Speakers – 2021 Edition 

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Umberto Baldi

General Counsel, SNAM

Umberto Baldi is General Counsel at SNAM since June 2021. Prior to joining Snam as General Counsel, he was General Counsel at Luxottica, and General Counsel at Fincantieri for seven years. Previously, he was a partner at Tonucci, where he joined in 2008, after working as in-house counsel in the financial sector in London, as General Counsel at Noonday Asset management and as in-house counsel at Goldman Sachs. He started his career as a business lawyer in the London offices of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was an associate. Umberto Baldi is graduated in Law from the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”. He also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Columbia University.

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Claudio Berretti

General Manager and Executive Director of TIP – Tamburi Investment Partners S.p.A.

He graduated in Business Management from the Libero Istituto Universitario Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC). He started to work in the FIAT group (Fiat UK and Magneti Marelli UK) where he spent about a year in the finance and treasury area in London and Birmingham. He then joined Tamburi Investment Partners S.p.A. (TIP, at the time, Tamburi & Associati) at the end of 1995 and spent his entire career with them. After the evolution of the group from advisory boutique to group holding company, and subsequent listing in the Star section of the Italian Stock exchange, he became General Manager and Executive Director in 2007. During the course of his time with TIP, it made investments of about Euro 3.5 billion, directly and through club deals, becoming the leading independent, private Italian investor.

Over the years, he has been appointed to many boards of directors of associated companies, both listed and non-listed, on behalf of TIP, thus gaining considerable experience in various fields of business.

He is also the author of several specialist papers including Attività, Tempi e Costi del Processo di Quotazione (Activities, Times and Costs of the Listing Process) in co-operation with Borsa Italiana S.p.A.

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Erik Bomans

CEO of Deminor Recovery Services (DRS)

Erik Bomans joined Deminor in 1995 and became a partner in 2000. He is currently the CEO of Deminor Recovery Services (DRS), a company that was spun off from the Deminor Group in 2013. Within DRS, alongside his function as CEO, he is responsible for developing the litigation funding business line. Erik has advised investors on numerous high-profile corporate finance transactions, special situations and matters of investor protection. He has been a speaker at several conferences on investor protection, corporate governance and litigation finance and contributed to various publications on these subjects. Prior to joining Deminor, Erik practiced as a lawyer at the corporate law department of De Bandt, Van Hecke & Lagae (subsequently merged with Linklaters) in Brussels and was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1996. He has a law degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium) where he graduated in 1991. In 1993 he graduated from the Johns Hopkins University (Washington, D.C.) as a Master of Arts in international politics and economics. In 1997-1999 he pursued a two year executive program in financial analysis organized by the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts (ABAF) and subsequently obtained the diploma of certified international investment analyst (CIIA), which is accepted by UK FSA as a valid certification within the London financial environment as well as outside Europe (South America, Africa and Asia). Erik speaks English, French, Dutch, German and Italian.

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Sabrina Borocci

Partner, Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation, Hogan Lovells

Sabrina leads the Italian Antitrust and European law practice and is a member of our EU – Global antitrust practice. Since the beginning of her career, she has been advising clients with a focus on Italian and European antitrust, competition and merger control law, as well as European law. She is the professional for all competition related and application of EU law related aspects of businesses.

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Marcello Bragliani,

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Marcello Bragliani, Local Chair of the Finance Department in Milan, advises Italian and international clients on a range of complex banking and corporate finance transactions.

Drawing on his broad-based financing experience and sophisticated product knowledge, Mr. Bragliani represents a variety of private equity sponsors, banks, private debt lenders, and public and private companies. He brings particular experience in cross-border financings involving bespoke structures.

A solutions-focused and commercially driven advisor, Mr. Bragliani builds long-term relationships with clients to help them navigate their full array of financing transactions.

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Elmar Büth

General Counsel Healthcare Business EMEA, 3M

Elmar Büth is 3M’s General Counsel Healthcare Business in EMEA. Elmar joined 3M as General Counsel of the supply chain operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2014, and was additionally appointed General Counsel to the business operations in 3M’s East Region in 2016. At the same time he is a faculty member and lecturer at the in-house counsel Certificate of Advanced Studies course offered by the University of Zurich, a highly innovative program that is ground-breaking for the legal practice in Switzerland. Prior to joining 3M, he served as corporate counsel Europe at manufacturing company Mettler Toledo from 2007 to 2014 where he reported directly to the group general counsel. Before moving to Switzerland he worked as an in-house lawyer for a group company of Deutsche Telekom in Germany and for law firms and institutions in Düsseldorf, Tokyo, Brussels and New York. Elmar is admitted to practice law in Germany, received an LLM from the University of London and holds a law degree from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn.

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Valerio Capizzi

Head of Energy EMEA, ING 

Valerio is responsible for ING’s Energy EMEA platform

Previously Valerio held various responsibilities at ING, including the Head of Corporate Coverage and TS sales role, as well as Head of Structured Finance role.

Prior to ING Valerio was at The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, where he was in charge of Southern Europe project finance origination, for energy and infrastructure. Valerio has in excess of ten years’ experience as a London City project financier in the development, financing and syndication of international projects structures. In addition to London, Valerio lived in Madrid, Buenos Aires and New York. He holds a degree in Law from L.U.I.S.S. University in Rome

In 2017, 2018 & 2020 he was included by MAG Magazine in the Italian Top50 most influential bankers

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Giuseppe Castagna 

CEO, Banco BPM

Giuseppe Castagna has held important positions with the Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group, where he worked from 1981 to 2013, taking over the management of Banco di Napoli, Banca dei Territori Division and covering the position of General Manager of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group. From 2003 to 2013 he was Board Member in several banks and other financial intermediaries. After resignation from Intesa Sanpaolo Group in June 2013, Giuseppe Castagna was appointed as chairman of Italian Private Debt Initiative of Muzinich & Co. From 2014 to December 2016 he was General Manager and CEO at Banca Popolare di Milano and since January 2017 he has been CEO of the new Group Banco BPM. In 2020, Giuseppe Castagna is awarded the title of Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

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Gilberto Cavagna di Gualdana

Partner, Andersen

Partner at Andersen in Italy, Gilberto Cavagna is a lawyer specialized in the exploitation and protection of intellectual property rights, with extensive experience in legal assistance of Italian and foreign clients, in particular on trademarks, domain names, design, know-how, copyright, art and heritage law, advertising, media and sport law.

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Clara Cerdán Molina

General Counsel and Secretary of the Board, Grupo Ferroatlántica (Ferroglobe)

Clara Cerdán is the General Counsel and Secretary of the Board for Grupo Ferroatlántica (Ferroglobe), a position she has held since 2014.  As General Counsel, she is responsible for advising the offices in Spain, France, South Africa, China, Venezuela, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and the United States.  Prior to joining Grupo Ferroatlántica, she spent seven years with Sacyr where she was the Head of International Legal Department leading important projects such as Panama Canal. From an academic perspective, she is Professor of International Business Law at Carlos III University and Politectica Univerty at MDI; as well as Professor of Governance and Compliance at ICADE and Centro de Estudios Garrigues. She has also made several publications, the last data from November 2019 on Corporate Defense and Compliance by Aranzadi. Ms. Cerdan is a founding partner and vice-president of the Women in a Legal World Association (WLW).Ms. Cerdán holds a law degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the European Business School in Madrid, London and Paris, both degrees with Honors and the Extraordinary Award. She holds a PDG at IESE, a AMP at Esade and Wharton Business School and the Global Leadership Program at Harvard.

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Giuseppe Conti 

Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs for Italy, Enel & President of the Boards of Directors, Enel Generación

He joined Enel in 2003 as an internal lawyer in Enel and Enel Green Power North America Inc. From 2009 to 2012, he was Head of Legal Coordination and Research & Development of Endesa S.A. (Spain). In 2013, he was in charge of Important Litigation and Legal Coordination for Enel, and he then went on to head Enel Green Power S.p.A’s Legal and Corporate Affairs until 2017.

Giuseppe Conti holds a Law degree from the Università degli Studi di Messina, Italy.

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Giancarlo D’Ambrosio

Partner Latham & Watkins

Giancarlo D’Ambrosio is a partner in the Milan office of Latham & Watkins. He primarily advises clients on corporate, M&A, private equity, capital markets, and financial transactions.

Mr. D’Ambrosio represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies, publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as financial institutions on: Mergers and acquisitions, Joint ventures, Investments, Divestitures, Strategic structured finance transactions, Corporate governance and public company representation, Capital markets transactions (primary and secondary offerings, listings, bond issues, and liability management transactions).

His experience spans a broad range of industries, including sports, fashion, entertainment, and media.

Mr. D’Ambrosio joined the firm in 2011 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

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Simone Davini

Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Crédit Agricole CIB Italy

Simone Davini is head of legal and corporate affairs at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank since 2010. He has over twenty-two years’ experience as an in-house lawyer in the banking and finance sector. Before assuming his current role, Davini’s career saw him undertake a number of important and noteworthy projects in the sector. During this period he has held leadership roles for national and international companies including Ernst & Young International, ING Group, Banca Profilo Group and Intesa Sanpaolo Group, dealing with key acquisitions, financing and securitisation both in Italy and abroad, as well as with the structuring and placement of securities and investment products.

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Marco De Leo 

Partner of BonelliErede and Managing Partner of BonelliErede Middle East LLP

Marco De Leo is Partner of BonelliErede and Managing Partner of BonelliErede Middle East LLP, he takes the lead in coordinating matters managed from the Dubai office and involve other BonelliErede offices and other law firms in African & Middle Eastern countries for cross-border matters as required.

He has extensive experience in corporate law, with expertise in establishment/break-up of joint-ventures, mergers, demergers and capital transactions, extraordinary financing transactions and M&A. He focuses on private law, corporate litigation, both judicial and extrajudicial and management and coordination of multi-jurisdictional transactions, involving various African countries.

His key sectors include airports, automotive, pharmaceuticals, banking and fashion and luxury goods.

Marco is member of the Africa Team, member of the Luxury Focus Team, member of the Shipping and Transport Focus Team; he joined the firm in 2005 and he was made partner in 2019. He is author of various publications on the subjects of corporate law and private law. He is member of the Italian Bar.

He holds a PhD in international law from the Trinity College, Dublin, a master’s degree in corporate law from the London School of Economics and a Law degree from the Cattolica University of Milan.

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Daniela Della Rosa

Partner Corporate, IP, M&A, Curtis

Daniela Della Rosa has substantial experience in corporate compliance and compliance due diligence in international transactions and operations. She regularly advises on corporate internal policies and designs and delivers trainings tailored to her clients’ specific regulatory needs.

Daniela has held senior executive positions and has been in international legal practice for more than 20 years. Fluent in Italian, French and English, she has worked in Rome, Milan, Washington, D.C. and Brussels. Over the years, she has gained in-depth insight into EU regulations, including on environmental, social and corporate governance matters. She was General Counsel with Levi Strauss and more recently at Gucci, where she also served on the Board of Directors for a number of Gucci Group companies. Currently Daniela is Lead Independent Director and President of the Risk Control Committee in IEG expo S.p.A. and is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Acquirente Unico.

Daniela possesses strategic acumen and insight into the particular commercial, legal and compliance challenges faced by brands and retailers, as well as by IP-driven corporations that operate internationally. Her clients range from international brands, fashion houses, and retailers to companies operating in heavily regulated sectors that value their intellectual property and branded services as strategic assets.

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Lorenzo Maria Di Vecchio

Legal Director EMEA, Head of Ethics & Compliance Global, Christian Dior Couture

Lorenzo Maria Di Vecchio is the Legal Director Europe, Middle East and Africa and the Head of Ethics & Compliance Global of Christian Dior Couture, headquartered in Paris, France. He joined Dior in 2019, after having spent almost 5 years in Fendi as Senior Legal Manager Operations and Global Compliance Officer. Before Fendi, he has worked as in-house counsel for different multinationals such as Colgate-Palmolive and Heineken. Prior to move in-house, Lorenzo has worked as senior lawyer in private practices for 7 years. Lorenzo earned his law degree from the University of Rome “Roma Tre”, Italy. He is a member of the Bar in Italy since 2007. After the Law Degree, he attended 2 Law Schools in civil and commercial law and a Master’s degree in International Contract Negotiation and Drafting. Lorenzo is Lecturer at the II Level Master Fashion Law at LUISS University in Rome. He has worked extensively in matters involving international trade, industrial law, real estate, international litigation, competition law, compliance.

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Mohamed Elmogy

Lead Counsel Middle East and North East Africa, Siemens Energy

Dr. Mohamed Elmogy (“MOGY”) is an award winning International Legal Counsel, Compliance Officer and bilingual business leader who acts currently as a General Counsel at Siemens Energy with an outstanding track record of 25 years of hands-on legal experience across the Middle East & Africa (“MEA”) Region with F500 Corporations and major commercial groups including Siemens Energy, Siemens, PepsiCo Inc., Sandoz and Vodafone. Dr. Mogy has proven ability to establish and manage legal departments, run negotiation of multi-billion dollar transactions with high-profile clients, propose insightful solutions to complex contractual and business problems and drive revenue growth. He has demonstrated competency in communication, negotiation and public presentations coupled with an ability to work with all levels of business partners to diffuse highly charged situations. Fluent in Arabic (native) and English also with a good knowledge of French and Italian. Dr. Elmogy successfully obtained his Ph.D. in International Commercial Arbitration at the American Arab Academy in partnership with the Texas University in the US and his master’s degree in Law MSC in International Legal & Commercial Transactions and Logistics at the Arab Maritime Academy for Science and Technology in Egypt.

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Isabel Fernandes

Head of Legal, Grupo Visabeira

Isabel Fernandes is the Head of Legal of Grupo Visabeira since august 2006, which since April 2009 also includes Grupo Vista Alegre. The Portugal-based conglomerate Grupo Visabeira is active in a diverse business sectors (telecommunications, energy, industry, construction, real estate and tourism), with a presence in a number of countries (16 in total), being particularly active in Africa (Mozambique and Angola), where the multinational and multisectoral company has formalized long-standing partnerships within telecommunications and energy infrastructural areas, cable TV, tourism, construction and services sectors. Mozambique is a country Visabeira Head of Legal Isabel Fernandes knows particularly well, having taught Law degree at the country’s first private university before being actively part in the reform of its tax regime  and advising some of the most iconic foreign investing projects in the country as an associate director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Mozambique (1996-2006). Before Mozambique, she was invited  to go to Macau as part of the Office for Legal Translation in charge of supporting the Governor within the territory transition process to China, where she stayed for two years (1994-1996). Having studied at the Coimbra University, Isabel Fernandes trained for the Portuguese Bar Association while working in the Studying and Planning Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Justice, particularly assisting the representation of the Ministry within OECD and European Commission in several legal matters, with particular focus to the initial discussions around personal data protection (1993-1996). Isabel Fernandes currently leads a thirteen–person legal team in charge of assisting the managing structure in respect of the diverse legal matters affecting Visabeira and its numerous international subsidiaries. Grupo Visabeira’s legal team main function is no longer limited to managing the legal risk associated with the business they work with, rather than partner with the business, understand its issues and produce viable and tangible solutions.

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Giovanni Foti

Partner, Accuracy

Giovanni Foti is a partner at Accuracy.  He has over 25 years of professional experience in audit and financial consulting and is specialised in Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services.

Giovanni focuses on fraud investigations, forensic accounting and compliance risk management. As a Certified Chartered Accountant (Dottore Commercialista), he has performed valuations and financial analysis, appraisals and fairness opinions.

Before setting up Accuracy’s Italian office, Giovanni worked as an Executive Director in the Fraud Investigation & Dispute practice of Ernst & Young, focusing on fraud investigations, litigation, arbitration, expert witness, forensic accounting and compliance risk management. Prior to joining the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, he gained extensive experience as an auditor in Arthur Andersen.

Giovanni is also a Certified Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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Maria Luigia Franceschelli

Senior Associate, Intellectual Property, Hogan Lovells

With a Phd in IP Law, a Masters in IP and a focus on Fashion Law at Fordham University, Maria Luigia Franceschelli has a true passion for IP and has developed a thorough understanding in managing IP portfolios for key Italian clients. She simply enjoys being involved in contentious and non-contentious matters on trademarks, copyright, designs, patents, unfair competition and counterfeiting, and has developed good skills in food and life sciences practices.

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Federico Fusco

Counsel, Intellectual Property, Hogan Lovells

Federico Fusco already had a wealth of experience as a commercial litigator when he joined Hogan Lovells in 2008, and he has been handling cutting-edge IP litigation ever since, backed by his passion for auto and high-end technologies. Be it a brand, a nice piece of technology or some highly confidential business information, Federico knows how to take the most out of it in a judicial brief.

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Antonella Grassigli

CEO and Co-founder Doorway Società Benefit, Angel Investor, IAG Partner e co-Founder of Angels4Women.

Antonella Grassigli, CEO and Co-founder Doorway Società Benefit, Angel Investor, IAG Partner and co-Founder of Angels4Women. Chartered accountant and auditor.

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Sara Lembo

Partner, BonelliErede

Sara Lembo is partner of the EU Law, competition and regulatory practice at BonelliErede and she is an active member of the Competition litigation Task Force. She gained a significant experience in complex cases having assisted leading multinational companies before the Antitrust Authority in cartel and abuse of dominance cases and in the subsequent judicial appeal phases and action for damages. She has also developed a great experience in the implementation and management of antitrust compliance programmes and in cases of unfair commercial practices. She is member of the Board of the Italian Judiciary School and she is often speaker for advanced courses in European Union law and competition law. She graduated in law (magna cum laude) at the University Federico II of Naples (2002) and she then holds a Master in international studies (2003) and a PhD in national and international arbitration (2009) from LUISS University of Rome. She also obtained an LLM in European Union and competition law from the College of Europe, Bruges (2006).

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Nicola Lopez

General Counsel, Procter & Gamble Italia

Nicola Lopez is General Counsel of the Procter & Gamble Group in Italy. Graduated in Bari in 1990, Nicola was Officer at the General Command of the Guardia di Finanza in Rome, became a lawyer and then started his collaboration with P&G where he had the opportunity to deepen different areas, including M&A and Advertising Law, in local and regional roles in Italy, Switzerland and USA.

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Giorgia Lugli

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Giorgia Lugli advises multinational private equity firms, financial institutions, and companies doing business in Italy on a range of investments, M&A transactions, and restructurings.

Drawing on her experience in complex, cross-border transactions, Ms. Lugli delivers pragmatic and creative counsel to international and Italian clients. She regularly navigates multifaceted transactions in tight timeframes by effectively managing multiple work streams and collaborating closely with clients’ legal counsel.

An accomplished private equity practitioner, Ms. Lugli counsels clients throughout every stage of the investment lifecycle — from negotiating investment agreements to assisting clients on corporate governance matters to executing sales. She fosters strong relationships with stakeholders from target companies across diverse industries to help ensure efficient deal closings. Ms. Lugli brings particular experience in cross-border transactions involving companies in highly regulated sectors.

Ms. Lugli’s practice work also includes joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, and acquisitions of insolvent companies.

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Francesco Marconi

Partner, Andersen

Francesco Marconi is Partner and co-leader of the Global Industry Technology of Andersen. He is also the coordinator of the International Tax Division at Andersen in Italy. Francesco is specialized in international tax planning, transfer pricing, VAT – also connected with the e-commerce sector – and he has also a keen interest in theoretical and practical tools inspired by the concept of sustainable innovation and impact investing.

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Paola Antonella Mungo

Professor in charge Bocconi and Cattolica Universities

Paola Mungo has a long and consolidated experience in financial and asset management sector in top positions gained first in the Zurich Financial Services Group, where she started, and then in Azimut Group, international group listed on Italian Stock Exchange (part of the FTSEMib and EuroSTOXX 600 indexes), where she was for a long time the General Manager and then co CEO as well as Board Director of listed and non listed Italian and foreign companies of the group. For some year and now, Paola Mungo is Professor in charge of Financial Institutions and markets law course in Bocconi University and of Sustainable Finance, among others, at highly specialized masters and executives courses, she also coordinates, at Cattolica University in Milan. She’s a member of the Fondazione Politecnico’s Scientific Committee and she’s Board Director of Fondazione Mangiarotti as well as of other company and scientific committees in various field of business. She’s keynote speaker at round-table discussions and international conferences in different topics. She graduated in Law with the highest marks.

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Simona Musso

Group General Counsel, Lavazza

Simona Musso joined Lavazza 1996, after some years spent in the private practice. She is currently Group General Counsel reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. She takes part to the strategic committee, directly reporting to the Group CEO,  involved in corporate decisions and in the definition of strategic planning. She coordinates the corporate legal activities of the Group, acting also as Secretary of the Board of Directors. For some years she has been Visiting Professor of International Business Law & Food Regulations at ESCP (Master in International Food & Beverage Management).

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Luigi Nascimbene

Senior Associate, Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation, Hogan Lovells

Luigi is a senior associate in our Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) practice. He joined Hogan Lovells in October 2016, after gaining more than 10 years of experience in the Italian and Belgian offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

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Marina Olgiati

Partner, Trifirò & Partners

Her areas are Labour Law and Social Welfare, Trade Union Law, Family Law and Agency Relationships. Olgiati is author of articles for specialist magazines and newspapers and frequently participates as lecturer and professor at conventions and seminars regarding labour law.

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Francesco Pallocca

Investment and Technology Promotion Expert, UNIDO.  

Mr. Pallocca began his career with UNIDO in 2010. He has a great deal of expertise in assisting and supporting SMEs as well as Institutions in Developing Countries, in promoting investment opportunities in those countries and finally in fostering partnership between international stakeholders, especially in the MENA region. He has carried out several projects including a Feasibility Study/Business Plan for Piloting Integrated Agro-Food Parks in Ethiopia; he supported a renewable energy and green technologies project in Ghana, Tanzania and Cameroon; in Western Africa, he provided technical assistance on SPS measures and on the value chain in order to favor the market access to artisanal fisheries in the area (Senegal, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Guinea). Francesco holds a master in Diplomatic Studies from SIOI – The Italian Society for International Organization in Rome, Italy, and a master’s degree in International Relations from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

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Cataldo Piccarreta

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Cataldo Piccarreta is a partner in the Milan office and serves as Local Chair of the Corporate Department. He specializes in private equity, corporate finance, and real estate.

Mr. Piccarreta has extensive experience advising private and public companies and private equity funds on a wide variety of private equity, corporate finance, and real estate transactions.

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Angelo Piccirillo

Group General Counsel, Sodexo

Angelo Piccirillo has served as Sodexo’s Group General Counsel since September 2018, overseeing its global legal function and co-chairing Sodexo’s Group Ethics and Compliance Committee. Prior to this role, Angelo was General Counsel for Sodexo Global Client Contracts and General Counsel for the Mediterranean Region. During his tenure at Sodexo he led the construction of Sodexo’s global legal team and contract management expertise of the Group, supporting a variety of international client contracts and strategic operations. Before joining Sodexo, Angelo worked for leading multinationals in the oil and gas industry and law firms in Italy, UK and Russia, supporting the structuring of International transactions. Angelo was also an Associate Professor of International Law at the Lobachevsky State University in Russia. Angelo is Italian and resides in France.

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Vittorio Provera

Partner, Trifirò & Partners

His professional career developed by giving judicial assistance in local courts, the Supreme Court, as well as in arbitration proceedings in many different fields including civil commercial law, banking, insurance and litigation work. At the same time, he provides advice of particular importance and relevant strategies in the sectors of labour law, company law, competition and intellectual property, commercial contracts and compliance of supervised entities (banking insurance).

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Pietro Paolo Rampino

Co-Founder & Vice President Joint Italian Arab Chamber of Commerce

Pietro Paolo Rampino is Certified Public Accountant and Auditor; member of the Bar of Chartered Accountants in Milan, Technical Court Advisor and Official Receiver for the Court of Milan. Lecture MBA Luiss Business School where teaches “Islamic Finance and Doing Business in the Mena Region”.
He is Chairman of the Board of Auditors and Internal Auditors of several medium and big Italian companies as well board member, trusty in important bankruptcy proceedings with Milan Court of Law.

He is co-founder and Vice Chairman of Joint Italian Arab Chamber and founder, CEO of Italian Incubator & Accelerator of Excellence based in UAE and Italian exclusive representative of DP World and Jebel Ali Free Zone – Dubai, UAE. He also considered by some important Italian financial newspaper, one of the most influence Italian people in the Gulf Area. He holds a Degree in Economics and Business at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan.

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Luís Graça Rodrigues

Head of Legal Department, Indra Portugal

Luís Graça Rodrigues, Lawyer and Master in Laws (Enterprise Law, specialization in Labour Law), manages the Legal Department in Indra/ Minsait for Portugal and Portuguese-speaking African countries.

In 2011 Luís created Indra’s legal department in Portugal and established a legal team that has supported the Company’s international expansion in the Portuguese-speaking African countries, providing legal advice in several operations and Company branches in those countries and supervising the work of local external counsels.

In 2015 Luís was also an Invited Lecturer at the Catholic University in Mozambique. He is co-author of “The Legal regime for public contracts and counter-trade offsets in Angola” (Vida Económica, 2017).

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Mariapaola Rovetta

Partner, Trifirò & Partners

After graduation at Università Degli Studi di Milano, Rovetta becomes a lawyer specialized in Labour Law and Civil Law. She published articles in Corriere Della Sera and Il Sole 24 Ore and she holds webinars, lectures and conferences about Corporate Welfare, Sustainability and Social Responsibility.

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Giovanni Sagramoso,

Partner Corporate, Finance, M&A, Curtis

Giovanni Sagramoso advises Italian and international corporations, banks and other clients on their operations, day to day regulatory matters, and all corporate matters. His clients span the banking, insurance, technology and professional services sectors, as well as industrials, logistics and fashion.

He regularly assists his clients in M&A transactions and in the related acquisition financing arrangements. Throughout his career, Giovanni has been appointed board member of multiple companies for his strategic and legal insight.

He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors of two Italian financial companies supervised by the Bank of Italy, in which capacity he advises on compliance and regulatory matters. He also has extensive experience of working with joint ventures for international professional services firms.

Giovanni advises companies in the green energy markets in Italy and on the set up and structuring of joint ventures and co-investment vehicles for the development and construction of energy infrastructure internationally. He has considerable experience gained both in Europe and the U.S. in the regulatory and construction aspects of developing alternative energy, in particular biogas plants for the production of electrical energy.

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Eduard Saura

Managing Partner, Accuracy Spain

Eduard Saura is the managing partner of Accuracy for Spain and Latin America. He has more than 25 years of professional experience as a financial advisor and expert in cross-border engagements, particularly in O&G, regulated markets, infrastructure and manufacturing. He has provided written and oral expert testimony in more than 25 investment and commercial arbitration cases, as well as in several local high profile litigation cases. In investment treaty disputes, he has provided expert evidence on topics such as damage valuation, regulatory standards and investors’ economic expectations. He has also been appointed neutral expert in an ICC multi-million dollar gas pipeline construction dispute.

Mr. Saura also regularly advises corporates and private equity firms in complex cross-border investment and divestment decisions.

Mr. Saura is an Economics graduate from the University of Barcelona and holds a master’s degree in Finance from Sciences Po Paris. He is a member of the examining board in the EU Law master’s degree of Universidad Carlos III of Madrid and gives lectures on financial topics at various business schools. Before opening the Accuracy branch in Spain, Eduard worked at the oil and gas service company Schlumberger and at Arthur Andersen in Paris.

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Ygor Scarcia

Industrial Development Expert & Head UNIDO, Somalia Programme Office

Mr. Scarcia began his career with UNIDO in 2011. He has a great deal of expertise in developing and operating technical cooperation programmes in fragile and post-crisis environments such as Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. In Iraq, he focused on developing small and medium enterprises, promoting investment, and enhancing livelihood opportunities in sustainable entrepreneurship activities for women and youth. Mr. Scarcia also worked in the technology start-up sector in San Francisco, California. He holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco, California, and a BA and MA in political science and international relations from LUISS University in Rome, Italy.

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Stefano Sciolla

Partner Latham & Watkins

Stefano Sciolla is the Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ Milan office. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Retail & Consumer Products Industry Group, and a member of the firm’s Aerospace, Defense & Government Services Industry Group core team. He regularly advises Italian and international clients in cross-border corporate transactions. He also has considerable experience in the aerospace and defense business, as well as in the energy sector.

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Denise Giselle Roman


Born in 1997 in Brasov (Romania), at the age of 4 years Denise arrived in Italy with her family. She studied interior design developing her first creations and in 2015 in Barcelona she won “The Best Model of Europe”. Returning to Italy, she opened her Social Media Marketing agency, starting the activity as a Blogger and Web Influencer. She has 100.000 followers on Instagram.

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Giovanni Sandicchi

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Giovanni B. Sandicchi represents Italian and international clients in a range of private equity and M&A transactions, often in a cross-border context.

Drawing on his sophisticated market knowledge and broad-based transactional experience, Mr. Sandicchi advises leading private equity and infrastructure funds, as well as family-run companies and venture capital funds. He regularly navigates transactions across a multitude of industries, including aerospace, defense, and healthcare sectors.

His practice includes: Mergers & acquisitions, Private equity, Infrastructure funds transactions, Distressed M&A, Joint ventures, Corporate governance, Strategic commercial contracts.

Mr. Sandicchi also regularly provides pro bono counsel to nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations seeking assistance corporate governance matters.

Mr. Sandicchi currently serves on Latham’s Diversity Leadership and Associates Committees.

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Mahmoud Shaarawy

Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, HSA Group

Mr. Mahmoud Shaarawy is Graduate of Alexandria University, with Bachelor in Law – English Department. He holds a Master in Logistics, finance and Legal affairs from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, which has further sharpened skills & qualification. He holds a diploma in International law from Ain Shams University

Mr. Shaarawy worked for ElDib Advocates which built his legal expertise in most of Law fields, he practiced as a legal counsel for Multinational Corporation (Oracle Egypt Ltd.), International Corporations (Alkan CIT & ElSewedy Electric).

Mr. Shaarawy was the Group Legal Director of ElSewedy Electric S.A.E, he managed a team of 32 Lawyers handling around 120 Companies across the globe, working in Energy production, transmission & distribution, telecommunication, construction, turnkey projects, technology, industrial development, and manufacturing.

Mr. Shaarawy is currently the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer of the huge conglomerate HSA, HSA is composing of 58 companies, with around 17,000 employees and working in the Cement, Pharmaceutical, FMCG, logistics, trading and Oil & Gas services. He is heading a team of 42 lawyers and compliance specialists.

His area of experience includes providing of legal advices concerning all parts of the business including contracting, services, consulting, purchasing, construction, and corporate restructure.

Mr. Shaarawy has extensive experience in EPC agreements along with related financing agreements. He handled agreements related to Power generation, electricity transmission, electricity distribution, substations and infrastructure projects. He also has reviewed and negotiated many projects agreements related to renewable energy (Solar and Wind farms).

Mr. Shaarawy ensures and implement the full compliance with local laws of more than 42 countries (France, Slovenia, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Swiss, Greece, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Mauritius, Sudan, Angola, Tanzania, Uganda, Guinea, Ghana, UAE, Kuwait, KSA, Yemen, Bahrain, Oman, Syria, Iraq, Bangladesh, India and US).

He reads, speaks and draft in tri-lingual Arabic, English and French to a business level.

He has been selected one of the top 100 lawyers in Africa in 2015 & 2017 by Legal 500.

And the legal team of Elsewedy Electric have been selected as on of the best teams in Africa in 2016 & 2018 by Legal 500.

He has been awarded as the In House Counsel of the Year (Energy, Trading & Utilities) by LC Publishing in Italy, 2021.

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Stefano Simontacchi

President, BonelliErede

Stefano Simontacchi is the President of BonelliErede. He has been a member of the Board since 2010 and Managing Partner from 2013 to November 2018. He focuses on international tax law, with particular emphasis on legal opinions, Real Estate transactions, Real Estate and equity funds, Private Equity, M&A and reorganisations, Transfer Pricing, and fiscal planning. He is also a member of the International Development Committee and the Africa Committee at BonelliErede. In 2015, Mr Simontacchi has been elected representative as the International Tax Center Leiden at the EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum. Besides being the author of a number of publications and articles, in 2011 Stefano Simontacchi was appointed Director of the Transfer Pricing Research Center Leiden, founded by Leiden University (the first international research centre specifically focused on Transfer Pricing). From 2006, Mr. Simontacchi has been head of CERTI’s Finance and Real Estate Tax Observatory at Bocconi University. Since 2000, he has lectured on the International Taxation LL.M. course at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 2000, he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) with honours in International Taxation from the University of Leiden and earned a PhD in International Taxation in 2007 from the same institution. Mr. Simontacchi qualified as a chartered accountant in 1998. In 1995, Mr. Simontacchi graduated with honours in Economics from Bocconi University.

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Anna Tavano

Head of Global Banking Italy, HSBC

Anna Tavano has been Head of Global Banking for HSBC in Italy since December 2018. She is an economics and finance graduate of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with over 25 years of work experience working for leading financial institutions based in London and Milan, focusing on deal origination, advisory and execution. Prior to joining HSBC, Anna was a Managing Director at Citigroup in the Corporate and Investment Banking division, Vice Chairman for the Corporate Bank in Italy and Head of Public Sector, covering large corporate and public sector clients. She began her career with Citi in London in 1997.
Since 2000 she worked in the Fixed Income – Capital Markets division heading the origination and execution team for a wide range of structured finance and principal finance transactions for financial institutions, corporates and central governments in Southern Europe. Anna has also worked as Director General in the Italian Public Sector, in charge, in her last role, of the infrastructure and public transportation department for Lombardy Region, where she managed over 140 people. Strongly committed to helping women in their careers and attuned to the broader issues of diversity and inclusion in the financial and corporate sectors, Anna participated in the inaugural “in the Boardroom” one-year training programme on board membership for top women managers, sponsored by ValoreD and GE Capital. She also attended “The CEO School” which trained a select panel of women to become future CEOs.

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Mehret Tewolde

Chief Executive, Italia Africa Business Week

Mehret has been Chief Executive of Italia Africa business Week since 2015, a platform created with Cleophas Adrien Dioma, aiming at bringing together the Italian business and institutional world with the community of the African countries.

She has worked for 27 years at the Vatican Bank, the IOR, where she has become the first woman to hold a manager position.

Mehret is of Eritrean origins. She was born is Asmara, and she moved to Italy when she was 13.

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Filippo Troisi

Senior Partner, Legance

Filippo Troisi has been involved in numerous major transactions in the Italian market, advising corporate entities and financial institutions, private equity funds and investment banks. Within the Corporate Finance department, he focuses on M&A (including public tender offers) and Private Equity deals in all the most important sectors of the economy, such as, for example, banking, insurance, industrial, real estate and telecommunications.

After graduating, maxima cum laude, at the Università “Federico II” in Naples in 1988, he obtained an LL.M. degree in Comparative Jurisprudence at the New York University in 1991. He is admitted to the New York Bar since 1991 and to the Rome Bar since 1992. Author of several articles on specialised international law reviews, he has been speaker in several Italian and international conferences.

Filippo Troisi has been involved in numerous major transactions in the Italian market, advising corporate entities and financial institutions, private equity funds and investment banks. Within the Corporate Finance department, he focuses on M&A (including public tender offers) and Private Equity deals in all the most important sectors of the economy, such as, for example, banking, insurance, industrial, real estate and telecommunications.

After graduating, maxima cum laude, at the Università “Federico II” in Naples in 1988, he obtained an LL.M. degree in Comparative Jurisprudence at the New York University in 1991. He is admitted to the New York Bar since 1991 and to the Rome Bar since 1992. Author of several articles on specialised international law reviews, he has been speaker in several Italian and international conferences.

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Roberto Vigotti 

Secretary General, RES4Africa Foundation

Roberto Vigotti is the Secretary General of RES4Africa Foundation.

In his 30+ year-long caree  r he has covered various positions at Enel, University of Pisa, IEA and IRENA. When it was still considered an unlikely option, he was already convinced that deploying renewable energy in Africa would result in a positive socioeconomic impact for its population. In 2012, he therefore embarked on the RES4Africa adventure, to support a wider participation of private players in delivering investments in Africa.

He also coordinates the renewAfrica Initiative.

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Tameru Wondm Agegnehu

Founding Partner of Tameru Wondm Agegnehu Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede

Tameru is Founding Partner of Tameru Wondm Agegnehu Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede.

He has been practicing as a lawyer in Ethiopia since 1992, served as judge for 19 years and as Vice President of the Supreme Court in Ethiopia between 1988 and 1991.

He has an extensive experience in Corporate and Commercial Law, Civil Law, Litigation and Arbitration and Tax. He has appearance in litigation involving corporate law as well as major criminal cases at the High & Supreme Courts level

Ato Tameru is Member of the Africa Team. He Joined the firm in 2017.

Ato Tameru served also as Chairman of the Board of Habasha Cement S.C., as deputy chairperson of the Board of Zemen Bank and as President of the Ethiopian Bar Association. He is recognized by Chambers Global as leading lawyer in the country, he is Member of the IBA African Regional Forum’s Advisory Board and he is an institution in the local legal community.

He enrolled as part-time instructor of the law of Business Organizations at the Post Graduate LLM program at the University of Addis Ababa – Faculty of Law (2002).

He holds a master’s degree in International Law (Master of Law in International Law ILL) from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) from the Faculty of Law (HSIU), Addis Ababa.

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