Lexia Avvocati > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Lexia Avvocati
Via del Lauro, 9
MILAN 20121

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 4

Lexia Avvocati‘s financial services regulation department focuses on fintech, open banking, decentralised finance, blockchain, cryptoassets and alternative investments. In April 2021, Angelo Messore (previously at White & Case LLP Italy) joined as partner and financial services practice head, as well as fintech and blockchain group co-head (alongside founding partner Francesco Dagnino).


Offers great value for money, always goes the extra mile, and has a genuine, detailed knowledge and understanding of the law and banking and financial services practice.

A network that adapts to clients’ needs with distinctive experience in the client’s business perimeter.

The professionals with whom the client came into contact have demonstrated excellent relationship skills and proactivity.

Business/solutions oriented, with strong legal analysis capacities and very good knowledge of the local regulatory authorities and ability to anticipate their questions and build strong cases to support clients’ businesses.

Lexia understands scale-ups, and all the challenges that come with being a scale up. This is unique for lawyers.

Francesco Dagnino and Angelo Messore are especially strong financial services practitioners.

Angelo Messore is very pleasant to work with. He is proactive, has deep sector knowledge, can easily separate the key points from minor points, and provides very practical advice.

We have been working with Angelo Messore for several years now. We greatly appreciate his knowledge of the Italian market and insight, on top of his professional skills as a lawyer. He was able to help us reach our goals, always finding solutions in our best interests.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Persia International Bank with its authorisation procedure with the Bank of Italy to establish a branch as a non-EU bank (following Brexit).
  • Advised Bitpanda, a fintech unicorn, on the setting up of its Italian business.
  • Advised Vivid Money, a German fintech company, on the launch of its business in Italy.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Lexia Avvocati, a rapidly expanding team which has welcomed a number of new arrivals recently, is proficient in a wealth of transactions, from mergers and demergers, acquisitions and leveraged buy-outs through to joint ventures, divestments and business transfers. Francesco Dagnino heads the team and is recognised for his work within the fintech, ICT, technology and blockchain industries.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Dagnino

Other key lawyers:

Marco Muscettola


‘Excellent firm, which draws strength from the search for innovation and continuous improvement.’

‘Valid professional skills and great availability.’

‘Flexibility and capability in addition to multidisciplinary skills.’

‘Professionals always available and very attentive. We have also had support with them in other countries such as Spain and the United States.’

Italy > Industry focus: TMT

Lexia Avvocati  provides specialised regulatory, commercial and corporate advice in the technology, gaming, AI and ICT sectors.

Lexia Avvocati is a leading Italian full service law firm, widely recognized in the Italian legal market for its remarkable expertise in the field of tech, FinTech, crypto-assets and blockchain, green energy, financial institutions and venture capital.

In a few years after its foundation in 2016, the firm rapidly emerged in Italy as a leader in these areas and built-up an impressive track-record of innovative and complex projects requiring creative legal solutions. In addition to capital markets, M&A, banking, FinTech, financial services, FDI and tax, the firm practices in the areas of public law, labor law, restructuring and global mobility and corporate immigration.

The firm boasts over sixty professionals working from the offices in Milan, Rome and Palermo – respectively led by managing partners Francesco Dagnino, Vincenzo Sanasi D’Arpe and Alessandro Dagnino.

Capital markets:  The team mainly advises companies listed on the main segments (Euronext Milan and and Euronext Milan STAR) of the Italian stock exchange. The firm holds a prominent position in the proxy solicitation market, having followed almost 20% of the proxy solicitations on listed companies carried out in Italy in the last five years.

Lexia has a top-tier team focused on FinTech, Crypto-Assets and Blockchain, which has been awarded several prizes. It provides assistance to Italian and foreign companies operating at the forefront of financial innovation.

Energy: The team permanently assists leading financial institutions and sponsors in financing operations, investment, acquisition and development of projects with reference to renewable energy. Important and numerous national and international awards are given to professionals of the firm in the specific sector.

The firm has significant expertise in handling private and public M&A deals, as well as venture capital investments in Italian tech companies.

Tax litigation: The team is widely recognized for having obtained decisions that have had ground-breaking impact on tax law.

Managing Partner - Head of Corporate M&A, Capital Markets – Co-Head of FinTech, Crypto-Assets and Blockchain Francesco Dagninofrancesco.dagnino@lexia.it(+39) 02 3663 8610
Partner - Head of Energy Marco Muscettolamarco.muscettola@lexia.it(+39) 02 3663 8610
Partner – Head of Financial Institutions, Co-Head of FinTech, Crypto-Assets and Blockchain Angelo Messoreangelo.messore@lexia.it(+39) 02 3663 8610
Managing Partner - Palermo – Head of Tax Alessandro Dagninoalessandro.dagnino@lexia.it(+39) 091 3090 62
Francesco Dagnino photoAvv Francesco DagninoManaging Partner | Head of Capital Markets; head of Corporate & M&A;…
Alessandro Dagnino photoAvv Alessandro DagninoManaging Partner | Head of Tax department.
Vincenzo Fabrizio Giglio photoAvv Vincenzo Fabrizio GiglioPartner | Head of Labour department.
Angelo Messore photoAvv Angelo MessorePartner | Head of Financial Institutions; Co-head of FinTech, Crypto-Assets and Blockchain.
Marco Muscettola photoAvv Marco MuscettolaPartner | Head of Energy and Banking and Finance Department
Vincenzo Sanasi DAvv Vincenzo Sanasi D"ArpeManaging Partner – Rome
Number of Professionals : 60+
Elite Partner - Italian Stock Exchange
Premium Partner – Regional Agency for the Attraction of Foreign Investment Invest in Lombardy
Founding Partner of AIEDA (Italian Association for the Exercise of Shareholders' Rights)
Member of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications
Partner of Endeavor
Premium partner of the Italian FinTech hub Financialtechnology.it
Partner of AiFin (The Italian Financial Innovation Think Tank)
Member of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy
Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy
Other Offices : Rome, Palermo