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Corporate/M&A — Italy


BonelliErede - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading firm handling a variety of matters including hostile bids, joint ventures and M&A for a number of multinational companies. Regularly advises on cross-border mandates and continues to develop its international practice thanks to an international network with foreign law firms and increasing growth of offices. Notably the firm has recently expanded into Africa, with offices in Cairo and Addis Ababa.

Founding partner Sergio Erede continues to be regarded as a market leader and is described by clients as “a star” for his experience in the Italian M&A field. He has wide-ranging expertise across a variety of sectors, including banking and telecommunications.

Umberto Nicodano offers great expertise in private equity M&A. Clients are quick to single him out, saying: “He's the kind of lawyer who goes above and beyond your expectations." He is also skilled at assisting clients with transactions in the energy and natural resources area.

Roberto Cera assists both international and domestic clients with a wide variety of M&A transactions. He recently advised a consortium of Antin Infrastructure Partners, Borletti Group and ICAMAP on its acquisition of GS Retail from Ferrovie dello Stato and Eurostazioni. Sources acknowledge his experience and presence in the market.

Andrea Carta Mantiglia is praised by interviewees for his experience and responsiveness: “He's pleasant to work with and always available. He has the ability to find constructive solutions to reach the final goal.” He offers particular expertise in the pharmaceutical sector.

Mario Roli specialises in the infrastructure arena, and is praised by his clients for being “very proactive and collaborative.” He regularly assists clients from the regulated sectors with corporate law and M&A.

Stefano Cacchi Pessani enters the rankings following great praise from clients and peers alike. He is described as "a hard worker and excellent negotiator," and his clients include investment management companies and domestic banks.

Renzo Cavalieri is well versed in Chinese and East Asian law, frequently advising on cross-border M&A and matters concerning Italy and China.

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Chiomenti - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Italian outfit ideally placed to advise on multi-jurisdictional M&A and corporate finance transactions due to an international network of partner firms in countries such as France, Germany and Spain. Further benefits from offices in a variety of locations including Shanghai and New York. Often represents foreign clients in transactions concerning Italy.

Michele Carpinelli is admired by market commentators, who are quick to recognise his excellent reputation. Considered "the best in M&A" by a source, he is further highlighted for being "incredibly experienced in public M&A and corporate governance."

Carlo Croff offers significant expertise advising domestic and international clients on corporate matters, including M&A and private equity transactions. He is well versed in cross-border mandates and peers highlight his long-standing presence in the field, saying: "He is well known in the market."

Head of department Francesco Tedeschini is experienced in a broad range of corporate matters, including M&A and corporate governance. Clients value his pragmatic approach, saying: “He is very deal and solution-oriented," and he is known as "a very reputable lawyer" in the market.

Luca Fossati is well regarded by peers in the market for his work, which spans share deals, capital transfers and other M&A transactions. He recently assisted Artsana Group with the acquisition by Meterpais of a stake representing 60% of the corporate capital of the group.

Filippo Modulo is valued by clients for his commitment to their business: “He's a lawyer we would strongly recommend. He has demonstrated deep experience and he has the ability to negotiate the best possible terms in the interests of his clients.” He is adept at handling transactions across an array of sectors, including media, real estate and energy.

Beijing-based Sara Marchetta is Italian-qualified and frequently assists both Italian and Chinese clients with M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions.

Italian-qualified Gianluca D'Agnolo splits his time between Shanghai and Beijing. He frequently handles matters concerning corporate law and is active in the TMT sector.

London-based Christopher Mullen assists with M&A, private equity transactions and joint ventures, often on behalf of Italian clients.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong international offering for cross-border corporate transactions. Regularly assists multinational companies or international private equity players with corporate matters. Combines its expertise in Italian law with thorough knowledge of EU and US law. Lawyers speak an array of languages including French, German and English. Frequently works in co-ordination with team members in key locations such as Paris or New York.

Roberto Bonsignore specialises in M&A transactions with further focus on restructuring. He is highlighted by sources for his “skill and ability to understand clients and their priorities in a comprehensive way.”

Clients hold Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini in high regard, reporting that he is “very competent and extremely available.” He is well versed in M&A matters concerning regulated industries.

Matteo Montanaro is praised by sources who describe him as "hard-working and friendly" and appreciate his client-driven approach. He is based in Milan and offers extensive experience in cross-border mandates concerning the UAE, having previously worked in the firm's Abu Dhabi office.

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Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Global powerhouse that regularly works with teams in other jurisdictions on cross-border matters involving a variety of issues including sales and joint ventures, as well as private equity transactions. Provides comprehensive advice with multi-practice teams to a considerable number of international players investing in the Italian energy, technology and food and drink markets.

Paolo Sersale handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Clients value his long-standing presence in the market, saying: “He provides well-balanced support for the needs of the client." He is further endorsed for his "capability to negotiate and manage transactions." He is active both in public and private M&A and in corporate restructurings.

Umberto Penco Salvi offers particular expertise and understanding of regulated industries, notably in the energy sector. Sources single him out for being "very solution-oriented" and "highly skilled."

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DLA Piper Italy - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Firm's extensive international network allows for seamless cross-border advice when advising foreign clients on investments in Italy. Impressive international capabilities, benefiting from a number of lawyers with experience in more than one jurisdiction. Significant activity in transactions involving Germany. Strengthened industry-specific expertise provides greater support to clients in international investment.

One source describes Goffredo Guerra as “knowledgeable, with very good judgement,” adding: “He is very quick at drafting and absorbing material.” He has extensive experience in M&A transactions in the financial services sector, and further interviewees highlight his skill in negotiation.

Wolf Michael Kühne focuses on cross-border matters with a particular emphasis on Italian-German deals. He is dual-qualified in Italy and Germany, and sources value his commercial acumen, saying: “He is very pragmatic and has a sense of business decisions, assisting as a strategic adviser."

Fabio Del Bene offers significant experience in matters concerning Italy and the USA. In addition to M&A, he is also adept at handling private equity, venture capital and corporate governance issues.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for International giant frequently advising major international clients on a broad range of issues including joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Also assists Italian clients with outbound investment projects. Offers particular expertise in corporate matters involving Brazil through a dedicated Brazil desk. Works closely on mandates with its network of offices, notably in Europe.

Enrico Bazzano continues to receive impressive feedback, and clients are quick to single him out for praise: “He's incredibly quick at anticipating key issues and delivers sophisticated yet practical advice.” His wide-ranging practice covers public and private M&A. He offers particular expertise in the energy sector as a key member of the firm's sector group.

Nicola Asti is well regarded by clients, who note: “He is always very well prepared and is always available.” Sources also comment on his commercial awareness: “He is able to see the big picture, which is a great asset.” He covers the full range of corporate transactional work.

Luigi Verga is highlighted for his dedication to clients and his thorough approach: "He takes care of every detail and is a very flexible and creative lawyer." His practice covers private equity transactions and public and private M&A.

Ricardo Gardini de Andrade heads the firm's Brazilian desk. He is qualified in Italy, Portugal and Brazil and frequently handles cross-border transactions, assisting Brazilian clients operating in Italy or Italian entities with their operations in Brazil.

Foreign desks The firm's Brazil desk assists Brazilian multinationals abroad and Italian clients with cross-border transactions involving Brazil. Ricardo Gardini de Andrade is a key member of the group.

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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boasts strong international expertise, with offices abroad in London, Brussels, New York, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong. Regularly handles corporate matters and cross-border M&A involving Turkey, India, China and South Korea as a result of desks dedicated to these jurisdictions. Recently strengthened alliances in China and Dubai.

Market leader and one of the firm's founding partners, Francesco Gianni is praised by clients for his extensive expertise and practical approach: “He is one of the best commercial lawyers in Italy; he has wide experience and he is focused on problem solving.” Sources note his added value on high-profile transactions, in which he frequently represents leading Italian and international clients.

Department co-head Roberto Cappelli is well reputed in the market for his corporate expertise and experience in private equity M&A. Sources report that “he's a great leader and is instrumental in leading negotiations.” He recently led the firm's work advising Dedalus on the acquisition of the majority of the share capital of Noemalife.

Andrea Aiello focuses on M&A, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Sources say that “he is very knowledgeable, precise and commercial” in addition to highlighting his experience advising listed companies.

Alfredo D'Aniello offers a wide-ranging practice, including activity in M&A, takeover bids and venture capital investments. One source recommends him for being "very responsive and focused on the details," as well as "very pragmatic.”

Dual-qualified in Italy and England & Wales, Raimondo Premonte is based in the firm's London office where he heads the corporate finance team. He focuses on M&A, private equity transactions and public tender offers, often acting on behalf of Italian clients.

Foreign desks The firm's China desk aims to assist clients with cross-border mandates involving Italy and China. It advises Chinese as well as Italian and other European companies on a wide range of corporate and tax issues, offering added Chinese language capabilities. Stefano Beghi heads the group from Hong Kong.

The firm is able to advise on clients' investments and business activities in India thanks to a dedicated India desk with experience in transactions involving this jurisdiction. Group head Rosario Zaccà is based in Milan and is the main point of contact for clients.

The South Korea desk assists a number of South Korean groups with their investments into the Italian market. It also advises Italian companies on transactions involving South Korea. The desk is headed by Mauro Sambati in Rome.

The firm also offers a Turkey desk with significant experience in transactions involving Italy and Turkey, acting on behalf of both Italian and Turkish clients. Pietro Buccarelli and Andrea Marani co-head the desk from Italy.

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Latham & Watkins - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Global firm with a notable presence in this market. Assists clients with a wide scope of matters including corporate governance and private and public M&A. Capable of handling these issues in both a domestic and international context due to its broad international network, working in close collaboration with other offices around the world. Advises a range of clients, with notable activity in the retail, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries.

Stefano Sciolla is well known in the market, and noted for his experience in M&A and private equity transactions. Sources appreciate how he is able to "translate into practical actions what the client needs." As the co-chair of the firm's retail and consumer products industry group, he offers particular expertise in the area. Further sources enthuse: "He is very passionate about the deals he works on and is someone you can count on for views on difficult issues."

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Linklaters - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable client roster of both Italian and international clients. Strong expertise across a wide range of areas including public takeovers and joint ventures. Well placed to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters due to its large international network of offices, the team regularly advises in co-ordination with peers based throughout Europe and in the USA. Assists a number of multinational corporates, banks and private equity funds.

Roberto Casati is widely regarded by sources as a market leader. He is adept at handling cross-border M&A matters. Interviewees are quick to endorse his depth of expertise, with one saying: “He is probably one of the best lawyers I have worked with in my career. He's very experienced and extremely competent from a technical point of view.”

The well-known Giovanni Pedersoli is particularly active in cross-border deals, often advising domestic financial institutions. He is adept at handling a variety of mandates, such as joint venture agreements, disposals and acquisitions. He recently led the advice given to Intesa Sanpaolo on its disposal of Allfunds Bank.

Giorgio Fantacchiotti is increasingly visible in the Italian M&A arena and commended by peers, who consider him a "solid and well-prepared corporate lawyer." He leads the private equity practice at the firm and is notably active in the real estate and food and beverage spaces.

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PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Italian firm experienced in inbound and outbound cross-border matters. Assists clients with a wide range of mandates including M&A and joint ventures. Also handles restructurings. Notably activity in the banking sector.

Carlo Pedersoli offers notable expertise in the banking sector. He advises on M&A and reorganisations and has additional litigation capabilities. A source praises his “knowledge, ability to understand the customer's needs and complete service.”

Ascanio Cibrario is a well-known lawyer in the market, active in M&A and private equity transactions. His recent work has led him to advise on share capital deals.

Andrea Gandini is noted for his long-standing experience, considered by peers to be "a well-respected lawyer" in the market. He is highlighted for his problem-solving skills, and is active in M&A deals, joint ventures and securities matters.

Alessandro Marena impresses peers in the market with his activity in the M&A arena. He assisted SPIG and Ambienta with the sale of SPIG to Babcock & Wilcox.

Antonio Pedersoli is active in cross-border transactions, with recent mandates involving China. He advises on M&A, private equity transactions and joint ventures.

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Corporate and Commercial: https://pedersoli.it/en/aree-di-attivita-2/societario-commerciale/

Mergers and Acquisitions: https://pedersoli.it/en/aree-di-attivita-2/fusioni-acquisizioni/

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Allen & Overy - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Offers valuable resources for cross-border M&A and other multi-jurisdictional transactions thanks to its extensive international network. Notable experience advising on mandates with a UK aspect. Frequently advises well-known multinational companies belonging to a variety of industries including the travel and TMT sectors.

Paolo Ghiglione is praised as "an excellent lawyer who combines experience and know-how with a very useful commercial approach." His wide-ranging practice covers matters in the natural resources and private equity arenas. Further interviewees confirm: "He's very solution-oriented."

Giovanni Gazzaniga is highlighted for his commercial approach. One source says: "He has a good understanding of the issues and priorities from a business perspective." He assists both international and domestic clients with their investments and disposals.

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Hogan Lovells Studio Legale - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Regularly handles complex cross-border M&A with implications in other European jurisdictions and in the USA. Offers notable expertise in UK law. Advises a diverse client base incorporating international companies active in the TMT, real estate, fashion and oil and gas industries.

Luca Picone is active in the energy, fashion and food sectors. He is commended for his "ability to inspire confidence and put clients at ease, offering an excellent commercial approach and good grasp of clients' needs." Peers alike endorse him as "technically very skilled" with an increasing visibility in the market.

Clients praise Francesco Stella's approach, valuing his “very high technical knowledge” and ability to "listen to the needs of the client and be proactive in solutions with a problem-solving attitude." He covers disposals and corporate reorganisations and he is active in cross-border transactions.

Antonio Di Pasquale is praised by clients for his technical knowledge, his lengthy experience in the field and his "calm and positive" approach to negotiation. He is experienced in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Leah Dunlop is fluent in both Italian and English, and is dual-qualified in Italy and the UK. Clients value her as "very hard-working and client-focused with strength in bridging the cultural gap between non-Italian clients and local lawyers.” She has considerable experience in the TMT, energy and industrial sectors.

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Jones Day - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Frequently appointed to handle transactions involving Italy and the USA, the team also regularly advises on cross-border M&A between Italy and other European jurisdictions. Offers extensive global coverage owing to a large network of offices. Active in the technology, chemical and medical device industries.

Stefano Crosio is experienced in providing corporate advice and assisting with public and private M&A, including cross-border matters. Sources appreciate that "he is helpful in explaining processes and coming up with alternative solutions when issues arise."

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Legance - Avvocati Associati - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Italian firm with an office in London, regularly advising foreign clients on their investments in Italy. Experienced in an array of issues including private equity transactions, joint venture agreements and takeovers. Frequently assists entities with activity in the automotive, media and real estate sectors.

Filippo Troisi continues to be "very highly regarded and respected in the market." He assists clients with acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures, with further expertise in private equity transactions. One interviewee reports that "he's happy to get his hands dirty" and describes him as "very resourceful."

Bruno Bartocci frequently handles cross-border transactions involving private and listed companies. He recently led the advice given to Imperial Mobility International on its 100% acquisition of Palletways Italia.

Alberto Giampieri enters the rankings following strong praise for his M&A expertise. Sources say that "he is a very experienced M&A lawyer" and is "flexible, available and very competent." He recently advised Eurostazioni on the sale of 100% of its shares in GS Retail to Antin Infrastructure Partners, ICAMAP and Borletti Group.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Firm is praised for its seamless multi-jurisdictional work. Often works on matters jointly with the New York and London teams, boasting a team of lawyers dual-qualified in Italy and the USA. Routinely handles cross-border M&A with a broad roster of Italian and foreign clients.

Domenico Fanuele is picked out by sources for his impressive knowledge in the M&A arena. As a qualified lawyer in both Italy and the USA, he is adept at advising on cross-border matters. He regularly assists clients in the real estate sector.

Tobia Croff is experienced across a broad range of M&A transactions. Sources highlight his depth and breadth of expertise, as well as his strategic approach to all matters.

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for International firm well placed to advise multinationals on M&A involving multiple jurisdictions due to an impressive global network and cross-border experience. Has an impressive client base of Italian and foreign corporate and financial institutions. Visible on pan-European matters, in addition to deals involving the USA.

Mandarin speaker Marco Marazzi is based in the Milan office. He is well versed in advising Chinese clients on private and public M&A. He often assists clients from the manufacturing and financial services sectors.

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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises a mix of Italian corporates and international companies on both outbound and inbound investments. Well known for its ability to handle cross-border corporate matters and particularly active in mid-cap M&A. Able to offer a complete service with assistance from other departments, including tax, real estate and employment.

Ian Tully is praised as "very skilled, experienced and flexible." He offers expertise in international commercial contracts and M&A, and is active in cross-border matters. Clients also highlight his industry-specific acumen, in particular his experience in matters involving the life sciences sector.

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Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Assists a number of international clients from the finance sector with their investments in the Italian market. Adept at advising on private equity transactions, joint ventures and M&A. Co-ordinates with a team in London to further assist with cross-border mandates.

Bruno Gattai advises on a wide range of corporate and M&A transactions, with a particular focus on private equity. Clients note his strong negotiation skills and highlight his versatility, reporting: “He demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge on many aspects of Italian and international law and shows great experience in advising on complex deals, with a perfect understanding of any commercial implications.”

Piero Albertario is noted for his activity in M&A transactions in the banking sector. He regularly advises key names from the Italian financial sector as well as international banking institutions.

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Gatti Pavesi Bianchi - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Extensively experienced in M&A transactions, acting on both the buyer and seller sides. Showcases an impressive client portfolio composed of high-profile multinational and domestic companies predominantly from the banking and finance sector. Also equipped to provide corporate governance advice.

Francesco Gatti is widely considered an expert in corporate law and boasts an excellent reputation for his work in the area. He recently led the advice to Sofil on the voluntary tender offer for outstanding shares in Parmalat.

Carlo Pavesi has considerable experience advising on a broad range of M&A and corporate matters, with particular expertise in financial transactions. Clients recognise his availability and strength in negotiation. One interviewee notes: "He has a good understanding of the business environment and offers a 360-degree view."

Stefano Valerio is well versed in public and private transactions as well as restructurings. He recently advised Glenalta Food on a merger by absorption of GF Group. Sources commend his approach, saying that "he is very calm and a good technician" who "tries to find solutions and solve problems."

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Nctm Studio Legale - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Regularly assists international clients and Italian companies with a worldwide presence. Well equipped to advise on cross-border matters, having offices in Shanghai, London and Brussels. Notably active in the TMT sector.

Paolo Montironi is well known for his expertise in the M&A and private equity arenas. He often assists international clients with mandates flowing from varied sectors, including consumer goods. One source notes his talent in negotiation: "When there is a difficult situation during negotiations he is able to provide support. I very much like his attitude."

Matteo Trapani is active in M&A and private equity transactions, including cross-border deals. Clients praise his "impressive legal and negotiation skills and outstanding ability to work under intense time pressure."

Alberto Toffoletto continues to be praised among peers and clients for his corporate offering. Sources comment: "He has an impressive experience in a wide range of matters," and report that "he provides great added-value advice."

Pietro Zanoni plays a key role in private equity transactions. One client notes: "He is a skilled lawyer and a strong negotiator," adding: "He's very good in bridging the gap with the opposite party and making the deal happen."

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Considerably active in cross-border M&A, especially in the energy sector. Experienced across a range of areas including private equity transactions and corporate reorganisations. Benefits from an extensive network of offices equipped to support in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Active in matters involving China, France and the USA.

Alessandro De Nicola acts as the head of the European corporate group at the firm. He advises a varied client portfolio, including international corporates, on their M&A transactions. Sources highlight the quality of his answers and product.

Italy-based Betty Louie recently joined the team, bringing with her extensive experience in cross-border transactions. She frequently advises foreign clients and offers expertise regarding the Chinese market.

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Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Utilises its wide international network in cross-border energy and real estate transactions. Offers expertise in M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance. Particularly active on cross-border matters involving other European jurisdictions.

Bruno Cova is well versed in M&A, restructuring and corporate governance matters. Sources appreciate how he "understands the needs of a client from a business point of view."

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K&L Gates - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Handles contractual matters, recapitalisation transactions and corporate governance issues. Advises international clients on their business set-up in Italy and subsequent corporate needs. Significant network of offices with strong links to the Asian, US and European markets.

Giampaolo Salsi assists domestic and international clients with a range of corporate matters. An impressed source notes his client-oriented approach and further describes him as "very prepared."

Pasquale Marini is praised by sources for his long-standing presence in the field, allowing him to "offer input from past experience." He is active assisting clients with M&A and other corporate matters, including multi-jurisdictional work.

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Lombardi Segni e Associati - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Handles a wide range of corporate matters for a mixture of Italian and international clients, including M&A and reorganisations. In addition, the firm is well known for its expertise in litigation and arbitration.

Giuseppe Lombardi is renowned in the market for his litigation expertise. He is active in traditional M&A deals as well as private equity transactions.

Antonio Segni draws on his skills as a leading capital markets lawyer to provide clients with corporate advice. He frequently acts on M&A and private equity transactions and often handles corporate governance matters.

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McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong cross-border expertise advising multinationals on transactions in Italy, with particular skill in matters involving Germany. Adept at handling an array of topics including joint venture agreements and private equity transactions. Offers a broad reach due to its network, with significant presence across Europe and the USA.

Carsten Steinhauer heads the firm's Germany desk and is dual-qualified in both Italy and Germany. He frequently advises German clients on cross-border M&A and offers particular strength in the energy sector.

Foreign desks The firm's Germany desk offers a wide range of corporate, commercial and litigation services to German groups and medium-sized companies operating in Italy. Expertise in the German market is combined with German language capabilities. Carsten Steinhauer in Milan is the key contact for clients.

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Portolano Cavallo - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly experienced in handling corporate matters arising in the media sphere. Particularly well positioned to advise American groups thanks to its New York office, and appreciated by clients for its knowledge of the US market. Additionally active in advising on the Italian aspects of larger multi-jurisdictional mandates.

Francesco Portolano is experienced in advising on M&A transactions, with additional support on corporate governance. He is known for his acumen in the TMT sphere, with particular recommendation for his media expertise.

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Simmons & Simmons - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Capable of handling matters involving a diverse range of jurisdictions due to its international network of offices and dedicated Israel and China desks. Often handles private equity transactions and is particularly active in the energy sector.

Ariel Nachman is the head of the firm's Israel desk, maintaining close ties with the market to best advise clients on matters involving Italy.

Foreign desks The firm's Israel desk advises Israeli clients on their operations in the Italian market. Ariel Nachman heads the group.

The China desk handles cross-border transactions between China and Italy, including M&A and joint ventures. Dario Spinella heads the desk and is the key contact for clients.

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Watson Farley & Williams LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well suited to advising on large transactions involving numerous jurisdictions on account of its vast network of offices, receiving praise in the market for its cross-border services. Particular activity in pan-European transactions.

Eugenio Tranchino is commended for his expertise in the energy sector. He is dual-qualified in Italy and France and so is well equipped to advise on matters involving both jurisdictions. He is described as "pragmatic, responsive" and commercially driven.

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Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists a number of international clients with investments in the Italian market, from the setting up of new offices to cross-border M&A. In addition to its presence in Italy, the firm also offers an office in New York to assist with US-related mandates.

Luca Arnaboldi rises in the rankings following extensive feedback from clients, who admire his "deep understanding of the commercial issues relating to M&A." He is notably active on the buy side of deals, and sources further describe him as "helpful and available."

Carlo Pappalettera is a recent addition to the firm, bringing a wealth of experience in M&A, private equity and structured finance transactions. Sources endorse his "efficiency and dedication to reaching the best result."

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Dentons Europe Studio Legale Tributario - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for The firm enters the rankings following the notable growth of its corporate and M&A practice in Italy. Offers a significant global presence strengthened by an increasing visibility across Europe, further benefiting clients on cross-border transactions.

Recent addition to the team Alessandro Dubini brings with him a wealth of experience in the corporate arena, often assisting industrial groups and clients from the financial sector. One client affirms: "I have always appreciated his skilful approach and his capability to work as a member of the team, with great problem-solving skills."

Sources report that Stefano Speroni is "pragmatic, outstanding in negotiation and has good commercial skills and know-how." He is well versed in M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions.

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La Torre Morgese Cesàro Rio - Studio Legale Associato - Corporate/M&A Department

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第六等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Handles several topics in the corporate arena. Acts for a number of multinational clients on a broad range of matters, including corporate governance and private equity transactions. Active of late advising clients from the USA.

Clients report that Massimo La Torre is "very helpful in assisting during negotiations as he is able to understand our needs but is also good at mediating and finding smart solutions to prevent conflicts." He assists both companies and individuals with varied corporate issues.

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LCA Studio Legale - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for its cross-border capabilities in M&A and joint ventures, enjoying solid relationships with a network of firms abroad for multi-jurisdictional support, in particular with firms based in UAE. Active in cross-border matters involving the USA and other European jurisdictions.

The "reputable" Giovanni Lega offers a breadth and depth in his practice which covers M&A, joint venture transactions and equity investments. He is active in cross-border deals, with notable expertise in matters with a US element.

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LMS Studio Legale - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises a number of international clients from a range of sectors including private equity, TMT and energy. Able to handle cross-border transactions through agreements with key international firms. Provides further assistance with corporate governance and regulatory work.

Fabio Coppola is well known among peers in the market, who recognise him as "a very good M&A lawyer." He frequently assists private equity firms and industrial groups with a range of corporate matters, including acquisitions and disposals.

Fabio Labruna regularly handles cross-border transactions. He is held in high esteem by clients, who consider him "a very talented lawyer who sees clarity where others see complexity." He is further praised for his negotiation skills and understanding of clients' objectives.

Tommaso Amirante assists with both public and private M&A transactions. He is described as an "experienced partner who is very helpful in negotiation."

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Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Far-reaching Italian firm advising on a wide range of matters including LBOs, joint venture agreements and mergers. Frequently works on matters with a French angle. Advises a significant number of multinationals and foreign-based clients. Works in close co-ordination with the firm's tax department.

Maurizio Bernardi is praised for his availability and direct involvement with clients. Sources report that "he is very well respected" in the market. He is adept at handling M&A, private equity and cross-border mandates.

Milan-based Anne-Manuelle Gaillet is dual-qualified in Italy and France and is well versed in advising on matters involving both jurisdictions. She is active in cross-border M&A and joint ventures.

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Santa Maria Studio Legale Associato - Corporate/M&A Department

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第六等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Domestic and cross-border activity with a versatile workload comprising M&A, corporate finance issues and joint ventures. Frequently works on mandates involving a diverse range of jurisdictions including Germany, China and Brazil. Members of the team offer experience of US markets alongside support from strategic alliances with US firms.

Luigi Santa Maria is highlighted for his skill in "decision making and advice on structural issues" while advising on M&A and joint ventures transactions. He has been particularly active of late on cross-border matters.

Sources praise Mario Santa Maria for his ability in negotiation, for which he is said to propose "balanced contractual structures and win-win solutions." He frequently handles M&A and joint venture transactions, including cross-border matters.

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Eminent Practitioner

Alberto Toffoletto

Nctm Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Alberto Toffoletto continues to be praised among peers and clients for his corporate offering. Sources comment: "He has an impressive experience in a wide range of matters," and report that "he provides great added-value advice."

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Star Individuals

Michele Carpinelli

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Global guide

Michele Carpinelli is admired by market commentators, who are quick to recognise his excellent reputation. Considered "the best in M&A" by a source, he is further highlighted for being "incredibly experienced in public M&A and corporate governance."

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Star Individuals

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Roberto Casati is widely regarded by sources as a market leader. He is adept at handling cross-border M&A matters. Interviewees are quick to endorse his depth of expertise, with one saying: “He is probably one of the best lawyers I have worked with in my career. He's very experienced and extremely competent from a technical point of view.”

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BonelliErede

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Sergio Erede continues to be regarded as a market leader and is described by clients as “a star” for his experience in the Italian M&A field. He has wide-ranging expertise across a variety of sectors, including banking and telecommunications.

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Star Individuals

Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Bruno Gattai advises on a wide range of corporate and M&A transactions, with a particular focus on private equity. Clients note his strong negotiation skills and highlight his versatility, reporting: “He demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge on many aspects of Italian and international law and shows great experience in advising on complex deals, with a perfect understanding of any commercial implications.”

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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Market leader and one of the firm's founding partners, Francesco Gianni is praised by clients for his extensive expertise and practical approach: “He is one of the best commercial lawyers in Italy; he has wide experience and he is focused on problem solving.” Sources note his added value on high-profile transactions, in which he frequently represents leading Italian and international clients.

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BonelliErede

From the Chambers Global guide

Umberto Nicodano offers great expertise in private equity M&A. Clients are quick to single him out, saying: “He's the kind of lawyer who goes above and beyond your expectations." He is also skilled at assisting clients with transactions in the energy and natural resources area.

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Band 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Department co-head Roberto Cappelli is well reputed in the market for his corporate expertise and experience in private equity M&A. Sources report that “he's a great leader and is instrumental in leading negotiations.” He recently led the firm's work advising Dedalus on the acquisition of the majority of the share capital of Noemalife.

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Band 1

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlo Croff offers significant expertise advising domestic and international clients on corporate matters, including M&A and private equity transactions. He is well versed in cross-border mandates and peers highlight his long-standing presence in the field, saying: "He is well known in the market."

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Band 1

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

From the Chambers Global guide

Francesco Gatti is widely considered an expert in corporate law and boasts an excellent reputation for his work in the area. He recently led the advice to Sofil on the voluntary tender offer for outstanding shares in Parmalat.

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Band 1

Nctm Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Paolo Montironi is well known for his expertise in the M&A and private equity arenas. He often assists international clients with mandates flowing from varied sectors, including consumer goods. One source notes his talent in negotiation: "When there is a difficult situation during negotiations he is able to provide support. I very much like his attitude."

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Band 1

Francesco Tedeschini

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Francesco Tedeschini is experienced in a broad range of corporate matters, including M&A and corporate governance. Clients value his pragmatic approach, saying: “He is very deal and solution-oriented," and he is known as "a very reputable lawyer" in the market.

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Band 1

Alessandro Triscornia

Giliberti Triscornia e Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Alessandro Triscornia of Giliberti Triscornia e Associati focuses on corporate and private equity work. His advice spans public tender offers, disposals and acquisitions. Clients value his commitment to their sector and proactive stance: “He understands our business and he has a real go-getter attitude. He is very commercial and pragmatic in his approach.”

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Band 2

Roberto Bonsignore

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Roberto Bonsignore specialises in M&A transactions with further focus on restructuring. He is highlighted by sources for his “skill and ability to understand clients and their priorities in a comprehensive way.”

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Band 2

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Global guide

Roberto Cera assists both international and domestic clients with a wide variety of M&A transactions. He recently advised a consortium of Antin Infrastructure Partners, Borletti Group and ICAMAP on its acquisition of GS Retail from Ferrovie dello Stato and Eurostazioni. Sources acknowledge his experience and presence in the market.

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Band 2

Orsingher Ortu - Avvocati Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Mario Ortu of Orsingher Ortu - Avvocati Associati is noted for his activity in public M&A deals. In addition, his wide-ranging practice encompasses joint ventures, public takeovers and advice on disposals. He is considered by peers as "a well-established, very skilled and reputable lawyer."

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Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlo Pavesi has considerable experience advising on a broad range of M&A and corporate matters, with particular expertise in financial transactions. Clients recognise his availability and strength in negotiation. One interviewee notes: "He has a good understanding of the business environment and offers a 360-degree view."

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PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlo Pedersoli offers notable expertise in the banking sector. He advises on M&A and reorganisations and has additional litigation capabilities. A source praises his “knowledge, ability to understand the customer's needs and complete service.”

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Band 2

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Stefano Sciolla is well known in the market, and noted for his experience in M&A and private equity transactions. Sources appreciate how he is able to "translate into practical actions what the client needs." As the co-chair of the firm's retail and consumer products industry group, he offers particular expertise in the area. Further sources enthuse: "He is very passionate about the deals he works on and is someone you can count on for views on difficult issues."

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Band 2

Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Global guide

Paolo Sersale handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Clients value his long-standing presence in the market, saying: “He provides well-balanced support for the needs of the client." He is further endorsed for his "capability to negotiate and manage transactions." He is active both in public and private M&A and in corporate restructurings.

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Band 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Filippo Troisi continues to be "very highly regarded and respected in the market." He assists clients with acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures, with further expertise in private equity transactions. One interviewee reports that "he's happy to get his hands dirty" and describes him as "very resourceful."

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Band 3

Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Global guide

Luca Arnaboldi rises in the rankings following extensive feedback from clients, who admire his "deep understanding of the commercial issues relating to M&A." He is notably active on the buy side of deals, and sources further describe him as "helpful and available."

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Band 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicola Asti is well regarded by clients, who note: “He is always very well prepared and is always available.” Sources also comment on his commercial awareness: “He is able to see the big picture, which is a great asset.” He covers the full range of corporate transactional work.

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Band 3

Andrea Carta Mantiglia

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrea Carta Mantiglia is praised by interviewees for his experience and responsiveness: “He's pleasant to work with and always available. He has the ability to find constructive solutions to reach the final goal.” He offers particular expertise in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Band 3

PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE

From the Chambers Global guide

Ascanio Cibrario is a well-known lawyer in the market, active in M&A and private equity transactions. His recent work has led him to advise on share capital deals.

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Band 3

LMS Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Fabio Coppola is well known among peers in the market, who recognise him as "a very good M&A lawyer." He frequently assists private equity firms and industrial groups with a range of corporate matters, including acquisitions and disposals.

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Band 3

Alessandro Dubini

Dentons Europe Studio Legale Tributario

From the Chambers Global guide

Recent addition to the team Alessandro Dubini brings with him a wealth of experience in the corporate arena, often assisting industrial groups and clients from the financial sector. One client affirms: "I have always appreciated his skilful approach and his capability to work as a member of the team, with great problem-solving skills."

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Band 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Domenico Fanuele is picked out by sources for his impressive knowledge in the M&A arena. As a qualified lawyer in both Italy and the USA, he is adept at advising on cross-border matters. He regularly assists clients in the real estate sector.

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Band 3

PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrea Gandini is noted for his long-standing experience, considered by peers to be "a well-respected lawyer" in the market. He is highlighted for his problem-solving skills, and is active in M&A deals, joint ventures and securities matters.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Paolo Ghiglione is praised as "an excellent lawyer who combines experience and know-how with a very useful commercial approach." His wide-ranging practice covers matters in the natural resources and private equity arenas. Further interviewees confirm: "He's very solution-oriented."

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Band 3

LMS Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Fabio Labruna regularly handles cross-border transactions. He is held in high esteem by clients, who consider him "a very talented lawyer who sees clarity where others see complexity." He is further praised for his negotiation skills and understanding of clients' objectives.

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Band 3

Molinari e Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Ugo Molinari of Molinari e Associati is praised for his experience in the Italian market. Clients admire his skill in negotiation, and one expands: "He is very smart, it's always better to have him on your side." He recently assisted 21 Investimenti with the sale of a majority stake in Fantini Holding to NB Renaissance Partners.

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Band 3

Carlo Pappalettera

Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlo Pappalettera is a recent addition to the firm, bringing a wealth of experience in M&A, private equity and structured finance transactions. Sources endorse his "efficiency and dedication to reaching the best result."

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Band 3

Giovanni Pedersoli

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

The well-known Giovanni Pedersoli is particularly active in cross-border deals, often advising domestic financial institutions. He is adept at handling a variety of mandates, such as joint venture agreements, disposals and acquisitions. He recently led the advice given to Intesa Sanpaolo on its disposal of Allfunds Bank.

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Luca Picone is active in the energy, fashion and food sectors. He is commended for his "ability to inspire confidence and put clients at ease, offering an excellent commercial approach and good grasp of clients' needs." Peers alike endorse him as "technically very skilled" with an increasing visibility in the market.

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Band 3

Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients hold Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini in high regard, reporting that he is “very competent and extremely available.” He is well versed in M&A matters concerning regulated industries.

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients praise Francesco Stella's approach, valuing his “very high technical knowledge” and ability to "listen to the needs of the client and be proactive in solutions with a problem-solving attitude." He covers disposals and corporate reorganisations and he is active in cross-border transactions.

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Band 3

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

From the Chambers Global guide

Stefano Valerio is well versed in public and private transactions as well as restructurings. He recently advised Glenalta Food on a merger by absorption of GF Group. Sources commend his approach, saying that "he is very calm and a good technician" who "tries to find solutions and solve problems."

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Band 4

Maurizio Bernardi

Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Maurizio Bernardi is praised for his availability and direct involvement with clients. Sources report that "he is very well respected" in the market. He is adept at handling M&A, private equity and cross-border mandates.

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Band 4

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Stefano Crosio is experienced in providing corporate advice and assisting with public and private M&A, including cross-border matters. Sources appreciate that "he is helpful in explaining processes and coming up with alternative solutions when issues arise."

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Band 4

Alessandro De Nicola

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

From the Chambers Global guide

Alessandro De Nicola acts as the head of the European corporate group at the firm. He advises a varied client portfolio, including international corporates, on their M&A transactions. Sources highlight the quality of his answers and product.

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Band 4

Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Maurizio Delfino leads the team at Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and is a well-known name in the field. He frequently handles M&A, distressed assets and private equity transactions.

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Band 4

Antonio Di Pasquale

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Antonio Di Pasquale is praised by clients for his technical knowledge, his lengthy experience in the field and his "calm and positive" approach to negotiation. He is experienced in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Leah Dunlop is fluent in both Italian and English, and is dual-qualified in Italy and the UK. Clients value her as "very hard-working and client-focused with strength in bridging the cultural gap between non-Italian clients and local lawyers.” She has considerable experience in the TMT, energy and industrial sectors.

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Band 4

Giorgio Fantacchiotti

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Giorgio Fantacchiotti is increasingly visible in the Italian M&A arena and commended by peers, who consider him a "solid and well-prepared corporate lawyer." He leads the private equity practice at the firm and is notably active in the real estate and food and beverage spaces.

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Band 4

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Global guide

Luca Fossati is well regarded by peers in the market for his work, which spans share deals, capital transfers and other M&A transactions. He recently assisted Artsana Group with the acquisition by Meterpais of a stake representing 60% of the corporate capital of the group.

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Band 4

Giovanni Gazzaniga

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Giovanni Gazzaniga is highlighted for his commercial approach. One source says: "He has a good understanding of the issues and priorities from a business perspective." He assists both international and domestic clients with their investments and disposals.

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Band 4

Alessandro Giovannelli

Giovannelli e Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Alessandro Giovannelli of Giovanelli e Associati is adept at assisting clients with M&A and private equity deals, including LBO transactions. He is valued by sources for his "get-things-done attitude."

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Band 4

DLA Piper Italy

From the Chambers Global guide

One source describes Goffredo Guerra as “knowledgeable, with very good judgement,” adding: “He is very quick at drafting and absorbing material.” He has extensive experience in M&A transactions in the financial services sector, and further interviewees highlight his skill in negotiation.

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Band 4

Wolf Michael Kühne

DLA Piper Italy

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolf Michael Kühne focuses on cross-border matters with a particular emphasis on Italian-German deals. He is dual-qualified in Italy and Germany, and sources value his commercial acumen, saying: “He is very pragmatic and has a sense of business decisions, assisting as a strategic adviser."

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Band 4

Giuseppe Lombardi

Lombardi Segni e Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Giuseppe Lombardi is renowned in the market for his litigation expertise. He is active in traditional M&A deals as well as private equity transactions.

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Band 4

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Global guide

Filippo Modulo is valued by clients for his commitment to their business: “He's a lawyer we would strongly recommend. He has demonstrated deep experience and he has the ability to negotiate the best possible terms in the interests of his clients.” He is adept at handling transactions across an array of sectors, including media, real estate and energy.

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Band 4

Umberto Penco Salvi

Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Global guide

Umberto Penco Salvi offers particular expertise and understanding of regulated industries, notably in the energy sector. Sources single him out for being "very solution-oriented" and "highly skilled."

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Band 4

K&L Gates

From the Chambers Global guide

Giampaolo Salsi assists domestic and international clients with a range of corporate matters. An impressed source notes his client-oriented approach and further describes him as "very prepared."

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Band 4

Dentons Europe Studio Legale Tributario

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources report that Stefano Speroni is "pragmatic, outstanding in negotiation and has good commercial skills and know-how." He is well versed in M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions.

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Band 4

Studio Di Gravio

From the Chambers Global guide

Massimo Tesei of Studio Di Gravio is well versed in M&A and private equity transactions and has broader expertise in contentious and regulatory matters. Sources praise him, saying: "He is a great lawyer with both an economic and legal background, so he is very capable of understanding the objectives and critical points of a deal."

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Band 4

Eugenio Tranchino

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Eugenio Tranchino is commended for his expertise in the energy sector. He is dual-qualified in Italy and France and so is well equipped to advise on matters involving both jurisdictions. He is described as "pragmatic, responsive" and commercially driven.

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Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Massimo Trentino of CMS is praised for his solution-oriented approach. He is active in cross-border M&A and investment and is experienced in assisting key clients in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

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Band 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Ian Tully is praised as "very skilled, experienced and flexible." He offers expertise in international commercial contracts and M&A, and is active in cross-border matters. Clients also highlight his industry-specific acumen, in particular his experience in matters involving the life sciences sector.

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Band 5

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrea Aiello focuses on M&A, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Sources say that “he is very knowledgeable, precise and commercial” in addition to highlighting his experience advising listed companies.

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Band 5

Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Piero Albertario is noted for his activity in M&A transactions in the banking sector. He regularly advises key names from the Italian financial sector as well as international banking institutions.

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Band 5

LMS Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Tommaso Amirante assists with both public and private M&A transactions. He is described as an "experienced partner who is very helpful in negotiation."

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Band 5

Legance - Avvocati Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Bruno Bartocci frequently handles cross-border transactions involving private and listed companies. He recently led the advice given to Imperial Mobility International on its 100% acquisition of Palletways Italia.

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Band 5

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Enrico Bazzano continues to receive impressive feedback, and clients are quick to single him out for praise: “He's incredibly quick at anticipating key issues and delivers sophisticated yet practical advice.” His wide-ranging practice covers public and private M&A. He offers particular expertise in the energy sector as a key member of the firm's sector group.

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Band 5

Daniele Bonvicini

Grande Stevens Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Daniele Bonvicini of Grande Stevens Studio Legale is a well-known name in the market, highlighted by peers for his experience in the field and recognised as "a very good lawyer."

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Band 5

Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Bruno Cova is well versed in M&A, restructuring and corporate governance matters. Sources appreciate how he "understands the needs of a client from a business point of view."

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Band 5

Alfredo D'Aniello

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Alfredo D'Aniello offers a wide-ranging practice, including activity in M&A, takeover bids and venture capital investments. One source recommends him for being "very responsive and focused on the details," as well as "very pragmatic.”

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Band 5

Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati - CDP Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Roberto Donnini of Caiazzo Donnini Papparlardo & Associati - CDP Studio Legale is described as "a very skilled lawyer who is capable of delivering an overall view of complex issues." His expertise spans M&A, joint venture agreements and assistance with regulatory matters.

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Band 5

Jenny.Avvocati

From the Chambers Global guide

Christoph Jenny is particularly active assisting German clients with their investments in Italy. He is highlighted by sources for his skill in negotiation and is described as "straight to the point and skilled from an economic, fiscal and legal point of view."

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Band 5

La Torre Morgese Cesàro Rio - Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients report that Massimo La Torre is "very helpful in assisting during negotiations as he is able to understand our needs but is also good at mediating and finding smart solutions to prevent conflicts." He assists both companies and individuals with varied corporate issues.

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Band 5

LCA Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

The "reputable" Giovanni Lega offers a breadth and depth in his practice which covers M&A, joint venture transactions and equity investments. He is active in cross-border deals, with notable expertise in matters with a US element.

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Band 5

Alessandro Marena

PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE

From the Chambers Global guide

Alessandro Marena impresses peers in the market with his activity in the M&A arena. He assisted SPIG and Ambienta with the sale of SPIG to Babcock & Wilcox.

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Band 5

K&L Gates

From the Chambers Global guide

Pasquale Marini is praised by sources for his long-standing presence in the field, allowing him to "offer input from past experience." He is active assisting clients with M&A and other corporate matters, including multi-jurisdictional work.

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Band 5

Antonio Pedersoli

PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE

From the Chambers Global guide

Antonio Pedersoli is active in cross-border transactions, with recent mandates involving China. He advises on M&A, private equity transactions and joint ventures.

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Band 5

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Global guide

Davide Proverbio of King & Wood Mallesons is highlighted by clients for his "creative approach and a great capability to create substantial change in deals." Peers note his strength in private equity transactions.

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Band 5

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Global guide

Mario Roli specialises in the infrastructure arena, and is praised by his clients for being “very proactive and collaborative.” He regularly assists clients from the regulated sectors with corporate law and M&A.

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Band 5

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe Bird & Bird's department head Alberto Salvadè as a "smart, very sensible and commercial" lawyer. He often leads international M&A and has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses restructurings and private equity. He regularly assists clients from the TMT and pharmaceutical industries.

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Band 5

Luigi Santa Maria

Santa Maria Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Global guide

Luigi Santa Maria is highlighted for his skill in "decision making and advice on structural issues" while advising on M&A and joint ventures transactions. He has been particularly active of late on cross-border matters.

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Band 5

Lombardi Segni e Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Antonio Segni draws on his skills as a leading capital markets lawyer to provide clients with corporate advice. He frequently acts on M&A and private equity transactions and often handles corporate governance matters.

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Band 5

Nctm Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Matteo Trapani is active in M&A and private equity transactions, including cross-border deals. Clients praise his "impressive legal and negotiation skills and outstanding ability to work under intense time pressure."

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Band 6

Stefano Cacchi Pessani

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Global guide

Stefano Cacchi Pessani enters the rankings following great praise from clients and peers alike. He is described as "a hard worker and excellent negotiator," and his clients include investment management companies and domestic banks.

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Band 6

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Tobia Croff is experienced across a broad range of M&A transactions. Sources highlight his depth and breadth of expertise, as well as his strategic approach to all matters.

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Band 6

Alberto Giampieri

Legance - Avvocati Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Alberto Giampieri enters the rankings following strong praise for his M&A expertise. Sources say that "he is a very experienced M&A lawyer" and is "flexible, available and very competent." He recently advised Eurostazioni on the sale of 100% of its shares in GS Retail to Antin Infrastructure Partners, ICAMAP and Borletti Group.

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Band 6

Masotti Berger Cassella

From the Chambers Global guide

Luca Masotti of Masotti & Berger is described by sources as "client-driven and pragmatic." He is well versed in matters involving clients from the pharmaceutical or medical devices spheres.

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Band 6

Francesco Portolano

Portolano Cavallo

From the Chambers Global guide

Francesco Portolano is experienced in advising on M&A transactions, with additional support on corporate governance. He is known for his acumen in the TMT sphere, with particular recommendation for his media expertise.

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Band 6

Mario Santa Maria

Santa Maria Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources praise Mario Santa Maria for his ability in negotiation, for which he is said to propose "balanced contractual structures and win-win solutions." He frequently handles M&A and joint venture transactions, including cross-border matters.

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Band 6

Fabrizio Scaparro

Giovannelli e Associati

From the Chambers Global guide

Fabrizio Scaparro of Giovanelli e Associati is noted for his client-oriented approach and his skill in "working to find a solution." His varied practice encompasses M&A, private equity and corporate finance.

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Band 6

Nctm Studio Legale

From the Chambers Global guide

Pietro Zanoni plays a key role in private equity transactions. One client notes: "He is a skilled lawyer and a strong negotiator," adding: "He's very good in bridging the gap with the opposite party and making the deal happen."

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Up and Coming

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Luigi Verga is highlighted for his dedication to clients and his thorough approach: "He takes care of every detail and is a very flexible and creative lawyer." His practice covers private equity transactions and public and private M&A.

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