Nicola is head of the corporate practice in Italy.
Much of Nicola’s work involves advising multinational clients which are involved in joint ventures or M&A of Italian firms.
He takes pride in not just combining technical excellence with a commercial mind but also helping his clients understand the cultural differences they might encounter. How a large US corporation approaches a complex transaction will not be the same as the way its Italian counterpart does - and often these cultural differences matter as much as the legal complexities.
Nicola works by putting himself in his clients’ shoes so he truly understands their objectives, before using his skills as a lawyer to achieve those goals in the most efficient way possible. Many of his clients are financial institutions or private equity funds. He is a member of the private equity and consumer products and retail sector groups.
Source says "Nicola Asti is excellent and provides sound judgement. He explains things in detail and accurately".
Chambers Global 2013
Source says: ‘Nicola Asti makes himself very available and is very active in negotiations’.
Chambers Europe 2012
- Advising a large US-based bank on the acquisition of the securities services business from a leading Italian bank;
- Advising a listed infrastructure fund on the acquisition of joint control over the management company of the largest airport in Italy;
- Advising a leading Italian insurance group in relation to various matters including the take private of its largest Italian subsidiary.
Career to date
Nicola worked for a leading Italian firm in Milan. He also practised in their London office.
Qualifications and education
Admitted to the Italian Bar (1995)
University of Milan (JD)