Paolo Ricci

Paolo Ricci

Head of Strategic Transactions


  • Graduated magna cum laude at the University of Rome La Sapienza and awarded a Commercial Law class at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • In 2000, Paolo was one of the founding members of Lovells (now: Hogan Lovells) in Italy, where he has among others led the Italian Life Sciences and the Italian Corporate Insurance teams for 13 years.
  • In 2013, Paolo lead a team of 3 partners and 12 lawyers in the move to EY Law, as the head of the whole Italian (and subsequently Mediterranean) practice, counting on 200 lawyers in multiple offices in Italy, Portugal and Spain.
  • Co-author of a manual on the Italian corporate reform. He has published numerous articles on specialized reviews and national financial papers
  • A regular speaker at national and international conferences, including the “International M&A, Investment and Beyond: Doing the Deal Abroad” in Beijing, Quingdao and Hanghzou

Professional Experience

Main areas of expertise are: M&A and strategic transactions; contracts, regulatory and commercial; compliance. Including:

  • Assistance to numerous multinationals in not less than 40 M&A deals, mostly involving multiple jurisdictions
  • Assistance to the global leader in materials engineering solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic (PV) industries in the acquisition of their main Italian provider and potential competitor
  • Assistance to the main Italian industrial group in the implementation of an insurance backed extended warranty program in 40 jurisdictions
  • Assistance to EU and US financial institutions in numerous strategic transactions, including coordination of multi-jurisdictional teams
  • Assistance to a UK investor in the framework of the first attempt of an insurance company to purchase an Italian bank
  • Assistance to a major EU insurance group in the securitization of their motor insurance portfolio, as part of a pan-European deal
  • Assistance to a major European player in the European merger in various EU countries
  • Assistance to  a leading insurance and reinsurance company in a cutting edge collateralized reinsurance transaction

Quotes and Awards

Paolo Ricci “is always one step ahead with new ideas and projects

Chambers Europe 2017

Paolo Ricci is a leading individual for his “being a key asset during difficult negotiations and innovative projects”

Legal 500 EMEA 2017

Paolo Ricci has been named leading individual for Corporate/M&A (Italy)

Chambers Europe. Chambers Global, Legal 500 from 2009 to 2019

Paolo Ricci is particularly strong on regulatory and corporate matters

Chambers Europe and Global 2015

Paolo Ricci […] is “resourceful, responsive and makes time for his client immediately

Chambers Europe and Global 2014

The talented Paolo Ricci is active in M&A and life sciences.

Chambers Europe and Global 2013

Paolo Ricci identifies creative, effective solutions to problems

Legal 500 EMEA 2012

Talking about Paolo Ricci client says: “A superb ally to have on your side

Chambers Global 2011

He is excellent value for money, due to his practical approach to matters and commitment to acting reasonably.”

Winner of ILO – Client Choice Award