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Clifford Chance’s ‘banking team comprises the best lawyers in the field’. The practice acted for a pool of banks, led by BNP Paribas and UniCredit, in the €2.5bn refinancing of Finmeccanica; and advised Gtech on the US, UK and Italian financing of its bid for International Game Technology. Milan-based Charles Adams and Ferdinando Poscio are recommended. Giuseppe De Palma in Rome is ‘a highly experienced professional’, and ‘smart’ Milan counsel Francesca Cuzzocrea is ‘focused on delivering the best legal solutions to clients’.

Linklaters recently assisted the arrangers with the financing of Fondo Strategico Italiano’s acquisition of Valvitalia; and advised the agent/arranger of the financing for the acquisition of RE Acqua. Davide Mencacci, Andrea Arosio and Francesco Faldi form ‘a truly fantastic team’. Former managing associate Simona Nuccio joined UniCredit.

Allen & Overy – Studio Legale Associato is ‘proactive at finding solutions’. It advised a pool of lender banks, including Citibank, Intesa Sanpaolo and Mediobanca, on the new financing agreements for a €3.2bn syndicated loan to Snam, the Italian natural gas infrastructure company. The ‘talented and creative’ Stefano Sennhauser heads the Italian banking team and Nicholas Clark leads the English law banking lawyers in Italy. ‘Excellent negotiator’ Pietro Scarfone and Frederic Demeulenaere are recommended senior associates.

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo’s project finance expert Catia Tomasetti in Rome and Milan is ‘a skilful solution-finder’. The team advised Salini and Impregilo on an unsecured credit facility to refinance Salini Group’s financial indebtedness and a revolving facility for general corporate purposes, which was granted by a pool of international banks. Rome and Milan-based Emanuela Da Rin specialises in real estate and acquisition finance, whereas the ‘highly competent’ Giuseppe Rumi in Milan is known for regulatory and restructuring matters. Managing associate Federico Vezzani joined the Milan office from Studio Legale Riolo Calderaro Crisostomo e Associati.

Chiomenti Studio Legale’s Rome-based Giorgio Cappelli is ‘very knowledgeable and provides a high-quality service’. The practice advised RCS Mediagroup on a €600m medium- term secured refinancing of its bank debt. Gregorio Consoli, Massimo Colozza and Giovanni Diotallevi in Rome are recommended; Diotallevi has ‘excellent infrastructure financing experience’. Milan-based Carmelo Raimondo is also a key name.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘competent team has a great sense for business’. It acted for six Italian banks in a debt restructuring agreement with aerospace industry company, Dema. In Milan, Matteo Bragantini, Ottaviano Sanseverino and Emanuele Grippo are highly rated. Rome-based Giuseppe De Simone, Eugenio Grippo and Stefano Agnoli are also recommended along with Matteo Gotti, Paolo Iemma and Giuseppe Schiavello. Real estate corporate finance partner Alessandro Stoppa joined the Milan office from Paul Hastings LLP, although former partner Luigi Chessa joined Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

Legance – Avvocati Associati recently advised a pool of lenders, led by Banca IMI, on a €175m refinancing of Anima Holding. Milan-based Andrea Giannelli is ‘a top-quality lawyer’ and Alberto Giampieri is also recommended. Giandomenico Ciaramella in Rome is also a key contact, as are project finance partners Monica Colombera in Milan and Rome-based Rosella Antonucci, who is ‘especially competent’.

Ashurst stands out for its transport infrastructure project finance and structured finance experience. The team advised UniCredit on the disposal of a non-performing unsecured consumer and personal loans credit portfolio, marking one of the largest non-performing loan (NPL) transactions of consumer and personal loans ever undertaken in the Italian market. Carloandrea Meacci and Gianluca Fanti in Milan and Italy practice head Franco Vigliano, who splits time between Rome and Milan, are ‘very experienced advisers’.

DLA Piper’s Milan-based banking head Mario D’Ovidio ‘cleverly adapts market practices to specific projects’. The team advised ING Bank NV (Milan branch) and UBI Banca on €44m mortgage facilities granted to two special purpose vehicles. Milan and Rome-based Antonio Lombardo and Ugo Calò in Milan are key advisers, as are Rome-based project finance head Rodolfo Errore and head of financial services Marco Zechini. Other projects partners include Milan-based Francesco Ferrari and Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca, and Francesco Novelli and Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli in Rome.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer shows ‘excellent client service, technical knowledge and responsiveness’. It advised Mariner Investment on a synthetic risk transfer arrangement with UniCredit to hedge the credit risk of project finance loan agreements. Corrado Angelelli’s ‘technical knowledge is superb’, and Emiliano Conio in Milan and Rome-based Raffaele Lener are also highly regarded.

Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners hired a six-strong finance law team from Latham & Watkins LLP, led by former local banking and finance department chair Riccardo Agostinelli and including Lorenzo Vernetti and Marco Leonardi. The team, which is outstanding in sponsor-side representations, recently advised CityLife and Assicurazioni Generali on a high-profile refinancing. Gaetano Carrello is ‘brilliant, proactive, and a very good negotiator’.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale has ‘extensive experience across the full range of finance transactions’. The team advised private equity operator 21 Investimenti on the €54m financing of its acquisition of Italian frozen croissants and pastry company, Forno D’Asolo. In Milan, Carlo Massini has ‘years of experience, which is apparent from the advice he provides’; Federico Del Monte has ‘high-level technical skills and is a good negotiator’; and Rome-based Jeffrey Greenbaum is ‘excellent for banking and finance regulatory knowledge’. Luciano Morello in Rome was promoted to of counsel.

Latham & Watkins LLP endured the departure of a six-strong finance law team, including former local banking and finance department chair Riccardo Agostinelli, Lorenzo Vernetti and Marco Leonardi, to Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners, but Marcello Bragliani was promoted to counsel. The team advised JP Morgan as lead arranger on the €600m loan refinancing of Spanish olive oil giant, Deoleo. Andrea Novarese is recommended.

Innovative and pragmatic when it comes to problem-solving’, Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its project finance experience. The team advised several banks, including Intesa Sanpaolo, as lenders of a €39.5m hospital project financing to Garbagnate Salute to fund one of the largest healthcare sector investments in Italy of recent times. Milan-based department head Arturo Sferruzza is ‘an excellent lawyer’ and Mario Lisanti is ‘an expert in Italian leveraged finance’. Umberto Mauro, project and shipping finance specialist Gennaro Mazzuoccolo and Rome-based projects lawyer Stefano Maria Zappalà are also recommended.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe recruited Emanuela Molinaro to its Milan office as a real estate finance partner from LMS Studio Legale. The team advised the mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners on a €141m revolving facility. Rome and Milan-based finance head Patrizio Messina, Raul Ricozzi in Rome, and Milan and Rome-based special counsel Dorothy de Rubeis are recommended.

Pedersoli e Associati provides ‘excellent response times, creativity and banking industry knowledge’. The team advised Groupe Alpha Private Equity Fund 6 on the acquisition financing of Remazel Engineering, which is known for oil and gas equipment. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto’s ‘clever negotiations skills are appreciated’, and Maura Magioncalda ‘stands out for her knowledge of banking issues’. Alessandra De Cantellis is also highly rated.

White & Case LLP’s team advises on the full range of Italian, English and US law bank finance mandates taking place in Italy. The practice represented a syndicate of banks, led by ING Bank, in a €1bn revolving credit facility agreement that was granted to Prysmian, a manufacturer of energy and telecoms cables and systems. Milan and London-based Michael Immordino is recommended along with Iacopo Canino and Nicholas Lasagna in Milan.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s recent experience includes advising Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria’s Milan branch on the refinancing and rescheduling of Maire Tecnimont and Tecnimont’s debt. Milan-based Roberto Bonsignore and Claudio Di Falco in Rome are experienced practitioners. Milan and London-based Carlo de Vito Piscicelli was promoted to the partnership.

Jones Day recruited Alessandro Corno to the private equity alternative financing department from DLA Piper; Corno has ‘outstanding knowledge’. The team advised a pool of lenders on the structuring of a long-term corporate debt refinancing agreement. Francesco Squerzoni is recommended.

NCTM Studio Legale Associato recently assisted Gruppo Diaverum Holding with the renegotiation of an existing loan. The key names are Milan-based Stefano Padovani, Rome-based Eugenio Siragusa and Corrado Verna, who divides time between Milan and Rome.

Paul Hastings LLP recently assisted Italian investment bank Mediobanca, as lender, on a €100m secured oil financing facility granted to Morgan Stanley Capital Group. Alberto Del Din is recommended. Alessandro Stoppa joined Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners in Milan.

Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLPexcels in its value for money’. It is experienced in acquisition finance and energy deals, and is focused on the financial markets sector. The practice advised Prysmian Group, a manufacturer of energy and telecoms cables and systems, on a €1bn syndicated loan. Davide D’Affronto and Fabrizio Dotti are ‘extremely serious, target-oriented lawyers’.

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams advised BNP Paribas Succursale Italia on a €30m revolving loan facility that was granted to Atlantica di Navigazione (Atlantica). Recently promoted partner Francesco Dialti, who is based in Milan, leads the asset finance team, Rome-based Furio Samela heads the shipping finance practice, and Milan and Rome-based Eugenio Tranchino leads the project finance team.

Bird & Bird stands out for its expertise in the investment services and asset management sectors. The practice advised UniCredit on the establishment of a new investment advisory model. In Milan, Stefano Febbi is ‘very competent’ and Raimondo Maggiore is also recommended. In Rome, Danilo Quattrocchi is another key adviser.

CBA Studio Legale e Tributario’s project and asset finance practice is led by Marco Cerritelli, the former head of legal at Banca Infrastrutture Innovazione e Sviluppo, who is ‘well known in the Italian project finance community’. The team advised Quadrilatero Marche Umbria, as concessionaire, on the co-financing of the PPP contract to construct, renovate and operate roads in the Marche and Umbria regions.

CMS recently assisted Aareal Bank with the restructuring of a high-value loan granted to an Italian group. Paolo Bonolis is recommended.

Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati – CDP Studio Legale hired Rome-based Giulio Tognazzi from Chiomenti Studio Legale. The team advised the banks on a syndicated bridge project financing of the construction of a district heating system.

Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato assisted Risanamento with the restructuring of existing loans granted by BNL. Marco Lantelme is recommended and the firm recruited Claudio Lichino from Chiomenti Studio Legale.

Eversheds Bianchinicombines the flexibility and agility of an Italian practice with the firm’s international coverage’. The practice recruited new department head Marco Franzini and regulatory expert Alessandro Engst to the Milan and Rome offices from Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP; Franzini has ‘longstanding experience of the banking industry and excellent negotiation skills’. The practice advised UniCredit, and a syndicate of banks, on loan facilities to build and develop a 60-storey skyscraper in New York.

King & Wood Mallesons welcomed a team of five finance lawyers, led by Giancarlo Castorino, from d’Urso Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associato. The team acted for UniCredit Bank (London Branch), as lender, in a £60m property refinancing facility agreement with borrower Kenon. Milan managing partner Ettore Scandale and counsel Stefano Dettoni are key practitioners.

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi assisted a pool of banks with the financing of the La Spezia harbour terminal. Rome-based Claudio Visco and Claudia Bruscaglioni in Milan are recommended.

Pavia e Ansaldo recently advised UniCredit Credit Management Bank on a mortgage loan extended to Asset Bancari II, an institutional investor closed-ended real estate fund. Rome-based Mario Di Giulio and Roberto Zanchi in Milan are ‘creative lawyers’.

Studio Legale Riolo Calderaro Crisostomo e Associati’s team ‘sets high standards for quality’. It advised the European Investment Fund on the structuring of a facility agreement, which provided Finmolise with the liquidity to fund micro-credit transactions. Paolo Calderaro, Michele Crisostomo and Marcello Maienza are recommended.

Shearman & Sterling LLP is recommended for leveraged finance, real estate lending and structured finance, as well as restructuring matters.

Tonucci & Partners recently advised a pool of Italian banks, including Iccrea BancaImpresa, on credit facilities granted to Italian companies variously from the food, energy and services sectors. Pietro Rossi and Livio Esposizione are key contacts.

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