Attilio Mazzilli



Attilio Mazzilli, managing partner of the Italian offices in Milan and Rome, is head of the Italian Tech Group and member of the International Technology Companies Group.

Attilio brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of the technology sector, which is critical in today's rapidly evolving business landscape. His practice is primarily focuses on providing expert legal advice on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, and venture capital transactions. 

Attilio has a rich history of advising both domestic and multinational companies as well as private equity funds through their most critical and complex M&A and investments transactions. His focus within the dynamic realms of technology industry has positioned him as a go-to legal strategist for companies seeking to navigate the intricate and often disruptive characteristic market shifts of these sectors. His tailored approach ensures that the companies he advises are well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities presented by their investments and M&A activities, fostering growth, innovation, and competitive advantage in a rapidly evolving business landscape.

In the context of innovation, Attilio’s role as an advisor to VC firms and high-growth technology companies places him at the forefront of investments in the tech industry.

His experience covers a broad spectrum of legal disciplines and is critical in identifying and evaluating potential investment opportunities within the sector, particularly in areas prone to rapid growth and innovation. With a seasoned understanding of market trends and the intricacies of startup development, Attilio advises investors on how to allocate their capital effectively, maximizing potential returns.

He is also extensively experienced at guiding technology companies at all stages of their life cycle and his contributions is invaluable for companies transitioning from seed stage through Series A and B funding rounds and eventually to exit strategies. His guidance encompasses strategic planning, corporate governance, and the navigation of regulatory environments. Startups, with their inherent risks and potential for exponential growth, require nuanced advice to thrive, and Attilio offers tailored counsel to help these companies scale their operations, refine their business models, and attract further investment. His experience is also instrumental in preparing these companies for various exit scenarios, whether through acquisitions, mergers, or initial public offerings (IPOs), ensuring that founders and investors alike realize their ventures' full value.

  • Attilio led the teams that assisted:

    • Safety21 S.p.A., a leading Italian software provider in the Smart Road and Smart City sector, in the sale of a majority stake to the international private equity fund Bregal Unternehmerkapital, and in several acquisition transactions in Italy.
    • Cerba HealthCare, leader in outpatient diagnostics, in the acquisition from Global Healthcare Services Sàrl (an independently managed investment company of Investindustrial VI) of the entire stake of Lifebrain, one of the largest Italian providers in clinical laboratory testing in the fields of clinical chemistry, haematology, immunochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, cytology and pathology.
    • Scalapay, an Italian fintech that has developed a Buy Now Pay Later payment solution for third parties, in the $497 million Series B mega-round led by Chinese giant Tencent and Willoughby Capital, with the participation of Tiger Global and Fasanara Capital (already investors in previous rounds), Gangwal, Moore Capital and Deimos. With this round, Scalapay became the first Italian scaleup to be worth over USD 1 billion and thus enter the unicorn list. Orrick had advised Scalapay in the $155m Series A round led by Tiger Global that closed in September 2021
    • Corvallis S.r.l., one of the first Information Technology operators in Italy focused on the Finance, Industry and Public Administration markets, in the sale of its share capital to Tinexta Cyber S.p.A., a subsidiary of Tinexta S.p.A., a leader in cybersecurity and business innovation services
    • OTB Fund 2 Coöperatief U.A. as lead investor in the round of Kurs Orbital S.r.l.
    • Indaco Venture Partners as lead investor in Series A round of Freya Biosciences, a Danish company operating between Europe and the US in the biotechnology sector with clinical research activities in women's and reproductive health, led by Sofinnova Partners and OMX Ventures
    • Montage Ventures as lead investor in the round of Axyon AI, a fintech company that develops predictive solutions dedicated to asset managers and based on artificial intelligence and deep learning
    •, a company with a proprietary all-in-one technology platform based on artificial intelligence for the generation and orchestration of multilingual content, in the Series B funding round backed by leading European and US venture capital funds
    • Partech Venture in the Series A investment round in Smartpricing, a platform that uses artificial intelligence to automate pricing strategies for hospitality operators
    • Atempo Growth in the direct lending financing round in favour of MotorK, a tech company listed on Euronext Amsterdam and leader in SaaS solutions for sales & marketing in the automotive sector.
    • IBF Servizi, a company in the portfolio of the Nextalia Private Equity fund, managed by Nextalia SGR, and participated among others by BF Agricola (part of the group headed by Bonifiche Ferraresi, a company listed on Euronext Milan), in the acquisition of Abaco S.p.A., European leader in software solutions for the management and control of territorial resources from the Idea Taste of Italy fund, managed by DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR, Abaco Immobiliare and its partners
    • Healthware and its partners as part of the acquisition of the company by US-based EVERSANA, one of the most important global service providers to the life science industry.
    • International investors KCK MedTech (USA), Panakes Partners (Italy) and Supernova Invest (France) in the investment transaction in Allotex - active in the development of new therapeutic solutions in ophthalmology for the treatment of presbyopia and hypermetropia
    • Panakès Partners, as lead investor, in the Series A investment round in EBAMed SA, a Swiss-Italian company specialising in the development of new image guidance systems to monitor and react to heart movement during cardiac procedures
    • ShopFully, one of Europe's leading drive-to-store marketing technology platforms, in the combination with MEDIA Central Group, a leading provider of data-based drive-to-store marketing solutions.
    • HAT Technology & Innovation:
      • as lead investor of the club deal vehicle Innova Club 1 - in the leveraged buy-out for the acquisition of the medtech company Burke & Burke.
      • in its investment in the Series C financing of Huma, a London based company that developed a mobile platform designed to improve every facet of digital health through data.
    • Style Capital fund - in the acquisition of a minority stake in Re/Done, a luxury denim and apparel brand founded in Los Angeles by Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur.