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Linklaters - London
  • Via Broletto, 9
  • Milan
  • Lombardy
  • Italy
  • 20121
  • www. linklaters.com
  • Senior Partner: Robert Elliott
  • Managing Partner: Simon Davies
  • Global Head of Corporate: Jeremy Parr
  • Global Head of Finance & Projects: Jim Rice  
  • Global Head of Commercial: Arnaud de La Cotardière
  • Number of partners worldwide: 450
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 2200
  • International Offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington DC

Firm Overview:
Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm, supporting clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. The firm uses its expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world.

Main Areas of Practice:

Comprehensive experience spanning the fields of banking and finance, including acquisition and leveraged finance, bilateral and syndicated credit facilities, financial structuring, high yield, real estate finance, trade and emerging markets finance, restructuring and insolvency and asset finance.

Capital Markets:
Expertise across international capital markets, covering: debt, equity, equity-linked, regulatory capital, liability management, high yield, RMB financings, derivatives and structured financings.

Expertise in competition law, merger control, state aid, public procurement, utility regulation, market investigations, cartels, abuse of dominance and any related litigation. Specialist lawyers in key jurisdictions in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Corporate & M&A:
Advice on finance and commercial transactions including complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, major listings on stock exchanges around the world, joint ventures, restructuring and privatisations.

Corporate Tax:
Expertise across all tax aspects of corporate transactional (including private equity), finance (including structured finance), international tax planning, contentious, real estate and investment funds work.

Employment, Pensions & Incentives:
Global advice on all employment issues, pensions, for both trustees and companies, covering contentious, advisory and transactions and share plan, tax and legal advice including plan design and structure, tax (both individual and corporate), regulatory issues, trusts and data protection.

Employment & Incentives:
Global advice on all employment and incentives matters. Employment work includes regulatory investigations, restructurings and redundancies, governance, board/senior executive appointments, terminations, disputes, whistleblowing and discrimination issues. Global share plans expertise covers areas such as plan design and structure, corporate transactions, regulatory issues, governance, trusts and corporate/individual tax.

Energy & Infrastructure:
Advice across the resources sectors: oil and gas, petrochemical, power, renewables, mining projects, water, PPP/PFI projects - project financing, acquisitions, joint ventures, refinancing, funds, commodities trading and finance, hybrid and structured financing, regulatory advice and all other aspects of energy and infrastructure-related advice.

Environment & Climate Change:
Advice on all aspects of environmental and climate change regulation, carbon trading, sustainability and governance, the allocation of environmental assets and risks in M&A, project finance, funds and real estate, and regulatory and environmental dispute resolution.

Financial Regulation:
Advice on financial markets and their regulation for investment and commercial banks, international fund managers and private equity houses.

Expertise across all aspects of the insurance sector including M&A, joint ventures, rights issues, securitisations, demutualisations, complex capital markets transactions, reorganisations, portfolio transfers and regulatory.

Intellectual Property:
Expertise in contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property rights.

Investment Management:
Global expertise advising sponsors, investors and service providers on all aspects of structuring, establishing, marketing and investing into private and listed investment funds and investment management arrangements across asset classes, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, debt, hedge and other alternatives, asset managers and on the establishment, operation and transactions involving investment management businesses.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Dispute resolution services in a wide range of areas including litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR. Sectors of experience include litigation in banking, competition and antitrust, derivatives and structured products, fraud and white-collar crime, insolvency, contentious tax, energy and infrastructure disputes, regulatory investigations, pensions, property and finance.

Advises both trustees and corporates on the full range of pensions issues, including tailored funding solutions, regulatory, governance and investment issues.

Private Equity:
Expertise in all aspects of the industry, from establishing the fund and making investments, to ongoing portfolio assistance including restructuring advice, to exiting from those investments.

Real Estate:
Expertise in all aspects of real estate sector work including: premium real estate investment, M&A, development and leasing advice, sale and leasebacks, joint ventures, real estate funds, financing and tax, real estate investment trusts, construction advice, planning/ zoning law, policy and practice, rent review and real estate-related disputes.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Leading expertise across an exceptional spread of transactions covering a wide range of jurisdictions and complexities, including debt restructuring and rescheduling, equity capital raising and restructuring, distressed M&A activity, debtor advisory work, formal insolvency procedures and contingency planning and investigation, asset tracing and insolvency litigation.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications:
Expertise in commercial and regulatory advice on outsourcing; data protection; IT, e-commerce, telecoms, satellites, media and broadcasting. International Work: International work is handled in all commercial languages and local languages of countries in which Linklaters has offices.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Corporate & M&A
  • Corporate Tax
  • Employment & Incentives
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Financial Regulation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Pensions
  • Private Equity
  • Projects
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications


  • One Silk Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 8HQ
  • Tel (020) 7456 2000
  • Fax (020) 7456 2222
  • DX 10 London City EC3
  • Website : www.linklaters.com

Banking & Finance - Italy

Widely regarded as one of the most experienced practitioners in the market, Andrea Arosio receives exceptional feedback: "He is extremely smart in negotiations and fantastic at executing the deal." A recent work highlight saw him act on the EUR1.5 billion Banca IMI and Natixis financing for control of Impregilo.

UK-law expert Davide Mencacci is "intelligent, articulate and truly on the cutting edge of structuring," affirm interviewees. In a key deal he advised Guala Closures on issuing EUR275 million senior secured floating-rate notes.

The "hard-working and service-oriented" Francesco Faldi has broad expertise, including in structured finance, restructuring, leveraged finance and real estate finance.

Recently promoted to counsel, Alessandra Ortelli draws praise for her technical nous and proactive approach.

Tessa Lee  focuses on UK-law matters and project finance, and recently assisted the South African Ministry of Treasury with implementing a renewable energy programme. Sources agree that she is "calm, bright and comprehensive."

Capital Markets - Italy

Dario Longo is an undisputed top-rated lawyer for securitisation, heading the firm's structured finance practice. Interviewees are quick to praise him: "He is extremely prepared, attentive to detail and reliable, and has excellent communication skills."

Claudia Parzani is a central player in the firm's market-leading ECM practice. She rises to the top of the rankings this year thanks to superb client feedback: "She has developed very strong expertise over the years, but remains approachable and clearly accessible."

US-law expert Teresa Triglia acts as counsel and has extensive experience in IPOs and other securities offerings by non-US companies in Italy, the Middle East and Southern Europe.

Corporate/M&A - Italy

Department head Giovanni Pedersoli specialises in advising banks on complex cross-border M&A transactions. He rises a tier in the rankings thanks to praise for his "calm and considered approach," as well as his international capabilities.

A new entry to the rankings, Pietro Belloni is described as "good at balancing legal risks with commercial opportunities," as well as being "delivery-focused."

Qualified in Italy and in England and Wales, Manila Rainò remains a prominent figure in the energy sector, recently working as part of the team acting for BP America on the sale of BP Solar assets in Spain and Italy.

Dispute Resolution - Italy

Alessandro Villani's addition to the practice has certainly made an impact, as confirmed by his inclusion in this year's rankings. Clients appreciate his commercial acumen and strategic approach: "He is good at forming relationships with clients and strategising; he avoids problems and gives the right evaluation of risks."   

Restructuring/Insolvency - Italy

Interviewees agree that managing partner Andrea Arosio "sees beyond what needs doing and not only answers the client's questions, but anticipates potential issues." As one of Italy's foremost banking and finance lawyers, he is highly sought after by principal investors, financial sponsors and lenders. 

Francesco Faldi is widely acknowledged as a visible market player and well liked by clients, and rises in the rankings. "He is extremely hard-working and works unimaginable hours," asserts one client. 

UK-qualified Davide Mencacci is active on restructurings that have a UK-law component. "If you have a complicated issue then he knows how to solve it," states a market expert.