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Roberto Pisano
Office:
Via Cino del Duca no. 5
20122
City:
Milan
Country:
Italy
Tel:
+39 02 7600 2207
Fax:
+39 02 7601 6423

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Business Crime Defence

Roberto has a history of representing prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceedings, including various cases of corruption involving international corporations and their officers, extradition (including the recent FIFA investigation) and foreign appeals against assets freezing, advising and representing foreign governments and conducting internal investigations for foreign multinationals. He was co-chair of the business crime committee of the IBA in 2007 and 2008 and vice chair of the ECBA in 2008 and 2009.

What prompted your decision to specialise in white-collar crime?

It is a highly sophisticated sector, where the traditional principles of criminal law interact with the dynamism and need of efficiency of the financial and international world. In that scenario, especially representation at trial requires a stimulating, peculiar mixture of technical expertise and personality.

What is the secret of your practice’s success?

I have always worked in teams with Italian and foreign counsel, experts, in-house lawyers, etc. White-collar practice is never a matter of a single man. This is especially true in our times, where almost every case is highly complex and transnational.

What has been the most memorable matter that you’ve worked on in your time practising law?

Three cases of tax fraud against the former Italian prime minister, in which I represented his main co-defendant, a US movie producer accused of being his hidden partner. The cases involved searches and seizure in the US (overturned) and Hong Kong (challenged), extensive freezing of funds in Switzerland (overturned), etc. We won two cases and lost the third, with the whole country watching, because as a result the prime minister lost the Senate seat. We trust we will win before the European Court of Human Rights, where the case is currently pending.

Cross-border white-collar crime enforcement is expanding rapidly and aggressively in the current climate. Has this affected your practice in any way?

Absolutely. Most of my practice concerns multiple investigations in various states (the US, the UK, etc), especially for corruption and tax allegations involving international corporations, their managers and foreign consultants. With the consequent need to coordinate with foreign counsel all steps of the activity of defence (including the challenges to the various freezing orders and letters of request to foreign authorities, frequently issued in these scenarios).

Given the aggressive nature of the authorities, how important a role is rigorous compliance and investigation playing in your advice to clients?

It is crucial. Also, the role of criminal lawyers in conducting internal investigations for corporations is significantly increasing.

The increasing prominence of anti-bribery and anti-corruption work in the global marketplace has seen a number of law firms beef up their white-collar crime capabilities in recent years. Is this a trend that you’ve noticed? How has this affected your practice?

Yes, it is a noticed trend which is welcome, because it increases the number of qualified advisers in the field. In the Italian scenario, however, representation at trial remains a role for boutique firms of experienced trial lawyers, who do not compete, but actually work in synergy with supplementing skills, with the larger law firms.

How do you intend to continue competing with the likes of larger firms in this space? Are networks and strategic alliances important to ensure that you offer clients cross-border capabilities?

As said, in the Italian scenario there is no competition with the larger firms, but synergy with different and supplementing skills. Internationally, it is crucial to have developed fruitful working experiences with the most knowledgeable lawyers in the various countries, because they will be the key factor of success when the case arises.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery: Lawyers

Roberto Pisano is the founder and managing partner of Studio Legale Pisano, an Italian boutique firm that specialises in all areas of white-collar crime including transnational investigations, recovery of assets, mutual legal assistance and extradition.

Mr Pisano has a history of representing prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceedings, including various cases of corruption involving international corporations and their top officials; various cases of extradition, including the recent FIFA investigation by the US authorities and representation of foreign states; three cases of alleged tax fraud involving the former Italian prime minister; a case involving a major US bank in the bankruptcy of the Parmalat group; a case involving a claim for restitution of antiquities by the Italian ministry of culture, in which Mr Pisano represented a prominent US museum; various appeals in foreign jurisdictions (eg the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, etc) against seizure and confiscation of assets; and internal investigations for foreign multinationals. Mr Pisano also advises and represents several foreign governments.

Mr Pisano obtained a law degree, summa cum laude, from the State University, Milan in 1992, and a PhD from the University of Genoa in 1999. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a research associate at Bocconi University of Milan; since then, he has spent many years working as a contract professor on business and tax crimes. 

Mr Pisano was co-chair of the business crime committee of the IBA in 2007 and 2008 and vice chair of the ECBA in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of several publications on the subject of business crime, mutual legal assistance and extradition.

WWL says: Roberto Pisano is a prominent name in the European white-collar crime space thanks to the leading role he has played in many high-profile cases involving business crime and fraud.

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Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence: Individuals

Roberto Pisano is the founder and managing partner of Studio Legale Pisano, an Italian boutique firm that specialises in all areas of white-collar crime including transnational investigations, recovery of assets, mutual legal assistance and extradition.

Mr Pisano has a history of representing prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceedings, including various cases of corruption involving international corporations and their top officials (with multiple investigations in the US, the UK, France, etc); various cases of extradition, including the recent FIFA investigation by the US authorities and representation of foreign States; three cases of alleged tax fraud involving the former Italian prime minister; a case involving a major US bank in the bankruptcy of the Parmalat group; a case involving a claim for restitution of antiquities by the Italian ministry of culture, in which Mr Pisano represented a prominent US museum; various appeals in foreign jurisdictions (for example, the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, etc) against seizure and confiscation of assets; Italian criminal counsel for foreign multinationals conducting internal investigations. Mr Pisano also advises and represents relevant foreign governments.

Mr Pisano obtained a law degree, summa cum laude, from the State University of Milan in 1992, and a PhD from the University of Genoa in 1999. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a research associate at Bocconi University of Milan where he has since spent many years working as a contract professor on business and tax crimes. Mr Pisano was co-chair of the business crime committee of the IBA in 2007 and 2008 and vice chair of the ECBA in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of several publications on the subject of business crime and mutual legal assistance.

WWL says: Recognised for his "excellent representation of high-profile officials", Roberto Pisano possesses a reputation in the market as a "leading light".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence: Money Laundering

Roberto Pisano is the founder and managing partner of Studio Legale Pisano, an Italian boutique firm that specialises in all areas of white-collar crime including transnational investigations, recovery of assets, mutual legal assistance and extradition.

Mr Pisano has a history of representing prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceedings, including various cases of corruption and money laundering involving international corporations and their top officials (with multiple investigations in the US, the UK, France, etc); various cases of extradition, including the recent FIFA investigation by the US authorities and representation of foreign States; three cases of alleged tax fraud involving the former Italian prime minister; a case involving a major US bank in the bankruptcy of the Parmalat group; a case involving a claim for restitution of antiquities by the Italian ministry of culture, in which Mr Pisano represented a prominent US museum; various appeals in foreign jurisdictions (for example, the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, etc) against seizure and confiscation of assets; Italian criminal counsel for foreign multinationals conducting internal investigations. Mr Pisano also advises and represents relevant foreign governments.

Mr Pisano obtained a law degree, summa cum laude, from the State University of Milan in 1992, and a PhD from the University of Genoa in 1999. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a research associate at Bocconi University of Milan where he has since spent many years working as a contract professor on business and tax crimes. Mr Pisano was co-chair of the business crime committee of the IBA in 2007 and 2008 and vice chair of the ECBA in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of several publications on the subject of business crime and mutual legal assistance.

WWL says: Roberto Pisano is a "brilliant lawyer" whose knowledge of Italian financial crime law "knows no bounds".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence: Corporates

Roberto Pisano is the founder and managing partner of Studio Legale Pisano, an Italian boutique firm that specialises in all areas of white-collar crime including transnational investigations, recovery of assets, mutual legal assistance and extradition.

Mr Pisano has a history of representing prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceedings, including various cases of corruption involving international corporations and their top officials (with multiple investigations in the US, the UK, France, etc); various cases of extradition, including the recent FIFA investigation by the US authorities and representation of foreign States; three cases of alleged tax fraud involving the former Italian prime minister; a case involving a major US bank in the bankruptcy of the Parmalat group; a case involving a claim for restitution of antiquities by the Italian ministry of culture, in which Mr Pisano represented a prominent US museum; various appeals in foreign jurisdictions (for example, the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, etc) against seizure and confiscation of assets; Italian criminal counsel for foreign multinationals conducting internal investigations. Mr Pisano also advises and represents relevant foreign governments.

Mr Pisano obtained a law degree, summa cum laude, from the State University of Milan in 1992, and a PhD from the University of Genoa in 1999. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a research associate at Bocconi University of Milan where he has since spent many years working as a contract professor on business and tax crimes. Mr Pisano was co-chair of the business crime committee of the IBA in 2007 and 2008 and vice chair of the ECBA in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of several publications on the subject of business crime and mutual legal assistance.

WWL says: Roberto Pisano is a “well-reputed name” in the market, and instils confidence in clients with his “vast knowledge” of Italian criminal proceedings.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Investigations: Lawyers

Roberto Pisano is the founder and managing partner of Studio Legale Pisano, an Italian boutique firm which specialises in all areas of white-collar crime including transnational investigations, recovery of assets, mutual legal assistance and extradition.

Mr Pisano has a history of representing prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceedings, including various cases of corruption involving international corporations and their top officials (with multiple investigations in the US, the UK, France etc); various cases of extradition, including the recent FIFA investigation by the US authorities and representation of foreign States; three cases of alleged tax fraud involving the former Italian prime minister; a case involving a major US bank in the bankruptcy of the Parmalat group; a case involving a claim for restitution of antiquities by the Italian ministry of culture, in which Mr Pisano represented a prominent US museum; various appeals in foreign jurisdictions (eg the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland etc) against seizure and confiscation of assets; Italian criminal counsel for foreign multinationals conducting internal investigations. Mr Pisano also advises and represents relevant foreign governments.

Mr Pisano obtained a law degree, summa cum laude, from the State University of Milan in 1992, and a PhD from the University of Genoa in 1999. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a research associate at Bocconi University of Milan where he has since spent many years working as a contract professor on business and tax crimes. Mr Pisano was co-chair of the business crime committee of the IBA in 2007 and 2008 and vice chair of the ECBA in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of several publications on the subject of business crime and mutual legal assistance.

WWL says: Roberto Pisano is one of the foremost white-collar crime and investigations lawyers in Italy. He is renowned for his ability in handling complex, high-profile cases.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Investigations which can be purchased from our Shop.

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