Fabrizio Vismara is a partner in the Tax Strategy & Benefits Practice in our Milan office.

    An experienced corporate and tax lawyer, and professor of international law, Fabrizio represents Italian and international clients on domestic and cross-border financial regulatory, corporate and tax matters.

    Fabrizio focuses his practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and represents funds and strategic investors in private equity transactions, corporate restructurings and foreign investments, as well as acting for Italian and international clients on antitrust matters.

    Fabrizio acts for clients on the taxation of controlled foreign corporations, transfer pricing issues, and matters governed by international tax treaties to which Italy is a party. His activity includes tax and antitrust disputes, representing Italian and foreign clients, multinational companies and banks in dealings with the public administration on tax matters and relevant obligations. He also advises clients on the taxation of financial instruments, the application of currency regulations, double taxation agreements, and EU customs and VAT legislation.

    Fabrizio’s litigation expertise encompasses banking and financial disputes before Italian courts, including the Italian Supreme Court, and his tax expertise includes assisting in the settlement of tax disputes before tax authorities.

    In addition, Fabrizio advises banks, investment funds and financial institutions on a range of financial regulatory matters.

    Fabrizio is a Professor of International Law at the University of Insubria.

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    • Advised Italian publicly traded companies and banks in litigation regarding financial contracts, loan agreements and derivatives.
    • Advised major Italian banks on claw-back actions and actions in tort.
    • Advised leading manufacturing companies on disputes regarding product liability and long-term supply agreements.
    • Advised leading import-export companies in connection with disputes with the Customs Authority. 
    • Advised foreign companies on intra-group transactions involving transfer pricing issues, the taxation of dividends and royalties.
    • Advised Italian companies in settling tax disputes and obtaining tax rulings.
    • Advised foreign banks on the regulatory and EU law issues arising from their carrying on banking and financial activities in Italy.
    • Advised Italian companies and groups on tax issues related to M&A transactions and company reorganisations.
    • Advised Italian associations of customs brokers on implementing tax and customs guidelines and best practices.
    • Advised major Italian banks on commercial litigation, including the termination of loan agreements and the infringement of debt restructuring agreements.
    • Advised major Italian banks on filing petitions for the opening of bankruptcy procedures.
    • Assisted a major Italian energy supplier company in court litigation regarding the infringement of a supply and subcontract agreement and action in tort.
    • Assisted a logistics and transport group in connection with M&A transactions including foreign targets.
    • Assisted a foreign sovereign fund in a number of commercial and financial litigations before Italian courts

    Education

    • University of Pisa, Ph.D., Taxation, 1996
    • University of Milan, Ph.D., International Law, 1993
    • University of Parma, J.D., summa cum laude, 1988

    Admissions

    • Italian Supreme Court Bar, 2006
    • Milan, 1994

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • International Fiscal Association
    • Italian Society for International Law

    Languages

    • Italian
    • English
    • French

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