BonelliErede announces the winners of the 2021 Franco Bonelli scholarships
12 July 2021

For the fifth consecutive year, BonelliErede has awarded two scholarships in memory of one of its founders: Franco Bonelli.

This year’s scholarships were open to EU graduates in law who wish to deepen their studies – by attending a master’s or carrying out a research programme at a European or US university – in the subjects Franco Bonelli addressed in his writings.

This year the awarding commission, made up of professors Sabino Cassese, Giovanni Domenichini and Piergaetano Marchetti, awarded the scholarships to Gilda Sophie Prestipino and Francesco Mazzetti.

The awarding commission especially appreciated, in relation to both winners, the merit in undertaking particularly innovative studies from a legal standpoint.

Gilda Sophie is a University of Siena graduate, with a stint of study at Columbia Law School in New York and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, and currently works as a supervision analyst at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. She will attend an LLM in Corporate Governance and Practice at Stanford University for the 2021–2022 academic year – an increasingly key area for companies because it facilitates the achievement of the objectives of integrity, stability, efficiency, value creation, transparency and protection of the company’s reputation.

Francesco is a LUISS Guido Carli University graduate whose thesis addressed financial digitisation and new challenges for regulators in FinTech and RegTech. He had a stint of study at Fordham University in New York and the Riga Graduate School of Law and, following graduation, was awarded the Bank of Italy’s prestigious Donato Menichella scholarship, which he used to return to Riga to pursue an LLM in Technology Law. He has been admitted as a visiting research scholar to the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York for the next academic year, where he will deepen his studies in the regulation of central bank digital currencies (CBDC), which raises critical legal questions on the fundamental relationship between money, the state and law – and how the CBDC will impact the financial stability of banks.

Stefano Simontacchi, President of BonelliErede, commented as follows: “Last year was certainly challenging. We still live in a climate of uncertainty, challenges and continuous change, and it is precisely in these situations that we believe our gaze should turn to the younger generations. These two scholarships are not only an opportunity to pay homage to one of our founders but also – and above all – a marvellous way to invest in the future, by allowing two young talents to pursue their dream of studying abroad at a world-leading university. This year the scholarships take on even more importance in the face of the unexpected socioeconomic difficulties we are facing”.