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BonelliErede's multidisciplinary team fields experts in corporate and M&A, banking and finance, IP, dispute resolution and tax. The firm's client base includes car manufacturers, as well as those in the steel and industrial machinery sectors. Claudio Tesauro and Leonardo Armati acted as antitrust counsel to Prysmian Group, a manufacturer of electric power transmission and telecoms cables, on its €3bn merger with General Cable. In other work, the team represented steel manufacturer Tenaris in tax litigation. Mario Roli and Marco Arato are also noted.

In June 2018, DLA Piper established a cross-practice group focused on serving clients in the industrial sector, as part of its focus on certain key industries. Led by Alessandro Piermanni, its team undertakes corporate and M&A, compliance work and litigation, among other matters. Permiani and others assisted Ecoflam (a specialist in combustion technologies) with its acquisition of Burning & Combusters Equipment. Another ongoing mandate has involved representing Alpinestars (a manufacturer of clothing and protective gear for motorsports) in cross-jurisdictional patent infringement litigation against Dainese over motorcycle airbag technologies. Wolf Michael Kühne is another key contact.

The manufacturing practice at Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners stands out for corporate and M&A, banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, and also litigation. In 2018, the firm acted for KKR on its acquisition of Gruppo Argenta from Motion Equity Partners through portfolio company Selecta Group, as well as on a €1.3bn refinancing. The team also represented Finder in cross-jurisdictional litigation concerning the termination of a distribution agreement with a Belgian distributor. Corporate partner Stefano Bucci is a key figure.

A notable corporate transaction saw Bird & Bird act for an Italian ammunition manufacturer on its multimillion-euro sale of a majority stake in the company to a private equity fund. Elsewhere, the firm advises clients in the manufacturing sector on EU and competition, dispute resolution and administrative matters. Stefano Silvestri heads up the practice.

Luca Andrea Frignani leads Chiomenti's manufacturing department. The team assisted Grandland Holding Group with its €457m acquisition of Permasteelisa from the Lixil group. In another matter, Cristoforo Osti and others are representing Buzzi Unicem in an appeal of the Italian Competition Authority's decision to fine the client €60m for its alleged involvement in a price-fixing cartel in the cement sector.

Notable clients at Pavia e Ansaldo include international insulation manufacturer Armacell and technology service provider Robert Bosch. The team advised an Italian high-tech manufacturer on a €3m EPC contract. Other highlights include advising Zoom Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of audio devices, on its €2m acquistion of a stake in Mogar Music. Dual-qualified Sven von Mensenkampff is a key contact.

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