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Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associato's team advises fund investors on investments into newly formed alternative investment funds or into existing alternative investment funds by way of secondary transactions and also acts for fund sponsors and alternative investment fund managers in the structuring of their alternative investment funds. Recent work includes advising on the structuring and set up of an alternative investment fund, aimed at seed and venture capital investments in the technology transfer sector. Virgilio Sollima and Giuseppina Donato are the recommended associates. Alessandro Corno is now with MJ Hudson Alma.

Legance - Avvocati Associati has extensive experience in the fund formation sector and advises asset management firms, their shareholders, investors and other domestic and non-domestic market players on the planning, structuring, formation and marketing of investment funds, particularly regarding private equity and venture capital, private debt, real estate, infrastructure, renewable energy, and mezzanine finance funds. Highlights included assisting Alto Partners with the structuring and establishment of an EuVECA fund, which was set up as an Italian closed-end fund, and advising an investment company on obtaining Bank of Italy’s authorisation as a SICAF, an investment company with fixed capital. Senior counsel Barbara Sancisialways gives punctual and satisfactory advice’ and Enzo Schiavello is also widely esteemed.

Chiomenti Studio Legale is highly rated for setting up investment funds and advising on complex transactions involving investment funds. The practice is regularly involved in asset management agreements, incorporation of asset management companies and corporate vehicles as well as establishing private equity, real estate and speculative funds, acquisitions and sales of assets of investment funds and liaising with regulatory authorities. Recent matters include advising Idea Fimit on setting up a new real estate alternative investment fund. Vincenzo Troianohas deep knowledge of the relevant legal framework and wide experience in dealing with the supervisory authorities’ and Luigi Vaccarohas outstanding legal skills and an impressive deal-making attitude’.

DLA Piper is known for advising asset managers on compliance and regulatory issues, and for identifying suitable investment structures for Italian and international asset managers and investors. The team further has specific experience in matters involving public real estate assets, infrastructure, healthcare, and social housing and student accommodation, as well as renewable energy, seed capital and private equity. Agostino Papa, who is ‘very good at dealing with complex issues’, advised Garnell on the establishment of a new asset management company, which specialises in the setting up and management of private equity-reserved alternative investment funds that are focused on the agri-food sector. Nicoletta Alfano is another key member of the group.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ funds expertise leverages the experience of the firm’s lawyers in the M&A, corporate and commercial, banking and finance, and capital markets groups; the group also regularly draws upon the regulatory, litigation, antitrust, real estate, and restructuring practices. Real estate specialist Davide Braghini assisted Coima SGR with setting up Coima Opportunity Fund II, a new €500m real estate investment fund, which is dedicated to development and retrofitting projects in Italy.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale is ‘always very efficient and responds in an excellent, timely manner’. The team assisted Natixis Global Asset Management with the distribution of investment funds in Italy, including advising on the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which provides for the regulation of investment services within the European Economic Area. Jeffrey Greenbaum is an international financial regulatory specialist.

Simmons & Simmons fields experts in hedge, private equity and real estate funds, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) implementation, and MiFID 2 and is strategically focused on the asset management and investment funds sector. Romeo Battigaglia is the key contact, Maria Giusy Naccarato was promoted to of counsel and former senior associate Andrea Arcangeli joined CMS.

Bird & Bird stands out for its legal advice to national and international asset managers and investors. The team, which includes several experts in regulatory and compliance issues, is particularly specialised in undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS), real estate funds, and venture capital products. Raimondo Maggiore is highly regarded and Alberto Salvadè is ‘experienced, patient and hardworking’.

CMS recruited ‘best-in-class’ counsel Andrea Arcangeli for the Rome office from Simmons & Simmons; Arcangeli is particularly focused on private equity, private debt and real estate funds. The practice’s client base also includes infrastructure, hedge, venture capital, and exchange-traded funds.

Clifford Chance’s ‘excellent team solves complex issues and always takes business expectations into account’. It has extensive experience across the investment funds space, with a longstanding track record both for UCITS’ products and AIFMD investment vehicles, including private equity. Lucio Bonavitacola heads the funds and regulatory groups.

K&L Gates assists with structuring and setting up investment funds, across industry sectors including private equity, private debt and loan origination, real estate, and venture capital, thereby ‘working closely with clients to achieve their strategic objectives’. The practice hired Giovanni Meschia, who handles funds work for alternative investment fund managers, sponsors and investors, from Jones Day.

Paul Hastings LLP recruited the ‘very responsive and skilled’ fund formation expert Eriprando Guerritore from Dentons.

The team advises across a range of asset classes on high-end fund formation work; financings; investments; structuring; and regulatory issues.

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