Roberto Pisano is the founder and managing partner of Studio Legale Pisano, an Italian boutique firm which specializes in all areas of white-collar crime including corporate criminal responsibility, corruption, market abuse and false accounting, tax crimes, fraud and recovery of assets, bankruptcy crimes, environmental and health and safety crimes and money laundering. The firm provides assistance as well in the course of regulatory investigations and specializes on transnational investigations and related aspects of mutual legal assistance and extradition. The firm benefits from the expertise of specialists in criminal and international law and interacts daily with counsel of various jurisdictions to successfully represent defendants during white collar criminal and regulatory proceedings. The firm has a history of representing prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceedings, and in the frame of foreign proceedings for judicial review of search and seizure orders, assets confiscation, extradition and surrender according to the European Arrest Warrant regulations.
In the course of his practice, Mr Pisano successfully represented prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceeding with media impact, including: various cases of corruption involving international corporations and their top officials (including alleged corruption of foreign public officials, with multiple investigations in the US, the UK, France, etc.); various cases of extradition, including the recent FIFA investigation by the US authorities and representation of foreign States; three cases alleging international tax fraud involving the former Italian prime minister; a case involving a claim for restitution of antiquities by the Italian Ministry of Culture, in which Mr Pisano represented a prominent US museum; a case involving a major US bank in the bankruptcy of the Parmalat group; a case alleging multiple homicide of employees of a multinational company manufacturing hazardous products, in which Mr Pisano was a member of the defence team; various appeals in foreign jurisdictions (e.g., the US, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Monaco, etc.) against seizure and confiscation of assets; Italian criminal counsel for foreign multinationals conducting internal investigations. Mr Pisano also advises and represents relevant foreign governments.
Mr Pisano obtained a law degree, summa cum laude, from the state University of Milan in 1992, and a PhD from the University of Genoa in 1999. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a research associate at Bocconi University of Milan where he has subsequently worked for many years as a contract professor on Business and Tax Crimes. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad on the subject of white-collar crime and mutual legal assistance and extradition.
Mr Pisano was co-chair of the business crime committee of the IBA in 2007 and 2008 and vice-chair of the ECBA in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of several publications on the subject of business crime and mutual legal assistance, including: Tax Crimes (Cedam, 2002, co-author); Criminal Responsibility from Asbestos (Giuffré, 2003, contributor); The Relations Between Domestic Law, Treaty Law and EC Law (Egea, 1995); 'EU arrest warrant in action' (in European Lawyer, 2005, co-author); and The Illegal Performance of Financial Intermediation (Cedam, 2007).