Luca Picone

Luca Picone

Country Managing Partner, Milan, Rome

Email luca.picone@​

Phone +39 02 720 2521 (Milan)

Fax +39 02 72025252 (Milan)

LanguagesEnglish, Italian

Practice groupCorporate

'Luca is 'leading individual' for Corporate M&A'

Legal 500 EMEA 2017

Consistently acknowledged as a brilliant and innovative M&A lawyer, Luca has devoted his 20+ year career to advising clients on domestic and cross-border transactions. Luca's extensive experience ranges from pure transactional work (including asset and share deals, divestitures, tender offers, joint ventures and restructuring) to counselling board members and shareholders on complex corporate issues. His clients include industrial corporations, financial institutions and private equity funds operating in various sectors such as telecom, luxury, energy, food and infrastructure. If you need a proactive lawyer with a commercial approach and cutting-edge knowledge on international and domestic M&A transactions as well as Italian corporate law, no matter how complex the issue is, Luca is here to help you.

Whatever is at stake, if it concerns corporate/M&A, Luca is able to solve the problem, overcome the hurdles, get to the point, simplify the complexities, explain the technicalities, understand your needs and, calmly but firmly, deliver the best deal using skills gained in over two decades of negotiating deals. He heads up a tailored team of lawyers focussed on executing each deal in the most effective way.

Luca is ranked as a Leading Individual in Corporate/M&A by Legal 500 EMEA 2015, and has been consistently highly ranked by Chambers since 2006: in 2015 he was ranked Band 3 both in Corporate/M&A and in Private Equity in Chambers Global and Europe Editions, which describe him as 'very commercial and willing to take risks'. In 2015 he won the Legal community award as Rising Star in the Energy Sector. Luca is author of many publications on corporate matters, including share purchase agreements, directors' liability, leveraged buy-out transactions, tender offers and de-mergers. His technical prowess derives also from his longstanding academic activities, for example as lecturer on Business Law at the Bocconi University in Milan.

Awards and recognitions


He is defined by clients as a "a talented and tough negotiator with significant experience."
Chambers Global


Leading Individual in M&A & Governance
Who's Who Legal 2016


Luca Picone receives praise for his expertise in M&A work. Sources note that he has "very solid knowledge and grasp of the law," is "technically very strong" and is "commercially focused."
Chambers Global


"Very commercial and willing to take risks," note interviewees.
Chambers Europe


"Calm, composed and especially strong in the negotiation phase of the transaction." He wins particular praise for his private M&A capabilities.
Chambers Europe


Luca Picone is ‘excellent during negotiations’
Legal 500 EMEA


Clients note that Luca Picone is 'very experienced at advising on complex M&A transactions'
Chambers Europe

Education and admissions


Law Degree, Università degli Studi di Milano, 1992

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Advising Vodafone Global Enterprise Limited in the public takeover of Cobra Automotive Technologies S.p.A.

Advising Sharp Corporation on various transactional and corporate matters relating to certain joint venture agreements with Enel Green Power and ST Microelectronics.

Advising 21 Investimenti in the acquisition of Forno d'Asolo, an Italian company operating in the food sector.

Assisting Trilantic Capital Partners in the acquisition of Betty Blue, an Italian company operating in the fashion sector

Advising SunEdison in various transactions relating to their Italian PV portfolio.

Advising Suzo-Happ (an ACON Investments portfolio company) in the acquisition of Comesterogroup, an Italian company operating in the supply of payment systems.

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