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Simmons & Simmons

CORSO VITTORIO EMANUELE II 1, 20122 MILAN, ITALY
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Work +39 02 72 50 51
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Fax +39 02 72 50 55 05
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www.simmons-simmons.com

Italy

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is known for its experience in private equity deals as well as its sector expertise in real estate, asset management, financial institutions, TMT, life sciences and energy. Alongside the firm’s Beijing office, Dario Spinella, who ‘understands both commercial and legal needs’, advised a Chinese conglomerate on the acquisition of an 85% stake in an Italian luxury jewellery brand. Andrea Accornero is department head.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

The ‘excellentSimmons & Simmons specialises in litigation arising from banking, financial and insurance services with a strong international focus. Recent highlights include representing AerCap Holdings in airport charges litigation proceedings related to Alitalia’s bankruptcy proceedings and assisting QBE Insurance with D&O disputes as well as contentious professional indemnity and product liability cases. Francesco Maruffi is the name to note. Laura Orlando is now with Herbert Smith Freehills.

Leading individuals

Francesco Maruffi - Simmons & Simmons

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ ‘proactive and engaged’ team advised pharmaceutical company Astellas on a major restructuring which entailed the dismantling of the client’s urology business in Italy and assisted Gansu Gangtai with employment matters related to a major M&A transaction in Italy. The ‘tremendously trustableDavide Sportelli heads the practice.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons fields experts in hedge, private equity and real estate funds, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) implementation, and MiFID 2 and is strategically focused on the asset management and investment funds sector. Romeo Battigaglia is the key contact, Maria Giusy Naccarato was promoted to of counsel and former senior associate Andrea Arcangeli joined CMS.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ private equity practice has sector knowledge in asset management, financial institutions, TMT, life sciences, and energy. Practice head Andrea Accornero advised Wise, which specialises in the management of private equity closed-end funds investing in small and medium-sized companies, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Tatuus Racing. Bernadetta Troisi is a highly regarded managing associate.

Leading individuals

Andrea Accornero - Simmons & Simmons

Next generation lawyers

Bernadetta Troisi - Simmons & Simmons

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Real estate and construction
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ practice spans out-of-court and court-driven restructurings; insolvency and reorganisation procedures; insolvency litigation; and insolvency crime. Fabrizio Dotti is highly rated, Davide D’Affrontohas a solid reputation’ and Nicholas Lasagna ‘has broad, international experience’.

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Italy: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: bank regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ practice regularly advises on the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 as well as relevant EU legislation, strategic regulatory issues, investigations, disputes and disciplinary matters. Other areas of strength are derivatives and commodity trading. Romeo Battigaglia leads the financial services and regulatory team; and Maria Giusy Naccarato was promoted to of counsel.

Leading individuals

Romeo Battigaglia - Simmons & Simmons

Next generation lawyers

Maria Giusy Naccarato - Simmons & Simmons

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Borrower side
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons advises on acquisition and leveraged finance, export finance, real estate finance, structured finance, project finance, and alternative lending. It advised SNAI on an €85m credit facility by a syndicate of banks. Nicholas Lasagna is ‘reactive and available’; Davide D’Affronto is ‘a great negotiator’; and Fabrizio Dotti ‘has deep legal knowledge’. Romeo Battigaglia is also highly rated.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons assists with acquisition, leveraged, export, real estate, structured and project finance, as well as alternative lending. The team advised a syndicate of banks on a €1.5bn financing to International Game Technology. Davide D’Affrontothinks out of the box’ and Fabrizio Dotti is ‘a very accurate drafter’. Nicholas Lasagna and Romeo Battigaglia are also highly rated.

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ ‘excellent practice’ covers the establishment and update of EMTN programmes, standalone issuances, European private placements and project bonds, and liability management transactions as well as retail debt and derivative securities offerings and listings. The team advised Azienda Trasporti Milanesi on the issuance of €70m notes. Paola Leocani ‘enjoys an excellent reputation’, managing associate Baldassarre Battista ‘impresses clients’ and Nicholas Lasagna is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Paola Leocani - Simmons & Simmons

Vinicio Trombetti - Jones Day

Next generation lawyers

Baldassarre Battista - Simmons & Simmons

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Italy: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

The ‘excellentSimmons & Simmons is mainly recognised for combining its IP strength with regulatory and commercial expertise. The practice represented ViiV Healthcare in two invalidity proceedings brought by Teva and Mylan concerning the patent for ViiV’s biggest selling anti-HIV drug Kivexa. Federfarma and Astellas are other key clients. The ‘knowledgeable and kind’ IP specialist Laura Orlando has ‘a very able team’.

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

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ luxury business clients include Armani and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, which the team advised on a number of employment-related matters. Labour expert Davide Sportelli is the key contact.

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TMT
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
    - Simmons & Simmons

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