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Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

PIAZZA BELGIOIOSO, 2, 20121 MILANO, ITALY
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Italy

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

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Headed by Maria Grazia Lanero, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ sizeable and multi-disciplinary practice includes experts in public law, administrative litigation, environment, zoning and planning, project finance and energy regulation. Rome-based Antonio Lirosi represented Hitachi in a complex dispute before the Genoa Court and the Lazio Regional Administrative Tribunal (TAR) related to the client’s tender offer for minority interests in Ansaldo STS and Giuseppe Velluto advised Cariplo Foundation on a large public-private partnership (PPP) initiative regarding energy efficiency.

Leading individuals

Antonio Lirosi - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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

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.

Leading individuals

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

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners has longstanding expertise in advising clients on Decree 231-related cases as well as conducting internal investigations. In addition, the practice assists with privacy and data protection-related issues and the Italian implications of international FCPA and UK Bribery Act proceedings. Other areas of note include compliance programme set-ups and health checks. Daniele Vecchi and Federico Busatta are the key advisers.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ sizeable dispute resolution department is led by GianBattista Origoni and recently represented Residenziale Immobiliare 2004, a company which deals with redevelopment and marketing of real estate assets, in proceedings before the Court of Rome to seek damages for the breach of agreements and obligations concerning the construction of a luxury hotel and residence in Rome. Other notable highlights included defending the majority shareholder in Ansaldo STS Hitachi against a series of challenges and injunctions brought by minority shareholders against the client. Antonio Auricchio is another name to note.

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

Considered as ‘very sophisticated and very attentive to clients’, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners assisted Eni with an action filed by Alitalia before the Milan Court related to the ICA’s decision to fine Eni and five other companies for anti-competitive practices in the Italian jet fuel market. It also advised Unicredit on proceedings initiated by the ICA against the Italian Banking Association and several Italian banks in order to ascertain whether the provision of the SEDA service breaches Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The practice is headed by Rome-based Alberto Pera and Piero Fattori, whose ‘knowledge of antitrust issues regarding state-owned companies is unique. Matteo Padellaro made partner in 2017 and Francesco Maria Salerno joined the Brussels office from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

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 is a ‘great legal business partner’ for clients seeking assistance with employment issues. The practice advised Kairos Group on labour matters concerning the incorporation of Kairos Julius Baer Simin within Kairos Partners SGR, and assisted ArcelorMittal with labour issues related to its joint bid (with Italian steel group Marcegaglia) to acquire Italian steel plant Ilva. Practice head Paola Tradati, Rome-based Raffaella Betti Berutto and Cristina Capitanio are highly recommended.

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 advised publisher De Agostini Editore on matters related to the ownership of economic exploitation rights and trade mark rights over the famous children’s fiction character Heidi. Daikin Air Conditioning and Adidas are other notable clients. Nino Di Bella is the name to note.

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

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ funds expertise leverages the experience of the firm’s lawyers in the M&A, corporate and commercial, banking and finance, and capital markets groups; the group also regularly draws upon the regulatory, litigation, antitrust, real estate, and restructuring practices. Real estate specialist Davide Braghini assisted Coima SGR with setting up Coima Opportunity Fund II, a new €500m real estate investment fund, which is dedicated to development and retrofitting projects in Italy.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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.

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 combines longstanding experience in corporate, capital markets and taxation matters with deep expertise in zoning and building regulations, real estate financing and environmental protection work. The team assisted Varde with an acquisition of the entire accommodation facilities portfolio of Italian luxury hotel group Boscolo and Rome-based Domenico Tulli advised property developer CDP Immobiliare on the implementation of a planned acquisition of privately held quality resorts and hotels in Italy. Davide Braghini is also noted.

Leading individuals

Davide Braghini - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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’ ‘outstanding practice’ is highly regarded for complex restructurings, including out-of-court and in-court proceedings. The practice advised CIS and Interporto Campano on a transaction involving the restructuring of their financial indebtedness. Gabriella Covinohas exceptional ability’, Antonio Auricchio is ‘very talented’ and Luca Jeantet is ‘an excellent performer’. Giuseppe De Simone and Paolo Gnignati are other key practitioners.

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 & Partnersalways exceeds expectations’. The practice assists with purchase and acquisition structures, and implementation agreements and deeds as well as tax litigation and audits. Fabio Chiarenza, who is ‘reliable and knowledgeable’, advised Open Fiber and its shareholders on the availability of high-value tax allowances and Stefano Grilli assisted Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux with tax matters regarding the acquisition of a majority stake in football club A.C. Milan. Luciano Acciarigets straight to the point’ and Nicola Boella, Alessandro Zalonis and Vittorio Zucchelli are also highly regarded; Luciano Bonito Oliva is a key associate.

Leading individuals

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

Next generation lawyers

Luciano Bonito Oliva - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Italy: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: bank regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partnersprovides an excellent service in terms of quality and timely responses’ and has particular expertise in advising on the distribution of banking, financial and insurance products. Its scope of work includes compliance and AML issues, as well market abuse matters and contentious issues. It recently assisted UniCredit with the updating of its internal policies and market abuse procedures. Paolo Bordi is highly rated.

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

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners includes project finance specialists, who are active in the hospitals, infrastructure, oil and gas, and energy and renewables sectors and ‘always provide outstanding work’. The team is particularly noted for its management of large NPL portfolios and also recently assisted Atlantia with the financing of a voluntary tender offer to acquire Spain’s Abertis Infraestructuras. Giuseppe De Simone is ‘an outstanding lawyer and negotiator’; Stefano Agnoli’s ‘main strengths are understanding clients’ needs’; and Emanuele Grippo has ‘a solutions-oriented attitude’. Other experienced advisers include Eugenio Grippo, Matteo Gotti, Ottaviano Sanseverino, Matteo Bragantini, and Oriana Granato.

Leading individuals

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

Next generation lawyers

Oriana Granato - 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 banking and finance team ‘has a very good understanding of its clients’ and is particularly active in the management of NPL portfolios; on the project finance side, the team is highly active in the hospitals, infrastructure, oil and gas, energy and renewables sectors. Giuseppe De Simone led advice to Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Banca IMI on Italian law aspects of the refinancing of existing facilities originally granted to Pirelli; Stefano Agnoli ‘has fantastic negotiation and communication skills’; and Emanuele Grippo is ‘recommended for his deep knowledge and appropriate advice’. Other noteworthy advisers include Eugenio Grippo, Matteo Gotti, Ottaviano Sanseverino and Matteo Bragantini.

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

Providing timely, value-for-money advice’, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners advises on the issue of bonds, including hybrid instruments and convertible bonds; MTN programmes; liability management transactions; securitisations; and NPLs. The team acted for Banca Sella in the 2016 update of its €1bn EMTN programme. Emanuele Grippo ‘demonstrates familiarity with very difficult matters’ and Stefano Agnoli ‘has great technical and commercial knowledge’. Andrea Marani, Richard Hamilton and Fabio Ilacqua are other experienced practitioners.

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners acts for issuers, selling shareholders and underwriters in initial and secondary public offerings of equity securities, as well as in rights issues and listing procedures on Italian stock exchanges. The team is also well versed in liability management transactions and real estate capital markets matters. It advised DMail Group on its rights issue. The names to note are Andrea Marani, Paolo Bordi, Fabio Ilacqua and Richard Hamilton.

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 fields an ‘excellent’ energy practice: recent highlights include advising Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets and Swiss Life on its acquisition of Società Gasdotti from infrastructure fund Eiser, and assisting Azienda Solare Italiana (ASI) with a second bond issuance and bank financing to refinance part of ASI’s solar portfolio. Ottaviano Sanseverino and the ‘strongly knowledgeableFrancesco Puntillo are highly recommended.

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’ recent highlights include advising Ergon Capital Partners on the sale of Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company Golden Goose to US-based private equity firm Carlyle and assisting Italian apparel manufacturer and lifestyle brand Moncler with setting up holding and joint venture companies for fashion and luxury products distribution in the UAE. M&A and private equity expert Gianluca Ghersini is a name to note.

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ areas of strength are corporate and M&A, private equity, restructuring and insolvency and competition. Advising ArcelorMittal in its joint bid with Italian steel company Marcegaglia to acquire steel plant Ilva is a key highlight, as was assisting UK-based private equity firm BlueGem with the sale of aftermarket tyres distributor Fintyre to Bain Capital.

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners advises businesses on the structuring of their retail networks in Italy and abroad, focusing on due diligence, search and securing of commercial premises, e-commerce, identification of partners and suppliers, preparation and opening of retail stores, management and promotion. Key clients include sunglasses and optical frames manufacturer Safilo and Philip Morris.

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ recent highlights include advising Sky Italia on a corporate joint venture project with some of the major Italian independent film producers, in order to create Vision Distribution, a new hub for the distribution of Italian and international films in Italy, and assisting Telecom Italia before the Toscana TAR with an appeal issued by telecoms operator Terrecabalate Reti e Servizi, which challenged the client’s win in the tender called by the University of Siena for its network connection service. Luca Rinaldi is a name to note.

Leading individuals

Luca Rinaldi - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

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Italy: Other leading firms

Bologna: leading firms
Bologna: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners advised Dreaming on the acquisition of HealthCityItalia, an Italian company that owns and operates sports and fitness centres, from Health City International. In another highlight, the group assisted Beko Italy with an exclusive supply agreement for high-level appliances by Grundig to kitchen manufacturers in Italy, the Republic of San Marino and Vatican City. Pietro Buccarelli and Federico Dettori are recommended.

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Padua: leading firms
Padua: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ recent highlights include advising Milleuno-Imoco on the acquisition of a 40% stake in multifunctional tractors manufacturer Antonio Carraro from the Carraro family, and assisting Sage Automotive Interiors with the acquisition of Apollo’s manufacturing assets. Paolo Brugnera and Paolo Gnignati are the names to note.

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Turin: leading firms
Turin: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners assisted Cozzi Parodi Holding and other companies of the Cozzi Parodi Group with restructuring matters, and advised Ennis Prismo Road Marking on its acquisition of road marking paint business Vernisol. Moreno Martini, Luca Mastromatteo and Luca Jeantet are the key contacts.

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