Carlo Maria Paolella - McDermott Will & Emery


Carlo Maria Paolella advises clients on domestic and international tax issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, cross-border transactions, transfer pricing, capital markets and collective investment vehicles, and tax controversy. He also regularly advises on the tax profiles of employee incentive plans, debt restructuring and financial instruments.

Carlo advises Italian and multinational companies on numerous tax law issues, providing opinions in both Italian and English.


  • Advised a world leader in the fashion business in the structuring of a merger between its Brazilian branch and a local company, in the post-acquisition restructuring of a French high-end designer group and in the global integration of the wholesale activities of two business divisions
  • Advised a multinational leader in the automotive industry (motorbikes) in several international transactions such as the acquisition of the full ownership by a competitor, in the development of new business models (and related cross-border tax implications) in Brazil and Thailand, including the negotiation of a contract manufacturing agreement with a third-party local manufacturer, and the set-up of the overall contractual arrangements with the Thai affiliate

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  • Chambers Europe, Italy: Tax, 2008-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in Italy, Tax Law, 2024
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Hall of Fame, Italy: Tax, 2014-2024

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  • Association of Dottori Commercialisti of Rome, International Tax Committee and Transfer Pricing Committee Vice President
  • CERTI-BOCCONI, International Technical Committee
  • International Fiscal Association, member of the Italian board of Statutory Auditors, and Italian reporter at the 2000 IFA Congress in Munich on the subject of deferred compensation


LUISS – University of Rome, 1985