A partner based in Rome, Raffaele Lener specialises in financial services, banking, regulations and securities matters. His clients include banks, insurance companies, financial institutions and various Italian regulatory authorities.
Raffaele's experience includes assisting with the drafting of Italian financial and banking laws, such as the 1991 brokerage law, the 1993 banking law, the 1996 law on investment services and the Financial Law Consolidated Act of 1998. He has also worked on the privatisation of many state-owned companies, was one of the commissioners in the liquidation of EFIM Group and is now a liquidator of Banca di Credito di Trieste. In 2001, the Italian government appointed Raffaele to the commission for the regulation of independent authorities. He was a member (2004 to 2007) of the wise men committee of the TLX - regulated securities market. He has been a member of the European Commission's legal certainty group since 2005 (a group of experts set up to help the European Commission regulate clearing and settlement).
In 2007 he was appointed as extraordinary commissioner of the Italian branch of Bank Sepah Iran and in 2011 he was also appointed for the extraordinary administration of Banca UBAE (belonging to Libyan Foreign Bank), in both cases following the UN resolutions regarding Iran and Libya. In 2009 he was also appointed by ISVAP as commissioner in the liquidation of the insurance company Assid. In 2011 he was also appointed as extraordinary commissioner of Banca Network Investimenti, based in Milan. In 2009 the Bank of Italy appointed him a member of the ABF (Arbitro Bancario Finanziario) for the resolution of disputes concerning banks and financial operations and services. In 2011 he was appointed as a member of the "table" for the reform of financial markets regulation at Consob. He is also a member of the jury of Assogestioni and Assoreti.
Since 1994 Raffaele has been a tenured professor of law and currently teaches securities regulation and private comparative law at the University of Rome II Tor Vergata. He also teaches commercial law at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.
He is the author of numerous publications on credit instruments, banks, financial markets, corporate issues, insolvency and contracts in general. Raffaele graduated (with first-class honours) from the University of Rome. Formerly general counsel of Assogestioni (Italian Association of Investment Fund Managers), he joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner in 1998. Of Italian mother tongue, he speaks English, French and German.
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