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BonelliErede

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Italy

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

Headed by the ‚Äėintuitive and innovative‚Äô Luca Perfetti,¬†BonelliErede‚Äôs multidisciplinary practice has 'a very high level of competence‚Äô and provides ‚Äėexcellent support on a wide range of public matters‚Äô, including contentious and non-contentious public procurement, concessions, infrastructure, energy, planning and zoning as well as banking and finance matters. The ‚Äėresponsive‚Äė and ‚Äėhighly professional‚Äô team recently assisted the Anonima Petroli Italiana Group on the environmental law aspects surrounding the acquisition of TotalErg from Total and ERG and represents Telecom Italia in relation to the decision by the Italian government to make use of its golden power and intervene in the decision-making of the company. Cristina Mezzabarba, who ‚Äėis able to identify the core elements of cases and to advise on an efficient strategy from the beginning‚Äô, and counsel Alessandro Rosi¬†are also recommended. Domenico Ielo left to join Atrigna & Partners.

Leading individuals

Luca Perfetti - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Alessandro Rosi - BonelliErede

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Banking and finance: Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: Bank regulatory - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede is 'really appreciated for the dedication of the team and the fact that it accomplishes a project's objectives on time'. It assists with the regulatory issues surrounding M&A and banking transactions, including filings with public authorities and regulators as well as the impact of regulations on the organisation of banks and investment firms. The practice also has significant expertise in the asset management sector and handles regulatory-related litigation. Giuseppe Rumi leads the financial regulatory practice; and Federico Vezzani assisted with the regulatory aspects surrounding the establishment of Impact SIM as a NewCo, which was to be authorised as an investment firm.

Leading individuals

Giuseppe Rumi - BonelliErede

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Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

Highly rated in Italian banking law for LBOs, public bid financings and takeovers, BonelliErede's team also assists borrowers with syndicated loans, bilateral loans and large-scale corporate loans as well  as property financing and restructuring. The team advised ICS Maugeri on the refinancing of its debt and acted for Irisacqua on a new financing transaction, which related to amendments to an integrated water system concession. Project finance expert Catia Tomasetti co-ordinates the banking and finance practice and the project finance team, Emanuela Da Rin is widely respected, Antonio La Porta was made partner, and recently promoted senior counsel Gabriele Malgeri and managing associate Giorgio Frasca specialise in project finance.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Antonio La Porta - BonelliErede

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Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede assists with syndicated, bilateral and large-scale corporate loans, property financing and the financing aspects of distressed debt transactions. Emanuela Da Rin led advice to a pool of banks on a financing for real estate fund, Porta Nuova Gioia, for the development of the construction of a 120-metre-high building. Project finance specialist Catia Tomasetti co-ordinates the banking and finance practice and the project finance team, Antonio La Porta was made partner, and recently promoted senior counsel Gabriele Malgeri and managing associate Giorgio Frasca specialise in project finance.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Antonio La Porta - BonelliErede

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Capital markets: Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede¬†is 'well structured and provides a broad range of assistance'. The practice covers¬†medium-term notes, convertible bonds and stand-alone euro-bonds as well as domestic, high-yield and hybrid bonds; it also advises on¬†securitisation transactions. Emanuela Da Rin¬†and recently promoted partner¬†Antonio La Porta¬†advised Terna on the issuance of ‚ā¨750m utility green bonds that was aimed at qualified investors.¬†Massimiliano Danusso, who divides time between Rome and London, is 'a market leader who provides creative solutions'.¬†Francesca Marchetti¬†is¬†an experienced senior counsel and former of counsel¬†Stefania Aristei left the firm.

Leading individuals

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

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Capital markets: Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede 'has excellent competence and the team always finds appropriate solutions to specific issues'. The practice includes equity offerings, flotations, privatisations and equity warrants; it recently assisted Esautomotion, EsaGroup’s operating holding company, with the admission to trading of ordinary shares to Borsa Italiana's multilateral trading facility, Aim Italia. Massimiliano Danusso divides time between Rome and London, Gianfranco Veneziano is 'really appreciated for his flexibility, prompt replies, technical skills and friendly approach', and Antonio La Porta  was made partner. The other names to note are Barbara Napolitano, Alessandra Piersimoni and Silvia Romanelli, along with managing associates Federica Munno and Riccardo Salerno.

Leading individuals

Barbara Napolitano - BonelliErede

Gianfranco Veneziano - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Federica Munno - BonelliErede

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede¬†is widely respected for its 'deep knowledge, high levels of¬†professionalism¬†and ability to satisfy clients' needs'. It acts for many of the leading companies in Italy, both public and private, on the full range of corporate and commercial law matters. Recent growth in the team saw Genoa-based¬†Matteo Maria Pratelli¬†and¬†¬†Enrico Vaccaro¬†in Rome¬†promoted to partners.¬†Vaccaro led advice to¬†Grandi Stazioni Retail on the acquisition of Retail Group, which runs flagship and pop-up stores in railway stations; and¬†Barbara Napolitano¬†and Alessandro Balp¬†advised¬†property entity¬†Beni Stabili on its merger agreement with¬†Fonci√®re des R√©gions. Other highlights include¬†Umberto Nicodano¬†and Stefano Micheli¬†acting for¬†Sumitomo Heavy Industries on the circa ‚ā¨172.7m acquisition of Lafert, an Italy-based producer of transmission systems; and¬†Andrea Carta Mantiglia¬†advising¬†Saf-Holland on the acquisition of a majority stake in V Orlandi, an Italian manufacturer of coupling systems for trucks, trailers, semi-trailers and agricultural vehicles, from CamIndustriale.¬†Other highly rated advisers are¬†Stefano Cacchi Pessani,¬†Carlo Montagna¬†and¬†Roberto Cera,¬†along with Mario Roli, Silvia Romanelli,¬†Elena Busson, Eliana Catalano¬†and Alessandra Piersimoni.

Leading individuals

Roberto Cera - BonelliErede

Umberto Nicodano - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Elena Busson - BonelliErede

Enrico Vaccaro - BonelliErede

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede¬†was¬†one of the first major Italian law firms to establish an ethics and corporate compliance practice, as well as a department that specialises in white-collar criminal law. The firm also recently launched beLab, a research centre that develops working models through cutting-edge technologies. The team advises¬†Italian companies and the Italian subsidiaries of foreign groups on major Decree 231 (which deals with corporate crimes and the assessment of companies‚Äô liability)¬†investigations, and on the design, assessment and monitoring of compliance programmes. Recent work includes acting for¬†EF Solare Italia, a joint venture between Enel Green Power and F2i ‚ÄďFondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture, on risk assessment activities and the updating of its compliance Decree 231 programme.¬†Genoa-based¬†Alessandro Musella¬†leads the corporate compliance focus team and senior associate¬†Michela Maccarini¬†is project leader of beLab‚Äôs compliance management business unit.

Leading individuals

Alessandro Musella - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Michela Maccarini  - BonelliErede

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede‚Äôs ‚Äėremarkably trustworthy‚Äô team is jointly headed by Vittorio Allavena, who specialises in complex litigation, and international arbitration expert Laurence Shore. The practice is highly regarded in both areas and recently represented Atahotels in a damages action filed by Fondazione Enpam and Enpam Real Estate regarding an alleged lack of execution of improvement construction works pertaining to Tanka Village Resort during the lease period. The group‚Äôs client roster also includes A2A, Cassa di Risparmio Cesena, Banca CR Firenze and La 7. Monica Iacoviello¬†‚Äėis an outstanding litigator' who is particularly noted for 'tough and complex hearings‚Äô and ‚Äėhas a natural gift in illustrating highly sophisticated trial strategies to clients‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Monica Iacoviello - BonelliErede

Vittorio Allavena - BonelliErede

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EU and competition law
EU and competition law - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team advised the Luxottica Group on its cross-border merger with Essilor and on the acquisition of manufacturer of plano sunglasses Berbeniri. In other highlights, the team defended Unilever Italia in proceedings concerning an abuse of dominant position in the ice cream market, and represented Dussman Service in proceedings opened by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) that sought to ascertain the existence of bid rigging during a public tender called by Consip for the award of facility management services in public administration buildings. Practice head Claudio Tesauro¬†is ‚Äėvery structured and finds suitable solutions with a strong rationale‚Äô; ‚Äėvery good lawyer‚Äô Sara Lembo¬†and Francesco Anglani¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Claudio Tesauro - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Sara Lembo - BonelliErede

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

Noted for its strength in depth, BonelliErede‚Äôs team is ‚Äėprofessional and highly knowledgeable‚Äô and is a popular choice for clients in a wide range of sectors seeking advice on M&A-related employment issues, employee protection, international employment law matters, workforce downsizing, collective redundancy procedures and consultations with trade unions. Marcello Giustiniani¬†assisted Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena with the restrictions on executive remuneration arising from state aid regulations and advised Assicurazioni Generali on industrial relations with the European Works Council relating to several M&A transactions carried out across Europe. Antonella Negri¬†is another key member of the practice.

Leading individuals

Antonella Negri - BonelliErede

Marcello Giustiniani - BonelliErede

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Genoa: leading firms
Genoa: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede's 40-strong team in Genoa acts for a number of key clients, such as Axpo Italia and Gruppo Messina. Corporate partner Marco Arato and senior counsel Lucia Radicioni advise Intermarine on the negotiation and drafting of military vessel shipbuilding agreements, transfer of technology agreements and industrial participation agreements. Also notable is that Andrea La Mattina provides ongoing assistance to Siat with insurance and maritime law matters, as well as cargo claims. Elsewhere, the firm's varied portfolio of work spans other areas, such as insolvency and restructuring, and administrative law.

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Industry focus: Energy
Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

The energy and infrastructure group at¬†BonelliErede¬†'adds value to operations' with its 'deep knowledge of the energy market'. Key areas of activity are¬†corporate and M&A, banking and finance and administrative law. A team led by¬†Catia Tomasetti¬†and Silvia Romanelli¬†assisted EF Solare with both a¬†‚ā¨1bn refinancing of a portfolio of photovoltaic plants, and also the corporate reorganisation of the company. Other highlights include advising¬†Irisacqua on amendments to the concession for an integrated water system and on a prospective financing transaction. Gabriele Malgeri, who was made senior counsel in January 2018, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Gabriele Malgeri - BonelliErede

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede's 'exceptional team' has a 'clear vision' of the industry, with practitioners advising on EU and competition, corporate and M&A, IP,¬† litigation and administrative law. It also assists clients with regulatory issues at both Italian and European level. Of counsel Vincenzo Salvatore, who was promoted to team head in January 2019,¬†¬†is particularly noted for his EU law expertise.¬†A key highlight for the firm involved assisting medical equipment manufacturer¬†Esaote¬†with the¬†‚ā¨248m sale of its entire share capital to a consortium of Chinese investors. Andrea Carta Mantiglia¬†was promoted to executive director of the firm in December 2018. Counsel Monica Fantino¬†is recommended for her corporate and commercial knowledge.

Next generation lawyers

Monica Fantino - BonelliErede

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Industry focus: Manufacturing
Industry focus: Manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede's multidisciplinary team fields experts in corporate and M&A, banking and finance, IP, dispute resolution and tax. The firm's client base includes car manufacturers, as well as those in the steel and industrial machinery sectors. Claudio Tesauro¬†and Leonardo Armati¬†acted as antitrust counsel to¬†Prysmian Group, a manufacturer of electric power transmission and telecoms cables, on its¬†‚ā¨3bn merger with¬†General Cable. In other work, the team represented steel manufacturer Tenaris in tax litigation.¬†Mario Roli¬†and¬†Marco Arato¬†are also noted.

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Industry focus: Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede's activity in the retail sector spans areas such as corporate, banking and finance, tax and administrative law.¬†Claudio Tesauro¬†and others are acting as global antitrust counsel to Luxottica Group on its proposed¬†‚ā¨50bn merger with¬†Essilor. In addition,¬†Enrico Vaccaro¬†led advice to Grandi Stazioni Retail on its acquisition of Retail Group. Alessandro Balp¬†and Emanuela Da Rin¬†are key contacts.

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Industry focus: TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 5

BonelliErede

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Industry focus: luxury goods
Industry focus: luxury goods - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

Francesco Anglani¬†is the head of the luxury sector team at¬†BonelliErede, which provides the full spectrum of advice to its clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. Recent highlights include¬†Claudio Tesauro¬†and others acting as global antitrust counsel to Luxottica Group on its ‚ā¨50bn merger with Essilor, and also advising the same client on the competition aspects of its ‚ā¨140m acquisition of Barberini. On the contentious side,¬†Andrea Silvestri¬†successfully represented some of the managers of an Italian luxury jewellery and accessories brand at the Court of Rome in a case involving allegations of tax evasion. The firm's other matters involve areas such as corporate governance, compliance, leasing contracts and outsourcing.¬†Giovanni Guglielmetti¬†is the name to note for IP issues.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

Intellectual Property: Copyright - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede specialises in design rights and patent-related matters, advising domestic and international clients from the energy, media, technology, automobile, insurance, luxury goods and food sectors in contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Giovanni Guglielmetti is recommended.

Leading individuals

Giovanni Guglielmetti - BonelliErede

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede is highly rated for national and cross-border fund formation, corporate issues, lending and the tax structuring of acquisitions, along with reorganisations and exits, due diligence and management incentive schemes. Mario Roli advised Astorg on the sale of the Megadyne Group, which produces belts and transmission systems, to global private equity (PE) fund Partners Group; and Eliana Catalano assisted Fondo Strategico Italiano with the acquisition,through its FSI Mid-Market Growth Equity Fund, of approximately 41 per cent of Missoni, an Italy-based fashion house. Umberto Nicodano leads the PE focus team; other key individuals are Vittorio Pomarici, Carlo Montagna, Alessandra Piersimoni and Giulia Bianchi Frangipane.  Augusto Praloran is an experienced managing associate.

Leading individuals

Umberto Nicodano - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Augusto Praloran - BonelliErede

Giulia Bianchi Frangipane - BonelliErede

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede assists asset management companies, investors, banks and developers with portfolio transactions, financing, the establishment and management of real estate funds, the drafting and negotiation of lease and management agreements, and the development of projects. The practice recently advised Italian real estate investor Beni Stabili on the merger agreement with Foncière des Régions and acted for Amundi on the purchase of a property in the centre of Milan from the Statuto Group. On the financing side, practice head Emanuela Da Rin assisted BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB and UBI Banca with the financing of the real estate fund Porta Nuova Gioia managed by Coima regarding the development of a 120-metre-high building in Milan. Alessandro Balp is another name to note. Giuseppe Mele joined DLA Piper in December 2017.

Leading individuals

Alessandro Balp - BonelliErede

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede advises on all insolvency aspects and acts for insolvent companies, creditors, liquidators, administrators, trustees in bankruptcy, lenders and funds specialising in distressed companies. The team advised Sole Shipping on its involvement in the restructuring of the indebtedness of Navigazione Montanari through a ship sale and lease-back transaction. The 'simply outstanding and highly reputed' Marco Arato heads the restructuring and insolvency team and Elisabetta Varni is 'highly professional'. Other key contacts are Marco Passalacqua and Paolo Oliviero; at managing associate level Lucio Guttilla 'has deep knowledge of his matters' and Fabio Macrì is highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Marco Arato - BonelliErede

Paolo Oliviero - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Fabio Macrì - BonelliErede

Lucio Guttilla - BonelliErede

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede advises on group taxation, corporate tax planning and corporate restructuring, and international tax as well as the tax aspects of employee incentive plans and estate planning for private individuals. Other areas of strength include the tax elements of cross border-reorganisation projects, investment funds and financial investments, litigation and transfer pricing. Tax team co-ordinator Andrea Silvestri advised Beni Stabili, an Italian publicly traded company, on the tax aspects of a merger agreement with French company Foncière des Régions (now Covivio). Additional  significant matters include Stefano Brunello and Andrea Manzitti acting for Luxottica on the tax issues surrounding its merger with Essilor International. The other names to note are co-managing partner Stefano Simontacchi and Riccardo Ubaldini, while Francesco Nardacchione  is well regarded at managing associate level.

Leading individuals

Andrea Manzitti - BonelliErede

Andrea Silvestri - BonelliErede

Stefano Simontacchi - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Francesco Nardacchione - BonelliErede

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