General counsel | ZTE Italia
Senior lawyer with more than 15 years of professional experience with both private practice and in-house international experience (Italy, New York and London). Graduated in law at the University of...
General counsel | Generali Italia
In her professional career, Cristina Rustignoli has gained extensive and consolidated experience in the banking, financial and insurance sectors. In 2000 she joined the Generali Group as legal manager of...
General counsel and company secretary | Dolce & Gabbana
Fabrizio Caretta is an Italian lawyer, graduated from the University of Turin and admitted to the Bar in Turin in 1996. In 1995 he joined the Fila Group, as the...
General counsel | Barilla Group
Chief group communication and external relations officer chief legal, corporate affairs and compliance officer after graduating in law in 2002, Francesco obtained his specialisation in legal professions and the qualification...
General counsel | illimity Bank
Giovanni began his career at Deloitte & Touche, before kicking off his legal career at Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners and then helping found Studio LMS in 2006. In 2013,...
Legal director | Prada Group
Pragmatic and innovative, Luca strongly believes that corporate identity, culture and team working are some of the main characteristics with which to face the changes and challenges that the market...
Head of legal | Automobili Lamborghini
After some time in private practice, and during her PhD in European Law, Maria Francesca Portincasa joined Automobili Lamborghini as a consultant and contributed to the creation of the legal...
General counsel | JLL
Maria is head of legal and compliance of the Southern Europe Cluster at JLL, participates in the leadership team, the Sustainability Committee, the D&I Committee and the Privacy Champions Group...
General counsel Europe | GE Renewable Services
Massimo Sanvito is currently the global general counsel for GE Offshore Wind where he holds full responsibility for legal operations and strategy on a global scale. After working in Milan...
Director legal and corporate affairs | Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM)
Micaela coordinates a team of 20 professionals and provides legal support to the business divisions, central offices, and subsidiaries of ATM Group; she assists ATM in Court (being listed in...
General counsel | Coop Alleanza 3.0
Paolo Fabiani has more than 20 years of professional experience in in-house, judicial, and extrajudicial legal activities. Paolo has worked for two leading multinational and listed companies as chief legal...
General counsel | Valentino
Patrizia Carrozza is general counsel of Valentino, the Italian maison de couture amongst the leaders of international fashion and luxury market. She can count on a team of 14 holistic...
General counsel, secretary of the board | INWIT
From 28 January 2019 he joined INWIT with responsibility for the Legal, Corporate Affairs and Regulatory function as well as secretary of the board. In this role, he took on...
Group legal counsel | Recordati
Silvia Signoretti is an Italian qualified lawyer with more than 20 years of experience (both in law firms and in-house). After graduating in law at the Padua University, she obtained...
General counsel | ASTM
Simone Bagnariol is general counsel of ASTM, a global player in the infrastructure sector, and the world’s second largest motorway concessionaire. Previously, he was general counsel of Rizzani de Eccher,...
Head of legal and corporate affairs | Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Simone Davini is the head of legal and corporate affairs at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank. Simone has worked for over 25 years as a lawyer and manager dedicated...
I am honored to present The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Italy 2023, a celebration of the remarkable achievements and exceptional talents of Italy’s foremost general counsel. This edition acknowledges their resilience in navigating the post-pandemic landscape and their unwavering commitment to managing a fresh array of legal intricacies. These encompass evolving legal requirements, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and the advent of transformative technologies poised to reshape the landscape for in-house legal leaders.
Liuma Alessia Casaccia, the head of the legal department at HP Italy, sums up the prevailing sentiment: ‘Given the wide range of legal complexities, as well as sustainability, geopolitical, and environmental concerns, the role of the general counsel will become more and more pivotal and multidisciplinary. This figure will need to increase not only their hard skills but also their ability to encompass and apply a helicopter view of both the business and the social needs to help the C-level to meet their relevant stakeholders’ expectations. It means that the general counsel has to become more and more strategic, fostering and amplifying their influence in the decision-making processes of their companies. This would also imply getting acquainted with the new AI tools that will be increasingly relevant in this hybrid lifestyle’. It has, therefore, become imperative for Italian-based general counsel to remain abreast of technological advancements and adeptly harness them to forge closer ties with their business partners, thereby driving their companies’ growth.
In a time marked by heightened environmental consciousness, the imperative of incorporating sustainable practices into one’s actions has assumed paramount importance. General counsel are no exception; The GC Powerlist Italy 2023 offers invaluable insights into their endeavors to champion and embed sustainability within the operations of the companies and industries they serve. Beyond championing various green initiatives, general counsel are deeply engaged in leveraging their roles to ensure the adherence to ESG initiatives and corporate social responsibility standards. Giovanna Napolitano, group general counsel at Kimbo, articulates: ‘I believe that embracing corporate social responsibility and sustainability is not just about ticking boxes or meeting regulatory requirements; it’s about making a genuine and lasting positive impact on the world around us. As the general counsel, I will actively advocate for and support initiatives that align with these principles and meet sustainable development goals, ensuring that our company not only thrives financially but also remains a responsible and conscious member of society’.
In the wake of a surge in M&A transactions within the country, we inquire dabout the pivotal role played by legal teams in facilitating these transactions. According to Andrea Navarra, general counsel at ERG, the legal team assumes a pivotal role from inception to culmination: ‘The legal department is a key-contributor to the success of any M&A transaction. This goes from the initial assessment of the deal structure to the analysis of the most important issues arising from due diligence until the complete negotiation of all contractual arrangements related to the transaction’.
Within the pages of this publication there is so much more to be read and learnt, as our powerlisters upack their career journey and the challenges they faced to arrive to their positions today.
On behalf of The Legal 500, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who generously shared their time and insights during the research process. Congratulations to all those featured in the 2023 edition, a testament to the top general counsel in Italy.
Sara Maggi| Deputy Editor The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Series
We are delighted to join The Legal 500 in recognizing Italy’s top general counsel. We are proud to present, for the very first time, the GC Powerlist event in Milan to highlight and to celebrate the work that our colleagues at the leading national and multinational corporations do to navigate and manage the legal needs of their sectors and businesses.
Who We Are
Deloitte Legal Italy has about 300 professionals, 9 offices in Milan, Rome, Padua, Turin, Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Bari, Catania and one office in Pescara. We assist clients in all areas of law, with a full-service approach and full integration with the entire international Deloitte network. Our lawyers specialize in the Consumer & Industrial Products, Financial Services, Energy & Resources, Real Estate & Construction, Public, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, and Life Sciences & Health Care industries.
Supporting clients pragmatically and effectively, adding business knowledge and process and technological innovation to legal excellence. These are the prerequisites with which Deloitte Legal operates when assisting its clients, both in the context of extraordinary transactions and in the streamlining of the activities of in-house legal departments.
General Counsels (GCs) are tasked with the mission of contributing value to their organizations. This includes improving business outcomes, navigating risk, modernizing operations for the digital age, fostering growth, all while remaining responsive to evolving regulatory landscapes and the ever-present legal demands of the business. In this evolving landscape, GCs require a reliable partner to assist them in meeting these expanding expectations, and we proudly serve as that indispensable ally.
To assist GCs in enhancing their growth, influence, and effectiveness in executive interactions, specialized Chief Legal Officer (CLO) executive programs have been developed.
Our Sustainable Law Firm
In order to foster the development of a legal profession that addresses the present and future needs of professionals, clients, and all citizens, while contributing to a sustainable and inclusive society, Deloitte Legal has authored and adopted the Sustainable Law Firm Manifesto in alignment with the main Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
Regarding the commitment to promoting a culture that respects differences and knows how to value them, Deloitte Legal participates in Deloitte’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs and events, and through GLOBE, it is an active part of a community of allies within the Deloitte network that promotes LGBTQ+ inclusion.
On the other hand, as far as commitment to the environment is concerned, Deloitte Legal participates in the WorldClimate Deloitte project, which reflects Deloitte’s strategy to promote responsible choices that minimize the impact on the changing climate, both within and outside the organization.
Furthermore, the transformation of Deloitte Legal into a benefit company is part of a broader path that involves multiple activities aimed at giving concrete form to the principles and values already stated in the Manifesto of the Sustainable Law Firm. This intent has also been expressed by Deloitte Legal in its
contribution to the process of transforming numerous companies within Deloitte Italy into benefit companies.
On the splendid evening of September 28th, 2023, Italy’s legal elite gathered at the enchanting rooftop venue of the Westin Palace in the vibrant city of Milan for the unveiling of The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Italy. Amidst the picturesque Milanese skyline, Giulio Tomassi, Business Development Manager, and the GC Powerlist Deputy Editor, Sara Maggi, hosts for the evening, welcomed and celebrated the remarkable achievements of the nation’s top in-house counsel.
The GC Powerlist publication and the launch reception itself exceeded our – already high – expectations, for the quality of the interviews we were able to do, the high calibre of the general counsel we spoke to during the research, and the huge turnout we had at the launch event.
The evening commenced with Sara Maggi, The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist Deputy Editor, delivering heartfelt opening remarks. She congratulated everyone in attendance, acknowledging the exceptional careers that had led them to this prestigious recognition and providing a glimpse of the research findings.
Following her, the spotlight turned to the event’s sponsor, Carlo Gagliardi, the Managing Partner of Deloitte Legal società tra avvocati. He addressed the challenges confronting in-house lawyers while also highlighting the opportunities presented by Italy’s resurgent business sector. His emphasis on the vital role of collaboration between external and in-house lawyers resonated with the audience.
Sara Citterio, the Group General Counsel of Trussardi, then graced the stage. She stressed the significance of being acknowledged in such publications, shedding light on the nuances of Italy’s in-house legal market. Her emphasis on the value of unity and knowledge-sharing among peers struck a chord with the audience.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who participated in our research. Thank you to our sponsor Deloitte Legal for their support during the research, and for making this event possible. As we bid arrivederci to Milan, we eagerly anticipate our return to Italy for the GC Summit Italy 2024.