Massimiliano Danusso heads the practice and has broad expertise, especially in debt capital markets and securitisation. Interviewees highlight his strength in disputes relating to derivatives agreements, and describe him as "a fantastic guy: an extremely responsible, helpful and skilful lawyer."
Paola Leocani regularly advises on high-profile mandates, and recently acted for the banks in relation to SNAM's new bond programme. She has strong relationships with the domestic regulatory authorities, and worked alongside Italian and international banks to promote changes to the law regarding the issue of bonds by unlisted Italian companies.
Co-managing partner Craig Byrne wins excellent feedback from clients, who admire his "proactivity, promptness, availability and excellent understanding of capital markets dynamics." Qualified to practise English and Canadian law, he is well known for advising pools of banks across multiple jurisdictions.
Cristiano Tommasi concentrates on bond issues; recent highlights including advising the joint lead managers on Telecom Italia's EUR1.5 billion fixed-rate Luxembourg-listed Eurobond issue. "He's done so many different deals that he knows all the tricks and the potential issues that you will face," say sources.
Structured finance expert Stefano Sennhauser focuses on securitisations and covered bonds. Often at the forefront of innovation, he advised Deutsche Bank regarding the first securitisation of a portfolio of reverse mortgage loans in Italy.