Giovanni Carotenuto is the Chairman of Pro Bono Italia. Since the spring of 2014, he has been promoting and organising the meetings of the Italian Pro Bono Roundtable, and has inspired the establishment of Pro Bono Italia in May 2017. He regularly represents the association at national and international events related to pro bono, human rights and civil liberties.
Admitted to plead before the Italian Supreme Court, Giovanni has practised the law for more than two decades, focusing on banking and financial services regulation, corporate/M&A, capital markets, and related litigation matters.
Giovanni holds an LL.M. from Queen Mary College, University of London, and is a member of the International Bar Association, the Alumni Association of Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP and the Italian Bar (Rome).
Valentina Casella is a partner at the law firm Casella e Associati in Milan, which she joined in 2014. Before, she was a corporate associate in the M&A Department of Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP in New York. At Simpson Thatcher, Valentina has been significantly involved in pro bono work, representing asylum clients of disparate nationalities with the USCIS and in Immigration Court. In October of 2009, she became the coordinator of the firm’s New York office asylum practice. In this capacity, Valentina oversaw the development of the practice and trained and supervised the firm’s pro bono teams working on asylum cases. Valentina is a dual-qualified lawyer: Avvocato of the Bar of Milan and Attorney of the Bar of New York. Valentina graduated cum laude from the University of Milan Law School. She holds an LL.M. from Columbia University Law School in New York and an M.B.A. from INSEAD. She is a member of the International Bar Association. Valentina’s practice focuses on corporate governance, domestic and cross-border M&A, international commercial agreements and related litigation.
Stefano Macchi di Cellere is the Head Partner and Pro Bono Coordinator of the European law firm Macchi di Cellere Gangemi London office and the Vice President of the Associazione Pro Bono Italia. He is a dual-qualified lawyer, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and Avvocato of the Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy, with a Master in Laws degree from King’s College London. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (former Council Member) the Alumni Association of the Academy of American and International Law (former Deputy Secretary General) and the Italian Bar. Stefano Macchi di Cellere’s practice focuses on Cross-border M&A, International Competition Law and Commercial and IP Litigation.
Atanas Politov is Dentons’ Europe Director of Pro Bono, based in the firm’s Budapest office. He joined the firm in September 2016 to coordinate Dentons’ pro bono work across continental Europe. Atanas is also heading Dentons Europe Diversity & Inclusion program. Before joining Dentons, Atanas was PILnet’s director for programs working out of PILnet’s Budapest office and was responsible for managing PILnet’s pro bono and access to justice efforts. He has developed large-scale anti-discrimination and legal aid reform projects in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans and has overseen the development of PILnet’s pro bono efforts in China, Hungary, Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland and globally.