Carlo Pianese

Local Partner

+971 45646618

Main office: Dubai


  • M&A
  • cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions
  • joint ventures
  • early stage investments, fund formation and corporate finance
  • Languages: English, Italian


  • Member of the Africa Team
  • Member of the Art and Cultural Property Focus Team
  • Carlo has extensive experience working on tens of cross-border transactions across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa.

Ranking and Awards

  • Carlo is recommended by The Legal 500 for M&A in the UAE (2018)


  • Member of the Italian Bar Association and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • University of Nottingham, L.L.M. in International Commercial Law, 2001
  • University of Florence, JD (summa cum laude), 2000
  • University of Leicester, Certificate in European Higher Legal Studies, 1998

Knowledge Sharing

UAE Cabinet reveals economic activities eligible for up to 100% foreign ownership

On 2 July 2019, the UAE Cabinet announced its decision regarding which sectors and activities would be included within the positive list referred to in the FDI Law, concerning Foreign Direct Investment, whose intent is to attract and encourage foreign direct investment by reducing the existing …

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UAE: issued new foreign direct investment law

On 30 October 2018, the president of the UAE issued the highly anticipated Federal Decree-Law No. 19 of 2018 concerning Foreign Direct Investment (the UAE FDI Law). This reform will simplify foreign direct investment, with the aim to boost the economy in the UAE region and will have an impac …

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UAE: Reforms opening to foreign investments

UAE is adopting strategic reforms to boost foreign direct investments in the UAE and thus reduce the UAE's economic reliance on the oil sector. Click here for more details from our Africa team.

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BonelliErede announces integration of regional law firm Tribonian Law Advisors

BonelliErede announced today the integration of regional boutique law firm Tribonian Law Advisors (TLA), based in the UAE and operating in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia through an international partnership. The integration comes as a strategic move to further boost the firm’s ambitions to expand i …

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