Firms To Watch: Banking and finance: lender or arranger side

Advising banks on complex financing and refinancing transactions (including cross-border matters), LMCR‘s Milan partner Claudia Bruscaglioni has over 20 years’ experience in general banking, and project and acquisition finance.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side in Italy

Chiomenti

Chiomenti‘s large department was recently active advising institutions involved in leveraged finance transactions, as well as financings covered by state guarantees. Gregorio Consoli heads the finance and regulated entities department, which includes Giulia Battaglia, who specialises in structuring complex deals, and financial transactions expert Giorgio Cappelli. Also integral to the practice are senior of counsel Francesco Ago, restructuring unit head Antonio Tavella, and finance and real estate specialist Luca Bonetti. Riccardo Rossi is an experienced managing counsel, while Gianrico Giannesi recently joined as partner from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Practice head(s):

Gregorio Consoli

Testimonials

Extreme availability and competence.

A very structured firm that manages to guarantee coverage on a variety of topics.

Competence and seniority are the hallmarks of Chiomenti’s professionals.

Specialised in SACE guarantee issues.

Willingness to invest time and resources so as to offer the client tailored support.

Antonio Tavella is constant point of reference with maximum availability and a proactive attitude.

Key clients

Banco BPM

BNP Paribas

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Credit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

J P Morgan

UniCredit

Ilimity Bank

Banca Popolare di Sondrio Soc Coop

Banca IFIS

Work highlights

  • Advising a pool of banks comprising Intesa Sanpaolo, Banco BPM and UniCredit on the loan granted to SARAS for an amount of €350m (secured by a SACE guarantee).
  • Advising a pool of banks, comprising UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo, on a €70m loan granted to Isola dei Tesori for the acquisition of DMO Pet Care.
  • Advising a pool of 11 lending banks, led by Intesa Sanpaolo and SACE, in relation to a multi-borrower loan granted in favour of Arvedi Group.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's Italy practice is sought out for high-profile finance transactions, such as investment grade deals, acquisition finance and syndicated loans. Charles Adams specialises in Italian and cross-border banking; Giuseppe De Palma is an expert in real estate finance, restructuring, leveraged and acquisition finance, and international project export finance that is supported by SACE; and Ferdinando Poscio advises on complex leveraged finance and restructuring deals. Francesca Cuzzocrea, and recently promoted Pasquale Bifulco and Filippo Tassoni are key counsels, while senior associate Chiara Commis specialises in infrastructure and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe De Palma

Testimonials

I appreciate Clifford Chance’s ability to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex legal matters, and to create cross-office teams that are capable of bringing the right expertise to address clients’ needs across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas.

Technical/sectorial expertise combined with innovation and dynamism.

Great availability and efficiency combined with undisputed professionalism.

Charles Adams has outstanding experience, availability and problem-solving ability.

Ferdinando Poscio is rated for his competence and professionalism.

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Nomura International

Patrizia AG

Dedalus Holding (Ardian)

Santander Consumer Bank

Banca IMI

Banco BPM

UniCredit

Eolo

Landi Renzo

Work highlights

  • Advised Dedalus Holding on the committed financing package to finance the acquisition of part of the healthcare software business of Agfa-Gevaert, and on the financing aspects of the acquisition of DXC Technology.
  • Advised a consortium, comprising Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Blackstone and Macquarie, on the financial aspects surrounding the acquisition of Autostrade per l’Italia.
  • Advised Intesa Sanpaolo, JP Morgan and BNP Paribas – BNL on the acquisition by FNM of 82.4% of the share capital of Milano Serravalle – Milano Tangenziali from the Lombardy Region.

White & Case LLP Italy

White & Case LLP Italy routinely assists with leveraged finance; syndicated loans; real estate finance, asset financing and export finance; mezzanine and hybrid debt; and private debt transactions. Recently promoted from local partner to partner, Giuseppe Barra Caracciolo advises on banking, asset and acquisition financing deals; Iacopo Canino is ‘an exemplary professional‘; Gianluca Fanti‘s practice includes banking matters; and Andrea Novarese consistently acts for investment banks and financial institutions. Also key to the team is financing expert Francesco Scebba, along with experienced senior associates Bianca CarusoTiziana Germinario and Stefano Bellani.

Testimonials

White & Case is one of the best firms in the banking and finance sector.

Trained professionals offering state-of-the-art legal advice and diversified and innovative solutions.

The best firm for quality, competence and team depth.

Very high levels of competence, professionalism and knowledge of the market.

Iacopo Canino is an exemplary professional; an established lawyer who is always able to provide valid legal advice and find a useful compromise between the opposing needs of banks and borrowers.

Iacopo Canino has great experience, business expertise and problem-solving skills.

Gianluca Fanti: maximum competence and dedication with superb knowledge of the this market, including the most recent news.

Gianluca Fanti is a point of reference in the sector for professionalism, seriousness and competence.

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Banco de Sabadell

BNP Paribas

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Intesa Sanpaolo

Banca IMI

J P Morgan

Mediobanca

Morgan Stanley

Natixis

Rabobank

UniCredit

Banca IFIS

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Banco BPM

BPER Banca

Credito Fondiario

Crédit Agricole Italia

illimity Bank

UBI Banca

Work highlights

  • Advised a pool of banks, including Intesa Sanpaolo, BNP Paribas, BNL, UniCredit, Banco BPM and Natixis, on a five-year €750m revolving credit facility granted to Autostrade per l’Italia.
  • Advised JPMorgan Chase Bank (Milan Branch) as sole underwriter, lender and issuing bank, and J P Morgan, as mandated lead arranger and bookrunner, on the syndicated financing to a vehicle, incorporated by Nuova Argo Finanziaria to fund the voluntary tender offer for all of ASTM’s ordinary shares.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs, as arranger, on an up-to €260m financing programme for Casavo.

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato's 18-strong team consistently advises on both Italian and English law transactions. The practice's scope covers general lending, and acquisition, structured, leveraged, real estate, export credit and project finance, along with debt restructuring and NPLs. Stefano Sennhauser has over 25 years’ experience as a banking partner, while Pietro Scarfone is dual Italy and UK qualified. Providing key counsel-level support, Frederic Demeulenaere leads the Milan-based UK banking team; Nunzio Bicchieri is Italy project finance head. Senior associate Luca Maffia also advises on banking and finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Sennhauser

Testimonials

A&O Italy has the ability to assemble a team that is capable of delivering (under time-constrained situations involving complexities) structures that make the deal work for all parties.

Very knowledgeable and creative, helping lenders find the right structure for complex situations; and they have a commercial approach that is perfectly balanced with a strong sense of what is the right/wrong risk to take.

One of the Anglo-Saxon firms with the widest experience in the Italian market, covering practically every area that is linked to the financial markets – thanks also to the international network of offices at its disposal.

The brand is well known in the banking world and at the forefront of introducing very interesting initiatives such as digitalisation, gender equality, etc). We also value the constant updates on regulatory matters and how these can impact our business.’

A capable and pragmatic team that is able to understand all disciplines, with a client focus that aims to forge lasting working relationships.’

Stefano Sennhauser has been one of the leading professionals in the Italian banking market for years; always proactive in managing deals and negotiations, he is always able to find the right solution to solve the most complex situations.

Pietro Scarfone has extensive experience in domestic and international banking and finance transactions. His approach to deals is always very rigorous and professional, and the results can be measured at the end by the satisfaction of the parties involved.

Senior associate Luca Maffia is attentive to detail, and also highly appreciated by his counterparts.

Work highlights

  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Milan Branch), Intesa Sanpaolo (as global coordinators and sustainability coordinators) and a pool of 25 national and international banks, on the extension of a revolving credit facility provided to TIM and its conversion to an ESG-linked financing arrangement.
  • Advised a syndicate of six banks, acting as bookrunners and MLAs, on a €1bn sustainability-linked loan facility for Enel.
  • Advised Mediobanca (acting as arranger, original lender, agent and global co-ordinator) and a pool of banks on a €150m acquisition financing for GVS’ acquisition of RPB Group.

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s expertise encompasses acquisition, corporate, property and structured finance; and it is highly rated for its Italian banking law experience involving LBOs, as well as financing for public bids and takeovers. Leading the banking and real estate focus teams, Emanuela Da Rin is a highly regarded finance expert; Catia Tomasetti heads the project finance practice; and Antonio La Porta has sector expertise in banking, real estate, energy, infrastructure and insurance. Gabriele Malgeri is another project finance specialist, while Giorgio Frasca and Giovanni Battaglia are the managing associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Antonio La Porta

Testimonials

Provides exceptional legal assistance in matters arising under Italian law during various complex transactions.

Very complex legal matters are relayed both in Italian and English in concise, straightforward and understandable terms (whether that be verbally or in writing).

I have always found the practice to be available, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure the parties it acts for are fully appraised (legal advice, legal opinions, etc) and their interests protected.

The quality of the service provided is, in my view, par-excellence and very tailored and specific – this opinion is based on my 35-year career in investment banking in circa 10 finance institutions, and having worked with many law firms.

The team is extremely committed and available.

Catia Tomasetti offers significant expertise in project finance, as well as debt restructuring. Her commercial and strategic approach is very much valued – she is extremely impressive in assisting complex negotiations, and the advice she imparts has always been shown to be the correct advice.

Catia Tomasetti’s calm and collected attitude during heated negotiations sets her apart. She is very adept at seeing the big picture and an authoritative voice in the world of project finance.

Managing associate Giorgio Frasca is a very capable lawyer- he is always approachable, proactive and committed; and his attention to detail as well as his tactful/diplomatic nature enable him to perform very well in complex negotiations. He always strives to produce excellent work and certainly is someone you want to be on your side in negotiations.

Key clients

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

FMS-WM Service Company

ING Bank

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

UniCredit

Work highlights

  • Assisted the lenders (UniCredit and ING Italia) with a €130m green loan, granted to BVK Highstreet Retail Cordusio.
  • Advised MPS Capital Services Banca per le imprese (and other financial institutions) on the structuring and signing of a €63m financing agreement, aimed at supporting Renco Valore’s 2019-2021 investment plan.
  • Assisted the lenders, DeA Capital Alternative Funds and illimity Bank, in relation to a refinancing and return in bonis transaction involving Vincenzo Zucchi.

Gianni & Origoni

Gianni & Origoni's practice covers advice to lenders on refinancing and restructuring, real estate financing, acquisition and investment finance, and general corporate operations. The firm also has a robust structured finance team, in addition to energy and infrastructure project finance experience. Co-leading the group are financing transactions specialist Matteo Bragantini, domestic and cross-border transactions expert Giuseppe De Simone, and energy and infrastructure specialist Ottaviano Sanseverino. Also highly regarded are Matteo Gotti, who assists investment banks, and counsels Maria Panetta and Piergiorgio Picardi. Arrigo Arrigoni was recently promoted to non-equity partner.

Testimonials

Year after year, the firm has confirmed its excellent analytical skills, deep understanding of the context (not only legal) in which my institution operates, and a special attention to changing and complex business needs.

In terms of value for money, I believe that the fees were more than appropriate compared to other law firms, especially if evaluated in light of the high level of assistance provided by Gianni & Origoni.

The firm is capable of ensuring a team of versatile professionals, which it effectively mobilises according to the needs that emerge during the various phases of assignments.

Excellent performances were ensured during the acute phases of the ongoing pandemic crisis.

Matteo Bragantini is a top-level partner in banking, and able to satisfy the needs of his clients fully, thanks to his longstanding experience, excellent interpersonal skills and the empathy he creates in the deal team.

Matteo Bragantini’s professional and human skills were appreciated, as was his ability to search for solutions that allowed us to achieve our objective.

Giuseppe De Simone is undoubtedly the best professional on the Italian scene, and is supported by a team of professionals who are always on top of any situation.

Giuseppe De Simone and counsel Piergiorgio Picardi have constantly distinguished themselves through their ability to propose and implement original solutions in the face of complex and particularly innovative legal issues.

Key clients

Allianz

Banca del Fucino

BNP Paribas

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Crédit Agricole Group

EIB (European Investment Bank)

Intesa Sanpaolo

Intrum

MPS Banca Montepaschi di Siena

Nord/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank

Société Générale

UniCredit

Work highlights

  • Assisted Intesa Sanpaolo and Banca IMI with a three-year, €6.3bn credit facility granted to FCA Italy, reportedly Europe’s largest government-backed financing to a carmaker since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisted BNP Paribas, Société Générale. Unicredit, EIB, CDP, and a pool of approximately additional 10 lenders, with the amendment, increase and restatement of an approximately €3.5bn financing granted in 2018 to Open Fiber.
  • Assisted The Pan European commercial real estate debt fund (managed by Generali Real Estate SGR), as original lender, with a real estate financing granted to a reserved alternative real estate Italian fund (Fondo EUR), managed by GWM Asset Management.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's Italian banking group is highly active in acquisition finance, corporate lending and leveraged finance. Italian banking and finance leader Marcello Bragliani regularly acts for lenders and borrowers on leveraged finance transactions. Antongiulio Scialpi, who acts for clients throughout all stages of a financing, and Alessia De Coppi, who frequently assists with complex financings, were made partners in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Mauro Saccani is the counsel to note.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Bragliani

Testimonials

Great professionalism, team depth, market knowledge and experience.

High-level international network with good synergies between practices.

The mid-level team has excellent levels of professionalism.

Marcello Bragliani and Antongiulio Scialpi are very present and available.

Key clients

Ares

BNP Paribas

BNL

J P Morgan

UniCredit

Intesa Sanpaolo

Crédit Agricole

Banca IMI

Tikehau

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati's team routinely advises banking and financial institutions on leveraged, acquisition, mezzanine and real estate financings, as well as syndicated loans. The group is co-led by Andrea Giannelli, who advises on complex transactions; and 'brilliant professionalMonica Colombera, an energy and infrastructure project finance specialist. Also integral to the department are highly rated banking and finance partners Emanuele EspositiLuca Autuori and Guido Iannoni Sebastianini; next generation partners Giovanni SciroccoAntonio Palazzolo and Tommaso Bernasconi; and recently promoted senior counsel Simone AmbrogiAndrea Mazzola is an experienced senior associate.

Testimonials

Very trained and focused teams, with excellent problem-solving qualities – complete professionals, who are able to satisfy the client’s needs and constantly look for solutions to make work faster and more fluid.

The team has international experience, a strong track record in the management of complex structures, and a level of service that is tailored to the needs of the Italian market.

Proactivity, dedication, passion, professionalism and competence… a very results-oriented team.

Legance has the capacity to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex legal matters, and to create cross-office teams that are capable of bringing the right expertise across a wide spectrum of areas.

Andrea Giannelli has outstanding experience, problem-solving abilities and professionalism.

Monica Colombera is a brilliant professional, who is highly competent and client oriented.

Guido Iannoni has a strong commitment to operations, with high levels of availability and presence during the mandate. He has in-depth knowledge of the bank and its needs and policies, directing legal negotiations towards solutions that are in compliance with the bank’s policies.

Managing associate Marco Gagliardi shows a high level of competence and technical preparation, accompanied by significant commitment and availability. Marco is always available to evaluate open negotiation issues, assess the proposed solutions, and identify new alternatives; he also shows strong negotiating skills and strong counterpart management skills.

Key clients

ASTM

Banca IMI

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Banco BPM

Banco di Sardegna

Banco Santander

BNP Paribas

Banca Popolare di Sondrio

BPER Banca

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Crédit Agricole CIB

European Investment Bank

Goldman Sachs International Bank

ING Bank

Generali Real Estate SGR

Intesa SanPaolo Group

Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

Natixis

Nexi

Société Générale

UniCredit

Work highlights

  • Assisted a pool of banks, including (among others) Mediobanca and Intesa Sanpaolo with the financing granted to a vehicle controlled by F2i SGR and Asterion, which aims to acquire Sorgenia, as well as a financing made available to F2i ER1 and F2i ER2.
  • Assisted a pool of lenders (J P Morgan, BNP Paribas, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking, Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario and Morgan Stanley), with the Italian corporate law aspects surrounding the financing for the acquisition from BC Partners of up to approximately 45% in Sofima.
  • Assisted a pool of lenders (Intesa Sanpaolo, Banco BPM, BayernLB, ING Bank Milan Branch and Unicredit) with a green loan financing in favour of Windrose Holding.

ADVANT Nctm

ADVANT Nctm’s team consistently advises on large banking and financing transactions. It is particularly focused on acquisition, leveraged and project finance, and real estate and shipping financing. Stefano Padovani advises on extraordinary transactions; Alfredo Lizio is a shipping and aviation finance specialist; Eugenio Siragusa is a project finance expert; and Giovanni de’ Capitani di Vimercate advises private equity funds on acquisition finance. London-based Matteo Gallanti is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Matteo Gallanti

Testimonials

Flexibility, availability, preparation, and problem-solving and negotiation skills.

Know-how, patience, diplomacy and transparency.

The team is very prepared and available, takes nothing for granted, and explains each step clearly and comprehensively.

Its goal is always to find a solution that suits everyone.

The team is available, competent, decisive and an important mediator between the parties, whether they are other lenders or legal parties.

Elasticity in finding ways to solve problems, which makes the firm decidedly different from other lawyers.

‘Eugenio Siragusa is a highly trained and competent professional, who tries to understand clients’ business needs and explains the requirements of the other stakeholders. In this way, the professional becomes an important sparring partner during any mandate, and this attitude is transmitted to the team.

Eugenio Siragusa is a person of great depth and preparation, with a noteworthy willingness to reach the goal within the established terms and within the set times.

Key clients

UniCredit

US Bank

Banco BPM

Intesa Sanpaolo

Bayview Asset Management

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Banca BPER

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Mediobanca

Sudtiroler Volksbank-Banca Popolare dell’Alto Adige soc coop

AnaCap Financial Partners

Sparkasse – Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano

Bank of China

Credit Agricole

Amco – Asset Management Company

Blue Torch Finance

Ashurst

Ashurst's Italian, English and US-qualified lawyers are routinely instructed on acquisition, leveraged, real estate and development finance matters, as well as major project, telecoms and infrastructure financings. Other key areas are corporate lending, along with trade, asset and receivables finance. Leading the Italian banking team, Mario Lisanti has over 20 years' experience in advising on significant banking and finance transactions, while Carloandrea Meacci and Umberto Antonelli are both project finance experts.

Practice head(s):

Mario Lisanti

Testimonials

I appreciated the professionalism, technical competence and availability for clients.

Solid knowledge of project financing issues, and good propensity for problem solving and mediating the needs of the counterparties.

Works seamlessly across different jurisdictions; always available and willing to go the extra mile. Combination of a global network and great knowledge of operators and the domestic market.

I consider Ashurst as one of the best law firms, with a strong commitment to quality and professionalism.

Project financing is probably Ashurst’s strong point, with Carloandrea Meucci probably one of the best-trained professionals in project financing.

Carloandrea Meacci’s team was very reliable and present during our interaction.

Carloandrea Meacci is appreciated for his competence, availability and problem-solving ability.

Carloandrea Meacci is an enterprising professional, with long and vast experience. His reading of the market is always careful and punctual; and his interpersonal skills, combined with the firm’s resources, have allowed Ashurst to create a network of high-profile domestic and international clients.

Key clients

Banco Santander

Mediobanca

Nomura International

UBI Banca

Banco BPM

Barclays

Guber Banca

Cheyne Capital

Illimity Bank

Oldenburgische Landensbank

SMBC Bank

UniCredit

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Crédit Agricole

Bayerische Landesbank

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

ING Bank

Natixis

Société Générale

Apollo Global Management

ICG

Pricoa Private Capital

Intesa Sanpaolo

Kartesia

Barings

Work highlights

  • Acted for the lenders (certain affiliates of Apollo Global Management and its portfolio company Oldenburgische Landesbank) and the security agent/facility agent (Lucid) on the financing for the LBO of Millbo/BioNaturals by private equity firm Ergon Capital.
  • Acted for the lenders (Oldenburgische Landesbank and Nova Kreditna Bank Maribor) and the security agent/facility agent (Lucid) on the financing for the acquisition by Pool Service (a portfolio company of private equity firm BlueGem Capital Partners) of Panzeri Diffusion.
  • Acted for the lenders (Intesa Sanpaolo, Banca Ifis, Crédit Agricole Italia and UBI Banca – Unione di Banche Italiane) on the financing supporting Oaktree’s acquisition of Col Giovani Paolo.

Dentons

Dentons houses specialists in leveraged, real estate and corporate finance, along with refinancing, fund financing and project finance. The Italy team regularly works alongside its real estate, corporate, energy, environment and public law colleagues. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto was appointed the firm’s European banking and finance practice head in 2021; counsel Franco Paolo Gialloreti focuses on LBOs involving banks and financial institutions and Edoardo Galeotti was recently elevated to managing counsel. Pierandrea Bonali was a new arrival in July 2022 and Luigi Costa joined in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Fosco Fagotto

Other key lawyers:

Franco Paolo Gialloreti; Edoardo Galeotti; Pierandrea Bonali; Luigi Costa; Ginevra Biadico

Testimonials

The strength of the firm is certainly the presence of highly specialised and competent professionals.

Availability and professionalism of professionals.

Problem-solving and mediation skills that are superior to other firms.

High-level experience with availability and excellent communication skills.

Competence, professionalism and the ability to get in tune with the client, finding the right solution every time that issues of particular complexity arise.

The professionals are endowed with great knowledge and experience, which make the client always feel protected – and they are all always very helpful.

Alessandro Fosco Fagotto, counsel Franco Paolo Gialloreti and managing counsel Edoardo Galeotti are highly trained and helpful professionals.

Alessandro Fosco Fagotto is definitely the professional I most appreciated – he has excellent preparation, great experience and intuition – a constant presence and great problem-solving skills.

Key clients

Banca IFIS

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Banco BPM

BPER Banca

Crédit Agricole Italia

Intesa Sanpaolo

Banca IMI

Mediocredito Italiano

Mediobanca

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

UniCredit

illimity Bank

Green Arrow Capital SGR

Muzinich & Co

Spingrowth

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediobanca on the banking and finance aspects of the €246.7m acquisition of one of the most iconic buildings in Milan, Palazzo Cordusio.
  • Assisted Intesa Sanpaolo (as bookrunner and mandated lead arranger), Banca di Asti and Banco BPM (as mandated lead arrangers) with a medium-long term €72.5m financing in favour of Panealba, which operates in the bakery products sector.
  • Advised Banco BPM on a €17.5m financing granted to Italian Energy Efficiency Fund II.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s Italy practice is experienced in leveraged and corporate lending, as well as bilateral and syndicated lending transactions. Antonio Lombardo is corporate finance head; Chiara Anceschi focuses on debt work; Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca is a finance and projects expert; Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli is an energy project finance specialist; Giuseppe Melestands out‘; and Giampiero Priori was recently promoted. to partner Claudio D’Alia is a well-regarded legal director.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Lombardo

Testimonials

Very personal and reliable relationship – they are there when you need them, not only with straightforward legal advice but with all legal services that help us do our business.

Human touch, unpretentious and down-to-earth, top-level lawyers – much more empathetic than many others.

I believe DLA Piper has made some excellent lateral hires from other firms over the last few years.

A law firm of the highest standing.

High legal skills, excellent organisation, and they anticipate clients’ needs.

Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli and legal director Claudio D’Alia have excellent skills.

Giuseppe Mele stands out for his dedication and commercial skills.

Extreme professionalism and availability. Great reliability from the partners, in particular Giampiero Priori, who facilitates the bank’s business.

Key clients

Unicredit

Intesa Sanpaolo

Natixis

Mediocredito Italiano

BNL

Banco BPM

UBI Banca (now Intesa Sanpaolo)

Credito Valtellinese

ING Bank

ICCREA

BNP Paribas

Aareal Bank AG

Deutsche Bank S.p.A.

Credit Suisse

Banca Farmafactoring

DZ Bank

Mediobanca

Santander

Société General

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading Italian international bank in the reshaping of AccorInvest Group’s €4.5 billion debt, with the granting of €477 million of new financing and rescheduling of indebtedness equal to €1.2 billion.
  • Assisted the pool of lender banks in the granting of an ESG-linked revolving credit facility for €500m in favour of A2A.
  • Assisted a pool of banking institutions in relation to EUR 170 million refinancing operation for the solar portfolio of an infrastructure fund managed by Basalt Infrastructure Partners.

Gattai, Minoli, Partners

Gattai, Minoli, Partners advises on a range of lending and financing transactions, both at domestic and cross-border level. Gaetano Carrello focuses his practice on finance, debt capital markets and restructuring work; Lorenzo Vernetti is sought out for complex financing transactions including acquisition finance, refinancing and dividend recaps; and Emanuela Campari Bernacchi heads the structured finance department. Former partners Ricardo Agostinelli and Andrea Taurozzi have been with Molinari Agostnelli since July 2021.

Testimonials

Superior problem-solving and mediation skills than other firms.

High levels of experience and knowledge of structured finance, availability, and excellent communication and management of the legal work.

High profile in the industry.

Excellent experience in structured finance, availability and commitment of the partners are superior to other firms, and supported by a good team of collaborators and available resources.

The entire team was available at short notice throughout the transaction, and they provided well-considered advice to the client, drawing on their depth and breadth of expertise.

Gaetano Carrello is a very knowledgeable and helpful professional.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

UBS

Barclays

UniCredit

IntesaSanPaolo

Banco BPM

CoöperatieveRabobank

Tikehau Capital

Arcmont

Molinari Agostinelli

Molinari e Associati is now known as Molinari Agostinelli, following its 2021 recruitment of banking law specialist Riccardo Agostinelli and salary partners Andrea Taurozzi and Marco Leonardi from Gattai, Minoli, Partners. The team advises on acquisition, property, corporate and structured finance, as well as complex disposals and acquisitions of UTP and NPL portfolios. Ugo Molinari's broad practice includes LBO acquisition finance; Alessandro Fontana was recently promoted to equity partner.

Testimonials

A very focused boutique with the involvement, generally, of very senior, experienced and reputable professionals.

High seniority levels and constant operational involvement during projects, with great availability and experience.

Always available for prompt resolution of legal and non-legal issues.

Interfaces with other law firms quickly and professionally in order to contribute to the finalisation of transactions.

Integrated professionalism within the corporate, restructuring and finance sectors.

Proven reliability and flexibility.

Marco Leonardi has always been attentive and ready to protect the needs of the banks, proposing solutions that have improved certain security aspects of the transaction in question.

Andrea Taurozzi is worth mentioning; a highly trained professional and an exquisitely helpful person. As a partner, he always directly follows the deals in which he is involved (which is not always the case in other law firms). When Andrea is at the table, all the parties leave the negotiations satisfied.

Key clients

Unicredit

Aareal Bank

Banca IMI

Banca Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena

Banco BPM

Illimity Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

BPER

Credit Agricole

Goldman Sachs

Solution Bank

Banca Privata Leasing

BNP – BNL

Cassa Depositi E Prestiti

ICCREA

Green Arrow Capital

Riverrock Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised a pool of banks on the sale of a portfolio of approximately 160 UTP/non-performing receivables.
  • Advised UBI Banca on the granting of a medium-long term loan to certain SPVs/funds managed by COIMA.
  • Advised BNPP, Deutsche Bank, Bank Nomura, Intesa Sanpaolo, UCI and National Westminster Bank on the Italian aspects of a high-yield bond offering, intended to support the acquisition of a majority stake in Lutech and involving a super-senior revolving facility.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Italy practice houses experts in energy and infrastructure, shipping, telecoms and real estate financing; clients particularly appreciate the firm’s global network during cross-border banking and finance transactions. Italy banking and finance leader, Arturo Sferruzza, is a specialist in energy and infrastructure project finance, shipping financing, and export credit and international trade finance and Gennaro Mazzuoccolo advises on lender-side finance deals. Since publication, Luigi Costa left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Sferruzza

Testimonials

Ability to support the client at every stage of the process, from due diligence to the structuring of financial documentation, indicating the aspects on which to focus more attention and negotiate.

Excellent knowledge of the reference markets and ability to relate to each counterpart.

Key clients

Alfa Capital Markets

Banca IMI

Banco BPM

Bank of America

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Crédit Agricole CIB

Deutsche Bank

European Investment Bank

HSBC

Iccrea BancaImpresa

ING

Intesa Sanpaolo Bank

JP Morgan

Kommunalkredit Austria

SACE

Santander

SIMEST

Société Générale

The Royal Bank of Scotland

UBI Banca

UniCredit

Work highlights

  • Advised Crédit Agricole CIB, Intesa Sanpaolo, Société Générale and UBI Banca on a €160m financing to Sonnedix to refinance a large portfolio of solar photovoltaic plants in Italy.
  • Assisted Deutsche Bank and SACE with a €96.5m loan facility (supported by SACE) to the Ministry of Finance of Ghana for the construction of a dam.
  • Advised Bank of America on a loan for general corporate purposes to FCA Bank, a joint venture between Stellantis Italy and Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe‘s Italy group has a strong track record in lending and structured finance. Patrizio Messina heads the banking and finance department, which includes Marina Balzano, who works with major lenders in the Italian market; as well as Raul Ricozzi, who has 20-plus years’ experience in project finance, and leveraged and asset financing. Since publication, Maria Teresa Solaro left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Patrizio Messina

Other key lawyers:

Marina Balzano; Raul Ricozzi

Key clients

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

Banco BPM

Crédit Agricole Italia

Deutsche Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

Natixis (Milan Branch)

UniCredit

Banca IMI

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Banca IFIS

illimity

BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas

Ethica Global Investments

Equita

Invitalia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lazio Region, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and Lazio Innova with negotiating and drafting a €375m aggregate agreement, which will guarantee the financing of regional SMEs that are in trouble because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Acted for a pool of banks, comprising Banco BPM, BNL, BPER Banca and UBI, on the €65m financing of Aimag, a multi-service utilities group based in Mirandola.
  • Advised Banca Popolare di Bari (as originator) on a non-recourse and block sale to AMCO of a portfolio of unlikely-to-pay and non-performing loans.

Pedersoli Studio Legale

Pedersoli Studio Legale‘s banking and finance group is well known for its expertise in acquisition and real estate finance, as well as corporate finance transactions. Heading up the practice, Maura Magioncalda routinely acts for leading domestic and international banks (and major financial institutions) on a broad array of financing deals. Also integral to the team are leveraged, corporate and real estate finance experts Consuelo Citterio and Alessandra De Cantellis.

Practice head(s):

Maura Magioncalda

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo

UniCredit

VTB Bank

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Banco BPM

BPER Banca

La Cassa di Ravenna

illimity Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisted VTB Bank (Europe) SE (as lender legal counsel) with the structuring and negotiation of a €74m financing (guaranteed by SACE) for certain companies belonging to the Marcegaglia Group.
  • Assisted a syndicate of banks (including Intesa Sanpaolo, UniCredit, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Banco BPM, UBI Banca, BPER Banca and La Cassa di Ravenna) on the complex refinancing and rescheduling of the financial indebtedness of the group belonging to listed companies Monrif and Poligrafici Editoriale.
  • Assisted a syndicate of lenders, comprising Intesa Sanpaolo, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Banco BPM and Istituto per il Credito Sportivo, on two facilities (for an aggregate amount of €55m) for Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' Italy team is active in both leveraged and acquisition financing. The practice is also experienced in cross-over lending (lending to corporations recovering from restructuring issues), and has a strong market position regarding investment grade financing and syndicated loans. Co-heading the group are banking specialist Davide D’Affronto, and Nicholas Lasagna, who advises on finance transactions under both English law and Italian law. Alessandro Elisio is a key of counsel.

Testimonials

Superior problem-solving and mediation skills when compared with other teams.

High-level experience and knowledge in structured finance, availability, and excellent communication and management of the work.

Strong profile in this sector.

Great experience, problem-solving skills and reliability.

Availability and commitment of partners, who are supported by an adequate structure of collaborators and resources.

Competence and availability.

Great availability and professionalism, especially in the banking team.

Davide D’Affronto and managing associate Maria Ilaria Griffo are highly trained and helpful professionals.

Key clients

Oldenburgische Landesbank Aktiengesellschaft

Mediobanca

Intesa Sanpaolo

Unicredit

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Banco BPM

Deutsche Bank

Springrowth Sgr

Credit Agricole

Istituto per il Credito Sportivo

BNP Paribas

ING Belgium

KBC Bank

MPS Capital Services

HSBC

Belfius Bank

MPSCS

Banca Cambiano

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediobanca (as global co-ordinator) and another 34 international financial institutions (as arrangers) on a €10bn sustainability-linked revolving credit facility granted to Enel and its Dutch subsidiary.
  • Advised OLB (part of the Apollo Group), as arranger and lender, on a €40m senior term facility for the acquisition of the Goccia di Carnia and Pejo mineral water brands by Orienta Partners.
  • Assisted Intesa Sanpaolo, UniCredit and Banca Nazionale del Lavoro with a €270m financing to Kiko, one of the best-known high-street retail companies in Italy.

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's practice regularly advises on high-profile deals involving both new financings and the restructuring of existing financial indebtedness. Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie has extensive experience in the lending and structured finance space; and Andrea Limongelli specialises in banking and finance, with particular regard to property and acquisition financing.

Testimonials

The professionals are very helpful and attentive to clients’ needs, knowing how to build teams of experts who are suited to the requests made.

Responsiveness from a team that is highly available and attentive to clients.

Various and complex issues were addressed with great speed and competence.

Each professional on the team proved to be capable in relation to the requirements and the complexity of the issues addressed.

The firm showed marked interdisciplinary skills, with the ability to enter into the logic (including financial aspects) of transactions where not only legal advice is required.

Professionalism above the average of the firms previously used by our company, as it is characterised by an approach that is on the one hand multidisciplinary, and on the other highly specialised.

Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie showed professionalism and flexibility during various collaborative situations, including during moments of stress or tension.

The support of Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie was fundamental during delicate negotiations, highlighting an international law problem that at first was underestimated, even by the counterpart’s lawyers.

Key clients

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Intesa Sanpaolo

Banco BPM

illimity Bank

Amundi SGR

AnaCap Financial Partners

ZHC Holding

Crédit Agricole Italia

Work highlights

  • Advised CDP on the structuring and documentation of innovative financing products in favour of Italian companies (operating in the building and energy sectors) and public entities (operating in the public residential housing sector).
  • Advised Illimity Bank on a financing transaction (guaranteed by the Italian Guarantee Fund for SMEs) for Smemoranda Group and its subsidiary GUT Distribution.
  • Advised Intesa Sanpaolo on a credit facility granted to Mermec, aimed at financing the acquisition of a business unit.

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria advises on high-level financings across a diverse range of key sectors in Italy. Corrado Angelelli is experienced in the full gamut of debt products, including leverage finance, real estate financing, securitisation and NPL trades; Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo's practice covers corporate, leveraged and structured finance.

Other key lawyers:

Caterina Napoli; Davide Bonsi

Testimonials

Great experience, pragmatic approach and versatile professionals.

Very dynamic team that follows market developments and works on innovative transactions.

Availability, competence and flexibility.

Key clients

Illimity Bank

Cerberus Capital Management

J-Invest

Link Financial

The Carlyle Group

Värde Partners Europe

Guber Banca

Banca Farmafactoring

Gruppo Barletta

Carval

Barletta Group

Chenavari Investment Managers

Crif

Bain Capital

Solution Bank

Banca Monte dei Paschi

Sorec

Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital on the bid for the acquisition of the television rights of the Lega Calcio, the transaction involving plans for a high-yield offering, revolver facility and securitisation structure.
  • Advised MPS on a €300m syndicated loan facility.
  • Advised the lenders on the Italian aspects of an Advent private equity transaction, providing for the acquisition of Industria Chimica Emiliana from the Bartoli Family.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's Italian banking and finance department is led by Milan-based Carlo Massini, who is qualified to practice in both Italy and New York. Massini has longstanding experience in financing transactions, advising on all forms of lending, including real estate, project, acquisition, asset and international trade finance.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Massini

Testimonials

The Hogan Lovells team provides excellent advice.

They are reliable, swift to respond and available 24/7 (if necessary).

The team co-ordinates internally without friction and is 100% customer focused.

The legal assessments are well balanced and focus on the client’s key issues.

Carlo Massini is definitively one of the most distinguished lawyers in the Italian banking sector, with profound knowledge and excessive experience. His evaluations are always well-balanced, crisp and clear – very helpful when tackling complex problems.

Carlo Massini is very focused on clients’ needs and very service oriented.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates' Milan team is regularly sought out for lending transactions carried out by Italian securitisation SPVs and advises private debt investment funds on direct lending deals. Key areas of expertise for 'extremely competent professionalFabrizio Dotti include transactional lending, while Paolo Rusconi is highly skilled in debt restructuring transactions.

Practice head(s):

Fabrizio DottiPaolo Rusconi

Testimonials

The team is very helpful, quick in processing requests, focused on objectives and timing, flexible in schedules, and balanced in determining the price.

My judgement on the firm is undoubtedly very positive.

Fabrizio Dotti is an extremely competent professional, but also flexible with respect to the different needs required by the deal and the individual client. These are qualities that I have hardly ever found together… generally, I find one or the other.

Key clients

Finanziaria Internazionale Investments

UniCredit

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mount Street Mortgage Servicing (as agent and servicer of the SPV) on the management of a long-term loan of approximately €400m, granted by international banks to a real estate investment fund.
  • Assisted FinInt Investments with the structuring of the Efesto Fund, created for the management and valorisation of unlikely-to-pay claims originated by Italian banks.

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato’s banking and finance team is focused on real estate finance matters. Market veteran Giancarlo Castorino consistently assists with the financing aspects of complex and high-value transactions, while Francesco Romeo is a real estate and acquisition finance expert. Since publication, Pierandrea Bonali left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Giancarlo Castorino

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Romeo

Testimonials

Dedicated and experienced staff that support the client efficiently and quickly.

Perfect attention to the client, even in areas not strictly required.

Speed ​​and clarity in the support provided.

Technical skills, availability, competence and problem-solving skills.

Very reliable team with great business sense and great alignment with other MWE teams that collaborate with us.

A consolidated, united team with great expertise in banking matters.

Professionalism, availability, great experience and the ability to understand the client’s situation.

Giancarlo Castorino was great at summarising the positions of the various parties involved, allowing all parties to reach a satisfactory agreement.

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo

Arsenale SGR

Banco BPM

Generali Real Estate

Kryalos SGR

UBI Banca

Natixis – Milan Branch

UniCredit

Work highlights

  • Advising Intesa Sanpaolo, as exclusive mandated lead arranger, on financing Coima, Covivio and Prada, as the winners of a competitive bidding process for a large development real estate project that will transform Milan’s urban features.
  • Advised Intesa Sanpaolo, UniCredit, Natixis (Milan Branch) and UBI Banca on a loan facility granted in favour of Residenziale Immobiliare.
  • Advised UniCredit on a loan facility granted in favour of an Italian real estate alternative investment fund, managed by Silver FIR SGR.

Osborne Clarke

Particularly active on the lender side, Osborne Clarke's Italy team has notable experience in real estate financings, as well as syndicated lending, and acquisition, leveraged and project finance. Andrea Pinto leads the practice, which includes debt finance expert Federica Greggio alongside banking and real estate finance specialist Antonio Fugaldi.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Pinto

Testimonials

A highly reliable Italian banking practice that is widely respected for its expertise.

Implementation effectiveness, negotiation skills and technical preparation.

Pragmatic and effective.

Partner-led approach with an excellent understanding of the pan-European finance market.

Extremely commercial approach and always willing to go the extra mile.

Practical, business oriented, prepared and determined professionals.

Dynamic and prepared team with high levels of professionalism.

Andrea Pinto and Antonoi Fugaldi have the ability to listen and understand the needs of both clients and counterparties, which allows you to find a compromise position that is acceptable to all parties.

Key clients

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Banco BPM

Aareal Bank

Prelios Credit Servicing

Bayerische Landesbank (Milan Branch)

BPER Banca

UBI Banca

Unicredit

Sparkasse – Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano

Natixis

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

Intesa San Paolo

Work highlights

  • Advising Cassa Depositi e Prestiti on a €50m financing granted to Raffineria di Milazzo to support new investments.
  • Assisting Banco BPM (as lender, lead arranger and agent) with the financing of the acquisition of two healthcare facilities by Fondo Antirion AEsculapius, a closed-end, reserved alternative real estate mutual fund.
  • Advising Bayerische Landesbank on a sizeable project finance facility provided to subsidiaries of Renfin, an international developer of run-of-river hydropower projects.

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams' banking and finance team provides the full gamut of legal services within the firm's core industry sectors of energy, transport, infrastructure and real estate. Mario D’Ovidio is an energy and infrastructure project finance expert, while Furio Samela is well known for shipping finance.

Practice head(s):

Mario D’OvidioFurio Samela

Testimonials

Competent, and client and results-oriented.

Very reliable and responsive team with expertise in banking and finance, especially in the field of renewable energy and international transactions.

The team is a reliable and comprehensive contact for Italian renewable energy financing.

Due to its strong expertise in international transactions, the best strategies and legal advice are guaranteed.

The WFW lawyers are distinguished by a particular balance and objectivity to the legal advice given. Another positive element (not always found in other firms) is the clarity and transparency of the quotations within tender notices.

The work of Mario D’Ovidio is very much appreciated. Mario also collaborates systematically and constructively with the banking associations of the sector and the various working groups on export finance.

Mario D’Ovidio is an outstanding partner. He stood out for his excellent interpersonal skills, which were a plus when establishing a fruitful collaboration relationship.

Mario D’Ovidio’s characteristics include competence, availability and a focus on results.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Commerzbank

UBI Banca – Unione di Banche Italiane

BPER Banca

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

CaixaBank

Crédit Agricole

ICCREA Banca

Banco BPM

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Bank, SACE and SIMEST on the €53m project financing for a new, upgraded market in Sekondi-Takoradi, the local capital and most populous city of Ghana’s Western Region.
  • Advised BPER Banca on the refinancing (on a project financing basis) of the loan granted to an Italian project company for the construction of technology hubs at the Camposampiero and Cittadella hospitals in Padua.
  • Advised BPER Banca on the refinancing (on a project financing basis) of a loan granted to an Italian project company for the construction of a hospital pavilion, ancillary building works, and the Canal al Pianto guesthouse at the SS Giovanni e Paolo hospital in Venice.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's Italy team advises banks and financial institutions on financing and refinancing deals, particularly those involving energy matters. Co-heading the practice are energy and utilities expert Pierpaolo Mastromarini, who focuses on project finance, and Italy corporate group leader Alberto Salvadè, whose broad experience includes turnaround and restructuring deals.

Testimonials

Speed ​​in the preparation of financial documentation, with excellent quality and price ratio.

Associate Daniele Pompei provides maximum availability, with fast feedback that corresponds to clients’ requests.

Key clients

Crédit Agricole CIB

Société Générale

Siemens Bank

Crédit Agricole Group

ICCREA BancaImpresa

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

BPER Banca

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Intesa Sanpaolo

BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas

Banca Tema – Terre Etrusche di Valdichiana and Maremma

Work highlights

  • Advised a pool of banks on the structuring and granting of an €80m loan (backed by an Italian guarantee issued by SACE).
  • Advised BPER Banca on the structuring and granting of a loan for Gallo Due to build a wind farm in southern Italy.
  • Advised a pool of banks (BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Intesa Sanpaolo and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena) on the structuring and granting of a loan for approximately €30m, in favour of a car rental sector and mobility company.

CBA Studio Legale e Tributario

Acting for both Italian and foreign lenders, CBA Studio Legale e Tributario fields experts from the shipping, real estate, project and structured finance (including LBOs) spaces. Real estate and shipping sector specialist Francesco Dialti has developed a major cross-border practice, through which he advises on the Italian law aspects of international transactions.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Dialti

Testimonials

CBA is very flexible and provides very personalised advisory services.

Availability and effectiveness in solving problems.

Speed of execution, high availability and experience.

Perfect availability with fair, reasonable and transparent pricing, as well as a high commitment to investing in growing relationships.

Our go-to firm in Italy.

Francesco Dialti is very professional, and focused on delivering excellent work.

Francesco Dialti is appreciated for his availability, and the ability to explain Italian concepts in a way that a foreign client can understand. We started working with him five years ago and he has always exceeded expectations.

Francesco Dialti is responsive and offers excellent legal advice.

Key clients

Banco BPM

Iccrea Banca

CaixaBank

Illimity

Intesa Sanpaolo

UniCredit Leasing

Abanca Corporación Bancaria

DeA Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Illimity on the financing for an LBO.
  • Advising Iccrea BancaImpresa on the cross-border financing for the purchase of two tugs.
  • Advising a major international bank on the financing for a group that is active in the highways sector.

CMS

Acting for major banks and lenders, CMS' Italy team is regularly involved in financing and refinancing transactions, while clients additionally benefit from the firm's banking-related tax structuring expertise. Paolo Bonolis has approximately 25 year's experience in the banking and finance space, and counsel Maria Giovanna Pisani assists with structuring finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Bonolis

Other key lawyers:

Maria Giovanna Pisani

Testimonials

The team is well structured in multiple areas of expertise.

Paolo Bonolis is an excellent lawyer, who understands the commercial, as well as the legal, needs of clients.

Key clients

Aareal Bank

Raiffeisen Bank International

VTB Capital

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Bank Leumi

LTG Capital

La Banque Postale

Work highlights

  • Advised Aareal Bank on the restructuring of a loan, in the context of the sale of a development project.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's Italy team is regularly sought out for complex financing deals. Alfonso de Marco advises Italian and international banks on banking and real estate matters, along with project financing; and Sergio Esposito Farber's practice includes project financing, structured finance, and real and personal guarantees.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso de Marco

Key clients

Banca Monti dei Paschi di Siena

Banco BPM

Intesa Sanpaolo

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

Crédit Agricole Italia

ICCREA BancaImpresa

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Work highlights

  • Advised Cassa Depositi e Prestiti  and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena on the drafting, negotiation and finalisation of finance documents, which related to a €60m loan in favour of Piaggio & C.
  • Advised MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese on granting a multipurpose facility for (among others) the acquisition of a controlling stake in Bertoncello, a supplier of fresh pasta and ancillary products to Italy’s hypermarkets.
  • Advised MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese on the amendment of a prior multipurpose facility, and on the granting to Bertoncello of a new acquisition facility for (among others) the acquisition of a controlling stake in Carlo Crivellin.

Giliberti Triscornia e Associati

Giliberti Triscornia e Associati's department has amassed substantial experience in assisting domestic and international clients with bilateral and syndicated acquisition financings, along with leveraged finance. It also advises on restructuring and refinancing. Carmine Oncia is a real estate finance expert, while Federico Fischer assists with leveraged finance and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Carmine OnciaFederico Fischer

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Acerbi; Laura Piribi

Testimonials

Very personalised client service and ongoing team dedication.

High level of preparation in our sectors of reference and interest.

Excellent ability to identify solutions of mutual interest to the parties, so as to allow a quick and effective conclusion of matters.

Carmine Oncia is a professional who is always present and ready to solve problems that arise.

Key clients

Société Générale

Intesa Sanpaolo

UBI Banca

Banco BPM

COIMA SGR

Aedes SiiQ

Illimity Bank

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Aksìa Group SGR (and relevant portfolio companies)

Green Arrow Capital SGR (and relevant portfolio companies)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Société Générale with the structuring, negotiation and syndication of the add-on of a €400m financing granted to a real estate fund (Ippocrate Fund).
  • Assisted Intesa with the refinancing of a 10MW photovoltaic plant granted to special purpose vehicle, Cautha Lazio.
  • Assisted UBI Banca with the renegotiation of an existing facility agreement.

Nunziante Magrone

Nunziante Magrone is well-known for its advice to lenders and arrangers, particularly in relation to corporate lending, acquisition finance, real estate financing and debt restructuring. Alessio Lombardo heads up the banking and finance team, which includes Priscilla Merlino, whose practice is predominantly focused on banking and financial regulation work.

Other key lawyers:

Corrado Rosano

Testimonials

Particular attention to clients’ needs.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Flexibility, availability and competence.

Strong background and experience of the team.

Great flexibility in the contract drafting and accuracy to the replies.

Competent and reliable in their execution, with excellent negotiation skills.

A team of serious and reliable professionals, who are active in all legal sectors.

Special mention for Alessio Lombardo, who is proactive; his personalised approach is highly appreciated, and he is an extremely valid individual who is highly professional, meticulous and precise.

Pavia e Ansaldo

Pavia e Ansaldo routinely acts for financial institutions on major acquisition and real estate financing transactions; the team has a notable record on healthcare sector-related financings, along with banking litigation. Mario Di Giulio has substantial in-house experience at major Italian banks, and Roberto Zanchi's expertise covers banking and finance.

Other key lawyers:

Caterina Luciani

Key clients

Unicredit

Banca Generali

Credit Agricole Cariparma

Banco BPM

Deutsche Bank

Unicredit Bank Moscow

ICCREA Banca Impresa

Investire SGR

Assiteca Broker Internacional de Seguros

Xenon Private Equity

Tecno Pool

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

First Growth Real Estate

Banche di Credito Cooperativo

Work highlights

  • Defending a US parent company, and two UK subsidiaries of one of the largest banks in the world, against multiple actions brought by retail investors in the Italian courts.
  • Assisting a major bank with court proceedings (arising from a lease), which involve several interesting points of law.
  • Advising one of the most important arms of Banca di Credito Cooperativo on its negotiations with the European Investment Bank, and the Regions of Sicily and Campania, for the utilisation of the EU’s Jessica Funds.