Who we are


Claudia SANDEI

Associate Professor
University of Padua

Marco CIAN

Full Professor
University of Padova


Claudia SANDEI

Claudia Sandei is Associate Professor of Company Law at the School of Law of the University of Padova, Professor of EU Financial Regulation and Technology at the University of Hong Kong, Director of Innovation and Technology Law Lab (ITLL), Co-founder and Managing Director of the Digital Law Network (DNL). Qualified Lawyer since 2008, after graduating in Law in Padova in 2003, Prof. Sandei got a Ph.D. at the University of Ferrara in 2009. Besides IT Law, her main areas of legal expertise include Corporate/Financial Law and IP Law. Author of three books on the impact of Technology on Company and Financial Law (online AGM; Initial Coin Offerings) and of many articles, in 2020 she has also acted as coeditor of a research book on The Law of Fintech (2020). Lecturer in many foreign Universities (Hannover, Varsavia, Budapest, Leeds, Nottingham, Barcelona, etc.), Member of the Academic Board of the PhD Programme in Private Law (Padova University) and in Corporate Law and Professor of EU Company Law at UACS (Skopie, MK). Member of the editorial board of some of the most important Law Journals (Rivista di diritto civile; Banca borsa e titoli di credito; Giurisprudenza Commerciale, Rivista di diritto societario; Int. Rev. of Law, Computers & Technology, Revista Rede de Direito Digital, Intelectual e Sociedade), Prof. Sandei has been in the Panel of the 2018 ELI Conference (Digital Law SIG) as one of the most renowned experts of Fintech in Italy and in 2021 in the Annual Conference of the European Law Institute (ELI Panel devoted to smart contract). In 2020 she has also been appointed member of the Expert Panel of the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum and served severally as expert for the EU Commission in Research Report on Company Law and Digitalization. Speaker at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2021-#111); TEDx Speaker. Member of the Human Inspired Technology Research Centre (HIT, Padova University).




Research Assistant

Benedetta MERLINI

Junior Assistant


Research Assistant


Research Assistant

Gregorio BERTIN

Executive Assistant


Executive Assistant

Giovanni RIGON

Project Manager