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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

PIAZZA BELGIOIOSO, 2, 20121 MILANO, ITALY
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Bologna, Brussels, London, Milan, New York, Padua and 2 more

Italy

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

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

With more than 30 lawyers, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ public law practice is one of the largest in Italy. The team advised Ital Gas Storage on the granting and management of a gas storage concession, obtaining building and operational permits, and challenging the Energy and Gas Authority over storage tariffs before the relevant administrative court. In Milan, zoning and tenders specialist Maria Grazia Lanero is ‘a top lawyer’, Antonella Capria and Teodora Marocco are environmental law experts, and Ottaviano Sanseverino Vimercati and the ‘business-orientedGiuseppe Velluto are energy and infrastructure specialists. Rome-based Antonio Lirosi is an administrative law and tenders expert.

Leading individuals

Giuseppe Velluto - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Maria Grazia Lanero - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

One of the best law firms in Italy’, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’thorough team is highly creative at finding solutions’. The practice regularly assists banks and corporations with domestic and cross-border M&A and investments. Evidencing the practice’s high-end deal experience, Rome-based Francesco Gianni acted for the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance on Poste Italiane’s up-to €9bn privatisation; the team also advised Hitachi on the high-profile acquisition of 40% of Ansaldo STS, a listed manufacturer of railway signalling equipment, and AnsaldoBreda. Other key Rome advisers include Mauro Sambati, Roberto Cappelli, Ilaria Maria Placco, the ‘highly professional’ Andrea Aiello, and Alfredo D’Aniello, who has ‘excellent negotiation skills’. Milan-based Alessandro Giuliani, Alessandro Stoppa and India desk head Rosario Zaccà are also recommended.

Leading individuals

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

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

Next generation lawyers

Valentina Dragoni - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners is particularly well regarded for its commercial dispute resolution practice, where it often acts for high-profile clients such as Credit Suisse, Bridgestone and Eni. In addition, the ten-partner team can also rely on the contentious expertise of its IP, employment, tax and antitrust departments, which can add another nine litigation partners. Highlights included defending EDF against a €300m damages claim brought by a shareholder of Edison and successfully assisting Hitachi with opposing an injunction sought by shareholders of Ansaldo STS to prevent the client voting at a shareholder meeting. The highly rated GianBattista Origoni and Antonio Auricchio jointly head the practice.

Leading individuals

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

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ competition practice has a particularly strong standing in the banking, energy and transport sectors; it continues to attract high-profile instructions concerning ICA investigations, private enforcements, abuse of dominance cases and merger control. Notably, the recommended Alberto Pera has been defending Eni in follow-on actions related to the jet fuel cartel. Piero Fattori heads the team.

Leading individuals

Piero Fattori - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘excellent’ employment practice has longstanding experience in advising local and multinational corporations on trade union rights, reorganisations and M&A-related employment matters. Recently, ‘tremendous negotiator’ Saverio Schiavone advised Dexia Crediop on a collective dismissal procedure. Paola Tradati heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Paola Tradati - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘very skilled’ IP team is headed by the ‘very experiencedNino di Bella, which recently advised Digicom on patent infringement proceedings related to a system for geolocation in gaming equipment.

Leading individuals

Nino di Bella - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Transactional highlights for Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners included advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, an Australia-based infrastructure asset manager, on the acquisition of Società Gasdotti Italia. Other matters saw the team act for BNP Paribas REIM on the liquidation of a real estate investment fund; it also regularly assists with the setting up of new funds.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners regularly advises on retail, fashion and luxury, infrastructure, health and pharma-related private equity matters. Rome-based Roberto Cappelli advised private equity firms Hutton Collins and Three Hills Capital Partners on their exit from an investment in Dedalus, an Italian healthcare software group. Rome-based Francesco Gianni, Stefano Bucci and Renato Giallombardo are also recommended, as is Milan-based Gianluca Ghersini.

Leading individuals

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

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

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners assists with corporate law issues, zoning and building regulations, environmental law, real estate financing, taxation and capital markets, and property transactions. The team advised Carpathia Real Estate and Stardust Real Estate on the sale of a real estate complex in Milan. Rome-based Domenico Tulli and Milan-based Davide Braghini are recommended along with Alessandro Stoppa, who divides time between Milan and London.

Leading individuals

Domenico Tulli - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘commitment to its clients is huge’. Rome-based team head Gabriella Covino is ‘a superb project coordinator who motivates her team to best-practice performances’; she and Antonio Auricchio recently assisted BNL and Ifitalia with an agreement to reschedule and refinance the debts of Fondazione S Maugeri. Rome-based Giuseppe De Simone is also highly rated, as is Paolo Gnignati in Padua and Luca Jeantet in Turin, who is ‘an excellent performer during high-stress situations’.

Leading individuals

Gabriella Covino - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners recently advised NB Renaissance and Apax VIII funds on the tax aspects of an investment agreement to purchase approximately 37.1% of Ingegneria Informatica. Rome-based Fabio Chiarenza ‘gets straight to the point and is very quick-minded’; Luciano Acciari is also recommended. In Milan, Nicola Boella and Stefano Grilli are also highly rated, and Alessandro Zalonis is ‘fully committed to clients’.

Leading individuals

Luciano Acciari - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Italy: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partnersprovides outstanding work’. Rome-based Giuseppe De Simone is ‘highly competent and able to meet complex requests despite tight timing’; he recently advised Intesa SanPaolo on the assignment of non-performing loans (NPLs) to Creditech. Other recommended figures in Rome are Stefano Agnoli, who ‘understands clients’ needs’, as well as Eugenio Grippo and Matteo Gotti. Key figures in Milan include projects and infrastructure head Ottaviano Sanseverino, Matteo Bragantini and Emanuele Grippo.

Leading individuals

Ottaviano Sanseverino - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ key Milan advisers include Matteo Bragantini, projects and infrastructure head Ottaviano Sanseverino and Emanuele Grippo. Rome-based Giuseppe De Simone advised Intesa SanPaolo on the assignment of non-performing loans (NPLs) to Creditech. Eugenio Grippo, Stefano Agnoli and Matteo Gotti are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Ottaviano Sanseverino - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘professionals are responsive and highly skilled’. Rome and Milan-based Andrea Marani is ‘a prominent lawyer and very focused on client needs’. The team advised Morgan Stanley & Co International as sole underwriter on CLN’s €100m issuance of notes. Milan-based Richard Hamilton and Fabio Ilacqua are recommended along with Rome-based securitisation expert Stefano Agnoli.

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ Rome-based department head Andrea Marani is ‘very helpful during long, complex negotiations’. Fabio Ilacqua in Milan advised UniCredit Bank (Milan) and Banca Intermobiliare di Investimenti e Gestioni on the IPO and listing of H-Farm.

Leading individuals

Fabio Ilacqua - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Italy: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ energy lawyers are particularly active in the renewable energy, oil and gas sectors, where they rank among ‘the best professionals in the market’, who ‘strive for excellence’ and ‘work well beyond their contractual duties’. Practice head Ottaviano Sanseverino advised Ital Gas Storage on a €1.05bn project financing for the construction and operation of an underground gas storage facility. The team also recently worked for GDF Suez, A2A and the Province of Padua. Oriana Granato made partner and Francesco Puntillostands out from the crowd’.

Leading individuals

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

Ottaviano Sanseverino - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Healthcare and life sciences
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Luxury goods
Industry focus: luxury goods - ranked: tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’highly responsive and creative team’ regularly advises on high-profile corporate deals in the luxury goods and fashion sectors. Francesco Gianni is the key contact.

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ commercial highlights included advising Leonardo Finmeccanica on the signing of a cooperation agreement with Rosneft Group, regarding the sale of 20 commercial helicopters. It also assisted the Lualdi Family with the sale of a 40% stake in Petrolvalves.

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners recently advised Ferrovie dello Stato on the privatisation of Grandi Stazioni, its major railway station subsidiary, which will involve the creation of two new companies, one of which – Grandi Stazioni Retail – will manage the commercial activities of the stations.

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners recently assisted a consortium of RCS shareholders with an €811m offer to buy RCS Media Group. Nino Di Bella and Francesco Gianni head the practice, which covers transactional, contentious and regulatory media expertise.

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Italy: Other leading firms

Bologna
Bologna: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners recently assisted Nasdaq-listed Sevcon with the acquisition of Italian company, Bassi; and acted for Turkish company Kale on the sale of its business unit, Edilcuoghi. The office also has a robust litigation and arbitration practice. Pietro Buccarelli and Federico Dettori are recommended.

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Padua
Padua: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘service is excellent for technical competence, business acumen and responsiveness’. The team recently acted for APV Investimenti on the public tender procedure for the sale of the majority stake in the company, APVS. Paolo Brugnera is recommended for M&A, Paolo Gnignati is a litigation, insolvency and restructuring expert, and Marco Malipiero is well known for energy and infrastructure deals. Other key advisers include Giacomo Sartor, who is particularly experienced in assisting with M&A transactions involving north-eastern Italy; and Ettore Scimemi, a specialist in corporate, commercial and insurance litigation, corporate and financial markets, and bankruptcy.

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Turin
Turin: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ Turin office is particularly focused on corporate and M&A deals, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Recent deal highlights include advising Tecnoinvestimenti on the 70% acquisition of Co.Mark. It also assisted a group of 13 banks with the restructuring of liabilities of six Fincos group companies. Turin office managing partner Luca Mastromatteo combines ‘excellent response times and industry knowledge’; he stands out for international contracts, including M&A deals, sales, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements. Moreno Martini is recommended for the sale and purchase of shareholdings, and has led teams on automotive sector outsourcings; Luca Jeantet, who is ‘determined and has deep knowledge’, specialises in commercial law and insolvency issues.

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