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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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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

Regularly involved in important transactions in Italy, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' corporate and M&A group is led by the widely respected Francesco Gianni and Roberto Cappelli, while recent growth in the practice included Gabriele Arcuri and Andrea Gritti making partner. Key matters include Alessandro Giuliani leading the Italian law advice to Patheon, a global provider of drug development and delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical and biopharma sectors, on its sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific; and Alfredo D’Aniello acting for UniCredit on an agreement with Dorotheum for the sale of its Italian pawn credit business. The practice also acted for Atlantia on a joint investment with ACS and Hochtief in Abertis Infraestructuras, the Spanish-listed infrastructure company. Other highly regarded names are Andrea Aiello, Massimiliano Calabrò, Valentina Dragoni and Francesco Selogna. The firm also fields several foreign desk heads, including Rosario Zaccà for India and Mauro Sambati for Korea and Japan.

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Industry focus: TMT

Within: Industry focus: TMT

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners's TMT department is led by  Francesco Gianni  and Nino Di Bella. Recent highlights include assisting a consortium of lenders - including Unicredit and BNP Paribas - with a  €510m bridge financing for Open Fiber's construction of ultra-broadband infrastructures. Additionally, the group successfully acted for Digicom in patent infringement proceedings concerning geolocation systems in gaming equipment. Luca Rinaldi is another name to note.

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Private equity

Within: Leading individuals

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

Within: Private equity

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' PE sector experience has traditionally been in retail, fashion and luxury, insurance, infrastructure, health and pharmaceuticals; and the team assists with complex exit and governance situations. Stefano Bucci acted for KKR on the acquisition, through its controlled company Selecta, of Gruppo Argenta, a vending and coffee service provider, from Motion Equity Partners; and Gianluca Ghersini advised Ergon Capital Partners on the sale of Golden Goose, an Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company, to The Carlyle Group. Francesco Gianni and Roberto Cappelli are widely esteemed transactional practitioners; other experienced names are Renato Giallombardo and Massimiliano Calabrò.

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