Francesco De Biasi’s practice primarily focuses on private enforcement and internal investigations of corporate wrongdoing, with a focus on the requirements under Legislative Decree 231/2001, as well as on corporate, civil, labor law and data protection matters related to white collar crimes.

Francesco also has extensive experience in international litigation, with an emphasis on corporate, commercial and financial matters. He has been involved in many private enforcement cases concerning Italian subsidiaries of multinational groups, including the consequent civil and corporate litigation arising therefrom.

Francesco joined the Brussels office in 1996 and transferred to the Rome office in 1998. He became counsel in 2004.

Notable Experience

  • American Express in connection with the re-organization of its activities in Italy, with a focus on corporate governance litigation, consumer protection and compliance issues, including the adoption of the organizational model set forth in Legislative Decree 231/2001, as well as on policies and procedures (usually based on those applicable group-wide) aimed at preventing corporate wrongdoing.

  • A French financial institution on legal issues concerning bank secrecy and data protection matters in connection with U.S. sanction-compliance programs.

  • Barilla in connection with Italian data protection issues related to cloud computing technology, and with respect to cases of slander and defamation on the Internet.

  • Three executives from Google before the Italian Supreme Court in a criminal proceeding for alleged unlawful data processing related to the posting of a video on the Google Video platform.

  • A multinational group in disputes brought by former employees (or their heirs) of Italian companies’ part of the group, relating to potential criminal and civil liabilities associated with the tire manufacturing process in Italy.

  • Anova Holding AG in various civil and bankruptcy proceedings before Italian courts regarding claims brought by former employees (or their heirs) of companies that were part of the Italian Eternit Group in connection with potential liabilities associated with the asbestos manufacturing process in Italy, which are the subject matter of a criminal proceeding pending in Turin (2004 to 2008).

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Selected Activities

  • Teaches Internet Law at the Pontificia Università Lateranense
  • Lectured at numerous conferences on corporate, litigation and private enforcement matters in Italy
  • Member, Organismo di Vigilanza (Supervisory Board under Legislative Decree 231/2001) of AgustaWestland S.p.A., until January 2014

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