Stefano Balzola

Stefano Balzola

Stefano gained a solid experience in corporate law and financial market law, also thanks to his academic activities. He regularly assists clients in private equity and venture capital transactions, extraordinary corporate transactions, company acquisitions, mergers and recapitalizations and provides assistance to the board of directors’ meetings and shareholders’ meetings.

He provides consultancy to listed companies, banks and insurance companies in the compliance with the relevant sectorial regulations as well as in relations with the independent Authorities.

Stefano has developed extensive experience in all aspects of managing the employment relationships of managers and executives, as well as issues related to individual and collective dismissals, due diligence activities, transfer of business and outsourcing in the context of reorganization or extraordinary operations.

He assists clients in civil actions, before the Italian Court of the Enterprises, involving the responsibility of the corporate bodies, shareholders’ resolutions invalidity, disputes between shareholders and the responsibility of financial intermediaries. He was arbitrator and secretary of arbitration.

He also developed skills in the navigation law assisting shipyards in relations with customers and suppliers as well as with port authorities. 

Stefano assists also listed companies, banks and insurance companies in the compliance with the relevant sectorial regulations as well as in relations with the independent Authorities.

He graduated in law ‘with honours’ in 2004 with a thesis on “Stocks and hybrid securities in the reform of Italian Corporate Law”. He was admitted to the Turin Bar on 17 November 2007. Since 2011 he has been professor of corporate law at Carlo Cattaneo University – LIUC and since 2018 at University of Turin, from 2009 to 2013 he was a research fellow at the University of Turin, in 2008 he received a PhD in “Company Law and of financial markets” at the University of Bologna and in 2007 he was visiting researcher at Yale Law School.

Besides his native language Italian, Stefano is fluent in English.

Banking and Financial lawCorporate law and M&ALabor law and Trade Union

Massimo Brizzi

Avv. Massimo Brizzi was born in Florence in 1957 and graduated in 1982 with mention. He practiced at Olivetti Leasing S.p.a. as in-house legal consultant in charge of the development of the computerization of the legal services afterwards he gained experience at Watt, Tieder Killian & Hoffar’s Law Firm of Washington D.C., U.S.A and Cameron Markby’s Law Firm of London, United Kingdom. When back to Italy, he co-founded first Roberto Tassi & Associati Law Firm,  then Brizzi Burgio Cuccurullo Sarti Law Firm. Later, he practiced as an independent and finally has joint Leading Law.

Massimo Brizzi has an extensive experience in domestic, international and cross border transactions. His areas of practice are business and contract law, corporate law with focus on insurance companies, asset planning with focus on asset protection, inheritance planning and generation shift, and finally tax law.

Knowledge of languages: fluent in English.


Practice areas


Business Law

– All and any business agreement, including but not being limited to, agency and distribution, franchising, leasing, sale of goods and services, trade-mark patent and know licensing and in general intellectual property, fine arts law, IT law (including internet frauds), commercial and residential property transactions focusing on tourist residential complex and hotel resorts, all and any corporate agreement (please see below).


Corporate Law

– Setting up of companies of any kind whatsoever, corporate and contractual joint-ventures, branches and subsidiaries, representative offices, group reorganizations, company repatriation and relocation, mergers & acquisitions, spin offs, share for share transactions, shareholders agreements, infra-group agreements. This area of practice includes the management of the authorization procedure for licensed businesses such as insurance, banking and financial businesses.

Estate Planning

– Estate planning for high net worth individuals involved in multiple legal jurisdictions aiming at: (i) the asset protection or part thereof; (ii) inheritance planning; (iii) generation shift of successful family businesses. All of the above making use, inter alia, of special purpose vehicles, hybrid companies, trusts and the like.


– Tax relating to all the above referenced transactions as well advice and assistance relating to all and any tax issues, including, but not limited to, international treaties and double tax agreements, real property taxation, royalties, dividends and capital gains, interest and financial income, controlled foreign companies and transfer pricing, trusts, v.a.t. and sales tax, all of the above having regard to anti avoidance and anti-abuse rules.

Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci 8
50123 Florence – Italy
T + 39 055 292 345
M + 39 329 6160 820

Corporate law and M&AFiscal LawCommercial LawReorganization of Personal Assets

Pietro Roberto Riggio

After earning a master’s degree in law from the University of Turin, he began collaborating in the Leading Law network as a trainee lawyer. During his professional experience he gained expertise in credit risk management, national and international contracts and in the corporate law sector, as well as offering out-of-court assistance to entities falling under the Legislative Decree 231/2001.

Corporate law and M&ACredit risk managementNational and international contracts