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BonelliErede’s ‘outstanding team always provides an excellent, strategic view and has great knowledge of clients’ businesses’. It advises on compliance programmes; director liabilities; corporate re-organisations; mergers and de-mergers; acquisitions and dispositions; recommended and hostile bids; and joint ventures. Recent developments saw the firm launch new offices in Cairo and Addis Ababa, while deal highlights included assisting Sintonia, which holds a 30.25% share in Atlantia, with the voluntary tender offer launched by Atlantia to acquire Abertis Infraestructuras, the Spain-based, listed infrastructure company. The team also advised Istituto Centrale delle Banche Popolari Italiane, an Italy-based provider of business process outsourcing services, on the €520m acquisition of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena’s merchant acquiring business. Milan-based Sergio Erede is a founding partner; Andrea Carta Mantiglia ‘has good negotiation skills’; Alberto Saravalle is ‘a good tactician’; Umberto Nicodano is ‘deeply experienced’; Carlo Montagna is ‘a great deal lawyer’; Stefano Micheli is ‘a true professional’; and Genoa’s Vittorio Lupoli has ‘deep knowledge of the law’. Other key Milan advisers include Stefano Cacchi Pessani, Alessandra Piersimoni, Giuseppe Manzo, Alessandro Balp and Mario Roli, as well as Paolo Daino, Gianfranco Veneziano, and managing associate Enrico Vaccaro. Elena Busson is also noted. In Rome, the recommended names include Roberto Cera, Barbara Napolitano, Silvia Romanelli and Fulvio Marvulli.

Chiomenti Studio Legale’s ‘outstanding team always gives clients the best advice, not only across legal disciplines, but also on commercial issues’, thereby attracting a consistent stream of the most high-profile, complex M&A deals in Italy, on behalf of leading Italian and foreign institutional, financial, insurance and industrial groups. Filippo Modulo led advice to Banca d’Italia, as managing entity of the National Resolution Fund, on the complex sale process of Nuova Banca delle Marche, Nuova Banca dell’Etruria e del Lazio and Nuova Cassa di Risparmio di Chieti; and Michele Carpinelli acted for Luxottica Group in relation to Essilor International’s offer to merge with Luxottica Group, the Italy-based listed eyewear company. Corporate and M&A head Francesco Tedeschini is ‘great at conducting international negotiations’; private equity head Luigi Vaccaropossesses all the crucial skills’; and Carlo Croff is widely respected. Other names to note are Stefano Mazzotti, Franco Agopyan, Umberto Borzi. Luca Fossati, Luca Andrea Frignani, Antonio Sascaro and Enrico Giordano. Italo De Santis and Andrea Sacco Ginevri were promoted to the partnership.

A ‘go-to firm in Italy for M&A and corporate matters’, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners fields ‘very responsive, knowledgeable partners with strong business acumen and excellent insights’. The practice is highly rated for its advice to commercial and industrial companies and financial institutions on M&A transactions, but also assists medium-sized businesses with their investment programmes and day-to-day activities. New initiatives included the launch of an art law practice as well as the set-up of GOP4Venture, a specialised group dedicated to venture capital and technology transfer. The group further strengthened its public M&A team with the arrival of counsel Giulia Staderini from regulator CONSOB. Recent work highlights include advising Atlantia, the Italian listed infrastructure company, on the voluntary tender offer to acquire Spanish-listed infrastructure company Abertis Infraestructuras and acting for Patheon, a global provider of high-quality drug development and delivery solutions, on its sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific. ‘Truly fantastic dealmakerFrancesco Gianni and Roberto Cappelli head the team, which also includes the ‘very responsive’ Andrea Aiello, ‘excellent M&A lawyer’ Alfredo D’Aniello and Stefano Ambrosioni, who ‘has innovative ideas for problem solving’. Mauro Sambati is Korea desk head; Rosario Zaccà is India desk head; and other highly rated names include Alessandro Giuliani, Ilaria Maria Placco, Valentina Dragoni and Francesco Selogna.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is ‘very knowledgeable and efficient, and its pragmatic approach is highly appreciated’. The group is highly rated for its handling of large, complex transactions, and has a particularly strong track record in public M&A, and in M&A in the gas, telecoms, media and financial institutions sectors as well as in complex distressed M&A deals. Matteo Montanaro, who ‘has great business acumen’, acted for Peninsula Capital in the acquisition of 13% of Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, the private, Italian high-speed rail network operator, and Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini led advice to private equity firm JC Flowers & Co. on its sale of a controlling stake in Eurovita Assicurazioni, an Italian life insurance company. Roberto Bonsignore is another key partner and Roberto Casati joined Linklaters.

Clifford Chance’s ‘available, responsive and professional team’ is highly rated for complex M&A transactions involving Italy, either for Italian corporations or foreign investors. Recent matters include advising ERGO Previdenza, an insurance company controlled by Gruppo Assicurativo Flavia, on the acquisition of Italian life insurance company Eurovita Assicurazioni. The team also assisted Poste Italiane (PI) with the creation of an alliance in the asset management sector with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and listed asset manager Anima Holding (AH); and in the context of the new alliance, it advised the consortium of PI, CDP and AH on the bid for the acquisition of Pioneer Global Asset Management. Umberto Penco Salvi, Paolo Sersale, Alberta Figari and Claudio Cerabolini are highly rated; Filippo Isacco was appointed counsel; and Francesca Casini is a key senior associate.

Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners’ ‘overall support is outstanding’. The practice regularly acts for Italian and foreign companies and private equity funds in high-profile M&A transactions in Italy: recent highlights include assisting Giochi Preziosi with the sale of 50% of Prenatal Retail Group, the parent company of a retail group which owns the Toy Center, Prenatal, Bimbo Store and King Jouet brand chain stores. Managing partner Bruno Gattai is ‘very experienced and has very good business acumen’; Sebastiano Cassani is ‘proactive and a great professional’; Nicola Brunetti is ‘very precise and quick’; and Gerardo Gabrielli is ‘super-responsive and a pleasure to work with’. Luca Minoli, Stefano Catenacci, Piero Albertario and Laura Ortali are also highly rated, as is Giovan Battista Santangelo. Cataldo Piccarreta joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associato’s ‘excellent M&A professionals have deep deal and legal experience’. The practice is highly regarded for its assistance with significant M&A transactions and it was recently particularly active in banking sector deals. Francesco Gatti led advice to Intesa SanPaolo and Unicredit on the sale of direct and indirect shareholdings of Prelios; and Stefano Valerio assisted DiaSorin, a global vitro diagnostic company, with the acquisition of the ELISA immunodiagnostic portfolio. Luigi Arturo Bianchi’s ‘advice is always appropriate’ and Andrea Giardinohas great negotiation skills’. Other notable advisers include Paola Menicati, Gianni Martoglia, Carlo Pavesi, Vanessa Sobrero and Franco Barucci. Growth in the practice included the recruitment of Alessandro Corno and Gianpaolo Scandone from Jones Day and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, respectively.

Latham & Watkins LLP was particularly active in deals involving the retail, manufacturing, aerospace, sports and entertainment, and pharmaceutical industries. Highlights included acting for The Carlyle Group in the high-profile acquisition of Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, an Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company. Stefano Sciolla is local department chair and Antonio Colettisuccessfully intermediates with all parties to find the most optimal solutions’. Maria Cristina Storchi, Giovanni Sandicchi, Jeffrey Lawlis and counsel Isabella Porchia are also key contacts. Cataldo Piccarreta, who has extensive experience in advising private equity sponsors and companies on complex domestic and cross-border transactions, joined from Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.

Legance - Avvocati Associati advises public and private investors and domestic and international clients from both the industrial and financial sectors on M&A deals and corporate and contractual joint ventures. Filippo Troisi, who is considered ‘one of the best lawyers in Italy’, led advice to Abertis Infraestructuras (AI) in relation to the voluntary tender offer launched by Atlantia over AI’s shares and Bruno Bartocci acted for Intel Corporation Italia in the sale and transfer of a business operating in the cyber-security sector, which operates in the cybersecurity sector. Other recommended advisers include Gabriele Capecchi, Giovanni Nardulli, Cecilia Carrara and Andrea Fedi, along with Alberto Giampieri, Gian Paolo Tagariello and Giorgio Vanzanelli.

Linklatersfields lawyers with outstanding competence and insight’, who act in both domestic and international transactions involving the financial services, infrastructure, private equity, and energy sectors, as well as in retail, luxury and telecoms-related deals; the team also regularly works alongside the firm’s competition, employment and public law experts. Pietro Belloni advised Burlington Loan Management, an Irish investment vehicle managed by Davidson Kempner Capital Management, on the acquisition of 44.86% of Prelios and on the consequent mandatory tender offer; and Giorgio Fantacchiotti assisted Ardian with the acquisition of 49% of Autovia Padana. Giovanni Pedersoli is another key adviser and senior managing associate Marta Sassella and managing associate Anna Gagliardi are also well regarded. Roberto Casati joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Traditionally known for complex transactions in the banking industry, Pedersoli Studio Legale’s ‘level of service is outstanding and its teams are always well structured in terms of seniority and number’; the practice is also regularly involved in domestic and cross-border corporate and industrial transactions. In recent highlights, Antonio Pedersoli assisted China-based Oceanic Gold Global with the sale of its 49% stake in Giochi Preziosi and Carlo Pedersoli, who is ‘a strong negotiator with vast legal expertise’, led advice to Intesa Sanpaolo on an agreement with Sias and SATAP, regarding the separation of their respective investments in Tangenziali Esterne di Milano, Tangeniale Esterna, Autostrade Lombarde and Società di Progetto Autostrada Diretta Brescia Milano. Ascanio Cibrario is ‘responsive and capable, and very comfortable in any international environment’; Andrea Gandini ‘has great commercial acumen’; and other key practitioners include Alessandro Marena, Elio Marena and Luca Saraceni, along with Eugenio Barcellona and Carlo Re. Marida Zaffaroni joined from Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associato.

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato’s ‘lawyers are capable of handling challenging situations’, both in complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions, as well as private equity deals in the TMT, financial services, food and beverage, life sciences, real estate, manufacturing, retail and energy sectors. The ‘superb, commercial and friendly’ Giovanni Gazzaniga advised Old Mutual Wealth Holdings on the sale of its subsidiary, Old Mutual Wealth Italy. Paolo Ghiglione is also highly rated and Paolo Nastasi, who is ‘target-oriented’, and Antonio Ferri are key senior associates.

DLA Piper’s ‘outstanding’ corporate and M&A department recently experienced increased work from the food, fashion, technology, manufacturing and energy sectors. Notably, senior partner Francesco Novelli acted for ERG, Total Marketing Services and TotalERG in the sale of an oil and gas downstream business. Goffredo Guerra and Giulio Maroncelli co-head the corporate department, which also includes country managing partner Wolf Michael Kühne, the ‘highly committed’ Alessandro Piermanni andthe highly regarded Fabio del Bene. Danilo Surdi made partner and Matteo Almini joined from Bird & Bird.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘highly skilled corporate group’ is recommended for cross-border transactions. The ‘highly flexible’ Enrico Bazzano advised Aquafil on the proposed business combination with Space3, a listed special purpose acquisition company, and Italy managing partner Nicola Asti regularly assists financial institutions and private equity funds.Luigi Verga is not only ‘a real asset during deals’, but also ‘a hard worker and skilled negotiator’.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale combines specialist teams in TMT, IP, finance, employment, public law, antitrust and tax with the firm’s M&A expertise, which is often retained by clients in the energy, life sciences and consumer goods sectors. Italian M&A head Leah Dunlop and the ‘very accurateFrancesco Stella, together with a multi-jurisdictional, cross-practice team, advised Dana Incorporated on its acquisition of 80% of the global power-transmission and fluid-power businesses of Brevini Group, with an option to purchase the remaining 20%. Marco Rota Candiani is ‘clear, pragmatic and calm’ and Luca Picone and Antonio Di Pasquale are also highly regarded.

Nctm Studio Legaleprovides the highest level of professionalism’ and handles the full array of corporate, commercial and M&A services. In high-profile bank rescue deals, Stefano Padovani advised Italy’s Economy and Finance Ministry, the Bank of Italy and liquidation commissioners on a transaction involving the sale of two distressed Venetian banks. Alberto Toffoletto is senior partner, Pietro Zanonigives clear advice’ and Matteo Trapani is ‘very experienced’. Other highly rated practitioners include Paolo Montironi, Simone De Carli, Raffaele Caldarone and Guido Fauda, along with Mario Giambò, Vittorio Noseda, Piero Corigliano and Sante Ricci.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie is focused on M&A transactions involving hotels and tourism, banking and finance, pharma, and TMT, including outsourcing-related M&A and high-profile corporate reorganisation work. The team advised Tennant Company on its agreement with Ambienta to acquire IPC Group. The key names are Pietro Bernasconi and Raffaele Giarda, as well as Marco Marazzi. and Fabio Brembati.

Dentons’s practice spans advice on the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, private equity investments, and the setting up and structuring of joint ventures; it also assists with mergers, de-mergers, spin-offs, and corporate reorganisations. Recent work includes advising GeoPost on its entry into Italy’s express courier market, through the acquisition of a minority stake of BRT. Stefano Speroni heads the corporate and M&A department, which also includes the ‘hard-workingPier Francesco Faggiano, Luca Pocobelli, Alessandro Dubini and of counsel Aian Abbas.

Giliberti Triscornia e Associati assists with M&A deals in the food, healthcare, infrastructure and energy, luxury, manufacturing, media and technology, and retail sectors. The team advised the F2i funds on the acquisition of McLink, as well as the ensuing mandatory tender offer. Alessandro Triscornia leads the team.

Jones Dayhas deep knowledge of cross-border deals involving Italy’. Stefano Crosio advised US-listed Hyster-Yale Materials Handling on its acquisition of Penta Holding, the controlling shareholder of listed company Bolzoni, as well as the mandatory tender offer for the remaining shares in Bolzoni. Fabrizio Fainagives foreign clients clear explanations of Italian law and M&A standards’ and Bruno Castellini and Massimo Tesei are also key contacts.

LMS Studio Legale assists with M&A transactions in the manufacturing, retail trade, food, fashion, finance, telecoms, IT and energy sectors and has longstanding experience in LBO and MBO transactions, as well as industrial mergers, joint ventures, commercial partnerships, and minority investments. The recommended advisers are Fabio Labruna, Fabio Coppola and Tommaso Amirante.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffeprovides very good support’. Marco Nicolini advised Calvi Holding (CH) on a complex corporate transaction, involving the restructuring of the CH group, a joint venture with Manoir Group, and the sale of a 41.64% shareholding in CH-controlled Siderval. Alessandro De Nicola has ‘great business acumen’, Guido Testa is ‘great technically’ and Marco Dell’Antonia is ‘a talented professional’. Attilio Mazzilli is also highly rated.

Pavia e Ansaldo’s ‘very competent’ lawyers advise on high-profile M&A and private equity transactions and recently acted for Stirling Square Capital Partners in the acquisition, jointly with its portfolio company, of Bitolea Holding. The principal names are Stefano Bianchi and Francesco Manara, along with Mia Rinetti, Giuseppe Besozzi and Francesco Satta. Luca Cuomo is now with DWF.

Shearman & Sterling LLP focuses mainly on private and public M&A, international joint ventures, and general corporate work. Fabio Fauceglia advised CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition by its CVC Fund VI of a provider of premium leather for the automotive industry. Domenico Fanuele heads the Italian corporate practice and Tobia Croff is also highly rated.

Simmons & Simmons is known for its experience in private equity deals as well as its sector expertise in real estate, asset management, financial institutions, TMT, life sciences and energy. Alongside the firm’s Beijing office, Dario Spinella, who ‘understands both commercial and legal needs’, advised a Chinese conglomerate on the acquisition of an 85% stake in an Italian luxury jewellery brand. Andrea Accornero is department head.

White & Case (Europe) LLP is ‘very strong across jurisdictions’. The practice is recommended for cross-border M&A deals, including public M&A and private equity transactions. A cross-border team advised Infracapital and InfraVia Capital Partners on the acquisition of a container port operator. Michael Immordinohas great negotiation skills’, Ferigo Foscari ‘provides excellent technical support’, Leonardo Graffi is ‘great for drafting and negotiating contracts’ and Iacopo Canino is also highly rated.

Bird & Bird recently advised an Italian manufacturer on its acquisition of Belleli Energy Critical Processing Equipment’s entire share capital. Alberto Salvadè is particularly good’, Stefano Silvestri is ‘energetic, smart and deal-friendly’, and Edoardo Courir is another key contact.

CMS’ ‘high-quality, commercial practice’ hired Massimo Trentino and the ‘knowledgeable and reliableDaniela Murer from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato and R&P Legal, respectively. The team advises on large M&A transactions, international groups’ reorganisations, joint ventures and shareholder and investment agreements. Pietro Cavasola assisted Eleven Sports with the acquisition of a majority stake in a web TV channel. Other main advisers are Marco Casasole, Matteo Ciminelli, Paolo Scarduelli and Dietmar Zischg.

Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato is highly regarded for its commercial, corporate and M&A transactional experience. The ‘brilliant’ Carlo Pappalettera assisted Progressio SGR with the purchase of a 70% stake in Garda Plast. Luca Arnaboldi is senior partner and Nicolò Bastianini, Alberto Rittatore Vonwiller, Leonardo Spina, and Enrico Tarchi are also highly regarded.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani’s ‘responsive and supportive’ Marco Frazzica advised Volvo Group on the merger of Renault Trucks Italia into Volvo Group Italia. The team welcomed counsel Davide Gambillara, a former Armani Group general counsel, to its ranks, which also include the ‘wise and knowledgeable’ Barbara Calza, the ‘creative and practical’ Claudio Corba Colombo and the ‘reliable and pragmatic’ Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis. Other key contacts are Gianni Forlani, Cristina Fussi, Giuseppe Cristiano, Bridget Ellison and Andrew Paton.

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale is well known for its deal experience in the food, industrial engineering, pharma, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors. The team acted for Verlinvest in the acquisition of a qualified minority stake in Mutti. Riccardo Bianchini Riccardi heads the department and Marco Franzini, Guido Galeotti and Giuseppe Celli are other notable contacts.

Grimaldi SL LLP is highly rated for its advice on mergers, de-mergers, acquisitions of shares and assets, and group reorganisations; the group also has significant private equity experience. The recommended names are Paolo Daviddi, Davide D’Angelo and Giovanni Bocciardo.

Lombardi Segni e Associati advises on acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, transformations, break-ups, and reorganisations. It also assists with public tender and takeover bids, regarding listed companies and real estate funds as well as corporate governance. Giuseppe Lombardi, Andrea Mazziotti Di Celso, Stefano Nanni Costa and Antonio Segni are highly rated.

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato hired Ettore Scandale from King & Wood Mallesons, while Massimo Trentino joined CMS. The team has experience in the energy sector, particularly the renewables and photovoltaic markets; in other areas, Giovanni Nicchiniello advised Showroomprivé on its acquisition of an online private sales company. Carsten Steinhauer is another key name.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati’s ‘very good team’ stands out for its expertise in corporate and M&A deals in sectors involving technology, internet and e-commerce, advertising, and TMT. Nicola Barra Caracciolo is ‘an excellent M&A lawyer’ and Mario Ortu, Paolo Canal and Pierfrancesco Giustiniani are also recommended advisers.

Ashurst recruited Paolo Manganelli from Paul Hastings LLP, who regularly advises private equity funds, hedge funds and global corporations on M&A transactions.

CBA Studio Legale e Tributario is experienced in corporate M&A and private equity deals: recently, Giuseppe Galeano advised Valvitalia on the acquisition of Nuova Giungas.

Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati – CDP Studio Legalehas a preemptive approach to the advice it provides’. The practice has key industry knowledge in electronic communications, oil and gas, energy, betting and gaming, and civil aviation. Roberto Donnini is highly rated.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP combines particular strength in mid-cap transactions with deep energy, healthcare, real estate and TMT sector expertise. Ian Tully is ‘quick to understand client needs’.

Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale’s Fabrizio Scaparro, who is ‘a top performer’, advised Ardian on the sale of its majority in an artisanal pastry, ice-cream and baking products producer. Alessandro Giovannelli ‘has excellent legal and negotiation skills’ and Matteo Delucchi is also highly regarded.

Gitti and Partners recently advised private equity firm Alcedo on the purchase of a majority stake in Duplomatic Oleodinamica, which designs, manufactures, and supplies hydraulic valves and components. Gregorio Gitti is the key contact.

La Torre Morgese Cesàro Riounderstands what international clients need’. Massimo La Torre, who ‘responds swiftly to queries’, assisted a Belgian beer producer with the acquisition of a stake in two Italian brewery companies. Roberto Rio is also well regarded.

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi is best known for domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in the private sector, as well as joint ventures and shareholder agreements. The team also assists with corporate governance issues. Luigi Macchi di Cellere is the principal contact.

Mondini Rusconi Studio Legalegives sound, strategic advice’ and advises on the full spectrum of cross-border M&A transactions, corporate structures for business start-ups, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Silvia Mondini Vitiello and Giorgio Rusconi are corporate and M&A co-heads and Paolo Flavio Mondini and Luca Tiberi are also highly regarded.

Molinari e Associati spun off from Lombardi Molinari Segni in late 2016. The team is highly rated for its real estate-related transactional work in Italy and it regularly assists with restructurings and private equity deals. The team welcomed insurance and financial services specialist Nicolò Juvara from Norton Rose Fulbright. Ugo Molinari is widely praised.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s insurance sector specialist and department head Salvatore Iannitti ‘provides an incredible service’. The team is noted for deals involving the financial services, energy, real estate, infrastructure and transport sectors, as well as food and agribusiness, manufacturing, life sciences and consumer goods. Former Italy head Nicolò Juvara joined Molinari e Associati.

Nunziante Magronehas a good understanding of clients’ businesses’, especially of SMEs, private families and large businesses. Francesco Abbozzo Franzi, Gianmarco Mileni Munari and Gianmatteo Nunziante are the key contacts.

Osborne Clarke is focused on mid-market M&A transactions and exhibits particular sector expertise in the energy, real estate, finance, and digital business industries. Riccardo Roversi is Italy managing partner; and other notable advisers are Simone Monesi, Umberto Piattelli, Giovanni Penzo and Edoardo Tedeschi. M&A and private equity deal specialist Giuliano Lanzavecchia joined from Nctm Studio Legale.

Paul Hastings LLP stands out for energy and natural resources-related transactions, as well as corporate governance. ‘Excellent lawyer’ Bruno Cova focuses on complex deals, such as acquisitions of distressed companies and Lorenzo Parola ‘has strong negotiation skills’.

Portolano Cavallo is highly rated for M&A-related TMT deals. The practice has also expanded to include life sciences and fashion sector clients, as well as manufacturing, chemicals and retail industry clients. Francesco Portolano and Manuela Cavallo are ‘great at handling clients’.

Quorum recently advised Markert Beteiligungsgesellschaft on the purchase of a 70% shareholding of Markert Italia. Nicola Romano is ‘reliable and professional’ and Roberto Sparano, Guido Molinari and Francesco Fiore are also recommended.

Santa Maria – Studio Legale Associato’s Mario Santa Maria recently advised Italian healthcare multinational Bracco Group on the sale of its Pharma Division. Luigi Santa Maria is another key adviser.

Tonucci & Partners’s principal contacts are Andrea Marchetti and Gianluca Cambareri. The practice assisted AMS Alliance Group, which develops, manufactures and markets automated analytical instruments and diagnostic systems, with its sale to US-based KPM Analytics.

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams is focused on energy, natural resources, real estate, infrastructure, maritime and healthcare sector clients. Eugenio Tranchino is ‘very capable’ and Tiziana Manenti is also highly rated.

Withers Studio Legale’s ‘very good’ practice focuses on family businesses, entrepreneurs and SMEs and it has particular expertise in the luxury goods and food sectors. The ‘business-savvy’ Roberta Crivellaro has ‘extraordinary talent’ and Sergio Anania is ‘appreciated for his business knowledge’.

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