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BonelliEredeprovides a very high level of service’ and advises on some of the most high-profile capital markets transactions in Italy, particularly equity offerings, flotations, privatisations, convertible bonds, and equity warrants. Highlights included assisting Banca IMI, which acted as nominated adviser (NOMAD), global coordinator and bookrunner, with SprintItaly’s IPO on AIM Italia. London and Rome-based Massimiliano Danusso is capital markets focus team leader; and Gianfranco Veneziano is ‘highly professional’. Other key advisers include Carlo Montagna, Alberto Saravalle, Vittoria Giustiniani,, and Alessandra Piersimoni, together with Silvia Romanelli and Barbara Napolitano. Mauro Cusmai is a highly regarded of counsel.

Chiomenti Studio Legale is highly regarded for its expertise in privatisation deals, but is also highly adept at assisting with rights issues, public offerings and private placements to institutional investors of equity financial instruments. In recent work, the team advised Fininvest Finanziaria d’investimento on a private placement to qualified and institutional investors of Mediaset ordinary shares; and it acted for Coima Res in the listing of its ordinary shares on Mercato Telematico Azionario (MTA). Manfredi Vianini Tolomei, Federica Calmi, Enrico Giordano and senior associate Federico Amoroso are the key practitioners.

Clifford Chance’s practice covers IPOs, privatisations, rights issues, exchangeable and convertible bonds, and block trades. The team advised Poste Italiane on the second tranche of its privatisation process, marking one of the largest privatisation projects ever conducted by the Italian government; it also assisted the joint global coordinators and joint book runners with the IPO and admission to listing of Banca Farmafactoring on the MTA market. Filippo Emanuele, Alberta Figari and Paolo Sersale are highly rated.

Standing out for combining global perspective with deep local knowledge’, Linklaters fields Italian, UK and US legal specialists who act in high-profile IPOs, rights issues and equity-linked side instruments. Recent matters include assisting UniCredit with its €13bn rights issue and acting for J.P. Morgan, Citi and UniCredit Bank, as joint global coordinators, in doBank’s approximately €350m IPO. Claudia Parzani is ‘one of the most experienced capital markets lawyers in Europe’ and Ugo Orsini is a recommended counsel; counsel Cheri De Luca relocated to the firm’s Paris office.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners acts for issuers, selling shareholders and underwriters in initial and secondary public offerings of equity securities, as well as in rights issues and listing procedures on Italian stock exchanges. The team is also well versed in liability management transactions and real estate capital markets matters. It advised DMail Group on its rights issue. The names to note are Andrea Marani, Paolo Bordi, Fabio Ilacqua and Richard Hamilton.

Able to advise both on Italian and US law matters, Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘always up to speed on all the key deliverables and issues in transactions’. Ryan Benedict advised Unieuro, an Italian consumer electronics retail chain, on its IPO, listed on the MTA’s STAR segment. Antonio Colettihas thorough capital markets expertise’ and Jeffrey Lawlis, Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are also highly rated.

White & Case (Europe) LLP’s ‘team is dedicated to its work, which is always ready when expected’. The group advises on IPOs, rights issues, secondary offerings, and equity-linked products, including exchangeable and convertible bonds, and recently assisted the underwriters with UniCredit’s €13bn rights issue. Ferigo Foscari, Paul Alexander, Iacopo Canino and Michael Immordino are recommended and Piero de Mattia is a highly regarded senior associate.

DLA Piper assists financial institutions and issuers with IPOs, rights issues, tender offers, secondary offerings, and convertible, equity-linked and hybrid instruments. Francesco Maria Aleandri led advice to the underwriters, Banca IMI and Banca Akros, on the IPO and listing on AIM Italia of Innova Italy 1, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associatocombines technical authority with excellent client service’ and is highly rated for its assistance to investment banks and industrial groups, as well as other issuers and institutional investors. Stefano Valerio advised SprintItaly, an SPAC, on its IPO and admission to trading on AIM Italia. Luigi Arturo Bianchiprovides great legal and strategic support’ and other highly rated practitioners include Anton Carlo Frau, Francesco Gatti, Carlo Pavesi, Franco Barucci and Rossella Pappagallo .

Legance - Avvocati Associati is highly regarded for its advice to domestic and international issuers and investors and recently advised the issuer on the IPO and concurrent listing of doBank’s shares on the MTA. Bruno Bartocci and Giorgio Vanzanelli are recommended; and Marzio Ciani is an experienced senior counsel.

Lombardi Segni e Associati is particularly active in AIM index transactions and SPAC deals. The team assisted the NOMAD with Orsero’s IPO. Antonio Segni is ‘outstanding’ and Federico Vermicelli and Lidia Caldarola are also highly rated.

Shearman & Sterling LLP is recommended for its assistance with rights offerings and IPOs. Tobia Croff is highly rated for his advice to financial institutions and corporations; managing partner Domenico Fanuele is another name to note.

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato advises on equity and equity-linked offerings and has particular expertise in equity derivatives. The team led advice to BNP Paribas, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Mediobanca and UBS, as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners, on a €500m equity-linked Prysmian-issued bond. Craig Byrne and Cristiano Tommasi are the principal advisers.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is experienced in assisting issuers and market participants with disclosure and corporate governance matters, corporate and securities regulatory issues, and transactional structuring. Pietro Fioruzzi, alongside the firm’s London office, advised UniCredit on the placement of approximately 121 million ordinary shares in FinecoBank.

Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale’s ‘very professional’ Andrea Bartolucci advises issuers and underwriters on first-time listings and IPOs, rights issues, and convertible securities offerings. The team assisted Equita SIM, as sponsor, with the MTA listing of BF Holding.

Nctm Studio Legale is highly regarded for AIM equity offerings and recently advised Unieuro as well as the selling shareholder on its IPO. Lukas Plattner and Alessandra Stabilini are the key advisers.

Pedersoli Studio Legale’s recent equity capital markets (ECM) experience includes advising UBI Banca on a high-value capital increase deal. Marcello Magro and ‘outstanding professional’ Carlo Re are the key contacts.

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