Leah Dunlop

Leah Dunlop

Partner, Rome

Email leah.dunlop@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +39 06 6758231

Fax +39 06 6758 23 23

LanguagesEnglish, Italian

Practice groupCorporate

"Very hard-working and client-focused with strength in bridging the cultural gap between non-Italian clients and local lawyers.”

Chambers Europe 2018

With over 30 years' experience, first in London and then in Italy, Leah Dunlop is one of the very few bi-lingual, dual-qualified M&A lawyers operating in Italy. She is head of our Italian M&A practice and leads cross-border teams supporting clients in M&A, strategic alliances, reorganisations and first-mover projects, with a consolidated track record in sectors such as Automotive, Energy and Natural Resources, TMT, Consumer and Financial Institutions.

Whether clients are looking to clinch that innovative business combination or deliver a reorganised, restructured group to seize new opportunities, Leah's global outlook, seasoned deal-making skills and her talent for project management help them overcome the obstacles and close their projects on the right terms, on time and within budget.

Leah is ranked as a Leading Individual in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global 2015 which describe her as 'sensitive to the Italian viewpoint, and able to put it in an international context'. Legal 500 EMEA 2016 describes her as ‘outstanding; she has a clear focus on outcomes and consistently delivers'. Following the win in 2015 by Leah and her team of the Legalcommunity Award as Best Italian Law Firm of the Year in Oil & Gas, awarded by an independent panel of financiers and in-house counsel active in the sector, in 2016 Leah was awarded Client Choice for M&A in Italy, in which only in-house counsel are entitled to nominate, and vote for, candidates.

Awards and recognitions

2016 & 2010

'Ms Dunlop is highly skilled in project management and negotiation, a proactive leader and delivers results with great interpersonal skills and extraordinary dynamism'.
Winner of ILO Client Choice Award for M&A, Italy


Leah Dunlop is ‘outstanding; she has a clear focus on outcomes and consistently delivers’.
Legal500 EMEA


Hogan Lovells Italian M&A team is ‘proactive in supporting clients’ needs, provides strong strategic vision and has good negotiating skills’.
Legal500 EMEA


Ranked as a Leading Individual for Corporate/M&A, Leah is sensitive to the Italian viewpoint, and is able to put it in an international context.
Chambers Global


Italian Energy team, led by Leah Dunlop, won the Energy Legal community Awards as Best Italian Law Firm of the year for Oil & Gas.


Department head Leah Dunlop is 'outstanding'.
Legal500 EMEA


Leah Dunlop has ‘great relationship management and client communication skills’.
Legal500 EMEA

Education and admissions


Law Society Finals, The College of Law, Chester, 1982

LL.B (Hons), University of Southampton, 1981

Bar admissions and qualifications

England and Wales


Representative experience

Advising SABMiller plc on the Italian aspects of its disposal of Birra Peroni S.p.A. to Asahi.

Team leader for Kuwait Petroleum International affiliates on their acquisition of Shell's downstream businesses in Italy.

Lead legal project manager for Vodafone on its public takeover of Cobra Automotive Technologies S.p.A., a main provider of telematics insurance and vehicle tracking systems.

Advising a leading global energy company on the buyout of its joint venture partner's interest in several Italian wind power projects.

Establishing innovative, multijurisdictional Long Term Incentive plans for global groups in the Fashion and Luxury Goods sector.

Advisor to JAB Holdings on its acquisition of UK retailer Jimmy Choo from TowerBrook Capital Partners.

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