GianClaudio Finizio is a director at Bayard. He concentrates his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency law, insurance law and counseling companies on mergers and acquisitions, including general corporate and business law matters. GianClaudio regularly represents debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, financial institutions, and publicly and privately held businesses in bankruptcy cases.
GianClaudio also focuses on insurance matters including advising insurance companies regarding compliance with state regulations and changes in ownership or control. During 2008, GianClaudio performed the duties of Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the Insurance Commissioner of Delaware. During 2010 and 2011, GianClaudio also served as counsel to the hearing officer in the matter of the proposed affiliation of Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, Inc. with Highmark Inc. GianClaudio is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Delaware. He was named a leading lawyer for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Delaware by Chambers USA in 2017. GianClaudio also currently serves as the firm’s hiring partner and member contact for Meritas™. In 2019, GianClaudio was appointed to the Meritas U.S. Leadership Committee where he will serve a three-year term. Meritas is an invitation only international alliance of over 175 business law firms located in over 80 countries.
Prior to practicing law, he served as a business analyst in Basell USA Inc.’s Health, Safety and Environment, supporting North American manufacturing, research and development facilities in the areas of product regulatory activities, environmental, toxicological, health, safety, and industrial hygiene. While in law school, GianClaudio was a member of Basell’s law department, assisting with litigation and corporate governance matters.
GianClaudio earned a J.D., magna cum laude (co-valedictorian), from the Widener University Delaware Law School, and graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Biology and Italian. He served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Jane R. Roth in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. GianClaudio is listed as an attorney contact for the State of Delaware by the Italian Trade Agency (ICE – Agenzia per la promozione all’estero e l’internazionale delle imprese Italiane). He is fluent in Italian.