Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

At K&L Gates, Stefano Bardella and Andrea Campana have a highly international practice focused on complex disputes before courts and arbitration panels with an emphasis on corporate, commercial and bankruptcy matters.
Valente Associati GEB Partners is a full-service firm member of Crowe Global Network and mainly works on the resolution of disputes derived from corporate structuring, transfer pricing and restructuring matters.

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Astolfo Di Amato & Associati-Avvocati

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Dispute resolution in Italy

BonelliErede

In the Italian market, BonelliErede‘s dispute resolution and international arbitration practice is unique in size, expertise and breadth of activity. The department covers all levels of Italian and international high-profile dispute resolution cases. In February 2021, thanks to the collaboration with the firm’s recognised competition law department, a dedicated competition litigation task force was launched, which includes specialists of the calibre of Vittorio Allavena and Giuseppe Lombardi, among others. Together with of counsel Laurence Shore, who focuses on international arbitration and litigation before US courts, they jointly lead the practice. Monica Iacoviello specialises in civil, commercial and bankruptcy law. Massimo Baroni and Chiara Mancini were promoted to partners in May 2021. Riccardo Bordi is singled out for being ‘attentive, punctual, with an excellent technical preparation.’

Practice head(s):

Vittorio Allavena; Giuseppe Lombardi; Laurence Shore

Other key lawyers:

Monica Iacoviello; Massimo Baroni; Riccardo Bordi; Chiara Mancini

Testimonials

‘The team is able to manage complex document analyses and challenging legal issues.’

‘Vittorio Allavena proved to be an excellent and successful professional in managing very complex and highly critical disputes for the client.’

‘Riccardo Bordi, together with his work team, assists both in litigation and in out-of-court matters. He is an attentive, punctual professional, with an excellent technical preparation and meticulous attention to detail.’

‘Availability, promptness of intervention, competent, decisive and dynamic support.’

‘Great flexibility and ability to understand – immediately – the customer’s needs. The ideal professional to combine legal issues with business needs.’

‘Excellent technical competence, pragmatic approach to the proposed themes, speed of execution, maximum availability.’

‘Professionals always available and open to dialogue and comparison.’

‘BonelliErede immediately give great confidence on the way forward and in facing the obstacles that arise. Their experience and vision manage to give quick and clear answers to face all the complications of the case. The resolution of legal problems at an international level makes the difference, from the Far East to South America, to Canada.’

Key clients

A4 Holding

Acciai Speciali Terni

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

ILVA

RCS – Cairo Group

RFI

UniCredit

Unipol

Zurich

Abertis

Andes Petroleum

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Astaldi

Danieli

ENI

EssilorLuxottica

Itinera

Showa Denko Materials (Hitachi)

Solvay

Tecnimont

Webuild

ADVANT Nctm

ADVANT Nctm‘s sizable litigation and arbitration department is positioned among the top players in the market. It is well recognised for its experience in handling national cases across all industry sectors and also for its cross-border litigation capability, especially disputes before the EU Courts. Alberto Toffoletto leads the team and is widely recognised for his activity in complex corporate, financial and commercial disputes and for sitting as an arbitrator. Angelo Anglani  ‘has an innate ability to focus on the most sensitive point even in the most intricate controversies’.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Toffoletto

Other key lawyers:

Angelo Anglani

Testimonials

‘The team led by Angelo Anglani impresses with its ability to understand complex situations that involve interactions with foreign legal systems, other than the Italian one. The team is also very reactive and able to respond quickly, succinctly and incisively to the questions asked.’

‘The firm has an excellent network of contacts also at international level, which complete the high professionalism and knowledge in the various sectors of Italian law.’

‘The availability and identification of a contact person who follows the customer and provides support on the various topics covered’.

‘Targeted and well illustrated insights that facilitate the decision-making process. Different skills within the studio smoothly integrated and directed by the team manager. Analysis of cases governed by foreign legislation developed in collaboration with foreign firms previously qualified by the firm to have high quality standards.’

‘Angelo Anglani has an innate ability to focus on the most sensitive point even in the most intricate disputes. This facilitates the work of the whole team that supports him from time to time.’

‘Extremely effective and professional in the management of disputes.’

Key clients

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

UniCredit S.p.A.

Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A

Sanrio Company Ltd and Sanrio GmbH

Strabag AG

Falck S.p.A.

Markel

Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti – C.M.C. di Ravenna Società Cooperativa

Bulgari S.p.A.

Thales Italia S.p.A.

CEVA Logistics Italia S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Telecom Italia S.p.A. in relation to a follow-on antitrust damages action brought by Vodafone.
  • Assisting Falck S.p.A. in relation to two civil actions raised by Milanosesto S.p.A. before the Court of Milan.
  • Assistaning Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti – C.M.C. di Ravenna Società Cooperativa by examining seven international construction contracts (in Algeria, Kuwait, Nepal-two contracts, Zambia and Laos), all governed by local laws, and deal with the relevant issues and possible connected proceedings.

ArbLit – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli Torsello

ArbLit – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli Torsello features prominently in domestic, high-profile commercial arbitrations. Acting in various sectors, it has an emphasis on the construction industry and on investor-state disputes. The team is also active in proceedings before foreign courts in insolvency, financial markets, trust, international sales and succession matters. The partners in the group are among the most recognised lawyers in this sector, with Luca Radicati Di Brozolo acting as vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration, Michele Sabatini as co-chair of the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR and Massimo Benedettelli, who is a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC. Associates Fabio Santacroce and Emilio Bettoni are noted.

Practice head(s):

Luca Radicati di Brozolo; Michele Sabatini

Other key lawyers:

Massimo Benedettelli; Marco Torsello; Federica Serrantoni; Fabio Santacroce; Emilio Bettoni

Testimonials

‘Top-notch legal expertise. Great professional ability in deepening, dissecting and fully understanding the issues (environmental, technical, human, etc.) of the dispute, in order to maximize the objective elements to ensure the best chance of success. Total availability for comparison and interaction, even outside the canonical appointments.’

‘Great human and empathic skills in every moment of the relationship shown by Marco Torsello and Federica Serrantoni. Full involvement of the client, who becomes an active part in the production of evidence and documents, capable of making him feel a member of the team and not just a third-party user of the service.’

‘Luca Radicati and Fabio Santacroce stand out. Luca is a highly regarded and outstanding arbitration practitioner and international arbitrator. Fabio is a rising star.’

‘Michele Sabatini remains a point of reference. Brilliant, precise, attentive to the customer’s needs. Luca Radicati guarantees together with Michele Sabatini the maintenance of the highest possible standards.’

‘Sympathetic and highly skilled team of arbitrators.’

‘Fabio Santacroce is an extremely talented and deeply involved legal expert, that any client likes to have at its side.’

‘It is an extremely versatile firm, always available and with great internal skills. Technologically always at the forefront.’

Key clients

GSquare Healthcare Private Equity LLP

Damor America, Inc.

Tubilux Pharma S.p.A.

ERG S.p.A.

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

AmTrust Group

IPVIC – International Photovoltaic Investors Club

Thyssenkrupp AG

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Ghella SpA

GCF – Generale Costruzioni Ferroviarie

Astaldi S.p.A.

Medical Systems S.p.A.

Itinera S.p.A.

Tirrena Scavi

Tenova Group

Star Image Limited

ENEL

Impresa Pizzarotti S.p.A.

International Chamber of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Representing two companies of German conglomerate thyssenkrupp in a 8-billion ICC arbitration brought against them and other respondents by the Hellenic Republic.
  • Representing photovoltaic investors, including Natland Investment Group N.V., in arbitration proceedings against the Czech Republic arising from the State’s measures in the photovoltaic field.
  • Representing a Mexican subsidiary of Tenova Group in court proceedings brought by KT – Kinetics Technology S.p.A. before the Court of Appeal of Milan to overturn two arbitral awards favorable to Tenova Group’s subsidiary.

Chiomenti

Chiomenti covers all areas of litigation and represents leading companies in complex disputes and arbitrations. As a key differentiator, the department is highly recognised for its product liability and product recall expertise, while other key specialisms include post-M&A, private enforcement and sports litigation. The team is led by Silvio Martuccelli, who acts both as litigator and arbitrator and is particularly skilled in managing class action cases. Andrea Bernava recognised for his years-long experience in acquisition transactions and commercial contracts, ADR and insolvency and restructuring procedures. Luca Ferrari stands out for his product safety and product liability expertise. In the sports area Massimo Proto  is highlighted, who joined the firm as of counsel in January 2020. Andrea Costa stands out ‘in terms of competence and ability to manage conflict situations.’

Practice head(s):

Silvio Martuccelli

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Donato; Massimo Proto

Testimonials

‘Cohesive and transversal team, very well organized and flexible’

‘High technical skills and availability of partners at every stage of dispute management’

‘Its professionals and collaborators of the Chiomenti Law Firm are characterized by professionalism and dedication, also manifested through meticulous attention to the needs expressed by the client. These, among other things, are the main qualities that characterize the team led by Massimo Proto. In particular, the team always shows excellent and punctual ability to analyse the legal problems posed by clients, combining it with promptness and speed in every answer given.’

‘Punctuality, precision and effectiveness in solving clients’ needs are the elements that have always characterized the firm.’

‘Filippo Brunetti and Andrea Costa are the strengths of the firm, in terms of competence and ability to manage conflict situations.’

‘Andrea Costa is an excellent professional, very competent and gifted with the qualities to manage complex conflict situations.’

‘Outstanding negotiating skills, adequate rates, full availability and understanding of internal processes.’

‘Massimo Proto, excellent professional with great experience in the negotiation, judicial and ADR fields.’

Key clients

Amissima Assicurazioni S.p.A. / Amissima Vita S.p.A.

Amazon Italian transport

Mc Donald’s Italy

Manifattura Riese

Officine Riva S.p.A.

Mediobanca S.p.A.

Banca Esperia

Cattolica Assicurazioni

Cinecittà Studios S.p.A.

Apple Inc.

Aviva Italia Holding S.p.A.

RAI Radio Televisione Italiana

Gruppo Aliante Partners

UnipolSai Assicurazioni

Vivendi S.A.

Firriato S.r.l.

Certosa Salumi S.p.A.

Federative Republic of Brazil

Permasteelisa S.p.A.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.

Kaleyra S.p.A.

Vincenzo Zucchi S.p.A.

Italian Tennis Federation

Lyoness

Menarini Industrie Farmaceutiche Riunite S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advising SIAE in an ordinary proceeding brought by some of its members to challenge the Supervisory Board resolution which appointed the new Management Board. Simultaneously, SIAE has been advised also in a precautionary proceeding brought by the same counterparties to obtain the immediate suspension of the effectiveness of the said Supervisory Board resolution.
  • Advising Aviva Life S.p.A. in many conciliation procedures and civil proceedings regarding the issuance of life insurance policies linked to capitalization contracts and loan contracts and purported violation of a number of rules of the Italian Civil Code and of the legislative framework governing financial products.
  • Advising RAI Radio Televisione Italiana S.p.A. in several proceedings brought against it, including by Municipalities and banks and public personalities, for alleged defamation committed by means of a wide range of conducts in the context of the different activities carried out by RAI in the public broadcasting service.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP houses a significant number of top-market litigators, who represent clients in a great variety of matters. Recently, the team reported a significant number of successes, including for Vivendi against Mediaset and Fininvest over the failed sale of Mediaset Premium in mid-2016, and Telecom Italia, in a matter in which the claimants sought over USD 15 billion, awarding zero damages to the claimants. Both victories further cemented the reputation of leading lawyers Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini and Ferdinando Emanuele. Carlo Santoro is also widely recognised, together with counsel Roberto Argeri.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini; Ferdinando Emanuele

Other key lawyers:

Paolo Bertoli; Carlo Santoro; Roberto Argeri; Francesca Gesualdi

Testimonials

‘Provides in-depth study of disputes, context, products and actors involved with targeted research. This effort gives rise to very in-depth and informative acts and opinions even for non-professionals. The support of professionals is extremely effective and business oriented.’

‘Carlo Santoro is a point of reference in the management of commercial issues; together with his team he thoroughly studies the issues submitted to him from every point of view and proposes solutions that are not predictable and oriented to the business and to the needs revealed by the company.’

‘The team has a very qualified and consolidated knowledge of the international litigation sector. In addition to experience, the team responds comprehensively and promptly to customer requests by implementing a pragmatic and problem-solving approach to problems. Definitely a team you can fully rely on.’

‘Ferdinando Emanuele and Paolo Bertoli are very reliable partners. They know the needs of the company well, they have a concrete approach to problems while maintaining a very high professional profile. Compared to the competition, they are to be considered among the most authoritative in Italy and credible in the international context.’

‘High quality of assistance and homogeneity of the same regardless of the seniority of the professionals involved. The advice is always provided with the client’s purpose and operation (and any impacts on it) clear.’

‘Ferdinando Emanuele and Roberto Argeri: extreme availability and ability to understand and translate the customer’s needs, as well as in the management of the administrative aspects of the relationship with the customer; they obtain results.’

‘The firm stands out for the high technical skills of its professionals, from partners to juniors. They are highly sensitive to judicial issues.’

‘Cleary Gottlieb is a very rigorous firm in the selection of resources and the professionals who work there have a thorough knowledge of complex and also very heterogeneous subjects. Lawyers work on complex disputes and develop innovative strategies. Lawyers are always available even outside normal working hours.’

‘Roberto Argeri is an outstanding attorney and one of the best litigators around, able to provide quick and accurate advice on complex issues affecting media and civil and commercial law.’

Key clients

Vivendi

Arcelor Mittal

Telecom Italia – TIM

Assicurazioni Generali

Sky Italia

Satispay

Intesa Sanpaolo / Dexia Crediop

Eni

HP

A2A

Work highlights

  • Assisting Vivendi in a number of proceedings in its legal battle against Mediaset. The Court of Milan ruled in favour of Vivendi on multi-billion dollar claims for damages brought by Mediaset, RTI and Fininvest against Vivendi in relation to the failed acquisition of Mediaset Premium in 2016 and the acquisition of a 30% stake in Mediaset. In 2020, two litigation streams were successfully concluded with victories for Vivendi.
  • Assisting the ArcelorMittal Group in a number of court and arbitration proceeding, including in the proceeding brought on November 5, 2019 before the Companies Section of the Court of Milan against the Extraordinary Commissioners of Ilva S.p.A. in A.S. and in the related urgent proceeding for precautionary measures brought by the latter.
  • Assisted Telecom Italia – TIM in an arbitration proceeding that Brazilian businessmen and funds brought for over USD 15 billion.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s market positioning is based on a successful combination of civil, criminal and tech law expertise which distinguish the department from the competition. Supreme Court lawyer and practice head Fabio Guastadisegni is a renowned insolvency, restructuring, banking and finance litigator and commercial arbitrator. Separate subteams with full dedication to regulatory investigations and financial crimes, managed by white-collar criminal law expert Antonio Golino, are also a strong asset. In this space and also in restructuring litigation, Carlo Felice Giampaolino and Giuseppe Principato are further names to note. Andrea Tuninetti Ferrari was promoted to counsel in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Guastadisegni

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Felice Giampaolino; Giuseppe Principato; Andrea Tuninetti Ferrari

Key clients

TBG Group/Petrolvalves

Sirtec

Leonardo

Synlab

BaoSteel

Prelios

Mubadala

Citibank

Ferrovie dello Stato

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Enel S.p.A.

Credito Valtellinese

Volkswagen Bank Gmbh

Biosensors

Seat

Pagine Gialle

ING

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel of record of a former senior managing director of Deutsche Bank for the appellate proceedings, after a first instance conviction from the Court of Milan on charges of aiding and abetting market manipulation through false financial statements.
  • Acting for the French bankruptcy trustees of the Kidiliz Group in the relationships with over 500 employees and approx. 150 landlords owning the premises where Kidiliz operated its business.
  • Advising Credito Valtellinese with regards to a contentious activity, focused first on the analysis of Credito Valtellinese former corporate bodies’ conducts, and then the commencement of a civil liability claim against them on behalf of Credito Valtellinese, which suffered damages as consequence of their unlawful conducts.

Dentons

Dentons‘ dispute resolution practice has grown exponentially in the latest years and now includes practice head Sara Biglieri, who also acts as co-head of the firm’s dispute resolution European practice, Pasquale Annicchiarico, who coordinates the white-collar criminal law offering, and Stefano Belleggia, who has specific specialisation in the field of banking, finance, regulatory and insurance litigation. The team presents itself as a litigation boutique within an international firm and represent high-profile clients in many sectors, primarily banking, oil and gas and energy, as well as in retail and telecoms. Roberto Lipari  is also noted. Luca De Benedetto was promoted to partner in November 2021 and Davide Traina is praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Sara Biglieri

Other key lawyers:

Pasquale Annicchiarico; Stefano Belleggia; Davide Traina; Roberto Lipari

Testimonials

‘The strong point is the knowledge of the commercial sector (real estate) which and so manage disputes (and pre-litigation) situations. In other words, the legal team speaks “the same language” as the client and this is extremely supportive in making business decisions. Another strong point is the constant availability and speed of management.’

‘Davide Traina: in addition to being always present, he is characterized by great clarity and ability to analyse the various facets of disputes, as well as being proactive in supporting the customer in understanding the practice and in proposing solutions.’

‘Sara Biglieri is always supervising the team’s delivery to ensure that client expectations are met. She provides high quality advice, mixing technical competence with pragmatic solutions. Edoardo Mazzoli is a very committed, exceptional junior associate.’

‘Flexibility in finding the most appropriate solutions, ability to identify with the needs of the interlocutor and informality in the relationship for which the customer feels “at home “.’

‘Stefano Belleggia possesses a great spirit of collaboration and is able to quickly intercept the customer’s needs, demonstrating that he also knows the operational aspects that characterize the exercise of the banking-financial activity.’

‘The partners and lawyers of the firm in general are very prepared and attentive in understanding the issues that concern the company. The answers are provided with detail and knowledge and in times corresponding to expectations. The collaborators are very well prepared and are well supervised by the most senior partners.’

‘Davide Traina is always prepared, proposes adequate strategies and in the case of confrontations between the parties has always asserted our rights with extreme effectiveness.’

‘Davide Traina demonstrated high technical preparation, experience, creativity in strategy and customer focus.’

Key clients

Anas

Campostano Group

Eni

Equita

Geoplin Lubljana

JA Solar

Johnson & Johnson

LU-VE

Poste Vita and Poste Assicura

Qinhuangdao Tianye Tolian Heavy Industry

Riva Group/ ILVA S.p.A.

Sinobec Trading

Snam

Supermarkets Italiani S.p.A.

Unogas

Work highlights

  • Assisting Eni in a civil proceeding started in November 2020 before the Court of Rome against the same Italian publishing company Società Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A. and its famous newspaper editor in the context of a press campaign started by the newspaper “Il Fatto Quotidiano” in the last years.
  • Assisting Riva Group/ ILVA S.p.A. in all the criminal trials before the Courts of Milan and Taranto, including the well-known ILVA trial which, due to its size and complexity, is the among the most important environmental trials carried out in Italy.

Gianni & Origoni

Gianni & Origoni‘s litigation and arbitration team impresses for its ability to manage large caseloads. Highlights include sizable M&A disputes, loss and damage claims, securities litigation as well as breaches of obligations and product liability cases. Corporate specialist GianBattista Origoni, who also sits as an arbitrator, co-heads the department together with commercial litigator Antonio AuricchioPaolo Gnignati is singled out for his insolvency law expertise. Alberto Nanni excels in labour law cases.

Practice head(s):

GianBattista Origoni; Antonio Auricchio; Paolo Gnignati

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Nanni; Decio Mattei

Testimonials

‘Maximum professionalism. Very high competence and specialization in the various subjects. Very high degree of in-depth analysis of the issues. Excellent availability even in the evening and on weekends.’

‘The firm combines tradition and innovation.’   

‘The partner Decio Mattei combines competence and character, constantly supporting the client in the difficulties of the matter of the dispute.’

Key clients

Enel S.p.A.

Wind Tre S.p.A.

Intesa Sanpaolo

Hitachi Ltd.

LivaNova PLC

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

EDF Électricité de France

ENI S.p.A.

CDP Immobiliare S.r.l.

Bridgestone

Generali Italia S.p.A.

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

Veneto Banca in liquidazione coatta

Finanziaria Internazionale S.p.A.

Alleanza Assicurazioni S.p.A.

Esso Italiana

BNP Paribas

Mandarina Duck

Acqualatina

Gruppo MOBY

Work highlights

  • Representing LivaNova PLC in the latest stage of the €4 billion Sorin merger before the Italian Supreme Court after victory at all previous stages.
  • Representing Banca Finint and Banco delle Tre Venezie in the proceedings to challenge the approval of the judicial settlement with creditors ”) of the company Pasta Zara S.p.A. a leading food manufacturing company based in Trieste and Treviso.
  • Assisting Takeda Italia S.p.A. in proceedings started by Cosmo Technologies Limited and Cosmo S.p.A. against Giuliani S.p.A.. Cosmo Technologies Ltd and Cosmo S.p.A. claimed to have suffered loss and damage as a result of alleged illegal parallel imports committed by Giuliani S.p.A. of the anti-inflammatory drug Mesavancol.

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance – Avvocati Associati has a well-established dispute resolution team, which is particularly reputed for its activity representing clients in M&A, banking and finance litigation. Through tight collaboration with other departments of the firm as well as foreign law firms, the team is also highly knowledgable of other industries sectors, with the notable mentions of energy and aviation. Co-heads Stefano Parlatore and Daniele Geronzi are known as commercial and corporate litigators and arbitrators. Daria Pastore stands out for her insolvency, defamation and product liability practice. Cecilia Carrara concentrates on extraordinary corporate transactions, mainly representing foreign clients investing in Italy. Marialuisa Garavelli was promoted to senior counsel in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Parlatore; Daniele Geronzi

Other key lawyers:

Daria Pastore; Cecilia Carrara; Marialuisa Garavelli

Testimonials

‘Extreme professionalism and deep knowledge of the sector in which it operated. The professionalism and knowledge of the sector reduces the time required for the activities to be carried out, facilitating the possibility of appropriately expressing and sharing skills.’

‘Daria Pastore is responsive, commercially minded and has significant industry experience. Daniele Geronzi is one of the best lawyers one can worked with. Competent, available, brilliant, he always has a solution to the problem. Daniele Geronzi and his team are distinguished by their exceptional competence, and the ability to solve problems.’

‘The assistance provided by the firm was characterized by the rapidity of action and reaction to the sudden change in the situation between the parties involved in the dispute.’

‘Stefano Parlatore is appreciated for his acumen and commercial approach, as well as for his expertise in defining the case’s strategy. Giuseppe D’Amore: energetic and proactive approach.’

‘Legance professionals quickly understand the implications for the business and offer pragmatic advice, both in terms of results and times. In particular, Daria Pastore is a professional who combines extraordinary strategic intuition with a pleasant and calm approach.’

‘Stefano Parlatore: great competence and ability in coordinating the team, but also meticulous knowledge of the file and is proactive in dealing with the arbitral tribunal.’

‘Daria Pastore is an excellent lawyer, with an excellent capacity for intuition on the best strategy to follow before and during restraint. She is empathetic and communicative, and creates a relationship of extreme trust with the customer. The other team members are also highly technical and skilled professionals.’

‘The professionals of the Legance Dispute Settlement team are very well prepared not only with regard to Italian law but, thanks to their international scope, they are able to assist their clients also on international issues, an element that I really appreciate as it allows you to entrust them not only with proceedings with applicable Italian law. Cecilia Carrara is an excellent professional in the field of Italian disputes, and certainly among the best when it comes to international arbitration. Competent, very helpful and dedicated to customers.’

Key clients

2i Rete Gas

AerCap

Alibaba Group

Amplifon

Aveleos S.A. (RENOVA GROUP)

Awas

Banca Popolare di Milano S.p.A.

Banco Santander

Bank of China

Barclays Italia

Barclays PLC

BNL

BNP Paribas REIM Italy SGR

Bondholders Astaldi

Borealis

British American Tobacco

Carnival Cruise Line

CNH Industrial

Costa Crociere

Credit Suisse

Dedalus

Dexia

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

ENPAPI

Energreen Investment SARL

FCA

Free energia

GE Capital

Gruppo Poste Italiane

Gruppo Unipol

Gucci

Halliburton

Henkel Italia S.r.l.

Impresa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A.

Intesa SanPaolo/Banca IMI

Leonardo

Mercitalia

MPS – Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.

Parma Calcio 1913 S.r.l.

Philips

Republic of Kazakhstan

Riello

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Sigma-Tau

Tecnimont

Total

Twenty Century Fox

UBS

UniCredit

Vianini S.p.A.

Sogem srl

Iliad Italia S.p.A.

ASM Voghera SPA

CBL Insurance Europe DAC

St George British International School

Pedersoli Studio Legale

Alongside M&A, litigation and arbitration constitute a core focus for Pedersoli Studio Legale. The joint efforts of lawyers from the two areas generates specialised skills in commercial and corporate disputes, while additional expertise in banking and real estate litigation completes the service offering. Carlo Pedersoli has longstanding experience in both disputes and arbitration proceedings and co-leads the department together with widely recognised Andrea Magliani. Eugenio Barcellona  is highly experienced in dealing with ground-breaking litigation cases and corporate restructurings. Manuela Grassi is also noted, especially on banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Pedersoli; Andrea Magliani; Eugenio Barcellona

Other key lawyers:

Manuela Grassi; Filippo Casò

Testimonials

‘All the professionals belonging to the firm are highly qualified and trained in their areas of competence. In particular, Manuela Grassi and Andrea Zoccali are professionals of the highest profile, and are able to assist their clients with extreme effectiveness and reliability, especially in a difficult period like the current one.’

‘They provide particular attention to the relationship with the client and maximum availability. Strong specialization in the field of derivatives based not only on a deep legal knowledge, but also of the more blunt aspects of financial techniques such as to allow a detailed reconstruction of the case, also highlighting aspects that, although only apparently outside the legal plan, allow the preparation of extremely targeted defences and insights.’

‘Manuela Grassi provides fundamental support not only on a strictly legal-procedural level, but also proactively with respect to out-of-court aspects.’

‘Manuela Grassi, at the helm of the banking-financial litigation team, possesses exceptional expertise, in particular as regards the area of derivatives.’

‘High level of competence and specialization. Constant attention to new legal, economic and social issues. Organization of training events with the intervention of qualified speakers.’

‘Manuela Grassi: competence, ability to analyse and identify settlement solutions, the negotiating skills, the clear, concise and punctual style in the drafting of the documents.’

‘Filippo Casò – very bright, easy to work with and responsive.’

‘Manuela Grassi is an extremely knowledgeable professional, excellent in her areas of practice. As a further distinction note, professional correctness and rigour are noted, qualities also recognized by the judges and counterparties (with the consequent benefit for the client). The ability to engage in more complex economic issues is remarkable: from financial derivatives to loans, there is no tool that the lawyers don’t know.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the former Chairman of Carige, Mr. Cesare Castelbarco Albani, in the liability action brought against him by Carige, as well as against the former CEO, Mr. Piero Luigi Montani, the American fund Apollo and the insurance group Amissima.
  • Assisting a leading Italian Bank, as defendant, in a complex proceedings brought by a company against three leading Italian banks, one of which assisted by us, with claimant’s request of full compensation for damages for the amount of EUR 1.5 billion.
  • Representing KiteCapital S.à.r.l. in judicial proceedings before the Court of Milan having as object a legal action brought by KiteCapital as claimant, seeking for the enforcement of a put option in connection with the unlawful removal of two directors from the board of the operative company of the group and compensation for damages.

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato

Allen & Overy – Studio Legale Associato‘s strength is its ‘excellent’ financial litigation expertise, which mostly comes to fruition in connection to regulatory investigations and criminal law matters. Among the group’s specialisms are also corporate and commercial disputes and insolvency litigation, with a particular focus on energy disputes. Amilcare Sada is described as ‘a fantastic lawyer’, whose experience in cross-border matters is widely recognised. Martina Rossi is a ‘brilliant’ associate. Massimo Greco heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Massimo Greco

Other key lawyers:

Amilcare Sada; Martina Rossi

Testimonials

‘Very client focused, thorough commercial understanding.’

‘The team are incredibly responsive, and always deliver commercial advice.’

‘Amilcare Sada is a fantastic lawyer, gets to the root of issues quickly and provides helpful commercial advice. Martina Rossi is also brilliant and explains difficult concepts clearly.’

‘The presence of the Firm in many countries guarantees coherent and immediate assistance in transnational transactions. And has an ability to use an immediately understandable language within the company’.

‘The litigation team of A&O Italy stands out for the excellence of the service even in the most complex practices. Great preparation and proactivity in the management of cross-border practices, with attention to all legal aspects that may concern the dispute.’

‘Amilcare Sada has great experience in extremely complex cross-border disputes, even with institutional counterparties. Excellent management of customer expectations, even when interfacing directly with the business, which appreciated its qualities of clarity and precision. Maximum attention to the client’s administrative and management requests and needs.’

Key clients

Natixis

Nomura International

Société Générale

W.L.Gore

Work highlights

  • Advising a major international bank, as defendant, on significant civil, criminal and regulatory litigation in Italy and England arising from a series of complex, high-value transactions with a well-known Italian bank.
  • Successfully represented an Italian renewable energy company in a dispute against a US company concerning alleged contractual and non-contractual breaches in their supply agreement.
  • Assisting eight Italian and international banks in a high-profile civil action brought by an Italian banking foundation in connection with a financing granted to the foundation for subscribing to the capital increase of a well-known Italian bank.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird‘s dispute resolution practice integrates different specialisms from multiple practice areas, among which its IP litigation expertise is especially noted. The department is also active for clients from the financial sector; the firm has strong capabilities in bribery, corruption, money laundering and administrative sanctions cases. Team head Giovanni Galimberti is a recognised litigator in the IP field and specialises in the protection of geographical indications in the food industry. Stefano Silvestri  is a noted arbitrator while Raimondo Maggiore stands out as a white-collar criminal law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Silvestri; Raimondo Maggiore

Testimonials

‘Great preparation and punctuality in feedback’.

Key clients

Allianz Bank S.p.A.

Banca Agricola Popolare di Ragusa S.c.p.a

Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Recanati e Colmurano S.C.

Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata S.c.p.a.

Banca Popolare Pugliese S.c.p.a.

CheBanca! S.p.A.

Claas Italia S.p.A. / Usines Claas France S.A.S.

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Crédit Agricole Italia S.p.A.

Europa RisorseSandoz S.p.A.

Smith Detection Italia s.r.l.

Special New Fruit Licensing Ltd. (“SNFL”)

Telecom Italia

TK Elevator Italia S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented an important Italian cooperative bank and obtained an important decision by the Court of Appeal of Rome on anti-money laundering regime.
  • Successfully assisted TK Elevator Italia S.p.a. in defending the award of a contract for both the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance services to be performed on the elevators/escalators installed in the Milan metro stations.
  • Assisting the SNFL group in connection with abuse of economic dependency in the marketing of patented plant varieties.

Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato

Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato‘s dispute resolution team houses well-reputed litigators, among whom co-practice heads Margherita Barié and Salvatore Nolasco are the key figures. Barié is also a member of the firm’s IP department and has strong expertise in patent and trademark infringement litigation, as well as in all forms of domestic arbitration. Nolasco focuses on banking and financial intermediary litigation and on commercial and corporate law, with special emphasis on the telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):

Margherita Barié; Salvatore Nolasco

Key clients

A.L.E.R. Pavia

Armando de Angelis (Aliante Group)

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.

Bormioli Luigi S.p.A.

Catalonia Hotels & Resorts

Chero Piping S.p.A.

Columbia Sportswear Corporation

CCNO – COOP Consorzio Nord Ovest S.c.a.r.l.

Faram 1957 S.p.A.

Federfarma.Co. S.p.A.

International Nutrition Research Center Inc.

Irminio S.r.l. (part of Hupecol Operating Co. Group)

Iziwork S.a.s.u.

Kem One S.A.

Luigi Fedeli & Figlio S.r.l.

Le Camille S.à.r.l.

Mariotti S.r.l.

Medifarma S.r.l.

Medi-Market Italia S.r.l.

Monaco Resources S.A.

Morato Pane S.p.A.

Nestlé Italiana S.p.A.

Nexans Italia S.p.A.

NT Majocchi S.r.l.

Paciotti S.p.A.

PEO Private Engineering Office

Progressio SGR S.p.A.

Stryker Italia S.r.l.

Versalis S.p.A. (part of ENI Group)

Vodafone Italia S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Le Camille in a major litigation against the Italian company Icatex S.r.l. arising out of certain challenges made by Icatex to the share capital increase through which Le Camille gained the majority shareholding into the company.
  • Representing Versalis S.p.A. – part of ENI Group in four proceedings against four bankruptcies for compensation of damages triggered by the purchase of a bioethanol production plant.
  • Advising Irminio S.r.l. in settling an ICC Arbitration started by our client against its partner JSB Sicilia S.r.l. for breach of the farmout agreement and the joint operating agreement that Irminio and JSB Sicilia S.r.l. entered into in 2018 in order to drill and operate certain oil wells located in the Sicilian area, to exploit a concession granted by the Sicilian Region to Irminio in 2001.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is distinguished by the high-profile role it often plays in the investment arbitration field. In particular, the firm is best known for representing State clients from around the world in investment treaty disputes and international commercial arbitrations. The team collaborates tightly with teams in the New York and London offices. Domestically, an emphasis is laid on the insurance sector, where Emanuella Agostinelli excels. She co-leads the team together with Edoardo Zucchelli and Irene Petrelli.

Practice head(s):

Edoardo Zucchelli; Irene Petrelli; Emanuella Agostinelli

Other key lawyers:

Milo Molfa; Denis Bonvegna

Testimonials

‘Emanuele Ballo: great professionalism and willingness to support clients at 360°.’

‘Milo Molfa is an excellent litigator, able to support the client’s arguments in the most complex international arbitrations. He is able to understand the customer’s needs, with the right attention to the costs and timing of disputes.’

‘Denis Bonvegna continually proves to be a trained and experienced lawyer with a level of dedication to the case and a truly remarkable customer focus. Milo Molfa confirms the brilliance and the ability necessary to work even from London exactly as if he were a local lawyer.’

‘Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is an undoubted market leader in international arbitration and is notable for the ease with which the international teams work together and communicate. They are highly organized and always precise with the arguments they are making, and very good at anticipating the direction a case may go in. Once in a hearing, they show their tactical brilliance – this has been particularly evident during the pandemic because of the virtual hearings. Communication with the client, experts, opposing counsel and the tribunal is excellent.’

‘Irene Petrelli is notable for her international arbitration work for sovereign clients and has rich experience gained in some difficult and very high profile cases. She is held in high regard for her ability to advise sovereign States and State-owned entities in connection with international arbitrations, which is unique in the Italian arbitration market. She is a very knowledgeable lawyer, precise, efficient and extremely thorough. She is also a delight to deal with – she combines straight talking with a diplomatic manner. Overall, a brilliant arbitration specialist with a talent for getting to the key issues very fast.’

‘Valerio Salvatori is an excellent advocate. He is extremely competent, truly devoted to the case and the client, and always goes the extra mile. Francesco Sorace and Clarissa Manfre are both diligent, hard-working and great with detail.’

‘Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP international arbitration practice in Milan is notable for representing states in some of the world’s largest and best known international arbitrations. While being quite young, the attorneys at Curtis are confident and demonstrate a deep understanding of the complex legal and factual issues, including knowledge of the client’s business.’

‘Irene Petrelli has extensive legal knowledge married to a commercial acumen and diplomatic attitude. She is an incredibly talented partner and an excellent manager of teams. Valerio Salvatori stands out for being very diligent, thorough and client-focused.’

Key clients

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

Republic of Uganda

Republic of India

Republic of Kazakhstan

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Republic of South Sudan

Sirte Oil Company for Production, Manufacturing of Oil & Gas

State of Libya

Republic of Cyprus

United Arab Emirates

Albpetrol Sh.A.

Russian Federation

Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Sirte Oil Company for Production, Manufacturing of Oil & Gas, in an arbitration in which the sole arbitrator dismissed all claims and awarded our client US$5 million in costs and legal fees.
  • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a dispute arising from a 2011 purchase by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell of an oil prospecting licence for exploration rights to a deep-water block off the Nigerian coast for US$1.3 billion – another example of Curtis’ long-standing expertise in representing African States in high-profile oil and gas arbitrations.
  • Representing the Republic of South Sudan, in a US$700 million ICSID arbitration brought by Qatar National Bank under a loan facility agreement.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani

At De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, dispute resolution has historically been a core practice, and is made up by three distinct specialisations: arbitration, litigation and mediation, which are led by Michelangelo Cicogna, Maria Cristina Franchini and of counsel Giovanni de Berti, respectively. The team’s expertise includes real estate, insolvency, IP and product liability litigation, as well as private international law.

Practice head(s):

Maria Cristina Franchini; Michelangelo Cicogna; Giovanni De Berti

Other key lawyers:

Chiara Caliandro; Andrew Paton

Testimonials

‘They are thorough, detailed, responsive and extremely supportive’.

‘Chiara Caliandro has proven to be extremely supportive of a common client, responsive and thorough. Always extremely well-prepared.’

‘A highly capable and responsive firm whose collaborative team members go above and beyond to seek a successful outcome. A true safe pair of hands.’

‘Andrew Paton is outstanding. He is very experienced in international arbitration. He gives clear and precise advice and is intellectually very strong. He is also an excellent advocate.’

‘Very efficient practice in litigation and arbitration.’

‘Michelangelo Cicogna is a top arbitrator and Claudio Corba Colombo in M&A and insolvency litigation.’

‘Michelangelo Cicogna, a rising star of international arbitration. His skills and his preparation are transversally recognized by many professionals worldwide.’

‘David Maria Santoro is a competent and prepared professional. Proactive in dialogue with customers and counterparties, he provides diligent and accurate advice.’

Key clients

Amadeus

Arup Italia Srl

Culligan italiana SpA

Servizio elettrico nazionale SpA

Powercom

Q stone

Sace fct SpA

Tia tirana international airport SHPK

Vix technology group

Volvo group italia SpA

Wittner

Baralan

Bulk Storage Plant Engineering

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a recognised market standing in financial, insolvency and real estate litigation especially, which, together with experience in a number of other areas, including construction, transport, fashion and life sciences, complete the team’s sector specialisms. The multidisciplinary department is led by Stefano Modenesi, who also manages the international arbitration team, in which Federica Bocci stands out. Other key members of the group include arbitrator Niccolò Abriani, ADR expert Alessandro Lanzi and Davide Rossetti, who is known for his experience of domestic and cross-border commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Modenesi

Other key lawyers:

Federica Bocci; Niccolò Abriani; Alessandro Lanzi; Davide Rossetti

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge of the local court procedures and ability to explain those to an international client.’

‘Stefano Modenesi and Alberto Angeloni are very experienced litigators and they are able to propose, explain and implement various litigation strategies to try and resolve difficult litigation issues. They lead a team of efficient litigators, able to support the client throughout a dispute.’

‘Offer of multidisciplinary assistance. Attention to the customer and to the overall service. Great availability for dialogue.’

‘Excellent professionals in the team led by Stefano Modenesi.’

‘Strong skills in dispute resolution and in the elaboration of certified and restructuring plans. Very little turnover in the reference team. Innovative and often resolutive legal solutions on the matter of legal disputes. Dynamic and have an ability to interact with IT systems.’

‘The professionalism, responsiveness, exceptional availability of the team.’

‘Stefano Modenesi is an excellent lawyer who knows perfectly all the specificities of Italian civil procedure. He is always available, very responsive and collaborative. Certainly, he is one of the best lawyers in Italy. A real pleasure to work with him on sensitive subjects.’

Key clients

iPER Montebello S.p.A.

Four Investments s.r.l.

Agnona S.r.l.

AMCO – Asset Management Company S.p.A.

Prelios Credit Servicing S.p.A.

Banca Sistema S.p.A.

Tokio Marine HCC

Work highlights

  • Assisting Generali in managing a 4 billion dollar claim from Stellantis related to Covid-19 business interruption losses under global property insurance scheme.
  • Assisting Prelios Credit Servicing S.p.A. in several proceedings against PI and the Italian and French companies which had mortgaged their real estate properties to secure the receivables.

FIVELEX Studio Legale e Tributario

Leading boutique firm FIVELEX Studio Legale is knows for representing industrial and financial companies, as well as individual clients, in various business sectors. The team also leverages its finance, banking and insurance law strengths to advise companies from those sectors in all phases of disputes. Alfredo Craca is a highly regarded name in the contractual, corporate, commercial, banking and bankruptcy litigation fields. Claudio Tatozzi  is praised by clients and Vittorio Pisapia stands out in court and arbitration proceedings.

Testimonials

‘Strengths are competence, availability, responsiveness, a network capable of solving problems even abroad.’ 

‘Vittorio Pisapia is always attentive and available, anticipating interpretations and reflections. Attentive in the management of the cases and in the opinions issued, always reachable and always ready to deal with a rare immediacy.’

‘Vittorio Pisapia combines competence, great attention to detail and availability towards the customer.’

‘Fivelex combines a high level of technical preparation with scrupulous attention to the specific needs of the client. The valuable professional contribution is always carefully adapted to the specific case. The spirit of collaboration and the attitude to “work as a team” are remarkable.’

‘Vittorio Pisapia is a high-profile professional who always makes a very concrete contribution, which derives from a considerable technical background, covering a wide spectrum of law profiles.’

‘Alfredo Craca is a very strong, senior litigator, with market-recognition and long-standing experience’

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.

Banca Carige S.p.A.

Banca Profilo S.p.A.

Banco di Sardegna S.p.A.

AC Milan S.p.A.

Elliott Advisors UK Limited

Generali Italia S.p.A.

Alleanza Assicurazioni S.p.A.

Tamburi Investment Management S.p.A.

Kairos Investment Management S.p.A.

Blue Skye Financial Partners S.à r.l.

Valtur S.p.A.

Candy Hoover Group

Gruppo Pittini

FD Holding S.p.A.

CA Indosuez Wealth (Italy) S.p.A.

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi‘s dispute resolution team particularly stands out for its focus on liability, especially director liability claims. High-profile corporate and commercial litigation are also at the centre of the practice which is combined with a strong collaboration with the corporate department. Arbitration completes the offering. Many partners in the team have notable market recognition. Among them are name partners Carlo Pavesi and Luigi Arturo Bianchi and practice head Stefano Venzoni, as well as Rita Clemente, who is highlighted for flanking Pavesi in leading a case for Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Verzoni

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Pavesi; Luigi Arturo Bianchi; Rita Clemente

Testimonials

‘One of the best firms in Italy, extremely structured, able to provide 360 support to clients.’

‘Excellent professionals, prepared and always attentive to customer needs. Timely information flow.’

‘Professionals with great ability to frame legal problems, proposing solutions that are also shared with the client.’

‘The firm looks after and protects the interests of its clients with extreme attention to detail, a vision that is always oriented to business and not to mere judicial success. To identify the best procedural strategy, the professionals of the Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici firm not only consider legal and economic risks, but also take into account secondary factors, such as the impact on reputation and long-term commercial relationships, providing a punctual and always in-depth assistance.’

‘It is undeniable that some professionals of the firm are endowed with charisma.’

‘Stefano Verzoni is a partner who always works with great transparency, professionalism and ability to manage the personal relationship; Antonio Satalino is always in control even in the most complex phases and has a great ability to understand even the not strictly legal aspects.’

‘Good availability towards the customer. They always make themselves available for various urgencies and needs while remaining very flexible.’

‘Lorenzo Pintus is a trained and reliable lawyer in the management of disputes. Precise and meticulous. Paola Rapisardi is a lawyer with a strong propensity for problem-solving strategies.’

Key clients

Banca Carige

Banca Popolare di Vicenza

Kryalos SGR / Blackstone

Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Parmalat

Mr. Alberto Minali

Rekeep S.p.A

SEA / ATA Handling

TIM

Unicredit

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Kryalos SGR / Blackstone in the arbitration proceedings initiated by multimedia publishing group RCS and relating to the sale of real estate assets in Milan.
  • Successfully assisted Monte dei Paschi di Siena in a dispute initiated by investment fund Alken, seeking a compensation valued at approximately €430 million.
  • Assisting TIM in a number of high value complex litigations.

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria draws upon its global network to provide clients with a full-service offering in all industry sectors. The Italian practice is centered around the former boutique firm founded by Alberto Santa Maria, who has a cemented reputation as a litigator. Alfredo Pentimalli  manages a caseload that includes directors’ and auditors’ responsibilities and liabilities, commercial, environmental, and succession disputes; he also sits as arbitrator. Counsel Cinzia Merlo is highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Santa Maria

Other key lawyers:

Alfredo Pentimalli; Cinzia Merlo

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of business; excellent relationship between professionals and company representatives that allows the best possible synergy.’

‘Professionalism and availability.’

‘The law firm stands out for its competence, precision and dedication to the client. The internal skills cover various fields of legal matter at 360 degrees, also making use of the authority of academics and university professors for the most delicate and complicated issues.’

Key clients

Bracco Group

Cisco

Cisco Systems Inc.

ENI

EXPO 2015

Federalberghi

Finiper

Hotel Villa d’Este

Suissegas

Tech Gap

Thales

Paper Moon Garden S.r.l.

PNE/EXERGIA

Work highlights

  • Representing ENI – Italy’s biggest energy company – in a dispute before the Court of First Instance of Potenza (Region of Basilicata) brought by 80 plaintiffs, involving the largest on-shore oil field in Western Europe.
  • Representing EXPO 2015 and Arexpo in a dispute VS Bastogi related to the reimbursement incurred by Expo 2015 for the land remediation of the areas where the exhibition took place.
  • Assisted Thales S.p.A. against Anas (the Italian State-owned company operating and managing Italian network of motorways) for the sums owed by the latter as a reserve for the payment of the public contract relating to the PVM system, cameras, traffic sensors, weather stations for traffic control and management of a large section of the main southern Italy highway A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Italian litigation team is part of the firm-wide global disputes practice, which contributes towards a very ample offering in the whole spectrum of litigation matters. Christian Di Mauro heads up the department and dedicates himself primarily to product liability disputes and the life sciences sector. Francesca Rolla is the founding partner and head of the investigations and white-collar practice. Filippo Andrea Chiaves concentrates on commercial disputes, contentious insolvency and financial litigation. In January 2021, Emanuele Ferrara and Elisa Rossi were promoted to senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Christian Di Mauro

Other key lawyers:

Francesca Rolla; Filippo Andrea Chiaves; Andrea Atteritano; Emanuele Ferrara; Elisa Rossi

Testimonials

‘People in HL have one goal: to obtain the best possible result for their client.’

‘Andrea Atteritano is not only an excellent litigator but is one of the best people one can ever meet.’

‘Christian Di Mauro has a particular ability to relate constructively with counterpart colleagues’.

‘Filippo Chiaves is an excellent choice and helps tremendously to resolve any dispute.’

‘This team is very professionally trained, works hard and autonomously, that is, without waiting for input from the customer. People are helpful, they have kind and cooperative behaviour.’

‘Christian di Mauro and Elisa Rossi: excellent lawyers and it is a pleasure to work with them.’

Key clients

21 Invest

Angelini

Anheuser-Busch InBev (Peroni)

Apple

BASF

Bitstamp Limited

British American Tobacco

Etihad

Facebook

GfE Metalle und Materialen GmbH (AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group)

Grünenthal GmbH

Hansard Europe DAC

Hansard International Ltd

HDI Insurance

Honeywell Safety Products and Honeywell Italia

Johnson Electric International

Kuwait Petroleum

LivaNova Deutschland GmbH and Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.

LBI ehf (former Landsbanki Islands hf)

Lloyds Banking Group

New York University

Orthofix Inc

Orthofix Srl

OSK – SHIPTECH A/S

OSK Projects (HK) Limited

Recordati Ireland

SACYR

Slovenska Sporitelna banka a.s.

SHV Holdings

Sojitz

Suzohapp

Téléverbier SA

Terna Rete Elettrica Nazionale

Teva Pharmaceuticals

TI Group

Vestas Italia

Work highlights

  • Assisting Zurich Insurance PLC and Zurich Italia and their insured Autostrade in one of the most significant road accident damage claim (more than 50 victims, more than 100 claimants).
  • Assisted GfE Metalle und Materialen GmbH (AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group) before the Supreme Court in a highly complex corporate dispute for alleged breach of shareholders agreements and damage compensation (about 50M euros) brought by the minority shareholders of an Italian joint-venture established for the production of critical materials.
  • Assisting the Angelini Group in a complex IT/commercial dispute brought by a software house claiming that the implementation of a multi-core technology triggered a price increase of the licence agreement in place. The Court of Appeal of Rome uphold our defences and stated for the first time that new technologies cannot trigger changes in pricing without prior negotiations and new arrangements between the parties.

LCA Studio Legale

Litigation, arbitration and restructuring are the three key areas for LCA Studio Legale‘s dispute resolution team. While the practice is fully dedicated to civil, commercial litigation and restructuring proceedings, lawyers are also experienced in other areas of law, including corporate, M&A, real estate and IP, among others. The team recently gained expertise in third-party funding litigation. Luciano Castelli‘s longstanding experience has gained him strong market recognition; he co-leads the team together with Gian Paolo Coppola, who is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. Also a practice leader, is bankruptcy and restructuring expert Salvatore Sanzo.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Castelli; Gian Paolo Coppola; Salvatore Sanzo

Testimonials

‘Strong and directly available partners.’

‘Strengths: Clear delineation of roles and team players. Provide maximum clarity and frankness to the customer and collaborations with external technical specialists and use of advanced IT systems.’

‘Salvatore Sanzo and Luciano Castelli are determined and very prepared.’

‘LCA is available, professional and timely.’

‘Luciano Castelli manages to be determined and always very focused on the result.’

‘Professionalism and availability combined with the practical sense of business – they focus on the best solution for the business.’

Key clients

Casino de La Vallèe S.p.A.

Solvay Specialty Polymers Italy S.p.A.

Edison S.p.A.

General Directorate for National Roads and Highways of Poland

Expo S.p.A.

Audemars Piguet Italia S.p.A.

Nexive S.p.A.

Marcegaglia Group

Savings shareholders of Edison S.p.A.

Bonduelle S.p.A.

H&M

Milanosesto

Auchan S.p.A.

Snam S.p.A.

SRL Dental

Work highlights

  • Assisting Milanosesto S.p.A. in its legal actions started against the former owner of the land, to recover all the additional costs incurred to remediate the area, which was discovered to be highly polluted.
  • Assisted Casino de La Vallèe S.p.A. before the Court of Appeal of Turin in litigation proceedings relating to alleged unpaid rents for the lease of real estate property, penalties for delayed restitution of the assets and damages.
  • Assisted SRL Dental in litigation proceedings against an Italian distributor alleging the Client’s breach of the distributor’s exclusivity rights, a case that could become a leading one on the jurisdiction of Italian courts in infra-EU litigation.

Mondini Bonora Ginevra Studio Legale

MONDINI BONORA GINEVRA Studio Legale originated in January 2021 with  the merger of Mondini Rusconi, Bonora e Associati and Rapisardi-Ginevra. The newly formed mid-sized entity has IP, corporate and commercial and administrative law as its core business, including litigation related to these areas. The team, which now includes Claudio Bonora and Daniele Giombini, is led by Paolo Flavio Mondini, whose name is well known at a national level for complex corporate litigation and shareholders/board matters. He is often assisted by associate Guido Bortoluzzi.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Flavio Mondini

Other key lawyers:

Claudio Bonora; Aldo Felician; Daniele Giombini; Guido Bortoluzzi

Testimonials

‘Paolo Mondini and Aldo Feliciani are professionals of the highest calibre and great competence. Both combine top-notch expertise with clarity in sharing the terms of the issues at stake with clients. Attention in listening, and their availability for a wide-ranging comparison on the problems and related strategies.’

‘The Mondini Bonora Ginevra studio carries out its activity with the highest professionalism and customer support in evaluating the defensive and / or conciliatory strategy choices to be undertaken. Great promptness in solving practical problems, indication of alternatives to meet the needs of the client and rapid adaptation to the legal practices management system of the office.’

‘Paolo Mondini works with great availability of time for a professional of his level, easily contactable, ready to investigate any issues and to listen to the specific needs of the company. He is also an extremely courteous and humane person, as well as extremely efficient. The documents are prepared in a clear and concise way.’

‘The Firm integrates various skills that have proved to be essential for the management of my case, from labour law to industrial law and intellectual property. Being multi-disciplinary is certainly one of the strengths of the firm. In the final analysis, the choice of Studio Mondini Bonora Ginevra turned out to be very valid.’

‘The civil / commercial litigation team is well-structured, efficient and flexible. According to the client’s needs, other professionals of the firm are involved with specific skills on complex or less recurring issues, for example in the field of intellectual property, as well as in disputes that require in-depth analysis in criminal or administrative matters.’

‘A team of very high competence, maximum willingness to listen to the customer’s needs, understanding and “grounding” with the concrete possibilities that can actually be practised and implemented in the interests of the customer. The client feels truly assisted and supported, the firm is perceived as a partner and not just a consultant.’

‘The main core competencies (tested) range from civil law to commercial through labour law, with particular focus on IP and aspects related to corporate litigation (strong expertise in assembly law and management of arbitrations), banking and commercial law. In the 20/21 Covid context, the maximum flexibility was given by the studio’s professionals, through cutting-edge operational and technological solutions and innovations.’

‘Carlo Ginevra and Paolo Mondini: tendency to be available 24×24 and wide-ranging backgrounds connected to the ITC and Banking sector. Excellent ability to interact and communicate with “non-professionals “. Knowledge and command of the English language is another strong point.  Special mention to Andrea Marchetti for professionalism, knowledge of unfair competition issues and great availability.’

Key clients

ENI

ANAS

Noicompriamoauto

RAI

Ferrero

BCC Brianza e Laghi

Banca Popolare di Sondrio

Librerie Feltrinelli

Percassi Group

Warner Music

NEW CRAZY COLORS

Trebi Adr

Work highlights

  • Advises ANAS on a complex litigation case concerning the governance of a company that operates the Mont Blanc Tunnel, which runs beneath the mountains between France and Italy.
  • Advising the Bettineschi’s family in an intricate litigation case between the shareholders for the control of Trebi Generalconsult, which is a leading software company for financial activity.
  • Advising Librerie Feltrinelli, a national leading company in distribution of books and music, on a litigation for recovering damages against the land-owner of a shop in Rome.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati has significant experience of litigation and arbitration cases; the team particularly focuses on corporate and finance litigation, especially shareholders’ disputes, directors’ liability and insolvency claims. Such specialisation derives from the debt restructuring expertise of Valeria Mazzoletti and highly appreciated Paolo Pototschnig‘s experience in assisting both companies and financial institutions. Francesca Pulejo completes the team. All three partners are also known for being appointed as arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Pototschnig; Valeria Mazzoletti

Other key lawyers:

Francesca Pulejo

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A

UniCredit S.p.A.

Coima SGR S.p.A.

Sky Italia S.r.l.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

UnipolSai Assicurazioni S.p.A.

Salonit Ahnovo d.d. – Wietersdorfer Alpacem GmbH

Credito Valtellinese S.p.A.

H. Taylor & Son (Brockley) Limited, trading as RS Sailing

Banca Sistema S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisting the leading media company Sky Italia in a lawsuit initiated against Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A, in order to obtain a declaration of ineffectiveness of the injunction related to the payments of the sixth instalment of the Football Season 2019/2020, not paid by Sky Italia because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisting six out of the ten banks sued by a large company (Lucchini S.p.A.) undergoing a special insolvency proceeding.
  • Assisting Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. against a company which filed a claim for damages against the pool of banks as well as against the company’s former directors and auditors, stating that the banks granted a loan while the company was already insolvent.

Pavia e Ansaldo

Pavia e Ansaldo had a busy year representing real estate investment funds and telecom operators, among other multinational clients, before the Italian Supreme Court in a number of complex disputes. While energy, life sciences, transport and technology are key sectors for the firm, the team is highly  skilled in banking and finance litigation, especially in connection to cases relating to financial misconduct and white-collar crime. Marina Santarelli and Maurizio Vasciminni co-lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marina Santarelli; Maurizio Vasciminni

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Oliva

Testimonials

‘Studio Pavia e Ansaldo represents a guarantee from all points of view. The team is at the highest professional level, able to immediately enter into the merits of any question of a juridical-legal and economic nature, and to propose effective solutions.’

‘Great knowledge of local law and at the same time they are able to advise the clients in disputes heard in other European jurisdictions where basic principles of court or arbitration proceedings could be very similar or the same.’

‘Roberto Oliva is a great litigator with deep knowledge of court and arbitration process that helps him to assist clients in their disputes, no matter which jurisdiction they involve.’

‘The Firm is characterized by a great professionalism of the lawyers, seriousness and attention to the client.’

‘Roberto Oliva is prepared, kind, available, well-educated and has great capacity and speed in understanding the problem and in proposing solutions which are superior to other lawyers’.’

‘The team ensures maximum professionalism and availability. It is made up of highly trained professionals from a technical-legal point of view, each issue is examined in depth from every aspect, including the economic and regulatory one, in order to always provide the customer with the best solution also from a commercial point of view.’

Key clients

Actavis Italy S.p.A.

Lufthansa Technik AG

Siemens S.p.A.

Siemens Healthcare S.r.l.

Siemens Energy S.r.l.

Taxiblu 4040 and Autoradiotassì 8585

Banca Generali Group, Generali Group

Work highlights

  • Defending the US parent company and two UK subsidiaries of one of the largest banks in the world in multiple actions brought by retail investors in Italian courts over several years.
  • Acting for a major securitisation company in its plea before the Italian Supreme Court which recognised the right of reimbursement of deduction at source for securitisation companies.
  • Representing an Italian global leader in the iron and steel sector in complex proceedings arising from payment of bank guarantees totalling more than €30m issued in connection with an important public procurement project in Algeria.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie‘s dispute resolution practice is known for providing the full spectrum of dispute resolution services, including ADR and pre-litigation negotiations. It also houses a white-collar crime department, which is appreciated for its activity in collaboration with the firm’s employment, corporate and tax groups as well as international offices. Lorenzo De Martinis coordinates the practice and specialises in technology disputes and trade secret litigation. Francesco Maruffi and Luca Bassi stand out.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo de Martinis

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Maruffi; Luca Bassi

Testimonials

‘Luca Bassi: effective in evaluating the actions to be taken.’

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is known for frequently working in complex litigation matters, with special expertise in white-collar criminal law, investigations, compliance and in the energy and natural resources sectors. Bankruptcy and restructuring litigation, liability and breaches of contract are also dealt with by the team in tight collaboration with the firm’s M&A team. The department houses well-known litigators of the calibre of practice head Francesca Petronio, Bruno Cova, who excels in commercial and cross-border disputes, and arbitrator Fabio Cozzi.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Petronio

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Cova; Fabio Cozzi

Testimonials

‘The uniqueness of the Delfino and Associates Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP team lies in combining leading expertise in the legal field with an ability to grasp the technical nuances of a highly regulated and engineered sector and the legal team approached the dispute as part of a multidisciplinary “peer-to-peer” team.’

‘Both Francesca Petronio and Fabio Cozzi are able to sensitize company management to the main legal issues under discussion, helping them to establish the best course of action that led to the resolution of the dispute out of court.’

‘Bruno Cova and Fabio Cozzi have delivered great advice and exceptional service over five years. Bruno’s depth of experience has been invaluable. Both Bruno and Fabio have navigated a complex regulatory and legal background with ease and have given great advice. Francesca Petronio is instrumental in ensuring that legal submissions are robust!’

‘Francesca Petronio and Fabio Cozzi are a competent and tested team above the average of law firms on the market. Above all in the ability to understand the dynamics and culture of the client company and consequently envisage the possible evolutions of disputes with the right “angle “.’

‘Excellent group in Milan for Italian disputes’.

‘Bruno Cova and Francesca Petronio are smart and experienced, and very good with clients.’

Key clients

Vinci Construction Grands Projets

Edison S.p.A.

Royal Dutch Shell plc

Ceva Logistics Italia S.r.l.

IKEA Italia Retail S.r.l.

Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A.

ePizza S.p.A. – Domino’s Pizza

Swisspower Renewables AG

IWG International Workplace Group Plc

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale is well known for its local strength, combined with a wide international network, which allows great cross-border reach. Dually qualified Mariafrancesca De Leo enhances the team’s international capabilities, especially in the banking and finance sector. Furthermore, the team is especially focused on energy and oil and gas disputes, whereby Kuwait Petroleum is a key client and Simone Barnaba the point of contact at the firm. Commercial, corporate and insolvency disputes are core areas for practice head Renato Fiumalbi. Beatrice Bigonzi acts for top players of the fashion industry, among other clients.

Practice head(s):

Renato Fiumalbi

Other key lawyers:

Mariafrancesca De Leo; Simone Barnaba; Beatrice Bigonzi

Testimonials

‘Giuseppe Celli, Simone Barnaba and Marta Siracusa have in-depth knowledge of the respective legal sectors, plus availability and collaboration in complex resolution issues. Consistently positive results achieved in the disputes faced by the company.’

‘Beatrice Bigonzi is very responsive and efficient in dealing with complex international disputes.’

‘Maria Francesca De Leo is very scrupulous.’

‘The firm is highly specialized in the management of litigation and in the settlement of disputes. The reconstruction of the facts is dealt with in every detail that can positively address the judges’ assessments. Another strong point is the constant interactivity with the client’s internal lawyers. The answers are always punctual and timely. These are skills that cannot always be found in other law firms of the same level. All this leads to exceptional results, even in critical and desperate situations.’

‘Simone Barnaba is a lawyer with great legal skills and with an uncommon ability to analyse problems’

‘Beatrice Bigonzi stands out for her ability to manage the most complex disputes in a simple and straightforward way and with the utmost competence, identifying weaknesses and strength of a case and working on it with passion and dedication.’

Key clients

Kuwait Petroleum

Former Chairman of large Italian shipbuilding company

Q8 Quaser S.r.l.

Saxo Bank A/S

Sirti S.p.A.

IATA

Bink Bank N.V.

Warner Bros

IFITALIA – BNP PARIBAS ISTITUTO TRECCANI

Work highlights

  • Representing Kuwait Petroleum Italia S.p.A., as a Defendant, in an action brought by Alitalia in extraordinary administration seeking the return of a price component paid for the supply of jet fuel at several Italian airports allegedly charged by Kuwait in violation of antitrust law and certain regulatory provisions.
  • Representing the former chairman of a large Italian shipbuilding company, recently declared bankrupt, in an action brought by the bankruptcy receiver.
  • Representing Q8 Quaser S.r.l., as a Defendant, in an action brought by an Italian oil company seeking over 5 million euro in damages for alleged breach of contract, unfair competition and other business tort theories.

Gattai, Minoli, Partners

Gattai, Minoli, Partners has a standalone litigation department led by Luca Minoli. The team focuses on commercial law, whereby corporate, finance and banking litigation take up a substantial role. The collaboration between lawyers specialised in these three areas has allowed for the creation of a bankruptcy subteam, where, among others, Sergio Fulco excels, acting for example for the insolvent Italian steel company Ilva. Filippo Rossi counts Siemens and a number of international funds among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Luca Minoli

Other key lawyers:

Sergio Fulco; Filippo Rossi

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical ability, a deep knowledge of the reference market, an uncommon understanding of the business and a particular knowledge of the civil process. Excellent fee  flexibility.’

‘Excellence in the Italian legal landscape, with particularly strong legal skills in corporate and commercial litigation.’

‘Stefano Ferrero and Alberto Panacci are exceptional. Precise, prepared and very clear in court. Excellent.’

Key clients

Ilva S.p.A. in Amministrazione Straordinaria

Siram S.p.A.

Siemens S.p.A.

Work highlights

    hi.lex

    hi.lex has of late, been attracting new clients, among which are international funds, banks and investment companies. The firm is notably active in disputed contractual matters, international arbitration, post-M&A litigation and also provides ADR advice. Maurizio Traverso has longstanding experience in this area and is widely recognised. IP litigator Emanuela Ferro and Emanuele Breggia complete the team. 

    Practice head(s):

    Maurizio Traverso; Emanuela Ferro; Emanuele Breggia

    Testimonials

    ‘Expert team in international cases, scrupulous and efficient, highly appreciated the professional and dispute resolution qualities of lawyers Maurizio Traverso, Emanuele Breggia and Francesco Torelli.’

    ‘Maurizio Traverso has a lot of experience and just as much common sense. He can also be an important guide in the management of complex disputes. Emanuele Breggia is very well prepared and is also qualified in England, a circumstance that facilitates him in cross border disputes. Both are excellent professionals.’

    ‘Very knowledgeable team. Very reassuring formal style for litigation cases. They are distinguished by an excellent command of the procedural field, which sets them apart from other very structured law firms but more inclined to out-of-court case management.’

    ‘Excellent technical competence combined with great ability to interact with the customer who is not only supported in his needs and requests but also made to feel protected. Excellent firm in the formulation of disputes, in addressing the client’s expectations, and in pursuing the objectives reasonably set in all phases of the process.’

    ‘Maurizio Traverso is capable of grasping at every stage of the dispute the strategic objectives that can be pursued, and of directing each choice in a pragmatic way to the best achievable result. Emanuele Breggia is a perfect interpreter of the defensive line, is tenacious in pursuing the objective, precise and punctual in the drafting of the relevant judicial documents. Excellent mix of legal knowledge, pragmatism and risk assessment at all times of judicial conduct.’

    ‘Maurizio Traverso is an exceptional lawyer who understands quickly the needs of the client and the problems. We benefit extremely from his longstanding experience, which is highly relevant for the complex cases we have entrusted to him.’

    ‘Maurizion Traverso: excellent quality and command of English language. Emanuele Breggia: excellent quality with the required attention to details. Emanuele is able to generate creative and feasible ideas out of a complex set of facts. He is also good to work with.’

    ‘The hi.lex team work seamlessly to deliver a fantastic experience for clients and international lawyers working with them. They are efficient, responsive and knowledgeable. Emanuele Breggia is a very accomplished lawyer. He is fantastically knowledgeable and has a great way with clients. He has an eye for strategy and skilfully navigates complex matters with ease.’

    Molinari Agostinelli

    Molinari Agostinelli has a small litigation team, jointly headed up by corporate and commercial specialist Ugo Molinari and well-reputed Roberto Crosti. Civil, commercial and insolvency litigation is the main focus of the team, with additional skills in asset management litigation, representations and warranties violations, contractual liabilities and actions for damages.

    Practice head(s):

    Ugo Molinari; Roberto Crosti

    Key clients

    Carlo Colombo

    Coop Alleanza 3.0 Soc. Coop.

    Confindustria ANCMA

    Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

    NEM SGR

    Prelios S.p.A. – Prelios SGR

    Kryalos SGR

    DeA Capital Alternative Funds

    Chubb European Group – Rappresentanza per l’Italia

    Torre SGR

    UniCredit

    Banco BPM

    Valentino ShoesLab

    Generali Italia

    Avior SA

    Gruppo Saviola

    Coop Liguria

    Work highlights

    • Advised Prelios S.p.A. on proceedings in relation to a remarkable real estate project that was to be realised along the Sardinian coast.
    • Advised Confindustria ANCMA on a dispute regarding the challenging of resolutions adopted by the members’ meeting.
    • Advised Chubb European Group on a liability insurance claim filed by former directors and auditors of Codigest Cime S.r.l. in liquidation.

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe distinguishes itself through the high level of integration of the dispute resolution group with many other departments of the firm, notably corporate and commercial, energy and finance. In banking and finance in particular, the firm has strong recognition, especially in connection to NPL-related due diligence. Jean-Paule Castagno heads the team from Milan and specialises in white-collar criminal law. Antitrust and public procurement litigation are also areas of strength. Riccardo Troiano left the firm.

    Practice head(s):

    Jean-Paule Castagno

    Other key lawyers:

    Francesca Proietto

    Testimonials

    ‘Francesca Proietto demonstrates knowledge of the sector and suggests strategies for the benefit of the resolution of disputes. The timeliness of responses compared to other professionals is also excellent’.

    ‘Orrick Milan, and in particularly the lawyers Proietto, Testa and Colombo, are very available to the needs of clients in order to delineate a strategy, phone calls and emails to fine tune it while perfectly executing it with the maximum competence and professionality. Their best strenghts are the combination of a very deep technical knowledge of the legal matters involved, and extremely well organized firm which leaves no details not taken care of .’

    ‘Andrea Alfonso Stigliano and Jean-Paule Castagno are a highly competent team of litigators who are approachable, professional in their interactions, and prompt and efficient in their responses. The team has assisted us in a long-standing and demanding matter and, without their dedication and passion for the work, it would have been almost impossible to manage the issues and stakeholders involved.’

    ‘Andrea and Jean-Paule take the time to have regular meetings with the stakeholders and ensure that their client is on the same page as them, which reduces the back-and-forth and develops the client-firm relationship and trust, necessary for the right decisions to be made. The team has been proactive in suggesting and recommending experts for us to work with, as well as developing and managing those relationships on our behalf. As a non-Italian entity, this level of support has been invaluable. Also, their approach in engaging them has been generally practical and cost-efficient, for which we are very grateful.’

    ‘Jean-Paule Castagno is a brilliant litigator with a very sharp legal mind. She is able to communicate challenging issues to us in a clear manner, is very strategic in her approach to litigation, and does not get drawn into the politics. The fact that the two are always available to discuss the matter with us has been amazing. With Andrea and Jean-Paule, one is in good hands.’

    ‘State-of-the-art team on technical and technological issues, with a multidisciplinary and integrated approach. Extremely strong in both accident prevention and management. Without a doubt the best compliance and white collar team on the Italian market.’

    ‘Jean-Paule Castagno is young but with enormous experience in different economic sectors and has a very modern and technical approach to the various issues. Together with Andrea Stigliano, they form a complete and integrated team with the other disciplines of the studio.’

    Key clients

    Hitachi Rail STS Spa

    Tuscania Retail S.r.l.

    Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A

    BYD Europe BV

    CAF Italia S.r.l.

    Save the Children International

    ATER Umbria

    Work highlights

    • Acting as counsel of records to Save the Children, in pending criminal proceedings in relation to a presumed relationship between NGOs and smugglers.
    • Advising Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A in challenging the award of a tender for the supply of train line extraordinary maintenance to another company.

    Osborne Clarke

    Osborne Clarke‘s Italian litigation department stands out for the combination of quality litigation and boutique-like, local expertise with the reach and network of an international firm. Federico Banti leads the practice and is known for acting in all types of commercial disputes, including with cross-border aspects. Senior associate Francesco Berardi focuses on corporate and bankruptcy-related disputes. The team often works across different departments.

    Practice head(s):

    Federico Banti

    Other key lawyers:

    Francesco Berardi

    Testimonials

    ‘Coverage of different areas of legal assistance, high professionalism and experience of lawyers, efficient back-office team.’

    ‘Francesco Berardi: always available, creative, and attentive to details. Federico Banti: leader with strong experience. Omneia Hassnien: attentive and scrupulous.’

    ‘Federico Banti is an excellent advocate with a clear and concise style. He is also a very effective cross-examiner in international arbitration proceedings.’

    Key clients

    Sony Music Entertainment Italy S.p.A.

    Hanes Group (Champion Europe S.r.l)

    EMI General Music Publishing S.r.l, EMI Music Publishing Italia S.r.l and SM Publishing Italy S.r.l

    Unieco Soc. Coop

    Camera di Commercio di Milano (Milan Chamber of Commerce)

    UCI Italia S.p.A

    Health Italia S.p.A

    Fatro S.p.A.

    Municipality of Rozzano

    Work highlights

    • Representing the liquidator of Unieco Soc. Coop. in connection with opposition proceedings filed by multiple creditors, including proceedings brought by 16 creditor banks totalling over €470 million – making this one of the largest pieces of litigation currently ongoing in Italy.
    • Acting for Sony Music in its claim against Edizioni Musicali Acqua Azzurra and three other defendants for damages in a case that raises important and novel questions concerning the digital exploitation of older tracks covered by contracts signed decades ago before recent technological changes.
    • Representing UCI Italia S.p.A. in proceedings brought by landlord ImmobiliarEuropea S.p.A. for the return of a multiplex cinema based in Cagliari, Sardinia, in which we successfully deployed force majeure arguments on behalf of our client in the context of restrictions arising as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Portolano Cavallo

    In the dispute resolution arena, Portolano Cavallo is best known for acting in TMT-focused cases, especially in relation to copyright, data protection and hate speech matters. In collaboration with other departments, the team also represents clients in energy, insolvency, antitrust and post-M&A disputes and arbitration proceedings. The firm is notably active in the social media industry. Micael Montinari and Martina Lucenti  share the leadership of the department.

    Practice head(s):

    Micael Montinari; Martina Lucenti

    Testimonials

    ‘Technical competence, creativity of the proposed solutions, extreme effectiveness of the assistance provided and attention to the result, extreme availability, flexibility in the definition of remuneration.’

    ‘The Firm is well organized to deal with all disputes, from civil to criminal, from labour law to digital. They have an excellent organization of discussions with the customer before deciding on the actions. Availability 24/7 and they are very innovative and technologically advanced.’

    ‘Professionalism and availability 24/7, precision in the analyses and strategies. They leave nothing to chance. Everything is studied before acting.’

    ‘Competent, dynamic and always available law firm. What distinguishes it is its practicality, honesty and promptness in solving customer problems.’

    CBA Studio Legale e Tributario

    Boutique firm CBA Studio Legale e Tributario provides high-quality representation in Italian-based disputes as well as domestic and international arbitration cases. Antonio Martini has strong expertise in company law. Stefano La Porta  is active in commercial and corporate disputes too, while also specialising in civil litigation, with key focus on real estate, donations and family handovers. The duo head the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Antonio Martini; Stefano La Porta

    Testimonials

    ‘Adapts very much to the type of customer, treating the mid-sized customer and the large customer with the same competence and the same approach, with prices that do not appear disproportionate but understandable and aligned with the commitment and excellence of the work done. Kindness and availability distinguish them.’

    ‘ Antonio Martini is a champion who always keeps a very appreciated low profile and who, in addition to being a professional of the highest level, is also an extremely pleasant person in the communication with the client.’

    Very proactive team with practical advice’.

    ‘Antionio Martini acts as coordinator with his other office colleagues specialized in other areas of consultancy.’

    CMS

    At CMS, the joint efforts of the dispute resolution and the tax teams results in a highly successful practice, specialised in investment-related matters and tax-litigation, with a strong track record in insurance and reinsurance disputes. Laura Opilio, who also heads the insurance practice, and Paola Ghezzi are the two key names in the team; they assist clients before all Italian courts.

    Practice head(s):

    Laura Opilio; Paola Ghezzi

    Testimonials

    ‘Very knowledgeable and helpful.’

    ‘Competence, availability and the ability to listen and understand the information provided.’

    Key clients

    Generali Italia S.p.A.

    Merck S.p.A.

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SA

    AmTrust Europe Ltd

    Brit Insurance Holdings Ltd

    Allianz S.A.

    AIG S.A.

    QBE Insurance Europe Ltd

    Arch Insurance Europe

    WRB Ltd

    Diageo S.p.A.

    Istituto Figlie di San Camillo (medical centers and hospitals)

    Work highlights

    • Assisted Renault Italia in a proceeding whose juridical subject is to determine the extent of contractual powers.
    • Assisted concrete manufacturing company Calme S.p.A. in a dispute concerning the construction of a concrete production plant.
    • Assisted an important company providing engineering services in the field of software design for major Italian car manufacturers in a case of unjustified termination by one of its sub-suppliers who had closed a deal with all the car manufacturers.

    Giovanardi Studio Legale

    Giovanardi Studio Legale houses highly esteemed Carlo Alberto Giovanardi, together with Cristiano Ruspi and Cecilia Lampertico. The partner trio constitutes the core of the litigation department, which primarily acts in banking and finance disputes. Furthermore, the group has notable experience and recognition for litigating insolvency and restructuring cases.

    Practice head(s):

    Carlo Alberto Giovanardi; Cecilia Lampertico; Cristiano Ruspi

    Testimonials

    ‘Giovanardi Studio Legale perfectly embodies the concept of advisor. The real strength and added value is the way in which the firm usually provides assistance in support of choices and decisions: not only knowledge of the legal matter but depth of analysis of the strategic, economic-financial and risk mitigation considerations.’ 

    ‘360-degree advisor approach. Mastery of the strategic and economic-financial impacts of the legal strategy traced. Depth of analysis.’

    ‘The firm is a first choice, especially in particularly complex disputes. Very well prepared and competent, they are always available to find solutions, always taking into consideration the concrete needs of a company. Very inclined to the use of technology.’ 

    ‘Alberto Carlo Giovanardi, Cecilia Lampertico and Cristiano Ruspi stand out for their remarkable competence, professional reliability, and great dedication.’ 

    Key clients

    Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

    Unicredit S.p.A.

    Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.p.A.

    BNP Paribas SA

    Banco BPM S.p.A.

    Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.

    AMCO Asset Management Company S.p.A.

    Banco di Sardegna S.p.A.

    Generalfinance S.p.A.

    Bramito SPV Srl

    Ifitalia S.p.A.

    Factorit S.p.A.

    Macchi di Cellere Gangemi

    At Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, the litigation team is led by Silvia Lazzeretti and Claudio Visco. Lazzeretti focuses on commercial and financial litigation, especially in relation to energy projects and directors’ liability claims. Visco is a finance and regulation litigator with expertise of insolvency and derivative litigation and claims for damages.

    Practice head(s):

    Silvia Lazzeretti; Claudio Visco

    Key clients

    Anna-lena Philipson

    Coop centro Italia s.p.a. and Cofin s.p.a.

    Man truck & bus se

    Man truck & bus Italia s.p.a.

    Airbus helicopters s.a

    Work highlights

    • Assisted Coop Centro Italia in connection with proceedings concerning false statements.
    • Assisted Man Truck & Bus Italia in the management of the litigation relating to disputes for abuse of economic dependence and breach of competition law.
    • Advised Ms. Anna Philipson regarding a claim made against her by Retelit S.p.A.

    McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato

    McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato derives strength from its highly developed international network, client base and complete service offering. The Italian team in particular, which comprises practice head Stefano Mechelli and Massimiliano Moruzzi, often represents clients front of the Italian Supreme Court in complex matters, especially in the energy, real estate, construction, and environment sectors, as well as, in collaboration with the tax department, tax-related disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Stefano Mechelli

    Other key lawyers:

    Massimiliano Moruzzi

    Testimonials

    ‘The italian team of MWE is definitely a great team to partner with, considering their immediate reactivity, strategic counselling and high level skills to manage complex  projects that require more than just legal advice.’

    ‘Massimiliano Moruzzi provides strategic legal advice on how to conduct complex conflict management issues within the framework of the Italian corporate laws.’

    Norton Rose Fulbright

    Norton Rose Fulbright has an industry-specific expertise in insurance litigation, while also advising and representing clients in insolvency and M&A-related disputes. Cecilia Buresti heads up the practice and mainly covers civil and commercial cases, including disputes over the manufacture and sale of allegedly defective products and related recall campaigns, environmental contamination and workplace safety, among others. Senior Associate Lucia Salerno assists her.

    Practice head(s):

    Cecilia Buresti

    Other key lawyers:

    Lucia Salerno

    Testimonials

    ‘Competence and availability, together with the ability to anticipate the client’s questions and needs.’

    ‘Cecilia Buresti and Lucia Salerno are both top-level professionals.’

    Work highlights

    • Advising Swiss Re on a large value, high profile and complex all risk and casualty insurance coverage matter relating to the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa.

    Simmons & Simmons

    Corporate and insurance are the key specialisms of Simmons & Simmons‘ dispute resolution Italian team led by Leonardo Giani. Financial and real estate litigation are also central to the group’s offering. The department often works in tight collaboration with the other international offices of the firm, especially in London.

    Practice head(s):

    Leonardo Giani

    Other key lawyers:

    Francesco Nicora; Giorgia De Zorzi

    Testimonials

    ‘Leonardo Giani is a technically very prepared person with a strong commercial attitude, so as to make any discussion simple both on a technical level and in terms of negotiating fees to be applied on a case-by-case basis. Francesco Nicora and Giorgia De Zorzi are great; the former with specific experience in the field of liability of directors and control bodies of companies, the latter in the field of professional civil liability, and both are always punctual and very precise in the updates on developments.’

    Key clients

    AIG Europe S.A.

    Zurich Insurance Plc

    Lloyd’s Insurance Company SA

    CNA Insurance Company (Europe) SA

    StarStone Insurance SE

    XL Insurance Company SE

    Wisdomtree Europe S.A.

    Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ltd.

    ArgoGlobal SE

    WeWork Companies LLC

    Columbia Threadneedle Investments ltd.

    Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams

    Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams‘ dispute resolution team has particular expertise in the energy sector, both nationally and internationally. Elvezio Santarelli, who leads the team, is ‘a proactive litigator’ who specialises in arbitration and litigation, mainly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Francesco Piron, who joined the firm in January 2021, from Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, focuses his litigation practice on public law, regulation and competition.

    Practice head(s):

    Elvezio Santarelli

    Testimonials

    ‘Elvezio Santarelli is a proactive litigator.’

    ‘Few other firms have comparable due diligence expertise and skills in connection to foreign regulations, grid-code, PPA and import issues. These aspects make the WFW service unique.’

    ‘Elvezio Santarelli has a unique professionalism and profile in the sector.’

    Key clients

    A.C.E.P.E.R. (Italian association of renewable energy consumers and producers)

    Winch Energy

    Belenergia

    AKIEM France

    Equitix

    C.U.RA. Consorzio Utilities Ravenna S.c.r.l.

    CVA Trading (controlled by Compagnie Valdôtaine Des Eaux S.P.A.)

    Work highlights

    • Advising the Italian Association of Consumers and Producers of Renewable Energy as representative of 15 photovoltaic operators, before the Lazio Administrative Regional Court in their claim against the Gestore dei Servizi Energetici.
    • Advising Belenergia in an international arbitration proceeding before ICSID Arbitration Chamber in Washington/Paris to restore the damages arising out of the breach of the Energy Charter Treaty by the Italian State as consequence of the implementation of Decree law imposing a retroactive legislation cutting the feed-in-tariff regime.
    • Advising CVA Energie on the prescriptive/sanctioning proceedings initiated by ARERA towards CAV Trading in the related disputes before the Council of State on various ARERA resolutions regarding electrical imbalances in the national network balancing system managed by Terna according to ARERA’s Resolutions.

    Withers Studio Legale

    Among Withers Studio Legale‘s key strengths is the firm’s network of dispute resolution professionals, with which the Italian team, led by Cristina Pagni and Matilde Rota, often works in tandem. The duo is specialised in the assistance and representation of international companies active in Italy and Italian high net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family businesses. Both lawyers also sit as arbitrators.

    Practice head(s):

    Cristina Pagni; Matilde Rota

    Testimonials

    ‘The partners are established professionals and they demonstrate it in the way they approach the issues raised. They are very available and open to discussion, placing themselves on a level of equality and comparison, for an ever greater understanding of the problem and a better solution.’

    ‘Great capacity for internal discussion and with other external professionals. High quality and competence in the services rendered. Ability to manage the limitations related to the pandemic by promoting forms of agile work that have not had any negative impact in terms of timeliness, effectiveness and quality of services rendered’.

    ‘Fairness, transparency and a sense of responsibility towards the customer. Solving problems is the top priority and goes beyond any business logic. The team’s professionals also demonstrate great empathy towards clients and the issues underlying them.’

    ‘Withers’ dispute settlement team can take effective legal argumentation for both litigation / arbitration and negotiating out-of-court negotiation. The team is made up of young professionals gifted with flexibility and willingness to communicate even on a regular basis via telematic means.’

    ‘Great quality and excellence. The group is characterized by great legal competence, intuitive skills out of the ordinary and wise use of information and digital technology.’

    ‘Cristina Pagni and Massimo Sana are characterized by great professional skills, precision and knowledge of national and international law.’

    ‘Cristina Pagni is a trained professional, punctual and very focused on the result. She manages to be determined and decisive, but always elegant.’

    Work highlights

    • Assisting the tutor of a minor, who suffered serious injuries and lost his parents and brother in a major cable crash which occurred in the Northern Italy in May 2021.