News 18 Jun. 2024

Curtis Boosts Corporate Capabilities In Rome with the Addition of Gianluca Cattani and Gaia Morelli

Curtis is pleased to welcome new partner Gianluca Cattani and new counsel Gaia Morelli as members of its corporate and regulatory team in Europe.

The strategic additions significantly enhance Curtis’ full-service offering in the Italian market and deepen the firm’s European corporate capabilities.

Gianluca Cattani’s practice focuses on M&A transactions, corporate law, compliance and anticorruption matters. He has over two decades of experience in cross border transactions and other contractual matters involving major multinational corporations. Mr. Cattani has a unique expertise on all areas of export control, trade compliance and international sanctions and other restrictions, including dual use, defence issues, and embargo regulations. He regularly advises clients on anticorruption cases and internal investigations. He is admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court and has extensive experience in litigating corporate, commercial and compliance cases, which complements his transactional focus.

With a strong background in M&A and private equity, international law, contract law, compliance and data protection law, Gaia Morelli assists multinational and Italian companies on commercial agreements, compliance and governance, privacy and intellectual property. With a strong focus on data protection, cybersecurity and compliance, she advises clients on uses of technologies across sectors ranging from e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence to luxury brands. She has international corporate experience, gained over several decades of working in New York and Italy with both U.S. and Italian law firms. She represents foreign investors before the Italian Data Protection Authority and CONSOB. Ms. Morelli has experience supporting clients in the international expansion of their business across Europe, North America and Latin America.

“Both Gianluca and Gaia bring superb and complementary corporate and regulatory experience to our Italian practice. Our clients will appreciate their significant local and international experience, which aligns with the firm’s overall global identity and growth strategy,” said Curtis Chairman George Kahale III.

“Curtis has a strong international reputation and a sustained strategic focus on the Italian market. I look forward to working with colleagues worldwide and help grow the firm’s corporate and compliance practices,” commented Mr. Cattani. Ms. Morelli added “I am delighted to join Curtis’ global network and hope to successfully expand my practice under its banner.”

Mr. Cattani has a law degree (magna cum laude) from University La Sapienza Law School in Rome and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He teaches law at IULM University in Milan, and prior to joining Curtis was a partner at the Rome office of a major international law firm. Ms. Morelli has a law degree (J.D. equivalent) from Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. She previously worked with leading law firms in New York and is admitted to practice in New York.

These additions, together with the internal promotion of Jacopo Cordiano to partner in the Milan office effective June 1, 2024, signal Curtis’ renewed focus on and continued commitment to the Italian market.

This news has been covered in: (subscription required)

Related resources

client alert

EU Adopts New Restrictive Measures Against Belarus



Curtis Italy Assists Groupe Crit in the Public Offer for Openjobmetis Shares


client alert

Supreme Court Overturns Chevron Deference, Potentially Limiting Deference Granted to OFAC in Sanctions Enforcement