Christian has extensive experience advising domestic, multinational companies and private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and cross-border corporate and commercial transactions.
Prior to joining the firm, Christian practiced for many years at AmLaw 50 law firms and also served as general counsel to a multinational company. Throughout his career, Christian has helped structure, negotiate, and complete more than $25 billion worth of M&A and other transactions, both domestic and cross-border. In 2018 and 2019, he was recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the leading practitioners in New York for cross-border M&A in the middle market.
Since 2001, Christian has served as a primary outside legal counsel in the United States for several Italian and other foreign businesses and government agencies. Christian directly handles day-to-day transactional and commercial matters, such as leases, licenses, technology, joint venture, joint development, collaboration, distribution and supply agreements, and general corporate advisory matters. Christian also developed a unique niche in middle market practice depth to successfully and cost-efficiently manage for his clients a variety of regulatory and litigation matters. Most recently, Christian successfully managed several complex commercial litigations including: an international arbitration; multiple employment-related lawsuits and disputes; bankruptcy-related advice and proceedings; OFAC, FATCA, FCPA, Proposition 65, and other compliance matters; and privacy, social media, e-commerce, leasing and retail, and intellectual property matters.
Christian often speaks at and participates in industry conferences and seminars and represents clients in a wide range of industries, including banking and finance, real estate and hospitality, food and beverage, fashion, life sciences, medical devices and health care, new media and technology, manufacturing, automotive, energy, and education.
Christian earned his law degree from University of Padua School of Law and his LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law. Christian is a permanent member of the board of advisors of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association, having served as its president, first-vice president, and director for several years. Christian also serves as chair of the Government Procurement Subcommittee of the International Commerce and Distribution Committee of the International Bar Association. He is fluent in Italian.