UCL Faculty of Laws


Donato Romano – LLM 2008

Donato Romano

I studied at UCL Laws in 2007-2008, specialising in corporate and finance law. I wanted to join UCL Laws because of the outstanding LLM programme and its international reputation and connections.

Prior to studying at UCL, I had only studied Italian law and I was determined to finish my studies abroad. I decided to study law in the UK, and the choice to go to London and UCL was an easy one to make. What attracted me most about UCL was the opportunity to study in one of the top universities in the world with an incredible history and based in a global legal capital.

I was incredibly impressed by the quality of the teaching from my lecturers and tutors. I found it was really easy to get in contact with my tutors if I ever needed help, which made for a more enriching learning experience.

I always felt very welcome in London - it was great to meet students from a range of different backgrounds. It helped that we were studying in such a lively city like London - we had so much choice in terms of places to go to for both cultural experiences and social occasions.   

I spent a lot of time in various libraries on campus, allowing me to meet, interact and become friends with fantastic students. Many of them became good friends with whom I am still in touch, even after many years. I have maintained contact with my network of friends and contacts I met UCL, which has helped in my current role. For example, I have had the chance to co-operate on cross border legal matters with my former fellows, who are now working in different countries.

A few days after graduation, I was offered jobs at three "magic circle" Italian law firms. I started working at one the firms, Gianni & Origoni, starting first at their main office in Rome. After three years, I moved to the London office, where I became a counsel in the corporate and M&A department a few years later. I also completed a PhD in corporate law at the University of Rome, with a term at Oxford University as a visiting scholar.

To any prospective and/or current students, I would give the following piece of advice: remember you have a unique opportunity and you should really try to really make the most of it. Ensure you study hard, interact with the outstanding teachers at UCL, meet your amazing fellow students and enjoy the opportunities that only a city like London can offer!