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Bruno Cova

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

Bruno Cova chairs the Milan office of Paul Hastings. He focuses on complex transactions such as crossborder acquisitions, restructuring of distressed companies. He also regularly acts for international corporations and financial institutions in dealing with corporate governance and legal risks issues, 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.

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 legal adviser to the commissioner appointed by the Italian government to investigate Europe’s largest financial fraud at Parmalat and to deal with the restructuring of the company.


  • 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 Best Lawyers, Chambers Global and The Legal 500 among Italy’s leading lawyers in the restructuring and insolvency, banking and finance, and corporate and M&A sectors
  • Restructuring Lawyer of the Year, Top Legal Awards, 2010 and 2013
  • ILO Client Choice Award - Insolvency & Restructuring category for Italy, 2010, 2011 and 2015
  • Legal Week Award, for his work for Parmalat, 2004
  • Recipient (as General Counsel), 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

  • Vice-Chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Bar Association
  • Member of a troika of specialists advising the Corporate Governance Committee of the Italian Stock Exchange on corporate governance reforms
  • Member of the working group appointed by the European Commission to advise on reform of EU insolvency law


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