Professore Associato


Iacopo Donati is the author of several publications on corporate law, restructuring and insolvency law, and bank resolution. He is currently the UNIDROIT/Bank of Italy Chair Holder for the UNIDROIT’s Bank Insolvency Project.

In 2023 he secured funding by the Italian Government to carry out, as the Principal Investigator and coordinator, the research project titled "Proportionating rules on bank crisis prevention and management to the case of retail banks: an analysis on the European and national legal framework" (Pro.Re.Ba.), involving—besides the University of Siena—the University of Florence, University of Milan, and University Ca' Foscari Venice.

In 2020 he published the book "Le ricapitalizzazioni forzose" on debt-to-equity transactions taking place on a (partially or entirely) compulsory base from the shareholders and/or creditors perspective, with the purpose of avoiding the liquidation of the distressed company. That book was awarded the Prize “Prof. Niccolò Salanitro” in 2022 as the best Italian under-35 book published in the field of corporate and business law in 2019-2020. His most recent research interests mainly focus on directors’ liability and proportionality in the legal framework for bank crisis management.

He has been invited as a speaker to various international and national conferences. He has participated in some high-impact international, European, and national research projects (Contractualised Distress Resolution in the Shadow of the Law, CODIRE; Judicial Co-Operation supporting Economic Recovery in Europe, JCOERE; Linee guida per il finanziamento delle imprese in crisi, II ed.; Treatment of shareholders’ rights in the insolvency of companies).

He holds an LL.M. in Corporate Governance & Practice from Stanford Law School (Palo Alto, California, USA) and a PhD at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', obtained defending a thesis ("Le società di capitali al tempo del bail-in") that earned him the 'Gian Franco Campobasso' award for the best PhD thesis in corporate or banking law in Italy for 2016. He has taught Business and Coporate Law at the University 'Ca' Foscari' Venice, Business & Digital Law at H-Farm College, and Corporate Law at the University of Florence and at the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'.

In 2014 he was admitted to the New York State Bar (USA) and to the Italian Bar. Over the years, he has developed specific experience in assisting and advising corporations, banks, and listed companies, as well as in judicial and arbitration matters relating to corporate, banking, and insolvency law.

Teaching activities

Completion accademic year: 2025/2026

Course year: 3 Full cicle (5 years) LAW A.Y. 2023/2024

Completion accademic year: 2024/2025

Course year: 1 Full cicle (5 years) LAW A.Y. 2024/2025
Course year: 5 Full cicle (5 years) LAW A.Y. 2020/2021


Ultime pubblicazioni:

  • Donati, I., Carles, J. (2023). Bitgrail & Celsius: similar outcomes, different reasoning. EUROFENIX, 91, 14-15. - view more
  • Donati, I. (2023). Il requisito del "sostegno minimo" dei creditori per l'omologazione del concordato in continuità: una prima (errata) applicazione dell'art. 112, comma 2, lett. d) CCII. IL FALLIMENTO E LE ALTRE PROCEDURE CONCORSUALI(6), 791-803. - view more
  • Donati, I. (2023). La gestione delle crisi bancarie: verso una maggiore (e desiderabile) proporzionalità?. BANCA IMPRESA SOCIETÀ(2), 315-354. - view more
  • Burke, K., Carles, J., Donati, I., Golden, S., Ng, S. (2022). Rescue Financing: Roll-Ups in the USA, Italy, Singapore and Spain. NORTON JOURNAL OF BANKRUPTCY LAW AND PRACTICE, 31(5), 638-656. - view more
  • Donati, I., Stanghellini, L. (2022). Il principio di proporzionalità nell’ambito del SRM: la prospettiva italiana. In M. P. Chiti, V. Santoro (a cura di), Il diritto bancario europeo: problemi e prospettive (pp. 109-128). Pacini Editore. - view more