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Mariafrancesca De Leo, Partner

Mariafrancesca De Leo



Italian, English

Practice areas

  • Financial services disputes and investigations
  • Fraud and financial crime

Practice notes

Mariafrancesca is an Eversheds Sutherland litigation partner and responsible for the FSDI Italian practice. She specialises in the financial litigation and regulatory enforcement procedures although she has never stopped from handling commercial litigation cases. She has also matured significant expertise in the conduct of internal investigations, particularly in relation to market abuse cases, systems and control violations, mis-selling, fraud and corruption. Mariafrancesca also advises on insolvency law procedures.

Before joining Eversheds Sutherland, Mariafrancesca worked for other international law firms both in Milan and London. Notably, she successfully represented a global financial institution in the litigations stemming out of the Parmalat collapse (14 billion Euro default) and another global institution in criminal and civil litigation relating to the sale of derivatives to the City of Milan (which became a leading case for all the subsequent actions brought by public authorities which entered into derivatives).

Mariafrancesca is double qualified (Italy and England) and is currently splitting her time between London and Milan office.

Her recent experience includes:

  • Representing an international leading bank in a dispute brought by the former major shareholder of a leading Italian bank, in relation to advisory and financing activity provided by the first to the shareholder.
  • Representing a Danish bank in relation to a large number of litigation matters which stem from the Swiss National Bank decision to remove the cap between Euro and Swiss Franc exchange rate and the consequences it created for the bank’s clients who had invested in related forex.
  • Assisting Italy’s biggest independent asset manager, in a dispute against a financial research provider for defamation.
  • Assisting an English multinational in internal investigation concerning the use of suppliers by the past management in relation to potential allegation of corruption
  • Representing a major international bank in proceedings concerning market abuse
  • Assisting a financial institution in relation to several debt restructurings and negotiations with non-performing debtors of a portfolio of medium term loans.