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Bank regulatory

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BonelliErede regularly advises on regulatory aspects of high-profile M&A and banking transactions. The practice assists with filings with public authorities and regulators; analysing the impact of transactions on licences, permits and concessions; and the impact of new regulations on the organisation of banks and investment firms. Highlights included advising Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena on regulatory issues surrounding a precautionary recapitalisation. Giuseppe Rumi and Federico Vezzani are the key names.

Chiomenti Studio Legale is highly rated for its assistance to banks, insurance companies, asset management companies and other financial institutions and often advises on regulatory aspects of M&A and finance transactions. The team assisted Banca d’Italia, the Italian banking regulator, with the sale of four bridge-banks, which included addressing the legal regime applied to claims for mis-selling of subordinated debt instruments. Alessandro Portolano and Vincenzo Troiano are highly regarded.

Clifford Chanceperforms an outstanding service’. The practice’s financial regulation professionals maintain regular contact with the authorities, frequently assisting them to adapt legislation to changing market needs, as well as advising the firm’s clients on the application of new legislation. Recent work includes assisting Banca Popolare di Vicenza with the issuance of Italian state-guaranteed bonds in accordance with the state aid framework that allows states to rescue distressed banks. Lucio Bonavitacola is the principal adviser and counsel Gioacchino Foti is ‘a great professional’.

Bird & Bird has a great reputation for its advice on anti-money laundering (AML), consumer credit, financial product issues and investment funds, but is also adept at assisting with fintech matters, investment services, insurance and bank-assurance, and market abuse as well as payment services and e-money. The group is increasingly involved in enforcement proceedings and litigation, which arise from investigations. Key contacts are Raimondo Maggiore, Stefano Febbi, senior counsel Luigi Spada, and senior associate Rossella Sansone. Danilo Quattrocchi joined DLA Piper.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legaleprovides a timely, knowledgeable service’ and focuses on real estate finance, acquisition finance, trade finance, and asset finance. ‘Mingling a good understanding of the Italian market with American realism’, Jeffrey Greenbaum interacts daily with financial regulators in developing and interpreting financial regulation. In recent work, he led advice to the Single Resolution Board, the Eurozone’s banking resolution authority, on the interplay between European rules and Italy’s implementation of legislation pertaining to banks potentially requiring a public bail-out.

Linklaters was recently active in pre-sale restructurings, portfolio disposals and asset transfers, particularly for international private equity houses on the buyer side. The team advised Bain Capital Credit on regulatory aspects of the acquisition of HETA Asset Resolution Italia. Dario Longo and managing associates Anna Ferraresso and Emanuele Umberto Aurilia are the names to note.

Simmons & Simmons’ practice regularly advises on the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 as well as relevant EU legislation, strategic regulatory issues, investigations, disputes and disciplinary matters. Other areas of strength are derivatives and commodity trading. Romeo Battigaglia leads the financial services and regulatory team; and Maria Giusy Naccarato was promoted to of counsel.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP regularly advises EU and non-EU clients on financial regulatory matters: in a recent highlight, Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini assisted American Express with EU and Italian regulatory matters, including the revision of its contracts and internal policies and procedures to comply with Italian legislation.

Craca Di Carlo Guffanti Pisapia Tatozzi & Associati’s ‘strong team’ regularly assists fund managers, investment firms, management companies, banks, fiduciary companies, and other Italian and foreign financial intermediaries with regulatory matters. Francesco Di Carlo is ‘very commercial’; and Edoardo Guffanti and managing associate Matteo Catenacci are also key practitioners.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partnersprovides an excellent service in terms of quality and timely responses’ and has particular expertise in advising on the distribution of banking, financial and insurance products. Its scope of work includes compliance and AML issues, as well market abuse matters and contentious issues. It recently assisted UniCredit with the updating of its internal policies and market abuse procedures. Paolo Bordi is highly rated.

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s ‘fantastic lawyers’ are highly specialised in the regulatory aspects of banking, financial and insurance matters. The practice advised Fortress Investment Group (FIG) on a change of control procedure involving doBank, following FIG’s sale to SoftBank Group Corp. Andrea Giannelli is ‘highly skilled’ and senior counsel Marco Penna is ‘recommended for his knowledge and understanding of business and the legal framework’.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe handles fintech issues, payment services, e-money matters and the regulatory aspects of strategic banking sector M&A. Marco Zechini ‘delivers precise results under time pressure’.

CMS regularly advises Commerzbank on regulatory issues pertaining to its banking activities in Italy. Paolo Bonolishas a thorough knowledge of the legal environment’ and Domenico Gaudiello joined from DLA Piper.

DLA Piper is well versed in assisting with capital requirements, AML issues, investment services, payment services, and consumer credit directives, as well as the transparency regulations applicable to the distribution of banking and financial products. Agostino Papa ‘has great depth of knowledge’ and Danilo Quattrocchi, who ‘has a strong technical and professional background’, joined as of counsel from Bird & Bird.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘lawyers are always at their clients’ disposal’ and are adept at advising on setting up banks, asset management companies, investment funds, investment firms, insurance companies and financial intermediaries that provide regulated services; the team also regularly assists with multi-jurisdictional financial products. Raffaele Lener is the key contact.

Grimaldi SL LLP is recommended for its regulatory assistance to clients doing business in the Italian financial sector, including insurance, banking and financial institutions-related M&A transactions. Luigi Baglivo is highly regarded.


Borrower side

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BonelliEredehas great business acumen and industry expertise’, which are both regularly applied in matters pertaining to acquisition finance, corporate finance, property finance, and project finance. Other areas of expertise include restructuring, financial services and related regulatory issues, and the group also has a leading practice for LBOs, and financing public bids and takeovers. It regularly assists borrowers with syndicated, bilateral and large-scale corporate loans and recently advised Terna on a financing for the creation of power lines in Uruguay. Project finance expert Catia Tomasetti is ‘simply the best’ and Emanuela Da Rin and senior counsel Antonio La Porta are also highly regarded.

Chiomenti Studio Legale is highly rated for structured finance; asset finance; distressed finance and non-performing loans (NPLs); acquisition and leveraged finance; real estate finance; syndicated loans; and financial restructuring. The team advised SIA on a €500m facility agreement to finance the acquisition of UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions and UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions (Austria)’s electronic money-processing sector IT service businesses, as well as to grant a revolving facility for general corporate purposes. The key advisers are Giulia Battaglia, Carola Antonini, Luca Bonetti, Carmelo Raimondo and Antonio Tavella. Other recommended names are Gregorio Consoli, Francesco Ago and Giorgio Cappelli.

Clifford Chance’s ‘hugely experienced practice’ fields a mix of Italian and English qualified lawyers, who are equally strong on domestic and cross-border transactions. Key matters include advising Prometeon, a recently created holding company of the industrial tyre business formerly held by Pirelli Group, on a €600m secured term and revolving facility, which was arranged by Bank of America, China Construction Bank, HSBC and ING. Giuseppe De Palma, Ferdinando Poscio and Lucio Bonavitacola are highly rated; and Francesca Cuzzocrea and Gioacchino Foti are key counsels. Charles Adams divides his time between Milan and New York.

Linklaters’ Italian, UK and US high-yield and banking specialists are experienced in advising on plain vanilla investment grade transactions, highly complex leveraged deals and innovative asset financings. The team recently assisted Tikehau Investment Management with the financing of the acquisition and recapitalisation of Selcom. Andrea Arosio and Francesco Faldi are highly regarded, along with counsels Tessa Lee, Alessandra Ortelli and Antongiulio Scialpi. Senior managing associate Lilia Maria Lani, and managing associates Alessandro Tanno and Diego Esposito are also experienced lawyers.

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato’s ‘strong team of experienced individuals is able to work seamlessly between the Milan and London offices’ and advises borrowers on general lending, acquisition finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance, and export credit finance. Other areas of strength include project finance, high-yield matters, debt restructuring, NPLs, and structured finance. In recent highlight work, the group assisted Ansaldo Energia with the amendment and restatement of a €400m senior revolving credit facility agreement. Stefano Sennhauser ‘gives practical, quick and accurate advice’; Pietro Scarfone is ‘reliable and hard-working’; and counsel Frederic Demeulenaere ‘has the ability to tie together all aspects of complex transactions’. Gian Luca Coggiola is a highly regarded senior associate.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners includes project finance specialists, who are active in the hospitals, infrastructure, oil and gas, and energy and renewables sectors and ‘always provide outstanding work’. The team is particularly noted for its management of large NPL portfolios and also recently assisted Atlantia with the financing of a voluntary tender offer to acquire Spain’s Abertis Infraestructuras. Giuseppe De Simone is ‘an outstanding lawyer and negotiator’; Stefano Agnoli’s ‘main strengths are understanding clients’ needs’; and Emanuele Grippo has ‘a solutions-oriented attitude’. Other experienced advisers include Eugenio Grippo, Matteo Gotti, Ottaviano Sanseverino, Matteo Bragantini, and Oriana Granato.

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s client base includes public sector entities and institutions, corporations, private equity funds, and real estate fund firms; and the ‘excellent firm’ has a robust energy and infrastructure-related project financing practice. Highlights included advising Castello SGR on an approximately €40m photovoltaic (PV) plants-related refinancing. Andrea Giannelli is highly rated; and Luca Autuori is ‘a high-level professional for negotiations’. Monica Colombera, Filippo Ruffato, Giandomenico Ciaramella, Emanuele Espositi, and Guido Iannoni Sebastianini are other key practitioners.

DLA Piper’s ‘high-quality professionals can cover multiple jurisdictions and provide cross-sector teams to serve banks’ needs’. The team is highly regarded for leveraged and corporate lending, and assists with syndicated lending transactions, as well as export credit agency-backed deals. Other areas include the financing of wind farms and PV plants, the refinancing of renewable plants’ portfolios, and real estate financings. Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca is ‘very focused on client needs’; and Antonio Lombardo is ‘a great finance lawyer’. Francesco de Gennaro, Agostino Papa, Francesco Ferrari and Ugo Calò are also highly regarded, as are senior partner Francesco Novelli and Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli. Mario D’Ovidio joined Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams and Domenico Gaudiello left for CMS.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice ‘provides solid, reliable advice’ on leveraged finance, structured finance, debt restructuring, project finance, and acquisition finance transactions. Other areas of expertise are real estate finance transactions and NPL deals. Emiliano Conio, who ‘sees through complex issues to come up with useful solutions’, led advice to Apollo on a €170m refinancing of its acquisition of a portfolio of Italian and pan-European offices. Corrado Angelelli is highly regarded.

Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partnerscombines the professionalism of a global top law firm with the market insight that clients need in Italy’; the group is particularly highly rated for LBO financings, corporate finance and sport finance transactions, and has also developed a real estate finance practice. In recent highlights, the ‘extremely respected and experiencedRiccardo Agostinelli advised Saviola on its medium-term debt reorganisation. Lorenzo Vernetti is ‘commercially minded, responsive and smart’ and Gaetano Carrello, Marco Leonardi and Emanuela Campari Bernacchi are other experienced practitioners.

Latham & Watkins LLP is particularly active in acquisition finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance, and debt restructuring. Andrea Novarese led advice to Autogrill on a high-value facility agreement refinancing. Marcello Bragliani and recently promoted counsel Mauro Saccani are also well regarded.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s banking team has a particularly strong standing in the financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, mining, and commodities sectors, but also focuses on transport, technology, life sciences and healthcare-related matters. Arturo Sferruzza heads the Italian banking and energy teams; and Gennaro Mazzuoccolo is another key adviser. Mario Lisanti joined Ashurst in Milan.

White & Case (Europe) LLP advises non-bank investors and funds on leveraged finance matters, including senior and bridge commitments, and private high-yield matters, as well as restructuring, refinancing, and NPL portfolio acquisitions. It advised Open Fiber on a €510m bridge financing granted by BNP Paribas, UniCredit and Société Générale. Giuseppe Barra Caracciolo, Iacopo Canino and Gianluca Fanti are the recommended advisers, alongside Michael Immordino.

Ashurst hired Mario Lisanti, who now leads the Italian banking team, from Norton Rose Fulbright. The group advised Irminio on its up to $100m borrowing base facility. Other key team members include energy and infrastructure project finance specialist Carloandrea Meacci, Italy head Franco Vigliano and counsel Umberto Antonelli.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLPprovides an excellent service’. Recent work includes advising private equity fund Lone Star on the financing for the potential acquisition of Grandi Stazioni Retail, the lease management, media and advertising business of Italy’s national railway operator. Carlo de Vito Piscicelli, Roberto Bonsignore, Pietro Fioruzzi, Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini and the ‘extremely responsive and prepared’ counsel Claudio Di Falco are all recommended.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’sCarlo Massini, who ‘has good negotiation skills’, led advice to Forno D’Asolo on credit facilities made available by Banca Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna and UBI Banca.

Nctm Studio Legale handles banking and financing transactions for private equity firms and prestigious global borrowers. Recent matters include advising Ambienta and Tattile on acquisition financing for the proposed acquisition of Chromanses. Eugenio Siragusa is ‘a very talented lawyer’. Stefano Padovani, Corrado Verna and Giovanni de’ Capitani di Vimercate are other names to note.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is adept at advising on NPLs, real estate finance and general lending transactions. Raul Ricozzi, who is focused on project financing, leveraged, asset and shipping financing and debt issues, ‘has strong knowledge’; and real estate finance expert Emanuela Molinaro is ‘a great negotiator’. Patrizio Messina is also widely praised.

Pedersoli Studio Legale is best known for its expertise in acquisition finance and sophisticated corporate finance transactions, but also attracts a steadily increasing stream of real estate finance instructions. The team advised, in coordination with a US law firm, Italian company Zobele Holding on facilities granted by a pool of international banks. Maura Magioncalda, Alessandra De Cantellis and Consuelo Citterio are highly regarded. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto departed for Dentons.

Simmons & Simmons advises on acquisition and leveraged finance, export finance, real estate finance, structured finance, project finance, and alternative lending. It advised SNAI on an €85m credit facility by a syndicate of banks. Nicholas Lasagna is ‘reactive and available’; Davide D’Affronto is ‘a great negotiator’; and Fabrizio Dotti ‘has deep legal knowledge’. Romeo Battigaglia is also highly rated.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie advises on bilateral and syndicated bank financings, acquisition finance, project finance, and debt restructuring. Alberto Fornari is the name to note.

Proactive firmCBA Studio Legale e Tributario recruited ‘the always available’ Francesco Dialti from Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams. The team advised a Falck Renewables Group special purpose vehicle on the refinancing of its financial indebtedness.

CMS hired Domenico Gaudiello as public finance leader from DLA Piper. Banking and financial law head Paolo Bonolis is recommended for complex financing transactions.

Dentons’s ‘excellent team’ assists with acquisition and leveraged finance, structured finance, general corporate lending and refinancing, project finance, performance guarantees, and security packages; the group is also experienced in real estate financing. Managing counsel Dina Collepardi is highly regarded; Alessandro Fosco Fagotto joined from Pedersoli Studio Legale and Giovanni Diotallevi joined from Chiomenti Studio Legale.

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale recently advised a pan-European investment fund on a real estate-related financing granted by UBI Banca. Marco Franzini and Alessandro Engst are the key advisers.

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associato is ‘devoted to its clients’. The team acts in high-profile financings and restructurings and is particularly focused on property and acquisition finance, as well as on general lending for corporate purposes. Andrea Limongelli is highly rated.

Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale’s Michele Mocarelli, who ‘has extensive banking sector knowledge’, joined from Pavia e Ansaldo: he recently advised a food ingredients sector company on its refinancing.

Lombardi Segni e Associati’s ‘level of service is high’: the team is particularly recommended for its assistance to industrial companies and private equity funds with acquisition, leverage and project finance. Antonio Amoroso is ‘a solid and skilled negotiator’; and Mara Fittipaldi and Maria Elena Cannazza are also experienced practitioners.

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi hired of counsel Emanuele Cusa from R&P Legal. The ‘reactive’ practice advises on the financing and refinancing of projects in the energy, infrastructure and water service sectors. Claudio Visco is highly regarded.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati is focused on acquisition finance and merger LBO deals, real estate and project finance, and restructuring. The team assisted a borrower with a real estate-related loan facility. Manfredi Leanza is ‘competent and sensible’.

Osborne Clarkeprovides appropriate advice that is correctly priced’; the team assists with traditional and alternative forms of finance; acquisition and renewable energy-related project financing; real estate finance; and debt restructuring. Umberto Piattelli is ‘highly supportive’. Andrea Pinto, who ‘makes clients feel safe’, joined from K&L Gates.

Pavia e Ansaldo’s department covers leveraged, asset, acquisition and corporate finance. Other key areas include mezzanine and subordinated loans, project finance, real estate finance, structured finance, and syndicated lending. Mario Di Giulio and Roberto Zanchi are the key names. Michele Mocarelli joined Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale.

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams’ ‘multidisciplinary practice’ includes Pierpaolo Mastromarini, who ‘has impressive expertise’ and advised Green Lucca on a financing provided by UniCredit Banca. Furio Samela is ‘very skilled in shipping finance’. While the ‘always committed’ Mario D’Ovidio joined from DLA Piper, Francesco Dialti left for CBA Studio Legale e Tributario.


Lender or arranger side

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Clifford Chance regularly acts in complex transactions that contribute to shaping the Italian banking and finance market. In recent highlights, the team advised the mandated lead arrangers and financing banks, including Banca IMI, BNP Paribas, Intesa Sanpaolo, Natixis and UniCredit, on a high-value financing for a portfolio of 51 photovoltaic (PV) plants; the transaction was particularly innovative as it combined the characteristics of project finance with a structure typically used in real estate. Other highlights included acting for the joint mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners in a revolving €500m credit facility arranged for Terna. The key advisers are Giuseppe De Palma, Ferdinando Poscio, Lucio Bonavitacola and counsels Francesca Cuzzocrea and Gioacchino Foti. Charles Adams divides his time between Milan and New York.

Linklaters has a go-to banking and finance practice in Italy across various industry sectors and transaction types. Recent matters include assisting UniCredit, UniCredit Bank (Milan Branch), Intesa Sanpaolo, Mediobanca - Banca di Credito Finanziario, and Banca Nazionale del Lavoro with the amendment and restatement agreement to a €130m senior facilities agreement in favour of F.I.L.A. - Fabbrica Italian Lapis e Affini. The team also advised the lenders on the financing for the acquisition of Gotha Cosmetics’ entire corporate capital by a newly established Italian vehicle controlled by Capvis General Partners IV. Andrea Arosio and Francesco Faldi are highly regarded, as are counsels Tessa Lee, Alessandra Ortelli and recently promoted Antongiulio Scialpi.

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato’s ‘very good team’ advises on general lending, acquisition finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance, export credit finance, and project finance. Other areas of strength include debt restructuring, non-performing loans (NPLs) and structured finance. Pietro Scarfone, ‘whose advice is straightforward, commercial and thoughtful’, assisted a pool of banks, coordinated by Mediobanca, with a €330m refinancing of a bridge loan to Cementir. Stefano Sennhauser is ‘an outstanding lawyer in all respects’ and counsel Frederic Demeulenaere and senior associate Gian Luca Coggiola are other names to note.

BonelliErede’s banking and finance practice spans acquisitions, corporate and property finance and also includes project finance expertise in the renewable energy, power generation and transmission, oil and gas, waste to energy, water, infrastructure and transportation sectors. The practice advised Banca Nazionale del Lavoro and UniCredit on a €50m corporate financing granted to Mer Mec. Project finance expert Catia Tomasetti, Emanuela Da Rin and senior counsel Antonio La Porta are the names to note.

Chiomenti Studio Legale is experienced in structured finance, asset finance, and distressed finance and NPLs; other areas of strength include acquisition, leveraged and real estate finance, syndicated loans, and financial restructuring. Giorgio Cappelli advised Natixis, Banca IMI, BNP Paribas, UniCredit, Unione di Banche Italiane and Banco Santander on a financing to Alba Bidco for its acquisition of Grandi Stazioni Retail’s share capital. Giulia Battaglia, Carola Antonini, Luca Bonetti, Carmelo Raimondo and Antonio Tavella are highly rated, as are Gregorio Consoli and Francesco Ago.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners banking and finance team ‘has a very good understanding of its clients’ and is particularly active in the management of NPL portfolios; on the project finance side, the team is highly active in the hospitals, infrastructure, oil and gas, energy and renewables sectors. Giuseppe De Simone led advice to Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Banca IMI on Italian law aspects of the refinancing of existing facilities originally granted to Pirelli; Stefano Agnoli ‘has fantastic negotiation and communication skills’; and Emanuele Grippo is ‘recommended for his deep knowledge and appropriate advice’. Other noteworthy advisers include Eugenio Grippo, Matteo Gotti, Ottaviano Sanseverino and Matteo Bragantini.

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s scope of work covers acquisition, mezzanine and real estate financing; syndicated loans; debt restructurings; and leveraged finance; in project financing, the firm has energy and infrastructure sector expertise. Highlights included advising European Investment Bank on the financing of a hospital-related project. Luca Autuori is ‘always available and has a very positive attitude on deals’; and Emanuele Espositi is ‘a great choice’. Andrea Giannelli, Giandomenico Ciaramella,Guido Iannoni Sebastianini, Monica Colombera and Filippo Ruffato are also recommended.

DLA Pipersmoothly executes deals’, particularly in relation to leveraged and corporate lending, syndicated lending, and export credit agency-backed, infrastructure and renewable energy financings as well as real estate transactions. Antonio Lombardo, who is ‘very good at dealing with difficult issues’, advised a pool of banks on the financing for two funds’ acquisition of a majority stake in Infracom Italia; and Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli is ‘efficient, responsive and solutions oriented’. Other experienced advisers include Francesco de Gennaro, Agostino Papa, Francesco Ferrari, Ugo Calò and Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca, along with senior partner Francesco Novelli. Mario D’Ovidio joined Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams.

Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners is ‘well connected in the Italian market and commercially minded’: the team regularly assists banks and financial institutions with LBO financings, corporate finance, sport finance, and real estate financings. Recently, it advised Cariparma on a bridge financing to Padania Acque. Riccardo Agostinelli is ‘a great problem solver’; and Gaetano Carrello, Lorenzo Vernetti, Marco Leonardi and structured finance expert Emanuela Campari Bernacchi are also highly rated.

Latham & Watkins LLP acts in acquisition finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance, and debt restructuring. The team was counsel to Intesa Sanpaolo, as sole underwriter, regarding a €5.2bn facility made available to a consortium for the acquisition of a stake in the world’s largest publicly traded petroleum company. Andrea Novarese and Marcello Bragliani are the principal advisers; Mauro Saccani made counsel.

Norton Rose Fulbright has sector expertise in financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology, life sciences and healthcare. Arturo Sferruzza leads the Italian banking and energy teams; and Gennaro Mazzuoccolo is also a key contact. Mario Lisanti joined Ashurst.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is focused on structured finance, project finance, shipping finance and NPL transactions. The team advised Natixis and BNP Paribas (as structuring mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners), UBI Banca, Siemens Bank and the institutional investers, on the refinancing of the projects financing for a portfolio of PV plants. The names to note are Patrizio Messina, Raul Ricozzi,Madeleine Horrocks and Annalisa Dentoni-Litta.

White & Case (Europe) LLP’s ‘level of service is extremely good’. The group focuses on the restructuring and disposal of distressed debt and also regularly works alongside the firm’s debt capital markets practice. In other areas, the team assisted Crédit Agricole Cariparma and Banca Popolare di Milano with the financing for the acquisition of a majority stake in Garda Plast by Progressio SGR. The recommended contacts are Giuseppe Barra Caracciolo, Iacopo Canino, Gianluca Fanti, who is ‘outstanding, reachable and thorough’, and Michael Immordino.

Ashurst advises on acquisition finance, leveraged finance, and project finance, corporate lending, real estate finance, and structured finance and recently acted for Bremer Kreditbank in the financing for the acquisition of Dr.Vranjes by BlueGem-managed funds. Energy and infrastructure project finance specialist Carloandrea Meacci, Italy head Franco Vigliano, and counsel Umberto Antonelli are highly regarded. Mario Lisanti joined from Norton Rose Fulbright as head of the Italian banking team.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘level of service is consistently good’. The practice assists with leveraged finance, structured finance, debt restructuring, project finance as well as acquisition finance transactions and is also noted for real estate finance and NPL deals. It advised UniCredit on an up to €42m financing to an alternative fund for the acquisition of a shopping centre. Emiliano Conio ‘has a wide range of skills’; and Corrado Angelelli is also highly regarded.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s ‘appropriate, accurate and professional’ practice assists with corporate, real estate, acquisition, trade and asset finance; it recently advised Bayerische Landesbank in real estate finance matters. Carlo Massini is ‘a strong negotiator’.

Nctm Studio Legaleperforms work very diligently’ and is highly rated for its expertise in large banking and financing transactions, including Islamic financing and project finance. Notably, Stefano Padovani advised UniCredit on the re-financing of AGSM. Eugenio Siragusahandles both commercial and legal matters at the same high level’; Corrado Verna and Giovanni De’ Capitani di Vimercate are also experienced advisers.

Pedersoli Studio Legale is experienced in acquisition finance and corporate finance, while also increasingly building up its real estate finance practice. The group advised a syndicate of banks on the renegotiation of Gruppo Ceramiche Ricchetti’s global indebtedness. Maura Magioncalda ‘gives very appropriate advice’ and other recommended practitioners are Alessandra De Cantellis and Consuelo Citterio.

Simmons & Simmons assists with acquisition, leveraged, export, real estate, structured and project finance, as well as alternative lending. The team advised a syndicate of banks on a €1.5bn financing to International Game Technology. Davide D’Affrontothinks out of the box’ and Fabrizio Dotti is ‘a very accurate drafter’. Nicholas Lasagna and Romeo Battigaglia are also highly rated.

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams recruited Mario D’Ovidio from DLA Piper. The team advised BPER Banca and MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese on a hydroelectric plant portfolio-related project financing. Furio Samela is a shipping finance specialist; and project finance expert Pierpaolo Mastromarini is ‘outstanding’. Francesco Dialti joined CBA Studio Legale e Tributario.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie’s practice spans bilateral and syndicated bank financings, acquisition finance, project finance, and debt restructuring. Alberto Fornari is the key contact.

CBA Studio Legale e Tributario’s expertise ranges from shipping finance, security packages and restructuring, to the financing of acquisitions, real estate and projects. The ‘always available and skilled’ Francesco Dialti joined from Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams.

CMS acts in complex banking matters and structured finance, as well as deals involving alternative lenders. Paolo Bonolis heads the banking and financial practice, which recently welcomed Domenico Gaudiello as public finance leader from DLA Piper.

Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati – CDP Studio Legale’s Giulio Tognazzi is ‘an absolute star’. Recently, he assisted Banca Nazionale and Intesa San Paolo with a real estate project financing.

Dentonsdelivers unique, workable recommendations’ and regularly advises on acquisition and leveraged finance, structured finance, general corporate lending and refinancing, project finance, performance guarantees, and security packages; the team also assists with real estate financing. Managing counsel Dina Collepardi is ‘reliable and empathises with clients’ and Alessandro Fosco Fagotto joined from Pedersoli Studio Legale.

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale’s Marco Franzini recently advised UniCredit on a double leveraged financing granted to two NewCos for the acquisition of two companies. Alessandro Engst is highly regarded.

Jones Day has expertise in real estate finance and was recently particularly active in NPL work. Francesco Squerzoni, who ‘has extensive experience’, advised a pool of lenders on financing a real estate fund’s acquisition of office buildings.

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi is well regarded for project financing in the energy, infrastructure and water service sectors. Claudio Visco is highly rated; of counsel Emanuele Cusa joined from R&P Legal.

Nunziante Magrone has an active practice in corporate lending, acquisition finance, real estate finance and debt restructurings and recently advised Unicredit on a finance package for Atos Re, regarding the acquisition of a hotel group. The ‘effective’ Alessio Lombardo and Priscilla Merlino are the key advisers.

Osborne Clarke advises on traditional and alternative forms of finance; and it assists with acquisition and renewable energy-related project financing, as well as real estate finance. Umberto Piattelli is highly regarded and Andrea Pinto joined from K&L Gates.

Pavia e Ansaldo is experienced in leveraged, asset, acquisition and corporate finance. The practice also has expertise in mezzanine and subordinated loans, project finance, real estate finance, structured finance, and syndicated lending. The principal advisers are Mario Di Giulio and Roberto Zanchi.


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