A Solicitor in London Who Helps Italian TechCECILIA GOZZOLI HAS ESTABLISHED TWO LAW FIRMS, FIRST IN LONDON, THEN IN MILAN, TO ASSIST DEALS HAVING TO DO WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES. BRITISH AND ITALIAN CORPORATE LAW HAVE NO SECRETS FOR HER
One of Le Fonti Awards went for the second consecutive year to Cecilia Gozzoli for having the best boutique firm in International Corporate Consulting. Cecilia Gozzoli hails from Modena, and graduated in Law from Bocconi in 2003. She then specialized at the Bocconi and Pavia School of Legal Professions in 2005 and got her Master in Law from London School of Economics in 2007. She is a practicing attorney both in Italy and the UK, where she has lived for more than a decade. In fact she moved to London to work in an American law firm and subsequently joined Deutsche Bank, specializing in financial products and corporate law.
"I have hardly ever worked in Italy, save for some internships", says Cecilia, "since my goal has always been to pursue an international career, which culminated in 2012 with the opening of my own firm, Gozzoli Solicitors". This was far from being a simple achievement, because of the many bureaucratic, technical and administrative hurdles that had to be overcome, and because, Cecilia adds, "having specialized in the internationalization of Italian tech companies in the United Kingdom, I had to become expert in both Italian and British corporate and commercial law".
For some time, Cecilia has nurtured a passion for innovation and development in the tech sector. This is also a fast-expanding field, since Italian companies are popular in the industry and a beachhead in London is an almost obligatory prerequisite for those firms aiming to internationalize their markets and operations. "Recently we also opened a law firm in Milan, where we both provide advice to Italian legal firms on English law, and follow the internationalization of technological start-ups. Mine is a fairly niche area (globally, the number of solicitors, as lawyers are known across the Channel, that work in corporate finance is little more than 7,000), but the goal is to expand in either other areas or other countries, such as Dubai and Malta. In the first semester of this year alone, the legal firm has assisted 15 deals concerning blockchain investment projects in the United States and Singapore for the development of new cryptocurrencies, as well as three deals concerning the raising of capital and M&A operations involving UK chemical and tech companies. At the moment, I’m following the interesting case of a successful Italian-English start-up, Oval Money. All this, of course, as we wait to see what will happen with Brexit, which, I cannot hide, is generating quite a bit of uncertainty and personal apprehension".
by Davide Ripamonti
Translated by Alex Foti