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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Abu Dhabi, Bologna, Brussels, London, Milan, New York and 3 more

Francesco Gianni

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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Francesco Gianni is the Head of the firm’s Corporate/M&A department.


Francesco Gianni is one of the founding partners of Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners. He is regarded as one of the top lawyers in Europe in the fields of M&A and of structured finance. Due to his position at the pinnacle of the M&A field, Francesco is frequently asked to represent some of the largest companies and investment banks in Europe. His focus is on corporate finance transactions, particularly general public M&A and public to private M&A. He has developed significant experience in privatization processes of Italian state-owned companies. He boasts extensive experience in the arbitration field too.


Francesco obtained an LL.M from the University of London, King’s College in 1976 and an LL.M from the University of Michigan Law School in 1977. Early in his career, he gained experience working in the U.S. for top law firms.


Italian, English and French


He has been admitted to practice law in Italy and is a member of the New York Bar.


He graduated in Law from the University of Rome in 1973.


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Francesco Gianni - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

A ‘go-to firm in Italy for M&A and corporate matters’, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners fields ‘very responsive, knowledgeable partners with strong business acumen and excellent insights’. The practice is highly rated for its advice to commercial and industrial companies and financial institutions on M&A transactions, but also assists medium-sized businesses with their investment programmes and day-to-day activities. New initiatives included the launch of an art law practice as well as the set-up of GOP4Venture, a specialised group dedicated to venture capital and technology transfer. The group further strengthened its public M&A team with the arrival of counsel Giulia Staderini from regulator CONSOB. Recent work highlights include advising Atlantia, the Italian listed infrastructure company, on the voluntary tender offer to acquire Spanish-listed infrastructure company Abertis Infraestructuras and acting for Patheon, a global provider of high-quality drug development and delivery solutions, on its sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific. ‘Truly fantastic dealmakerFrancesco Gianni and Roberto Cappelli head the team, which also includes the ‘very responsive’ Andrea Aiello, ‘excellent M&A lawyer’ Alfredo D’Aniello and Stefano Ambrosioni, who ‘has innovative ideas for problem solving’. Mauro Sambati is Korea desk head; Rosario Zaccà is India desk head; and other highly rated names include Alessandro Giuliani, Ilaria Maria Placco, Valentina Dragoni and Francesco Selogna.

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Private equity

Within: Leading individuals

Francesco Gianni - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Within: Private equity

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘excellent practice’ is particularly active in the retail, fashion and luxury, infrastructure, healthcare and pharma sectors. Gianluca Ghersini, who ‘has a strong commercial attitude’, assisted Ergon Capital Partners, a private equity arm of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, with the sale of an Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company and Stefano Bucci advised Charterhouse Capital Partners on the acquisition of Optima. Stefano Ambrosioni ‘has great insight’; practice head Francesco Gianni, Roberto Cappelli and Renato Giallombardo are also highly rated.

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