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BonelliErede regularly acts on the regulatory side to significant banking sector M&A deals. It also advises major banks and investment firms on the rules governing investment services and banking activities; the team has substantial expertise in the asset management sector. Milan-based Giuseppe Rumi is recommended.

Chiomenti Studio Legale’s ‘professional service is of outstanding quality’. The team frequently advises on the regulatory aspects of banking sector M&A and finance transactions, and Milan-based Alessandro Zappasodi assisted Julius Baer Group with the regulatory aspects of the acquisition of a controlling stake in Kairos Investment Management. Rome-based Vincenzo Troiano heads the department, which covers banks, insurance and other regulated entities. Milan-based Alessandro Portolano is ‘in a class of his own’.

Clifford Chance’s team is ‘responsive and committed to providing the best solutions, always taking into account clients’ business needs’. It has a solid client base of global financial institutions, for which it acts on high-level transactions and banking products. Milan-based Lucio Bonavitacola, who is rated for his business acumen, is in regular contact with the regulatory bodies, the Bank of Italy and CONSOB (the National Commission for Companies and the Stock Exchange).

Bird & Bird has an excellent reputation for providing regulatory advice to major financial institutions. The team assisted Intesa SanPaolo with multiple issues concerning its banking and investment services’ performance. Key names in Milan are Raimondo Maggiore, Stefano Febbi and senior counsel Luigi Spada. Danilo Quattrocchi recently moved to DLA Piper.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s ‘service is more than satisfactory in terms of quality, responsiveness and business orientation’. Rome-based Jeffrey Greenbaum routinely interacts with financial regulators in developing and interpreting financial regulation; his ‘leadership is highly appreciated, as well as his extensive network among tier one representatives of financial institutions, authorities and the public sector in general’. He recently assisted a financial institution with the regulatory aspects of the acquisition of an investment bank’s credit card business.

Linklaters was recently particularly active in bank deleveraging transactions. The team assisted Credit Suisse with the structuring and implementation of a leveraged employee stock ownership plan for Intesa Sanpaolo. Dario Longo in Milan is recommended.

Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP has an impressive client base across the institutional market, including investment banks, asset managers and hedge funds, and regularly acts on both sell-side and buy-side issues. Milan-based Romeo Battigaglia is the key name.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Rome-based Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini recently advised American Express on several matters, including a regulatory investigation into contractual terms and conditions; corporate governance, consumer protection and compliance issues; and the regulatory aspects of its payment services and lending activities.

Craca Di Carlo Guffanti Pisapia Tatozzi & Associati’s highlights included assisting the Kairos Group with the authorisation request for the provision of banking services by Kairos Julius Baer SIM. The key advisers are Milan-based Francesco Di Carlo and Edoardo Guffanti.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, ‘highly competent’ financial regulatory expert Raffaele Lener in Rome advised CheBanca! on the regulatory aspects of the transfer of assets from Barclays to the client.

Grimaldi SL LLP’s Milan-based Luigi Baglivo has significant experience in advising Italian and international banks and other finance institutions on regulatory matters. The practice recently advised Banca IMI on the provision of investment services.

Legance – Avvocati Associati assisted Elliott Advisors (UK) with the authorisation process for the acquisition of a qualifying holding in Credito Fondiario. The ‘highly focused’ Andrea Giannelli is recommended along with senior counsel Marco Penna; both are based in Milan.

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