He was born in Cagliari on 1 July 1959. In 1982 he graduated in law with honours from the University of Cagliari, with a final thesis on industrial law, and became a practising attorney in 1985.

That same year, he was hired by the Bank of Italy and was assigned to the Sassari branch. He was then transferred to the Cagliari branch where his responsibilities included economic research and, for a number of years, the report on the Sardinian economy, and then to the Nuoro Subsidiary Branch. In 2000 he was appointed Head of the Supervisory Division for the Florence branch. In 2005 he was appointed Deputy Director of the Modena branch and training manager for personnel in the Emilia Romagna region.

In 2008 he was appointed to the newly formed Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) where he served as Head of the Suspicious Transactions Division II. In 2010, as a member of the FIU’s management team, he oversaw the analyses of the Suspicious Transactions Divisions and the development of the system for receiving and managing suspicious transaction reports (RADAR). As of 27 October 2014 he is the Head of the Suspicious Transactions Directorate.

He is the author of various publications on the subject of banking and business law. He has collaborated with the chairs of the business law department in the Faculties of Law and Business and Economics at the University of Cagliari. He was a visiting business law professor with the University of Sassari.