After unprecedented market feedback and extensive editorial research, the prestigious legal media China Business Law Journal presented this year’s elite lawyers in the Chinese legal market in “The A-List” published on January 24th, 2022.
Given the outstanding professionalism, first-class business skills and excellent customer reputation, the Founder and Managing Partner of D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel Mr. Carlo D’Andrea and Senior Partner Mr. Matteo Zhi were honored to be among the A-List. This recognition not only serves as the approval of the two lawyers by domestic and foreign clients, but also demonstrates the comprehensive capabilities of D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel.
Mr. Ermanno Vitali enjoys a close working relationship with D’Andrea & Partners in his capacity as the CEO of FAAM China, praising Mr. Carlo D’Andrea, founder and managing partner of the international firm, as a “leading Italian lawyer” that “assists many Italian multinationals in their business in China”.His commendation extends to Mr. Matteo Zhi, senior partner at D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel based in Shanghai. “Matteo is one of the few Chinese lawyers who have studied in Italy and could work with the client directly in the Italian language,” says Vitali. “His deep knowledge in inter-cultural understanding always helps in important negotiations of cross-border transactions.” 
Lawyers’ Profiles
Carlo D’Andrea
Founder & Managing Partner
Carlo Diego D’Andrea is founder and managing partner of D’Andrea & Partners with offices in China, Italy, Vietnam, India, the UAE, and a Russia desk. Graduated in law from University of Teramo in Italy, D’Andrea subsequently obtained his master’s degree in corporate advisory at LUISS University in Rome and a diploma in Chinese studies at Nanjing Normal University. He is a member of the Italian Bar Association.Based in China since 2005, he is a renowned international lawyer with extensive experience in a full range of legal services to multinational companies investing in major developing economies. He mainly assists companies with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, assistance in ODI/FDI, relocation projects and intellectual property rights protection.Currently, he also holds the position of national vice president at the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, after four years of being chairman of the board of the EUCCC Shanghai chapter.He is also an adjunct professor of International Organizations at the Faculty of Law of LUISS University, in Rome. He hosts the podcast “Global Vision – Private Chat With Carlo D’Andrea”, regularly participates in international events and conferences as a speaker on international business and legal matters, and is the author of books concerning the subject of investments in different countries such as China, Vietnam, India and Belarus.


Matteo Zhi 
Senior Partner
Mr. Matteo Zhi is the Senior Partner of D’Andrea & Partners and responsible for operations in China. Zhi advises clients on both Chinese and cross-border matters and business transactions. His special focus areas are cross-border investments (FDI & ODI), mergers and acquisitions, international trade, corporate law, antitrust, and IPR protection as well as dispute resolution.Zhi graduated in Law from the University of Nanjing, and was then awarded a master’s degree as corporate adviser (Giurista d’impresa) at Roma Tre University and a JM at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School. Zhi has made several speeches on topics regarding investments in Italy in different seminars as well as published various articles regarding Sino-Italian legal affairs. Zhi speaks Chinese, English and Italian and is one of the few Chinese lawyers who can work fluently in Italian.Avv. Zhi advises over 100 Italian multinationals on their investments in China, among which include, the country’s largest state-owned enterprise, Leonardo Group, Serie A football club, Naples, the famous furniture company Cassina – Poltrona Frau and luxury racing car producer Maserati. Avv. Zhi also advises Italian institutions such as the General Consulate of Italy in Shanghai and the Italian Trade Agency in China. Other than Italian entities, Avv. Zhi assists Chinese enterprises on their investments in Italy, in particular, assisting OPPEIN group in establishing their European Headquarters in Milan and also providing consultancy to Jinko Solar, Lenovo Group, Kehua Holding etc. Moreover, Avv. Zhi assists the biggest private group of India, TATA Group, the leading Indian carmaker BAJAJ, and the top American automotive engineering company PAC, on their legal affairs in China.
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