Mario Lisanti


Mario Lisanti


T:+39 02 8635 941

F:+39 02 8635 94 44

Mario Lisanti is a banking lawyer based in Milan. His practice covers all major areas of domestic and cross-border debt financing and structured finance, including acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance and telecoms finance, as well as debt restructuring.

Mario holds a law degree magna cum laude from the Università di Bari (1995), an LL.M. in EU Business Law from the Amsterdam Law School (1996) and, following successful completion of the “European Young Lawyers’ Scheme” organised by the British Council, a Diploma in English Commercial Law (with merit) from the College of Law of London (2002). He qualified to practice as an Italian avvocato in 1998 and as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2003.

He is a native Italian speaker and he is fluent in English.

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  • Admissions
    Avvocato, qualified in Italy
    Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Global 2014 (Banking and finance)
      “Mario Lisanti acts for banks, private equity funds, investors and sponsors on matters including real estate finance, acquisition finance and debt financing and restructuring. He is capable of handling complex cross-border work thanks to being dual-qualified in Italy and the UK.”
      “Clients acknowledge the technical nous of Mario Lisanti. He is qualified in Italy and the UK, and is adept at handling domestic and cross-border pre-insolvency and insolvency proceedings”
      “Mario Lisanti of Norton Rose Fulbright in Milan lends banking and finance expertise to restructuring mandates, including debt financing and restructuring work involving the UK and Italy.”
    • Best Lawyers 2014
      Mario Lisanti is named in the fourth edition of the Best Lawyers International directory in the practice area of Banking and finance Law - Italy (Acquisition Finance, Banking, Debt and Leveraged Finance). View the directory. Selection to Best Lawyers International is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than three million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.
    • Chambers Europe 2013 - (Banking & Finance and Restructuring/Insolvency)
      “Sources commend Mario Lisanti's technical expertise and practical solutions. He is qualified in Italy and England and Wales, and is regularly involved in complex domestic and cross-border leveraged finance transactions. Mario Lisanti brings considerable experience in banking and finance to restructuring matters, and also has expertise in shipping finance and real estate-related work. Qualified in Italy and the UK, he often handles multi-jurisdictional restructurings.”
    • Legal 500 EMEA 2013 - (Banking)
      “Mario Lisanti is recommended.”
    • Legal 500 EMEA 2013 - (Restructuring and insolvency)
      “Milan-based Mario Lisanti has ‘excellent technical skills’.”
    • Best Lawyers 2012
      Mario Lisanti is named in the third edition of the Best Lawyers list for Italy in the practice areas of Acquisition Finance, Banking, Debt and Leveraged Finance. The directory can be viewed on: Selection to Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey, comprising of more than three million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.
    • Legal 500 2012 (Banking and finance)
      “Mario Lisanti is experienced in real estate and acquisition financings, debt restructuring and syndicated lending.”
    • Legal 500 2012 (Real estate)
      “Mario Lisanti is recommended.”
    • Legal 500 2012 (Restructuring and insolvency)
      “Norton Rose Studio Legale acted for several banks on the €51m debt restructuring of natural gas distributor Servizi Energetici Integrati and its subsidiaries. Team leader Mario Lisanti is well regarded.”
    • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2012 (Banking and finance)
      “Sources value Mario Lisanti's relentless support and say he is ‘proactive in finding quick solutions’.”
    • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2012 (Restructuring and insolvency)
      “The talented Mario Lisanti is dual-qualified in Italy and England and Wales. Head of the department in Milan, clients describe him as ‘a proactive, serious professional who has strength in all aspects of restructuring’."
    • Chambers Global 2011 (Banking and finance)
      Mario Lisanti is “a very incisive lawyer.”
    • Chambers Global 2011 (Restructuring and insolvency)
      “Clients value Mario Lisanti … for his keen negotiation skills.”
    • Chambers Europe 2011 (Banking and finance)
      Mario Lisanti is “smart and sensible.”
    • Chambers Europe 2011 (Restructuring and insolvency)
      “Clients praise his practical and attentive approach to negotiations.”
    • Legal 500 2011 (Banking and finance)
      Mario Lisanti is “recommended.”
    • Legal 500 2011 (Restructuring and insolvency)
      “Mario Lisanti has an active debt restructuring practice.”
    • Chambers Global 2010 (Banking and finance)
      “Mario Lisanti has impressed clients with his professionalism and measured approach.”
    • Legal 500 2009 (Banking and finance)
      “Mario Lisanti is recommended for real estate financings.”
    • Chambers Global 2008 (Banking and finance)
      “Mario Lisanti joined the Norton Rose team from Allen & Overy in 2006 and is distinguished by his “efficiency and the way he manages international teams.” Lisanti’s expertise includes leveraged finance, syndicated lending, real estate finance and restructuring. … he is dual-qualified.”
    • Legal 500 2008 (Real estate)
      “Mario Lisanti is recommended.”


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  • Memberships and activities

    Mario is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association. He has been a Research Fellow in Private Law and Comparative Corporate Law at the University of Bari for several years, and has lectured for post-graduate courses at leading Italian universities, including the LUISS Business School. He has published a number of articles and papers in leading Italian and international legal journals and has co-authored books on private equity, takeovers and securitisation.

    Mario is a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences and seminars on banking and restructuring matters.