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Legance - Avvocati Associati

VIA DI SAN NICOLA DA TOLENTINO 67, 00187 ROMA, ITALY
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Work +39 06 93 18 271
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Fax +39 06 93 18 27 403
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www.legance.com
London, Milan, New York, Rome

Italy

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati is adept at assisting with public sector contracts, urban planning and local development, health and pharmaceuticals, public finance and environmental matters. Work highlights included ongoing advice to Consip, a joint-stock company held by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, on structuring and drafting the client’s recent tender procedures; and assisting luxury group Kering with contentious and non-contentious administrative matters related to its existing retail structures and the development of new ones. Giuseppe Abbruzzese, who focuses on real estate-related matters, has ‘large vision and great experience in the field’. The practice is headed by Filippo Pacciani and senior counsel Luca Geninatti Satè is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Filippo Pacciani - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next generation lawyers

Luca Geninatti Satè - 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 advises public and private investors and domestic and international clients from both the industrial and financial sectors on M&A deals and corporate and contractual joint ventures. Filippo Troisi, who is considered ‘one of the best lawyers in Italy’, led advice to Abertis Infraestructuras (AI) in relation to the voluntary tender offer launched by Atlantia over AI’s shares and Bruno Bartocci acted for Intel Corporation Italia in the sale and transfer of a business operating in the cyber-security sector, which operates in the cybersecurity sector. Other recommended advisers include Gabriele Capecchi, Giovanni Nardulli, Cecilia Carrara and Andrea Fedi, along with Alberto Giampieri, Gian Paolo Tagariello and Giorgio Vanzanelli.

Leading individuals

Alberto Giampieri - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Filippo Troisi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 3

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s compliance team comprises lawyers with specialist knowledge in corporate governance and data protection; and it regularly works alongside colleagues in the corporate, tax, environmental, employment, TMT, IP, and antitrust groups. Andrea Fedi focuses on privacy and anti-bribery compliance issues and Luca Geninatti Satè and Marco Penna are highly rated senior counsels.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati specialises in financial and corporate litigation, as well as in insolvency proceedings and energy-related contentious matters. Recent highlights include advising Banca Nazionale del Lavoro on proceedings against a bus and railway company owned by state-owned holding company Ferrovie dello Stato, which involved matters of procedural and bankruptcy law, and administrative law as well as complex financial issues. Practice heads Stefano Parlatore and Daniele Geronzi, who is a ‘thorough legal professional’, are recommended. Cecilia Carrara is singled out for arbitration expertise.

Next generation lawyers

Cecilia Carrara - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati is ‘very efficient, business-oriented and legally sophisticated’: notably, the practice acted for Cementir in a cartel investigation before the ICA concerning the cement sector, and successfully advised Snam on an abuse-of-dominance claim before the Supreme Administrative Court regarding the credit rating market for gas transportation contracts. Rome-based practice head Vito Auricchio is ‘extremely organized and efficient, and a very good team leader’.

Leading individuals

Vito Auricchio - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati provides ‘very high-quality’ labour law services across a wide range of areas, including employment-related corporate, contractual, regulatory, tax and insolvency matters as well as in connection with restructurings and health and safety. The practice advised Intel on labour-related issues of the spin-off of its McAfee division, which involved more than 40 jurisdictions and 35,000 employees worldwide, and assisted Poste Italiane with the review of a phantom stock plan. Practice head Alberto Maggi and Tommaso Li Bassi are recommended.

Leading individuals

Alberto Maggi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati has extensive experience in the fund formation sector and 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 regarding private equity and venture capital, private debt, real estate, infrastructure, renewable energy, and mezzanine finance funds. Highlights included assisting Alto Partners with the structuring and establishment of an EuVECA fund, which was set up as an Italian closed-end fund, and advising an investment company on obtaining Bank of Italy’s authorisation as a SICAF, an investment company with fixed capital. Senior counsel Barbara Sancisialways gives punctual and satisfactory advice’ and Enzo Schiavello is also widely esteemed.

Leading individuals

Enzo Schiavello - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next generation lawyers

Barbara Sancisi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

A ‘great value-for-money firm’, Legance - Avvocati Associati is experienced in assisting private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, corporations and financial conglomerates with transactions. Andrea Fedi advised Kryalos, on behalf of the Camelot Fund, and Blackstone on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio. Filippo Troisihas excellent technical skills’; Giovanni Nardulli and Bruno Bartocci are other highly regarded advisers.

Leading individuals

Filippo Troisi - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s ‘excellent’ real estate lawyers advised the sovereign wealth fund of the government of Singapore, GIC, on the acquisition of logistic platform P3 Logistic Parks from TPG Real Estate and Ivanhoé Cambridge. Assisting real estate market leader AXA Investment Management with the acquisition of an iconic 25,000sqm office building in Milan is another key highlight. Administrative law expert Giuseppe Abbruzzese and Rome-based senior counsel Marco Mastrorosa are highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Giuseppe Abbruzzese - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next generation lawyers

Marco Mastrorosa - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associatioffers the full range of services necessary for distressed investors in Italy’. The practice is focused on corporate and debt restructuring, including shipping market matters, distressed asset M&A transactions and insolvency proceedings. Alberto Giampieri assisted Grandi Lavori Fincosit with the restructuring of its financial indebtedness and Luca Autuori has ‘good skills and commercial sense’. Other notable contacts include Giandomenico Ciaramella, Stefano Parlatore and Daniele Geronzi.

Leading individuals

Alberto Giampieri - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Particularly focused on the fashion, luxury, financial institutions and investment fund sectors, Legance - Avvocati Associati’s ‘highly skilled, proactive team’ is highly regarded for transactional tax matters, transfer pricing, contentious matters, and negotiating settlements of tax audits and tax assessments with tax authorities. The ‘flexible and availableClaudia Gregori advised Perseveranza Group on the tax aspects of its financial indebtedness’ restructuring. Marco Graziani is another key name.

Leading individuals

Marco Graziani - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Italy: Banking and finance

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

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s ‘fantastic lawyers’ are highly specialised in the regulatory aspects of banking, financial and insurance matters. The practice advised Fortress Investment Group (FIG) on a change of control procedure involving doBank, following FIG’s sale to SoftBank Group Corp. Andrea Giannelli is ‘highly skilled’ and senior counsel Marco Penna is ‘recommended for his knowledge and understanding of business and the legal framework’.

Next generation lawyers

Marco Penna - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s client base includes public sector entities and institutions, corporations, private equity funds, and real estate fund firms; and the ‘excellent firm’ has a robust energy and infrastructure-related project financing practice. Highlights included advising Castello SGR on an approximately €40m photovoltaic (PV) plants-related refinancing. Andrea Giannelli is highly rated; and Luca Autuori is ‘a high-level professional for negotiations’. Monica Colombera, Filippo Ruffato, Giandomenico Ciaramella, Emanuele Espositi, and Guido Iannoni Sebastianini are other key practitioners.

Leading individuals

Andrea Giannelli - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s scope of work covers acquisition, mezzanine and real estate financing; syndicated loans; debt restructurings; and leveraged finance; in project financing, the firm has energy and infrastructure sector expertise. Highlights included advising European Investment Bank on the financing of a hospital-related project. Luca Autuori is ‘always available and has a very positive attitude on deals’; and Emanuele Espositi is ‘a great choice’. Andrea Giannelli, Giandomenico Ciaramella,Guido Iannoni Sebastianini, Monica Colombera and Filippo Ruffato are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrea Giannelli - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next generation lawyers

Filippo Ruffato - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 2

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati is experienced in high-yield, investment grade and sub-investment grade bonds; securitisations of various asset classes, including non-performing loans (NPLs); covered bonds; liability management transactions; and derivatives. The team advised 2i Rete Gas on the update and increase of its EMTN programme, and acted for the arranger and the initial subscriber of a mini-bond, listed on the multilateral trading facility that is managed by Borsa Italiana. Andrea Giannelli is highly rated.

Leading individuals

Andrea Giannelli - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 3

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati is highly regarded for its advice to domestic and international issuers and investors and recently advised the issuer on the IPO and concurrent listing of doBank’s shares on the MTA. Bruno Bartocci and Giorgio Vanzanelli are recommended; and Marzio Ciani is an experienced senior counsel.

Leading individuals

Bruno Bartocci - Legance - Avvocati Associati

Next generation lawyers

Marzio Ciani - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Italy: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati belongs to ‘the top’ of Italian energy practices and recently advised several financial institutions, including Banca IMI, Cassa depositi e prestiti, Banca Europea per gli Investimenti, Intesa Sanpaolo, Natixis and UniCredit, as lender’s counsel on the financing of the merchant line of a new France-Italy power interconnector with an aggregate capacity of 1.200MW. Monica Colombera and Filippo Ruffato are the names to note.

Leading individuals

Monica Colombera - Legance - Avvocati Associati

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 3

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati is well versed in assisting retail businesses with real estate matters. The practice advised Atlantic 1 fund with a mortgage financing granted by Banca IMI, Intesa Sanpaolo, Unicredit, Credit Suisse and Banco BPM for an office and commercial real estate portfolio, and assisted Société Générale with the financing of a big McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in southern Italy.

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 4

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati is active in the electronic, communication, media and entertainment sectors, as well as in consumer protection and internet, e-commerce and information society services. The practice assisted Iliad with contractual, regulatory, consumer and distribution aspects of its proposed entry as the fourth mobile network operator in the Italian market. Fastweb and PosteMobile are other key clients. Managing associate Valerio Mosca, who was appointed head of the TMT department in October 2016, is recommended.

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