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Luca Jeantet, Luca Mastromatteo¬†and Moreno Martini¬†jointly lead¬†Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' Turin office, which was opened in 2005. The team is particularly active in¬†corporate and M&A, restructuring and litigation; it is 'quick to understand needs and offer excellent solutions'. Jeantet,¬†Gabriella Covino,¬†Antonio Auricchio¬†and managing associate¬†Luigi Romanzi¬†are acting for Giuseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company on the¬†‚ā¨400m restructuring of its outstanding debts. In another matter, Covino, Jeantet and senior associate¬†Leonarda Martino¬†advised a consortium of banks on the¬†‚ā¨50m financial restructuring of Gemmo. Huawei and Michelin Italia are notable clients.

The 'fast and client-oriented' 40-strong team at¬†PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE¬†attracts client praise for its 'outstanding problem-solving skills'. Carlo Re¬†was the lead adviser to Mediaset on a¬†‚ā¨1bn co-investment agreement with the shareholders of F2i for the purpose of launching a takeover bid for EI Towers. The firm's other work includes capital markets transactions, insolvency and restructuring mandates, and labour law matters, among other areas. In addition to Re,¬†Andrea Gandini, Eugenio Barcellona, Marcello Magro¬†and Alessandra Giovetti¬†are also recommended.

Grande Stevens: Studio Legale Associazione Professionale has a track record in civil, commercial and corporate law matters, as well as dispute resolution, which dates back more than 50 years. The firm also has a first-rate tax offering, where the scope of the advice to clients includes standalone tax planning and M&A structuring, transfer pricing and tax controversies. Cristina Grande Stevens, Daniele Cericola and Fernando Massara are among the key contacts in Turin.

Intellectual property boutique Jacobacci, which was founded in Turin in 1872, has a standout reputation in trade marks, patents, designs and anti-counterfeiting matters. Illustrative of its prominence in the market, the firm has advised more than 10,000 clients on more than 100,000 patents and more than 100,000 trade marks. Guido Jacobacci is the managing partner.

Merani Vivani & Associati has established itself as a leading name for administrative and public law; it further bolstered its credentials in this area in 2017 by hiring a team of partners and associates from Tosetto Weigmann e Associati. The firm also has a strong reputation in environmental and energy law matters. Carlo Merani and Claudio Vivani are the name partners, with other key figures including Antonella Lauria and Antonella Borsero.

At Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati, Ada Garzino Demo, Giuseppe Cagliero and Stefano Barletta bring their tax expertise to bear in matters concerning corporate tax, tax planning and tax litigation. Elsewhere, Lorenzo Muzii has extensive knowledge of commercial contracts, and also advises clients on M&A and private equity transactions, as well as civil litigation. Giuseppe Borra, Francesca Onoscuri and Antonio Carlino are also recommended. The team acts for clients in sectors such as automotive, textiles, mining and telecoms, among others.

Tosetto Weigmann e Associati specialises in commercial and administrative law, where it advises clients on matters with a national and international dimension. It also has a strong banking and finance practice, where it acts for investment companies, industrial entities, banks and various other clients on the full spectrum of lending transactions. In addition, the firm is highly regarded in other areas, such as litigation, insurance, environmental law, and EU and competition. Marco Weigmann is the name to note.

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