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BonelliErede

VIA BAROZZI 1, 20122 MILAN, ITALY
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Italy

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

BonelliErede

Among several recruits joining the team, BonelliErede hired Milan-based Luca Perfetti from Villata, Degli Esposti, Perfetti e Associati; he has extensive experience in the telecoms, transport, real estate and environmental sectors. The team acted for La7 in a dispute involving the channel numbering of new digital television frequencies. Domenico Ielo, Cristina Mezzabarba and of counsel Salvatore La Porta are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Domenico Ielo - BonelliErede

Luca Perfetti - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Salvatore La Porta - BonelliErede

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

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s client base includes impressive names such as Eni, Blackstone, Permira and Tod’s. The firm has an ‘excellent practice that is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and client-oriented’. Umberto Nicodano and Carlo Montagna are group heads along with Stefano Cacchi Pessani, who ‘provides tailored valuable assistance and is fully committed to clients’. Cacchi Pessani worked alongside Stefano Micheli and founding partner Sergio Erede, who is ‘an outstanding lawyer and a real star in the Italian legal environment’, to advise Pirelli & Co on the segregation of its consumer business from the industrial division and on its subsequent integration of the latter into China National Tire & Rubber Company’s corresponding business. The team also acted for Abertis, the listed Spanish infrastructure group, on the acquisition of a majority stake in A4 Holding, the Italian motorway holding company. Alessandra Piersimoni is ‘someone clients really trust when working on challenging deals’, and Rome-based Roberto Cera is ‘appreciated for his leadership in corporate matters’. Other key figures include Alessandro Balp, Mario Roli - Alberto Saravalle and Andrea Carta Mantiglia, as well as Paolo Daino, Gianfranco Veneziano, Matteo Bonelli, Eliana Catalano, Vittoria Giustiniani and Umberto Nicodano. Rome-based Barbara Napolitano and Silvia Romanelli are also names to note; all other attorneys mentioned are based in Milan, except where noted otherwise.

Leading individuals

Roberto Cera - BonelliErede

Sergio Erede - BonelliErede

Umberto Nicodano - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Elena Busson - BonelliErede

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s dispute resolution group stands out for its ‘full mastery of legal topics’, as well as its ‘ability to communicate and negotiate with the clients’ counterpart’. The ‘excellent’ team recently defended Unipol Gruppo Finanziario against a €3.5bn liability claim brought by its subsidiary’s extraordinary receivership, which had arisen from a demerger operation. In other work, the team defended A.C.F. Fiorentina against a €200m damages claim brought by Bologna FC 1990 regarding an alleged sports fraud. Practice co-heads Vittorio Allavena and Alberto Saravalle are recommended along with the ‘highly qualified’ Monica Iacoviello, who produces ‘incredible solutions’, as well as Paolo Daino and of counsel Antonio Crivellaro, who are ‘exceptional international arbitrators’.

Leading individuals

Vittorio Allavena - BonelliErede

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s great reputation in the competition arena is based on ‘in-depth knowledge’, ‘good relationships with the authorities’ and ‘a simply exceptional service level’. The sizeable department advised clients such as Unilever and Telecom Italia during numerous investigations and abuse of dominance proceedings; other work included assisting the Italian banks BNL, Creval and ICBPI with proceedings before the ICA related to an allegedly anti-competitive agreement. Practice head Claudio Tesauro is ‘very effective when he takes the floor’.

Leading individuals

Claudio Tesauro - BonelliErede

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede exhibits ‘high dedication to achieving its clients’ goals’ on the entire spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. In 2016, ‘real rainmaker’ Marcello Giustiniani assisted Telecom Italia, Assicurazioni Generali and UniCredit with the negotiation of CEO and managerial succession and ‘excellent litigator’ Antonella Negri advised a multinational oil and gas company on trade union relations.

Leading individuals

Antonella Negri - BonelliErede

Marcello Giustiniani - BonelliErede

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

Intellectual property: copyright - ranked: tier 3

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s IP practice is ‘excellent in every aspect’, covering the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border matters. The group continues to assist fashion company Valentino with IP rights enforcement and recently defended Gillette against a claim brought by Kelemata related to an alleged breach of a global trade mark coexistence agreement. Giovanni Guglielmetti has ‘a thorough knowledge of IP law’.

Leading individuals

Giovanni Guglielmetti - BonelliErede

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede has a deep team and is regularly involved in key Italian private equity transactions. Private equity focus leader Umberto Nicodano advised GE on the sale of GE Capital Interbanca Group to Banca IFIS. Mario Roli is ‘very commercially aware and client-oriented, and great at meeting challenging deadlines’ – he assisted state-owned Singaporean investment company Temasek with its investment in Moncler. Alessandra Piersimoni is ‘dedicated to clients and has the rare combination of both legal expertise and commercial judgement’. Eliana Catalano, Andrea Carta Mantiglia and Vittorio Pomarici are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Umberto Nicodano - BonelliErede

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

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s team acts on large real estate deals, property financings and tax structuring, as well as a range of disputes over issues such as property ownership, leasing and planning; clients include property companies, institutional investors, real estate funds and asset management companies. Recent instructions include advising Fawaz Al Hokair (a Saudi Arabian real estate and fashion retail company) on the framework agreement for the development of the Milanosesto area, which includes residential buildings and a shopping centre. Emanuela Da Rin in Rome is recommended along with Milan-based Alessandro Balp and Matteo Bonelli.

Leading individuals

Alessandro Balp - BonelliErede

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

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.

Leading individuals

Marco Arato - BonelliErede

Paolo Oliviero - BonelliErede

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s ‘lawyers have impeccable credentials, specialised knowledge and a wealth of experience’. The team recently acted for Telecom Italia on a tax assessment, involving transfer pricing aspects. Tax department coordinator Andrea Silvestri is recommended along with Andrea Manzitti, transfer pricing focus leader Stefano Simontacchi and Riccardo Ubaldini; all four are based in Milan.

Leading individuals

Andrea Manzitti - BonelliErede

Andrea Silvestri - BonelliErede

Stefano Simontacchi - BonelliErede

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Italy: Banking and finance

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

BonelliErede

BonelliErede regularly acts on the regulatory side to significant banking sector M&A deals. It also advises major banks and investment firms on the rules governing investment services and banking activities; the team has substantial expertise in the asset management sector. Milan-based Giuseppe Rumi is recommended.

Leading individuals

Giuseppe Rumi - BonelliErede

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

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s expertise encompasses acquisition finance, corporate finance, property finance, project finance, restructuring, financial services and related regulatory issues. The team advised a consortium, comprised of Antin Infrastructure Partners, Borletti Group and ICAMAP, on the financing of its acquisition of Grandi Stazioni Retail. Catia Tomasetti in Rome and Milan-based Emanuela Da Rin are recommended.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Antonio La Porta - BonelliErede

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

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s expertise encompasses acquisition, corporate and real estate finance, as well as project finance, restructuring and financial services. Group head Catia Tomasetti in Rome advised an international financial institution on the project financing of a hospital in Treviso. Milan-based Emanuela Da Rin is also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede has ‘an extremely responsive and knowledgeable practice’, which recently advised Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane on a Euro medium term note (EMTN) private placement. Milan-based Carlo Montagna and Rome-based Emanuela Da Rin are recommended along with Rome-based Massimiliano Danusso, formerly the Italian international capital markets head at Allen & Overy – Studio Legale Associato.

Leading individuals

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Stefania Aristei - BonelliErede

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede is highly rated for its expertise in privatisations and listings, as well as capital raisings. The team advised the global coordinators on ENAV’s IPO and admission to listing on the Italian Stock Exchange; the client list also includes high-profile companies (as issuers). Milan-based Carlo Montagna, Gianfranco Veneziano, Alberto Saravalle, Vittoria Giustiniani, are recommended along with Alessandra Piersimoni, an ‘outstanding hands-on lawyer who brings great value during difficult deal negotiations’. In Rome, Emanuela Da Rin, Silvia Romanelli and Barbara Napolitano are also highly rated. The firm recruited Allen & Overy – Studio Legale Associato’s former Italian international capital markets head, Massimiliano Danusso, in Rome.

Leading individuals

Gianfranco Veneziano - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Mauro Cusmai - BonelliErede

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Italy: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede has deep cross-border expertise in the full range of energy matters, notably in M&A and project finance, and further strengthened its highly regarded practice by hiring administrative and public law expert Luca Perfetti. Notably, the group advised oil and gas heavyweight Eni on the sale of its 12.5% stake in Saipem and assisted Etrion with the €222m refinancing of ten photovoltaic solar power plants. Mario Roli and Catia Tomasetti are also key contacts, along with recently promoted partner Elena Busson.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede recruited of counsel Vincenzo Salvatore, former head of legal services at the European Medicines Agency, to join its Milan office. The team has strong transactional and regulatory experience, while contentious highlights included advising Novartis on developing an advocacy strategy in relation to a potential legal action by private and public bodies. Healthcare and life sciences focus team leader Andrea Carta Mantiglia has ‘excellent negotiation skills’.

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

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s team advises global luxury groups and family-run businesses on investing in Italy and internationally, general operational needs, M&A and generational change issues. The practice advised Tod’s, the Italy-based shoemaker and leather goods group, on the €530m acquisition of the Roger Vivier and Roger Vivier Paris brands. Milan-based Carlo Montagna is luxury focus team leader.

Leading individuals

Carlo Montagna - BonelliErede

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s scope of practice includes corporate and M&A transactions, restructuring and insolvency issues, banking and finance deals and dispute resolution. High-value sector deals included advising Pirelli & Co on the segregation of its consumer (cars and motorcycles) business from the industrial (trucks and off-road vehicles) business and the subsequent integration of the latter into China National Tire & Rubber Company’s corresponding division. It also acted for Brembo on the acquisition of a majority stake in Asimco Mailian Braking System (China).

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s scope of practice includes corporate and M&A deals, competition law, IP issues, taxation and real estate finance. High-profile deals included advising Kering Group on the €65m sale of Italian luxury shoemaker Sergio Rossi to private equity group, Investindustrial. On the buy- side, the team acted for Tod’s, the Italy-based shoemaker and leather goods group, on the €530m acquisition of luxury brand, Roger Vivier, and Roger Vivier Paris.

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TMT
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

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Italy: Other leading firms

Genoa
Genoa: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

Marco Arato, head of the restructuring and insolvency focus team, is managing partner of the Genoa office of BonelliErede. Recent work for the office includes advising the banks on the restructuring of GF Group’s indebtedness and assisting shipbuilder Jobson Italia with shipping law issues. Vittorio Allavena, Elisabetta Varni, Vittorio Lupoli and Fulvio Marvulli are also recommended, as are Alessandro Musella, Mario Olivieri and Gianpiero Succi.

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