BonelliErede honours the extraordinary legacy of its founder Franco Bonelli by annually granting two scholarships to law graduates who wish to complete their studies in the subjects he addressed in his writings (corporate law and corporate governance, privatization, international trade law, anticorruption, environmental law) in a country other than that of their origin.
The 2018 edition saw the participation of 21 applicants. Following a careful evaluation of all the applicants, the commission chaired by Sabino Cassese, Giovanni Domenichini and Piergaetano Marchetti chose Giovanni Petroboni and Chiara Picciau. The whole project, on behalf of BonelliErede, was coordinated by Alberto Saravalle.
Giovanni Petroboni graduated from Pavia University and he received his PhD in 2008 in Corporate Law and Financial Markets in Bologna with a thesis on “Business management and the power of partners in S.r.l. companies”. He is a researcher of commercial law in the department of Economics of Pavia University and author of two monographs and various essays. His research, to be carried out at the Universities of Cambridge (UK) and Cornell (NY, USA), will aim at deepening a comparative link between responsibilities of administrators and the availability of information, be it widespread or concentrated.
Chiara Picciau graduated from the Bocconi University of Milan in 2011 and in 2015 she obtained a PhD in Commercial Law at the Milan University with a thesis on “The responsibility of rating agencies”. She is author of many publications, some being English books published abroad, and she is a qualified lawyer since 2015. As of February 2018, she has been a contract professor of commercial law at the Bocconi University and she will attend a LL.M. at Yale Law School.
Co-Managing Partners Marcello Giustiniani and Stefano Simontacchi commented: “The awarding of the scholarship represents an important opportunity for these candidates to complete their studies and their professionalism in the wake of the constant pursuit of excellence that Franco Bonelli has left behind him to continue. We too are proud to be a part of the professional growth journey of Giovanni and Chiara in the spirit of our purpose: with courage and strength, we bring big ideas to life”.