Professor Santa Maria has been practicing law for over 50 years. He has built a broad and in-depth experience in a wide variety of practice areas, is often entrusted with key roles and responsibilities by the Italian and foreign governments, and frequently counsels leading Italian banks and companies.
Professor Santa Maria regularly advises the Italian government regarding privatizations, restructurings, and several aspects of European law and international trade law. He has been involved in many major M&A deals, mainly in the banking, health care, chemical, and industrial fields.
Professor Santa Maria represents high-profile clients and institutions before Italian courts in leading cases on commercial and corporate law, and before the European Commission, European General Court, and European Court of Justice in proceedings concerning competition, antitrust, state aid, and international trade law.
He is frequently appointed as arbitrator or chairman of the arbitration panel in national and foreign arbitration procedures.
Professor Santa Maria also sits on the boards of several leading companies such as Bracco S.p.A., Bracco USA Inc., Cornér Banca S.A., Villa d’Este S.p.A., and he is the Chairman of Immobiliare San Carlo Trieste S.p.A. He served as secretary of the board of directors of EXPO 2015 S.p.A. (from incorporation until the liquidation of the company). He also previously served on the boards of Morgan Grenfell (1984-1994), Banca Popolare di Milano, Campari S.p.A., Esaote S.p.A., Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.A., and Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà (RAS) S.p.A.