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Valentina Zanelli is a partner in Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato. She is a member of the firm's corporate and M&A department, where her practice mainly focuses on domestic and cross-border deals, commercial transactions, general corporate assistance and competition.
She advises companies and private equity funds in the fields of corporate law and securities, including mergers, acquisitions, asset deals, joint ventures, winding-up procedures, shareholders' agreements and corporate governance. Valentina has significant experience in domestic and international franchise, distribution and other commercial agreements.
She graduated cum laude from the University of Piacenza. Following her graduation, she earned her master's degree at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C..
Valentina is an assistant professor in commercial law at the University of Milan. She is the author of articles published in national law journals, as well as international publications. She is a frequent speaker at conferences on Italian commercial law.
Valentina was admitted to the Italian Bar in 2006 and is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).
Valentina is fluent in English and French, in addition to her native Italian.

  • Assisting in the acquisition by a Spanish group of a major French manufacturer of domestic appliances having production plants and subsidiaries in Italy, previously under court supervised administration.
  • Advising a listed French group leader in biomedical, food and chemical analyses on entering the Italian market by the acquisition of several Italian companies in different market segments.
  • Assisting a French multinational company in setting up a corporate and contractual joint venture related to an industrial biodiesel plant.
  • Assisting an Indonesian multinational company in the administrative procedures and contractual aspects related to the building of an industrial plant in the bioenergy sector.
  • Assisting in relation to an alleged worldwide cartel in a sector of the transportation industry, including the implementation of a leniency programme with the Italian Competition Authority.

"28° Master Diritto e Impresa” – Il Sole 24 Ore Business School in Rome

December 12, 2017
Valentina Zanelli taught at a Master’s Degree Programme in business law, “Master Diritto e Impresa”, held by Il Sole24Ore Business School in Rome. She lectured on limited liability companies.

Master “Diritto e Impresa” – Il Sole 24 Ore

October 21, 2016
Valentina Zanelli taught at a Master’s Degree Programme in business law, “Master Diritto e Impresa”, held by Il Sole24Ore Business School in Rome. She lectured on corporate governance.

"23° Master Diritto e Impresa” – Il Sole 24 Ore Business School in Rome

July 16, 2016
Valentina Zanelli taught at a Master’s Degree Programme in business law, “Master Diritto e Impresa”, held by Il Sole24Ore Business School in Rome. She lectured on limited liability companies from July 6 until July 8, 2016.

“21° Master Diritto e Impresa” – Il Sole 24 Ore Business School in Rome

July 7, 2014
Carlo Emanuele Rossi and Valentina Zanelli taught at a Master’s Degree Programme in business law, “Master Diritto e Impresa”, held by Il Sole24Ore Business School in Rome. They lectured on limited liability companies.

“Master Diritto e Impresa” – Il Sole 24 Ore Business School in Rome

July 3, 2013
Carlo Emanuele Rossi and Valentina Zanelli taught at a Master’s Degree Programme in business law, “Master Diritto e Impresa”, held by Il Sole24Ore Business School in Rome. They lectured on limited liability companies.

“Master Diritto e Impresa” – Il Sole 24 Ore in Rome

July 3, 2012
Carlo Emanuele Rossi and Valentina Zanelli taught at a Master’s Degree Programme in business law, “Master Diritto e Impresa”, held by Il Sole24Ore in Rome. They lectured on corporations.

“Master Diritto Societario” – Il Sole 24 Ore in Milan

March 23, 2012
Carlo Emanuele Rossi and Valentina Zanelli taught at a Master’s Degree Programme in business law “Master Diritto Societario”, held by Il Sole 24 Ore in Milan. They lectured on corporate governance, supervision and audits of accounts.

15° Master Diritto e Impresa – Il Sole 24 Ore in Rome

July 5, 2011
Carlo Emanuele Rossi and Valentina Zanelli taught at a Master’s Degree Programme in business law, “15° Master Diritto e Impresa”, held by Il Sole 24 Ore in Rome. They lectured on joint-stock and limited liability companies.

Conditions for Bankruptcy

August 8, 2008
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “I requisiti di fallibilità tra giurisprudenza e riforma fallimentare” (Conditions for Bankruptcy: Between Court Decisions and Bankruptcy Law Reform), published by Ipsoa in the legal periodical “Il Fallimento”, no. 8/08.

Legal Framework on Company Management and Coordination Activities

April 8, 2012
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “La disciplina giuridica in tema di attività di direzione e coordinamento di società” (Legal Framework on Company Management and Coordination Activities), published in Lex24, the online legal directory of the financial daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

Legal Framework on Company Management and Coordination Activities

April 8, 2012
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “La disciplina giuridica in tema di attività di direzione e coordinamento di società” (Legal Framework on Company Management and Coordination Activities), published in Lex24, the online legal directory of the financial daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

Simul Stabunt Simul Cadent By-laws Clause and Compensation for Damage

February 6, 2012
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “Clausola statutaria di decadenza – simul stabunt simul cadent – e risarcimento dei danni” (Simul Stabunt Simul Cadent By-laws Clause and Compensation for Damage) published in Diritto24, the online legal directory of the financial daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

The Application of Article 2409 of the Italian Civil Code: Conflicting Court Decisions

November 2, 2010
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “L’applicazione dell’articolo 2409 c.c. alle società a responsabilità limitata: contrasti giurisprudenziali” (The Application of Article 2409 of the Italian Civil Code: Conflicting Court Decisions) published in Avvocati24, the online legal directory of the financial daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

Using Franchise Agreements to Improperly Excercise Management and Coordination Power

June 8, 2010
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “Contratto di franchising ed abuso di direzione e coordinamento contrattuale” (Using Franchise Agreements to Improperly Excercise Management and Coordination Power), published by Ipsoa in the legal periodical “Le Società”, no. 6/10.

New Provisions Governing Alternative Dispute Resolution

May 20, 2010
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “La nuova disciplina della mediazione” (New Provisions Governing Alternative Dispute Resolution) published in Avvocati24, the online legal directory of the financial daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

The New Class Action in Italy and the Risks in the Acquisition of Italian Targets

September 8, 2008
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “The New Class Action in Italy and the Risks in the Acquisition of Italian Targets”, published in the American Bar Association (ABA) newsletter on “International Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures”.

Class Action: Comparing Legislation in Different Countries

January 8, 2008
Valentina Zanelli wrote an article entitled “L’azione collettiva risarcitoria: profili comparatistici” (Class Action: comparing legislation in different countries), published by Il Mulino in the legal periodical “AGE”, no. 1/08.

Basel II, IASs and New Company Law

January 8, 2006
Valentina Zanelli was a contributing author of the book “Basilea 2, Ias e nuovo diritto societario” (Basel II, IASs and New Company Law), published by Bancaria Editrice.

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