Business Lawyers Help Firms GrowELISABETTA PERO, TRAINED IN LAW AND CORPORATE FINANCE, IS THE BOCCONI ALUMNI'S NEW TOPIC LEADER FOR LEGAL STUDIES
Bocconi Class of 2013 in Law and a 2017 graduate from the Executive Master in Corporate Finance and Banking of SDA Bocconi School of Management, Elisabetta Pero, is the 30 year-old leader of the Bocconi Alumni Community Topic in Law. This should suffice to make the interest and commitment of the young alumna immediately clear. She is currently an associate of the LMCR LaTorre-Morgese-Cesaro-Rio law firm, a team of business lawyers based in Milan.
➜ What is your job about?
I work in the department that deals with M&A operations: we follow the transaction both on the buyer and the seller sides. I follow the international clientele in particular, an interest that also derives from my years of training at Bocconi: thanks to a Campus Abroad program I arrived in India in what is now the Mumbai Asia Center of SDA Bocconi, and then I spent six months working at the India-Italy Chamber of Commerce.
➜ Did you always have an international vocation?
I come from Robbio, a small town in Lomellina, the region between Pavia and Vercelli. When I was a child, I got used to travel a lot with my parents, and during high school I did a period of study in Dublin.
➜ And what about the legal profession?
I come from a family of entrepreneurs, but I've always wanted to study law. As a child, I had a friend of my dad’s take me to court to attend hearings. However, since I had the needs and difficulties of firms in mind, I have always wanted to become a business lawyer. And I wanted to do it in an international environment, which is why I chose Bocconi.
➜ When was your interest in corporate banking born?
In part, when I attended the venture capital course taught by Stefano Caselli in India. Then, in particular, when in my work I realized that I needed to get a better grounding in the economic and financial aspects of transactions. Acquisition contracts, for example, are heavily built around numbers.
➜ What are the advantages and difficulties of a business lawyer?
The nice thing is to support companies and see them grow, by helping them make the leap and internationalize. Educate them in becoming more attractive abroad. The challenges are many: sometimes entrepreneurs see you as a complicator and they do not realize that at certain levels a handshake is not enough but complex contracts are needed, you need to have sensitivity in international transactions (never put too many words in emails to the Japanese!), you have to put in the yard to always be on the piece. It is a very 'time consuming' activity: I believe that the weekends in which I don't open the computer are maybe six a year.
➜ Since April, you have been Bocconi Alumni Topic Leader for Legal Studies. Why did you come forward to take this pro bono position?
I have always enjoyed engaging in this type of activity. We have already drafted the 2020 calendar of events, with the aim of creating cross-topic occasions and listening to the local needs of firms. I am convinced that law needs other disciplines to be alive.
by Andrea Celauro
Translated by Alex Foti