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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ recent highlights include advising Milleuno-Imoco on the acquisition of a 40% stake in multifunctional tractors manufacturer Antonio Carraro from the Carraro family, and assisting Sage Automotive Interiors with the acquisition of Apollo’s manufacturing assets. Paolo Brugnera and Paolo Gnignati are the names to note.

Osborne Clarke strongly focuses on banking advice, but also assists clients with matters related to commercial, corporate, IP and M&A. The practice advised UniCredit on a mid-term financing agreement regarding the financing and possible further extension of existing debts in favour of SO.FI.M.A. Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena are other notable clients. Federica Greggio is ‘unquestionably a leader in the field’ and senior associate Laura Cipollone is another key contact.

Withers Studio Legale has a particularly strong reputation with family businesses in the food and wine, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors, which the group regularly advises on corporate, banking, IP and tax matters as well as on contentious issues. Key highlights included assisting an Italian producer of cement, ready-mix concrete and construction aggregates with the sale of a 100% shareholding to Buzzi Unicem, and advising Canada-based grain storage and conditioning equipment manufacturer AG Growth on the corporate reorganisation of its Italian business. Roberta Crivellaro and special counsel Nicola Baù are the names to note.

At CBA Studio Legale e Tributario, Antonella Maria Sannicandro advises clients on matters related to corporate and M&A, private equity, energy, infrastructure and project finance. Mattia Dalla Costa is noted for his expertise in e-commerce, fashion, IP and IT, as well as in litigation.

The ‘excellentMAC Legal – Studio Legale offers specialised advice to mid-cap companies on corporate law, commercial contracts and M&A. The practice assisted Cadica, a company active in the design and marketing of clothing and apparel industry labels, with the purchase of the A+A Design Studio business. The client portfolio also includes industrial and domestic systems’ metal components manufacturer Rodigas and real estate company PDP. Giulia Acerboni provides ‘appropriate and concretely feasible instructions’. Giulio Marzella is also recommended.

Tonucci & Partners’ Carlo Scarpa is strong in commercial contracts, corporate and M&A, industrial and intellectual property, litigation, mediation and arbitration. Information technology expert Alessandro Vasta and of counsel Fabio Scapolo are other names to note.

At Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati, Gianluca Saccoccia specialises in corporate law, with a specific focus on M&A, banking and finance as well as in real estate; the client base predominantly includes asset management companies and real estate mutual funds. Yuri Zugolaro is the name to note for private equity, corporate tax, strategic and restructuring planning, tax planning and transfer pricing matters.

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