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Luigi Santa Maria

Luigi Santa Maria, co-managing shareholder of the Santa Maria office, focuses his practice on corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, corporate governance, litigation, and arbitration.

His broad experience includes a wide range of multi-jurisdictional transactions including joint ventures, spin-offs, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, and U.S. and Italian restructurings. He advises high-profile clients in major cross-border M&A deals in the banking, energy, financial, health care, chemical, and manufacturing industries, and has assisted financial institutions in complex securities transactions, tender offers, and IPOs.

Luigi Santa Maria is the Founder of the Italian Desk in New York and practiced at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP from 1997 to 2005. He is also the founder and was the managing partner of Studio Legale Santa Maria.


Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Milan Bar Association


  • LL.M., Fordham University School of Law, 1993
  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Milan, 1991
Con licencia para ejercer en
  • Italy (admitted to Supreme Court)
  • Italian, Nativo
  • Inglés, Fluido