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Bruno Cova

Partner, Corporate Department
T 39-02-30414-212
F 39-02-30414-312

Bruno Cova chairs Paul Hastings’ Milan office.

He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate governance and compliance, energy matters, restructurings and complex cross-border litigation.

Mr. Cova started his career as a private practitioner in Milan and London, and was then general counsel of the exploration & production division of Eni SpA, chief compliance officer of the EBRD, and group general counsel of Fiat SpA. Immediately prior to joining Paul Hastings, he was the Chief Counsel to the Extraordinary Commissioner appointed by the Italian government to investigate Europe’s largest financial fraud at Parmalat and to deal with the restructuring of the company.

With international experience leading the legal functions of major global companies and advising top executives on global expansion as well as corporate crisis, Mr. Cova focuses on complex transactions such as acquisitions of distressed companies or of companies impacted by wrongdoing, internal investigations and corporate governance, cross-border disputes and litigation. As regards corporate governance, he regularly acts for the boards of directors and of statutory auditors of international corporations and financial institutions in dealing with legal risks, devising internal controls or contractual mechanisms to minimize those risks, investigating legal and compliance problems, and defending clients before regulatory authorities or in the context of criminal investigations.

He is regularly invited to speak on various legal and banking topics related to restructuring, insolvency and internal investigations in Italy and abroad. Mr. Cova is also a contributor to law and economic publications and newspapers.

Bruno Cova is part of the troika of experts advising Borsa Italiana on corporate governance reforms.


  • Worked on several significant energy matters in Italy, north Africa, and central Asia
  • Has been involved in many of the largest Italian M&A deals of the last several years, including several cross-border transactions
  • Advised on friendly and hostile takeovers of Italian and foreign public companies

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Listed in the Who’s who Legal on Restructuring & Insolvency 2017
  • NPL Lawyer of the Year, Legal Community Awards 2016
  • Ranked Band 1, Chambers and Partners’ 2015 Global Guide, Restructuring and Insolvency
  • ILO Client Choice Awards 2016, 2015, 2011 and 2010 - Insolvency & Restructuring category for Italy
  • Ranked by Chambers Global and The Legal 500 amongst Italy’s leading lawyers specializing in restructuring and insolvency, banking and finance, and corporate and M&A sectors
  • Restructuring Lawyer of the Year, Top Legal Awards, 2013 and 2010
  • Legal Week Award, for his work for Parmalat in 2004
  • Recipient (as General Counsel) of the European In-House Legal Team of the Year Award given to Fiat Group, 2003
  • Recipient, British Council’s European Young Lawyers Scheme Award, 1989

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Frequent speaker on various legal and banking topics related to restructuring, insolvency, and internal investigation in Italy and abroad
  • Contributor to law and economic publications and newspapers
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Global Investigations Review
  • Since 2013, Mr. Cova is on the editorial board of Global Investigations Review, a leading economic and law publication focusing on the law and practice of international investigations

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member of the troika of experts advising the Corporate Governance Committee of the Italian stock exchange on corporate governance reforms
  • Member of the High Yield Insolvency Committee within the Association of Financial Markets in Europe
  • Member of the working group appointed by the European Commission to advise on reform of EU insolvency law
  • Chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Bar Association


  • Università Statale, Milan
  • King’s College, London