Alessandro De Nicola



Alessandro De Nicola is member of Orrick's Global Board of Directors, Senior Partner of the Italian offices in Milan and Rome, and has acted as European Corporate Group Leader.

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 before the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCOM), Consob (the public authority responsible for regulating the Italian securities market), and before civil and administrative courts.

  • Prior to joining Orrick, Alessandro was Legal Managing Partner of the Italian legal department of Studio Legale Tributario Ernst & Young. He earned his degree at the Catholic University in Milan in 1985, and at Cambridge University he earned an LL.M. in 1989, a Ph.D. in Corporate Law and Economics in 2007 and an MBA in 2019 (Judge Business School, Cambridge University).

    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 served as scientific coordinator of the Master’s in Business Law organized by Il Sole 24 Ore Business School.

    Alessandro was a regular columnist for Il Sole 24 Ore from 2000 to 2011 and  for L'Espresso. He has been a columnist for the daily newspaper La Repubblica since 2011 and for La Stampa since 2017.  He has authored numerous books and articles in leading scientific journals on corporate and commercial law (recently, "Il diritto dei controlli societari" 2° edition, Giappichelli, 2023, "L’organismo di Vigilanza nelle società di capitali", Giappichelli, 2020 and "I contratti di Impresa", (editor) Il Sole24 Ore ed., 2020).

    He has served and is currently member of the Board of Directors as well as chairman or member of a number of Vigilance Bodies of several Italian and international companies and financial institutions.

    He is also President of The Adam Smith Society and the Oxbridge Society, and Director of Enactus, an international non-profit organization supporting university excellence.