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Marco De Leo joined RASS – Studio Legale Rinaldi e Associati  in 1996, and specialised in the fields of M&A, corporate law, extraordinary operations, commercial law and contracts and international law.

He boasts a long, consistent experience and skills in business law, M&A and Private Equity operations, since he has assisted several Italian and foreign clients, financial (both private and institutional) and industrial investors during acquisitions, mergers, de-mergers, business contributions and transfers, and general financial and extraordinary operations.

As regards commercial agreements, he helps Italian and foreign clients in different industrial, retail and food sectors, and specifically deals with distribution, agency and franchising issues.

Education and qualifications:

  • University of Milan – Degree in Law (1996)
  • Admitted to practice (2001)
  • Bocconi University, Milan (Post-graduate course in Corporate Finance, 2003)
  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court

Languages: Italian, English and French


  • Milan Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • International Franchise Lawyers Association (IFLA)


  • From 2001 to 2016, he contributed on franchising to the on-line journal ‘International Law Office’ (
  • – The franchisor guide to International Franchising IFLA – 2009.
  • – The International Comparative guide to Franchise 2015 and 2016 Global Legal Group.
  • – Getting the Deal Through – Distribution & Agency 2015.



  • – Corporate INTL Global Award Winner 2010: ‘Franchise advisory Excellence in Italy’.
  • – Corporate INTL 2011 legal awards: ‘Franchising Law Firm of the Year in Italy’.