Leah Dunlop

Leah Dunlop


Email leah.dunlop@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +39 06 6758231

Fax +39 06 6758 23 23

LanguagesEnglish, Italian

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

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


Leah Dunlop leads our Corporate & Finance practice in Italy, where clients benefit from her unique international experience in navigating complex cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions over her 35+ year career. After starting in London, where she was a founding member of our Private Equity practice, in 2000 Leah relocated to Rome to support the opening of our Italian offices, qualifying as an Italian lawyer in 2007.

Leah leads cross-border teams supporting clients in M&A, strategic alliances and first-mover projects, with a consolidated track record in regulated sectors such as Automotive, Energy & Natural Resources and Financial Institutions. Clients looking to clinch that innovative business combination can rely on Leah's global outlook, seasoned deal-making skills and her talent for project management to help them overcome the obstacles and close their projects, on time and within budget.

Leah is ranked as a Leading Individual in Corporate/M&A (Italy), and for her Foreign Expertise in English law, by Chambers Global 2022 which describe her as 'well practiced in cross-border acquisitions and divestments'. Legal 500 EMEA 2020 considers her 'a key name for cross-border M&A'. She has won Best M&A Lawyer in Italy, awarded by Client Choice, twice in the last decade. In both 2015 and 2019, Leah and her team won the Legalcommunity Award as Best Italian Law Firm of the Year in Oil & Gas.

A passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and beyond, in 2017 Leah was recognized as one of Italy's top 30 women lawyers, the only non-Italian to be included in the list.

Awards and recognitions

2015, 2018-2021

Corporate/M&A (Italy), Foreign expert for UK
Chambers Global


Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Italy, Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA


Industry Focus: Energy
Legal 500 EMEA


Commercial, Corporate and M&A
Legal 500 EMEA


Industry Focus: Luxury Goods
Legal 500 EMEA


Private Equity
Legal 500 EMEA


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

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


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


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

Solicitor, England and Wales


Representative experience

Advising Cooper Standard Holdings Inc. on the divestment of its European and Indian rubber fluid transfer and specialty sealing businesses to Mutares SE & Co. KGaA 

Advising Dana Incorporated on its cross-border acquisition of Oerlikon Group’s Drive Systems segment, a global manufacturer of gears & planetary hub drives

Advising Dana Incorporated on its acquisition of SME S.p.A., a leading company in the electric motors and low-voltage inverters market

Advising a global private capital investor on the entry into an agreement for the sale of an international luxury accessories group

Advising the CEO of Il Bisonte on her participation in the sale, alongside other private capital shareholders, of the global leather accessories brand to a Japanese group

Advising Dana Incorporated on its cross-border acquisition of the global power-transmission and fluid power businesses of Brevini Group

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