Stefano Cacchi Pessani


  • M&A, corporate litigation and extraordinary transactions, with particular focus on:
    • takeovers in the banking, financial and luxury sectors
    • public M&A
    • governance issues
    • corporate litigation
  • Structuring and management of complex corporate and M&A transactions, including:
    • transactions involving the banking, luxury and air transport sectors
    • cross-border M&A for foreign clients
  • Foreign languages: English, French


  • Board member
  • Member of the Banks Focus Team
  • Member of the Corporate Governance Focus Team
  • Member of the Luxury Focus Team


  • Made partner in 2009
  • Joined in 1999
  • Previously worked for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York

Ranking and Awards

The Legal 500 EMEA international legal directory lists Stefano as a lawyer with recognised experience in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions


Described as “a hard worker and excellent negotiator”.
(Chambers and Partners)


  • 2° tier lecturer, qualified for teaching commercial law (2012 session, IUS/04), contract lecturer of International Comparative Business Law at Bocconi University of Milan and Extraordinary Transactions law at the Genoa University
  • Member of the Italian bar
  • Law degree from the University of Milan

Knowledge Sharing

Salient features of Ethiopia’s logistics policy

Ethiopia has laid out its first ever policy on the logistics sector. The policy endorsed by the council of ministers and published by ministry of transport is expected to serve as a guidance for further legislative enactments and determine the set up and function of public enterprises that serv …

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BonelliErede adapts its governance structure to face new challenges

BonelliErede’s partners met on Saturday, 1 December, to discuss some important aspects concerning the governance structure of the firm, which is the leader in Italy for legal and tax services. Board members Stefano Cacchi Pessani, Marcello Giustiniani, Umberto Nicodano, Alberto Saravalle and …

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BonelliErede approves new three-year strategic plan. Marcello Giustiniani and Stefano Simontacchi re-appointed as co-managing partners - a new board of partners elected

At the partners meeting held at the head office in Milan on 21 May, governance and strategic development were the main topics under discussion. The partners unanimously approved the reappointment of Marcello Giustiniani and Stefano Simontacchi as co-managing partners for a further three years. …

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