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Francesco Falco

Associate, Litigation Department
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Francesco Falco is a senior associate in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Milan office. His practice focuses on litigation in civil, commercial, and insolvency matters. Over the course of 10 years, he has developed his expertise representing and advising leading domestic and international companies in disputes relating to breaches of contractual obligations (with a particular focus on the energy and real estate sectors), and to corporate events (directors’ liability, challenges to shareholders’ meeting resolutions) and insolvency matters (challenges to the sum of liabilities, bankruptcy claw-back actions).

Several cases concerned multi-jurisdictional laws and regulations (particularly, EU bankruptcy legislation or the UN Convention on Contracts for the International sale of goods).

He has also assisted clients on several corporate and commercial transactions, particularly in the pre-litigation phases, as well as in corporate reorganizations.

In 2013, Francesco was seconded to the Paul Hastings New York office, further developing his expertise in internal investigations and related matters. Recently, he has been further developing and building on his experience in anti-money laundering issues.

Before joining Paul Hastings, Francesco Falco worked as trainee and associate for a prominent Italian law firm focused on litigation.

He is fluent in English, in addition to his native Italian.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Investment Recommendations under the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) – Operative Guidelines Issued by the Italian Securities and Exchange Commission (CONSOB)”, Journal of Investment Compliance, September 18, 2017  
  • Italy Admits Punitive Damages”, Lexology, July 18, 2017 
  • The New Italian Measures on AML”, Lexology, July 4, 2017 
  • Italy Implemented the IV AML Directive”, Lexology, May 25, 2017 
  • L'Italia on top nella normativa anti-riciclaggio”, Diritto24, May 18, 2017 
  • Further Improvements of Italian AML Legislation in the Pipeline”, Lexology, May 16, 2017 
  • How to Identify Inside Information - A Helpful Guideline Provided by the Italian Securities and Exchange Commission”, Lexology, April 18, 2017 
  • Market Abuse Regulation - Investment Recommendations”, Lexology, October 31, 2016 
  • Co-author of “Italy” chapter to the 4th edition of The Product Regulation and Liability Review, February 2017 
  • Italy Moves Towards the Admissibility of Punitive Damages”, Paul Hastings Client Alert, May 24, 2016 
  • Italy Introduces New Tools for Securing Financings and Strengthens Enforcement Procedures”, Paul Hastings Client Alert, May 3, 2016 
  • Italy’s Court of the Auditors Sets Principle of Banks’ Liability for Damages When Acting as Advisors to Public Entities”, Paul Hastings Client Alert, March 22, 2016 
  • Italy finally approves statute amending Bankruptcy Act and other laws to facilitate restructurings and reinforce creditors’ rights”, Paul Hastings Client Alert, September 10, 2015 
  • The Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive”, Paul Hastings Client Alert, September 8, 2015 
  • Gli amministratori di società e la regolare tenuta delle scritture contabili” [Companies’ directors and accounting kept in compliance with the law], Diritto 24 (Il Sole 24 Ore), May 27, 2015 
  • Responsabilità contrattuale per violazione di intese precontrattuali” [Contractual liability for breach of pre-contractual agreements], Diritto 24 (Il Sole 24 Ore), March 18, 2015 
  • L’acquisto di azienda: scenari in evoluzione” [Business acquisitions: evolving scenarios], Diritto 24 (Il Sole 24 Ore), May 9, 2014 
  • Amministratori senza deleghe e dovere di attivarsi” [Directors without delegated powers and the duty to be proactive], Diritto 24 (Il Sole 24 Ore), February 19, 2013

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member of the Milan Bar Association since 2007 
  • From 2004 until 2007, assistant in Business Law and Advanced Business Law at the faculty of law, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca


He was admitted to the Italian Bar in 2007. He graduated cum laude from the Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca in Milan in 2004. He also studied at the University of California at San Diego, attending a course on macroeconomics, and, with an Erasmus scholarship, studied at Lund University (Sweden) Faculty of Law, for a semester. From 2004 until 2007 he was an assistant in Business Law on the law faculty of Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca.