Bologna: leading firms in Italy

Gianni & Origoni

In Bologna, Gianni & Origoni has a well-known team focusing on M&A and other transactions. The group also advises on venture capital matters and has capabilities in the technology sector. Federico Dettori acts as group head and specialises in corporate, commercial, litigation and arbitration law, as well as in debt recovery and corporate rescue proceedings. Pietro Buccarelli and Camilla Nordera left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Federico Dettori

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Canonico


‘Excellence, availability, business oriented, effectiveness.’

‘Federico Dettori: distinctive skills on M&A issues, great availability, business oriented. Matteo Canonico: excellent skills in corporate law and M&A.’

‘The firm’s name has an important weight in the sector, the team quickly understands the operational context and brings specific experience helping to structure the operation not limiting themselves to a legal consultation, but also intervening in the strategic framework in the negotiation.’

‘Federico Dettori and his team are always available, quick, clear and practical in their feedback. ‘

Key clients

Artigrafiche Reggiane S.p.A.

Cefla Societa Cooperativa

CEI – Costruzione Emiliana Ingranaggi S.p.a.

G-Factor S.r.l. – Fondazione Golinelli

Gruppo Borghi S.p.a.

Generali Italia S.p.A. S.p.A.

Prosit S.r.l.

Profiltubi S.p.a.

Shunda Italia S.r.l.

Orogel SC

ECMWF – European Centre for Medium range Weather Forecast

Iconsulting S.p.a.

Toyota Material Handling S.r.l.

Sacmi SC

Egosistema S.r.l

Gellify Digital Investment Spa

Gellify S.r.l.

Gellify Group Spa

Granarolo S.p.A.


Rekeep S.p.A.

ICON SRL Unipersonale

Rolland Srl

EDB Service Srl (Gruppo Barolini)

AZIMUT Libera Impresa Spa

Siare Engineering International Group Srl

Symphonie Prime Srl

Hoverture Italia Srl

7 Layers Group Srl

In Rail Spa

Alfa Sigma Spa

Utopia SIS Spa

Work highlights

  • Assisting Analytics Network s.r.l. and SPS Srl in the sale of their majority stakes to Var Group S.p.A., which is a subsidiary of SeSa S.p.A. and a leading Italian operator in the field of IT solutions for the business Segment.
  • Assisting the Alfieri family in the sale of a majority stake in Profiltubi S.p.A. to AUCTUS Capital Partners AG.
  • Assisting Gellify Digital Investment Srl and Azimut Libera Impresa Sgr Spa in a co-investment transaction in Surge Srl, and Sell Rapido through Azimut Digitech Fund, which at the same time acted as incubator.

RP Legal & Tax

RP Legal & Tax‘s Bologna team includes Claudio Perrella, Alessio Totaro and Anna Masutti. Perrella has notable active in the insurance and reinsurance. He and Totaro frequently work together on the structuring and launching of joint ventures, acquisitions, tender and arbitration procedures as well as other disputes, especially liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Perrella; Alessio Totaro; Anna Masutti


‘Very available, great legal and market knowledge both for contractual and litigation work.’

‘Claudio Perrella and Alessio Totaro are fast and good.’

‘RP Legal & Tax and specifically it’s partners Alessio Totaro, Claudio Perrella and Anna Masutti, are the to-go address to for all matters in connection with supply chain issues, distribution, logistics and transport. They have a very high expertise on complex logistics matters, maritime insurance, all transport modes (air, rail, road, sea), warehousing and production.’

‘Alessio Totaro and Claudio Perrella are very responsive and their advice is always absolutely well-founded. They see the bigger picture and understand the complex contractual logistics set-ups. Their expertise is not only limited to e.g. maritime matters, but they are as knowledgeable with regard to all other transport modes (air, rail, road, warehousing, e-commerce, etc.).’

‘Legal assistance always punctual and precise. Reliability on delivery times. Excellent negotiation support.’

‘Attention to detail, availability of partners and great competence in the corporate and M&A fields.’

‘Great flexibility and ability to adapt to customer needs.’

‘Very good reachable, fast reply.’

Key clients

Mediaworld (Mediamarket) S.p.A.

ALD Automotive S.p.A.

Procter & Gamble S.p.A.

AirPlus International S.r.l.

Sasol Italy S.p.A.

Zurich Insurance

UNIPOL SAI Assicurazioni

CEVA Logistics

FedExIMA Group



Arco Costruzioni Generali S.p.A.

Groupe Benetau


TGE Gas Engineering Unigrà Walter Tosto S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisting a pool of insurers and reinsurers in a very complex claim arising from a serious accident at a dam.
  • Assisting a local leading insurer in respect of litigation arising from a serious product liability claim in US, the quantum exceeds $40m.
  • Assisting a manufacturer  in the preparation of a bid for a tender for the construction of a LNG liquefaction plant and assessing the impact of the terms and conditions requested by the employer.

Zunarelli – Studio Legale Associato

Zunarelli – Studio Legale Associato has a well established presence in Bologna. The team provides high-profile advice in four key focus areas: shipping, dispute resolution, corporate and M&A law, and public law. In particular, practice head Stefano Zunarelli is an expert in aviation and maritime law, and managing partner Massimo Campailla (who splits his time between Bologna and Trieste) is noted for representing port authorities and enterprises, terminal operators and airport management companies as well as major insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Zunarelli; Massimo Campailla

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Giardini; Anna Razzaboni


‘The firm pays very high attention to all national and international conferences that open new perspectives in the evaluation of current legal issues, and this always places it at the forefront in grasping new trends and interpretations in a perspective of modernization of law and of the regulatory fabric. The firm always shows great flexibility in the alternation of its professionals in the management of the issues and disputes proposed, always managing to cover the areas requested by the client. During the pandemic period, it proved to be very efficient in managing remote meetings.’

‘All the members of the firm, in addition to an in-depth knowledge of maritime and transport law, demonstrate an excellent interdisciplinary legal knowledge. They also demonstrate a rare availability and flexibility towards the customer, with excellent flexibility of schedules and logistic possibilities to carry out in-depth meetings in different locations, even during the weekend or during holidays when necessary.’

‘This firm is characterized by the high competence and knowledge of the sectors in which it operates. Great ability to deepen the issues entrusted and great ability to manage them. Excellent vision of the overall picture and ability to propose appropriate solutions.’

‘Always punctual and precise in respecting the various deadlines. In general, the customer feels taken care of and supported.’

‘High quality, timeliness and competitiveness in terms of fees.’

‘The Zunarelli Law Firm of Bologna excels in its uncommon expertise in the field of state property law, navigation and transport. It constitutes a constant point of reference for operators in the world of ports, and in particular for the Port System Authorities, who need constant and updated support on often unpublished issues and administrative problems.’

‘The Zunarelli team in Bologna is characterized by its ready availability with respect to the needs and emergencies represented from time to time. Over the years, the proven experience in administrative matters constitutes an essential point of reference for guaranteeing the efficiency of administrative action even in the face of the most difficult situations.’

Key clients

AALEA s.p.a.

Adriatic Services Enterprise S.r.l.

Italian Port Authorities Association

Venice Port Authority

Rome Port Authority

Leghorn Port Authority

Ravenna Port Authority

Autorità Portuale di Gioia Tauro

Parma Municipality

Confetra Confederazione Generale Italiana dei Trasporti e della Logistica

Italian Ship Owners Association

Consap S.p.A.

Costa Crociere S.p.a.

Emilia Romagna Region

F2i Fondi Italiani per le infrastrutture SGR SpA

Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

Gesap – Airport of Palermo

Grimaldi Euromed

Interporto Bologna S.p.A.

Morandi Logistic Group

RAM S.p.A.

S.A.B. S.p.A. – Airport of Bologna

SRB s.p.a.

Technogym s.p.a.

Morandi Logistic Group

Work highlights

  • Advised F2i on the acquisition of MarterNeri S.p.A. and C.P.M. s.r.l.
  • Advised Confitarma on the new Statute of the association.
  • Advised ANAV SICILIA on the establishment of a consortium between member companies.