MasterCard Italian Interchange Fee Case


2016:  De Matteis scored a second ground-breaking victory for MasterCard before the Council of State (high court), overturning the 2010 interchange fee decision of the Italian Competition Authority.  


2011:  De Matteis overturned the 2010 interchange fee decision before the Administrative Court (first instance), securing its first victory for MasterCard.  


Other selected antitrust work


2015:  De Matteis represented a global luxury goods manufacturer on its Italian selective distribution system.


2014:  De Matteis represented GTECH on the EU antitrust aspects of its $6.4 billion acquisition of International Game Technology.


ePayment Regulation


2016:  De Matteis is currently advising on the launch of a new person-to-person (P2P) payment service under EU and Italian law.  This new service will allow consumers to send and receive money through their mobile phones and online.


2016:  De Matteis advises clients on the interpretation and implementation of:

  • EU Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR)
  • Second Payment Service Directive (PSD2)
  • European Banking Authority’s Guidelines on the security of internet payments
  • 4th anti-money-laundering (AML) Directive 

2016:  De Matteis counsels clients on issuance, distribution and reloading of prepaid cards, including: cardholder due diligence, card activation, anti-money-laundering (AML) requirements, and transparency at both the Italian and EU level.


2015:  De Matteis developed and submitted draft regulations to facilitate e-payments, which were accepted by the Italian Government.


2015:  De Matteis advised a US food delivery platform, on EU and Italian law on e-payments as it entered the European market. 


The current environment has rapidly accelerated the trend towards digital payments.

We are looking for an Associate with excellent academic performance and a desire to specialize in EU payments regulation.

 Integritydiversity and creativity are the name of the game at De Matteis Law.


 Desired Skills and Experience

  • University degree in law with highest honors
  • Admitted to the bar
  • Specialized or desire to specialize in EU payments regulation
  • Experience in assisting multinational organizations
  • Mother tongue or excellent command of English (level C2 or C1)


Desired Personality Traits

  • Desire to help others
  • Team player
  • Conscientiousness
  • Open to constantly learning
  • Preferred age 30-35


We offer competitive salaries and an energetic, motivated and collaborative environment. We are interested in the success of our team and encourage individual development through constant feedback.


In particular, we offer:

  • Friendly and collaborative environment
  • Competitive salaries
  • Up to 3 month bonus based on performance
  • Working hours from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm


We are based in Rome and Brussels and have a highly successful practice in regulation of payments in Europe.


In particular, we advise our clients on:

  • PSD2
  • Strong Customer Authentication
  • Open Banking
  • Anti-money-laundering
  • Digital Identity
  • Blockchain
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cryptocurrencies 


Our clients are leading multinationals. Our mission is to do well by doing good