Alberto Saravalle


  • Corporate law
  • M&A
  • Capital markets
  • International arbitration
  • International art and cultural heritage law
  • Private clients
  • Foreign languages: English, French, Spanish


  • Board member (managing partner 2007-2013)
  • Country partner for Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Country partner for the USA New York
  • Team Leader of the Art and Cultural Property Focus Team
  • Member of the International Arbitration Focus Team
  • Member of the Africa Committee and of the Africa Team
  • Member of the Equity Capital Markets Focus Team
  • Member of the Energy & Infrastructure Focus Team
  • Member of the Private Clients Focus Team
  • Member of the Golden Power Task Force
  • Founding Partner of Bonelli e Associati in 1992, which evolved into BonelliErede
  • Advised the Minister of Economic Development on questions of competition and market liberalisation (2006-2007)
  • Advised the Ministry of Industry on international and financial legal affairs (1988-1992)
  • Worked for Shearman & Sterling in Paris (1990-1992)
  • Worked for Shearman & Sterling in New York as a foreign associate
  • Worked for ENI as assistant to the General Counsel, with responsibility for financial affairs (1986)


  • Author of books, reports, articles and op-eds for numerous Italian and foreign law journals and newspapers on:
    • private international law
    • EU law
    • international financial law

Ranking and Awards

The Chamber & Partners international legal directory lists Alberto as one of Italy’s major experts in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions


“He has an impressive track record and strong expertise in the market”

(Chambers & Partners)


  • Member of the Italian Bar, admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court
  • Associate professor of EU law at the University of Padua
  • Visiting lecturer at Yale University
  • Member of the New York Bar
  • LLM from Yale Law School
  • Bachelor of law from the University of Cambridge
  • Law degree from the University of Padua

Knowledge Sharing

Golden Power: investments in strategic sectors

States around the world are becoming more involved in the economy and, through the Golden Powers legislation, are exercising control on investments in strategic sectors. What are the reasons behind this trend? Will Italy, which as has been very cautious in using the Golden Powers to date, ch …

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Golden Power: current landscape in the EU about "Foreign Direct Investment"

Foreign direct investment control mechanisms around the world vary in both substance and procedure. But what about in the EU? Even though it boasts a very open regime, concern about foreign investors, including state-owned companies, in strategic businesses is growing: their role in cross …

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Coming to a Theatre Near You: United States Private Client Planning and Litigation Developments

A very special guest joined us on 12 November for the last of our JurisInStudio 2019 gatherings: Joshua Rubenstein, global chair of Katten’s private clients practice. Joshua talked about the main drivers of change in the private clients sector since the financial crisis in 2008, …

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Achmea: the future of investment arbitration in Europe

The European Court of Justice’s controversial judgment in Achmea v Slovak Republic has cast serious doubt on the continued viability of arbitration under intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. In an interesting webinar available here, our four i …

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Two scholarships in memory of Franco Bonelli

For the fourth consecutive year, BonelliErede is granting two scholarships in honour of one of its founders: Franco Bonelli. The scholarships are for young law graduates who wish to deepen their studies in the subjects addressed by Franco Bonelli in his writings. The first scholarship is to att …

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BonelliErede launches the first task force dedicated to Golden Powers legislation

BonelliErede has launched a new task force dedicated to all matters relating to Italy’s Golden Powers legislation to respond to investors’ needs created by this complex and highly topical piece of legislation on investments in strategic sectors. The legislation gives government bodies the p …

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BonelliErede awards two Franco Bonelli scholarships

For the third consecutive year, BonelliErede has awarded two scholarships in memory of its founder, Franco Bonelli. The scholarships are open to EU citizens with a law degree who are looking to attend a master’s course or research programme – in the US or a European country other than their …

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