Stefano Brunello Dormal


  • Tax law, with particular expertise in:
    • tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and of company reorganisations (national and international)
    • international tax planning
    • inheritance and estate planning
    • real estate transactions
    • general tax advice
  • Key sectors:
    • fashion and luxury goods
    • large-scale retail trade
    • retail trade
    • services
    • real estate
    • non-profit
  • Foreign languages: English and Portuguese


  • Country Partner for Latin America
  • Member of the Real Estate Focus Team
  • Member of the Tax Litigation Focus Team
  • Member of the Private Equity Focus Team
  • Made partner in 2016
  • Joined the firm in 2003
  • Worked as an associate for a leading international law firm
  • Seconded in 2011 to leading Brazilian law firm Barbosa Mussnich & Aragao in São Paulo, where he handled investments in Brazil by Italian and other foreign entities

Ranking and Awards

The Legal 500 EMEA international legal directory lists Stefano as an expert in tax law in Italy.


“Stefano Brunello stands out for his mix of technical and listening skills, and the ability to solve complex problems – a champion and the best tax lawyer I have met in almost 20 years of private equity operations.”

(The Legal500 EMEA)


  • Chartered accountant
  • Economics degree from the University of Padua

Knowledge Sharing

New Italian tax measures for maritime transport under Italy’s international registry scheme

Law Decree No. 144 of 23 September (“Decree 144”) contains provisions on the application of the tax and social security benefits provided by the international registry scheme under Law Decree No. 457 of 30 December 1997 (“IR Regime”). The IR Regime offers several benefits, including …

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LBOs (mergers) and deductibility of interest expenses: interesting developments with Italian Supreme Court decision of July 2018

On July 2018 the Italian Supreme Court stated that A limited company may deduct interest expenses without assessing whether they are connected to the business activity. This Circular is relevant for all the private equity firms, as it seems to protect newcos (and/or the company resulting fr …

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Chambers Europe Awards 2018, BonelliErede is "Italy Law Firm of the Year" - 3 January 2019

On Friday 20 April 2018 the Chambers Europe Awards were held, organised by the Chambers & Partners international legal guide, which awards law firms active in Europe based on research from the last twelve months. This year, BonelliErede received the award for “Italy Law Firm of the Ye …

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