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Franco Agopyan

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Partner Corporate - M&A


Franco regularly assists Italian and foreign clients in private equity operations (both national and cross-border), industrial M&A and corporate finance. Franco is an expert in international contracts.


Franco Agopyan joined the Firm in 1999 and became a Partner in 2005.


Italian, English.


Member of the Venice Bar (Italy) and member of AIFI (Associazione Italiana del Private Equity e del Venture Capital) Tax & Legal Commission


Graduated in Law, University of Bologna, 1993; LL.M., International Business and Trade Law, Fordham University, School of Law, NY (USA), 1997.


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Chiomenti is for some clients 'the most experienced law firm in Italy'. The practice is experienced in both ordinary and extraordinary Italian transactions involving the capital structure of listed and regulated entities such as banks and insurance companies. Recent developments include Massimiliano Nitti, the current M&A head, ending his seven-year term as London office managing partner, and Andrea Sacco Ginevri making partner. Work highlights include Francesco Tedeschini advising UnipolSai Assicurazioni on the sale of its 50% (plus one share) stake in Popolare Vita to Banco BMP; and special independent counsel Michele Carpinelli leading advice to Luxottica Group (LG), and its independent directors, on Essilor International's mandatory exchange offer for LG's share capital. Other significant work includes managing partner Filippo Modulo acting for BC Partners on the acquisition of an Italian dental service business, and Manfredi Vianini Tolomei advising Snaitech on its majority stake sale (by Global Games and OI-Games) to Playtech. Other key practitioners are 'highly trusted adviser' Carlo Croff, Luigi Vaccaro, Marco Maugeri and Luca Fossati, together with Stefano Mazzotti, Franco Agopyan, Antonio Sascaro and Italo De Santis.

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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

Chiomenti 'always demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the investment funds market in terms of regulation and market practices'. The practice's scope of work includes asset management agreements, the incorporation of asset management companies and corporate vehicles, establishment of investment funds, and the acquisition and sale of funds' assets. Vincenzo Troiano assisted FSI, which focuses on private equity investments, with the first and second closing of a private equity fund that is focused on investments in Italian medium- to large-cap companies; other key contacts include Alessandro Portolano, who heads the financial regulation department, and co-private equity business unit head Franco Agopyan.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Chiomenti's practice covers not only large transactions, but also mid-cap and venture capital and distressed situations; it also regularly works alongside the firm's tax experts on structuring transactions. Franco Agopyan advised OpCapita Consumer Opportunities Fund II on the acquisition of Sebeto, which is active in the casual-dining restaurant business; and Carlo Croff and Luca Liistro acted for Investindustrial on the acquisition of Lifebrain, which invests in the laboratory diagnostic services sector, from MCI Capital and BIP Investment Partners. Also highly regarded are Luigi Vaccaro, Luca Fossati, Vincenzo Troiano, Antonio Sascaro and Massimiliano Nitti. Edoardo Canetta Rossi Palermo is an experienced senior associate.

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