Michele Roma

Michele Roma is our exclusively recommended Litigation expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michele directly using the contact details listed above.

Michele is the founder and managing partner of Roma Legal Partners, based in Rome and with a branch in Milan.

In 1982 he graduaded cum laude from the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, he is barrister of the Supreme Court of Cassation and he is registered at the bar of the bankruptcy trustees (Albo dei curatori Falimentari).

He is active in the field of business and insurance contracts in court and out of court and he assists companies and groups both at a national and international level.

Not only has he developed a solid expertise in business contracts and insurance law, but, together with the litigations and the entire law firm, he works in close contact with the clients, constantly offering them the high-quality services that are typical of a “boutique firm”.

“I have always believed that the law firm should have a clear and well defined objective.

Today, more than ever, some clients need the help of a professional in understanding the “big picture” behind every given problem. They need the ability to summarise and simplify that comes from years of experience in order to be able to choose wisely.

For this exact reason, I have decided to be always available in person and to aim at having a direct and transparent relationship with the client.”

Moreover, Michele Roma entertains scientific collaborations, as Adjunct Professor, with some Italian Universities.

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Fabrizio Carbonetti

Fabrizio Carbonetti is our exclusively recommended Contract Law expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Fabrizio directly using the contact details listed above.

Fabrizio directs the Firm’s activities in the practice areas of supervision of banks and non-bank financial intermediaries; banking contracts; AML; and restructuring. He also directs the litigation department (mainly focusing on banking as well as financial and investment services), including arbitration and bankruptcy.

Fabrizio is Professor of Advanced Commercial Law at “La Sapienza” University in Rome. Formerly he was a Professor of Commercial Law at the University in Cassino and teaching and research assistant of Commercial Law at LUISS University in Rome.

Fabrizio regularly lectures at post-graduate courses.

Fabrizio authored numerous publications and speaks regularly at conferences on banking and financial markets law.

Fabrizio has been appointed as Director on the Board of an Italian bank.

Fabrizio Carbonetti is a Board member of ASLA – Associazione Studi Legali Associati (Association of Associated Law Firms).

Firm Overview:

Carbonetti and Partners is a boutique firm highly specialised in the following practice areas: Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, and Capital Markets.

The Firm advises listed companies, banks, financial intermediaries, asset management companies, investment and insurance firms, as well as banking foundations, institutions and trade associations operating in the financial sector, also in their relations with the Supervisory Authorities; in the same practice areas, the Firm also represents such clients in court proceedings, including before the Supreme Courts, and in arbitration.

The Firm has two offices, located in Rome and Milan, and about thirty attorneys.

In order to properly advise its clients, the Firm believes it is of crucial importance to understand the economic and financial implications and the market scenarios affecting the transactions handled. The Firm can assist foreign clients both in Italy and, due to its long-term relationships with leading international law firms, in cross-border transactions.

Luca Trevisan

Luca Trevisan is our exclusively recommended Product Liability Litigation expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Luca directly using the contact details listed above.

Luca is a founding partner of Trevisan & Cuonzo and one of the leading names in Italian litigation in the commercial, intellectual property and product liability fields. During a career spanning over 30 years, Luca has handled a number of landmark cases widely reported in the international press. He also has extensive experience in leading and managing multi-jurisdictional trade mark and patent disputes. His domestic and international clients come from a broad cross-section of industries, including pharmaceutical, mechanical, oil and gas, electronics and automotive.

Recent notable cases:

  • Successfully assisting one of the biggest world player in the automotive field in an extremely delicate product liability case before a criminal court;
  • Successfully defending an Italian renown entity, leader in the energy field, in a complex product liability dispute concerning an allegedly defective trigeneration energy plant;
  • Representing and defending a world-famous luxury car manufacturer in various product liability disputes before civil courts;
  • Assisting several insurance companies in numerous product liability cases;
  • Providing day-to-day legal assistance to an Italian company leader in the field of heating and home boilers regarding IP, product liability and commercial aspects;
  • Assisting a key manufacturer of valves and other hydraulic products, for use mainly in the agricultural sector in a complex product liability case;
  • Representing a multinational manufacturer of steel-wheels for the railway industry in a product liability case before Italian civil court.

Affiliations & Publications:

Luca is regularly called by Universities to host training courses on Intellectual property and commercial law. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and regularly contributes to international legal journals. Luca is a member of AIPPI, IBA, GRUR and INTA.

Firm Overview:

“Equipped with experienced and talented attorneys, with both professional and human qualities. Each time, we received efficient support within a short time frame.” ~ The Legal 500, 2020

Trevisan & Cuonzo, established in 1993, is one of the leading independent Italian law firms working with some of the most technologically advanced and innovative businesses and industry leaders around the globe. The firm delivers client focused, industry specific, commercially aligned legal expertise covering a wide range of industrial sectors including electronics, chemical, automotive, food and nutrition, life sciences, telecommunications, media and entertainment, information technology and sports. The firm has established a commanding reputation both domestically and internationally for its success and in-depth business and industry knowledge in intellectual property, commercial and product liability litigation. The firm has a network of offices in Milan, Rome, Parma and Bari.

Diego Vaiano

Diego Vaiano is our exclusively recommended Life Sciences Law expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Diego directly using the contact details listed above.

Diego is a member of the Rome Bar since January 1994 and he is certified to represent his clients before the higher courts (Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Cassation, Council of State) since December 14, 2001.

Within his professional activity, he practices in particular in the fields of Healthcare and Life Sciences; Prof. Vaiano is in fact widely recognised as one of the leading Italian experts in pharmaceutical and medical devices law. In the last two decades, he defended the pharmaceutical industry in the most challenging and relevant litigations of the sector, such as those related to the governance of retail and hospital pharmaceutical expenditure, the review measures of the National Pharmaceutical Handbook, the price cuts and ex factory profit margins imposed on the industry since the early 2000s, as well as the resolutions adopted by AIFA and the Regions on the therapeutic equivalence between medicinal products based on different active ingredients. He was also involved in major negotiations with the Italian Medicines Agency aimed at defining the price and the other reimbursement conditions for drugs dispensed with costs borne by the SSN (the Italian NHS).

He has been a member of the Farmindustria Board of Arbitrators since 2008, also acting as a consultant for Confindustria – Medical devices with regard to payback issues within the relevant sector.

His professional commitment and his clients’ appreciation allowed Diego Vaiano to receive numerous awards and accolades, including Professional of the Year in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences sectors at the Top Legal Industry Awards for 2017 and 2018; Leading Life Sciences Lawyer of the year from the Acquisition International Magazine for the years 2019 and 2020; and Life Sciences Lawyer of the year from ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance Magazine) for the years 2019 and 2020. Moreover, he steadily appears among the professionals recommended by all the most renowned international directories of the sector, such as Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Over the years, he also acquired an extensive professional experience in other fields of administrative law, including public procurements, state property concessions and public services, as well as cultural heritage and environment. In particular, for many years he has been a lawyer and consultant for the Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Gaeta, while also defending leading companies in the sector of the contracts for the restoration of cultural heritage, catering services and technical and medical gas supply.

He is Full Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Viterbo – La Tuscia since November 1, 2001, after being Associate Professor at the same University since 1999. He is the author of qualified scientific publications on administrative law, with particular reference to issues specifically related to administrative justice, public procurement law and cultural heritage law. Among these, of particular interest are the monographs on La riserva di funzione amministrativa (“The reserve of administrative function”), Milan, Giuffré, 1996; the Pretesa di provvedimento e processo amministrativo (“Provision claim and the administrative process”), Milan, Giuffré, 2002; and La valorizzazione dei beni culturali (“The valorisation of cultural heritage”), Turin, Giappichelli, 2011.

In 2017 – after the conclusion of a previous associative experience – he founded with Francesco Cataldo, Esq. the Vaiano-Cataldo Law Firm, which is composed of a team of smart lawyers, voted to the swift and accurate satisfaction of the Clients’ needs. The Firm’s partners and associates are highly specialised in pharmaceutical and Life Sciences law, as well as in other relevant areas of administrative law, such as – indeed – public procurements, state property concessions and public services.

Firm Overview:

Based in Rome, the Vaiano-Cataldo Law Firm consists of a team of administrative lawyers headed by Prof. Diego Vaiano and by Francesco Cataldo.

The Firm is a recognised excellence in the legal field of Life Sciences, with particular regard to pharmaceutical law and medical devices, in relation to which it provides judicial and extrajudicial advice and assistance to the most important Companies worldwide. Due to their high specialisation and competence in this sector, Diego Vaiano and his Firm received numerous awards from the most authoritative specialised magazines and journals.

The Firm also provides legal counselling on public procurement – in particular on services and supplies – and in general on public and private contracts related to the reference sectors, offering support to its Clients at every stage of the procedure, from the study of tender deeds to the preparation of any requests for clarification or quotation documents, up to the executive phase, assisting them where necessary before the Regional Administrative Courts, the Council of State and the ordinary civil jurisdiction (Courts, Courts of Appeal and Court of Cassation).

Other areas of activity where the Firm can boast recognised expertise and experience are those of general health law, administrative licensing of public goods and services, trade and production activities, environment, construction and urban planning and public competitions. Last but not least, the experience gained by the Firm’s partners in arbitration & litigation is also significant.

Its swiftness in responding to the Client’s needs, its constant professional updating and the personal and passionate contribution of the partners and their collaborators in the management of each individual case constitute the distinctive trait of the Firm, whose success and reputation have always been based on the appreciation expressed by its Clients.

The Vaiano-Cataldo Law Firm also avails itself of well-established collaborations with a network of professionals with experience in complementary sectors, as well as with local counsels of the highest profile, thanks to whose contribution it can provide a comprehensive assistance to the Client in the aforementioned matters and before all regional Administrative Courts and all Civil Courts on the national territory.

Geronimo Cardia

Geronimo Cardia is our exclusively recommended Administrative Law expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website.   If you need assistance in these areas, please contact Geronimo directly using the contact details listed above.

Degree in Law; Degree in Economics; Master in Tax Law; AAUUC training course in the “Guardia di Finanza” Academy.

Lawyer before superior courts, chartered accountant, auditor, technical consultant at the Civil Court and the Criminal Court of Rome and Bankruptcy Trustee.

After a ten years period of working for an International Law Firm, he takes on his own and direct assignments, establishes and manages internal legal offices of companies and groups and, in 2004, founded the organization from which today the Cardia and Cardia law firm originates  ( www.gclegal.it ).

In public and private, industrial, financial and third sector institutional and entrepreneurial realities, since over twenty years he helds positions as Chairman or Member of Boards of Statutory Auditors, Chairman or Member of Supervisory Bodies, as well as Indipendent Statutory Auditor or Independent Supervisory Body, Commissioner Liquidator and Trustee in several procedures, Chairman of trade associations.    Judicial assistant in extraordinary administrations of large companies, judicial custodian of companies, commissioner liquidator of joint commission fund, member of ministerial commissions for the assignment of training grants, certifying auditor training plans, certifying auditor of funded research projects, local counsel for international groups, as well as officer of the Guardia di Finanza assigned to the third department of the General Command. He also participates in the preparation of Organizational Models pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001.

He is a consultant for groups and companies also in judicial administration or forced liquidation.   He provides support to trade associations for the coordination of  legal meetings of the associated operators.

He takes care of legal, fiscal, compliance, civil and administrative litigation, M&A, corporate, JV, banking, contracts and typical issues of corporate lawyers also aimed at restructuring groups and debts. With his colleagues he assists start-ups and internal legal offices, for corporate activities (board meetings, shareholders’ meetings etc.), both ordinary (contracts, and operations in general), and extraordinary (acquisitions, restructuring and start-ups), litigation (out-of-court and judicial) following corporate strategies for recovering credit positions. He has been involved since over fifteen years in the regulated public gaming sector.

With particular reference to Administative Law and Litigation, consolidated expertise in judicial assistance before the Regional Administrative Courts and before the State Council in several proceedings carried out in the interest of local operators, Companies and Groups especially relating, but not limited, to the regulated public gaming sector (denials of licenses, concessions, authorizations etc.) as well as extrajudicial assistance against local administrations, opinions and information notes to Court of Auditors, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Customs and Monopoly Agency in relation to all respective powers and liabilities.

Professor of Tax Law and International Tax Law in the specialist degree course in Managerial Sciences at the G. D’Annunzio University of Chieti, Pescara (academic years from 2004/2005 to 2010/11).

Speaker at several conferences, as well as lecturer in courses with particular regard to tax matters, compliance, anti-money laundering, traceability of financial flows and regulated public gaming.

Author of the book “The Territorial Issue – Prohibitions on legal gambling as set forth by local regulations”, 2016 GN Media Edition, Italian and English version, of the book “A Legal Outline of Privatization”, Il Sole 24 Ore Books Edition, as well as several fiscal publications, also concerning the regulation of public gaming sector and Legislative Decree 231/2001.

Among the roles assumed

  1. Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors Istituto Superiore di Sanità (2015 – 2019);
  2. Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors Parco Eolico Cocullo S.p.A. (2009 – 2017);
  3. Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors Fondo per la Formazione Forte (2008 – 2012);
  4. Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors Sphaera Partners S.r.l. (2005);
  5. Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors dei Conti Fondo Formazione Fondazienda (2011 – in effect);
  6. Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors Fondazione Soroptimist – Club di Roma (2011 – in effect);
  7. Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors Redo S.g.r. (2018 – in effect);
  8. Chairman of the Supervisory Body GSA- Gran Sasso Acqua S.p.A. (2018 – in effect);
  9. Chairman of the Supervisory Body Engie Produzione S.p.A., già Gas de France Produzione Suez S.p.A. (2011– in effect);
  10. Chairman of the Supervisory Body Multiservizi Caerite S.p.A. (2017 – in effect);
  11. Chairman of the Supervisory Body Redo Sgr (2020 – in effect);
  12. Independent Statutory Auditor Med Oil S.r.l. (2015 – in effect);
  13. Independent Statutory Auditor Galileo Alliance Association (2019 – in effect);
  14. Independent Supervisory Body Sistemia S.p.A. (2017 – in effect);
  15. Independent Supervisory Body Sviluppo Toscana S.p.A. (2015 – in effect);
  16. Independent Supervisory Body Giulianova Patrimonio S.p.A. (2020 – in effect);
  17. Independent Supervisory Body Fondazione Fratelli Paolo e Tito Molina – Onlus (2017 – 2018);
  18. Member of the Board of Statutory Auditors Confapi – Confederazione Italiana Piccola e Media Industria Privata (2015 – in effect);
  19. Statutory Auditor IP Industrial S.p.A., già Raffineria di Roma S.p.A. (2018 – in effect);
  20. Statutory Auditor Fondazione INGM – Istituto Nazionale di Genetica Molecolare (2014 – 2020);
  21. Statutory Auditor Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico materno-infantile Burlo Garofolo (2013 – 2020);
  22. Statutory Auditor Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (2016–2019);
  23. Statutory Auditor dell’Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Policlinico Umberto I di Roma (2016 – 2019);
  24. Statutory Auditor Sigea- Sistema integrato Genova Arquata S.p.A. (2010 – 2019);
  25. Statutory Auditor Gestioni Europa S.p.A. (2010 – 2019);
  26. Statutory Auditor Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo-Forlanini (2016 – 2017);
  27. Statutory Auditor Metzeler (Italia) società di intermediazione mobiliare S.p.A. (2002 – 2004);
  28. Statutory Auditor P&G Società di Gestione del Risparmio – “P&G SGR S.p.A.” (2010 – 2016);
  29. Statutory Auditor Autoequipe S.p.A. (2013 – 2014);
  30. Statutory Auditor Zerocento – Società per Azioni (2010 – 2014);
  31. Statutory Auditor 9ren Italia S.r.l. (2010 – 2013);
  32. Statutory Auditor Azienda Sanitaria Locale – ASL1 Avezzano Sulmona L’Aquila (2010 – 2013);
  33. Statutory Auditor Centomiglia S.r.l. (2010 – 2013);
  34. Statutory Auditor Ener 3 S.r.l. (2010 – 2012);
  35. Statutory Auditor De.Co. Deposito Comune Società Consortile a responsabilità limitata (2012);
  36. Statutory Auditor Erg Cesa Eolica S.p.A. (2007 – 2009);
  37. Statutory Auditor Genesys – Società per Azioni (2008);
  38. Statutory Auditor Sensata Technologies Italia S.p.A. (2006 – 2008);
  39. Statutory Auditor European Engineering and Technologies S.p.A. (2006 – 2008);
  40. Statutory Auditor Moulin de Blé S.r.l. (2002 – 2005);
  41. Statutory Auditor Dover Italy Holdings S.r.l. (1999 – 2005);
  42. Statutory Auditor Western Union Retail Services Italy S.r.l. (2003);
  43. Statutory Auditor Invensys Appliance Controls Holding S.r.l. (1999 – 2002);
  44. Statutory Auditor Emmegi S.r.l. (2005);
  45. Statutory Auditor Rotary Lift Europe S.r.l. (1999 – 2002);
  46. Member of the Supervisory Body InnovaPuglia S.p.A. (2018 – in effect);
  47. Member of the Supervisory Body Engie Servizi S.p.A. (2017 – 2018);
  48. Member of the Supervisory Body Engie Italia S.p.A., già Gas de France Suez Energia Italia S.p.A. (2011 – in effect);
  49. Member of the Supervisory Body Voghera Energia S.p.A. (2017 – in effect);
  50. Member of the Supervisory Body HBG Entertainment S.r.l. (2016 – in effect);
  51. Selected Chairman of the Supervisory Body Lazio Ambiente S.p.A. (2015);
  52. Member of the Supervisory Body Gas de France Flow Management Holding S.p.A. (2012 – 2016);
  53. Member of the Supervisory Body BingoPlus S.p.A. (2013 – 2017);
  54. Member of the Supervisory Body HBG Arcades S.p.A. (2013 – 2017);
  55. Member of the Supervisory Body Latina Bingo S.r.l. (2013 -2017);
  56. Certifying Auditor of funded research plans svolti nell’Azienda Ospedaliera – Università di Parma (2015);
  57. Auditor for Certification of training plans financed by bilateral joint funds for training. Companies operating in several sectors for employee training (Fondimpresa, Fondirigenti, Adecco).
  58. Alternate Auditor Acque e Terme di Fiuggi S.p.A. (2020 – in effect);
  59. Alternate Auditor Pitney Bowes Italia S.r.l. (2001);
  60. Alternate Auditor Patheon S.p.A. (2005);
  61. Alternate Auditor Naturex S.p.A. (2004);
  62. Alternate Auditor Bipielle SantAnder Central Hispano società di intermediazione mobiliare S.p.A. (2001 – 2003);
  63. Alternate Auditor Thermo Optek Italia S.p.A. (2001 – 2003);
  64. Alternate Auditor Calvin Klein Europe S.r.l. (2003);
  65. Alternate Auditor B.M.A. – Brusati Manifattura Abrasivi S.p.A. (1999- 2001);
  66. Alternate Auditor Trelleborg Wheel Systems S.p.A. (1999);
  67. Alternate Auditor W.C.B. Ice Cream Italy S.r.l. (2003);
  68. Alternate Auditor Deutsches Reiseburo S.r.l. (2014 – 2016);
  69. Alternate Auditor Totalgaz Italia S.r.l. – “Totalgaz” (2014 – 2016);
  70. Chairman of ACADI “Associazione Concessionari Giochi Pubblici”, aderente Confcommercio Impr. per l’Italia (2018– in effect);
  71. Bankruptcy Trustee Megamind S.r.l. (2004 – in corso);
  72. Member of the Arbitration Board – Lega Nazionale Dilettanti – FIGC (2015 – in corso);
  73. Alternate Member Corte Federale d’Appello Federazione Medico Sportiva Italiana (2016 – in effect);
  74. Sole Director Studio Italia S.r.l. (2006);
  75. Sole Director Osho S.r.l.;
  76. Director Gestioni e Promozioni Immobiliari Essecia S.r.l. (2012 – 2015);
  77. Bankruptcy Trustee Elettronica Sistemi Italia S.r.l. (2005);
  78. Bankruptcy Trustee Garanta International S.p.A. (2011);
  79. Bankruptcy Trustee Pedra S.r.l. (2007);
  80. Bankruptcy Trustee Balduina Gestioni Alberghiere – Società a responsabilità limitata (2010);
  81. Bankruptcy Trustee Ecplise S.r.l. (2011).


Saverio Signori

Saverio Signori is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Saverio directly using the contact details listed above.

Saverio is involved in corporate, financing and tax advisory, in particular he focuses on civil and tax law transactions, drafting and elaboration of ordinary and extraordinary financial statements, management of business reorganisations and restructurings of target companies consisting of acquisitions, mergers and severances.

Saverio has substantial expertise in firm financing and is involved in the leading Italian and international capital markets transactions. He focused on advising clients on corporate transactions concerning favourable findings even for export credits.

Saverio was a member of the Working Team set up by the Ministry of Productive Activities for the Reform of regulations on extraordinary administration of the big companies in crisis.

In 1986 he founded the Studio Signori Company of Chartered Accountants with the head office in Rome and a secondary office in Milan.

Saverio Signori has been liquidator of several extraordinary administration procedures and has served as President or member of the board of statutory auditors for several firms.

Firm Overview:

Established in Rome in 1987, Studio Signori – Accountants & Lawyers has offices in both Rome and Milan.

Thanks to the solid reputation gained on the market, since more than twenty years the Firm acts as a privileged partner for both public and private companies and institutions.

The Firm Client commitment means that assistance and consultancy are rendered through long-term relationships, tailor made advisory and research of the best possible solutions for our Clients.

Thanks to more than 20 professionals with a strong expertise in different sectors, Studio Signori renders services in the financial, tax and Accounting areas.

Thanks to its offices in Rome and Milan, the Firm is ideally positioned to cover the whole Italian entrepreneurial scenery and to contact all the leading players in the Financial Community.

The Firm professionals enjoy outstanding academic records ad well as in-depth knowledge of their specific areas of expertise. Members of the Firm are in the Board of Directors, Audit Committee or Supervisory Board of leading Italian companies.

Furthermore, throught strong partnerships with leading firms around the world Studio Signori also offers integrated services on cross-border transactions.

Since 2013, Studio Signori was Partner of GGI (Geneva Group International AG).