About Me

I am a corporate and commercial transactions lawyer with particular focus on M&A, acting for technology, fashion/luxury and retail & consumer businesses.

Working out of our San Francisco and Milan offices, I am often involved in deals with a significant international element, acting for global organisations, fast-growth tech companies and financial investors.

Alongside my transactional work, I support our US clients by connecting them with our European, Middle East and Asia-Pacific legal experts across all practice areas.

Having joined Bird & Bird in 2003, made partner at the age of 31 in 2008, and acted as co-lead of our international Corporate Group for five years until 2019, I know the majority of Bird & Bird people worldwide and can easily identify the right lawyer to meet the needs and expectations of our clients.

As a testament to my sector expertise, I have been recognised by The Legal 500 2018 and 2019 as one of the leading Italian lawyers in the retail industry.

I have been a member of the Milan bar since 2003 and a Registered Foreign Legal Consultant in California since 2018.
Experience
  • Crocs (NASDAQ:CROX): advising the global leader in the casual footwear category in the acquisition of the footwear label Hey Dude for $2.5 billion in a cash-and-stock deal.
  • PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG): advising the global supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials in the acquisition of the powder coatings division of Arsonsisi.
  • Doctolib: advising the European market leader in digital health, in the acquisition of Dottori.it, a platform allowing online booking of diagnostic and laboratory tests and providing online video consultation services.
  • Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA): advising the leading supplier of advanced veterinary diagnostics and specialized products, in the acquisition of BiEsseA – Laboratorio di Analisi Veterinarie.
  • Alfrus: advising the founding family in the sale of a majority stake of Alfrus, an Italian company specialized in the processing of dried fruit, to the Pomona Farming LP, world leader in the production of almonds, owned by Public Sector Pension Investment Board (one of the largest Canadian pension investment managers).
  • Satispay: advising the Italian fintech scale up in the acquisition of AdvisorEat, a platform that allows its users to select affiliated restaurants and accumulate points to be converted into gift cards, vouchers or donations.
  • LumIT: advising the security automation company in the sale to DGS, an Italian IT operator specializing in the digital transformation of business processes and portfolio company of HIG Europe.
  • TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS): advising the diversified manufacturer of engineered products serving a variety of end markets worldwide, in the acquisitions of (i) Affaba & Ferrari, a designer and manufacturer of precision caps and closures for food & beverage and industrial product applications; (ii) Taplast, a designer and manufacturer of dispensers, closures and containers for beauty and personal care, household and food packaging and (iii) Plastic, a manufacturer of polymeric caps and closures for home care product applications.
  • Tomorrow London: advising the London-based platform operating in the fashion industry in connection with receiving an equity investment from European private equity Three Hills Capital Partners as well as in connection with the acquisition of an equity stake in the brands "A-Cold-Wall"; "Colville"; "Coperni"; "Charles Jeffrey Loverboy" and "Martine Rose".
  • Blue Dot Ventures: advising the IoT focused VC investor in the acquisition of a minority stake in STE Industries, a developer of high-tech hardware and software solutions for primary application in the automotive sector.
  • Be Charge: advising PE backed Building Energy in the sale of 51% of Be Power, operator of the second largest EV charging stations infrastructure in Italy, to the infrastructure fund Zouk Capital.
  • Ballarini: advising the family-owned premium cookware manufacturer Ballarini Paolo & Figli on its acquisition by ZWILLING J.A. Henckels, part of the German Group Wilh. Werhahn.
Education

Studied

  • Notre Dame Law School, LLM, International Comparative Law
  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara, J.D., Law

Admissions

  • State Bar of California - Registered Foreign Legal Consultant in 2018
  • Milan Bar Association, Italy in 2003
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Stefano Silvestri is 'energetic, smart and deal-friendly'.

Legal 500 2018

Recognised as a leading Italian lawyer in the retail industry.

Legal 500 2018 and 2019

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