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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

M&A 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis is singled out by respondents as “the go-to M&A lawyer in Italy” who peers “recommend without hesitation”.

Biography

Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis is founder of Colonnelli de Gasperis Studio Legale, an Italian law firm with offices in Milan and Rome, and professor at LUISS Guido Carli University School of Law in Rome. Mr Colonnelli is a corporate and commercial attorney with strong expertise in domestic and cross-border transactions. He represents a broad spectrum of international and Italian clients, from small companies to large corporations, as well as private equity houses, venture capital funds, and financial and governmental entities and individuals. His practice over the past 20 years has mainly focused on advising on business, commercial and financial transactions, inbound and outbound, including mergers, assets purchases and contributions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, investment agreements, buyouts, stockholders’ agreement, corporate governance, shareholder activism, matters affecting corporate policy and strategy, insolvency proceedings involving a variety of countries and legislations. He also counsels board of directors and board committees on corporate governance and crisis management.

Mattia is a graduate (JD, magna cum laude) of the University of Rome La Sapienza, and enrolled on the student exchange programme at Yale Law School. He holds an LLM with merit (Harlan Fiske Stone scholar) at Columbia University Law School, New York, where he also served as editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law and a Fulbright scholar. He has a PhD, with honours, from the University of Trieste and an LLM from the Jemolo Institute; and he acted as a research fellow at the Italian Stock and Exchange Commission (CONSOB). Early in his career, Mattia gained experience working in magic circle law firm.

He is dually qualified to practise in Italy and New York.

Mattia is a member of many associations, including the American Bar Association, where he is deputy chair and member of the council of international law section, and past chair of the Europe committee and the international joint ventures and M&A committee. He is also an international fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the Fulbright Commission, the International Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the World Bank.

He is author of numerous articles published in prominent international and Italian reviews, writing on corporate, insolvency and international business transaction issues. He regularly speaks at conferences on international business transactions all over the world.

Mattia is listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500.

He is a native Italian speaker, and is fluent in English and French.

National Leader

Italy - M&A and Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis impresses sources with his “great precision, reliability, expertise and problem-solving skills” on a wide variety of M&A transactions. 

Biography

Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis is founder of Colonnelli de Gasperis Studio Legale, an Italian law firm with offices in Milan and Rome (named M&A Law Firm of the Year in Italy at the 2016 Corporate Intl Global Awards). He is also a professor at LUISS Guido Carli University School of Law in Rome, Italy. Mr Colonnelli is a corporate and commercial attorney with strong expertise in domestic and cross-border transactions. He represents a wide spectrum of international and Italian clients, from small companies to large corporations, as well as private equity houses, venture capital funds, financial and governmental entities and individuals. His practice over the past 20 years has mainly focused on advising on business, commercial and financial transactions, inbound and outbound, including mergers, assets purchases and contributions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, investment agreements, buyouts, stockholders’ agreement, corporate governance, shareholder activism, matters affecting corporate policy and strategy, insolvency proceedings involving a variety of countries and legislations. He also counsels board of directors and board committees on corporate governance and crisis management.

Mattia is a graduate (JD, magna cum laude) of the University of Rome La Sapienza, exchange student at Yale Law School. He holds an LLM with merit (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) at Columbia University Law School, New York, where he also served as editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law, as a Fulbright Scholar, a PhD with honor at the University of Trieste, an LLM at Jemolo Institute, Region Lazio and acted as a research fellow at the Italian Stock & Exchange Commission (CONSOB). Early in his career, Mattia gained experience working in a magic circle law firm. He is dually qualified as an Italian and New York lawyer.

Mattia is a member of a number of associations, among which are the American Bar Association, where he is chair deputy of the section of international law and immediate past-chair of the Europe committee; the American Bar Foundation, where he is an international fellow; the Fulbright Commission; the International Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association; and the World Bank (Italian partner).

He is author of numerous publications on corporate, insolvency and international business transactions issues, published in prominent international and Italian reviews, and regularly speaks at conferences on international business transactions all over the world.

Mattia is listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500 (since 2011), which comments that he “impresses with his experience and knowledge”, “knows both the Italian and European markets”, “has a creative mind and immediately understands clients’ needs”, “is available and responsive” and “is an accomplished and imaginative business lawyer”.

He is a native Italian speaker and is fluent in English and French.

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