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Paolo Bonolis

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Banking & Finance




Paolo Bonolis has been the head of the Banking and Financial Law Department since 2005.

His professional activities and experience includes advising some of the top Italian and foreign banks and financial institutions on complex financing transactions and regulatory matters. He also assists globally-active clients in the investment services, insolvency, shipping and private equity sectors.
Paolo also advise the leasing and financing divisions of some of the major automobile brands.
Paolo is a member of the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors of various corporations.


Italian, English and French


- Order of Attorneys of Rome
- IBA - International Bar Association

Italy: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory

Within: Bank regulatory

CMS regularly advises Commerzbank on regulatory issues pertaining to its banking activities in Italy. Paolo Bonolishas a thorough knowledge of the legal environment’ and Domenico Gaudiello joined from DLA Piper.

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Borrower side

Within: Borrower side

CMS hired Domenico Gaudiello as public finance leader from DLA Piper. Banking and financial law head Paolo Bonolis is recommended for complex financing transactions.

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Lender or arranger side

Within: Lender or arranger side

CMS acts in complex banking matters and structured finance, as well as deals involving alternative lenders. Paolo Bonolis heads the banking and financial practice, which recently welcomed Domenico Gaudiello as public finance leader from DLA Piper.

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Italy: Capital markets


Within: Debt

CMS is experienced in Eurobonds, hybrid bonds, covered bonds, and Euro commercial paper and certificate of deposit programmes; other areas of note include liability management matters, project bonds, and retail bonds. The team was also recently active in structuring securities and NPLs. Paolo Bonolishas invaluable experience’.

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Legal Developments by:

  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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