Gianpaolo Ciervo


  • Corporate, Banking and Bankruptcy Law, with particular focus on:
    • Debt Restructuring & Turn Arounds
    • Structured Finance
    • Distressed M&A
    • Alternative Funds
    • Sales of NPLs
    • Corporate Governance
    • Start-up & Venture Capital
  • Foreign Languages: English


  • Member of Restructuring & Insolvency Focus Team and
  • Member of the Bank Loans Focus Team
  • Member of the Digital Innovation Focus Team
  • Joined BonelliErede in 2010
  • Made Partner in 2023

He has advised over the years banks and companies on the main debt restructuring procedures in Italy, developing and executing unprecedented structures of DIP (debtor-in-possession) financing and distressed firms acquisitions by national and international funds. He regularly represents leading Italian banks in their main NPLs (non-performing loans) sale processes. He advises clients ranging from start-ups to listed companies on Corporate and Banking Law. He is currently involved in the first deals in Italy related to blockchain and crypto-currencies.

  • Author of several publications on Corporate and Bankruptcy Law

Ranking and Awards

The Legal 500 EMEA international legal directory lists Gianpaolo as an expert in bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring in Italy.


“I work with Gianpaolo Ciervo. I must say he is the best attorney I ever worked with, he has extensive knowledge, and I must say he really stands out as a lawyer of extraordinary skills.”

(The Legal500 EMEA)


  • Member of the Italian Bar (2013)
  • Member of the New York Bar (2018)
  • Teaching Assistant at Bocconi University
  • LL.M. in Corporate Governance and Practice, Stanford Law School, California (2017)
  • Ph.D. in Corporate Law and Financial Markets, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (2015)
  • Master’s Degree in Law, University of Turin (2010)

BonelliErede expands its partnership: six new partners announced - 19 December 2022

On 17 December, BonelliErede’s partners’ meeting approved the promotion to partner of six of the firm’s managing associates: Livia Cocca, Francesco Casamassa, Gianpaolo Ciervo, Daniele Gambirasio, Giulio Mazzotti and Giovanni Minuto. Livia Cocca joined BonelliErede’s Milan office in 200 …

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Another success for BonelliErede, this time at the 2016 Legalcommunity Finance Awards - 3 March 2016

The 2016 edition of the Legalcommunity Finance Awards – one of the most important recognitions of excellence in the Italian legal market – was held in Milan on 25 February. BonelliErede received the most prestigious award: “Law Firm of the Year”, with Emanuela Da Rin, Antonio La Porta, …

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