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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.

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