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Legance - Avvocati Associati has significant experience in fund formation matters. The team advises asset management firms, their shareholders, investors and other domestic and non-domestic market players on the planning, structuring, formation and marketing of investment funds, particularly in relation to private equity and venture capital funds, private debt, real estate and other funds that invest in illiquid assets, such as infrastructure, renewable energy and mezzanine finance. Enzo Schiavello is responsible for the department; he advised on the structuring, establishment, and marketing, in Italy and abroad, of Alto Capital IV, a European venture capital fund, which is managed by Alto Partners; Barbara Sancisi, who was recently promoted to the partnership, assists with the structuring and establishment of alternative investment scheme transactions, with particular emphasis on private equity, real estate and private debt funds.

Chiomenti 'always demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the investment funds market in terms of regulation and market practices'. The practice's scope of work includes asset management agreements, the incorporation of asset management companies and corporate vehicles, establishment of investment funds, and the acquisition and sale of funds' assets. Vincenzo Troiano assisted FSI, which focuses on private equity investments, with the first and second closing of a private equity fund that is focused on investments in Italian medium- to large-cap companies; other key contacts include Alessandro Portolano, who heads the financial regulation department, and co-private equity business unit head Franco Agopyan.

DLA Piper's 'output is always of a high quality'. The team assists with the legal and regulatory aspects surrounding the asset management sector, including fund establishment, governance structures and capital requirements, and relations with investors and supervisory authorities. Agostino Papa acted for Serenissima on the setting up and structuring of a real estate-reserved alternative investment fund (AIF) that focuses on senior housing and health and social care, in partnership with French operator Orpea; Nicoletta Alfano is a lead lawyer.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' practice includes advising on¬†the establishment of all types of investment funds, including advising on the most appropriate fund vehicle, structuring funds to clients' needs and applications to the authorities.¬†Davide Braghini¬†advised¬†Coima on setting up Coima Opportunity Fund II, a ‚ā¨500m real estate investment fund that is reserved for institutional investors and dedicated to development and retrofitting projects in Italy.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is highly rated for its advice to financial institutions and intermediaries on the implications for their businesses of regulatory requirements at both domestic and European level. It assisted MFS Investment Management Company (Lux) with the marketing in Italy of over 200 share classes of the MFS Meridian Funds, a Luxembourg open-ended collective investment scheme. Jeffrey Greenbaum is an international financial regulatory specialist and Claudia Colomba is the senior associate to note.

K&L Gates' investment management team is headed by Giovanni Meschia, who 'deeply comprehends clients' very specific needs'. The team assists domestic and international fund managers and sponsors with structuring and setting up investment funds across a wide variety of industry sectors, including private equity, private debt and loan origination, real estate and venture capital; it advised United Ventures on the structuring and set-up of United Ventures II, an Italian venture capital fund.

'Providing pragmatic solutions', Paul Hastings LLP's 'responsive' fund formation and investment management practice in Italy is led by Eriprando Guerritore, who is 'recommended for his sound knowledge of regulatory topics'. The team advises on a range of alternative asset classes, including fine art, private debt and credit funds, private equity, real estate, social housing and venture capital.

Simmons & Simmons has 'one of the finest investment funds practices around and is capable of offering integrated legal advice seamlessly across jurisdictions'. The firm is strategically focused on the asset management and investment funds sector; it assisted Etimos Partners with the creation of the Morgan Stanley Geo-Risk Macro Fund, the first hedge macro-fund based on geopolitical analysis. Praised for his 'calm, reassuring stewardship', Romeo Battigaglia is 'a sharp-minded lawyer with brilliant problem-solving skills'; Maria Giusy Naccarato is an experienced of counsel.

Bird & Bird fields lawyers with significant experience both in the undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) and alternative investment fund managers directive (AIFMD) sectors. Raimondo Maggiore is a key name. Associate Giovanni Bevilacqua focuses on the setting up and marketing of alternative investment funds.

Clifford Chance has a long track record of advising on UCITS' products and AIFMD investment vehicles, including private equity. Head of the funds and regulatory groups Lucio Bonavitacola acted for Cromwell Investment Services on the establishment of two Italian funds that focus on residential and commercial real estate;  Alberto Claretta Assandri is an experienced senior associate.

CMS' 'team understands clients' business and adapts its professional advice to the relevant sector'. It is best known for the formation, distribution and management of mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, private funds and alternative funds, as well as related fund reorganisation. Andrea Arcangeli is 'a highly skilled counsel whose deep expertise of alternative investments and debt capital markets is a differentiating factor'.

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato's team has broad-ranging and longstanding experience in forming investment funds; its assistance includes tax-related matters, regulatory aspects and compliance and AML issues. Emidio Cacciapuoti is highly rated.

Pedersoli Studio Legale regularly advises on debt, real estate, credit and venture capital funds; the team also assists with regulatory requirements, tax-efficient deal structuring and financing, and portfolio companies' acquisitions and exit strategies. Giovanni Bandera is the principal contact; Alessandro Zappasodi was hired from Chiomenti.

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