Giovanni Gazzaniga


Giovanni has more than 30 years' experience in M&A – both domestic and cross-border – assisting primary Italian and foreign operators in a variety of deals, including private equity transactions, public takeovers, mergers and spin-offs, as well as joint ventures.

His broad experience spans various industry sectors, including financial services, energy, transport, telecoms, food & beverage, industrial and the fashion industry.

Giovanni is recognised in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in Italy™ in the private equity and corporate areas. He was also listed as one of the “Best 50 Italian Lawyers of the Year 2016” by Legalcommunity.

Clients point out Giovanni Gazzaniga is extremely complete, with strong technical skills and outstanding soft and negotiation capabilities.
Chambers, 2022, Corporate M&A
Giovanni Gazzaniga is a great partner and very pleasant person to work with. His availability is fantastic and he always has practical solutions for complex issues.
Chambers Europe & Global 2023 (Corporate/M&A: Italy)



Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2021

Admitted as avvocato, Italy, 1993


LLM, Law, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, 1995

JD, University of Milan, 1990


English, Italian
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.