18 May 2009 - A lawyer from leading international law firm Mayer Brown has won the IBA (International Bar Association) Communications Law Committee's prestigious 7th Young Lawyers’ Writing Competition.

Francesco Liberatore, a legal advisor in the EU Competition and Anti-Trust practice in the London office of Mayer Brown, will present his paper at the IBA's 20th Annual Communications and Competition Law conference in Florence today and tomorrow (18 and 19 May).

Francesco's paper, entitled “Perspective on mobile regulatory issues”, considers whether US and EU perspectives on mobile regulatory issues are converging.  The paper was assessed on the basis of its legal argument, research, style, logic, originality and overall quality of the content.  In their award, the judges commended Francesco for his international rather than domestic approach.

From the panel of judges, the IBA Communication Law Committee Publications Officer, Camila Borba Lefevre said:
“This year, the Committee received an unprecedented number of submissions from candidates from all over the world, including China, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, India and other countries.  Francesco´s paper stood out for his thorough research into the European and the US regulatory frameworks and his comparative approach.”

Frances Murphy, head of Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition group in London, said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Francesco has won the IBA's prize. The whole team was rooting for him and we are all thrilled to see his name in lights.”

The IBA Communications Law Committee is a leading global forum for legal practitioners with specialist expertise or interest in the communications sector.

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