Eliana Catalano


  • M&A (domestic and cross border)
  • Private equity
  • Joint ventures and commercial agreements
  • Particular expertise in the following sectors:
    • fashion, luxury and design goods
    • manufacturing
    • business services
    • sports and leisure
    • consumer goods
    • real estate
  • Foreign languages: English


  • Managing Partner of the firm
  • Board member since 2021
  • Team Leader of the Private Equity Focus Team
  • Member of the Digital Innovation (strategic support)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of beLab S.p.A. (a public limited company wholly owned by BonelliErede) since July 2020
  • Made partner in 2009
  • Joined in 2001
  • Foreign lawyer at Cravath New York office in 2004 and at its London office in 2005

Ranking and Awards

The Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 EMEA international legal directories list Eliana as an expert in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and private equity in Italy.


“She’s noted for being an excellent negotiator”
(The Legal 500 EMEA)


  • Member of the Italian Bar
  • LLM in corporate law and corporate finance from the University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Law degree from Luiss Guido Carli University of Rome

BonelliErede announces appointment of Daria Ghidoni to its Healthcare & Life Sciences Focus Team - 1 March 2024

BonelliErede announces the appointment of Daria Ghidoni as of counsel and member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Focus Team at the firm’s Milan headquarters. For over 20 years, Daria Ghidoni was a high-ranking manager of the legal dept at Recordati S.p.A., an international pharmaceutica …

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BonelliErede expands its team by adding 15 professionals - 14 February 2024

BonelliErede has strengthened its ranks with the arrival of 15 professionals led by Alessandro De Nicola from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Milan offices. The addition of the new team members – who will be based in Milan – is part of a wider strategy to consolidate the firm’s Leg …

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Eighth edition of the Franco Bonelli Memorial Scholarship kicks off - 31 January 2024

For the eighth year now, BonelliErede is granting two scholarships in memory of one of its founders, Franco Bonelli, to enable young law graduates to further their studies abroad. The scholarships are open to graduates who: (a) achieved a score of at least 105 at an Italian university or an equ …

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