Massimo Merola is a senior partner in the Brussels Office of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and is the scientific director of the firm’s European Law and Antitrust group.
In conjunction with his active legal practice, Massimo has lectured since 1993 as a professor at the College of Europe of Bruges, where he teaches a course on State aid and the law applicable to public undertakings. He has also served as visiting professor in Community law at the University of Perugia, the University of Valencia, and the University of Barcelona. Additionally, he acted as the academic advisor for the post-graduate course, "Giuristi d'impresa" ("Business Lawyers") organized by the Pescara Bar Examination Committee in Italy.
Massimo is a regular speaker at European conferences and seminars on Competition and State aid and the author of several publications.
Graduated, magna cum laude, from the Faculty of Law of the University La Sapienza in Rome, Massimo has worked from the start of his professional career on European Law and Antitrust matters in a variety of international settings. Upon completing his Master Degree with honors (College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium) and qualifying for the Bar, he developed expertise in European law as a trainee at the State aid and commercial policy group of the Legal Service of the European Commission. He subsequently entered private practice in 1987, joining a law-firm specializing in competition law in Brussels (Aquarone, Casella, Guarino, Libonati, Pappalardo, Uckmar). From 1989 to 1992, he worked as an associate at the US law firm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. He was also researcher in EU law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles over the same period. In 1992, he co-founded the law firm Pappalardo e Associati in Brussels, then merged into Bonelli Erede Pappalardo in 1999. He also served as Of Counsel to the Spanish law firm Gomez de Liaño y Asociados in 1992 and 1993.