Maurizio Delfino is a Senior Counsel in the Corporate and Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, the founding partner of Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (“D-WFG”), and the Chairman of D-WFG Executive Committee.

Maurizio’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions of listed or unlisted companies, including distressed, joint ventures and public/private partnerships, corporate governance and general corporate and securities law matters.

Maurizio has been the lead corporate lawyer in a number of high profile transactions, including hostile takeover bids and buy outs on behalf of Italian or international clients of the firm. He has represented government owned corporations, public and private companies and financial investors in a wide range of Italian and cross border transactions. He has also assisted the Italian Treasury on a number of privatizations. In addition, Maurizio has advised board of directors and board committees on a variety of corporate governance issues.

The industries where Maurizio has acted for either strategic or financial investors in Italy are diverse and include banking and insurance, various infrastructure, steel, oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical, automotive, aerospace and defense, food, design. He has also assisted on various Italian SPAC projects.

Maurizio has written monographs and published articles in law reviews and is a frequent lecturer in the fields of ESG compliance, corporate finance and the protection of minority shareholders.

Chambers Europe (2024) and Chambers Global (2024) rank Maurizio amongst the leading individuals in Italian Corporate/M&A.


Maurizio is admitted to practice before the Italian Court of Cassation, Council of State and Constitutional Court. He is a member of the Council for the US and Italy, the Italian Association of European Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association (“Business Organizations” Committee and “Capital Markets Forum”).

He wrote several monographs and had numerous articles published in major law reviews in the fields of securities regulation, corporate finance, the protection of minority shareholders, and antitrust.  He is a frequent lecturer at national and international symposia in these fields.

  • ERG SpA for the san Quirico and IFM Investors partnership agreement
  • Yilport Group for the acquisition of the Port of Taranto container terminal;
  • Contship Italia for sale of terminal Port of Gioia Tauro
  • Contship Italia for disposal of container port terminal of Cagliari
  • Russian group Severstal for the acquisition of Lucchini group of comapies;
  • Ale of Huta steel plants by Lucchini to Arcelor
  • Blackstone for the acquisition of certain assets of Banca Intesa
  • Colony Capital in the sale of the Costa Smeralda resort in Sardinia to Qatar Holding
  • Acquisition of Van Cleef and Arpels group by Richemont SA
  • Klesch Group for the acquisition of Leali Steel;
  • Électricité de France S.A. in the acquisition of Montedison and ensuing Italenergia tender offer ;
  • Ergo for tender offer on Bayerische Vita
  • EDF on electricity infrastructure interconnection between Italy and Corsica
  • Lucchini SpA in the sale of Elettra, an electricity operator, to Hutton Collins.



Yale Law School Stanford Law School, 1984 Stanford Law School, JSD, 1983 Science of Government at Università degli Studi La Sapienza di Roma, LL.M., 1977 Law School at Università degli Studi di Roma, J.D., 1976

Bar Admissions

Italy, 1979