Cristina Fussi


T. +39 02 72554.1


Via San Paolo, 7
20121 – MILAN

Cristina Fussi is since year 2000 a partner at De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani and was previously general counsel of a large US multinational group.

Cristina has been practising for more than twenty years in the area of corporate, M&A and international transactional work with special expertise in cross border distressed M&A deals including lease and purchase of going concerns from distressed companies and insolvency/receivership procedures, debt restructuring and group reorganization.

Cristina is frequently involved in forensic analysis and evaluation aimed at identifying actual or potential fraud and/or breach of contract by the management or the sellers in M&A transactions, including the determination of the damage.

She has developed an in-depth knowledge of the industry sectors of the clients she has represented for many years, including

  • aviation (the subsidiaries of the main French airline in a joint venture with Alitalia and the investment vehicle of the United Arab Emirates in conducting a forensic investigation following the acquisition of Piaggio Aerospace);
  • railway transport (the main Swiss railway company);
  • environment and water treatment (leading US and Swedish groups);
  • machine manufacturing (Chinese listed companies buying from distressed Italian groups);
  • construction (large Italian groups expanding their activities in Russia) and semiconductor industry (a large Japanese supplier in joint venture with an Italian-French semiconductor manufacturer);
  • advanced materials (a large Japanese manufacturer of carbon fiber setting a facility in Italy);
  • food (a US leading supplier and solutions provider to the foodservice buying the participation in a Brazilian producer owned by the bankruptcy of a large Italian group);
  • engineering and construction (a Polish public customer of a large Italian engineering and construction company active in the infrastructure sector, which eventually entered into a preventive restructuring procedure, in dealing with the procedure and amending the existing agreements for the construction of a metro line in Warsaw).

Cristina is a frequent speaker at conferences and a vice-chair of the IBA Insolvency Section.

She is regularly mentioned on Legal500 in the Corporate and M&A practice.

She is vice-chair of ASLA, the Association of Italian Associated Law Firms.
She is an active member of ASLA Women and leads pro bono projects, in particular involving African countries.

Areas of expertise

Admitted to the Italian Bar


Milan, Degree in Law, University of Milan


Italian, English, French, German