Dr. Alexander Italianer

Dr. Alexander Italianer

Senior International Policy Advisor*

Dr. Alexander Italianer, former Secretary-General and Director-General for Competition of the European Commission, provides strategic insight to clients on a range of global and European Union business issues including competition, international trade, foreign investment and regulatory affairs.

Dr. Italianer spent more than 30 years at the European Commission eventually rising to the position of Secretary-General under President Juncker. As Secretary-General, he provided policy advice on a wide range of issues to the President and his Vice-Presidents, organized the coordination of economic policies among EU Member States, promoted improved regulation, devised the structure for Brexit preparedness, and supervised preparations for the multiannual financial framework proposals through 2027. From 2010-2015, Dr. Italianer served as Director-General for Competition, handling key antitrust, merger, and state aid cases across all critical economic sectors.

During his distinguished career at the Commission, Dr. Italianer played a role in some of the most significant Commission initiatives, including negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty, the introduction of the euro, and was involved in relations with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.



Europe’s Digital Markets Act: New Regulation of Gatekeepers in the Digital Platform Economy (pdf)
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, vol. 34, num. 10
Europe’s New Law Regulating Digital Gatekeepers in the Platform Economy: Digital Markets Act Now Effectively Final
European Commission Proposes Legislation Regulating AI
EU State Aid: Commission Must Ensure Aided Companies Do Not Gobble Up Unaided Companies
FIPRA and Arnold & Porter Webinar
The von der Leyen Commission: Some Preliminary Observations


  • Ph.D., University of Groningen, The Netherlands, cum laude
  • *Not admitted to the practice of law
Government & Military Service
  • Secretary-General, European Commission
  • Director-General for Competition, European Commission
  • Deputy Secretary-General, European Commission
  • Deputy Head, Private Office of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso
  • Private Office of European Commission President Jacques Santer
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