil service
Anti-dumping
Problems resulting from European funding
European litigation

Working languages
Italian, French, English

Professional association
Vicenza Bar. Admitted before the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation and the other Higher Courts

Education
Law degree, University of Padua (1982). Degree in Political Science, University of Padua (1982)

Michel Caluwaerts

Profile

Michel Caluwaerts received his law degree from the Catholic University of Louvain (1991). He has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1994.

He specializes in corporate law and commercial distribution law (exclusive dealership agreements, agency, franchising, refusal to sell) and has intervened in numerous disputes, in favour of both distributors and suppliers. This experience has allowed him to develop a particular expertise in the methods of determining the compensation due in the event of termination of this type of contract.

He provides legal assistance to companies in corporate law matters and regularly intervenes in disputes that arise in company life, between shareholders, managers or directors.

He is the author of numerous scientific publications in the areas in which he specializes. He speaks French and English. He has a good knowledge of Dutch.

Main publications

Le contrôle externe des SA, S (P) RL et SC (RL), Guide Juridique de l’Entreprise, livre 25.4, Kluwer (2019).

Co-author: La notion d’équité dans l’article 3 de la loi du 27 juillet 1961 relative à la résiliation unilatérale des contrats de concession de vente exclusive à durée indéterminée, R.C.J.B., 2013/1, p. 115.

Practice areas
Commercial and corporate law
Commercial distribution
Commercial litigation
Competition law
Commercial real estate law
Credit recovery
European Union law

Working languages
French, English, Dutch

Professional association
Brussels (French-speaking) Bar

Education
Law degree, Catholic University of Louvain (1991). Diploma in Administration and Management, Catholic University of Leuven (1992)

The Team EUGENIUS

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If necessary, we can mobilize in real time the skills and expertise of a group of other highly qualified professionals in competition law, EU law and international trade law.

We are in fact co-founders of EUGENIUS, a legal team which includes lawyers and university professors who stand out for the level of excellence achieved in their professional activity. It includes independent experts who have decided to join forces and skills to provide the clients with top teams able to better protect their rights and interests.

For more information on this, see the website: www.eu-gen-ius.com

Thanks to our ability to quickly involve other professionals, we are a valid alternative to the competition law and EU law departments of large international law firms.

Our mission and values

We have always been convinced that our mission is to guarantee the most effective and full protection of the rights and interests of our clients, providing them with the high level of expertise and long experience gained in the areas of activity we deal with.

Our constant goal is to listen to the specific needs of our customers so as to ensure that our intervention translates into real added value.

The values that guide us every day are excellence, competence and passion in the work we perform.

Our clients

We are pleased to provide our assistance to:

• large or small companies,
• associations, foundations, banks, public bodies,
• other lawyers and consultants.

The collaboration of our Firm is often requested also by other lawyers and consultants to develop and put forward arguments and pleas based on European Union law and thus be able to ensure more effective protection of the rights of their clients.

This collaboration is facilitated by the fact that, unlike other law firms which offer assistance in all areas of law, we are an independent law firm which intends to provide assistance only in certain areas. If you are another lawyer or consultant, discover the benefits of working with us by clicking below.

Why contact us

Essentially, because we are able to provide you with highly qualified consultancy and assistance, but at lower rates than larger law firms, in the most complex and delicate matters pertaining to our areas of activity.

Taking advantage of the opportunities that the digital economy also offers to the legal sector, we have decided to keep only one operational headquarters (in Brussels), thus reducing fixed costs, and to make the most of remote communication technologies. It being understood that it is always possible to quickly organize an in-person meeting at our headquarters in Brussels or in any other Italian or European city, as the Covid-19 pandemic has also shown, in order to use our services the customer does not have to physically move.

Our advice or our opinion can be requested and obtained wherever you are. All it takes is a phone call, an email or a video call. If you are looking for legal assistance in our areas of activity and you are wondering if the experience and skills of our Firm could be useful to you, contact us: briefly describe your case or issue, using the appropriate form or by sending us an e-mail at info@moretto.eu

If we believe we can assist you, we will send you, free of charge and as soon as possible, a quote for our eventual intervention.

A request for a quote does not imply the granting of a professional mandate. Receiving a quote from us does not involve any commitment on the part of the applicant, who will be free to accept it or not. The establishment of a professional relationship will only take place if and when the applicant has accepted the quote and our Firm has accepted the assignment.

They say about us

Article by Chiara Bussi on the Italian law firms in Brussels in which our firm had the pleasure of being mentioned. Copyright: Il Sole 24 Ore

(12/11/2018)

Short presentation of our firm published in a supplement to Il Sole 24 Ore dedicated to the internationalization of Italian companies in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

(18/12/2017)

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