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Luca Gori

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Luca has significant experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, pre-IPO funding rounds, joint ventures, venture capital and corporate venture transactions. Luca's practice is predominantly international and he has acted for a wide range of clients, including an international electronics conglomerate, a distressed debt/turn-around private equity fund, the venture arm of a UK-based primary insurance company, the venture arm of a major Germany-based insurance and reinsurance company, a significant shareholder in UC Rusal and various emerging growth companies. Luca has advised on many pre-IPO rounds over the years, including Spotify, Glencore, Ocado and Halosoruce. Luca has vast experience in the technology sector, having frequently advised on FinTech transactions. He also regularly assists foreign clients investing in Italy and Italian clients investing abroad. He is interested in and frequently advises clients on the challenges and opportunities that arise from capital raising involving new technologies (eg, token generation events) and new markets (eg, medicinal cannabis).


Trained and qualified at Ashurst Morris Crisp from 2001-2003, qualified in Sept 2003, left Ashurst in December 2005, Joined Fried Frank in January 2006, left Fried Frank in March 2012. Joined DLA Piper in March 2012, made partner in May 2014.


English and Italian


Law society of England and Wales


University of Florence - Italian law degree - 1993-1997

University of Southampton - LLM - 1998-1999

College of Law, London - Post graduate diploma in law - 1999 - 2000

College of Law, London - Legal Practice Course - 2000-2001

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

The team at DLA Piper fields 'excellent, knowledgeable' lawyers and 'excels in the strength and depth of its global practice'. It is singled out by clients for being 'first choice' for payments work, though the practice is active in a wide range of areas including regtech, robo-advice, new-model funding and cryptocurrencies; it acts for financial institutions as well as fintech start-ups. Technology expert Anthony Day, who heads the group jointly with financial services specialist Martin Bartlam, assisted Zurich with launching a new online platform aimed at SME customers across Europe. The team also advised Nutmeg on regulatory matters, particularly MiFID-related issues surrounding its wealth management technology. On the corporate side, Day and Luca Gori advised Aviva on its £20m investment in Wealthify as well as on its investments into Canadian real estate marketplace platform Casalova. Ben Forgiel-Jenkins acted for Euronext on its $10m investment in Algomi. On the start-up side, Jon Kenworthy advised blockchain company Luther Systems on its £1m funding by several investors. The London Stock Exchange and iYield are additional fintech clients. Financial services experts Steven Krivinskas and Bryony Robottom, who have recently been very busy in ICOs and new-model funding respectively, made partner in May 2018. Financial services specialist Michael McKee is also recommended.

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