Dario Latella

Professor at the University of Messina, Department of Law

Since 2000, DARIO LATELLA is Ph.D. in Business Law (University of Catania, Italy) and, since 2007, he is Professor of Business Law (University of Messina).

He has been Visiting Professor in many high ranked Universities all over the world, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, East Washington, Madrid, Cadiz, Warsaw, “Luigi Bocconi”, and is a member of the editorial board of several referred national and international law journals.

He advises national and international corporations on corporate and restructuring matters, restructuring and winding-up procedures, IPOs, shareholders’ agreements, corporate governance and corporate litigation. He is experienced in advising state-owned corporations on issues triggered by the sc “Madìa Law n. 175/2016”.

He assists corporations before the Italian Judicial lower (since 1997) and higher Courts (since 2010), as he is a member of the Italian Bar.

Dario has a long track record in contractual claims, corporate litigation, managers’ liability, shareholders’ decisions, minority shareholders’ protection, professional liability and tort, financial statements and balance sheet policies.

He is particularly skilled in drafting multinational contracts and managin alternative dispute resolution (sectors: sale, purchase, investment, securitization, engineering, and so on).

Moreover, he assists corporations in improving “231 Models” (internal controls), internal procedures of governance, internal audit, related parties transactions, remuneration policies and IAS-IFRS rules, and he is part of several boards as president of internal committees and/or independent director.

Dario is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has written extensively on topics within his areas of practice: his books on Shareholders’ Derivative Litigation (Giappichelli, 2007) and The Internal Control System in Company Law (Giappichelli, 2018) are the sole legal monographs on these topics.

Dario is a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute and is currently visiting Durham Law School as Professor of European Company Law (since January 2019).

He speaks English, Spanish and German, in addition to his native Italian.

CURRENT POSITION
Permanent position as Professor at the University of Messina, Department of Law.
Advocate Higher Italian Court, Counsel to Carnelutti Law Firm.

EDUCATION – CAREER
1994 – Degree in Law at the University of Messina, full marks (110 cum laude/110); full marks in the exams (30 cum laude/30). Title of the dissertation “Investment contract and investors protection”;
1994/2002 – Assistant Professor of Bankruptcy Law and Business Law;
1995 – Foundation Bonino-Pulejo fellowship in Commercial Law at University “Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” (Milan);
1997 – Advocate in the Lower Courts;
1999, 2003 and ff.yy. – Visiting researcher at “Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht”, Hamburg, tutors Prof. Hopt and Prof. Hirte;
2000 – PHD in Business Law at the University of Catania (cooperation with Max Planck Inst.);2001/2004 – Fellow researcher of Business Law at the University of Catania;
2004 – Full-time researcher of Business Law at the University of Messina;
2007 until today – Professor of Commercial and Company Law (permanent position), at the University of Messina, Department of Law;
2007 – Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw, “Centre for Italian and European Legal Studies”;
2009 – Visiting Professor at the University of Reggio Calabria;
2009 until today – Professor of Company Law in the post graduate High School for Law at the University of Messina;
2009 until today – Professor of Company Law in the post graduate School for Notary Public “Salvatore Pugliatti” at the University of Messina;
2009/2011 – Professor of Business Law in the Master of Law and Economics at the University of Messina;
2010 – Advocate in the Higher Courts;
2011 – Professor of Business Law in the Master of Contract Law at the University of Reggio Calabria;
2013 – Visiting Professor at the University of Bogotà “Externado” (Colombia);
2014 – Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (Institute for European and Comparative Law);
2015 – Visiting Professor at the Eastern Washington University (U.S.A.);
2015 – Visiting Professor at University of Cadiz (Spain) – Erasmus+ EU grant;
2016 – Visiting Professor at University of Cambridge (UK);
2016 – Visiting Professor at University “L. Bocconi”, Milan (Italy);
2017 – University of Valladolid Spain, Erasmus+ grant;
2019 – University of Durham UK;
2019 – University of Madrid Spain, Erasmus+ grant.

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