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Legance - Avvocati Associati

VIA DI SAN NICOLA DA TOLENTINO 67, 00187 ROMA, ITALY
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Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Jointly headed by the highly regarded Filippo Pacciani, Alessandro Botto and Giuseppe Abbruzzese, the administrative and public law practice at Legance - Avvocati Associati has outstanding expertise in public sector contracts, urban planning and local development, public finance and environmental matters. Recent highlights include assisting the Borletti Group and other investors with the construction and the financing of a shopping centre and defending CSL Behring in a case brought by Kedrion and Grifols before the Council of State regarding the tender procedure for the industrial processing of plasma. Alessandra Palatini was recently promoted to counsel.

Leading individuals

Filippo Pacciani - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati fields a team of lawyers who specialise in the regulatory aspects of banking, financial and insurance matters. It assisted doBank with the admission to trading of its shares on the Italian Stock Exchange, which involved a complex analysis of the listing's regulatory implications. Marco Penna is particularly focused on investment services, securities offerings and off-site offerings.

Next Generation Partners

Marco Penna - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati¬†covers¬†leveraged, acquisition, mezzanine project and real estate financing, as well as syndicated loans and securities lending transactions. Guido Iannoni Sebastianini¬†advised Enel on a revolving credit facility that was made available by a Mediobanca ‚Äď Banca di Credito Finanziario-led banking pool. The banking law group is co-ordinated by¬†Andrea Giannelli¬†and the energy, project and infrastructure department is¬†co-ordinated by Monica Colombera¬†and Filippo Ruffato.¬†Other highly rated advisers are¬†Luca Autuori,¬†Emanuele Espositi¬†and¬†Giandomenico Ciaramella¬†and recently promoted partner¬†Giovanni Scirocco.¬†The key senior counsels are recently promoted¬†Tommaso Bernasconi¬†as well as¬†Iacopo Fontana¬†and¬†Antonio Palazzolo.

Leading individuals

Andrea Giannelli - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Monica Colombera - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati's practice covers leveraged, acquisition, mezzanine, project and real estate financing. Other areas of strength are syndicated loans, debt restructurings and securities' lending transactions. The banking law group is co-ordinated by Andrea Giannelli and the energy, project and infrastructure department is co-ordinated by Monica Colombera and Filippo Ruffato. Giannelli acted for a pool of banks on a financing to Sintonia, which is wholly controlled by Edizione, the Benetton Family’s holding company. Other highly rated advisers are Luca Autuori, Guido Iannoni Sebastianini, Emanuele Espositi, Giandomenico Ciaramella and Giovanni Scirocco, who was promoted to the partnership in 2019. The key senior counsels are recently promoted Tommaso Bernasconi, as well as Iacopo Fontana and Antonio Palazzolo.

Leading individuals

Andrea Giannelli - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Monica Colombera - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next Generation Partners

Antonio Palazzolo - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Filippo Ruffato - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Capital markets: Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati 'provides insightful legal advice'. The practice is experienced in investment grade and sub-investment grade bonds and covered, high-yield, convertible, mini and project bonds, as well as securitisation work, liability management transactions and derivatives. It advised Quaestio Capital Management on the securitisation of the non-performing loan (NPL) portfolio of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and other MPS group institutions. Senior partner Andrea Giannelli heads the banking and debt capital markets departments; Vittorio Pozzi was promoted to the partnership in 2019 and Antonio Siciliano is a notable senior counsel.

Leading individuals

Andrea Giannelli - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next Generation Partners

Vittorio Pozzi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Capital markets: Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 3

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati advises both domestic and international issuers and investors on ECM transactions and the team has significant experience in the MTA market and AIM market listing process. Giorgio Vanzanelli advised Quarantacinque on the launch of a voluntary tender offer for the outstanding shares of CAD IT, which is listed on MTA's Star segment. Marzio Ciani is an experienced senior counsel.

Leading individuals

Giorgio Vanzanelli  - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next Generation Partners

Marzio Ciani - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati's practice covers acquisitions, mergers, takeovers, shareholder and voting agreements, and joint ventures. Filippo Troisi, who leads the corporate finance department, acted for Banco BPM on the sale of asset management business Aletti Gestielle to Anima Holding; Giorgio Vanzanelli advised Sonatrach on the acquisition of a refinery in Sicily; and Bruno Bartocci acted for GTCR on the Italian law aspects of the acquisition of Albany Molecular Research. Other highly rated practitioners are Gabriele Capecchi, who heads the real estate department and Gian Paolo Tagariello, who is particularly focused on the insurance, banking and financial sectors, along with Alberto Giampieri, Giovanni Nardulli,  Andrea Fedi and Cecilia Carrara. Federica Pomero was promoted to the partnership in 2019. The senior counsels to note are Francesco Florio, Giacomo Gitti and Andrea Botti, the latter three recently promoted.

Leading individuals

Alberto Giampieri - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Filippo Troisi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next Generation Partners

Federica Pomero - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Giacomo Gitti - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 3

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati advises on issues involving privacy, anti-corruption legislation and Decree 231 matters as well as data protection. Andrea Fedi has extensive experience in compliance, privacy and anti-bribery and recently promoted Marco Penna's compliance experience includes AML matters and drafting procedures for the provision of banking and financial services.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati advises on contentious financial and white-collar criminal law matters, as well as antitrust, IP and insolvency-related disputes. In recent highlights, Stefano Parlatore represented Henkel Italia in several injunction proceedings aimed at obtaining the withdrawal of certain competitors’ products from the market and acted for the same client in the negotiation of settlement agreements, and Daniele Geronzi represented Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in various proceedings against Ferrovie del Sud Est e Servizi Automobilistici regarding issues of procedural, bankruptcy, administrative and criminal law. Arbitration proceedings are another area of expertise; Cecilia Carrara is the key contact in this space.

Next Generation Partners

Cecilia Carrara - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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EU and competition law
EU and competition law - ranked: tier 3

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati provides comprehensive advice on merger filings as well as cartel, abuse of dominant position and unfair commercial practice investigations. In recent highlights, the team advised natural gas distribution company 2i Rete Gas on the notification of the acquisition of Gas Natural Italia and represented Total in a follow-on action before the Court of Milan pertaining to an alleged cartel in the jet fuel sector. Practice head Vito Auricchio is 'highly respected and very pleasant to deal with but tough when needed'.

Leading individuals

Vito Auricchio - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Traditionally focused on advising clients in the pharmaceutical, financial and manufacturing sectors, the team at Legance - Avvocati Associati¬†provides ‚Äėinnovative advice that is tailored to meet the specific challenges of the client‚Äô and is increasingly involved in all employment law matters in a variety of sectors. ‚ÄėTop lawyer‚Äô Alberto Maggi¬†is advising the government-appointed commissioners of Ilva on several industrial relations and employment issues arising from the extraordinary administration procedure, including the transfer of the business to AM Investco Italy. Other highlights include assisting pharmaceutical company MSD with a collective dismissal procedure and acting for Cisco System on the Italian employment law aspects arising from the acquisition of BroadSoft. Silvia Tozzoli¬†and Tommaso Li Bassi, who adopts a ‚Äėloyal and reliable approach', are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alberto Maggi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Industry focus: Energy
Industry focus: Energy - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

The energy, projects and infrastructure team at Legance - Avvocati Associati¬†remains 'focused under pressure' and is 'able to negotiate complex agreements'. Key practice areas include corporate and M&A and banking and finance. Practice head¬†Monica Colombera¬†led the team, which assisted a consortium of lenders, including UniCredit and European Investment Bank, with the circa ‚ā¨442m financing of the Italy-France interconnector. The group also acted for a consortium of banks on the realisation and operation of a¬†‚ā¨133m biomass power plant.¬†Cristina Martorana, an expert in Italian and European administrative law,¬†joined from¬†Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe¬†in January 2019; her practice is focused on the energy sector.

Leading individuals

Monica Colombera - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Industry focus: Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

In the retail sector,¬†Legance - Avvocati Associati¬†focuses on the areas of¬†corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate and administrative law. The team, noted for 'always being available',¬†assisted a consortium of lenders with the¬†‚ā¨230m refinancing of loans of¬†MD S.p.A, an Italian retailer with over 700 stores. Corporate partner Filippo Troisi¬†is a name to note.

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Industry focus: TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 4

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s TMT department primarily assists clients with corporate and M&A, litigation and administrative law. Led by managing associate Valerio Mosca, who heads up the practice, the group acts for clients active in industries such as media and entertainment, and telecoms. Mosca led a cross-practice group that assisted Iliad with its entry into the Italian mobile phone market. Work included obtaining authorisations and advising on contractual, regulatory and compliance issues.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati has significant experience in fund formation matters. The team advises asset management firms, their shareholders, investors and other domestic and non-domestic market players on the planning, structuring, formation and marketing of investment funds, particularly in relation to private equity and venture capital funds, private debt, real estate and other funds that invest in illiquid assets, such as infrastructure, renewable energy and mezzanine finance. Enzo Schiavello is responsible for the department; he advised on the structuring, establishment, and marketing, in Italy and abroad, of Alto Capital IV, a European venture capital fund, which is managed by Alto Partners; Barbara Sancisi, who was recently promoted to the partnership, assists with the structuring and establishment of alternative investment scheme transactions, with particular emphasis on private equity, real estate and private debt funds.

Leading individuals

Enzo Schiavello - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next Generation Partners

Barbara Sancisi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati has extensive experience in advising PE funds, sovereign wealth funds, corporations and financial conglomerates on significant private equity deals. Filippo Troisi advised Blackstone on the acquisition, by funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, of a stake in Industrie De Nora, the global designer, manufacturer and supplier of electrode and water technology. The other names to note are Bruno Bartocci, Andrea Fedi, Alberto Giampieri and Giovanni Nardulli.

Leading individuals

Filippo Troisi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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

Legance - Avvocati Associati

At Legance - Avvocati Associati, the ‚Äėvery committed‚Äô team has ‚Äėextensive experience and knowledge in real estate‚Äô and is ‚Äėable to find smart solutions to resolve the issues arising in negotiations‚Äô. Giuseppe Abbruzzese, who has 'a perfect understanding of the needs of the clients and adopts a very pragmatic approach‚Äô, acted for the Partners Group on the indirect acquisition of companies owning six shopping centres and galleries in Italy from Blackstone and the establishment of a new closed-end real estate fund. Other work included assisting Natixis Pfandbriefbank and Allianz as lenders with the financing of CBRE Global Investors‚Äô purchase of an asset in Piazza Duoma in Milan. Gabriele Capecchi, Emanuele Espositi¬†and ‚Äėskilled negotiator‚Äô and senior counsel Marco Mastrorosa¬†are other key names. In 2018, Giacomo Gitti¬†and administrative and public law expert Alessandra Palatini¬†were promoted to senior counsel and counsel respectively.

Leading individuals

Giuseppe Abbruzzese - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next Generation Partners

Marco Mastrorosa - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati focuses on corporate and debt restructuring matters and M&A transactions involving distressed assets, as well as insolvency proceedings and default management. Alberto Giampieri is well known for complex restructuring work and Luca Autuori advised Castello on the restructuring of Trentino Re Real Estate Fund's financial indebtedness. Also highly regarded are Giandomenico Ciaramella, Stefano Parlatore and Daniele Geronzi.

Leading individuals

Alberto Giampieri - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati 'comes up with very creative solutions'. The practice regularly advises clients on tax issues involving real estate, project finance, fashion and luxury, financial institutions and investment funds. Recent matters include advising F2i on the tax aspects of the acquisition of RTR Capital, which manufactures solar energy equipment, from Terra Firma. Claudia Gregori's 'thinking is really out of the box' and Marco Graziani is 'a top individual who is very pleasant to work with'; the counsels to note are Francesco Di Bari and Gabriella Geatti. Luca Dal Cerro was a new arrival in February 2019 from Linklaters.

Leading individuals

Claudia Gregori - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Marco Graziani - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next Generation Partners

Gabriella Geatti - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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