Nicola Barra Caracciolo graduated with laude from the Genoa University in 1993. After some years with the firm of Prof. Ferrarini e Giudici in Genoa, he worked for the law firm Pavia e Ansaldo; in1999 NBC joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he became partner in 2004. As of 1 January 2013 Nicola joined Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati. Nicola specialized in corporate, commercial and finance law, notably in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, public M&A, dismissals of companies and IPOs. He represented several companies and financial institutions in significant corporate transactions, restructuring and reorganizations. Nicola was admitted to practice in 1996. He is fluent in English.
Federico Bonetti graduated in law cum laude from the University of Pavia School of Law in 1998 and was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the New York University School of Law. He was admitted to practice in Italy in 2003. He started his career at the Milan offices of Vita Samory, Fabbrini e Associati and has worked for a number of leading Italian and international law firms (most recently in the Milan office of Studio Lombardi Segni e Associati), primarily in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions (including listed companies) and Capital Markets. Federico has advised clients on a wide variety of corporate and M&A transactions, including cash or exchange tender offers and mergers of industrial and financial groups listed on the Italian Stock Exchange. Federico joined Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati in 2018. He speaks English fluently.
Paolo Canal graduated in law from the University of Modena in 1983. After two previous experiences in primary Italian law firms, he worked for the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 1999 to 2012. Paolo has developed a significant experience in the sector of acquisitions, corporate joint ventures and other corporate extraordinary transactions, as well as general commercial contracts, particularly in the field of private procurement contracts and commercial distribution, assisting Italian and foreign clients. He was admitted to bar in Italy in 1988. As of January 2013 Paolo joined Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati. He speaks English and French.
Domenico Colella graduated with a law degree cum laude from Bari University and was then involved in civil law research by Professor Michele Costantino. He was in-house counsel at Banca Cattolica S.p.A. and afterwards associate at the Rome office of the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. In 2001 he co-founded the firm Portolano Colella Cavallo where he led the IP, Outsourcing and Technology practices of the firm for over ten years.
In 2012 Domenico joined Orsingher Avvocati Associati. Domenico has an outstanding experience in assisting Italian and foreign clients on matters pertaining to information technology, especially in connection with outsourcing projects and M&A deals. In those fields, he is often called upon by his clients – market leaders – to handle the most complex projects in Italy. He is a lecturer of the Master on Business Law at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and Luigi Bocconi University in Milan, has authored various publications on Information Technology and outsourcing contract law, has co-authored the “Doing Business” report published by the World Bank. He is Co-chair of the Privacy, E-Commerce and Data Security Committee of ABA (American Bar Association) International Law and Practice Section, a member of the Tax & Legal Committee of AIFI (Italian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association), Local Representative for Italy and member of the Board of Directors of ITechLaw. He was admitted to practice in 1997 and to pleed before Italian supreme court in 2011. He speaks English.
Marco Consonni graduated with a law degree at the University of Milan in 1988. He worked for Frere Cholmeley Bishoff and, from 1995 to 1998, for Andersen Legal, becoming a partner of the firm in 1996. He has been a co-founder of the Milan branch of the firm Galgano and head of the TMT practice up to 2007 when the firm merged with Dewey & LeBoeuf where he has been responsible of the Italian IP/IT practice. In 2011 Marco and his group joined Orsingher Avvocati Associati sharing the project of a firm focussed on the TMT industries. For many years Marco has been active in the intellectual property, technology and media sectors, advising its clients – which include major international players – in a broad range of IT and IP related transactional matters such as licensing agreements, distributorship, content agreements and clearance, Internet and e-commerce strategy, JV arrangements and corporate transactions, investments and start-up, commercial contracts in general. His work is also related to commercial litigations especially for technology and communication companies. He was admitted to practice in 1992 and speaks English, French and Spanish. Marco is advisor of Ovidian Group LLP, a technology advisory boutique firm base in Berkeley, California. Professional Memberships: ItechLaw Association – Co-Chairman of the eCommerce group; IBA.
Alessandro De Palma graduated with honours in 2000 from the Università degli Studi di Milano, where he worked for several years with its Law School (Department of Labour Law). Alessandro started his practice at Toffoletto Law Firm, and, in 2008, he joined BonelliErede Law Firm. He advises clients on all aspects concerning employment and labour law. Alessandro joined Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati in July 2015, where he deals with employment and labour law matters. He has been admitted to the Italian Bar in October 2003, he is a partner AGI – Italian Association Labour Lawyer since 2006 and partner EELA – European Employment Lawyers Association, and he speaks English and French.
Pierfrancesco Giustiniani graduated magna cum laude from Milan State University Law School in 1992 and after having accrued a significant experience in the law firm Toffoletto & Associati, he joined Erede e Associati in 1996 (which in 1999 became Bonelli Erede Pappalardo), where, as a partner from 2001, took up the position as head of Corporate & Finance Department. In 2011 he founded Hi.Lex – Avvocati Associati and then joined Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati in April 2016. In over 20 years of professional activity he has gained a significant experience in relation to M&A and other extraordinary transactions, both domestic and international, capital markets transactions (such as takeover bids, IPO’s and capital increases), as well as in relation to corporate advice, litigation and commercial contracts. He has been a board member (and member of various internal committees) and a statutory auditor in several companies. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Manfredi Leanza attended Scuola Militare Nunziatella in Naples and graduated with a law degree cum laude from Rome University “Tor Vergata” in 1998. Manfredi began his career at the Bruxelles offices of Chiomenti Studio Legale practising Italian and EU competition law. In 2001 he moved to the Milan offices of the firm and developed a significant expertise in banking and finance, working with top tier national and international players on a variety of corporate transactions. Manfredi represented primary credit institutions and companies in connection with both domestic and cross-border financing transactions, with a particular focus on acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance and restructuring. In 2015 Manfredi joined Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati adding his finance expertise to the corporate practise of the Firm. Manfredi was admitted to practice in 2001. He is fluent in English.
Gerardo Marasco graduated magna cum laude from the Università degli Studi di Bologna, where he was also awarded a PhD in civil law. He began his career at the law firm of Professor Francesco Galgano and subsequently practised at Dewey & Le Boeuf LLP and at Studio Grimaldi, where he became a partner in 2011 and headed up the litigation department until 2015. Gerardo has significant experience of complex and high value disputes (including arbitration proceedings) relating to civil and corporate matters in a broad range of areas, including banking and finance, energy and insolvency. Gerardo has advised leading corporates and financial institutions in both domestic and international disputes. He is the author of a number of texts on civil, commercial and corporate law. Gerardo previously taught at the Universities of Bologna and Urbino and is currently teaching at the University of Pavia. Gerardo joined Orsingher Ortu in January 2019. He was admitted to practice in 2004 and speaks English.
Stephen McCleery graduated in law from Cambridge University in 1990. Following internships at Freehills in Sydney and at DG COMP of the European Commission in Brussels, Stephen trained as an articled clerk at Freshfields in London. Stephen began his career as an anti-trust lawyer with a broad-based experience of UK and EU competition law and practice including merger control, anti-competitive agreements and behaviour, and state aid matters. He subsequently switched to practising corporate and commercial law and, as a senior corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Milan, has established a significant track record of advising Italian and international clients on mergers & acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures and strategic projects, and cross-border commercial agreements. Stephen holds an MBA from the SDA Bocconi Business School and qualified as Solicitor of England and Wales in 1994. As of January 2013 Stephen joined Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati. He speaks Italian and French.
Matteo Orsingher graduated with a law degree cum laude from Bologna University in 1987 and served his traineeship in Padua and Milan with the law firm of Prof. Alberto Miele. He worked for the law firm Pavia e Ansaldo from 1990 to 1999, becoming a partner in 1996. From 1999 to 2007 he was the partner head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Italian Intellectual Property and Information Technology department. He was the co-founder of the firm in 2007. Matteo Orsingher has many years of experience in assisting Italian and foreign clients on a broad range of matters pertaining to intellectual and industrial property, information technology, unfair competition, advertising, Internet and e-commerce, both in the contentious and non-contentious spheres. He is often called upon by his clients – market leaders or important companies – to handle the IP aspects of complex corporate and financial transactions. He was admitted to practice in 1990 and also speaks English and some German.
Mario Ortu graduated in law at the University of Padua, with the highest marks (J.D., 1985). After his traineeship at the law firm of Prof. Miele, Mario Ortu joined the law firm Pavia e Ansaldo, where he became partner in 1995. Between 1999 and 2012 he was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he led the Italian corporate department and, more recently, was appointed as member of the Firmwide Leadership Team of the FIG Sector Group. As of 1 January 2013 Mario and his group joined Orsingher Avvocati Associati, that became Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati. He is specialised in corporate and commercial law and his wide range of experiences extends to (domestic and multi-jurisdictional) mergers and acquisitions, establishment of joint ventures, dismissals of companies, public takeover offers, restructurings and reorganisations. He has advised clients involved in the most relevant domestic and cross-border transactions in the last years and acts as recognised advisor of important (domestic and international) financial institutions, private equity funds and primary industrial groups. He was admitted to practice in 1989. He speaks a fluent English and has a basic knowledge of French.
Fabrizio Sanna attended Collegio Ghislieri and graduated with a law degree cum laude from Pavia University in 2000. He obtained MJur and MPhil master’s degrees from Oxford University in 2002 and 2004, respectively and a PhD in intellectual property and competition law from Pavia University in 2004. He served his traineeship with the law firm of Prof. Luigi Carlo Ubertazzi. He worked in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology department from 2004 to 2007. He was the co-founder of Orsingher Avvocati Associati firm in 2007. He gained significant experience on intellectual property, advertising, data protection (privacy) and e-commerce laws both in the contentious and non-contentious spheres. His practice includes transactional matters, mainly related to IT and IP rights, including all aspects of development, production and distribution of film and TV programmes. Fabrizio represents primary enterprises within the TMT sector. He lectured Intellectual Property Law at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and is currently lecturer in Intellectual Property and New Media at University of Pavia, has authored various publications on copyright and design laws and is a member of the editorial committee of AIDA (Italian Annals of Copyright). He is the secretary of the Italia group of AIPPI and sits on the Programme Committee of AIPPI International. He was admitted to practice in 2003 and speaks English and French.