About Me

As a partner in the EU & Competition Group in Italy, my practice areas stretch from antitrust and regulatory proceedings, to administrative and commercial litigation, with in-depth expertise in TMT law and regulation.

I lecture on Internet and media law at the Scuola Nazionale dell'Amministrazione in Italy and often write about antitrust and TMT law for leading legal journals. I have also co-written one of Italy's leading textbooks on e-communications law.

Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, I was a legal officer at the Italian Communications Authority, as well as a senior associate in the Rome and Brussels offices of another international law firm for 11 years, focusing on antitrust cases, administrative and commercial litigation and on counselling in regulatory proceedings.
  • Over the years I have developed particular experience in complex antitrust cases in regulated sectors and industries, which shows my good knowledge of technical issues.


  • University of Cambridge, LL.M, Law
  • LUISS Guido Carli University, Doctor of Law (JD)
  • LUMSA University, PHD in Regulation Science


  • Council of the Bar Association of Rome in 2005
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I want to thank Federico Balestra for his timely feedback that helped my work proceed quickly and well. They are very close to their customers, and this is much appreciated.

Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

He took everything under control.

Chambers Europe, 2023

Federico Marini Balestra of Bird & Bird is recognised for his noteworthy experience in the competition arena. Market commentators praise his knowledge of the telecommunications sector and say he is 'very clever and very nice to work with'.

Chambers Europe, 2022

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