Diana Milanesi is an attorney member of the State Bar of California and the New York State Bar. Diana works as Legal Director at Monzo Bank, a leading UK bank, where she focuses on corporate and tech commercial transactions. Prior to joining Monzo Bank, Diana worked as Legal Adviser at Startup Europe India Network; Corporate Attorney at Squire Patton Boggs LLP (San Francisco (CA) office), where she advised domestic and international clients in connection with venture capital transactions, IPOs, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, fund formation, tech-focused transactions, cross-border reorganizations and M&As; and Legal Adviser at an international venture capital firm in San Francisco (CA), where she focused on seed and early-stage venture capital investments in technology companies. Diana started her legal career as an Associate in the Banking and Finance Department at Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners (Milan office, Italy), where she gained extensive experience in banking and finance, private equity, and capital markets transactions.
Diana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Judicial Science (LL.B.), summa cum laude, in 2007 and her Master’s Degree in Law (J.D.), summa cum laude, in 2009, both from Luigi Bocconi University, Italy. As part of her Master’s Degree in Law, in 2008 she attended an exchange program at Duke University School of Law, where she focused her studies on business law and financial regulation. In 2010, she received a certificate in debt markets from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Diana earned her LL.M. Degree from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2012, with a concentration in securities regulation and corporate finance. During the LL.M. program, she served as a Berkeley Business Law Journal member. Diana received her J.S.D. Degree from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2017, with a concentration in venture capital, financial derivatives, and regulation of capital markets and securities. During the J.S.D. program, she also attended MBA courses in financial derivatives, private equity, and venture capital at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Diana has published various articles in the fields of securities law, financial regulation, and venture capital. She has also collaborated as a lecturer and researcher at Mind the Bridge Foundation and Startup Europe Partnership, an integrated platform established by the European Commission to support the growth and sustainability of European startups and scaleups.
Her present research focuses on the rapidly evolving legislative and regulatory frameworks for financial technology in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. She has been a TTLF Fellow since 2016.