Franco Bonelli

Founding Partner


  • Privatisations
  • Mergers and acquisitions and company reorganisations
  • National and international arbitration (both as defence counsel and arbitrator) before the Paris International Chamber of Commerce


  • Founded Bonelli & Associati in 1969, which evolved into BonelliErede

Ranking and Awards

The Chambers & Partners international legal directory has always listed Franco as one of the major Italian experts in corporate law, bankruptcy law and debt restructuring.



“Franco Bonelli is an icon, a legend and one of the brightest stars of the Italian legal market.”

“He makes deals happen and brings added value to a transaction.”

(Chambers & Partners)


  • Professor of business law at the University of Genoa
  • Professor at the University of Cagliari
  • Visiting professor at the Stanford Law School, California

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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