Giulia: a balancing act between BonelliErede, motherhood and the Milan social scene
23 May 2022

Giulia Uboldi is a managing associate in our corporate and M&A practice

You’ve been with BonelliErede since back when you were a trainee. What’s made you stay?

It’s true, I joined as a trainee, and I’ve never stopped growing since. I think that’s ultimately why I’ve stayed.

Since the outset, I’ve been given responsibilities, and they’ve only increased over time. Every day brings a new challenge, and with it precious learnings. Yes, I work hard, but it’s certainly not a one-way street: the firm invests in me and my development every single day.

It’s eight years that I’ve been working with my fantastic team, and I’ve now made it to managing associate.

I assist mainly foreign clients – usually PE funds and permanent capital vehicles – with M&A in heavily regulated sectors, e.g., infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, and gaming and betting. Given that new rules and regulations are constantly rolled out, we’re certainly never bored!

I also had an amazing experience as a secondee lawyer with US firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore in London, and I’m part of the Best Friends M&A Energy group. We meet regularly to update each other on how things are going locally, discuss trends and brainstorm new service offerings. I also attended two Autumn schools (as a junior and then senior associate), which brought yet another welcome opportunity to exchange thoughts with peers around the world and foster networking, growth and discussion.

You work very hard and you’ve built a career, but this hasn’t stopped you handling another great – and more personal – challenge.

One of my favourite things about BonelliErede is that it guarantees its people a good work-life balance – not only thanks to the policies the firm has in place and continues to develop but also – and more simply put – because of the collaborative work environment.

The type and quality of work we do here, the typical competition in the M&A world, and the transactions we handle (some of the most important and interesting domestically and internationally) only strengthen the great sense of respect, flexibility, collaboration and sincerity not just in my team but across the firm.

So, to answer the question: yes, this work environment, the work-life balance, and the people part of it meant that I was able to become a mother last year without having to give up my career as an ambitious lawyer with a great desire to keep growing!

When you’re not busy being a lawyer or mother, what do you do?

As a Milanese to the roots, I love my city and have always enjoyed exploring it, visiting museums, discovering new restaurants, and enjoying the dynamic nightlife. Unfortunately, the pandemic put a bit of a dampener on things for quite a while, but thankfully I’m getting back to getting out and about.

One thing that would be really hard to give up is all the social events that the dynamic Milan fashion and art world has to offer. Never the same and always fun, going to fashion and art events and parties is my favourite pastime. And I’m very grateful to my friends in fashion who allow me to share a piece of their world with me!

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