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Firm Profile

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Piazza Borromeo 8
  • Milan
  • Lombardy
  • Italy
  • 20123

Firm profile submitted by Gatti Pavesi Bianchi

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi is specialised in corporate law and financial markets with offices in Milan and Rome. It is one of the best-know reference points in Italy for particularly complex, extraordinary financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (mainly involving major private equity funds), equity capital markets and debt restructuring, together with critical issues involving civil, corporate and commercial law. Since its establishment, as a result of the merger of two leading boutique law firms, it has been retained as counsel in several of the most important Italian, international and cross-border transactions, managing strong relationships with independent and international law firm worldwide. The firm’s identity is characterised by its specialisation, innovative outlook, extensive network of relations, focused on its proven ability to create and manage innovative transactions with a strong Italian identity. Gatti Pavesi Bianchi counts 81 lawyers, offering support through 11 specialised focus teams, and it may take advantage of the active contribution of reputable scholars in the field of corporate law; several lawyers are recommended in their areas of practice by most of the legal directories and thanks to native-speaking lawyers it provides legal assistance also in English, French, German and Spanish.

Chairman: Luigi Arturo Bianchi
Number of partners: 14
Number of Lawyers: 67
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Corporate Law & Advice:
The firm adopts a consulting-based approach to specific needs, ranging from matters related to corporate governance, transactions on corporate capital, provision of stock-option/incentive plans, to regulatory compliance.
Key Clients: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.; Banco Popolare Soc. Coop.; Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.; Intesa Sanpolo S.p.A.; Yoox Net-a-Porter Group S.p.A.; Banca Unicredit S.p.A..

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm assists market-leaders at national and international level in relation to their most sophisticated and complex M&A transactions. It supports clients within the context of corporate finance transactions – including mergers, de-mergers, acquisitions and disposals of businesses and interests, restructurings, joint ventures – and in the formation of the relevant structure and in the handling of negotiations.
Key Clients: CdP Equity; NB Renaissance Partners; Quaestio Capital Management SGR; Telecom Italia S.p.A.; UBS Group SA.

Private Equity:
The firm has considerable experience in providing assistance to both Italian and international private equity funds, advising clients on the structuring of the investment transaction and the drafting and negotiation of the relevant legal and contractual documentation, including the financing and security package documentation. The firm regularly assists banks, mezzanine funds and management in leveraged/management buy-out and buy-in transactions.
Key Clients: Clessidra SGR; Emisisys Capital SGR; Idea Capital Funds SGR; LBO Investimenti S.p.A.; NB Renaissance Partners Scsp; Bravo Invest S.p.A..

Banking & Financial Institutions:
The firm consistently retained by banks and financial institutions (as lenders) and commercial and industrial companies, as well as investment funds (as borrowers) in the most complex financing transactions. The firm’s clients are supported in banking and financial transactions of every nature with the benefit of vast experience in acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance and many other financial products such as senior, second lien, mezzanine financing, junior, high yield bond, as well as in relation to other structured financial products.
Key Clients: Banca IMI S.p.A.; Banco Popolare Soc. Coop.; Banca Popolare di Milano S.p.A.; Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.; Banca Unicredit S.p.A..

Financial Markets & Securities Investment:
The firm assists its clients in the main capital markets transactions, such as the issuance of traditional and innovative financial instruments and their listing on regulated and multi-lateral markets and in promoting takeover bids and exchange offers. The firm advices banks, issuers and shareholders in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of underwriting agreements, offer documents and prospectuses, as well as liaising with the relevant supervisory authorities.
Key Clients: Banca Carige S.p.A.; Banco Popolare Soc. Coop.; Italcementi S.p.A.; Mediobanca S.p.A.; Quaestio Capital Management SGR S.p.A.; Yoox Net-a-Porter Group S.p.A..

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
The firm is recognised for its experience in restructuring transactions involving listed and non-listed companies, both in respect of entities undergoing crisis or insolvency, seeking to file for the various insolvency and bankruptcy procedures, as well as advising investors and investment funds specialized in acquisition and restructuring transactions involving distressed entities.
Key Clients: Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.; Clessidra SGR; Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.; Orlando Italy Management SA; UBI Banca S.p.A.; Banca Unicredit S.p.A..

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm is highly experienced in litigation, before both the ordinary courts and arbitration courts, at a national and international level, in relation to commercial agreements, acquisitions of interests, shareholders’ agreements, unfair competition, industrial and intellectual property rights and civil and product liability. The firm regularly deals with complex, high-profile litigation proceedings. Key Clients: Banco Popolare Soc. Coop., Banca Popolare di Vicenza S.p.A.; Parmalat S.p.A.; Sea S.p.A.; Telecom Italia S.p.A..

Civil, Commercial & Private International Law:
The firm offers its clients continuous tailor-made assistance in a broad range of civil and commercial law matters, including the creation of new corporate and commercial partnerships, assistance in the negotiation and drafting of shareholders’ agreements and other types of arrangements among shareholders.
Key Clients: Alpitour World Hotels & Resorts S.p.A.; Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.; Moncler S.p.A..

Competition & Antitrust:
The firm has developed a special know-how with regard to antitrust and competition laws and regulations, representing its clients before both Italian and EU courts and bodies. It advises on all antitrust matters including concentrations, abuse of dominant position, the establishment or defense of joint venture agreements, pre-merger notification and substantive defense of transactions, a wide range of civil antitrust litigation, state aid awards and general assistance, antitrust audits, and compliance programs.
Key Clients: Sea S.p.A.; GNV S.p.A; Telecom Italia S.p.A..

Real Estate:
The firm assists some of the main Italian and international operators in both the retail and corporate real estate sectors, advising clients on acquisitions and disposals of assets and real estate companies and the incorporation of real estate investment trusts and joint venture.
Key Clients: Antin Infrastructure Partners; Bizzi & Partners Development S.p.A; CBRE Global Investors; CDP Immobiliare S.r.l.; Tikehau Capital Advisors; TH Real Estate.

Labour Law & Industrial Relations:
The firm assists clients operating on a wide range of business sectors in all matters relating to the management of employment relationships, both autonomous and subordinate, including new types of management of employment relationships, advising domestic and international entities including those in financial distress.
Key Clients: Alpitour World Hotels & Resorts S.p.A.; Corneliani S.p.A; H3G S.p.A.; UBS (Italia) S.p.A..


  • Piazza dei Caprettari, 70, 00186,
  • Rome,
  • Lazio
  • Italy
  • 00186
  • Tel +39 06 6813 4961
  • Fax +39 06 6813 4701
  • Email : [email protected]