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DLA Piper

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Italy

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘strength is its highly sophisticated expertise, combined with top-class contractual assistance that is in line with the best international standards’. The firm hired Milan-based Germana Cassar from Macchi di Cellere Gangemi; her expertise includes electricity, public procurement, environmental, town planning and expropriation matters. Milan-based regulatory specialist Giorgia Romitelli, who ‘has strong strategic capabilities and is highly valued in complex transactions’, recently advised St. Jude Medical Italy on a contentious administrative law matter involving a public tender launched by ARCA – Azienda Regionale Centrale Acquisti for the supply of pacemakers and defibrillators. Other highly regarded advisers include Rome-based Francesco Cerasi and ‘very professional’ head of public finance Domenico Gaudiello, as well as Milan-based town planning head Guido Inzaghi, whose ‘assistance is crucial’.

Leading individuals

Giorgia Romitelli - DLA Piper

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Milan-based Italy managing partner Wolf Michael Kühne advised GEA Group on the acquisition of Comas, an Italian manufacturer of bakery machinery. Goffredo Guerra is head of corporate, and Alessandro Piermanni and Fabio del Bene are highly rated. Key figures in Rome are energy specialists Giulio Maroncelli and Francesco Novelli. The team experienced several departures, as Francesco Satta moved to Pavia e Ansaldo, Paolo Zamberletti joined K&L Gates, and Michael Bosco also left the firm.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘outstanding team’ handles a diverse mix of litigious and arbitral matters and, in 2016, notably increased its activity in white-collar criminal cases. Raffaella Quintana and the ‘creative’ Antonio Carino recently defended UPS in a corporate criminal liability case against an employee’s claim. Stefano Modenesi heads the team, in which Bruno Giuffré is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Bruno Giuffré - DLA Piper

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Considered as ‘a brilliant option for competition advice’, DLA Piper reinforced its well-regarded practice by hiring the ‘excellent and talented’ Domenico Gullo from Ashurst, who jointly heads the practice with Alessandro Boso Caretta. Recent work for the team includes advising ERG on antitrust aspects of the €700m acquisition of E.ON Produzione’s hydroelectric business. Other key clients include Vodafone and GDF Suez.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘a high level of professionalism’ across its comprehensive employment practice. The team recently advised HDI Spa on restructuring-related employment issues and assisted EasyJet with industrial relations. Practice head Giampiero Falasca ‘fulfils clients’ needs’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Intellectual property: copyright - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s IP group demonstrates ‘efficiency and excellence’, particularly in a contentious setting. Recent cutting-edge matters include representing Alpinestars in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation regarding motorcycle airbag technologies and advising J.A. Henckels on the IP due diligence relating to the acquisition of Ballarini. The ‘very responsive and commercial’ Roberto Valenti jointly heads the practice with Gualtiero Dragotti.

Leading individuals

Gualtiero Dragotti - DLA Piper

Roberto Valenti - DLA Piper

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Rome-based Agostino Papa heads the investment management group and the funds and financial services team; he recently advised UBS Asset Management on the launch and management of pan-European investment fund UBS (I) Zurich Italy – Real Estate Fund.

Leading individuals

Agostino Papa - DLA Piper

Next generation lawyers

Nicoletta Alfano - DLA Piper

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Milan-based Goffredo Guerra heads DLA Piper’s department, which led advice to Vision Capital on the planned divestment of the food and beverage division of its portfolio company Bormioli Rocco. Alessandro Piermanni and Fabio del Bene are also key names; Francesco Satta exited for Pavia e Ansaldo.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘top level and deal-oriented’ Italian real estate team comprises over 40 lawyers, who advise on real estate financings, taxation, funds, restructurings and property litigation. It advised Hines Group on the acquisition of high-value real estate assets. Milan-based Olaf Schmidt, and Paolo Foppiani are recommended, as is the ‘highly competent’ Guido Inzaghi and Rome-based Francesco De Blasio.

Leading individuals

Olaf Schmidt - DLA Piper

Next generation lawyers

Paolo Foppiani - DLA Piper

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Rome-based Francesco De Gennaro and Luca Magrini are the main contacts at DLA Piper. Lender-side highlights included Antonio Lombardo assisting a group of banks with the debt restructuring of heating burners producer, Riello. Ugo Calò is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Antonio Lombardo - DLA Piper

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper hired Milan-based of counsel Antonio Martino from the Italian Revenue Agency. The practice is noted for tax audits and litigation, cross-border reorganisations, tax restructuring, transfer pricing, and Patent Box matters. Milan-based Antonio Tomassini and Christian Montinari are recommended; Fabrizio Capponi and Guilio Andreani joined Dentons Europe Studio Legale Tributario.

Leading individuals

Antonio Tomassini - DLA Piper

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Italy: Banking and finance

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Milan-based Mario D’Ovidio focuses on acquisition finance, real estate finance and project finance transactions; he is ‘outstanding; in addition to widely recognised technical skills, he has the ability to see deals through clients’ eyes’. Project highlights included advising the project consortium on the $1.15bn bond financing of the construction of the new Metro Line 2 in Lima, Peru. Milan-based key contacts include Francesco Ferrari, Ugo Calò and Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca. In Rome, senior partner Francesco Novelli is recommended along with Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli, who ‘shows great willingness to discuss and explain difficult issues, and proposes solutions to overcome negotiation standstills’. Antonio Lombardo splits time between Milan and Rome.

Leading individuals

Antonio Lombardo - DLA Piper

Mario D’Ovidio - DLA Piper

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper strengthened its position in the leveraged and corporate lending markets, and is regularly involved in syndicated lending. The practice assisted UniCredit and Zagrebačka banka (UniCredit’s subsidiary in Croatia) with the refinancing of two hotels and a resort. Italy finance and projects head Antonio Lombardo splits time between Milan and Rome; and Milan-based Mario D’Ovidio is head of banking and finance. Other key figures include Milan-based Francesco Ferrari, Ugo Calò and Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca, as well as Rome-based senior partner Francesco Novelli and Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli.

Leading individuals

Antonio Lombardo - DLA Piper

Mario D’Ovidio - DLA Piper

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Rome-based Italian DCM head Luciano Morello advises investment banks and European companies on the issuance of corporate bonds, including mini-bonds. Morello also advises banks and funds on asset securitisation transactions and covered bond issuances.

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s recent highlights include department head Francesco Maria Aleandri advising the underwriters on the Milan Stock Exchange (STAR Segment) listing and rights issuance of Tecnoinvestimenti. Michael Bosco left the firm.

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Italy: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a particularly ‘strong renewable energy practice’, but also demonstrates ‘big industry knowledge’ of the oil and gas sector. The ‘excellent’ Giulio Maroncelli, ‘fantastic administrative lawyer’ Germana Cassar and practice head Francesco Novelli were recently appointed as the global legal advisers for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. Other clients include ERG and E.On. Paolo Zamberletti joined K&L Gates.

Leading individuals

Francesco Novelli - DLA Piper

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Food
Industry focus: food - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises its global clients on all aspects of food and drink manufacturing, production, labelling, importation and commercial activity. Recent corporate matters include acting for Unilever on the acquisition of Grom, an Italy-based group that produces and sells seasonal food products. Milan-based Wolf Michael Kühne is the key contact.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper recently hired Marina Rubini, formerly a regional head of legal and compliance at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, to join the Milan office as of counsel. Milan-based Roberto Valenti, who is chairman of the life science working group of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, provided strategic advice to Physio Control Italy Sales on complex multidisciplinary matters, including reviewing its commercial agreement with agents, distributors and providers of technical assistance services. Gualtiero Dragotti is also well regarded and Rome-based Raffaella Quintana is ‘highly qualified in compliance issues’.

Leading individuals

Roberto Valenti - DLA Piper

Next generation lawyers

Marina Rubini - DLA Piper

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Luxury goods
Industry focus: luxury goods - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has ‘good industry knowledge and availability, as well as great network connections for cross-border issues’. The team recently assisted Ralph Lauren with several matters, including e-commerce; labelling requirements for leather goods; the regulation of wearable technologies; consumers’ rights to replace defective items; and the termination of selective distribution agreements. Milan-based global fashion retail and design sector co-chair Giangiacomo Olivi also leads the IP and technology group, and has accumulated substantial expertise in franchising and distribution contracts; he shows ‘great acumen’.

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is experienced in advising manufacturers on transactional and contentious matters, with the client roster including Bosch, Bormioli Rocco and Brevini. The team advised listed German industrial conglomerate, GEA Group, on the acquisition of Comas, the private Italian bakery industry machinery manufacturer. The team also assisted Zwilling J.A. Henckels with the acquisition of cookware manufacturer Ballarini Paolo & Figli. Milan-based Wolf Michael Kühne is department head.

Leading individuals

Wolf Michael Kühne - DLA Piper

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper stands out for its experience in real estate and e-commerce, as well as wearable technologies, global distribution issues, online marketing, and brand protection applications. The team assisted OVS, an Italian clothing and retail group, with IP and labelling issues, including disputes over trade marks, designs and unfair competition; the practice also advised the same clients on its strategy for launching stores in other jurisdictions. Milan-based IP and technology head Giangiacomo Olivi has substantial retail expertise.

Leading individuals

Giangiacomo Olivi - DLA Piper

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TMT
Industry focus: TMT - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘very strong team’ often advises clients at the interface between media and technology matters, where it is ‘proactive in analysing industry trends and their legal impacts’. ‘Expert lawyer’ Giangiacomo Olivi recently advised Kering on two large business process outsourcings and assisted Viacom with the acquisition of digital channel LCN27 from Consorzio Alphabet.

Leading individuals

Giangiacomo Olivi - DLA Piper

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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