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Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato¬†'stands out for its high-quality work, personal involvement and professional skills; its lawyers are always very cost efficient, extraordinarily sharp and to the point'. The team¬†advises on the full spectrum of domestic and international debt capital markets (DCM) products. In landmark transactions, it¬†advised UniCredit on its issue of the first senior non-preferred (SNP) bond in Italy, valued at ‚ā¨1.5bn.¬†Craig Byrne¬†is 'able, even in the most stressful moments, to stay calm and find pragmatic solutions';¬†Cristiano Tommasi¬†is 'highly skilled';¬†Stefano Sennhauser¬†is a structured finance expert; and senior counsel Lisa Curran¬†is a highly regarded¬†derivatives and regulatory lawyer. The key counsels are¬†'talented individual'¬†Pietro Bellone, Emiliano La Sala¬†and Alessandra Pala.

Clifford Chance's team is 'professional, thorough, easy to work with and good value for money'; it plays a leading role in the market's most significant debt capital market and securitisation transactions. The practice advised Intesa Sanpaolo on the tender offer and acquisition of government-guaranteed senior notes, which were issued in 2017 by former Venetian Banks, Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca. Co-head of the Italian finance and capital markets practice Filippo Emanuele and recently promoted partner Gioacchino Foti 'provide excellent product and market knowledge'; the 'always available and quick to answer' Tanja Svetina is responsible for the structured finance and securitisation team; Lucio Bonavitacola leads the regulatory team; and counsel Laura Scaglioni has specific expertise in US law. The senior associates to note are Luca Baroni, Alice Reali and recently promoted Jonathan Astbury. Former counsel Massimiliano Bianchi left for Studio Legale Tributario in Association with Ernst & Young.

Latham & Watkins LLP's team in Milan is¬†particularly noted for its capacity to advise on US law. Antonio Coletti¬†is office managing partner of the Milan and Rome offices and¬†Jeffrey Lawlis¬†has¬†notable experience in public and private cross-border deals. Coletti, Lawlis and Ryan Benedict¬†led advice to The Carlyle Group on Twinset‚Äôs ‚ā¨200m issuance, which was in the form of a private placement and execution of a super-senior revolving credit facility. Other highlights include advising¬†Goldman Sachs on the issuance of ‚ā¨2.2bn senior secured notes. Counsel Isabella Porchia¬†is also highly rated.

Linklaters¬†advises both corporate issuers as well as their underwriting banks; in the investment grade market, it acts for blue-chip investment grade corporate and financial institution issuers and their advisers. The team acted for the joint lead managers on the issue by KOS of senior secured bonds; it also assisted Telecom Italia, as issuer, with the issue of ‚ā¨1bn notes under its ‚ā¨20bn Euro medium term note (EMTN) programme.¬†Dario Longo¬†heads the Italian structured finance practice and counsel Linda Taylor¬†leads the international debt capital markets' practice; the managing associates to note are¬†Lorenzo Dal Canto¬†and Laura Le Masurier. Former counsel Elio Indelicato¬†left for¬†Studio Legale RCC.

BonelliErede¬†is 'well structured and provides a broad range of assistance'. The practice covers¬†medium-term notes, convertible bonds and stand-alone euro-bonds as well as domestic, high-yield and hybrid bonds; it also advises on¬†securitisation transactions. Emanuela Da Rin¬†and recently promoted partner¬†Antonio La Porta¬†advised Terna on the issuance of ‚ā¨750m utility green bonds that was aimed at qualified investors.¬†Massimiliano Danusso, who divides time between Rome and London, is 'a market leader who provides creative solutions'.¬†Francesca Marchetti¬†is¬†an experienced senior counsel and former of counsel¬†Stefania Aristei left the firm.

Chiomenti is highly regarded for EMTN and covered bond programmes as well as the issuance of corporate bonds and structured finance securities. The practice advised Unione di Banche Italiane, as issuer, on the annual update and maintenance of several debt issuance programmes as well as the issuance of a series of notes. Manfredi Vianini Tolomei is capital markets head, Gregorio Consoli is banking and finance head, Giulia Battaglia specialises in structuring complex transactions and Francesco Ago is also highly rated. Senior associate Benedetto La Russa and counsel Fraser Wood are other key contacts. Carmelo Raimondo joined Fieldfisher Italy.

Legance - Avvocati Associati 'provides insightful legal advice'. The practice is experienced in investment grade and sub-investment grade bonds and covered, high-yield, convertible, mini and project bonds, as well as securitisation work, liability management transactions and derivatives. It advised Quaestio Capital Management on the securitisation of the non-performing loan (NPL) portfolio of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and other MPS group institutions. Senior partner Andrea Giannelli heads the banking and debt capital markets departments; Vittorio Pozzi was promoted to the partnership in 2019 and Antonio Siciliano is a notable senior counsel.

Able to cover Italian, English and US law,¬†Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe¬†routinely advises on high-end securitisations, bond and other DCM programmes, including EMTN programmes. The team advised Pirelli & C, as issuer and guarantor, on the annual update and increase of its up-to ‚ā¨2bn EMTN programme. Italy managing partner¬†Patrizio Messina¬†heads the Italian banking and finance team and¬†Gianrico Giannesi¬†is deputy head of the Italian finance group. Other key members are Annalisa Dentoni-Litta¬†and Madeleine Horrocks, while¬†Alessandro Accrocca¬†was made of counsel.

Studio Legale RCC is well known for its advice on the issue of debt securities, standalone eurobonds, high-yield bonds, covered warrants, structured and hybrid securities, including MTN programmes on both the Italian and the international markets. Paolo Calderaro specialises in structured finance, Michele Crisostomo acts for banks, insurance companies and financial intermediaries (both domestic and international) and Marcello Maienza advises on securitisation, factoring and covered bond transactions.

Simmons & Simmons 'has unique expertise that gives it a competitive edge'. The team covers EMTN programmes, standalone issuances, European private placements, covenanted eurobonds and project bonds, as well as liability management transactions and retail debt and derivative securities offerings. It advised Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane on the issuance of its inaugural green bond. Paola Leocani heads the Milan DCM group and managing associate Baldassarre Battista 'goes the extra mile and provides solutions'. Milan structured finance group head Simone Lucatello was hired as of counsel from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

White & Case (Europe) LLP¬†advises on complex and large DCM and high-yield transactions in Italy. Michael Immordino, whose¬†practice is based jointly in London and Milan, and¬†Iacopo Canino¬†advised¬†Wind Tre on its ‚ā¨7.3bn issuance of high-yield senior-secured notes; and Gianluca Fanti¬†assists arrangers, originators, issuers and credit enhancement providers with securitisation transactions. Other names to note are Ferigo Foscari, Paul Alexander,¬†Giuseppe Barra Caracciolo¬†and Piero de Mattia;¬†Tommaso Tosi¬†was hired from¬†Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's practice covers standalone debt issues, debt programmes, subordinated bonds, high-yield debt offerings and securitisation transactions. Emiliano Conio advised Permira on the issuance by Twinset, an Italian manufacturer and retailer of luxury apparel, shoes and handbags, of a high-value bond. Corrado Angelelli is also highly rated and Francesco Lombardo  is an experienced senior associate.

Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners' practice includes¬†the placement of debt instruments, including high-yield bonds, both in Italy and other European markets. The team assisted the global coordinators with the placement by a company, controlled by Bain Capital-managed funds, of a ‚ā¨410m high-yield bond. Structured finance and securitisation specialist¬†Emanuela Campari Bernacchi¬†and Gaetano Carrello¬†are highly rated.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners¬†advises on the¬†issue of bonds,¬†MTN programmes, liability management transactions, structured securities and derivative warrants.¬†Together with the London office,¬†Richard Hamilton¬†advised Poste Italiane, as issuer, on the 2018 annual update of its ‚ā¨2bn EMTN programme.¬†Stefano Agnoli¬†is also a key adviser.

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†acts in complex, high-value securitisations as well as¬†the issuance of bonds, including convertible and high-yield bonds and hybrid instruments.¬†Corrado Fiscale¬†assisted Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, as issuer, with the annual update of its ‚ā¨10bn debt issuance programme.¬†Federico Del Monte¬†is also highly rated;¬†Giulia Arenaccio¬†and Annalisa Feliciani¬†are experienced counsels.

Ashurst stands out for its experience in project bond transactions and has particular expertise of the infrastructure and energy sectors; it also advises on mini-bonds. BNP Paribas Securities Services is a client. Carloandrea Meacci and Franco Vigliano are the key advisers.

DLA Piper advises on the issuance and subscription of all types of debt securities and acts in securitisation transactions. The team is also experienced in the minibond market The client list includes UniCredit and Alitalia. Luciano Morello heads the Italian DCM practice.

Studio Legale e Tributario Ernst & Young's Umberto Mauro is a structured finance specialist; he advised SPV Project 1612, as issuer, on the securitisation of healthcare receivables. Massimiliano Bianchi was hired as associate partner from Clifford Chance.

Jones Day has a notable securitisation practice, particularly involving consumer finance and salary-secured loans, trade receivables and NPLs. It also assists with retail and institutional investor placements and has a growing covered bonds practice; Goldman Sachs and Banca IMI are clients. Vinicio Trombetti and Piergiorgio Leofreddi are the names to note.

Pavia e Ansaldo 'has a very competent team that has an extraordinary work ethic and is always available'. It acts on complex structured finance transactions such as securitisations, covered bonds and derivative financial instruments; Bank of New York Mellon and Deutsche Trustee Company are clients. Mario Di Giulio is team head.

Pedersoli Studio Legale'sTurin-based Carlo Re recently advised on a senior, unsecured bond, which was admitted to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange’s Euro multilateral trading facility market. Marcello Magro is another key Turin contact.

Shearman & Sterling LLP is focused on high-yield matters. Tobia Croff advised Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori on its debut offering of senior secured floating rates.

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