About Annelise Pesa


Coaching experience

Annelise is a qualified coach with Meyler Campbell Business Coach Programme, accredited by WABC, AC and EMCC.


She is also a qualified Neuro Linguist Programming Practitioner, a member of the BPS (Special Coaching Group) and a member of the Association of Coaching.


Annelise coaches in both English and Italian. She mainly works with professionals in law firms and financial institutions in a variety of issues: optimising chance of partnership and promotion, increasing visibility and performance, maximising time management to avoid burn out and career transitions.


Annelise has also worked with small businesses to help with establishment and
confidence issues.

Career Background

Annelise holds a Magna Cum Laude Law Degree from the University of Rome and a Master in Banking and Finance Law from the University of London (Queen Mary and Westfield College). Originally a Barrister in Italy she moved to London in 1997 to pursue an international career as a banking and finance lawyer. 


She has practiced few years in private practice with Clifford Chance first and then Linklaters & Alliance specializing in regulation of financial market, securitisation, project  finance and corporate law.


In 2004 she moved to Morgan Stanley as a Head of Italy Legal where she fulfilled a role of general counsel for matters relating to the operation of the financial institution in Italy and cross border both in  the private side and the public side as well as corporate governance.


In 2012 she has also participated at the initial phase of a recruitment start up and worked there as a Client Relationship Director for over a year.

Additional info

Annelise is an Hoffman Graduate. She is involved in two charities as a mentor (Inspire the Future by Miriam Gonzales Durantes and the Aspire Foundation by Sam Collins) and is also part of the committee of the charity Cancer, A need for Change. Annelise is also a mentor for the Cityparents Mentoring scheme.


Annelise has undergone a few life challenging experiences and overcome them with resilience, and is now dedicated to helping others to achieve sustainable performance.


A professional athlete in her youth, she has run races of various distance and participated in step and aerobic amateur championships.

The most important thing Annelise cares for in her work is helping her clients to see possibilities as a way forward, actualizing results and fulfilling  potential.

Annelise is married and has two young boys.

Main Education & Qualifications

  • Doctor’s Law Degree with Honours (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Rome – La Sapienza (1999-1995)

  • Master in Banking and Finance Law from the University of London (LLM  - Queen Mary and Westfield College (1997-1998)

  • Qualified Barrister (Lower Court) (1997)

  • Qualified Barrister (Higher Court) (2002)

  • NLP Residential Diploma (Field & Field, 2011)

  • NLP Practitioner (Judy Apps, 2012-2014)

  • Meyler Campbell Business Coaching Programme (2014-2015)

  • Hoffman Institute (2015)

  • Accredited with the Association of Coaching (Continuum Professional Development Course in Coaching and Psychology)

  • Member of the Special Coaching Group of the British Psychological Society

  • Time to Think Foundation Course training within Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment’® programm

  •  Training in Positive Psychology Diploma recognised also by the British Psychological Society (Langley Group)

  • Certified in R2 Strenghts  Assessment

Main Professional Positions

  • Assistant to the Civil Law Professorship - University of Rome (1996)

  • Trainee at Lucente, Valobra e Associati (1996-1998)

  • Associate at Clifford Chance (1999-2001)

  • Senior Associate at Linklaters and Alliance (Gianni,  Origoni,  Grippo and Partners) (2001-2004)

  • Executive Director/Head of Italy Legal - Morgan Stanley (2004-2012)

  • Chair of the Legal Diversity Committee - Morgan Stanley  (2012-2013)

  • Member of the Supervisory Committee  - Morgan Stanley Milan Branch (2012-2013)