Alessandro De Nicola

M&A and Private Equity

Alessandro De Nicola is deputy Corporate Group leader and head of the European Corporate Group; moreover he is Senior Partner of the Italian office of Milan and Rome and member of the firm’s Global Leadership Team.

Alessandro has extensive experience in commercial and corporate law, M&A, competition law and corporate governance. He has worked on complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions including acquisitions and corporate restructurings for some of the most important players in the market. He leads extensive corporate governance projects with a particular focus on Legislative Decree 231.

Alessandro has pleaded in front of the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCOM), Consob (the public authority responsible for regulating the Italian securities market) and civil and administrative courts.

Prior to joining Orrick, Alessandro was the national director of the Italian legal department of Studio Legale Tributario Ernst & Young. He earned his degree at Catholic University in Milan in 1985 and at Cambridge University he earned an LL.M. in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Corporate Law and Economics in 2007.

Since 2000 Alessandro has been teaching as adjunct professor in advanced corporate law and since 2011 in comparative business and European law at Bocconi University in Milan. He also serves as scientific coordinator of the Master in Business Law organized by Il Sole 24 Ore Business School.

Alessandro has been a regular columnist for Il Sole 24 Ore, the financial newspaper with the largest circulation in Europe, from 2000 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been a columnist for L'Espresso, the weekly newsmagazine with the first largest circulation in Italy, and La Repubblica, the daily newspaper with the largest readership in Italy and the largest web readership in Europe.

He is currently member of the Board of Directors as well as chairman or member of a number of Vigilance Bodies of some of the most important Italian and international companies listed and not listed (i.e. banks, insurances).

Alessandro De Nicola
Select Publications
  • "Italian Company Law – 1. Companies Limited by Shares" (with Marco Carone), Commercial law English manual, published by Egea, 2014, pages 284 - Volume no. 18 of the book series “Collana di diritto dell’economia” (Economic Law Book Series), edited by Piergaetano Marchetti (Published in English);
  • "Il dovere di riservatezza nel mercato finanziario. L’insider trading", Milan, “Scritti Giuridici Pier Gaetano Marchetti”, 2011, p.207-222.
  • "Ex ante and ex post internal controls: the role of the Vigilance Body", Milan, 231 Journal, pages 127-134, 2011
  • "Il diritto dei controlli societari", Milan, Il Sole 24 Ore, 2010
  • "Italian Business Law," Milan, Egea, 2008
  • "Commentario alla riforma delle società", co-author with L. Bianchi, F. Ghezzi, P.G. Marchetti, M. Notari, Milan, Egea, 2006
  • "Shareholders Suits: The Roles and Motivations of Minority Shareholders and Directors in Derivative Suits", Aspatore Publisher, 2006
  • "Soci di minoranza e amministratori: un rapporto difficile", Milan, 2005
  • Co-author "Commentario alla riforma delle società", edited by Bianchi – Ghezzi – Marchetti – Notari, Giuffrè, 2005
  • Comments to artt. 2380bis, 2381, 2392, 2394 and 2395 of "Commentario alla riforma del Diritto Societario" directed by Piergaetano Marchetti, Milan, 2005
  • "L'azione sociale di responsabilità delle minoranze alla luce della riforma", Milan, 2004
  • "La subfornitura nelle attività produttive" with Luigi Colombo, Milan, 1999
  • He is author of several contributions in the most prestigious Italian legal publications.
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
Admitted In
  • Milan

  • J.D., Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, 1985
  • LL.M., Cambridge University, 1989
  • Ph.D., Cambridge University, 2007
  • Recognized in Chambers Global 2014 for his expertise in Corporate/M&A
  • Recognized in Chambers Europe 2014 for his expertise in Competition/European Law and Corporate/M&A
  • Recognized in Legal500 2014 for his expertise in Corporate and M&A
  • Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer 2012 for his expertise in Competition Law
  • Milan Bar Association
  • Auditor, registered in the Register of Certified Auditors
  • Member, Scientific Committee of the Italian Banking, Insurance and Finance Federation (FeBAF) and former member of the Bocconi University Asset Management Forum, an organization in partnership with Assogestioni
  • Chairman, The Adam Smith Society and Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Society of Northern Italy
  • Founder Member, Honorary Committee, Action Aid International
  • Former Indipendent Member, Board of Directors of Assogestioni
  • Former Member, Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of Insurance Companies (ANIA) and Confindustria (the Italian Confederation of manufacturing and services companies)
  • Former Director, Scientific Institute of Public Administration
  • Former Member, Prime Minister's Working Group on Biotechnologies
  • Member, Italian Cinema Academy and of the jury panel of the "David di Donatello" award

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