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BonelliErede

VIA BAROZZI 1, 20122 MILAN, ITALY
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Brussels, Cairo, Ethiopia, Genoa, London, Milan and 2 more

Italy

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s administrative and public law practice exhibits strength in matters related to public procurement, concessions, infrastructure, utilities, energy, environment, planning and zoning, banking and insurance as well as in contentious cases. The team successfully represented Cairo Communication in proceedings before the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB) related to its hostile take-over of Italy’s leading newspaper company RCS Media Group and advised insurance company Allianz on urban planning, environmental and contractual matters. Luca Perfetti heads the practice and Domenico Ielo and senior counsel Alessandro Rosi are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Domenico Ielo - BonelliErede

Luca Perfetti - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Alessandro Rosi - BonelliErede

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s ‘outstanding team always provides an excellent, strategic view and has great knowledge of clients’ businesses’. It advises on compliance programmes; director liabilities; corporate re-organisations; mergers and de-mergers; acquisitions and dispositions; recommended and hostile bids; and joint ventures. Recent developments saw the firm launch new offices in Cairo and Addis Ababa, while deal highlights included assisting Sintonia, which holds a 30.25% share in Atlantia, with the voluntary tender offer launched by Atlantia to acquire Abertis Infraestructuras, the Spain-based, listed infrastructure company. The team also advised Istituto Centrale delle Banche Popolari Italiane, an Italy-based provider of business process outsourcing services, on the €520m acquisition of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena’s merchant acquiring business. Milan-based Sergio Erede is a founding partner; Andrea Carta Mantiglia ‘has good negotiation skills’; Alberto Saravalle is ‘a good tactician’; Umberto Nicodano is ‘deeply experienced’; Carlo Montagna is ‘a great deal lawyer’; Stefano Micheli is ‘a true professional’; and Genoa’s Vittorio Lupoli has ‘deep knowledge of the law’. Other key Milan advisers include Stefano Cacchi Pessani, Alessandra Piersimoni, Giuseppe Manzo, Alessandro Balp and Mario Roli, as well as Paolo Daino, Gianfranco Veneziano, and managing associate Enrico Vaccaro. Elena Busson is also noted. In Rome, the recommended names include Roberto Cera, Barbara Napolitano, Silvia Romanelli and Fulvio Marvulli.

Leading individuals

Roberto Cera - BonelliErede

Sergio Erede - BonelliErede

Umberto Nicodano - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Elena Busson - BonelliErede

Enrico Vaccaro - BonelliErede

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s ‘excellent practice’ advises clients on the design, improvement and implementation of effective compliance programmes and assists with corporate issues that arise regarding corruption and Decree 231, which deals with corporate crimes and the assessment of companies’ liability for crimes committed by directors, executives, and subordinates for the benefit of companies. Other areas of strength include enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. The team advised electricity producer ERG on a new global anti-corruption compliance programme. Alessandro Musella leads the anti-corruption and corporate compliance focus team.

Leading individuals

Alessandro Musella - BonelliErede

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede has ‘vast experience’ and ‘deep knowledge’ of complex litigation and international arbitration. Recent highlights include assistance to Syndial, a company owned by Eni, with an appeal concerning a severe sentence against the client for environmental damage. Vittorio Allavena heads the practice and the ‘great’ Monica Iacoviello is also recommended, while Antonio Crivellaro is singled out for his expertise in international arbitration. Laurence Shore and Andrea Carlevaris joined the practice in September 2017 from Herbert Smith Freehills and the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, respectively.

Leading individuals

Monica Iacoviello - BonelliErede

Vittorio Allavena - BonelliErede

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s ‘brilliant’ team advises Delfin (Luxottica Group) on competition matters concerning an agreement to create an integrated player dedicated to visual health and superior consumer experience through a combination of Essilor and Luxottica Group. And in another highlight, the group represented vehicle leasing company Arval before the ICA in proceedings related to an alleged anti-competitive agreement by car rental companies. Practice head Claudio Tesauro is strongly recommended, as is Francesco Anglani, who specialises in advising on antitrust matters in the luxury goods sector. Managing associate Sara Lembo is ‘really great and smart in finding arguments and giving support in complex situations’.

Leading individuals

Claudio Tesauro - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Sara Lembo - BonelliErede

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede is a popular address for clients in the financial services, TMT, energy, food and luxury goods sectors seeking advice on M&A-related employment issues, employee protection, international employment law matters, workforce downsizing, collective redundancy procedures and consultations with trade unions and the Ministry of Labour. Practice head Marcello Giustiniani is strongly recommended, as is Antonella Negri, who advised General Electric (GE) on employment-related matters concerning the sale of GE Capital Interbanca to Banca IFIS.

Leading individuals

Antonella Negri - BonelliErede

Marcello Giustiniani - BonelliErede

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

Intellectual property: Copyright - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s expertise spans patents, trade marks and domain names as well as cross-border IP litigation. Practice head Giovanni Guglielmetti advised Italian comics publishing house Sergio Bonelli Editore on an agreement with Platinum Studios concerning media and consumer products rights on the comic character Dylan Dog. Procter & Gamble and Jack Daniel’s are other notable clients.

Leading individuals

Giovanni Guglielmetti - BonelliErede

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede is experienced in creating and executing sophisticated leveraged finance structures and acquisitions. Umberto Nicodano and Eliana Catalano advised CP7 Beauty Luxco, which is part of L Catterton, on the sale of a minority stake in Intercos, globally known for colour cosmetics and skin care; and Mario Roli advised Astorg Partners, a France-based private equity firm, on the acquisition of Surfaces Technological Abrasives. Other key advisers include Andrea Carta Mantiglia, Vittorio Pomarici, Stefano Micheli and Carlo Montagna, along with Alessandra Piersimoni and recently promoted partner Giulia Bianchi Frangipane.

Leading individuals

Umberto Nicodano - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Giulia Bianchi Frangipane - BonelliErede

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede handles transactions involving the acquisition, management and disposal of both large and small real estate portfolios in the office, retail, industrial, residential and leisure sectors, and also assists with the establishment of major real estate investment funds in Italy. Recent highlights include advising the Milan Development 1 fund’s manager IDeA Fimit on the financing and purchase of an area located in San Donato Milanese to build Eni’s new corporate headquarters. Amundi and Natixis are other key clients. Alessandro Balp and Emanuela Da Rin are the names to note.

Leading individuals

Alessandro Balp - BonelliErede

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

Best-in-class firmBonelliErede acts for insolvent companies, creditors, liquidators, administrators, trustees in bankruptcy, lenders, and funds specialising in distressed companies; on the restructuring side, the team is highly rated for distressed M&A deals. Marco Arato advised Deutsche Bank on the restructuring of Gestioni Armatoriali’s indebtedness; Vittorio Lupoli ‘solves complex problems’ and Marco Passalacqua is ‘a brilliant, sophisticated thinker’. Other recommended names are Vittoria Giustiniani, Paolo Oliviero and Elisabetta Varni. Managing associate Fabio Macrì is also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Marco Arato - BonelliErede

Paolo Oliviero - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Fabio Macrì - BonelliErede

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

A market leader for strategic tax consultancy’, BonelliErede fields practitioners with ‘high business acumen and industry knowledge’. The practice is highly rated for its experience in corporate tax, international taxation and transfer pricing and regularly works alongside its M&A, banking, capital markets and real estate teams. Andrea Manzitti successfully acted for Solvay in a court proceeding regarding the refund of capital gains tax. Andrea Silvestri is ‘highly impressive’, Stefano Simontacchi is ‘a very influential person’ and Stefano Brunello ‘has undoubtable professional qualities’. Riccardo Ubaldini and Marco Adda are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Andrea Manzitti - BonelliErede

Andrea Silvestri - BonelliErede

Stefano Simontacchi - BonelliErede

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Italy: Banking and finance

Bank regulatory
Banking and finance: bank regulatory - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede regularly advises on regulatory aspects of high-profile M&A and banking transactions. The practice assists with filings with public authorities and regulators; analysing the impact of transactions on licences, permits and concessions; and the impact of new regulations on the organisation of banks and investment firms. Highlights included advising Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena on regulatory issues surrounding a precautionary recapitalisation. Giuseppe Rumi and Federico Vezzani are the key names.

Leading individuals

Giuseppe Rumi - BonelliErede

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Borrower side
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliEredehas great business acumen and industry expertise’, which are both regularly applied in matters pertaining to acquisition finance, corporate finance, property finance, and project finance. Other areas of expertise include restructuring, financial services and related regulatory issues, and the group also has a leading practice for LBOs, and financing public bids and takeovers. It regularly assists borrowers with syndicated, bilateral and large-scale corporate loans and recently advised Terna on a financing for the creation of power lines in Uruguay. Project finance expert Catia Tomasetti is ‘simply the best’ and Emanuela Da Rin and senior counsel Antonio La Porta are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Antonio La Porta - BonelliErede

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s banking and finance practice spans acquisitions, corporate and property finance and also includes project finance expertise in the renewable energy, power generation and transmission, oil and gas, waste to energy, water, infrastructure and transportation sectors. The practice advised Banca Nazionale del Lavoro and UniCredit on a €50m corporate financing granted to Mer Mec. Project finance expert Catia Tomasetti, Emanuela Da Rin and senior counsel Antonio La Porta are the names to note.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 2

BonelliErede

BonelliEredeprovides an excellent service level’ and is adept at assisting with high-yield bond issuances and advising Italian banking groups on the establishment of covered bond programmes on the issuance of bonds in the context of MTN programmes. Additional areas of strength include securitisation transactions involving receivables. In other matters, the team acted for Deutsche Bank in various derivative transactions with Italian counterparties. London and Rome-based Massimiliano Danusso is the capital markets focus team leader and Emanuela Da Rin ‘has deep expertise and excellent negotiating skills’. Stefania Aristei is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Emanuela Da Rin - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Stefania Aristei - BonelliErede

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliEredeprovides a very high level of service’ and advises on some of the most high-profile capital markets transactions in Italy, particularly equity offerings, flotations, privatisations, convertible bonds, and equity warrants. Highlights included assisting Banca IMI, which acted as nominated adviser (NOMAD), global coordinator and bookrunner, with SprintItaly’s IPO on AIM Italia. London and Rome-based Massimiliano Danusso is capital markets focus team leader; and Gianfranco Veneziano is ‘highly professional’. Other key advisers include Carlo Montagna, Alberto Saravalle, Vittoria Giustiniani,, and Alessandra Piersimoni, together with Silvia Romanelli and Barbara Napolitano. Mauro Cusmai is a highly regarded of counsel.

Leading individuals

Gianfranco Veneziano - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Mauro Cusmai - BonelliErede

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Italy: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s expertise in the energy sector is ‘well above the market standard’ and includes M&A, project finance, antitrust, debt capital markets transactions, tax and litigation. The practice advised Novapower on setting up a competitive bid for the sale of its solar portfolio, and assisted Terna with the project financing for the creation of a 213km-long, 500 kV power line in Uruguay. Mario Roli heads the practice and Catia Tomasetti and managing associate Gabriele Malgeri are also strongly recommended. Giuseppe Manzo made partner.

Leading individuals

Catia Tomasetti - BonelliErede

Next generation lawyers

Gabriele Malgeri - BonelliErede

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

The ‘very talentedBonelliErede advised Dompé on a 15-year exclusive licence and distribution agreement with MolMed granting Dompé the exclusive right to promote, market and distribute the advanced patient-specific cell therapy Zalmoxis in all member countries of the current European Economic Area. The client base also includes GlaxoSmithKline and Bracco Imaging. Andrea Carta Mantiglia is recommended, as is the ‘outstanding’ senior counsel Monica Fantino and of counsel Vincenzo Salvatore.

Next generation lawyers

Monica Fantino - BonelliErede

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Luxury goods
Industry focus: luxury goods - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede specialises in advising on key areas of the luxury goods business, including management of key resources, auditing, distribution, production and IP/licensing. The practice assisted Luxottica Group’s company Delfin with its merger with Essilor and advised Roberto Cavalli on a yacht-building contract with Cerri Cantieri Navali. The ‘outstanding’ competition law specialist Francesco Anglani is strongly recommended.

Leading individuals

Francesco Anglani - BonelliErede

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Manufacturing
Industry focus: manufacturing - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s advice in the manufacturing sector focuses on corporate and M&A, restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution, employment and tax. The practice assisted France-based private equity firm Astorg Partners with the acquisition of Surfaces Technological Abrasives from Italy-based Xenon Private Equity, and advised Italy-based steel manufacturer Acciaierie Venete on the lease and potential purchase of a steel manufacturing business under a pre-bankruptcy composition with creditor procedure. Corporate specialist Mario Roli and Genoa-based Marco Arato are the key contacts.

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

BonelliErede’s retail-related activities include corporate and M&A, real estate finance, competition, tax and IP advice. Alessandro Balp and Emanuela Da Rin are the names to note.

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TMT
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

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Italy: Other leading firms

Genoa: leading firms
Genoa: leading firms - ranked: tier 1

BonelliErede

The ‘top-levelBonelliErede advised Genoa-based multinational group Rina on the Milan Stock Exchange’s ELITE programme, which is designed to help small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) access and manage long-term financing opportunities, and provides ongoing advice to insurance company Siat on maritime law matters. Marco Arato and Vittorio Lupoli are recommended. The ‘extremely prepared, focused and precise’ Fulvio Marvulli and Mario Olivieri are other names to note.

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