Industry focus: Manufacturing in Italy

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's industry focus group is coordinated by Alessandro Piermanni, who acts for Italian and multinational manufacturers, including Italmobiliare and General Electric. The team, which was recently strengthened by a number of new arrivals at associate level, covers corporate, antitrust, tax, labour, real estate and IP. Piermanni has particular expertise in M&A, joint venture and private equity transactions. In 2018, the team assisted Unilever with the acquisition of a 75% stake in Italian personal care products Equilibra.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Piermanni

Key clients

Sampsistemi

Alfanar Group

Ariston Thermo

Carlo Colombo

Comecer

Compugroup Medical

FAAC Group

Finproject

Gea Group

General Electric

Igm Resins

Maccaferri Group

Recomec

Solvay

Stiga

Italmobiliare

Unilever

Kerakoll

Cantel Medical

HeidelbergCement

Italcementi

S2R Group

Condotte

Feralpi Holding

SPM

Audi

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sampsistemi with the acquisition of the entire corporate capital of three French companies.
  • Advising the Zanelli family and private equity fund Principia SGR on the sale of Comecer in a deal worth €113m.
  • Acting for SPM, a manufacturer and distributor of ski poles, in a patent dispute regarding the Featherbase pole with one of its main competitors.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners has established itself as a key name in the manufacturing space and its client roster includes Italian and multinational clients. The cross-practice group has expertise handling patent infringement, M&A, finance, labour and tax law for manufacturing clients. Recent highlights include Francesco Gianni assisting Barnes Group with the €370m acquisition of Gimatic, and Andrea Marani advising eyewear group Safilo on its share capital increase of up to €150m.

Key clients

Barnes Group

Hitachi

Safilo

Bottero

Chequers Capital

Marcegaglia Steel

Hoval

Beghelli

ACO Holding

Somec

Vimi Fasteners

Radici Pietro Industries & Brands

Banca Finnat Euramerica

Alfa Acciai

Innova Group

Sellmat

Sugherificio Ganau

Work highlights

  • Assisting Hitachi with the acquisition of a 31.79% stake in Ansaldo in a deal worth €1.25bn.
  • Assisting Bottero with preliminary proceedings before the Court of Ancona concerning the infringement of patents in the area of glass double-edging technology.
  • Advised on Beghelli’s €14m sale of Beghelli Canada.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's a manufacturing team provides the full range of advice for a number of high-calibre clients. Team head Stefano Silvestri, who divides his time between Milan and San Francisco and has considerable expertise handling cross-border deals, advised US company TriMas on its acquisition of Plastic in a €27m deal. Alberto Salvadè specialises in M&A, takeovers and capital markets law, while Simone Caddedu acts for clients, including Smiths Detection, on administrative law matters. Other clients include companies in the aerospace, defence and security, technology and home appliance areas.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Silvestri

Key clients

Smiths Detection Italia

IK Investments Partners

Pentair

Metalbeton

La Termoplastic FBM

Laika Caravans

Widex

Work highlights

  • Assisting Smiths Detection Italia with several tenders launched by Italian airports for the award of contracts for the supply and maintenance of x-ray machines for hold baggage checks.
  • Advising on a leading packaging company’s due diligence process relating to the acquisition of another company in the area.
  • Advising Metalbeton on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Faserbeton.

BonelliErede

BonelliErede's corporate and commercial contracts practice assists clients in the manufacturing industry. Key names in this space include Umberto Nicodano, who specialises in corporate governance and M&A, and Eliana Catalano, who is an expert in private equity, joint ventures and commercial agreements.

Chiomenti

Commended for its 'deep knowledge' and 'business-oriented' attitude, the industrial manufacturing team at Chiomenti is known primarily for its advice on production and distribution processes, and tax matters. Team head Luca Andrea Frignani, who also heads the firm's London office, assists Italian and international clients primarily with corporate M&A and financing matters. Luigi Vaccaro is noted for his 'competence and experience', and Mario Pelli Cattaneo is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Luca Andrea Frignani

Testimonials

Business-oriented, experienced and able to match the company’s needs in terms of deadlines.’

It has a deep knowledge of the background of our business alongside a strong attitude to assist the client with a 360° approach.’

Luigi Vaccaro has experience and the ability to grasp the essential points to work on.’

Luca Frignani has a great capacity to maintain leadership and accountability vis-à-vis the client, and he is able to give fruitful support.’

Key clients

Naval Group

Grandland Holdings

Ansaldo

Astaldi

Avio

Gavio Group

Investindustrial

Italdesign

Evoca

Pirelli

Work highlights

  • Advising Grandland Holdings on the structuring and negotiation of an agreement for the acquisition by the Grandland Group of 100% of the share capital of Permasteelisa.
  • Acting for Toyota Motor Italia in its appeal before the Italian Competition Authority.
  • Advising Naval Group on a joint venture with Fincantieri.

Pavia e Ansaldo

Pavia e Ansaldo's manufacturing team acts for clients involved in a diverse range of areas including food processing, thermal hydraulics and ceramics. Its workload in the manufacturing space is dominated by high-value transactions. Sven von Mensenkampff, whose dual-qualification allows him to provide multi-jurisdictional advice to German companies, acted for technology giant Bosch on the sale of two major (German and Italian, respectively) manufacturing business arms. Practice head Stefano Bianchi advises manufacturers and private equity funds. Meritxell Roca Ortega, who is also qualified in Spain, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi; Sven von Mensenkampff

Testimonials

Excellent flexibility and competence to highlight possible gaps and hidden risks.

The firm focuses on business solutions, with a low-key approach suitable for negotiations between larger and smaller entities, and is very savvy to intercultural differences.

Sven von Mensenkampff is distinguished by his knowledge, commercial approach, speed, reliability, very high personal responsiveness.

Key clients

Bosch

Taroni

Brugg Cables

Armacell International

Cale Group

Coventya Group

FAM

GHH Radsatz/Bonatrans

Krones Group

Surfaces Technological Abrasives

TMCI Padovan

IPCO

Akos

Itago Partners

SM TopCo

Ethica Global Investments

Microgate

Mittel

M+W

Tecno Pool

Trumpf Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Taroni on the acquisition of a longstanding and renowned Italian manufacturer of high-end silk.
  • Acted for Armacell on its highly complex and sophisticated acquisition of an Italian manufacturer operating in the same field (plastics).
  • Advising Microgate on its role in the construction of what will be the largest astronomical telescope in the world.