Paolo Palmigiano is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer (EMEA) for Sumitomo Electric Industries, a large Japanese industrial group with operations in more than 50 countries, 250 subsidiaries and more than 300,000 employees. Previously he was the Head of Competition Law at Lloyds Banking Group in London, the General Counsel of the Commission for Communications Regulation (‘ComReg), the regulatory and competition authority in Ireland for telecoms and post. From 2000 to 2009 Paolo headed the Competition and Regulatory team of BT Group plc in London.
Paolo is the chairman of the European in-house competition lawyers’ association with 350 members in 14 countries, vice-chair of BIAC (the voice of business at the OECD in Paris) and a non-governmental advisor to the CMA in the UK. He is also a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s users’ group. He was nominated one of the top 40 rising stars of in-house competition lawyers by Global Competition Review.