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Claudio Cocuzza

Italy
Cocuzza e Associati Studio Legale

Claudio is a founding partner of the firm.

With over twenty years of experience in legal counselling on real estate investments and development for well-known retail companies, Claudio has taken part in some of the major Italian real estate market transactions. Claudio has assisted leading retail operators in the acquisition of trophy buildings and has assisted several foreign companies in their real estate development in Italy. Among his clients are property companies, real estate funds and fashion and information technology retail companies. Claudio also has considerable experience in the M&A sector, having assisted his clients in acquisitions, mergers and divestments of companies in both the real estate and information technology sectors. Several times over the years Claudio has been appointed to arbitration boards mainly in connection with disputes concerning mainly lease and franchising agreements. Claudio is also an expert in anti-money laundering legislation and assists banks in connection with compliance with the rules.

He was Adjunct Professor of Competition Law at the University of Siena and at the University of Milan Bicocca. He was Lecturer at Tulane Law School, New Orleans, USA (EU Antitrust) in 1996, 1997 and 1999. He regularly lectures on real estate law at the Retail University of the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres) in Brussels. He is regularly invited to congresses and conferences on these subjects, even at international level.

Claudio was President of AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats) in 2003; he is presently Past Chair of the Real Estate Section of IBA, the International Bar Association, a member of the Board of the Penn Law European Society and a member of the ICSC legal team. He is a member of the Anti-Money Laundering Committee of the National Bar Association and of CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe).