Roberto Pisano obtained a law degree, summa cum laude, from the State University of Milan in 1992, and a PhD from the University of Genoa in 1999. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a research associate at Bocconi University of Milan where, since then, he has worked for many years as a contract professor on business and tax crimes. Mr Pisano was co-chair of the business crime committee of the IBA in 2007 and 2008, and vice-chair of the ECBA in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of several publications on the subject of business crime and mutual legal assistance, including: Tax Crimes (Cedam, 2002, co-author); Criminal Responsibility from Asbestos (Giuffré, 2003, contributor); The Relations Between Domestic Law, Treaty Law and EC Law (Egea, 1995); 'EU arrest warrant in action' (in European Lawyer, 2005, co-author); and The Illegal Performance of Financial Intermediation (Cedam, 2007).
Mr Pisano is the managing partner of Studio Legale Pisano, and in the course of his practice successfully represented prominent individuals and entities in high-profile Italian criminal proceedings, including: various cases of corruption and money laundering involving international corporations and their top officials (including multiple investigations in the US, UK, France, Italy, etc); various cases of extradition, including the recent FIFA investigation by the US authorities and representation of foreign states; three cases alleging international tax fraud involving the former Italian prime minister; a case involving a major US bank in the bankruptcy of the Parmalat group; a case involving a claim by the Italian Ministry of Culture for restitution of antiquities against a prominent US museum; a case alleging multiple homicide of employees of a multinational company manufacturing hazardous products, in which Mr Pisano was a member of the defence team; various appeals in foreign jurisdictions (eg the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland, etc) against search and seizure and freezing of assets; internal investigations for foreign multinationals and Italian corporations. Mr Pisano advises and represents as well relevant foreign governments, on issues of international criminal law and in the frame of extradition proceedings.
Mr Pisano is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad on the subject of white-collar crime and mutual legal assistance and extradition.