(Member, co-founder)

Andrea Budano

Andrea focuses on transactional matters, including corporate and corporate finance, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, large commercial agreements, U.S. start-ups, joint ventures and strategic alliances. He has gained a significant domestic and cross border experience in relation to strategic planning, setting up or acquisition of various business entities, with special focus on manufacturing, production, and distribution. He is counseling numerous companies, frequently contacting him on a day-to-day basis to assist them with their corporate or business needs.

Andrea has developed an in depth knowledge structuring complex finance and lending transactions, representing lenders or the borrowers on a wide range of financial matters, including structured finance, acquisition and project financing. He has represented domestic and international financial institutions, developers, investors and private equity funds in connection with financing, acquisition, development, construction, and operation of capital-intensive projects.

He writes and lectures on topics of international business law and the legal aspects of doing business between Europe and the United States, and co-authored a book about the evidence in commercial litigation, published by the American Bar Association.

Prior to joining Thinkinlaw, LLC as a member and co-founder, he worked as an associate for the Milan office of Bird & Bird, and two large firms in Chicago, assisting mainly European clients in structuring U.S. operations, in a variety of industries including energy, fashion, manufacturing, and luxury goods. After obtaining a J.D. at Università degli Studi di Parma, Andrea was admitted to practice in Italy in 2001. He graduated with Honors from Northwestern University School of Law (LL.M.) and obtained a Certificate in Business Administration at Kellogg School of Management in 2002. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2005.

Accolades and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners, 2014 – Associates to Watch “.. recognised for his financial and corporate expertise, particularly in renewable energy..”
  • Top Legal – Energy Guide, 2014 – individual mention
  • Top Legal Elite – Energy Report, 2013 – Project Finance
  • Chambers and Partners, 2013 – Associates to Watch

Seminars and Teaching Engagements

  • Il Sole 24 Ore, interview L’Avvocato del Giorno – October 2015
  • Teaching engagement, Master Diritto e Impresa, Antitrust segment, Il Sole 24 Ore – December 2013
  • Italian Top Legal magazine, recognized as one of the leading attorneys in Italy, Finance, Energy Sector – February 2013
  • Teaching engagement, Energy Master (classes on project financing and leasing) organized by IPSOA – Wolters Kluwer – February 12-13, 2012
  • Speaker at Energy Forum, IPSOA – Wolters Kluwer, October 5, 2011
  • Il Sole 24 Ore, interview L’Avvocato del Giorno – September 2011
  • Teaching engagement, Energy Master (classes on project financing and leasing) organized by IPSOA – Wolters Kluwer – February 2011
  • Speaker at the panel I Contratti e il Sistema Legale negli USA (Agreements and the Legal System in the U.S.) – UnionCamere Veneto, Venice, Italy, October 10, 2006


  • Project finance chapter of Energia Sostenibile e Fonti Rinnovabili, published by IPSOA – Wolters Kluwer, November 2012
  • Financier Worldwide magazine, Energy & Utilities Annual Review, July 2012
  • Introduzione al Mercato USA, un percorso ideale (Introduction to the U.S. Market, an ideal path) – published on the website of Chicago Italian American Chamber of Commerce, September 2006
  • Co-Author of Obtaining Discovery Abroad – Second Edition, published by the American Bar Association in March 2005

Italy 2001
Illinois 2005