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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

M&A 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis is the "M&A lawyer of choice in Italy" as a result of his strong experience of cross-border transactions.

Biography

Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis is founder of Colonnelli de Gasperis Studio Legale, Italian law firm with offices in Milan and Rome, and 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 last 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 a LL.M. 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 Ph.D. with honor at the University of Trieste, a LL.M. 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 magic circle law firm.

He is dually qualified as Italian and New York lawyer. 

Mattia is a member of a number of associations among which: the American Bar Association, where he is Chair-Deputy of the Section of International Law and Past-Chair of the Europe committee, the International Joint Ventures and M&A committee and the Private Equity and Venture Capital committee, the American Bar Foundation, where is a International Fellow, the Fulbright Commission, the International Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the World Bank.

He is author of numerous publications, published on prominent international and Italian reviews, on corporate, insolvency and international business transactions issues and 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

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis is revered by market commentators as one of Italy’s leading M&A specialists. His comprehensive practice covers transactional and private equity matters.

Biography

Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis is founder of Colonnelli de Gasperis Studio Legale, Italian law firm with offices in Milan and Rome, and 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 last 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 a LL.M. 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 Ph.D. with honor at the University of Trieste, a LL.M. 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 magic circle law firm.

He is dually qualified as Italian and New York lawyer.

Mattia is a member of a number of associations among which: the American Bar Association, where he is Chair-Deputy of the Section of International Law and Past-Chair of the Europe committee, the International Joint Ventures and M&A committee and the Private Equity and Venture Capital committee, the American Bar Foundation, where is a International Fellow, the Fulbright Commission, the International Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the World Bank.

He is author of numerous publications, published on prominent international and Italian reviews, on corporate, insolvency and international business transactions issues and 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.

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