Bruno Cova chairs the Milan office of Paul Hastings. He focuses on complex transactions such as crossborder acquisitions, restructuring of distressed companies. He also regularly acts for international corporations and financial institutions in dealing with corporate governance and legal risks issues, devising internal controls or contractual mechanisms to minimize those risks, investigating legal and compliance problems, and defending clients before regulatory authorities or in the context of criminal investigations.
Mr. Cova received his education from Università Statale in Milan and King’s College in London. He started his career as a private practitioner in Milan and London, and was then general counsel of the exploration & production division of Eni SpA, chief compliance officer of the EBRD, and group general counsel of Fiat SpA. Immediately prior to joining Paul Hastings, he was the chief legal adviser to the commissioner appointed by the Italian government to investigate Europe’s largest financial fraud at Parmalat and to deal with the restructuring of the company.
Mr. Cova has worked on several significant energy matters in Italy, North Africa and Central Asia. He has been involved in many of the largest Italian M&A deals of the last several years, including several cross-border transactions. He is the Vice-Chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Bar Association, a member of a troika of specialists advising the Corporate Governance Committee of the Italian Stock Exchangeon corporate governance reforms and a member of the working group appointed by the European Commission to advise on reform of EU insolvency law.