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Barbara Donato

Legal Director

Barbara Donato is a corporate lawyer with over 15 years’ experience advising national and international clients mainly in the manufacturing sector.

Barbara is admitted to the Italian Bar and holds a master in financial markets regulation.

She’s particularly experienced in assisting clients in the context of extraordinary transactions such as sale and purchase of participations, cross-borders reorganizations, transfers and contributions of going concerns, mergers and de-mergers.

She also provides ongoing assistance to clients on ordinary legal matters.

Areas of FocusCorporate
Professional QualificationsAvvocato admitted to the Milan Bar


  • Assisted a German listed group in four transactions regarding the acquisition of Italian companies manufacturing equipment and machineries for the food industry.
  • Assisted a multinational company engaged in production and sale of fast moving consumer goods in two transactions regarding the acquisition of two Italy-based companies respectively engaged in the production and sale of seasonal food products and in commercializing products dedicated to personal care.
  • Assisted a famous luxury fashion brand in connection with some investment transactions.
  • Assisted a primary manufacturer of stainless steel kitchen equipment, knives, scissors, and other sharp instruments in relation to the acquisition of an Italian manufacturer of aluminum non-stick cookware.
  • Assisted the majority shareholder of a top premier league club in the sale of its controlling interest in the team and certain related assets.
  • Assisted the owner of a top premier league club regarding some corporate transactions in connection with a notes financing for a value of almost three hundred million euros.
  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • University of Rome, Law degree, "LUISS Guido Carli"
  • Master in Financial market regulations (Diritto ed economia dei mercati finanziari) organized by C.I.D.E.M. (Centro Interdipartimentale sul Diritto e l’Economia dei mercati) and La Sapienza University
  • Course on Basics of Transactional Practice, Dallas

    Course on English Legal System and international contracts, Cambridge

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Barbara worked for leading national and international law firms.