Event information

Date: Thu 16 May 2024 Time: 4.30pm - 8.00pm Venue: Pavia e Ansaldo, Via del Lauro 7, 20121 Milano

The Legal 500 proudly presents the inaugural M&A Legal Forum Italy 2024, in collaboration with key partners Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale, scheduled for May 16th, 2024, amidst the vibrant pulse of Milan.

Embark on a journey of unparalleled learning and networking as we delve into the nuances of M&A and compliance, unraveling both domestic and international complexities. This groundbreaking event is tailored to equip general counsel and senior in-house legal professionals with the tools and strategies necessary to navigate the evolving legal and business landscape.

With the guidance of our expert panel of speakers, the M&A Legal Forum Italy 2024 promises to offer actionable insights and practical solutions to meet the specific challenges faced by in-house counsel.

Seize the opportunity to be part of this conference, designed exclusively for Italy-based in-house counsel eager to propel their professional growth to unprecedented heights.


4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Registration

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Opening remarks

  • Sara Maggi, deputy editor GC Powerlist Series, Legal 500

5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Maximising synergies between in-house and external counsel in M&A

This session will offer an enriching exchange of experiences. Our panel of expert speakers will explore the pivotal role and synergy between external and internal legal input in successful M&A operations. They will delve into the significance of collaboration between these entities throughout the entire M&A process, covering aspects such as structuring, negotiation of clauses, pricing, contractual disputes, critical protection considerations, and beyond. Additionally, our speakers will address the post-closing phase, focusing on target integration into group dynamics from both business and legal viewpoints.

  • Paola Carlotti, partner, Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale
  • Stefano Bianchi, managing partner, Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Balancing compliance in supply chain and outsourcing: European obligations vs. national regulations

This session will delve into the intricate dance of compliance within the supply chain and outsourcing landscape. In the ever-evolving European market, businesses face a delicate balancing act between adhering to overarching European obligations and navigating the nuanced terrain of diverse national regulations. From regulatory hurdles to strategic maneuvers, this session offers a comprehensive exploration of the challenges and opportunities in harmonising compliance efforts. Gain invaluable insights, strategies, and best practices to effectively navigate the complex interplay of European mandates and national requirements.

  • Mario Di Giulio, partner, Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale
  • Stefano Bianchi, managing partner, Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale

6:45 pm – 6:50 pm Closing remarks

6:50 pm – 8:00 pm Networking drinks


Mario Di Giulio, partner, Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale

Mario Di Giulio has been a partner of the firm since 2007 and shares his time between our Rome and Milan offices. He is head of banking and finance department and compliance department.

Mario has extensive experience in the banking and finance sector and thanks to his background both as practicing attorney and as in-house lawyer in leading financial institutions has honed his skills in the structuring, leading and managing of deals in his areas of specialisation, where he is recognised as a major Italian expert in securitisation and structured finance transactions.

His in-depth knowledge of companies, both as internal and as independent director of international companies, has led Mario to carry out compliance activities as member of many supervisory bodies set up pursuant to Legislative Decree No. 231 of 2001 and the Spanish Criminal Code.

The assistance given in FinTech activities in Europe and in Africa as well, led him to also become an expert on matters related to personal data management.

He is Chairman of the supervisory body of S&P Global Ratings, Italian and Spanish branches, and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Mario is adjunt professor of law of developing countries at Campus Bio-Medico University and Visiting Lecturer (Fashion Law and Ethics) and Member of the Scientific Committee at Luiss Guido Carli Universty – Master in Fashion Law.

Stefano Bianchi, managing partner, Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale

Stefano Bianchi has been a partner of Pavia e Ansaldo since 2000 and Managing Partner since 2015, and works mainly out of our Milan office.

As an expert in company and commercial law and advisor to numerous leading industrial corporations and investment funds, both Italian and foreign, Stefano has acquired specific expertise in domestic and cross-border transactions, acquisitions, finance deals, private equity and corporate restructuring.

Stefano also has a solid background in corporate litigation and arbitration, at both national and international level.

He is the author of numerous publications, and he is regularly invited to speak at congresses and seminars.

Stefano is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Paola Carlotti, partner, Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale

Paola Carlotti has been a partner of Pavia e Ansaldo since 2015 and is principally based in our Milan office.

Paola has built up a wide expertise in the M&A practice, with a special focus on the private equity industry, having worked over the years on a large number of extraordinary transactions, both domestic and cross-border, representing corporations, family-owned companies, PE firms and investors on a varied range of acquisitions, investments, add-ons and divestitures.

Paola also assists corporations in the negotiations with managers of investment agreements, management incentive plans as well as on corporate governance matters. She further advises on restructuring and insolvency-related issues and represents clients in connection with distressed acquisitions.

She is author of several articles on M&A and private equity matters as well as on insolvency, and she is member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and S.I.S.CO. (the Italian Society of Insolvency Studies).

Sara Maggi, deputy editor GC Powerlist Series, Legal 500

Sara Maggi joined The Legal 500’s editorial team, specialising on the in-house legal community, in 2022; since then, she has led the research for several editions of the GC Powerlist Series, aimed at highlighting the expertise of in-house counsel worldwide.
In researching for the GC Powerlist Series, Sara has had the opportunity to interview a large number of globally acclaimed general counsel, chief legal officers, and heads of legal using English, Italian and Spanish. Sara’s passion and interest in corporate governance have allowed for conversations, reports and write-ups concerning hot topics in the area such as ESG, legal tech, diversity and inclusion and changes to the role of general counsel in years to come.
Sara holds a BA from the University of Westminster and an LLM in International Corporate Governance from the University of Law in the United Kingdom. She was a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2022.

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