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Corporate/M&A — Italy


BonelliErede - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Stefano Cacchi Pessani, Carlo Montagna and Umberto Nicodano
- 27 partners
- 57 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Genoa, Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Outstanding corporate team capable of dealing with all manner of matters including M&A, corporate governance issues, hostile bids and joint ventures. Handles both high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions on behalf of key multinational and Italian clients. Enjoys a long-standing reputation in the market as a go-to firm for multidisciplinary transactions. Has recently expanded into Africa, with offices in Cairo and Addis Ababa.

Strengths Clients are quick to commend the team's thorough assistance: “They provide a first-class service with a real holistic approach, which is particularly useful in complex situations.”

Further sources highlight the firm as a leader in the market, with one noting that the lawyers are "extremely capable and hands-on."

Work highlights Assisted Cairo Communication with the launch of a voluntary cash and stock tender offer on RCS MediaGroup.

Advised Delfin on the EUR50 billion agreement to merge Essilor and Luxottica.

Significant Clients Dompé, GE, Trenitalia, Snam, Space2.

Notable practitioners

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. Described as "a hard worker and excellent negotiator," his clients include investment management companies and domestic banks.

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Check out the BonelliErede website for more information about our M&A practice: https://www.belex.com/en/practice/ma/

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Chiomenti - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Francesco Tedeschini
- 28 partners
- 78 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Market-leading corporate practice skilled in a broad spectrum of matters encompassing corporate governance, M&A and joint ventures. Demonstrates strong cross-border capabilities and has offices in numerous locations worldwide including Shanghai and New York. Offers expertise across a wide range of different sectors such as banking, media, energy and real estate. Advises an array of Italian and international companies, with several new additions to its client list including Palomar and Indiana Production.

Strengths Clients value the team for their rigorous approach: It's an excellent practice: comprehensive, diversified and business-minded. The lawyers are thorough and really analyse the problem from different angles.”

A further source enthuses: "The level is of a very high standard and they are able to offer homogeneous quality."

Work highlights Advised CDP Reti on the corporate and industrial reorganisation of Snam for the spin-off of Italgas Reti.

Advised Investindustrial on the private equity transaction involving the merger of its portfolio company Polynt with Reichhold.

Significant Clients Clessidra, Charterhouse Capital Partners, SIA, B&B Italia, N&W Global Vending.

Notable practitioners

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.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Francesco Gianni and Roberto Cappelli
- 41 partners
- 120 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bologna, Milan, Padua, Rome and Turin

What the team is known for Continues to be considered a market leader due to consistently impressive feedback and a strong multidisciplinary approach. Advises high-profile clients from the financial, energy and food and drink sectors, with a particular focus on listed companies. Skilled at handling cross-border M&A advice thanks to numerous office locations worldwide in addition to formal collaborations with firms in Dubai and China. Notable activity in demerger transactions.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's innovative approach: “They are very well equipped, very strong, with a lot of experience. We go to them for complex transactions as they have a good understanding and are able to position themselves in a different way.”

The team's lawyers are also valued for their commitment to client service: “They are very responsive and pragmatic, it's a real pleasure working with them.”

Work highlights Advised the supervisory board of Banca Popolare di Milano on its merger with Banco Popolare.

Acted for UniCredit on the sale of Pioneer Investments to the French asset management company Amundi.

Significant Clients Poste Italiane, Mitsubishi Electric, GE Capital, Hitachi, Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Notable practitioners

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.”

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

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Extremely strong M&A practice capable of handling complex domestic and cross-border matters. Assists a client base of high-profile Italian and international private equity players with sale and acquisition mandates. Advises on public and private transactions, acting in a broad range of sectors, including gas, telecoms, media and finance.

Strengths Clients report on the strength of the team's support and availability. One notes that the lawyers are absolutely well equipped and offer 360-degree coverage."

Another source enthuses: “The quality of the work they did for us was incredibly good, given the timeline and complexity of issues.”

Work highlights Advised Confindustria on the recapitalisation of its listed subsidiary II Sole 24 Ore.

Assisted White Bridge Investments with the sale of Tagetik to Wolters Kluwer.

Significant Clients Amundi, Invitalia, Snam, F2i, Atlantia.

Notable practitioners

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.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Advises a roster of high-profile clients belonging to a variety of industries on M&A, tender offers and corporate reorganisations. Strong network of international offices facilitates the team's ability to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. Assists domestic and international corporations and investors, with notable activity in public M&A.

Strengths Sources highlight that the team offers "impressive analytical skills with strong and continuous support, showing creativity in finding solutions that are not the standard."

Team members are further valued by clients for their negotiation skills and responsiveness. Interviewees note the “great personal availability of the lawyers and flexibility in facing clients’ needs."

Work highlights Advised Poste Italiane on creating a new alliance in the asset management sector with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and listed asset manager ANIMA Holding.

Acted for AcciaItalia and JSW Steel on the bid for Gruppo ILVA.

Significant Clients Apax Partners, Campari Group, Carrefour, UniCredit, Eni.

Notable practitioners

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."

Filippo Isacco receives excellent feedback from clients, who consider him "very proactive, with clear and frank communication." One interviewee commends: "He is very prompt and reactive, with a deep technical knowledge combined with economic knowledge, permitting him to understand the business rationale of the transaction." He provides corporate advice, including in reorganisations.

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

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Bruno Gattai and Luca Minoli
- 11 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Advises clients on a broad range of matters including M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Clients belong to a wide range of industry sectors including energy, construction and financial services. Notable strength in the private equity arena. Adept at assisting with both inbound and outbound cross-border deals.

Strengths Interviewees value the firm's strong commitment to their business: “They are extremely focused and flexible; they tailor their service to the client's needs.”

Further sources highlight the team's “ability to provide high-level and effective solutions on a wide range of complex issues, both at a national and international level.”

Work highlights Advised CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of DOC Generici from Charterhouse Capital Partners.

Acted for RINA Group on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Edif Group for GBP118.5 million.

Significant Clients UniCredit, Italmobiliare, Investcorp, Bain Capital, Apax Partners.

Notable practitioners

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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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Francesco Gatti and Carlo Pavesi
- 17 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Well-reputed team advising key Italian corporates and banking institutions. Handles a vast range of matters in the corporate field including M&A, corporate governance issues and restructuring, including multi-jurisdictional transactions. Active in the banking, energy and media spaces.

Strengths Interviewees credit the team for being “extremely talented and creative."

Clients value the firm's expertise in the finance space, endorsing its “great competence and experience in the banking sector."

Work highlights Acted for Banco Popolare Società Cooperativa on the merger with Banca Popolare di Milano and the establishment of a third bank, Banco BPM.

Advised Arnoldo Mondadori Editore on the purchase of the entire equity interest held by RCS MediaGroup in RCS Libri.

Significant Clients Quaestio Capital Management, Intesa Sanpaolo, Yoox Net-a-Porter, UBS Group, Monte dei Paschi di Siena Banca.

Notable practitioners

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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PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 9 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Turin

What the team is known for Advises a roster of prominent clients belonging to a range of industry sectors, with particular activity in banking and finance. Covers a varied workload including M&A, joint venture agreements and restructurings. Present on significant domestic deals with an increase in cross-border work.

Strengths Clients value the team's pragmatism: “They have a very effective problem-solving approach and get straight to the point.”

Another source commends the firm for their domestic expertise: “They know the Italian market very well.”

Work highlights Assisted Intesa Sanpaolo and UBI Banca with the contribution to the Atlante closed-end alternative investment fund, and with the negotiation of the related set of rules.

Advised Campari Group on the agreements with the family shareholders of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle, owner of the French Grand Marnier spirits brand, for the acquisition of shares.

Significant Clients Carlo Salvi, Midea Group, Exor.

Notable practitioners

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/

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Nicola Asti
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Widely recognised for its excellent cross-border capabilities, owing to an impressive global network of offices and local foreign desks providing specialised support for key jurisdictions. Capable of handling a broad range of matters including M&A work, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Advises an impressive portfolio of clients from the industrial, private equity and insurance sectors.

Strengths Interviewees describe the team's advice as "thorough and detailed.” Further sources admire its "responsiveness, technical preparation and solution-oriented approach."

Sources also comment on the team's high level of client management skills and the provision of "a big international network and strong legal knowledge."

Work highlights Assisted Ergo Previdenza with the acquisition of Old Mutual Wealth Italy for EUR278 million.

Acted in co-ordination with team members in Moscow on Severstal-metiz's sale of Redaelli Tecna to Teufelberger.

Significant Clients Advent International, Takeda, BT, Warburg Pincus, Mediobanca.

Notable practitioners

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.

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.

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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Hogan Lovells Studio Legale - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Leah Dunlop
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for International outfit adept at handling multi-jurisdictional matters in the corporate arena thanks to an extensive global network. Considerable expertise in the energy, life sciences, consumer, TMT and financial services sectors. Clients include a number of well-known international names operating in Italy. Team is noted for its multidisciplinary approach, being able to provide a tailored service to its clients with industry-specific focus and cross-practice advice.

Strengths Interviewees value the team's attention to detail and commitment to their specific needs, saying that “it's a very global team, able to tailor the service very efficiently,” with "substantial resources in other practice areas of the firm to provide the specialty skills needed to support clients."

Further sources report that the team "provides effective and creative solutions to address issues."

Work highlights Advised Dana on its acquisition of 80% of the power transmission and fluid power businesses of Brevini, with an option to purchase the remaining 20% by 2020. The deal involved team members in Italy, Germany, China, the UK, France and Mexico.

Assisted 21 Investimenti with the acquisition of 70% of the capital of Italian fashion house Philippe Model.

Significant Clients Kuwait Petroleum International, Vodafone Global Enterprise, Honeywell, SunEdison - Suzo-Happ, SABMiller.

Notable practitioners

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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Corporate transactions are at the heart of our practice and we have gained an excellent reputation for top quality transactional work, including due diligence. However, our practice also includes first class lawyers covering specialisms such as energy regulatory, competition, outsourcing, employment law and tax. This unusual combination of lawyers within one team enables us to provide a truly joined-up service.

Our Italian corporate M&A practice comprises about 30 professionals, who advise corporate clients, financial institutions and funds on a broad range of transactions, both on and off market. We also support our clients on their significant commercial contracts and agreements, particularly in the retail and e-commerce fields, and on transformational business arrangements such as joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Our Corporate M&A lawyers regularly structure, negotiate, and implement transactions of all forms and sizes, and undertake due diligence on all these deals. We advise public and private companies, private equity firms and funds, investment banks, financial institutions, boards of directors, special committees, supervisory boards, significant investors and other clients on complex transactions, both at domestic and cross-border levels.

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Latham & Watkins - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Stefano Sciolla
- 6 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for International firm with a solid reputation in this market. Covers the full gamut of matters including public and private M&A work, with particular expertise in private equity transactions. Capable of handling complex matters in both a domestic and an international context, often acting on cross-border issues in conjunction with team members abroad. Active in a range of industries such as media, retail and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths Sources highlight team members' dedication to clients: "They always use their intelligence to work with you and find the best solutions. They are always very committed, with partners personally present."

Further interviewees repeatedly highlight the team's responsiveness, noting the provision of “very quick and to-the-point feedback.”

Work highlights Represented The Carlyle Group in the acquisition of Italian fashion house Golden Goose Deluxe Brand.

Acted for CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of Italian gaming and payments operator Sisal Group for EUR1 billion.

Significant Clients Sorin Group, Finmeccanica, PAI Partners, Capvis, BC Partners.

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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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Legance - Avvocati Associati - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the Department
- 11 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Established corporate practice with a considerable track record in M&A, private equity transactions and joint venture agreements. Acts for Italian and multinational clients from the industrial and financial sectors. Combines a strong domestic workload with cross-border capabilities. Sizeable team enhanced by support from ancillary departments, including equity capital markets and corporate finance.

Strengths Sources appreciate team members' "precise evaluation and definition of evolving risks, and their pragmatism when integrating chosen solutions."

Interviewees confirm the comprehensive and reactive approach of the team, reporting that the lawyers are "responsive and helpful in tackling issues that arise."

Work highlights Advised GIC on the Italian law aspects of its acquisition of PointPark Properties group from TPG Real Estate and Ivanhoé Cambridge, valued at EUR2.4 billion.

Assisted AMC Entertainment with its EUR1.78 billion acquisition of 100% of Odeon & UCI Cinemas from Terra Firma Capital Partners.

Significant Clients Apax Partners, Apollo Global Management, Swisscom, Blackstone, AXA.

Notable practitioners

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.

About the Team (content provided by Legance - Avvocati Associati)

The Department assists leading investors in the most important national and cross-border M&A, Private Equity, Investment Funds and Equity Capital Market transactions. The team is able to address every single aspect and issue involved in a project, from identifying the most suitable corporate and tax structure, to carrying out due diligence activities, drafting and negotiating the relevant contractual documents and fulfilling antitrust and other obligations, including requirements in connection with the regulated sectors.

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Linklaters - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Giovanni Pedersoli
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Adept at advising on a wide range of matters in the corporate field including public takeovers, joint ventures and multi-jurisdictional M&A. Works closely with structured finance and restructuring and insolvency teams to assist clients with debt restructurings and loan portfolios. Advises an impressive roster of domestic and international clients from the energy, private equity and financial services sectors. Well-known global presence aids strength in cross-border mandates.

Strengths The department is recommended for being "service-oriented and approachable."

Further interviewees say: "The team is always flexible, dynamic and understands the needs of the client."

Work highlights Advised Bain Capital Credit on the acquisition of HETA Asset Resolution Italia.

Advised TH Real Estate on its purchase of 100% of Investimenti Commerciali Meraville.

Significant Clients Ansaldo STS, BC Partners, 3i Group, Centerbridge Partners, Italfondiario.

Notable practitioners

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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What makes our Italian corporate/M&A practice unique is our ability to field top-notch integrated teams of Italian and international lawyers seamlessly crossing product, practice and jurisdictional lines.
Our Italian corporate/M&A team, with its 20 lawyers, has acted for Italian and international leading financial institutions, private equity funds and the largest corporates providing advice on all aspects of corporate law involving both domestic and cross-border transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and restructuring.
We offer our clients an integrated service provided by our corporate and finance practices which allows us to handle both aspects of the most complex or cross-border M&A transactions on the market. The breadth of our practice allows us to draw on our experience across different sectors and to assist a wide range of clients in every stage of their transactions.

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Nctm Studio Legale - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Simone De Carli and Sante Ricci
- 33 partners
- 95 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Sizeable team that regularly advises clients operating in the telecoms, retail and luxury goods industries. Has a varied workload incorporating M&A, corporate finance and restructurings. Works in close collaboration with its private equity team, frequently assisting private equity funds with transactions. Also capable of providing multidisciplinary support across other areas such as real estate, employment and tax.

Strengths Interviewees recommend the team members for their commercial awareness: "They offer passion, understanding of the client’s needs and a wide vision of the business effects of any decision."

Further sources endorse that the team offers "a very high level of knowledge and specialisation, together with a quick response."

Work highlights Advised Lottomatica on the formation of a joint venture company with Italian Gaming Holding, Arianna 2001 and Novomatic Italia, named Lottoitalia.

Assisted Infracapital with its acquisition of an 80% stake in a PPP portfolio from Società Italiana per Condotte d'Acqua.

Significant Clients Pillarstone Italy, L Catterton, UNIFI Holdings, Experian Holdings, Nokia.

Notable practitioners

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."

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."

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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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Domenico Fanuele, Fabio Fauceglia and Tobia Croff
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Retains an impressive reputation for advising on cross-border M&A transactions. Strong focus on international matters, with all team members dual-qualified in Italy and the USA. Advises a roster of prominent clients from the finance and TMT sectors.

Strengths Interviewees admire the firm's valuable international capacity. Sources say: "The Italian team is extremely strong in handling cross-border work. They are very strong lawyers who combine their Italian and US expertise very effectively."

Clients highlight the team's practical approach as a key strength, reporting that team members "offer great M&A skills; they are very practical and have a good commercial understanding of the deal."

Work highlights Advised DigiTouch on the acquisition of the total share capital of Optimized Group.

Assisted Dover Italy Holdings with a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the entire share capital of Ravaglioli.

Significant Clients Coesia, Allianz, GE, Qatar Holding, Viacom.

Notable practitioners

Domenico Fanuele is described by sources as having “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: "His experience in different areas means his advice is very well rounded and strategic on all matters."

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Allen & Overy - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Giovanni Gazzaniga and Paolo Ghiglione
- 2 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Skilled at handling public and private M&A and private equity transactions. Well versed in the complexities of multi-jurisdictional deals, particularly transactions with a UK aspect. Expertise in a wide range of industry sectors including TMT, financial services, energy and real estate. Regularly works in co-ordination with other departments to provide cross-practice advice.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the firm's network and high standard of assistance: "The teams are excellent and offer the same high and consistent quality in many different jurisdictions. They are a one-stop shop."

A further source notes: "The firm is well positioned in the market," adding: "The team can find its way in challenging business environments. They are willing to go the extra mile and are solution-oriented."

Work highlights Assisted Old Mutual Wealth Holdings with the sale of Old Mutual Wealth Italy to Ergo Previdenza.

Acted for PAI Partners on the joint venture between R&R Ice Cream and Nestlé, called Froneri.

Significant Clients ENAV, Aligroup, The Riverside Company, Daidoh, Synergo.

Notable practitioners

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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DLA Piper Italy - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Goffredo Guerra
- 7 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Widely recognised for its excellent cross-border capabilities, the firm is able to advise domestic clients on investments abroad and international players on M&A in Italy. Assists companies from a varied pool of industry sectors such as food and drink, energy and retail. Multi-practice teams have a holistic approach and are able to advise with depth and breadth of expertise.

Strengths Clients confirm the comprehensive service provided, saying that the lawyers "are very responsive and practical and are able to cover all areas needed in M&A projects."

Further interviewees highlight the team's responsiveness and availability as key strengths, in addition to its "international experience and excellent network."

Work highlights Advised Alfanar on the acquisition of Elettromeccanica Adriatica for EUR27.9 million.

Assisted Innowatio with its acquisition of 100% of shares of Clean Energy Sourcing.

Significant Clients Etihad Airways, Saint-Gobain, IGM Resins, Cannondale, GEA Group.

Notable practitioners

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."

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Giliberti Triscornia e Associati - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alessandro Triscornia
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Long-standing experience in the Italian corporate market, assisting key domestic players from the private equity and telecoms sectors. Handles a wide spectrum of matters including public and private M&A and private equity transactions, with particular focus on the planning and implementation of investment structures.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's commercial acumen as a major strength: “They are super smart and technically well prepared. What really sets them apart is their business sense."

Further sources enthuse that the team is “always excellent.”

Work highlights Advised new client CDP Equity on its investment in Bonifichie Ferraresi.

Assisted F2i with the disposal of Metroweb to ENEL OpEn Fiber for EUR714 million.

Significant Clients Tiscali, Permira, Mediobanca, Edison, Parmalat.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Alessandro Triscornia 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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Since almost 30 years, advice in extraordinary transactions has been the focus of GTA practice.

The leaders of the business community constantly rely on the firm’s capabilities to cover the planning, organization and implementation of the deal and the investment structure, in relation to both private and public target companies.

Plus, GTA is the twin-brother of private equity in Italy, having operated alongside leading Italian and European operators for years and providing assistance in structuring and organizing investment funds, assistance to fund underwriters and managers, and assistance in investment and divestment transactions, handling all aspects of the structuring and negotiation of acquisition contracts, financing agreements, and incentive plans for directors and managers.

The diverse array of the firm members' professional capabilities and the close interaction among the firm departments - banking/restructuring and litigation - ensure the satisfaction of the clients goals also whem distressed entities are involved.

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Jones Day - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Bruno Castellini
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Strong cross-border capabilities due to its widespread global presence. Frequently advises US manufacturing groups on investments in Italy and on any Italian aspects of multi-jurisdictional corporate deals. Particularly active in real estate and private equity transactions.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the value of the firm's international capabilities: "They think from a client's perspective and provide a comprehensive service in cross-border investment."

Further sources confirm the "excellent support" and note the team's responsiveness.

Work highlights Advised Calgon Carbon on its EUR145.5 million acquisition of the European activated carbon and filter aid business from CECA.

Assisted Hyster-Yale Materials Handling with the acquisition of 100% of Penta Holding.

Significant Clients The Riverside Company, Lippert Components, STERIS, Babcock & Wilcox, AGIC Capital.

Notable practitioners

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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Lombardi Segni e Associati - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Skilled in numerous areas including corporate governance, M&A and reorganisations. Lauded for its skills in arbitration and litigation resulting from corporate deals. Regularly assists industrial clients and financial institutions. Noteworthy activity in public tenders and takeover bids.

Strengths Clients praise the "knowledge, availability and problem-solving approach" of the team.

Work highlights Acted for Banca Popolare di Milano on its merger with Banco Popolare.

Advised Investindustrial on its acquisition of a 60% stake in Artsana.

Significant Clients CDP Equity, H.I.G. Capital, Ambienta, Clessidra, Armonia SGR.

Notable practitioners

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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The firm provides advice on the setting up of suitable corporate structures for any business, their governance (also by means of joint venture agreements and shareholders’ agreements, for instance), and the implementation of corporate reorganisations and plans of international expansion. The firm also regularly advises some of the leading Italian industrial and financial institutions in relation to corporate governance matters and, as far as listed and regulated companies are concerned, also in their dealings with the regulatory authorities.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Bruno Cova
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Advises an impressive collection of energy and real estate clients on corporate cases. Areas of expertise include joint ventures, M&A and corporate governance. Offers strength in cross-border transactions, particularly involving different jurisdictions in Europe.

Strengths Sources appreciate that the team "fully understands the needs of a business" and further report that team members "know how to combine a sensible commercial approach. They will do the best possible for the client."

A further interviewee highlights: "They are efficient and proficient in helping clients in M&A deals."

Notable practitioners

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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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 5

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Pietro Bernasconi and Raffaele Giarda
- 11 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Advises an impressive roster of clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including M&A, governance and refinancing matters. Often handles transactions arising in the telecoms, consumer goods and tourism industries. Regularly advises on transactions with international elements, working with its extensive network of offices around the world.

Strengths Clients commend the team's dedicated approach: "They provide very good support that goes beyond the technical and adds good business direction."

Further interviewees appreciate "the high range of quality and efficiency."

Work highlights Assisted Fitesa with its acquisition of Pantex International.

Advised Rauscher & Stoecklin on its acquisition of Tesar.

Significant Clients Costa Crociere, Roberto Cavalli, Cementir Holdin, Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, Tennant Company.

Notable practitioners

Pietro Bernasconi and Raffaele Giarda are key contacts for clients.

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We have unparalleled experience in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.

In the last few years we have advised on several acquisitions involving more than ten different jurisdictions where often the main target was incorporated in Italy, and provided hands-on and business-oriented advice addressing sophisticated legal issues under relevant laws. 

We ensured seamless coordination of each project through a single leading relationship partner who coordinated services for all jurisdictions. The role of the leading relationship partner is not limited to ensuring prompt replies, uniformity of reports and generally a smooth liaison with the client - he/she provides specific experience in the peculiarities of multi-jurisdiction transactions, helps scaling the relevance and potential impact of issues, prioritizes concerns and solutions by assessing overall legal implications in such a complex context. In addition, for most such transactions we provided also tax planning advice. 

This is confirmed also by the loyalty of major multinational groups - such as Emerson, Verizon, Whirlpool, Hewlett-Packard, Abbott, Baxter, Toshiba - which have entrusted  to us all of their Italian corporate and M&A work over decades or recent relevant assignments.

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Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Luca Arnaboldi and Alberto Rittatore
- 15 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Italian firm experienced in all manner of corporate matters including M&A, joint ventures and strategic agreements. Significant expertise in a number of sectors such as real estate, technology, media and automotive. Works in co-ordination with its New York office to assist with US-related mandates.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate that the team is "straight to the point and the quality is always good."

Further clients appreciate the responsiveness and availability of the team: "The response time in a deal-oriented environment is outstanding."

Work highlights Advised Vivendi on its strategic agreement with Mediaset, involving a share exchange and the transfer of Mediaset Premium.

Acted for Gruppo Cualbu on a joint venture agreement with Blue River Dairy.

Significant Clients Giglio Group, Finelco, Lush, Cimolai Technology, Risanamento.

Notable practitioners

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

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Ian Tully
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Broad industry knowledge encompassing the energy, TMT and healthcare sectors. Capable of handling complex transactions with international elements, and increasingly active in the domestic market on behalf of leading Italian corporates. Offers a comprehensive service, encompassing tax, real estate and employment advice.

Strengths Clients acknowledge the firm's reputation in the market and highlight the team as "experienced, proactive and responsive."

A further interviewee praises "the ability to immediately build a strong relationship with the client and the capability to perform overall project management."

Work highlights Assisted Birra del Borgo with the sale of its brand to Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Advised Lifebrain as sponsor on its EUR90 million financing granted for the acquisition of diagnostic laboratories in Italy by its subsidiary.

Significant Clients B. Braun, Pirelli, Leonardo, Fidia Farmaceutici, Watercross Marine.

Notable practitioners

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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K&L Gates - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Handles a varied workload, covering joint ventures, M&A and corporate governance issues. Combines a respected domestic workload with international expertise. Advises clients on activity in the TMT, healthcare and automotive industries. Offers additional support in regulatory and compliance work.

Strengths Clients praise the team as "insightful and responsive." A source expands: "Their strongest points for us are their experience and high knowledge in international contracts, reliability, fast reply and full support."

A further interviewee confirms the team's "very diligent, practical and solution-oriented approach."

Work highlights Assisted Trend International Holding with the sale of 60% of shares in Gotha Cosmetics to Capvis.

Advised Bistar on its corporate reorganisation and sale of its majority stake to a private equity fund.

Significant Clients Toshiba, Leaf Space, LKQ Corporation.

Notable practitioners

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

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Band 5

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Massimo La Torre
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Wide-ranging skills in the corporate sphere encompassing M&A, corporate governance and private equity transactions. Advises a number of prominent Italian clients and international players from the financial, leisure and manufacturing sectors. New additions to the client list include Working Capital Management Group.

Strengths Clients confirm the firm's sector-specific expertise: "Their strongest points are the knowledge of the banking sector in Italy alongside their capacity to serve clients in a tailored way. They really see our needs so it's a customer-first approach."

Further interviewees praise the provision of "a team able to assist at all levels and able to accommodate all the client's needs."

Work highlights Assisted Royal Caribbean with the acquisition of a significant stake in the company that manages the Port of Venice, through its joint venture with MSC Crociere, Costa Crosciere and Global Ports Holding.

Advised Diatec Holding on the sale of Sihl Group to Equistone Partners.

Significant Clients UBS, Drylock Technologies, Doppel Farmaceutici, Trilantic Capital Partners, Giochi Preziosi.

Notable practitioners

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.

Leopoldo Giannini enters the rankings following recognition from clients who note his presence as a key member of the team. Sources say that "he is attentive and proactive" and "able to find a solution before others; he's a really bright lawyer."

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Team information

Partners in the practice area: Massimo La Torre, Roberto Rio.

Number of associates in the team: 8

Our corporate practice

Our corporate group focuses on M&A and corporate law for public and private industrial players and financial institutions (both domestic and international), as well as on private equity transactions. All members of the team are highly qualified, having acquired in the past specialist experience in large-scale international firms or in high-profile domestic firms.

Partners’ Background

Massimo La Torre has a wide experience in M&A and private equity work, developed by assisting over the years many listed and unlisted industrial and banking groups (both domestic and multinational), as well as private equity funds. He was a partner of Clifford Chance LLP from 2002 to 2009.

Roberto Rio is also specialised in M&A and private equity work. He was a partner of Clifford Chance LLP from 2001 to 2005 and then a partner of Grimaldi e Associati until 2011.

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LMS Studio Legale - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Reinforced team advises a significant client roster of domestic and international finance, TMT and energy groups. Offers expertise in M&A, private equity, joint ventures and LBO transactions. Cross-practice support offers additional assistance with corporate governance, compliance and regulatory work.

Strengths Clients value the team's knowledge, speed and "flexibility to understand the commercial issues."

Further sources attest to a "personalised approach with a responsive team and consistent quality across the firm."

Work highlights Assisted CapVest with the Italian law aspects arising from the acquisition of Mallinckrodt's nuclear imaging arm by IBA Molecular.

Advised Bain Capital on the Italian law matters in its acquisition of MSX International.

Significant Clients Delta Med, Columna Capital, HAT SICAF, Impresa Pizzarotti, Augen Capital.

Notable practitioners

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan

What the team is known for Wide-ranging practice covering M&A, joint venture agreements and private equity transactions. Advises both domestic and international clients from the technology, manufacturing and transport industries. Adept at covering multi-jurisdictional transactions complemented by its network, with particular expertise in advising German groups thanks to a dedicated German desk. Particularly active of late in the energy sector.

Strengths Satisfied clients say: "They work towards objectives, respect the deadlines and act as solution makers."

Work highlights Advised Orange and its affiliate Jordan Telecom Group on the tender process for multiple utility scale photovoltaic plants to be built in Jordan.

Assisted Karsan with the implementation of an industrial and commercial co-operation with Industria Italiana Autobus.

Significant Clients Penta Investments, Bayerische Landesbank, Metric Capital Partners, Showroomprive.com.

Notable practitioners

Carsten Steinhauer and Giovanni Nicchiniello are key contacts in the department.

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

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Alessandro De Nicola and Marco Nicolini
- 8 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Handles a broad spectrum of matters spanning corporate governance, restructurings, M&A and private equity. Well versed in cross-border M&A transactions and investment. Active assisting clients from the financial, technology and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients note the flexible support provided by the team.

Work highlights Advised new client Microsoft on its acquisition of Italian start-up Solair.

Assisted Woolrich Inc. with its merger with Woolrich Europe, forming Woolrich International.

Significant Clients Quaestio Capital Management, ITAB, NicOx, Enel, Calvi Holding.

Notable practitioners

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.

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Portolano Cavallo - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Focuses on corporate matters arising in the media and IT space. Joint venture agreements, M&A and shareholder agreements make up the team's workload. Frequently handles the Italian aspects of multi-jurisdictional matters.

Strengths Market interviewees recognise the department's reputation in the TMT sector.

Notable practitioners

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

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Stefano Speroni
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Expanding practice enters the rankings in recognition of increased visibility and client support. Well equipped with its global network, the team is able to assist with cross-border transactions. Alongside significant activity in M&A, sources note the additional assistance with regulatory work.

Strengths Clients value the "pragmatism, commercial understanding and negotiation skills" offered by the team, in addition to the lawyers' "substantial deal experience."

Further sources describe the team as "reactive and available" and acknowledge the "entrepreneurial approach and international network."

Work highlights Assisted GeoPost with its entrance to the Italian market through an acquisition of a minority stake in BRT Corriere Espresso.

Advised RiverRock European Capital Partners on its first investment in Italy, in which the fund invested EUR9 million in Filippetti Group.

Significant Clients WIND Telecomunicazioni, Eni, Allianz, Alpiq, Dahlia TV.

Notable practitioners

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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Dentons’ Corporate and M&A practice in Italy offers a mix of diversified competencies and sector experience, which allows us to provide 360-degree legal assistance in the broadest range of corporate transactions, from cross-border M&A, private equity buy-outs and exits, to corporate restructuring and general corporate and commercial matters.
Our advice covers all transaction phases, starting with planning and structuring, through implementing and backing relevant negotiations, up to the completion and post-completion phases.
We offer a unique and innovative business-oriented service to meet our clients’ most sophisticated needs.
The Corporate and M&A team in Italy is composed of highly experienced lawyers with comprehensive knowledge across all corporate disciplines. Our professionals have been representing clients in many major transactions in the Italian market during the last years. Moreover, being part of Dentons’ global Corporate practice, which counts more than 1,500 M&A lawyers, allows us to draw upon the experience of our colleagues worldwide to provide clients with seamless, high quality, cross-regional advice in line with their needs.

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Giovannelli e Associati - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alessandro Giovannelli
- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Independent Milan-based office with a boutique approach valued by clients. Handles M&A and private equity transactions in the healthcare, leisure and industrial sectors. Client portfolio comprises private equity firms and listed entities.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's client commitment and confirm that "they are a very good firm in Italy."

Work highlights Advised Ardian on the acquisition of a majority stake in Dedalus.

Assisted Italmatch Chemicals with its acquisition of Compass Chemical International from One Rock Capital Partners.

Significant Clients Lindsay Goldberg, White Bridge Investments, Cargotec, Verder International, Space Holding.

Notable practitioners

Alessandro Giovannelli 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."

Fabrizio Scaparro 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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Our firm provides thorough advice to private equity funds, investment companies, multinational groups and entrepreneurs in complex corporate transaction, advising on all stages of the deal, from easy structuring to closing. 

Our activity covers a wide range of matters, including:

  • acquisitions and divestitures;
  • leveraged buy-outs and management buy-outs;
  • venture capital and minority investments;
  • joint ventures and strategic alliances;
  • capital increases, issuance of notes, including convertible notes, and other extraordinary transactions;
  • mergers and de-mergers.

We have been particularly active in handling transactions involving different jurisdictions, also through an effective network of preeminent foreign independent firms, which allows us to benefit of an international reach with flexibility in the selection of the best partners for each transaction.

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LCA Studio Legale - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Giovanni Lega, Vittorio Turinetti di Priero and Andrea Carreri
- 10 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Genoa, Milan and Treviso

What the team is known for Well-reputed domestic outfit with experience in cross-border mandates. Has a workload comprising a variety of matters including restructurings, joint venture agreements, LBOs and venture capital investments. Clients belong to the technology, energy, industrial, construction and manufacturing industries, with notable activity advising start-ups. Provides additional assistance with corporate governance.

Strengths Clients value the dedication provided: "LCA Studio Legale provides an amazing service. They are extremely responsive; you feel almost as if they are working exclusively for you."

Further sources applaud the team's "positive and proactive" attitude.

Work highlights Assisted the shareholders of Mondora with the transfer of 51% corporate shares to TeamSystem.

Advised H-FARM on the acquisition of a minority participation in SMAU.

Significant Clients Tatuus, AMRI Global, Boero Bartolomeo, Isagro, Manifattura Fontana.

Notable practitioners

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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Masotti Berger Cassella - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Julian Berger, Luca Masotti and Mascia Cassella
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Advises clients active in a number of industry sectors including energy, IT and banking, with notable activity in the life sciences space. Adept at handling a broad range of corporate matters, including acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate compliance.

Strengths Sources admire the "flexibility and M&A experience" provided by the team.

Interviewees report: "They understand the difficulties and viewpoints of businesses investing in Italy for the first time."

Work highlights Advised Ab Medica on the negotiations for a joint venture company with Palex Medical.

Assisted Claranet with the creation of an Italian subsidiary.

Significant Clients Americas Power Partners, WeFinance, Pomini Rubber & Plastics, Moby Lines, Interporto Solare.

Notable practitioners

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

About the Team (content provided by Masotti Berger Cassella)

We have a broad, international corporate practice representing Italian and international clients across all industry sectors and regularly advise clients on cross border transactions in multiple jurisdictions on all relevant issues, including taxation.

Several of our clients are fast growing leaders in their sector and a large part of our practice consists of advising them on all legal aspects of their expanding business activities.

A significant number of our clients are non-Italian, whom we assist on matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions of Italian firms to start-ups and day-to-day management of their Italian operations.

Our corporate advice includes:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance
  • Joint ventures and shareholders' agreements
  • Private Equity 
  • Insolvency and reorganizations
  • All types of commercial contracts and advice, including agency and distribution agreements, supply and manufacturing agreements, insurance   
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Orsingher Ortu - Avvocati Associati - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Mario Ortu
- 9 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Acts on public and private M&A, including multi-jurisdictional transactions. Also handles corporate finance matters and reorganisations. Has strong capabilities in the TMT sector, and further assists a number of domestic and international financial institutions. Provides additional support in disputes arising from transactional work.

Strengths Sources appreciate the "competence, availability and continuous support" provided by the team.

Further interviewees note: "They are thorough but at the same time commercial in their solutions."

Work highlights Assisted Yogitech with the sale of 100% of its corporate capital to Intel.

Advised Sonova on the acquisition of the Italian business of AudioNova International from HAL Investments.

Significant Clients Borsa Italiana, Deutsche Bank, Fox International Channels Italy, Palladio Holding, Prysmian Group.

Notable practitioners

Mario Ortu 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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Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati specialises in corporate and commercial law, with a specific focus on complex corporate transactions and business reorganisations. The firm acts for domestic and international clients, sovereign funds, investment and commercial banks, insurance and financial services firms.

Mergers & Acquisitions

The firm has acted for buyers, sellers and financial advisers on many of the most significant M&A deals in recent years in Italy and internationally.

Private Equity/Venture Capital

The firm has vast experience of managing key deal issues in both private equity and venture capital contexts, including the optimisation of financing structures, consortium and co-investment arrangements, management equity, and enabling an efficient exit from the relevant investment.

Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances

Assisting clients with the structuring and implementation of joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Company Reorganisations and Restructuring

The firm advises clients on a broad range of reorganisation and restructuring projects, including mergers, demergers and carve-outs, as well as the implementation of transition arrangements.

Capital Markets

The firm regularly advises clients on equity capital markets transactions, including listings and other capital raising by listed clients.

Corporate/commercial litigation

The firm also offers clients on-going assistance in the resolution of disputes on corporate and commercial matters.

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Pavia e Ansaldo - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Stefano Bianchi and Roberto Zanchi
- 16 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Broad and varied corporate practice covering transactional work, corporate governance, compliance and reorganisations. Boasts an impressive client portfolio of private equity players and industrial corporations, both Italian and international. Recent activity includes transactions in the technology, luxury and life sciences spaces.

Strengths Sources identify the firm's dedication to client service: "The team is always ready to answer and is completely devoted to solving problems."

Further interviewees confirm: "It's very easy to work with them because they think like a company."

Work highlights Advised Krones on the acquisition of 60% of shares of System Logistics.

Assisted Surfaces Technological Abrasives with the acquisition of shares in A.S. Tools.

Significant Clients Bio-Techne, Xenon Private Equity, SKF Industrie, SAICA, im3D.

Notable practitioners

Stefano Bianchi and Roberto Zanchi are key contacts for clients.

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The firm works closely with clients to accomplish both complex M&A transactions as well as the corporate day-to-day business. The international DNA of the firm has at all times made it an ideal advisor to foreign clients in their dealings in Italy and to Italian clients in their dealings abroad.

M&A has always been a key focus of the firm. Our assistance covers all kinds of M&A transactions (e.g. transfers of enterprises and businesses, joint-ventures, mergers and de-mergers, carve-outs and operations on the corporate capital) in all of their phases (e.g. due diligence, drafting/negotiating of contracts, regulatory requirements, closing/post-closing obligations).

Clients include Italian and international groups, institutional investors, financial intermediaries, banks, private equity funds as well as medium-sized enterprises.

Close cooperation with other departments of the firm (e.g. antitrust and competition, banking and finance, employment, intellectual property and administrative law) guarantees a skilled and effective coverage of the areas surrounding Corporate and M&A transactions.

The firm has long-standing relationships with top-ranking independent firms in virtually all of the world’s economically relevant jurisdictions as well as its own offices in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg), Spain (Barcelona), Japan (Tokyo). This enables the firm to render coordinated services in various international locations as well as in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.

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

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Massimo Di Terlizzi and Roberto Padova
- 7 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bologna, Brescia, Milan, Naples, Padua, Parma, Rome, Turin and Verona

What the team is known for Extensive domestic presence with a sizeable team. Offers broad expertise in the corporate sector encompassing joint venture agreements, mergers and private equity deals. Advises a considerable roster of clients including those with activity in the luxury, automotive and financial sectors. Complemented with strong support from its tax team.

Strengths Clients highlight how the team's clear and timely approach "makes our job easier."

Work highlights Advised Altavia Italia on its acquisition of a majority stake in two digital marketing agencies, Stylum and Rokivo.

Assisted Rovagnati with its acquisition of Pineider.

Significant Clients Bain Capital, Gucci, Volkswagen, Magneti Marelli, Legrand.

Notable practitioners

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Luigi Santa Maria and Mario Santa Maria
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for Handles a broad range of matters including joint ventures, corporate finance and M&A, at both domestic and cross-border levels. Particularly adept at handling matters related to the pharmaceutical industry, with further activity in financial services and real estate. A number of lawyers have experience of the US market and of late the team have been active assisting with transactions involving China.

Strengths Interviewees commend the firm as "an excellent boutique."

One client reports: "The law firm has demonstrated a strong expertise in M&A transactions, especially in the life sciences industry. We really appreciate the balanced approach."

Work highlights Advised Bracco Group on the sale of its pharmaceutical division to Dompé.

Assisted Amazon Web Services with the Italian law aspects arising from its acquisition of Italian software firm, NICE.

Significant Clients Fontana Group, Sonepar, Digital Marine Solutions, Ecofin, Gruppo Finiper.

Notable practitioners

Luigi Santa Maria is highlighted for his skill in "decision making and advice on structural issues" whilst 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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Simmons & Simmons - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Andrea Accornero
- 3 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan

What the team is known for International outfit with particular expertise in handling corporate matters arising in the energy sector. Also skilled at dealing with private equity transactions, real estate acquisitions and restructuring procedures. Strong cross-border capabilities bolstered by its foreign desks.

Strengths Clients praise the comprehensive support provided: "They have the capability to understand the needs of the client and problems that arise, quickly reacting to propose different solutions with the various teams."

Further interviewees commend the "personal commitment from beginning to end of a deal with an ability to understand the negotiation."

Work highlights Advised Gangtai Group on its acquisition of 85% stake of Buccellati Holding Italia, valued at EUR270 million.

Assisted Cogemat Group with the integration of its business with SNAI.

Significant Clients Tod's Group, Alliance Medical, SodaStream, Valtur, Bomi Italia.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Andrea Accornero is the key contact for the team.

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For further information on our Corporate & M&A practice: http://www.simmons-simmons.com/en/services-and-sectors/corporate

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Watson Farley & Williams - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Eugenio Tranchino
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Milan and Rome

What the team is known for Recommended team for cross-border work, with strong collaboration with the firm's international network of offices. Covers all aspects of corporate law including corporate finance, joint ventures, restructurings, establishment of new entities and commercial contracts. Mainly assists clients operating in the energy, healthcare and natural resources sectors

Strengths Sources appreciate the "responsive and creative" approach provided by the team.

One interviewee describes the corporate offering as "business orientated with a high level of attention and availability for the client."

Work highlights Advised Principia, via its fund Principia III - Health, on its investment in capital of French pharmaceutical company IXALTIS.

Assisted Pietro Barbaro with the creation of a joint venture with Rosneft, through its subsidiary RN-International.

Significant Clients Belenergia, Greentech Energy Systems, Capital Stage, IKaV Renewable, Global Ports Holding.

Notable practitioners

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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  • WFW Italian corporate lawyers support clients across a number of sectors, with a particular focus on energy, natural resources, real estate, infrastructure, maritime, transport, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and healthcare, fashion/luxury, art, ICT/TMT.
  • Alongside our legal experience, we are able to call on other specialist industries of the firm including banking, administrative, regulatory, employment, tax, litigation and restructuring, which allow us to provide integrated and effective legal advice across the wide range of industry sectors mentioned above.








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Eminent Practitioner

Alberto Toffoletto

Nctm Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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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Star Individuals

BonelliErede

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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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Star Individuals

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

From the Chambers Europe 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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Chiomenti

From the Chambers Europe 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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Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

From the Chambers Europe 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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Nctm Studio Legale

From the Chambers Europe 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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Francesco Tedeschini

Chiomenti

From the Chambers Europe 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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Alessandro Triscornia

Giliberti Triscornia e Associati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Alessandro Triscornia 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Mario Ortu 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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Band 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

From the Chambers Europe 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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Band 2

PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Domenico Fanuele is described by sources as having “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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Band 4

Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Alessandro Giovannelli 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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: "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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Massimo Trentino of CMS is praised for his solution-orientated 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Christoph Jenny of Jenny.Avvocati 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Luigi Santa Maria is highlighted for his skill in "decision making and advice on structural issues" whilst 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

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

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Band 6

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tobia Croff is experienced across a broad range of M&A transactions. Sources highlight his depth and breadth of expertise: "His experience in different areas means his advice is very well rounded and strategic on all matters."

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Band 6

Alberto Giampieri

Legance - Avvocati Associati

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe guide

Luca Masotti 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Fabrizio Scaparro 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 Europe 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 Europe 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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Associates to watch

Leopoldo Giannini

La Torre Morgese Cesàro Rio - Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leopoldo Giannini enters the rankings following recognition from clients who note his presence as a key member of the team. Sources say that "he is attentive and proactive" and "able to find a solution before others; he's a really bright lawyer."

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Associates to watch

Clifford Chance Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Europe guide

Filippo Isacco receives excellent feedback from clients, who consider him "very proactive, with clear and frank communication." One interviewee commends: "He is very prompt and reactive, with a deep technical knowledge combined with economic knowledge, permitting him to understand the business rationale of the transaction." He provides corporate advice, including in reorganisations.

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