Alessandro De Nicola > Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe > Milan, Italy > Lawyer Profile

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
MILAN 20121

Work Department

Compliance - Commercial, Corporate and M&A


Senior Partner


Alessandro De Nicola is member of Orrick’s Global Board of Directors, Senior Partner of the Italian offices in Milan and Rome, and has acted as European Corporate Group Leader.

Alessandro has extensive experience in commercial and corporate law, M&A, competition law and corporate governance. He has worked on complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions including acquisitions and corporate restructurings for some of the most important players in the market. He leads extensive corporate governance projects with a particular focus on Legislative Decree 231.

Alessandro has pleaded in front of the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCOM), Consob (the public authority responsible for regulating the Italian securities market), ECB (European Central Bank), Bank of Italy and civil and administrative courts.

Prior to joining Orrick, Alessandro was the national director of the Italian legal department of Studio Legale Tributario Ernst & Young. He earned his degree at Catholic University in Milan in 1985 and at Cambridge University he earned an LL.M. in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Corporate Law and Economics in 2007.

Since 2000 Alessandro has been teaching as adjunct professor in advanced corporate law and since 2011 in comparative business and European law at Bocconi University in Milan. He also served as scientific coordinator of the Master in Business Law organized by Il Sole 24 Ore Business School.

Alessandro has been a regular columnist for Il Sole 24 Ore from 2000 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been a columnist for L’Espresso, the weekly newsmagazine with the largest circulation in Italy, and for the daily newspaper La Repubblica. Since 2017, he regularly authors articles also for the Italian newspapers La Stampa and Il Foglio.

He has served and is currently member of the Board of Directors as well as chairman or member of a number of Vigilance Bodies of several Italian and international companies and financial institutions.


Italian, English, French


  • Milan Bar Association
  • Auditor, registered in the Register of Certified Auditors
  • Chairman, The Adam Smith Society
  • Chairman, Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Society of Northern Italy
  • Member, Scientific Committee of the Italian Banking, Insurance and Finance Federation (FeBAF)
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee – Department of Economics – of the Luigi Einaudi Foundation
  • Former member, Scientific Committee of ANIA (Associazione Nazionale tra le Imprese Assicuratrici/ National Association of Insurance Companies)
  • Former member, Scientific Committee of ABI-ANIA
  • Former member, Working Group for the dissemination of biotechnologies established at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers


  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, J.D., 1985
  • Cambridge University, LL.M., 1989
  • Cambridge University, Ph.D., 2007
  • Cambridge University, Executive Master in Business Administration – MBA,  2018

Lawyer Rankings

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Alessandro De Nicola – BonelliErede

Acting for several leading Italian companies, BonelliErede advises on the gamut of business and corporate law matters, including high-stakes M&A. Giulia Bianchi Frangipane is a corporate law specialist; Andrea Carta Mantiglia focuses on the healthcare, life sciences and TMT sectors; Eliana Catalano is ‘a star lawyer’; and Silvia Romanelli’s practice encompasses corporate and business law, M&A, takeover bids, joint ventures, and extraordinary transactions. Other active practitioners are private client focus head Gianpiero Succi, Gianfranco Veneziano, who spearheads development of the firm’s Egyptian practice, and corporate law expert Nicola Marchioro. M&A specialist Alessandro De Nicola was hired from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in February 2024.

Italy > Data privacy and data protection

BonelliErede‘s data protection and privacy practice in Milan sits within the firm’s wider IP team. The practice regularly assists with interactions with data protection authorities, challenging authorities’ decisions before the courts, and providing guidance throughout inspections and investigations. The group also advises on the data and privacy protection side of outsourcing agreements and commercial and technological joint ventures, and on aspects of such matters related to IoT and AI. Tommaso Faelli heads up the digital innovation focus team. Anna La Mura specialises in privacy and data protection. Giulia Tenaglia advises on the usage of new tech in regulated and non-regulated sectors. The arrival of Ivan Rotunno, Alessandro De Nicola and Giulia Rivarola di Roccella from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in February 2024 further boosted the practice.

Italy > Compliance

(Hall of Fame)

Alessandro De Nicola – BonelliErede

The leading corporate compliance practice in Italy’, BonelliErede‘s corporate compliance and investigations focus team routinely assists companies with the prevention of possible fraud or corruption. The firm also acts in internal investigations, and is the owner of beLab, an alternative legal service provider with a compliance management and investigations business unit. Francesco Sbisà brings expertise to corporate administrative liability matters. The next line of advisers includes corporate compliance specialist and managing associate Vincenzo Dell’Osso and counsel and internal corporate investigations expert Valentina Frignati. In a major boost to the practice, Alessandro De NicolaMarco Dell’AntoniaMarco MancinoLaura Cappiello and Ivan Rotunno all joined the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in February 2024. Alessandro Musella left the firm in early 2024.

Comparative Guides

Italy: Corporate Governance March 2024 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of Corporate Governance laws and regulations applicable in Italy.