Luca Picone

Luca Picone

Country Managing Partner
Milan, Rome

Email luca.picone@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +39 02 720 2521 (Milan)

Fax +39 02 72025252 (Milan)

LanguagesEnglish, Italian

Practice groupCorporate

He digs deeply into matters and likes to get to the bottom of things.

Chambers Global 2019

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

2019

"He digs deeply into matters and likes to get to the bottom of things"
Chambers Global

2018-2019

Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

2018

"A pragmatic, clever and effective practitioner";"He is a calm but strong negotiator and he represents a perfect balance of top technical skills and a strong commercial approach"
Chambers Europe

2018

"ability to inspire confidence and put clients at ease, offering an excellent commercial approach and good grasp of clients' needs"
Chambers Global

2017

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

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

2016

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

2015

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

2015

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

2018-2019

Corporate/M&A (Italy)
Chambers Global

Education and admissions

Education

Law Degree, Università degli Studi di Milano, 1992

Bar admissions and qualifications

Milan

Representative experience

Advising Enel X in an agreement with Infracapital in the sale of a portfolio of 11 cogeneration and tri-generation plants in Italy

Advising 21 Invest in the sale of the entire corporate capital of Forno d'Asolo to BC Partners

Advising L'Aromatika in the sale of a majority stake of its corporate capital to Italmobiliare

Advising the shareholders of Plastic in the possible sale of the entire corporate capital to Rieke Italia, a company belonging to TriMas group

Advising Polybius in the creation of a joint venture with San Marino Innovation aimed at developing a first of its kind blockchain ecosystem

Advising 21 Partners in the joint venture with Aberdeen Asset Management

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