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BonelliErede’s highlights included acting for Biancamano on the restructuring plan for its financial indebtedness, involving pre-bankruptcy creditor composition proceedings. Genoa-based Marco Arato heads the practice, in which other key practitioners include Marco Passalacqua in Rome, who is ‘brilliant, knowledgeable and a sophisticated thinker’; Milan-based Vittoria Giustiniani and Paolo Oliviero; and Genoa-based Vittorio Lupoli and Elisabetta Varni.

Linklaters regularly acts on large, complex mandates. Practice head Francesco Faldi acted for a pool of financial institutions on the restructuring of Pininfarina’s financial indebtedness. Andrea Arosio is also recommended.

Chiomenti Studio Legale’s key matters included Milan-based team head Antonio Tavella advising several banks on the rescheduling of Eur’s financial indebtedness, through a restructuring agreement with creditors that involved the €300m sale of real estate assets. Giulia Battaglia is also recommended.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP recently advised Italian railway vehicles manufacturer Firema on the sale of its business under extraordinary receivership. Roberto Bonsignore, Carlo de Vito Piscicelli and Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini are key contacts.

At Clifford Chance, Giuseppe De Palma recently assisted the lenders with the debt restructuring of yacht builder Cantiere del Pardo and its principal subsidiaries. Other highly rated advisers include Ferdinando Poscio, insolvency specialist Carlo Felice Giampaolino and Italian head of litigation Fabio Guastadisegni.

Rome-based Francesco De Gennaro and Luca Magrini are the main contacts at DLA Piper. Lender-side highlights included Antonio Lombardo assisting a group of banks with the debt restructuring of heating burners producer, Riello. Ugo Calò is also recommended.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘commitment to its clients is huge’. Rome-based team head Gabriella Covino is ‘a superb project coordinator who motivates her team to best-practice performances’; she and Antonio Auricchio recently assisted BNL and Ifitalia with an agreement to reschedule and refinance the debts of Fondazione S Maugeri. Rome-based Giuseppe De Simone is also highly rated, as is Paolo Gnignati in Padua and Luca Jeantet in Turin, who is ‘an excellent performer during high-stress situations’.

At Latham & Watkins LLP, Andrea Novarese acted for a pool of 27 banks on a restructuring agreement with Maschio Gaspardo and certain subsidiaries. Maria Cristina Storchi is also a key adviser along with recently promoted partner Marcello Bragliani. Fabio Coppola joined LMS Studio Legale.

On the lender side, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer recently advised Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and other banks on Bergamaschi Group’s €70m debt restructuring. Corrado Angelelli and Emiliano Conio are debt restructuring specialists, and Enrico Castellani is an insolvency expert.

Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners acts for debtors and creditors. Riccardo Agostinelli recently assisted Bauer, the Italian high-end hotel group, with the reorganisation of its €110m debts, through a debt rescheduling and refinancing. Gaetano Carrello is another name to note.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale is recommended for pre-insolvency, insolvency and restructuring scenarios, including debt and corporate restructurings. Rome-based Ernesto Apuzzo is ‘very proactive and his help is invaluable’; recently promoted partner Filippo Chiaves in Milan is a contentious insolvency expert, who is ‘detailed in his advice and provides useful practical perspectives’ and Antonio Di Pasquale is also highly rated.

The team at Legance – Avvocati Associati assisted agriculture machinery manufacturer, Maschio Gaspardo, with its debt restructuring. Milan-based Luca Autuori has ‘superior technical skills and common sense’, and the ‘highly experienced’ Alberto Giampieri divides his time between Rome and Milan. Paolo Pototschnig is also recommended, along with Rome-based Giandomenico Ciaramella, Stefano Parlatore and Daniele Geronzi.

Lombardi Segni e Associati emerged from the split of Lombardi Molinari Segni. The practice has particular expertise in insolvency law, standing out for insolvency proceedings and compositions with creditors. Name partner Giuseppe Lombardi has extensive experience in insolvency, debt restructuring and corporate reorganisations.

Norton Rose Fulbright acts for banks and sponsors on restructurings, including in-court restructurings and pre-insolvency matters, with notable experience in distressed LBOs. Mario Lisanti joined Ashurst and Gennaro Mazzuoccolo is recommended.

Paul Hastings LLP’s recent borrower-side work included assisting Overgom with negotiating a reorganisation plan with the banks. Milan-based Bruno Cova and Paolo Manganelli are recommended, as is litigator Francesca Petronio, who regularly deals with clawback actions and other contentious aspects of insolvency, pre-insolvency and bankruptcy situations.

Craca Di Carlo Guffanti Pisapia Tatozzi & Associati is recommended for its expertise in debt restructurings, M&A transactions involving distressed assets, and insolvency procedures. Team head Alfredo Craca assisted Blue Skye Investment Group with the reorganisation of Bauer’s €110m debt, through a debt rescheduling and refinancing.

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associato specialises in assisting banks and companies with debt restructuring processes. Key matters included advising TAS Technologia Avanzata dei Sistemi on its debt restructuring. Milan-based Luca Faustini heads the department, in which Francesco Gatti, Stefano Valerio and Gianni Martoglia are also key contacts.

Nctm Studio Legale has extensive expertise in debtor-side restructuring work, particularly in relation to real estate funds. The team advised a private high-speed railway passenger travel operator on the restructuring of its debt. Fabio Marelli is recommended, together with Paolo Montironi, Gian Carlo Sessa, Guido Fauda and Riccardo Papetti.

Pedersoli Studio Legale is focused on debt restructuring transactions. Milan-based Maura Magioncalda has ‘great negotiating ability’; Alessandra Giovetti in Turin is noted for insolvency proceedings, corporate reorganisations, compositions, liability and clawback actions. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto joined Dentons.

Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP experienced the exit of Andrea Sparano for business advisory company, Rise. The team is noted for out-of-court and court-driven restructurings; insolvency and reorganisation procedures; and insolvency litigation. Milan-based Fabrizio Dotti and Davide D’Affronto are recommended.

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