Francesca Gottardi is an associate in the Corporate & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups of Baker McKenzie's Houston office. She has previously worked as a law clerk at General Electric.
Francesca has published research on international law and human rights. She has also taught the courses "Law, Politics, and Society," and "International Human Rights" at the University of Cincinnati (OH).
Francesca's work spans a variety of subgroups within Baker McKenzie's broader Transactional Practice, with a focus on corporate and securities law and restructurings. She represents companies in a broad range of complex corporate and transactional matters, including cross-border reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, and general corporate and securities law matters. Francesca's work encompasses companies and transactions in multiple industries and jurisdictions, both domestic and foreign.
Francesca's pro-bono practice includes drafting the LGBTQ+ Youth Rights Mapping Project and the Homeless Youth Handbook across multiple US jurisdictions and providing legal assistance at the Texas Legal Clinic.
Representative Legal Matters
- Ongoing representation of public and private multinational companies in connection with corporate reorganizations and restructurings.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Texas - Member
- State Bar of New York - Member
- Houston Young Lawyers Association - Chair of the International Law Committee
- Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court - Member
- Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy - Liaison in North America
- Texas~United States (2022)
- New York~United States (2020)
- University of Cincinnati (JD (International Legal Studies Concentration), with Honors) (2021)
- University of Cincinnati (LLM (Business Law Concentration), with Honors) (2018)
- University of Trento (Law Degree (Civil Law and European Law)) (2016)
Publications and Presentations
- Author, "Indigenous Rights and Federal Power in the International Legal Framework: A Comparison between the United States and Australia in Walking Together in Indigenous Research," Dio Press, May 2021
- Author, "Modern Challenges in International Law, and Indigenous Rights: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Women's Activism, and the Issue of Violence Against Indigenous Women," Trento Student Law Review, December 2020
- Author, "Indigenous Peoples and Sacred Sites in the U.S. and Australia: A Contemporary Public Policy International Debate," Religions, August 2020
- Author, "South Australian International Engagement through Research & Development," Government of South Australia, August 2015
- Presenter, "Modern Challenges in International Law, and Indigenous Rights: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," APSA, Seattle, USA, September 2021
- Presenter, "Istituzioni Resilienti: Buone prassi per fronteggiare la crisi pandemica," University of Trento, Italy, February 2021