Alessio Santoriello - World Litigation Forum

Alessio Santoriello

Alessio Santoriello

Alessio Santoriello

Legal Affairs & Compliance Director at ZTE Italia | Italy

01/2022 to present
Director of Legal & Compliance, ZTE Italia (Milan)
 Member of the Executive Committee of ZTE Italia with direct report to the
 President of the “Organismo di Vigilanza” pursuant to Law 231/01
 Manage a team of 4 lawyers
 Responsible to advise on all commercial transactions of ZTE in Italy and EU
 Responsible to advise on all legal matters to business and support functions
 Responsible of the corporate secretariat activities of ZTE Italia
 Responsible of the internal audit function
 Responsible for the management of disputes of ZTE in Italy
 Leading ZTE Compliance Program on Cybersecurity, Anti-bribery, AML
and Export Control
 Responsible of the budget of the Legal and Compliance functions
01/2015 to 12/2021
Senior Legal Counsel, Vodafone Group, London (UK)
In my 7 years in Vodafone Group (London based) I simultaneously covered 2
different roles:
Head of Legal of Vodafone Group Business division in Italy (09/2017 to 12/2021)
 President of the BoD of Vodafone Enterprise Italy Srl (“VEI”)
 Responsible of all legal and compliance matters of VEI
 Responsible to coordinate relationships between Vodafone Group functions
(Legal, Finance, Risk and Compliance and Regulatory) in the UK with the
corresponding functions in Italy
 Discharged director duties such as participating at Board meetings and
approving financial accounts of VEI
 Manage the relationship with panel Law Firms in Italy
Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate and Commercial Legal Team (01/2015 to
 Lead a team of 3 lawyers in support of the EMEA and APAC regions on:
o partnerships and alliances with Telco operators in the EMEA,
LATAM and APAC regions.
o advising end-to-end on all aspects of the product lifecycle,
including development, testing, payment flows, marketing and

 Lead counsel on the demerge of the business concerned with network
infrastructure by creating Vantage Towers NewCos in Europe
 Lead counsel in the sale of Vodafone New Zealand and in the partnership
with the investors to ensure revenues from the NZ market were maintained
post sale.
 Lead Counsel in the EMEA region on high value/complex agreements
(master service agreement, technology outsourcing and procurement) for the
supply of mobile and fixed connectivity, internet access, Carrier services (submarine cables, satellite network access) Converged Communications,
Software licensing, Apps, Managed Services, IoT, SaaS.
 Legal Know-how / Digital Transformation
o implemented digital contracts systems and platforms to enable
digital and automated contracting processes, data driven
negotiation and to improve governance and approvals from key
o Responsible to deliver bespoke legal training sessions for board
members and high-risk business units

07/2008 to 01/ 2014
Legal Counsel at IMA Spa (Bologna)
 Legal Counsel with direct report to the Group General Counsel
 Advised on strategic and high value/complex opportunities globally:
o Lead counsel on 2 projects for the construction of Pharmaceutical
plants in Africa and Eastern Europe (value Mln. € 250 each)
o Lead the negotiation from the R&D phase till contract signature of
the project with Philip Morris on the development of a new
technology to process and package heated tobacco cigarettes

 Supported the Organismo di Vigilanza pursuant to Law 231/01
 February 2011 promoted Lead Counsel and manager of 2 junior lawyers
9/2007 to 06/2008
Lawyer at Pavia & Harcourt LLP, New York (USA)
I was part of the M&A team within the Corporate practice of the Firm: supported
Due Diligence, drafted stocks purchase agreements, letters of intent, By-Laws,
statement of organizations, shares subscription letters. Organized and
maintained the company books. Drafted the minutes of the meetings of the board
of directors of corporate clients.
02/2007 to 08/2007
Legal Counsel at Ferrari S.p.A., Maranello (MO)
I was part of the IP Department with a focus on protecting and enforcing Ferrari’s
brand worldwide, key activities:
 investigation on internet auctions selling counterfeit products such as
clothing, jewelry and luxury goods in general
 Drafted legal documents for Italian customs authorities required for seizing
counterfeit products transiting in Italy
 Investigated commercial activities in and surrounding Grand Prix circuits
around Europe. Delivered training to local Police and Customs officers on
Ferrari products (anti-counterfeiting labels, UV lamps and identity of
Ferrari’s brand)
2/2006 to 4/2006
Internship, Tosdal, Smith, Steiner LLP San Diego (USA) –
Organized legal documents and maintained database of pleading and discovery
11/2004 to 12/2006
Trainee Lawyer, Mario D’Arezzo Law Firm, Bologna
Litigation / Dispute resolution. Represented clients in civil proceedings before the
Tribunals and Courts of first instance. Case management and development
including claim evaluation and client counselling. Assisted attorneys in all the
phases of civil trials before the Court of Appeal.
Corporate / Commercial. Assisted attorneys in M&A operations and commercial
matters such as commercial contracts, commercial leases and agency agreements.
Autonomous management of files. Introducing and receiving clients to the Firm.
Development, consultations, drafting of summons, conclusions, pleadings,
executions, seizures, closings.

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