M.B.A., INSEAD, 2013

LL.M., Columbia University Law School, 2007 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

J.D. with honors, University of Milan, 2003

Diplôme d’Etudes de l’Union Européenne, Université Paris V Descartes, 2001


Superior Courts (Corte di Cassazione), 2021

Bar of New York, 2008

Bar of Milan, 2006


Italian, English, French

Valentina Casella


Valentina is admitted to the bars of Milan and New York.

She specializes in corporate law, with a focus on domestic and cross-border M&A and other corporate transactions, corporate governance, and the negotiation of national and international commercial agreements. She also provides her assistance on a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes.

From 2007 to 2012, Valentina was a corporate associate in the M&A department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, in New York, where she assisted corporations and private equity firms on a variety of complex domestic and cross-border transactions, restructurings, joint ventures, and advised boards on corporate governance matters and fiduciary duties.
Previously, she was a trainee at the law firm of Prof. Giovanni Panzarini in Milan, where she was mainly involved in corporate and financial markets litigation and arbitration.

She holds board seats in listed and unlisted companies, also acting as independent director, and is the author of publications in the field of corporate law, startups and early-stage investments.