Roberto Cornetta and John Leopoldo Fiorilla Join the Team

Roberto Cornetta and John Leopoldo Fiorilla Join the Team

We are pleased to announce that ADG Legal will be joined in February by Roberto Cornetta, a senior Italian lawyer of over 30 years’ experience, as an Of Counsel Partner in our Dubai office and his long-time colleague John Leopoldo Fiorilla di Santa Croce, a senior US and Italian lawyer with vast corporate experience, as Of Counsel.

Roberto graduated in Law at Yale Law School and worked for six years in New York City. He then went on to become the founder and CEO of Norton Rose Italy, where he remained for 12 years in their European PF group. 8 years as CEO of Paul Hastings in Italy followed, where his focus was on large real estate, hospitality, finance and cross border M&A in Europe, India and China and Africa.  He also spent six months in Hong Kong and six months in Colombia for the Italian Electricity Company. Roberto has had several referrals from large US law firms and clients and has been appointed by Stanford University as the sole European member of their “Seeds for Africa” program in recognition of his experience in both professional and pro bono work.

John received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, and a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law. Before joining ADG Legal, John practised in the New York and London offices of Sullivan & Cromwell, as well as with Brosio, Casati e Associati in Milan. In addition to his new role with ADG Legal, John will still serve as Managing Partner of the Arabian Gulf Fund, a boutique private equity firm based in Nassau and New York City, and holds a number of other notable posts.

“The addition of Roberto and John to ADG Legal is a great contribution to our goal of becoming a world-class local firm with a truly international service. Their considerable experience will be a boon to our clients and will expand the breadth of the Firm’s transactional practice.” – Managing Partner Mohammed Al Dahbashi

“We believe that Roberto and Join will prove a great fit with our expansion into Africa and look forward to continuing our developments in the region with new energy and experience.” – Director Peter Gray