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BonelliErede has ‘vast experience’ and ‘deep knowledge’ of complex litigation and international arbitration. Recent highlights include assistance to Syndial, a company owned by Eni, with an appeal concerning a severe sentence against the client for environmental damage. Vittorio Allavena heads the practice and the ‘great’ Monica Iacoviello is also recommended, while Antonio Crivellaro is singled out for his expertise in international arbitration. Laurence Shore and Andrea Carlevaris joined the practice in September 2017 from Herbert Smith Freehills and the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, respectively.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s highly regarded practice specialises in high-profile financial disputes, global investigations, commercial disputes and commercial and investment arbitration. The group advises BT on an internal investigation concerning alleged wrongdoing and misconduct within BT Italia, and defended Volvo against a number of claims regarding alleged breaches of competition law with regard to truck prices. Practice head Enrico Castellani, as well as Fabrizio Arossa and Giuseppe Curtò, are highly recommended.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ sizeable dispute resolution department is led by GianBattista Origoni and recently represented Residenziale Immobiliare 2004, a company which deals with redevelopment and marketing of real estate assets, in proceedings before the Court of Rome to seek damages for the breach of agreements and obligations concerning the construction of a luxury hotel and residence in Rome. Other notable highlights included defending the majority shareholder in Ansaldo STS Hitachi against a series of challenges and injunctions brought by minority shareholders against the client. Antonio Auricchio is another name to note.

Lombardi Segni e Associati is widely recognised as one of the leading addresses for civil, corporate and commercial litigation. In a recent highlight, the practice represented Italian steel plant Ilva under extraordinary administration in damages claims against Riva Fire; other work included defending Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena against damages claims brought by shareholders related to alleged misrepresentations in the client’s 2008 and 2011 prospectus. Practice head Giuseppe Lombardi impresses with ‘business acumen and strength’ and Lotario Dittrich is another key contact.

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato’s ‘excellent’ dispute resolution group specialises in financial litigation, regulatory investigations and criminal law issues, as well as in corporate and commercial disputes and insolvency-related litigation. Highlights included defending Bank of China in a complex matter involving regulatory and criminal issues related to the alleged violation of Italian anti-money laundering regulations, and representing Nomura in a dispute with BMPS on the client’s alleged co-operation with BMPS’s former representatives in carrying out a transaction for unlawful purposes. Practice head Massimo Greco is an ‘excellent lawyer’, senior associate Amilcare Sada is a ‘great professional and very client-friendly’ and associate Martina Rossi has a ‘proactive approach and great ability to solve problems and present solutions’.

Excellent boutiqueArb lit – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli combines specialised arbitration and court litigation skills. Historical clients of the practice include ThyssenKrupp and Telecom Italia. Luca Radicati di Brozolo, Michele Sabatini and Massimo Benedettelli are recommended.

Chiomenti Studio Legale provides ‘very high-quality’ services and recently defended Veneto Banca against damages claims brought by shareholders and bondholders on the grounds of alleged misselling of shares and bonds issued by the bank. The group also represented Morgan Stanley as claimant in a damages claim related to the insolvency of multinational Italian dairy and food corporation Parmalat. Practice head Silvio Martuccelli, Andrea Bernava, Ennio Cicconi and Sebastiano Zimmitti are the names to note.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s ‘legal analysis depth is impressive’. In recent work, the team represented French multinational mass media conglomerate Vivendi in two lawsuits brought by Reti Televisive Italiane, Mediaset and Finivest before the Civil Court of Milan concerning the agreement for the client’s purchase of pay TV service Mediaset Premium. Other highlights included the successful defence of Trenitalia against damages claims brought by Meis Elettromeccanica. Practice head Ferdinando Emanuele is an ‘excellent litigator’, who ‘stands out for his brightness and decisiveness’.

With a number of global financial institutions among its most notable clients, Clifford Chance is particularly adept at financial services litigation, but also proves highly experienced in contentious corporate and commercial matters, restructuring and insolvency litigation, and regulatory investigations as well as litigious IP, product liability and safety matters. Practice head Fabio Guastadisegni defended Goldman Sachs before the Court of Florence in a civil law suit filed by Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena in relation to a €600m credit facility and Antonio Golino defended Credit Suisse in criminal proceedings brought by Milan’s public prosecutor concerning alleged tax evasion and money laundering in relation to the sale of financial instruments to Italian residents. Carlo Felice Giampaolino and counsel Jean-Paule Castagno are other names to note.

The sizable DLA Piper has a ‘unique blend of qualities: superior litigation skills coupled with the ability to quickly learn more’. Recent highlights include assisting UniCredit and Banco BPM with an interim summary action introduced before the Court of Milan against the clients by shareholders of Italian heavy industry, steel industry and electric power company Carlo Tassara and challenging the validity of a complex restructuring plan. The practice is headed by Stefano Modenesi and Raffaella Quintana, who ‘is passionate and never gives up’. Italy managing partner Bruno Giuffré is ‘knowledgeable, business-oriented and pugnacious’ and is recommended along with Alessandro Lanzi and Francesco Cerasi.

Combining ‘deep industry knowledge with a real grasp of the judicial process’, Hogan Lovells Studio Legale handles a whole range of contentious work, from product liability litigation, mass torts and white-collar crimes to corporate, commercial and financial litigation. The practice assisted home improvement retailer Kingfisher France with an arbitration before the Chamber of Milan brought by Leroy Merlin Italia regarding the client’s alleged breach of representations and warranties in an M&A transaction. Other notable clients include New York University and Ariston Thermo. Practice head Francesca Rolla has ‘great expertise in litigation’ and offers ‘relevant, effective and tailored strategies for each matter’. Expert in contentious banking matters Filippo Chiaves and life science specialist Christian Di Mauro are also recommended. Counsel Andrea Atteritano is ‘a distinguished lawyer’.

Legance - Avvocati Associati specialises in financial and corporate litigation, as well as in insolvency proceedings and energy-related contentious matters. Recent highlights include advising Banca Nazionale del Lavoro on proceedings against a bus and railway company owned by state-owned holding company Ferrovie dello Stato, which involved matters of procedural and bankruptcy law, and administrative law as well as complex financial issues. Practice heads Stefano Parlatore and Daniele Geronzi, who is a ‘thorough legal professional’, are recommended. Cecilia Carrara is singled out for arbitration expertise.

The ‘excellent’ and sizeable Nctm Studio Legale regularly represents the EU Council before EU courts in proceedings concerning the defence of EU border tariffs on imports from various third countries. In other work, the practice represented an Italian holding company in an ICC Arbitration related to damages claims brought by a Chinese company following the sale and purchase agreement of an Italian subsidiary. Practice head Alberto Toffoletto is recommended.

Paul Hastings LLP provides ‘very competent and in-depth’ advice on contentious regulatory and white-collar crime matters, investigations and compliance disputes. The client portfolio includes Danone, BP Italia and Cattolica Assicurazioni. Practice head Francesca Petronio is ‘extremely skilled and prepared’ and the ‘outstanding’ Bruno Cova is ‘great at giving sound advice under any circumstances’.

Pedersoli Studio Legale has an ‘effective, fact-based and problem-solving approach to all lawsuits’ developments’. The practice’s expertise covers a full gamut of contentious matters, from banking, securities, corporate, commercial and real estate litigation to domestic and international arbitration. Carlo Pedersoli is recommended, as is the ‘technically super-competent’ Andrea Magliani, who is also ‘extremely sensitive to business issues’.

Personal care and competence are among the distinctive features’ of Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato. The practice, headed by Margherita Barié, acted for Bristow Helicopters against Freeair Helicopters’ opposition to an injunction of payment that Bristow Helicopters obtained from the Court of Rome for unpaid helicopter rental fees. Deutsche Bank and Mazda Motor Europe are other notable clients. Salvatore Nolasco is ‘a very experienced and reliable lawyer’ and Stefania De Michele is also recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale is ‘dynamic, flexible, easy to deal with and client-centred’. The team specialises in commercial, corporate and insolvency disputes; contentious cases related to intellectual property; banking and finance; and insurance, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Renato Fiumalbi, who joined from Tosetto Weigmann e Associati, heads the practice with Beatrice Bigonzi, who ‘deals with complex legal situations in a simple and straightforward way’.

Mondini Rusconi Studio Legalestands out’ for its ‘acumen on juridical solutions and advisory strength-in-depth’. The team represented Banco Popolare di Sondrio in a litigation before Italy’s highest administrative law court Consiglio di Stato regarding the constitutionality of a decree issued by banking regulation authority Banca d’Italia, which required the largest cooperative banks to convert to joint stock companies by the end of 2016. Other higlights included representing design house Molteni & C. in a dispute with Cassina over the right to reproduce a design from the notorious architect and designer Gio Ponti. Practice heads Giacomo Bonelli, who specialises in IP and unfair competition-related matters, and Paolo Mondini, who focuses on corporate, commercial and financial litigation and arbitration, are ‘best in class despite their understated approach’.

The ‘excellentSimmons & Simmons specialises in litigation arising from banking, financial and insurance services with a strong international focus. Recent highlights include representing AerCap Holdings in airport charges litigation proceedings related to Alitalia’s bankruptcy proceedings and assisting QBE Insurance with D&O disputes as well as contentious professional indemnity and product liability cases. Francesco Maruffi is the name to note. Laura Orlando is now with Herbert Smith Freehills.

Working in close cooperation with the criminal litigation and compliance practice, Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie’s Enrico Maria Mancuso recently defended a leading watch and jewellery manufacturer in criminal proceedings concerning tax payments initiated by the Milan prosecution office. Practice head Gianfranco Di Garbo, Leonardo Giani and counsel Luca Pescatore are recommended.

Intellectual property and M&A are key areas of Bird & Bird’s contentious activity, which also includes high-profile arbitration. In recent highlights, the group represented Industrias Afrasa in a damages claim following the successful outcome of a proceeding before the Italian Antitrust Authority that ascertained the abusive conduct of a global chemical company in the Italian market of fosetyl-aluminium-based fungicides; the group also defended Italian public transport company Azienda Trasporti Molisana (ATM) in two lawsuits related to exceeding state aid received for public transport services and infrastructures. Practice head Edoardo Courir and Giovanni Galimberti are the key contacts. IP and life science expert Massimiliano Mostardini is another name to note.

The ‘very effective and competentDe Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani represented state electricity company Servizio Elettrico Nazionale in a claim against the Italian state related to the reimbursement of favourable energy tariffs to several radio and TV broadcasting companies. In another highlight, the group acted for Volvo before the Court of Milan in a dispute concerning the breach of a licence and distribution agreement. Derichebourg and Assa Abloy are other key clients. Maria Cristina Franchini and Michelangelo Cicogna jointly head the practice and are recommended along with David Maria Santoro, who combines ‘experience, technical prowess and commercial attributes’. Elena Granatello joined the team from Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale.

The ‘excellentDentons handles international and domestic litigation and arbitration across a wide range of sectors, including banking, corporate, pharmaceuticals, real estate and construction, energy and fast-moving consumer goods. Practice head Sara Biglieri is ‘a strong lawyer with tremendous business acumen’.

The ‘excellentGiovanardi Pototschnig & Associati is strong in litigation and arbitration related to banking and finance, M&A, insolvency, company law, insurance and commercial law. Intesa Sanpaolo and Unipol Banca are key clients. The recommended Valeria Mazzoletti jointly heads the practice with Paolo Pototschnig, who ‘has a huge, recognized experience’.

Linklaters is active across a wide range of dispute resolution areas, including corporate litigation, contentious bankruptcy and insolvency issues, banking litigation, and regulatory investigations as well as arbitration. Santander and Equitix Econergy are key clients. Practice head Alessandro Villani is recommended.

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi specialises in strategic litigation analysis, large-scale disputes, defence before the High Courts, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. The practice is headed by Silvia Lazzeretti and Salvatore Orlando.

The ‘highly experiencedNorton Rose Fulbright has a particular focus on dispute resolution related to M&A, finance and insurance, as well as energy, food, life sciences and technology. The practice advised insurance corporation AIG on a contentious matter concerning the alleged professional liability of all former members of the directors’ and auditors’ board of Italian tour company CIT Viaggi, which is now undergoing insolvency liquidation. Practice head Cecilia Buresti and Ilario Giangrossi are strongly recommended.

Pavia e Ansaldo handles disputes related to corporate law, post-acquisition controversies, commercial agreements, insurance contracts, tort law, product liability, class actions, and antitrust, as well as contentious real estate, insolvency, environment, inheritance and asset protection matters. Siemens and Robert Bosch are key clients. Marina Santarelli and Maurizio Vasciminni head the practice.

Santa Maria – Studio Legale Associato’s dispute resolution practice is headed by Alberto Santa Maria and Claudio Biscaretti di Ruffia. Recent highlights include defending EXPO 2015 against compensation claims regarding alleged environmental damages and assisting healthcare and diagnostic imaging company Bracco with an environmental proceeding against Montecatini (now Edison) and Enichem (now Syndial) concerning the refund of reclaim costs applied to the lands purchased from Montecatini and Enichem.

CMS specialises in commercial, insurance, financial, tax and life sciences litigation. The client portfolio includes Intesa Sanpaolo Città Metropolitana di Milano. Laura Opilio heads the practice.

The widely recognised and strongly recommended Giorgio De Nova is the key contact at dispute resolution boutique Studio Legale De Nova.

hi.lex specialises in domestic and transnational court and arbitration disputes, mostly related to corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, competition, industrial property and insolvency. Goldman Sachs subsidiary Michelangelo and food manufacturer De Cecco are key clients. Practice head Maurizio Traverso and Emanuele Breggia are recommended.

Jones Day offers ‘extremely helpful and clear advice’ in contentious matters related to contract law, trade law and e-commerce, tort liability, corporate, bankruptcy and insolvency, private insurance and antitrust law. The client base includes Lycamobile and IBL Banca. Practice head Lamberto Schiona is ‘an outstanding litigator’.

The ‘remarkableLCA Studio Legale’s client portfolio includes cultural institute Almo Collegio Borromeo and telecoms provider Vodafone Omnitel. Practice head Gian Paolo Coppola has ‘huge experience’ in the field. IP specialist Monia Baccarelli and Barbara De Muro joined the practice in January 2017 from Studio Legale Improda and Visconti & Associati Studio Legale, respectively.

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato’s ‘excellent’ team has longstanding experience in disputes in the energy, real estate and environmental sectors, in contentious tax matters, and in arbitration and mediation. Practice head Stefano Mechelli is recommended.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati’s area of expertise has expanded from its original IP and TMT core to shareholders’ disputes as well as contentious financial, competition and employment law matters. The client base includes Ferrari and Yahoo! Practice head Fabrizio Sanna and Marco Consonni are recommended.

Portolano Cavallo’s dispute resolution practice group is best known for TMT-related matters, but is also active in corporate and post-M&A disputes as well as contentious banking and finance, insolvency, IP and internet service provider (ISP) liability cases. Practice head Micael Montinari and counsel Marco Bellezza are recommended.

Tonucci & Partners is active in litigation related to energy, sport and real estate. Practice head Piergiorgio della Porta Rodiani is recommended.

Withers Studio Legale specialises in litigation and arbitration related to commercial and banking transactions. Italian second division football league Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie B is a key client. The practice is headed by the ‘open-minded, accurate and reliable’ Matilde Rota, who made special counsel in July 2017.

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