Massimiliano Danusso


Allen & Overy
Studio Legale Associato
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 284
Rome 00186 Italy

Tel: +39 06 6842 7613
Fax: +39 02 290 491


Massimiliano is senior partner of Allen & Overy Italy and is head of the Italian International Capital Markets practice. He is consistently ranked as a leading individual in the Italian market by the top legal directories and has unrivalled experience in the capital markets, derivatives and insurance fields. His specialisations include institutional offerings of bonds (e.g. convertible and exchangeable bonds), structured products, various capital instruments (including preferred securities and other forms of hybrid instruments), securitisations of all types, covered bonds, credit-linked notes and derivatives. Massimiliano has been involved in some of the most innovative Italian capital markets transactions and has also been very active in advising financial institutions on highly complex derivative and financial litigation, both civil and criminal. He also acts as an arbitrator in financial disputes and has assisted clients in proceedings brought by regulatory authorities such as Bank of Italy and Consob.

Professional qualifications

-Admitted as avvocato, Italy, 1984

Academic qualifications

-SJD, Civil Law, University of Rome, 1988
-LLM, 1988
-JD, University of Rome, 1981

Published work

-Articles on various aspects of financing, tax and corporate matters and given public lectures on such arguments.

Our capital markets practice covers the full range of capital markets products and incorporates specialists in debt and equity capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, securitisation, corporate trust and agency and high yield.

Few practices can match our award-winning, top tier position across the full range of capital market products. With such a deep bench of specialists and global reach, international and industry-leading ‘first-of-a-kind’ transactions are our hallmark. We have been instrumental in nearly all the major developments in the capital markets, starting with the first ever eurobond issue in the 1960s.

Integrated into our capital markets practice is a group of U.S. corporate finance lawyers who specialise in U.S. securities law advice, enabling us to advise on U.S. law aspects of transactions anywhere in the world. In addition, a number of our lawyers play leading roles in our cross-practice Islamic Finance group.

The past few years have been the most challenging in the history of international financial markets and have required fresh thinking as the markets adjust to the continually changing economic, political and regulatory conditions. Renowned for our intellectual rigour, our capital markets lawyers draw on deep product expertise and regularly work alongside our regulatory, banking and finance, litigation, restructuring and other specialist teams to develop innovative solutions for our clients, often incorporating precedent-setting financing techniques that lead the industry.

That is why over 800 corporate and financial institution participants in the financial markets entrust us with the full range of their domestic and cross-border transactions.

We’ll do that by staying one step ahead and by constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries. This includes, advising on the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam (Nghi Son) and the joint venture between H.C. Starck and Vietnam’s largest private sector company, Masan Group; the ground-breaking creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market; and representing Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis – to name just a few achievements.

We are able to build on the foundations of our long heritage to attract the most talented people and develop the high-performance culture necessary to innovate and change the face of business.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 30 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence.

This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivaled.

So when we talk about global coverage, we’re not just talking about having offices in some important cities around the world. We mean being able to combine our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.


Massimiliano Danusso heads the practice and has broad expertise, especially in debt capital markets and securitisation. Interviewees highlight his strength in disputes relating to derivatives agreements, and describe him as “a fantastic guy: an extremely responsible, helpful and skilful lawyer.”
Chambers Europe, 2014