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Administrative and public law
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1


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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5


CMS’ ‘high-quality, commercial practice’ hired Massimo Trentino and the ‘knowledgeable and reliableDaniela Murer from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato and R&P Legal, respectively. The team advises on large M&A transactions, international groups’ reorganisations, joint ventures and shareholder and investment agreements. Pietro Cavasola assisted Eleven Sports with the acquisition of a majority stake in a web TV channel. Other main advisers are Marco Casasole, Matteo Ciminelli, Paolo Scarduelli and Dietmar Zischg.

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Compliance - ranked: tier 4


CMShas solid experience in compliance issues’ and assists with Decree 231 matters, and corporate compliance strategies and programmes. The team also advises on criminal proceedings and investigations, including bribery and corruption matters, and has expertise in money laundering, tax evasion issues, environmental and safety offences, and insider trading and market manipulation. Emilio Battagliameets clients’ requirements effectively’ and Laura Opilio is another key name.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 5


CMS specialises in commercial, insurance, financial, tax and life sciences litigation. The client portfolio includes Intesa Sanpaolo Città Metropolitana di Milano. Laura Opilio heads the practice.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4


CMS advised automotive leasing company ALD on proceedings before the ICA to reach an agreement between long-term rental market operators and fleet management, and assisted Porsche Italia with competition matters related to its sales policies as well as with antitrust compliance trainings. The practice is headed by Paolo Scarduelli and the ‘very knowledgeableFrancesca Sutti, who joined from DLA Piper in September 2016.

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Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1


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Intellectual property
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1


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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3


CMS recruited ‘best-in-class’ counsel Andrea Arcangeli for the Rome office from Simmons & Simmons; Arcangeli is particularly focused on private equity, private debt and real estate funds. The practice’s client base also includes infrastructure, hedge, venture capital, and exchange-traded funds.

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Andrea Arcangeli - CMS

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


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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4


CMS advises debtors, lenders, insolvency practitioners, and boards of directors, as well as buyers and sellers of distressed debt and pension trustees, on financially distressed situations. Mauro Battistella is highly regarded.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3


CMS’s ‘strengths are experience and promptness’. The practice is well known for international taxation and also assists with transfer pricing, and the taxation of banking and insurance sector branches as well as with tax issues in connection with cross-border M&A deals and financings. In addition, it acts in tax litigation, negotiations during tax audits, and settlement, mutual agreement and advance pricing procedures.Giuseppe Ascoli, and Roberto Ascoli are highly rated; and Federico Baridon is ‘smart and proactive’. Other key contacts include Stefano Chirichigno, Federico Raffaelli and Giovanni Calì. The team hired former GE Oil & Gas tax director Stefano Giuliano.

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Italy: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: bank regulatory - ranked: tier 4


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
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 5


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
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 5


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

Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 4


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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Italy: Industry focus

Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 3


CMS assisted TotalErg with all aspects of its downstream business, including commercial contracts and public tender procedures, and successfully represented petrol and petroleum refinery Raffineria di Roma in an extraordinary appeal to the President of the Republic against doubling the port tariffs applied to goods entering and exiting the Civitavecchia-Fiumicino ports. Pietro Cavasola is the key contact.

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Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 4


CMS has been assisting Intesa Sanpaolo Group’s company Infogroup with a number of outsourcing agreements concerning the supply of IT services to banks, governmental organizations and other clients, and has been advising Italian sport newspaper publisher NES Editoriale on data protection and IP issues involved in the managing and operation of the websites of newspapers Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport, which contain tools for videos and advertising services. Italo de Feo and associate Marco Leone are names to note.

Leading individuals

Italo de Feo - CMS

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Yorkshire and the Humber

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  • 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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