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Grimaldi Studio Legale


Grimaldi Studio Legale - Milan
  • Via Fratelli Gabba 4
  • Milan
  • Lombardy
  • Italy
  • 20121
  • Chair: Vittorio Grimaldi
  • Managing Partners: Davide Contini, Francesco Sciaudone, Stefano Speroni, Angelo Zambelli
  • Number of partners: 22
  • Number of lawyers: 100 +
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Grimaldi Studio Legale was founded 20 years ago and represents one of the most significant independent law firms in the Italian legal scenario. Three offices in Milan, Rome and Brussels ensure coverage of both business and political capitals of Italy as well as the European institutional centre. With more than 100 lawyers, Grimaldi leads the Italian legal multidisciplinary marketplace covering corporate, finance and banking as well as tax, labour and employment, public, IP, energy, litigation, capital markets, antitrust and EU law. The firm’s partners are recognised and recommended as top experts in many of those areas of activity. The latest deals announced in 2013 include some of the more relevant Italian and cross-border financial transactions, as well as loans, antitrust litigation, M&A matters and business restructuring. Some partners are renowned authors of publications for major financial publishers in the country.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking, Finance & Insurance:
3 Partners; 10 Associates
The Banking, Finance and Insurance Practice advises primary banks, financial institutions, financial sponsors and corporations on all types of financing and finance transactions, supporting clients from structuring to drafting, negotiating financial documentation and managing relationships with regulatory authorities. The practice’s attorneys have also developed in-depth expertise in structured finance, structured products, securitisations, mutual funds, derivatives, unit-linked life insurance policies, index-linked products and capitalisation contracts.
Contact: Davide Contini
Tel: +39 02 30309305 (Milan)
Email: dcontini@grimaldilex.com

Corporate /M&A & Private Equity:
5 Partners; 20 Associates
The Corporate / M&A and Private Equity Practice advises Italian and international companies and international financial institutions and banks on extraordinary transactions such as mergers and de-mergers, acquisition of participations, company reorganisations, drafting shareholders’ agreements and joint venture agreements, on setting up new companies, IPOs and capital markets transactions (including public tender offers, rights offers, bonds’ issue). The practice also follows clients both corporate governance and compliance, commercial contracts, debt restructuring and bankruptcy.
Contact: Stefano Speroni
Tel: +39 02 30309333 (Milan)
Email: ssperoni@grimaldilex.com

Dispute Resolution:
4 Partners; 14 Associates
The firm advises clients on domestic and international litigations in trial courts and arbitrations. The practice covers all areas of civil and commercial law, with particular emphasis on banking, insurance, contentious trust and constructions. The team worked on some of the most relevant recent cases, including international class actions.
Contact: Davide Contini
Tel: +39 02 30309305 (Milan)
Email: dcontini@grimaldilex.com

Employment & Industrial Relations:
3 Partners; 8 Associates
The firm has extensive experience in labour and employment law, industrial relations and related litigation and in-depth knowledge of the system of laws and regulations governing employment relationships and collective bargaining. As consultant of industrial, financing and commercial companies and groups, the practice gives on-going assistance in matters related to the management of human resources, employment relationships and employment-related litigation. The practice leader received the Legal Community 2012 Award as Best Lawyer of the year in Industrial and Trade Union Relations.
Contact: Angelo Zambelli
Tel: +39 02 30318005 (Milan)
Email: azambelli@grimaldilex.com

1 Partner; 12 Associates
The firm advises clients on EU law and antitrust matters. The team based in Brussels, Rome and Milan covers multinational mergers and joint ventures, cartel cases, abuse of dominance and restrictive practice cases, before the EU Commission and the Italian Antitrust Authority. The firm has top-level competence in state aid matters and public procurement, as well as on structural funds and other European financial measures. The firm assists clients before the Italian and European Courts antitrust and on EU matters. Experience extends to all industry sectors.
Contact: Francesco Sciaudone
Tel: +39 06. 45206270 (Rome) +32 2 5511201 (Brussels) 
Email: fsciaudone@grimaldilex.com

Public, Infrastructure, Energy, Public Procurement:
4 Partners; 12 Associates
The firm advises clients on public law due to its specific competence in infrastructure, transport, public procurement, environment, urban planning, public services, energy matters and project finance. The firm represents clients before the Italian energy authority, the Italian public contract authority and the Italian communication authority. The team has an impressive litigation activity in energy, transport, infrastructure and public procurement, as well as in public services matters.
Contact: Francesco Sciaudone
Tel: +39 06 45206270 (Rome) +32 2 5511201 (Brussels)
Email: fsciaudone@grimaldilex.com
Contact: Sergio Massimiliano Sambri
Tel: +39 02 30309324 (Milan)
Email: ssambri@grimaldilex.com

1 Partner; 1 Of Counsel; 3 Associates
The firm has extensive and comprehensive knowledge of Italian tax law. The Tax Practice is comprised of five professionals and advises clients on corporate tax, private equity and venture capital, Italian and international M&A transactions, in particular on leveraged buy-outs, structured finance, including bonds and structured financial products, extraordinary transactions, stock option plans, real estate transactions and tax due diligence. The practice also has solid competence in tax litigation before the Italian Courts.
Contact: Luca Dezzani
Tel: +39 02 30309347 (Milan)
Email: ldezzani@grimaldilex.com

Alitalia, Allianz Zurich, Alpiq, Gucci, Alstom, Astaldi, BEI, BNP Paribas, BSI, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Cementir, Consip, Consorzio Venezia Nuova (MOSE), Credit Suisse, Enel, ERG, EU Commission, Finmeccanica, Generali, Giorgio Armani, Intesa, LTF, Mid Industry Capital, MPS, SACE, Solvay, Sonatrach, TAP, Technip, Finmeccanica, Terex, DHL, Tirrenia, UBS, Unicredit, Unione Fiduciaria.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking, Finance & Insurance
  • Bankruptcy & Company Restructuring
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition & EU
  • Contentious Trust
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Public, Infrastructure & Energy
  • M&A, Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • IP, Media & Data Protection
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Telecommunication


  • Via Pinciana, 25,
  • Rome,
  • Lazio
  • Italy
  • 00198
  • Tel +39 06. 45206220
  • Fax +39 06. 45206230
  • Email : info@grimaldilex.com
  • 30 Bld de Waterloo,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • B-1000
  • Tel +32 2 5511 201
  • Fax +32 2 551 1200
  • Email : info@grimaldilex.com

Banking & Finance - Italy

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for banks and insurance companies on topics including acquisition financing, regulatory matters, and structured and project finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A solid understanding of our company."

What's new? Added Société Générale to its client portfolio.

Work highlights Advised Société Générale on assigning non-performing loans to a securitisation vehicle.

Notable practitioners 

Davide Contini is widely appreciated for his capabilities in structured finance, regulatory matters and financial litigation. Clients assert: "He is very reliable and clearly understands the needs of our business."

Significant clients UBS, Credit Suisse, Banca IMI, Santander, Société Générale.  

Competition/European Law - Italy

Basic facts about the department 
-1 lawyer
-12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Retains an impressive workload at both a domestic and international level thanks to close ties between teams in Milan, Rome and Brussels. Acts for leading clients in the energy and transport sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Provided a complete service." 

Work highlights Advised Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione on state aid procedures.

Notable practitioners  

Francesco Sciaudone comes highly recommended for his expertise in EU law and wins plaudits for his relationship skills.

Significant clients Cementir Group, European Commission, Moby, ERG, SOLVAY Group.

Employment - Italy

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a solid reputation in the domestic market, handling collective dismissals, business transfers, restructurings and outsourcings, amongst other matters. Recently saw a significant amount of work in the fashion sector, with further activity in transport, finance and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Proactive, committed and provides excellent solutions."

Work highlights Assisted fashion brand Belstaff with the shutdown and outsourcing of its logistics business.

Notable practitioners 

Effusive client feedback and impressive deal activity see Angelo Zambelli rise to the top of the rankings. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in union negotiations, and is also highlighted for his commercial awareness and his client-focused approach.

Significant clients La Perla, Terex Corporation, Enel Rete Gas, Alitalia, Hearst Magazines Italia.

Tax - Italy

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works in close collaboration with the firm's corporate department to handle a variety of transactional matters. Has also experienced a heavy increase in tax litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We receive high-level and effective tax advice from Grimaldi."

Work highlights Assisted Ansaldo with tax aspects of the EUR1.2 billion merger between Ansaldo Energia Holding and Ansaldo Energia.

Notable practitioners 

Commentators agree that Luca Dezzani "listens to our problems and provides effective advice." A recent work highlight saw him act for A2A on the tax aspects of a EUR1 billion tolling agreement between Edipower, A2A Trading and Iren Mercato.

Significant clients A2A, Moby, Ansaldo Energia, Finmeccanica, Giorgio Armani.