Sergio Spagnolo

Born in Milan, Italy on 14/9/1962.

He graduated from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He started his professional activity in the law firm of Professor Federico Stella, in Milan, where he has been working for several years.
In 2001 he co-founded the associated law firm “Studio Legale  Brusa Spagnolo Tosoni & Partners”.

During the course of his professional activity, he specialized in criminal law in the field of financial and Corporate crimes (including laundering crimes, fiscal criminal law, bankruptcy), Public Administration crimes, intellectual property crimes and in general, in culpable crimes related to professional negligence (i.e. medical liability), and environmental legislation.

In particular, he hold defense counsel position in the main criminal court cases of the past years such as: the court case for bankruptcy and market rigging by Parmalat, the court case for banking crimes by Banca Popular di Lodi, the so-called “Telecom affair” case, the court case for bankruptcy against the Chiefs of Capitalia, and many trials related to environmental law and health legislation violations (in particular about asbestos exposition).

He co-operates with several Italian and international law firms (USA, UK, Switzerland and France) and he provides assistance and criminal counseling – as well as in relation to the above matters – also in relation to proceedings brought by CONSOB and Bankitalia.

He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and member of IBA (International Bar Association).

He regularly holds conferences on corporate administrative liability (ex D.Lgs. 231/01) and on public administration cases. He has been the supervisor president (ex D.Lgs. 231/01) of an international food/non food company, and continues providing legal opinions on 231 law and in general  231 crimes.

He speaks English and French fluently.



Dott. Francesco Senatore

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Expertise and Practice

Francesco heads the Italian desk at our offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Milan. He has lead the international practice of our German-Italian firm since 2006. With his knowledge of the German and Italian legal systems, both languages and the corresponding intercultural competence, he is in a position to represent successfully our clients in cross-border legal matters between Germany and Italy. He uses his admission to practice law in both countries and his special dual qualification in particular for commercial, real estate, and inheritance law matters.

The focus of Francesco’s German law practice is on labor and employment law. He advises on employment agreements and termination, including warnings and actions for unfair dismissal in the field of labor law.

Additional Background

Francesco, our Italian partner and head of our Milan office, was born in Calabria in southern Italy. He spent his youth not far from Milan where he completed his legal studies with the degree Dottore in Legge. While looking for another challenge, he moved to Germany, learned German, and studied law at the University of Kiel. After passing the first state law examination, he participated in the postgraduate commercial law program in Hamburg. He completed his legal clerkship in Hamburg at the Fiscal Authority and Unilever Germany among other places. After passing the second state exam in law, Francesco first gained experience as in-house counsel before becoming a founding partner of ROSE & PARTNER.




Andreina Degli Esposti

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Born in Bologna in June 1960, she graduated magna cum laude in Law from the University of Bologna in February 1984. She also studied at the University of Münster and was admitted to the bar in 1986. She has been involved in research and lecturing in the department of Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna and the departments of Administrative Law at the Universities of Milan and Pavia, publishing various essays and contributing entries to legal encyclopedias.

Throughout the course of her practice – which covers both judicial (predominantly before the Regional Administrative Tribunals and the Consiglio di Stato) and extrajudicial (stipulating agreements with Public Administrations and providing counsel in the administrative areas of M&A and joint ventures) work – she has gained expertise in the sectors of procurement (also concerning the German legal system), environment, telecommunications and town-planning. She also has extensive experience as a member of the Board of Arbitrators.

Currently, she is involved in the professional network of the online administrative law review “” and is a member of the Lombardy Association for Administrative Lawyers.

Chambers Europe and Legal 500 place her among the most prominent Italian lawyers in the field of public law.

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati:

At Studio Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati, our primary objective is to meet the growing demand for specialist advice from public and private clients operating in the various sectors governed by Administrative Law. Having provided legal counsel across all areas of our expertise over the years, our extensive judicial and extrajudicial experience has shaped the Studio as a key consultancy in the current legal framework. We operate within the ever-strengthening relationship between the Administrative and Civil law sectors, and specialise particularly in Corporate and Financial law. The importance of this relationship has now extended across both national and international markets, particularly due to the influence of key independent authorities that regulate areas such as antitrust material, the Stock Exchange and financial brokerage, as well as other entities operating in the field of public utilities (e.g. energy, water, telecommunications and transport).

The Firm’s practice covers all areas of Public Law, either in courts of law (besides before civil and administrative courts, also in criminal proceedings involving public aspects and before Corte di Conti) or extra-judicially. In particular, the Firm is specialized in: Public tenders and Project financing, Real estate and Building Regulation (Commerce, Industrial sites, Malls, Stores and Infrastructures), Environment, Mergers and Acquisitions (i.e. Due Diligence activity), Energy, Public Utilities, Independent Authorities,  Oil and Gas, Waste, Privatisation;

We consider one of our fundamental strengths to be our ability to continually update and evolve our practice in order to accommodate for a constantly developing legal system. The Studio’s dynamic structure means that our lawyers spread across Milan, Rome and Bologna can satisfy our clients’ every need quickly and efficiently. 

The Firm is located also in Rome (00198, Via G. Caccini, 1, Tel.+39 06 48 90 67 66 – Fax +39 06 47 82 16 84) and in Bologna (40122, Galleria G. Marconi, 1, Tel.+39 051 23 11 56 – Fax +39 051 04 20 457).


Luca Daffra

Luca Daffra is a partner of Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati, which he joined in 2006.

Admitted to the bar in Milan, he has acquired a strong expertise in employment law and labour law, social security issues and privacy-related matters through several and significant professional experiences in leading domestic firms as well as foreign and international.

He provides both judicial and non-judicial assistance to clients.

As legal advisor, he regularly takes part in extraordinary corporate transactions, focusing on labour law issues related to mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and reorganizations, redundancies and downsizing.

He has also developed his expertise in the area of Data Protection Law, assisting a number of companies with the implementation of all necessary measures to comply with the GDPR. In particular he has assisted some leading groups in the retail, food, and banking industries His legal education includes J.D. awarded with First Class Honours in 2001 by Università degli Studi dell’Insubria.

A member of Italian Labour Lawyer Association (AGI) and of International Bar Association (IBA), he has been a regular contributor to various law journals and magazines, both domestic and international, focusing on topics related to labour law, data and technology law, and social security issues.

Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati is widely recognised as a leading specialist in employment law practice. Its lawyers have also deep experience in high-stake litigation and complex transactions. Clients, both domestic and international, range from large corporations and PLCs to entrepreneurs in a variety of sectors including automotive, media and entertainment, retail, hospitality & leisure, Information & technology, professional services and financial services and banks. Its teams of lawyers are recognized by clients as strategic partners with a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything they jointly do. Its “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices —ensures that clients receive the best of knowledge and experience.

Giampiero Proia

Giampiero Proia is the President and Founder of the Proia & Partners law firm. He has strong and primary skills due to his long-standing experiences gained in the academic, managerial and institutional sectors.

A lawyer since 1988 (authorized before the Supreme Courts since 1998) and Professor since 1994, Giampiero is currently labor professor at the University of Roma Tre (“Università degli Studi Roma 3”) and welfare professor at LUISS University (“LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli”). He is also Director of the labor and industrial relations Master at University of Roma Tre.

His scientific production (numerous publications, monographs, textbooks of university studies, articles of legal encyclopedias and labor periodical) is continuing and intense, as well as being a speaker at national and international conferences on labor, welfare and trade union law. He has also been appointed several times as a member of study commissions for the drafting of law texts.

With regard to the managerial skills, he has covered roles of representation, direction or control of various national public institutions. He has been appointed, inter alia, as member of the Board of ARAN (National Agency for Collective Bargaining Agreement of Public Authorities), President of Italia Lavoro S.p.A. (the public company in charge of Italian labor policies) and Commissioner of the National Authority for strikes of public services.

Studio Legale Proia & Partners:

Proia & Partners, founded by prof. Giampiero Proia, is a boutique employment law firm, with headquarters in Rome and Milan. Featuring an evolving and dynamic organization at the service of enterprises, combining the prestige of tradition with the power of experience. The Firm’s specialized lawyers, provide assistance, judicial and extrajudicial all over the national territory and also abroad.

The firm is now one of the market-leading employment boutiques covering numerous areas including also human resources management, litigation of private and public companies, transfer of the undertaking, labor due diligence, individual and collective dismissals, unions negotiations, restructuring of international and domestic companies, drafting of employment and directorship agreements.

The Law Firm Proia & Partners is a natural evolution of long experience gained by its founder and other professionals in one of the most prestigious Italian labor law studies.

Its origins Studio proudly retains an almost unique wealth of expertise and relationships; a heritage built not only in the care, now more than ten years, the most important litigation in size and complexity in the world of private enterprise and public, but also extra-judicial assistance to the management of labor relations and industrial relations, aimed to optimize ‘ business organization and prevent the dispute itself.

Based on this tradition, and experience of its professionals, the firm has developed the organizational and technological innovations necessary to continue to provide to companies and organizations increasingly oriented legal service to the absolute values of excellence and at the same time, perfectly coordinated with their needs (such as, for example, through the establishment of staff ” dedicated ” for individual customers or specific issues, provision of telematics services on line, the creation of a network of primary correspondents in all the Italian Courts and major foreign capital).

For the same purpose, and to ensure the uniform management and not segmented the problems with labor law implications, the Firm has internally even all specialist contributions relating to closely related subjects, such as international law and Community employment law, criminal law labor, occupational safety and corporate and bankruptcy law, in connection with dealings of directors, outsourcing processes and business crisis.

Florian Bünger

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Florian Bünger is mainly active in the framework of the commercial relations between Italy and German-speaking countries, providing legal assistance to Italian and foreign companies in particular in the area of commercial and company law. At Dike Schindhelm e is a member of the German Desk with responsibility for the area of German law.

He has also significant experience in providing assistance to German companies vis-à-vis Italian insolvency procedures or companies that face a situation of business distress.

On the basis of his education and experience his activity comprises in particular also representation of his clients in German courts, in particular in commercial and employment litigation, legal assistance in connection with the setting up of a new business, negotiation of international contracts (in particular with a German contractual party) and transnational execution of titles.


Since 2012 Florian Bünger is a partner of Dike Schindhelm.

Between 2003 and 2012 Florian Bünger was a collaborator of a commercial law office in Bologna (Italy).

Since 2003 he is admitted to the bar in Berlin as a German lawyer and since 2006 in Bologna as an Italian lawyer.

In 1999 he has graduated from the University of Berlin (Freie Universität) in legal studies; in 1995/96 he has studied at the University of Bologna as an ERASMUS student. In 1999/2000 he completed his education with a masters degree in international economic law obtained from the University of Warwick (UK). He spent the subsequent legal training at the Berlin Courts of appeal.

Florian Bünger is a member of the Deutsch-Italienischen Juristenvereinigung (Italian-German lawyers‘ association).


  • Legal assistance in favour of an important German industry group and its affiliates in the automotive industry in various issues vis-à-vis the organs of an Italian insolvency procedure in the framework of both out of court negotiations and the various judicial proceedings initiated by the respective parties in connection with the preceding supply relationship.
  • Legal assistance in favour of an Italian company in connection with the acquisition of an Austrian company in the sports apparel industry.
  • Leal assistance in favour of an Italian company in connection with the restructuring of its German affiliate in the fashion industry.


Avv. Marco Morace

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Marco Morace, born in Naples on 16th September 1978, began to take law office experiences and study law in 1998. He graduated in Law, with the highest grade, from the from University of Naples “Federico II” in 2003.

Prior to joining the law firm E.MORACE&Co., he worked for the in house legal department of P&G in Rome and then he spent almost a year in London as visiting lawyer with leading London marine P&I insurers and international law firms.

He progressively specialized in insurance, reinsurance and marine law and he is now considered among the Italian experts in these fields and, as the other Partners of the law firm E.MORACE&Co., he is regularly appointed by international leading insurers.

He has handled difficult claims and disputes as counsel, negotiator or litigation lawyer, whether out-of-Court or in Court, in the areas of insurance and reinsurance.

Beyond serving as counsel to the parties in litigations, he is also frequently appointed to coordinate claims investigations, provide legal advice and assistance to resolve out-of-court complex matters of insurance which also require a commercial approach and tactical expertise.

He is among the lawyers regularly used by Italian and international insurers and London underwriters and was chosen among the panelists of the event “Driving best claims practices’’ of the “Italian TPA and Legal Counsel PROGRAMME 2016” organized by LLOYD’S in London, reading a speech regarding best claims practices from a legal perspective.

He is a member of the Italian Bar Association admitted to practice before the Italian Courts.

He speaks Italian and English and he formerly read Law, as an assistant professor, at the University of Naples “Parthenope” and is lecturer at the Master in Shipping and International Management at I.P.E. (

Insurance and Reinsurance Practice of E.MORACE&Co.:

The E.MORACE&Co. Insurance and Reinsurance practice has a team of around 10 attorneys, working in or through the EM&C. Italian offices.

E.MORACE&Co team represents insurers and reinsurers to assist or handle the full range of insurance and reinsurance matters, from the minor and recurring claims to the most complex cases or frauds and in each of the stages of business (drafting policies, litigation, acquisitions, claims handling, run-off etc.) and in different classes of business (i.e. Liability of Various Kinds such as E&O, D&O, Medical Malpractice, Professional Indemnity), Counter-Fraud, Marine Insurance (P&I, H&M, Transport and Cargo Losses, Collisions and Salvages) and Aviation.

The Firm is usually appointed by Reinsurers, Insurers, TPAs, Average Adjusters, Insurance Brokers, Lloyd’s Syndicates or Managing Agents, P&I Clubs, Loss Adjusters.

Francesco Frattini

Performed as a lawyer from 2005 to 2011 dealing with company law, inheritance, contractual and procurement, carrying out judicial and consulting activities. Founder of offices in Milan and Varese, provided consultancy to Italian companies abroad, through a network of professionals based in Geneva, London, Mexico City, Moscow and Bangkok.

Won the competition notary D.D.G. 2006 and assumed the functions of a notary in 2011.

Professor of civil law at the School of Legal Specialization of the University of Genoa and author of publications on the subject or family law, guarantees, corporate law and condominium.

Is an authorised mediator.

Has completed an LLM (master of Laws) at King’s College London, University among the top ten in the world rankings, with specialisation in the following subjects:

  • Law of International Finance – International syndicated loans and Eurobonds issues
  • Law of International Finance II – International project financing and loan sales
  • Law of international Finance III – Securization, derivatives and CDO’s
  • Regulation of the conduct of mergers and acquisitions
  • International and comparative law trust

Luciano Castelli

Luciano has experience spanning more than sixteen years in civil, business and bankruptcy consulting and litigation.

He has followed large national disputes, assisting Italian and international firms, and is often appointed arbitrator by his colleagues and institutional bodies, including the President of the Court of Milan, the National and International Chamber of Arbitration of Milan, and the President of the Council of Chartered Accountants and Tax Experts of Milan.

Professional Experience:

Before becoming a partner of LCA in 2018, Luciano was a partner of SeAS – Sanzo e Associati and, prior to this, was the founding partner of the Mariconda e Associati Law Firm, together with Attorney Vincenzo Mariconda. Before this, he practiced law in the Gramellini Leonelli Law Firm, and, earlier, he worked in the legal department of Banque Safdié (formerly known as Multi-Commercial Bank) in Geneva.

Associations, seminars, media and other activities:

Luciano Castelli was educated at the Instituto Gonzago di Milano dei Fratelli delle Scuole Cristiane. There he commenced his studies in 1981, graduating from the Liceo Scientifico (Scientific High School). While he attended the Instituto Gonzaga he also had the opportunity to become involved in voluntary work for several years, coordinating the activities of the Aquilone Association, both in Milan and in Haiti, where he was sent on a mission in 1993.

From 2009 to 2016 he was an honorary fellow in Private Law at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano and since 2014 he has been an honorary fellow in Civil Procedural Law at the Università degli Studi di Milano. He is the author of a number of publications in the field of Civil and Procedural Law, and since 2012 he has been working with the Ipsoa Group – Wolters Kluwer in the updating of the ‘I Contratti’ databank, and in the editing of the Commentated Civil Code, written by Guido Alpa and Vincenzo Mariconda.

He is a member of the arbitration society Associazione Italiana per l’Arbitrato, where he is listed as the only Italian contact person in the field of Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution, by Global Law Expert, Leaders in Law, and Five Star Law.


Francesco Isolabella

Francesco Isolabella is a Criminal Lawyer, Partner in the law firm Studio Legale Isolabella, founded in the 1960’s by his father Lodovico.

He specialises in corporate criminal law and focuses specifically on defence in and out of court and consultancy for Italian and foreign companies and physical persons, in connection with financial, banking, bankruptcy, tax, and environmental offences, as well as in publishing and medical liability.

He has acted as defence counsel for directors and officers of foreign banks and rating agencies in several nationally-relevant cases of market manipulation and bankruptcy, as well as for other financial and corporate crimes.

Francesco has also gained significant experience in the field of criminal liability for legal entities (pursuant to Law 231/01): he defended primary international Groups under trial in connection with Law 231/01 (in cases focusing, for example, on financial, corporate and international corruption offences). He is a consultant in drafting “231 Models”, in internal investigation activities, and in the implementation of Compliance Programmes, also under emergency conditions.

In assisting foreign clients, he has been busy in the international implementation of criminal corporate liability regulations in their various forms (for example, USFCPA, UK Bribery Act, Italian Law 231/01, Ley Organica in Spain, etc.), drafting 231 Organisational Models applicable to foreign companies and aimed at the prevention of the risk of crime in connection with cross-border operations.

Francesco Isolabella has often lectured as keynote speaker in conferences and seminars. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the specialisation course “Criminal Liability for Collective Entities pursuant to Law 231/01” organised by the University of Milan. He is also teaches the specialisation course “Financial Markets Law” at the University of Milan, and the Law & Business Master at the Il Sole 24 Ore Business School.

Francesco Isolabella is registered with the International Bar Association and with the American Bar Association.