About us


Based in Padua with offices in Rome, De Benetti & Co. services an international community of clients with advice on domestic Italian, cross-border and cross-jurisdictional situations in all key areas of Italian family, commercial and property law, taxation and estate planning.

We strive to offer the highest quality legal services at an acceptable cost and timeframe. New clients predominantly arrive as referrals from existing relationships, many of whom present with an initial situation to address but subsequently form longstanding relationships with the practice as testament to our integrity and effectiveness.

Global uncertainty and cross-border capital flows bring us clients seeking investments into the stability and legal protections of the old world. Here, an appreciation for international cultures and customs leverages our local knowledge of Italian places, processes and people to ensure value for the investor.

Above all our team takes care to remain approachable, personable and easy to deal with. Business may be business but it is also personal. It is our belief that the role of trusted advisor in complex personal and business matters is a privilege we earn and renew constantly through focusing on achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.




Avv. Massimiliano De Benetti

Massimiliano, senior partner, is a qualified Italian lawyer (Avvocato) and a member of the Law Society of Padua. He graduated in Law at the University of Ferrara with a degree of 110/110 summa cum laude. He did part of his training with an important international Law Firm based in London. He then consolidated his experience with a Law firm based in Padua focusing on the areas of Contract Law, Company Law and Probate Law. He achieved his Doctorate in Contract and Obligation Law in 2008 and worked as a contract Researcher with the University of Padua. He taught as an adjunct professor in a Master in Technology Transfer of the United Nations. Among his degrees: Master in Company Law and International Commercial Contract Law. Massimiliano is also President of the Youth Commission of the Padua Civil Lawyers' Chamber. Massimiliano is qualified in Legal English (Legal English courses at the University of Cambridge) and has an excellent knowledge of the English language. 



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Avv. Alessia Pittelli

Alessia Pittelli is a qualified Italian lawyer (Avvocato) and is a member of the Law Society of Padua . She graduated in Law at the University of Padua with a diploma thesis in Constitutional Law. She is undertaking additional courses in Administrative and Family Law with special focus on Administrative Trials. She has a good knowledge of the French language.

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Dott.ssa Giada Zoccarato

Giada Zoccarato is qualified as an Italian trainee lawyer and is enrolled in the Law Society of Padua. She graduated in Law at the University of Padua with a diploma thesis in Public Law. She has a good knowledge of the English language.

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Dott. Davide Toubai Babazadeh

Davide Toubai Babazadeh, an Italian citizen of Iranian origin, has been enrolled in the register of trainee lawyers of the Law society of Padua since 10 May 2018. He graduated in Law at the Alma Mater Studiorum University in Bologna with a thesis on Commercial Law titled “A new way of doing business. The Benefit Companies ”. He has a good knowledge of English and French.

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Luciana Ispani - Solicitor

Luciana qualified as a solicitor in September 1997. She graduated from London University (sitting the external programme), and then completed a Legal Practice course at Staffordshire University. She completed her training with a High Street firm in Beckenham, Kent, specialising in Property Law, undertaking development work for large developers as well as general residential conveyancing work. She left PJH in 2001 and went to niche practise in the city to head up and develop their property department. Her work there consisted mainly of commercial property and high net worth residential conveyancing for Italian investors and Italian companies. She also carried out some probate work. Luciana left the city in 2004 and has since returned to PJH practising in all areas of property law. Since January 2012 she has cooperated with De Benetti & Co. as an English solicitor in charge of all conveyancing and probate issues for estates set in the U.K.



Dott. Andrea Redivo Zaglia

Andrea is specialised in property transactions, taxation and evaluation. He graduated in Political Economic Sciences at the University of Padua and obtained an international MBA degree at Clemson University, USA. After a 10 year career as Retail Manager working for a famous American multi-national, he decided to specialize in the Italian estate business, focusing on prestigious properties in the Veneto region. Andrea is a licensed estate agent (registered with the Chamber of Commerce of Padua) and member of F.I.M.A.A. (Italian Federation of Business Estate Agents). He is the manager of Properties in Italy, a company specialised in the sale of properties located in Venice and the Veneto. Andrea can speak English, French, Spanish, German, Slovene and Serbo-Croatian.

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Dott. Nicola Manzulli

Nicola Manzulli obtained his master degree in Economics and Management at the University of Ferrara and has specialized in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He obtained two certificates of competence in the privacy field by attending two specialization Masters, one organized by Euroconference and the second at the CNR of Pisa organized by Federprivacy. Thanks to the acquired know-how he managed to obtain the "CdP" certification at TÜV-Italia as a Privacy Consultant. He was selected as a teacher by the multinational Bureau Veritas Italia S.p.a. for two specialization Masters which dealt with the role of Data Protection Officer and a seminar of Job Select S.r.l. always in the privacy field. Plays the role of DPO in various companies and non-profit associations. Finally, he deepened his business thanks to the knowledge acquired in the Master in European Project Planning at the International University of Venice.