Sara Piccardo


16123 Genoa
Salita S. Caterina 1/2
T. +39 010 561849
F.+39 010 8562589

20123 Milan
Via S. Maria Segreta 6
T. +39 02 45374750
F. +39 02 87183380

Born in Genoa on 18 February 1975, she graduated with honours in law in 2000 from the University of Genoa discussing a thesis in commercial law (with Prof. Franco Bonelli as supervisor). She has been a member of the Genoa Bar since 2004.

She developed her expertise practicing with leading law firms (from the beginning of her career until 2015 at BonelliErede, then, until 2023, at Giovanardi Studio Legale), working mainly in the fields of commercial and corporate law, M&A, insolvency & restructuring, gaining also vast experience in the areas of special situations, distressed M&A and management, protection and development of non-performing credit.

She was a visiting foreign lawyer for a semester at Slaughter & May, in London.

She also gained extensive knowledge in corporate matters, particularly regarding reorganization of companies and groups, corporate governance and liabilities of corporate bodies, recapitalizations, also during crisis or pre-crisis, as well as investment and divestment deals, acquisitions and divestments of companies and businesses, including in distressed and cross border contexts, and joint ventures, including inside insolvency procedures.

She routinely assists clients in special situations and in restructuring and distressed contexts, also within insolvency procedures (including cross border), as well as debt restructuring or consolidation deals, rescheduling, opening of new lines of credits, and any other agreements involved in the aforementioned transactions, both on the side of debtors and financial creditors. She also assists servicers and SPVs purchasing NPL and UTP in determining and implementing the optimal legal strategy to manage, protect and develop the acquired portfolios, also within real-estate repossession, through the relevant ReoCos. She also has been involved in assignments of non-performing loans, including within special situations and crisis-resolutions procedures. 

She assisted leading operators in the infrastructure sector and in private tenders, especially “turnkey” contracts for the construction of Major Infrastructure Projects (i.e., high speed rail tracks) and related litigation.

She has extensive experience in managing complex litigation in corporate and civil law, including arbitration.

Recently, she co-authored the Italian chapter of the Legal Guide – Corporate&Commercial: Restructuring & Insolvency Laws and Regulation 2023, published by ICLG in May 2023.

She routinely works in English.

She has been cited, among other publications, by Legal500, under the EMEA area, Restructuring and insolvency, as Next generation lawyer, 2019 and Rising star 2020, 2022.