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Clifford Chance

PIAZZETTA M BOSSI, 3, 20121 MILANO, ITALY
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Italy

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance recently assisted Generali with a judicial review before the Administrative Court of Lazio and the Council of State concerning the annulment of sanctions imposed by the Italian Competition Authority. The key contacts are Milan-based team head Aristide Police and counsel Filippo Degni.

Leading individuals

Aristide Police - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Filippo Degni - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

Among Clifford Chance’s buy-side deal highlights, Umberto Penco Salvi advised AcciaItalia on its bid for Italy’s ILVA Group, the largest steel plant in Europe. The team also advised Italian e-commerce company, Banzai, on the sale of Banzai Media Holding (Vertical Content division) to Italian publishing giant, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. Paolo Sersale, Alberta Figari and Italian real estate head Claudio Cerabolini are key advisers. Paolo Rulli joined Grimaldi SL LLP.

Leading individuals

Paolo Sersale - Clifford Chance

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides ‘very good support’, ‘constant availability’ and ‘exhaustive responses’ to contentious issues. Fabio Guastadisegni heads the dispute resolution practice, which is particularly known for its clout in the financial services industry and recently defended Goldman Sachs in a €286m civil law suit against Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena. Notably, the group is also increasingly active in white-collar crime matters. Key clients include Credit Suisse, Siemens and Citibank. Recently promoted counsel Jean-Paule Castagno is recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Among the best firms for competition advice’, Clifford Chance’s ‘extremely good’ team tackles antitrust matters from all angles and recently represented GE Capital in an ICA proceeding related to an alleged cartel in the Italian long-term car rental sector. Other key clients include Fendi, Pfizer and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Practice head Luciano Di Via ‘masters complex situations, even under time constraints’.

Leading individuals

Luciano Di Via - Clifford Chance

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance mainly advises on corporate employment matters but also has expertise in employment litigation, where clients include Carrefour, Credit Suisse and Christie’s. Simonetta Candela is the name to note.

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Intellectual property
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is experienced in advising on UCITS funds and on Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive rules pertaining to private equity and other investment vehicles. The team recently advised on the establishment of a real estate fund.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s Milan-based private equity group head Claudio Cerabolini recently led the advice to Apax Partners, which teamed up with NB Renaissance to take control of Engineering Ingegneria Informatica. Paolo Sersale and Alberta Figari are also recommended.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is well known for assisting with portfolio management and investments, financings, fund-related work and property sales or purchases – particularly in the hospitality and retail sectors. The Italian real estate practice is now headed by Claudio Cerabolini, following Paolo Rulli’s move to Grimaldi SL LLP. The team advised global asset manager, Northstar, on the €120m sale of an iconic office complex in Milan’s historic city centre.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, Giuseppe De Palma recently assisted the lenders with the debt restructuring of yacht builder Cantiere del Pardo and its principal subsidiaries. Other highly rated advisers include Ferdinando Poscio, insolvency specialist Carlo Felice Giampaolino and Italian head of litigation Fabio Guastadisegni.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is recommended for tax-related M&A, finance and capital markets transactions. Highlights included advising Eni on the tax aspects of its €750m bond issuance. Carlo Galli ‘guides clients clearly through tax matters’, and counsel Marco Palanca is also well respected.

Leading individuals

Carlo Galli - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Sara Mancinelli - Clifford Chance

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Italy: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: bank regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team is ‘responsive and committed to providing the best solutions, always taking into account clients’ business needs’. It has a solid client base of global financial institutions, for which it acts on high-level transactions and banking products. Milan-based Lucio Bonavitacola, who is rated for his business acumen, is in regular contact with the regulatory bodies, the Bank of Italy and CONSOB (the National Commission for Companies and the Stock Exchange).

Leading individuals

Lucio Bonavitacola - Clifford Chance

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Borrower side
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chancegets straight to the point and is business-minded’. The team advised Pirelli on the legal aspects of its €6.4bn refinancing of acquisition debt and other indebtedness. Rome-based Giuseppe De Palma heads the banking and finance practice, in which Milan-based Ferdinando Poscio is ‘very smart and available to answers questions promptly’. Charles Adams divides time between Milan and New York.

Leading individuals

Giuseppe De Palma - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Francesca Cuzzocrea - Clifford Chance

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance handles high-end financings, with recent instructions including Rome-based head of banking and finance Giuseppe De Palma advising a consortium of banks on an investment grade lending transaction for Saipem and Saipem Finance International. Milan-based Ferdinando Poscio has ‘longstanding experience’; Charles Adams divides time between Milan and New York.

Leading individuals

Giuseppe De Palma - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Ferdinando Poscio - Clifford Chance

Francesca Cuzzocrea - Clifford Chance

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

With ‘truly excellent industry knowledge’, Clifford Chance has a pre-eminent debt capital markets (DCM) and securitisation practice in Italy. Milan-based Italian capital markets head Filippo Emanuele has ‘outstanding technical ability and capacity to handle extremely critical situations in very little time’; he advised BNP Paribas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and UniCredit, as joint lead managers of a €600m bond issuance by Davide Campari-Milano. Lucio Bonavitacola is a regulatory specialist and Tanja Svetina is a securitisation expert.

Leading individuals

Filippo Emanuele - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Massimiliano Bianchi - Clifford Chance

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s practice covers IPOs, privatisations, rights issues, exchangeable and convertible bonds, and block trades. Milan-based Italian capital markets head Filippo Emanuele and Alberta Figari recently advised the joint global coordinators and joint book-runners on Saipem’s share capital increase. Paolo Sersale is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alberta Figari - Clifford Chance

Filippo Emanuele - Clifford Chance

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Italy: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance continues to attract a steady stream of big-ticket M&A instructions in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, oil and gas sectors from clients such as Edison, Eni and F2i. Practice head Umberto Penco Salvi recently advised Trina Solar on the sale of its entire stake in Lucania to SUSI Renewables 2.

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