Maurizio Delfino

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

Maurizio founded Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (“D-WFG”) in 2000: the firm is now one of the most important Italian law firms focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Corporate Reorganisation and Restructuring, and Compliance. The ability to combine the international reach of Willkie and local market expertise has allowed D-WFG to develop an unparalleled practice in corporate finance and financial markets while offering clients cutting edge solutions to their legal needs. Unlike most international law firms, D-WFG is not just the Italian office of an elite international law firm, but an important local player, with deep roots in the Italian business community, in both Milan and Rome.

Maurizio specialises in public and private M&A and private equity, including leveraged buyouts and has gained extensive experience in corporate governance issues for both listed and unlisted corporations and the acquisition of distressed companies, including companies involved in corporate reorganisation procedures. In fact, Maurizio has assisted on the occasion of some of the largest acquisitions and buy outs which took place in Italy in recent years, starting with his representation of French energy giant EDF in the acquisition of Montedison, which was the first hostile takeover of an Italian listed company. He also represented the Russian group Severstal in the acquisition of Lucchini, which was the second largest Italian steel manufacturer (and, at the time, the largest ever foreign investment by a Russian group).

Maurizio’s M&A experience includes diverse industries such as steel, oil and gas, insurance, chemical and pharmaceutical, automotive, aerospace and defence, design and various infrastructure companies where he represented both strategic and financial investors, either Italian or international.

Maurizio has written monographs and published articles in major law reviews in the fields of corporate finance, corporate governance, the protection of minority shareholders, and antitrust. He is a frequent lecturer at national and international symposia in these fields. He received JSD from Stanford Law School and was a visiting scholar both at Stanford and Yale law Schools.

Chambers Europe (2013-2019-2020) and Chambers Global (2013-2019-2020) ranked Mr. Delfino among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Corporate/M&A in Italy.

Contact Details:

Milan Office:
Studio Legale Deflino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
via Michele Barozzi 2
20122 Milano, Italia
Tel. +39 (0)2 763631
[email protected]

Rome Office:
Studio Legale Deflino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
via di Ripetta 142
00186 Roma
Tel. +39 (0)6 686361
[email protected]

Coralba Bartoli

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

The firm carries out legal assistance and consultancy for customers from all over the province of Pistoia.

He deals with civil and criminal law in general and also specialises in administrative, commercial and tax law. The specialisation in these matters and the experience gained in the field of commercial contracts, tax litigation and relations with the Public Administration, allow Avv. Coralba Bartoli to offer support to a clientele, including professional ones, which includes various companies from Monsummano Terme and from all over Pistoia.

There is also no shortage of foreign clients, who carry out activities abroad or who are in any case holders of legal situations and relationships of an “international” character: the Lawyer is able to offer high-profile legal advice thanks to a specialised knowledge of legal English, certified by a special ILEC certificate (International Legal English Certificate).

Piero Bellante

Piero Bellante is our exclusively recommended Trade & Customs Law expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Piero directly using the contact details listed above.

Piero is admitted to represent clients before the Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione) and other higher courts. He has been studying Customs Law since 1980 and has acquired considerable experience in conducting civil, administrative and criminal litigation in the areas of customs, export controls & sanctions and product compliance. In this field he collaborates as a contract lecturer with the Departments of Legal Sciences and Business Economics of the University of Verona. He speaks at seminars and conferences on customs topics or organised by professional and entrepreneurial associations; he collaborates with sector journals and is the author of publications on this subject. He is a member of the Disciplinary Board for the Veneto and the Trentino Alto Adige Regions at the Regional Council of Customs Brokers (Consiglio territoriale degli spedizionieri doganali) of the Veneto Region. He is advisor to the Chamber of Tax Lawyers of Veneto, member of the National Union of Tax Lawyers’ Chambers (UNCAT – Unione nazionale delle camere avvocati tributaristi) and acted as coordinator of the Tax Commission of the Verona Bar Association in the period 2014-2018.  He is a member of the Veneto Branch of ANTI, Associazione nazionale tributaristi italiani and UIA – Union internationale des avocats. For Giappichelli he has published Il sistema doganale: evoluzione, istituti, adempimenti, pp. XVII-1232, Turin, 2020.

Firm Overview:

Not only finding solutions but also preventing

Bellante & La Lumia was founded in the year 2000 from the expertise of its two founders. We listen in order to understand, only in this way can we suggest the solutions we consider most appropriate to achieve our goal, i.e. taking care of our client.

In order to prevent conflicts as far as possible, we provide preventive legal advice in the areas of our competence. Litigation is in our view an option of last resort. We believe in mediation as a quick and effective tool to achieve our goals.

We think that in law, compartmentalisation is rare. Sometimes a team of several experts is needed to solve complex problems: we do our part and, when necessary, we involve trusted professionals and external consultants who are experts in areas outside our core competence.

Bellante & La Lumia is partner and founder of LegalAssociati, a network created in 2001 and operating in the main Italian cities. The law firms that are members of the network share our approach and values.

Daniele Ferretti

Daniele Ferretti is our exclusively recommended Insolvency & Restructuring Law expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Daniele directly using the contact details listed above.

Daniele graduated from the University of Florence, School of Law, and was awarded several scholarships from national and international universities and training institutions (including Hamline University, School of Law, Libera Università Carlo Cattaneo and ISPI School). Along with a special award received from Louis F. Del Duca, professor emeritus of law, he obtained a Master’s degree in Economics and Corporate Law, post-graduate certificates in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration, an Advanced Diploma in Chinese Business and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Comparative Law from the Penn State University, School of Law.

He was admitted as Attorney-at-Law in Italy in 2005 and was called to the bar in New York in 2009. Prior to establishing its own law firm, he practiced in Italy and abroad for some of the most prominent international arbitration organisations and law firms. In 2012, he was appointed as officer of the International Bar Association (IBA) Product Law and Advertising Committee, the main international organisation of legal practitioners, where he currently serves as Co-Vice Chair. In 2017, he founded Ferretti Firm and was appointed as Of-Counsel for a leading international law firm, for which he previously acted as Associate Partner. In 2019, he joined the international network IR Global as its exclusive insolvency member for Italy.

His practice mainly focuses on helping businesses thrive internationally, working at different levels to enhance their competitive position on a global scale, advance their goals, manage their risks and protect their strategic assets. Given his educational and professional background, he represents a number of subsidiaries of Italian companies operating in the United States. When the intricacies of international law require to work with outside counsel, he relies on an extensive and trustworthy network abroad to solve the countless legal issues that his clients, which include prominent Italian and foreign companies, face when operating globally.

He also serves as counsel to several local branches of Confindustria, the main Italian association of entrepreneurs, where he is frequently engaged in seminars, workshops, B2B meetings and conferences.

He is a trusted advisor to clients that encompass both privately held and publicly traded companies, start-up and fast-growth businesses as well as high-net worth individuals. He represents companies in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail and e-commerce, fashion, hospitality, real estate, logistics, cosmetics, furniture, entertainment and finance.

Sergio Spagnolo

Sergio Spagnolo graduated from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He started his professional activity in the law firm of Professor Federico Stella, in Milan, where he has been working for several years.

In 2001 he co-founded the associated law firm “Studio Legale Brusa Spagnolo Tosoni & Partners”.

During the course of his professional activity, he specialized in criminal law in the field of financial and Corporate crimes (including laundering crimes, fiscal criminal law, bankruptcy), Public Administration crimes, intellectual property crimes and in general, in culpable crimes related to professional negligence (i.e. medical liability), and environmental legislation.

In particular, he hold defense counsel position in the main criminal court cases of the past years such as: the court case for bankruptcy and market rigging by Parmalat, the court case for banking crimes by Banca Popular di Lodi, the so-called “Telecom affair” case, the court case for bankruptcy against the Chiefs of Capitalia, and many trials related to environmental law and health legislation violations (in particular about asbestos exposition).

He co-operates with several Italian and international law firms (USA, UK, Switzerland and France) and he provides assistance and criminal counseling – as well as in relation to the above matters – also in relation to proceedings brought by CONSOB and Bankitalia.

He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and member of IBA (International Bar Association).

He regularly holds conferences on corporate administrative liability (ex D.Lgs. 231/01) and on public administration cases. He has been the supervisor president (ex D.Lgs. 231/01) of an international food/non food company, and continues providing legal opinions on 231 law and in general 231 crimes.

He speaks English and French fluently.

Dario Bolognesi

Dario Bolognesi was born in Ferrara on 7th March 1947. He has handled significant proceedings before all the Italian Courts, as well as before the Corte di Cassazione (Italy’s Supreme Court) in Rome, in relation to cases that have often been significant in the legal history of Italy. Currently, he is committed to defending multinational companies involved in proceedings for environmental crimes, individuals involved in cases of doping in the world of sport and in other cases of great importance. Yet the Firm’s mission is to provide a careful and precise defence even in ordinary cases that are handled personally by the Firm’s founder and by a team of excellent young professionals, who have achieved outstanding results always appreciated by clients. Dario Bolognesi frequently contributes to conferences, conventions and highly specialized courses for criminal lawyers, as a lecturer or supervisor.

Firm Overview:

Corporate Criminal Law Firm operates at national and international level and works from four offices located across all of Italy: Milan, Bologna, Ferrara and Rome.

It provides advice and legal assistance in the field of criminal law and it specializes in corporate criminal law.

It strongly focuses on environmental criminal law and on profiles of criminal risk in relation to occupational safety and professional diseases.

A highly qualified team is dedicated to the preparation of Corporate Management and Organisational Models provided by Italian Legislative Decree no. 231/2001, with specific experience in relation to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

Amongst others, the Firm deals with bankruptcy and financial criminal cases, as well as crimes against individuals and property.