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.
  • Building Energy Group: Advising PE backed Building Energy, a multinational company operating in the renewable energy sector in the sale of 51% of the share capital of Be Power, an Italian electric mobility company, to Zouk Capital, an investment fund active in the fields of sustainable infrastructures, renewables, electric mobility and technology.
  • Trimas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS): Advising Trimas, a diversified manufacturer of engineered products that serve a variety of industrial, commercial and consumer end markets worldwide, in the acquisition of Plastic S.r.l., a privately-owned manufacturer of polymeric caps and closures for home care product applications.
  • Trimas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS): Advising Trimas, a diversified manufacturer of engineered products that serve a variety of industrial, commercial and consumer end markets worldwide, in the acquisition of Taplast S.p.A, a privately-owned designer and manufacturer of dispensers, closures and containers for the beauty and personal care, household and food packaging end markets.
  • Shiloh Industries (NASDAQ: SHLO): Advising Shiloh Industries, a leading global supplier of light-weighting, noise and vibration solutions, in its acquisition of Brabant Alucast Italy (site Verrés), and Brabant Alucast Netherlands (site Oss), companies specialising in the field of aluminum and magnesium casting and stamping.
  • Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ:CROX): Advising Crocs, a world leader in the casual footwear category, in the restructuring of the production division of its Italian subsidiary EXO Italia and sale of assets to a core supplier.
  • Aretex Capital Partners in its investment in Building Energy Group via the acquisition of an equity and debt position from ZZ Capital International.
  • Atisa S.p.A. shareholders: Advising the Vismara Family, owners of Atisa S.p.A., designer and manufacturer of industrial, residential and marine climate solutions in the sale to Gruppo PSC S.p.A., an international player in the field of civil, industrial and infrastructural engineering.
  • Tomorrow London Limited: Advised the London based sales platform and niche designer brands scouting consultancy on the sale of a single digit minority stake to Red Circle, the private investment vehicle of Diesel founder and otb Group owner Renzo Rosso.
  • Hootsuite Inc: Advised the Canadian 'Unicorn', one of the most widely used social media management platforms, on the acquisition of AdEspresso S.r.l., a SaaS solution for Facebook and Instagram advertising.
  • Advising a NYSE-listed, Fortune 200 global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass, and fiberglass, on the acquisition of the residual 50% stake of a joint venture company.


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


  • 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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