Firms To Watch: Genoa: leading firms

In Genoa, Studio Legale Garbarino Vergani provides support in all aspects of marine and non-marine shipping and insurance, as well as representing clients in multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Genoa: leading firms in Italy


BonelliErede has a sizeable team in Genoa, specialising in transport, M&A and restructuring law, among other areas. Key lawyers include Marco Arato, who leads the restructuring and insolvency team and excels in extraordinary financial operations and Enrico Vergani, who heads the shipping and transport focus team and made partner in January 2021. Of counsel Andrea La Mattina is also noted. Since publication, Filippo Chiodini left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Marco Arato

Other key lawyers:

Enrico VerganiAndrea La Mattina


‘Experience, knowledge of the sector, interpersonal skills and flexibility.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the naval sector.’

‘Enrico Vergani is very good technically but also knows how to have a very practical angle when useful to simplify work and communication.’

‘Andrea La Mattina is always available and punctual and has a high level of professionalism.’

‘Total availability, skills at the highest levels and speed in response.’

‘Total availability of Andrea La Mattina to provide his excellent service and to coordinate his partners and colleagues according to clients’ needs.’

‘Vittorio Lupoli is able to identify ad hoc solutions in the context of extraordinary transactions. Furthermore, he has a great reputation among financial creditors, which allows him to be a reliable interlocutor in complex restructurings.’

Key clients

Banca Carige

Gruppo Messina

Piaggio Aero Industries





Work highlights

  • Assisting Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. under extraordinary administration in extraordinary receivership proceedings including, inter alia, assistance in the sale of the business complexes of the company and in the assessment of the bankruptcy liabilities.
  • Advised Banca Carige in the context of the restart of trading on the MTA of the bank’s shares resulting from the capital increase approved by the extraordinary shareholders’ meeting on 20 September 2019 and of the “Banca Carige S.p.A. 2020-2022” warrants, as well as of trading on the MOT of “Banca Carige 2019-2029 Callable Tasso Fisso” bonds.
  • Advised Gruppo Messina and Ignazio Messina on the closing of the restructuring agreement executed by the group and its financial lenders.

LCA Studio Legale

LCA Studio Legale has a growing Genoa-based team with 'a great deal of expertise' in the management of disputes relating to transport law, and 'strong negotiation skills'. Benedetto LonatoDavide Magnolia and Riccardo Massimilla act as practice heads and are known as skilled professionals in private equity transactions, shipping, and national and international M&A, respectively. Giacomo Falsetta and Andrea Cuneo are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Benedetto Lonato; Davide Magnolia; Riccardo Massimilla

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Cuneo; Giacomo Falsetta


‘Competence, professionalism, attention to detail – harmony between members and strong leadership.’

‘Davide Magnolia and Andrea Cuneo together with their teams are characterised by reliability, flexibility and resilience to obstacles.’

‘Davide Magnolia: competence, dynamism, flexibility, excellent overview, ability to focus on the problem quickly.’

‘Giacomo Falsetta: professionalism, flexibility, open-mindedness in dealing with the problem submitted.’

‘The team has a great deal of expertise in the management of disputes relating to transport law and strong negotiation skills that few competitors possess. A certain flexibility in the application of professional rates is also worth mentioning. Finally, the periodic dissemination of presentations and white papers on topical legal topics, not only in the field of transport, is appreciated.’

‘High professionalism, high level of empathy, 360° availability, strong problem-solving skills.’

‘Davide Magnolia is a great professional, dedicated to his work, providing tailor-made customer service.’

‘In addition to being extremely competent, the team is incredibly present and attentive to every customer request with an infinitesimal processing time.’

Key clients

Abitare in S.p.A.

Autogas Nord S.p.A.

Agrifarma S.p.A. (now owned by Permira)

Gismondi 1754 Spa

FOS Group S.p.A.

Gismondi 1754 S.p.A.

EdiliziAcrobatica Srl

Xenon Private Equity

A-esse Spa


Blogmeter Srl

Formula Impresoft S.p.A.

Sedapta S.p.A.

Vision Group S.p.A.

Nusco Spa

AVM Associati



Tarros S.p.a.

GIP Group

Jobson Italia S.p.a.

Contship Group

Impresoft Group Spa

Cigisped Group


Medcenter Cointainer Terminal

OMP Racing S.p.A.

Massenza Drilling Rigs S.r.l.

Circle S.p.A.

Planetel S.p.A.

Homizy S.p.A.

Dude Originals Srl

Work highlights

  • Assisted Abitare In S.p.A. concerning the trans-listing process of its shares from the Italian MTF, AIM Italia, managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., to the MTA, eventually STARsegment.
  • Assisting Jobson Italia S.p.a. in the formal investigation started by Genoa Port Authority to dig into the causes and reasons of the collision of my Le Rif (ferry), under the judicial custody of the client, with other yachts (over 40) and port infrastructures/buildings.
  • Assisted sedApta S.r.l. in the corporate capital increase made by the Finnish telco company Elisa and in the acquisition of Connect Hub Digital Group from Thun Group, taking care of all the agreements involved and corporate government and strategy issues.