Umberto Tombari was born on the 18th of June, 1966. He graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Florence with full marks and honours.
In July 2000 he became Full Professor and since 2001 he has been teaching Company Law in the Faculty of Low of the University of Florence.
He is listed in the register of lawyers qualified to represent in the Court of Cassation.
In 2001, he was appointed (and then reconfirmed in 2003) as a member of the Ministerial Commission for the Reform of Company Law, established at the Ministry of Justice (the so-called Vietti Commission), within which he dealt respectively with issues related to corporate groups, shareholders’ agreements and the financial structures of joint-stock companies (special categories of shares, bonds and participating financial instruments).
In 2012 he collaborated with the Ministry of Economic Development in drafting the amendments to the text of the legislation dealing with network contracts.
He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze” Foundation.
He is also an Independent Director of Salvatore Ferragamo s.p.a. and of Prelios S.g.r; he is a Member of the Board of ACRI (Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio s.p.a.).
He has served on the Boards of Directors of banking and leasing companies.
He is member of the Board of Directors of the Fondazione Cesifin Alberto Predieri (Centro per lo studio delle istituzioni finanziarie).
After specializing in company law at Heidelberg University (Germany) in the academic year 1993-1994, he was a researcher and Visiting Scholar in 1994-2001 and 2004-2008 at the Institut für deutsches und europäisches Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht and at the Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privat- und Wirtschaftsrecht of Heidelberg University.
In the 2003 Fall Semester, he was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School (United States).
In June 2004, he was appointed (and then reconfirmed in 2007, 2010 and 2013) as a member of the Business Studies Committee set up at the National Board of Notaries in Rome.
He has given addresses at numerous seminars, congresses and conferences, including events held at Confindustria, Borsa Italiana and Assonime.
He has collaborated with Il Sole-24 Ore where he has published analyses and articles on matters of mercantile law, company law, banking and financial markets law.
He is one of the founding members and directors of the Rivista di diritto societario. He is a member of the management committee of the Rivista di diritto commerciale. He is a member of the D. Preite Association which ‘fosters the study of business law’.