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Leah Dunlop

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With over 30 years' experience, first in London and then in Italy, Leah Dunlop is one of the very few bi-lingual, dual-qualified M&A lawyers operating in Italy. She is head of our Italian M&A practice and leads cross-border teams supporting clients in M&A, strategic alliances, reorganisations and first-mover projects, with a consolidated track record in sectors such as Automotive, Energy and Natural Resources, TMT, Consumer and Financial Institutions.


Law Society Final, The College of Law, Chester LL.B (Hons); University of Southampton


English, Italian


Italian Bar; The Law Society


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Hogan Lovells International LLP has sector experience in energy, diversified industrials, financial institutions and life sciences as well as fashion and luxury, food and beverage, automotive and TMT. Francesco Stella advised BNP Paribas Cardif on the acquisition of a majority stake in Cargeas Assicurazioni, a non-life insurance company in Italy; Luca Picone assisted the sole shareholder of Italian company L'Aromatika, a manufacturer of coffee pods, capsules, beans and coffee concentrates and extracts, with the sale of a majority stake of its corporate capital to Italmobiliare; and Leah Dunlop and Antonio Di Pasquale acted forJAB Luxury on its disposal of a controlling stake in Bally, the Swiss luxury shoe and accessories firm. Marco Rota Candiani heads the real estate practice in Italy.

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Industry focus: Energy

Within: Industry focus: Energy

'Strong regulatory expertise and negotiation skills' are hallmarks of the energy practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP. The group is led by Leah Dunlop, who is dual-qualified to practise in both Italy and the UK. Conventional energy mandates make up the majority of the firm's work, with a focus on the areas of corporate and M&A, regulatory, dispute resolution, litigation, and administrative law. Key highlights include acting for an industry household name in administrative litigation and assisting it with divesting its branded service stations. Francesca Angeloni and senior associate Emanuela Cocco have 'in-depth knowledge of Italian regulation'.

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Industry focus: luxury goods

Within: Industry focus: luxury goods

Hogan Lovells International LLP's Leah Dunlop and Antonio Di Pasquale were the lead advisers to JAB Luxury on the disposal of a controlling stake in Swiss luxury fashion company Bally to Shandong Ruyi Investment Holdings. In another matter, Luigi Mansani, senior associate Maria Luce Piattelli and associate Maria Luigia Franceschelli are currently advising Poltrona Frau on the worldwide management of its IP portfolio. Elsewhere, clients count on the firm's strengths in real estate and dispute resolution, among other areas. Giovanni Ghirardi and counsel Andrea Atteritano are also recommended.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides the full range of services to private equity funds, including fund formation, acquisitions, portfolio company management and exits. Luca Picone, Francesco Stella, Leah Dunlop and Antonio Di Pasquale are the names to note.

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