Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini is active in public and private M&A, financial services regulation, EU state aid law, enforcement and litigation matters.

Giuseppe started our Italian corporate practice in the early 90’s. Since then, he has worked on numerous privatizations through equity offers and auctions, debt exchange offers by sovereign issuers, takeover bids, negotiated acquisitions, restructurings, divestitures, joint ventures and private equity investments, particularly in regulated sectors such as financial services, energy, media, telecoms and airlines. He advises on EU state aid law and financial services regulation. He is also active in enforcement and private investigation matters, litigations and arbitrations.

Giuseppe joined the firm in January 1988 and became a partner in 1996. He was initially resident in our Brussels office, until transferred to Rome in July 1998 to open our first Italian office.

Selected Activities

  • Delegate of the Italian Bar to the CCBE (Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union) and Chair, CCBE Competition Committee, 2003–2015
  • Advisor to the Italian Justice Minister on the reform of the liberal professions, 2012–2013
  • Trainee, Legal Service of the European Commission, 1985–1986


The Default Interest and Usury Law Conundrum – The Italian Supreme Court Provides Some Clarity,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, October 2020 (co-author)

Foreign Direct Investment in Strategic Assets and Activities in Italy,” Thomson Reuters Practical Law, October 2020 (co-author)

Revised Rules on Italian Listed Company Capital Increases After the COVID-19 Outbreak,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, July 2020 (co-author)

EU White Paper on Levelling the Playing Field as Regards Foreign Subsidies,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, June 2020 (co-author)

Italy,” The Public Competition Enforcement Review, Edition 12, June 2020 (co-author)

Italy’s New Measures to Mitigate the Economic Effects of COVID-19,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, April 2020 (co-author)

European Commission Urges Member States to Protect Suppliers of Essential Products From Foreign Takeovers,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, April 2020 (co-author)

COVID-19 – Monetary Stimulus and Relief Measures Announced by the European Central Bank and Member States Banking Authorities,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 2020 (co-author)

Italy’s Economic Measures to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 2020 (co-author)

Coronavirus: new rules to hold the annual shareholders’ meetings,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 2020 (co-author)

COVID-19 – First Measures Adopted by EU Banking Authorities,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 2020 (co-author)

Italy and COVID-19 – Practical and Legal Guidance on Key Business Issues,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 2020 (co-author)

“Italy,” The Foreign Investment Regulation ReviewThird EditionFourth EditionFifth EditionSixth EditionSeventh Edition (co-author Francesco Iodice).

The New Prospectus Regulation – The Story So Far,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 2019 (co-author).

“Italy,” The Public Competition Enforcement Review, Eighth Edition, Ninth Edition, and Tenth Edition (Marco D’Ostuni and Luciana Bellia, co-authors).

“La ripartizione di ricavi derivanti dalla vendita collettiva dei diritti audiovisivi degli eventi calcistici. Controversie tra le squadre e prospettive antitrust,” Rivista di Diritto Sportivo, Coni 2016. (J. Diaz and F. Balestra co-authors).