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Latham & Watkins LLP


Italy

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP was particularly active in deals involving the retail, manufacturing, aerospace, sports and entertainment, and pharmaceutical industries. Highlights included acting for The Carlyle Group in the high-profile acquisition of Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, an Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company. Stefano Sciolla is local department chair and Antonio Coletti ‘successfully intermediates with all parties to find the most optimal solutions’. Maria Cristina Storchi, Giovanni Sandicchi, Jeffrey Lawlis and counsel Isabella Porchia are also key contacts. Cataldo Piccarreta, who has extensive experience in advising private equity sponsors and companies on complex domestic and cross-border transactions, joined from Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.

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Dispute resolution
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has been assisting Sumitomo Electrics with a global cartel investigation into automotive wire harnesses and has been defending Coca-Cola HBC Italia against multiple civil damages claims brought by distributors. Practice head Matteo Bay is the main contact and Brussels-based Luca Crocco is also recommended.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice assists fund sponsors on fund raisings and formations as well as investments and divestments and recently advised The Carlyle Group on corporate and finance matters, regarding the acquisition of Irca. Antonio Coletti ‘has deep experience’ and Stefano Sciolla, Jeffrey Lawlis and Giovanni Sandicchi are other key names; counsel Isabella Porchia ‘solves complex issues’. Cataldo Piccarreta, who advises private equity sponsors and companies on domestic and cross-border transactions, joined from Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.

Leading individuals

Stefano Sciolla - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Giovanni Sandicchi - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP assists with major transactions, including distressed lending, out-of-court debt restructuring and in-court proceedings. Andrea Novarese and counsel Antonio Distefano advised CPL Concordia on the restructuring of its debt. Maria Cristina Storchi and Marcello Bragliani are also highly rated and recently promoted counsel Mauro Saccani ‘has strong sector knowledge’.

Leading individuals

Andrea Novarese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Mauro Saccani - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Italy: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is particularly active in acquisition finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance, and debt restructuring. Andrea Novarese led advice to Autogrill on a high-value facility agreement refinancing. Marcello Bragliani and recently promoted counsel Mauro Saccani are also well regarded.

Leading individuals

Andrea Novarese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Marcello Bragliani - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP acts in acquisition finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance, and debt restructuring. The team was counsel to Intesa Sanpaolo, as sole underwriter, regarding a €5.2bn facility made available to a consortium for the acquisition of a stake in the world’s largest publicly traded petroleum company. Andrea Novarese and Marcello Bragliani are the principal advisers; Mauro Saccani made counsel.

Leading individuals

Andrea Novarese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Marcello Bragliani - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its high-yield practice and ability to advise both on Italian and US law matters. The ‘excellent team’ assisted UniCredit with the issuance of high-value notes, which marked the inaugural transaction under a newly established $30bn global medium term note (MTN) programme. It also advised J.P. Morgan on a multi-tranche bond issue launched by Enel Finance International; the Enel-guaranteed issuance was the largest-ever US bond backed by an Italian corporation. Antonio Coletti is ‘a well-established lawyer with longstanding experience’; and Jeffrey Lawlis and Ryan Benedict are ‘smart, focused and fair’. Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are other key names.

Leading individuals

Jeffrey Lawlis - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Isabella Porchia - Latham & Watkins LLP

Ryan Benedict - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Able to advise both on Italian and US law matters, Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘always up to speed on all the key deliverables and issues in transactions’. Ryan Benedict advised Unieuro, an Italian consumer electronics retail chain, on its IPO, listed on the MTA’s STAR segment. Antonio Coletti ‘has thorough capital markets expertise’ and Jeffrey Lawlis, Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Antonio Coletti - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Isabella Porchia - Latham & Watkins LLP

Ryan Benedict - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Italy: Industry focus

Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

The ‘extraordinarily prepared and committedLatham & Watkins LLP regularly advises retail clients seeking assistance with corporate and M&A, private equity, banking and finance as well as equity and debt capital markets matters. Key highlights included assisting Carlyle with the acquisition of Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company Golden Goose Deluxe and advising Italian apparel retailer Gruppo Coin on the sale of 11% of capital in clothing company OVS through an accelerated book building process. European chair of the retail and consumer products industry group Stefano Sciolla and Antonio Coletti are recommended. The private equity, corporate finance and real estate specialist Cataldo Piccarreta joined from Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners in April 2017.

Leading individuals

Stefano Sciolla - Latham & Watkins LLP

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