Industry focus: Manufacturing in Italy

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has great sector knowledge, in particular in the automotive branch and its supply chain, both of which also benefit from the firm’s technology and communication expertise. Stefano Silvestri provides corporate and commercial transactional advice; Alberto Salvadè handles restructuring and insolvency matters; and Simone Caddedu is a regulation expert.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Silvestri

Other key lawyers:

Alberto SalvadèSimone Caddedu


‘International team and available 24 hours.’

Key clients

Adler Ortho

Airbus Elicopters

BMW Group

Claas Italia


Shiloh Industries Italia

Smith Detections


TK Elevator Italia

TriMas Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted TriMas Corporation with the acquisition of Affaba & Ferrari.
  • Successfully represented Smiths Detection Italia S.r.l. in defending the award of a framework agreement for the supply and maintenance of 28 EDS machines for cabin baggage checks to be installed in the Milan-Linate and Milan Malpensa airports.
  • Assisting BMW Group with its regulatory and compliance matters in Italy.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper assists leading Italian and international manufacturers with a particular focus on the automotive, chemical and aerospace sectors. M&A, joint ventures and private equity transaction are at the core of the practice, which is led by Alessandro Piermanni. Focusing on cross-border M&A as well as acquisitions of family-owned companies, Danilo Surdi is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Piermanni

Other key lawyers:

Danilo Surdi


‘Competence, professionalism, great willingness to help, determination in finding the best solution.’

‘Ability to prioritize objectives.’

Key clients

Alfanar Group

Ariston Thermo

Cantel Medical

Carlo Colombo


Compugroup Medical

FAAC Group



Gea Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sinv Group in the transaction whereby Aeffe S.p.A. acquired from Sinv Group 30% shareholding of Moschino S.p.A. which is now fully owned by Aeffe S.p.A.
  • Advised GEA Group on the agreement to sell its refrigeration operations in Spain and Italy to Clauger SAS.

Gianni & Origoni

At Gianni & Origoni, a cross-practice team with great variety of specialisms is dedicated to assisting manufacturing companies in Italy and abroad. Competition and administrative law, corporate, M&A and IP lawyers among others provide assistance and representation tailored to the needs of the industry sector. In one highlight, Piero Fattori is leading on the team's representation of an Italian company facing proceedings initiated by the Italian Competition Authority.

Key clients

Alfa Acciai S.p.A.

Arti Grafiche Reggiane & Lai

Bridgestone Europe NV

Caprari S.p.A.

Ceramiche Cielo

ESPO & Cartotec

Faerch Plast AS

GEM Elettronica

Innova group

Martor S.p.A.

Profiltubi S.p.a.

Safilo Group

Sugherificio Ganau

Work highlights

  • Assisting Innova Group S.p.A. and Innova Group – Stabilimento di Caino S.p.A. in proceedings initiated by the Italian Competition Authority against the most relevant market players and in the subsequent appeal against the decision of the ICA.
  • Assisting Advent International-backed Faerch Plast A/S in the strategic acquisition of the Sirap food packaging business in Italy, Poland and Spain, from Italmobiliare (Italy).
  • Assisting Safilo in the sale of the business branch of the Martignacco production site to iVision Tech.


In the manufacturing sector, Chiomenti stands out for its engagement in ordinary and extraordinary transactions. Among recent work highlights are M&A deals with complex financial structures and the involvement of prominent financial institutions. Luca Andrea Frignani leads the team and also acts as head of the firm’s London office.

Practice head(s):

Luca Andrea Frignani


‘Great competence, negotiation skills and expertise.’

Key clients

CDP Equity S.p.A.

Life Care Capital S.p.A.

Zobele Holding

Versalis S.p.A.

Mastrotto Family

Lion Capital

Gavio Group

Investindustrial LP

Sergio Rossi

Naval Group



Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Esco Technologies Holding Llc

Taiwan Cement Corporation

EyePro System S.r.l.

Onward Italia S.p.A.

Ceme S.p.A.

Longsa (Shanghai) Technology Development Co. Ltd.

Pusterla 1880 S.p.A.

Capvis General Partner V Limited LP

Alten Europe Sarl Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Investindustrial Investment Holding S.À R.L. on the sale to Black Diamond Capital Management LLC of the equity interest in Polynt-Reichhold.
  • Advising Stevanato Group S.p.A. in relation to the IPO of its ordinary shares on the NYSE.
  • Advising Investindustrial Group Holdings S.A. on the purchase from the Hexion Group, in a 50:50 co-investment with Black Diamond, of various subsidiaries and other business assets active in the production and marketing of phenolic specialty resin, hexamine and European-based forest products resins.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s clients in the manufacturing sector notably include steel, surface engineering and additive manufacturing companies, which receive M&A, antitrust and litigation assistance, provided by key figures Matteo Montanaro, Matteo Beretta and Ferdinando Emanuele, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Matteo Montanaro; Ferdinando Emanuele; Matteo Beretta

Other key lawyers:

Giulia Rimoldi


‘Responsiveness; quality of the advice.’

‘Matteo Montanaro: responsiveness; advice tailored to the business.’

‘Big strong international brand with local staff.’

‘Matteo Montanaro leads a great team, which also includes Giulia Rimoldi.’

Key clients






AFV Beltrame

Goldman Sachs

Clarios Italia S.r.l.


Smurfit Kappa




CNH Industrials

Hewlett Packard

Work highlights

  • Assisted ArcelorMittal throughout the complex project for the relaunch of the former Ilva steelworks in Taranto.
  • Acting as counsel to AFV Beltrame, a leading Italian steelmaker, in connection with the acquisition of the JR and JO merchant bar business of Ferrosider, a company belonging to the Ori Martin Group, a leading group in the special steels sector.
  • Acting as counsel to Smurfit Kappa Group plc, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, on the acquisition from Burgo Group S.p.A. of the containerboard activities and business of the Verzuolo mill (in the province of Cuneo) for a cash consideration of €360 million.

Pavia e Ansaldo

Clients for the manufacturing industry turn to Pavia e Ansaldo for corporate, private equity, IP, tax and dispute resolution advice and representation. M&A transactions are also a key pillar of the practice, and the team recently acted on the sale of the Italian manufacturer Surfaces Group to a US private equity firm, work led by Giuseppe Besozzi. Stefano Bianchi is the managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe Besozzi


‘Maximum commitment in understanding the business and providing the clear analysis of possible M&A activity.’

‘The curiosity and direct style of Mia Rinetti are of excellent quality.’

Key clients

Armacell Group

Basell Poliolefine

Brugg Cables

Bruni Glass S.p.A.

Cale Group

Contact Lab S.r.l.

Coventya Group


Fomas Sp.A.


LB Officine Meccaniche S.r.l.

M+W Italy S.r.l.

Saica Flex Italia S.p.A.

Saica Pack Italia S.p.A.

Saica SA

SKF Industrie S.p.A.


Surfaces Technological Abrasives S.p.A.

Tecno Pool

Valvitalia S.p.A

Work highlights

  • Advised Surfaces Group, an Italian industrial manufacturer controlled by French private equity firm Astorg Partners, on its sale to US private equity fund TA Associates.
  • Advised the Japanese manufacturer of medical devices Asahi Intecc on its acquisition of a 70% stake in Italian life sciences company Kardia.
  • Advised H.I.G. Europe on the sale of Texbond, a manufacturer of specialty nonwoven fabrics, to Quadrivio Group.