Lexia Avvocati > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Lexia Avvocati
Via del Lauro, 9
MILAN 20121

Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Lexia Avvocati assists an array of clients including IT service providers, content creators, and compliance officers with GDPR mandates. The department regularly acts as a data protection officer for clients and handles matters pertaining to data breaches as well as technology transactions. Aurora Agostini oversees the team and has in-depth expertise of digital compliance matters and cross-border data transfers.

Practice head(s):

Aurora Agostini



‘The individuals in Lexia’s team are all well-educated in their field and have strong expertise in their vertical.’

‘An excellent team and constantly collaborating with the client.’

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 4

Lexia Avvocati‘s regulatory expertise covers fintech, open banking, decentralised finance, blockchain, crypto assets and alternative investments. The practice is jointly led by Angelo Messore, a 2021 recruit from White & Case (Europe) LLP and expert in the regulation of banking, financial, insurance, investment and payment services, alongside founding partner Francesco Dagnino.

Practice head(s):

Angelo Messore; Francesco Dagnino


Lexia is well-equipped with all the professional components to meet clients’ legal and tax needs.

Clients express an excellent degree of satisfaction with the team.

Lexia’s team is super prepared, and able to lead clients to the most effective legal solution.

The team is remarkable because of the accuracy of the information provided to clients.

Proactive and takes care of clients’ needs.

Able to manage clients activities remotely through good technological tools that allow excellent interaction with the client.

Angelo Messore and his team have shown solid knowledge and awareness of insurance issues, resolving questions that are often confused by the recent legislation issued by the Institute for the Supervision of Insurance.

Francesco Dagnino is very knowledgeable and responsive – great for complex regulatory issues.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bitpanda Pro Europe with the setting up of a pan-European platform, dedicated to the trading of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets.
  • Assisted Vivid Digital on the setting up of its Italian business operations.
  • Assisted Sienna Investment Managers and RollingFunds with the launch of an Italian platform offering lending solutions to SMEs through a France-established alternative investment fund.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 5

The department at Lexia Avvocati is proficient in the IT, AI, gaming, technology and financial technology sectors, and the practice also assists with licensing, distribution and sponsorship agreements, and the drafting of terms and conditions. Francesco Dagnino is knowledgeable of corporate M&A, financial services, and capital markets work, while Angelo Messore has been active in the establishment of numerous innovative fintech platforms.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Dagnino; Angelo Messore


‘Good expertise.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted Neulabs, the first Amazon FBA aggregator in Italy, in connection with over 10 acquisitions of Amazon FBA businesses and accounts all over Europe (both share deals and asset deals).
  • Assisted 4Gifters S.r.l. with setting up an e-commerce marketplace allowing customers to purchase products or services from luxury brands by way of a gift.
  • Assisted Switcho S.r.l. with setting-up its app for the comparison of utility services, insurance and other financial products, as well as for the optimisation of savings and expenses by customers.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

The team at Lexia Avvocati has a particular emphasis on the tech, fintech, financial services, ICT, TMT and renewable energy sectors, operating across a litany of public M&A, LBO, MBO, joint venture, buy-outs and venture capital deals. Francesco Dagnino, the firm’s co-founder and managing partner, is also a key port of call for listed companies and their shareholders in respect of corporate governance affairs.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Dagnino

Other key lawyers:

Marco Muscettola; Angelo Messore; Giovanni Battista Bruno; Fabio Luongo


‘Lexia combines the best of both worlds: necessary longstanding values and deep knowledge of legal matters together with a very dynamic pragmatic and international approach of work. This very rare mixture makes it unique in comparison with other M&A firms in Milan.’

‘Very good language skills apart from the high legal standards. High level of values; fair and collegial behaviour but insist on the important issues. The work is business focused. I love working with the team around Francesco Dagnino.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Gum Group S.p.A. on the sale in favor of Gilde / Rivean capital (a Dutch private equity firm), indirectly through a BidCo, of a majority stake in TAS S.p.A. and re-investment by some of the sellers of part of the sale proceeds in BidCo.
  • Assisted Neulabs – the first Amazon FBA aggregator in Italy – in connection with over 10 acquisitions of Amazon FBA businesses and accounts all over Europe (both share deals and asset deals).
  • Advised Wopta, an Italian insurtech company, on the investment round for the start of its operations.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner - Head of Corporate M&A, Capital Markets – Co-Head of FinTech, Crypto-Assets and Blockchain Francesco Dagnino francesco.dagnino@lexia.it (+39) 02 3663 8610
Partner - Head of Energy Marco Muscettola marco.muscettola@lexia.it (+39) 02 3663 8610
Partner – Head of Financial Institutions, Co-Head of FinTech, Crypto-Assets and Blockchain Angelo Messore angelo.messore@lexia.it (+39) 02 3663 8610
Managing Partner - Palermo – Head of Tax Alessandro Dagnino alessandro.dagnino@lexia.it (+39) 091 3090 62
Photo Name Position Profile
Aurora Agostini photo Avv Aurora Agostini Counsel | Head of Data & Technology Innovation department
Alessandro Borsetto photo Dr Alessandro Borsetto Partner – Head of Tax Advisory Department – Milan
Francesco Dagnino photo Avv Francesco Dagnino Managing Partner | Head of Capital Markets; head of Corporate & M&A;…
Alessandro Dagnino photo Avv Alessandro Dagnino Managing Partner | Head of Tax department.
Vincenzo Fabrizio Giglio photo Avv Vincenzo Fabrizio Giglio Partner | Head of Labour department.
Angelo Messore photo Avv Angelo Messore Partner | Head of Financial Institutions; Co-head of FinTech, Crypto-Assets and Blockchain.
Marco Muscettola photo Avv Marco Muscettola Partner | Head of Energy and Banking and Finance Department
Vincenzo Sanasi D'Arpe photo Avv Vincenzo Sanasi D'Arpe Managing 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