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Big-ticket M&A in Italy was again in decline, set against a backdrop of an unstable political situation and extraordinarily weak market conditions, while the country’s IPO market and most types of inbound investment remained subdued.
Nonetheless, large-scale restructurings again kept legal departments busy, and debt capital markets lawyers welcomed legislation that formed part of a Stimulus Decree placing Italian private companies on equal footing with their Italian public company and European counterparts. This meant that the Italian high-yield bond market was open for business.
Key events in the ever-changing legal market involved Labruna Mazziotti Segni enduring the departure of corporate lawyers Antonio Segni, Andrea Mazziotti di Celso and Federico Vermicelli to Lombardi Molinari Segni’s new Rome office. In Milan, Lombardi Molinari Segni recruited litigator Franco Anelli as of counsel from Studio Schlesinger. Elsewhere, debt capital markets expert Paola Leocani joined White & Case (Europe) LLP from Allen & Overy – Studio Legale Associato in June 2013; Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s Rome office lost Gianroberto de Giovanni, Paolo Ricci and Massimiliano Marinozzi to Studio Legale e Tributario Ernst & Young; former Italy managing partner Marco Franzini exited Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP for Eversheds Bianchini; and Giuseppe Labianca left NCTM Studio Legale Associato to go in-house at Brunello Cucinelli.
Other news included: Bonelli Erede Pappalardo LLP opening a dispute resolution desk in its London office; the firm’s former partner Luca G Radicati di Brozolo and senior associate Michele Sabatini founding new international arbitration and litigation boutique ARBLIT – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini in October 2013; and Andrea Carlevaris leaving Bonelli Erede Pappalardo to become the new Secretary General of the ICC Court of Arbitration.