Firm Profile > BonelliErede > Milan, Italy
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BonelliErede > The Legal 500 Rankings
BonelliErede further cemented its position in this space through the firm's acquisition of Lombardi e Associati in July 2019, bringing in experts in administrative law, Mario Pisapia and Luigi Pontrelli. The team, which is headed by Luca Perfetti, has recently handled matters for major Italian and international clients, including acting in litigation for RFI and handling an ongoing claim against the Italian Competition Authority for Ryanair. The team has recently been particularly active in matters relating to the telecoms, energy, utilities and real estate sectors. Alessandro Rosi and Raffaele Cassano, who stands out for his 'incredible attention to detail', are also noted.
‘Raffaele Cassano is the ideal partner: polite, responsive, extremely professional and with exceptional technical skills. He brings added value to the table, and he leads litigation with incredible attention to detail, thinking about both short- and long-term impact in complex decision-making situations.‘
‘Mr Cassano is, in my opinion, the best lawyer in administrative law in Italy.‘
Cairo Network – LA7
BonelliErede stands out for its Italian banking law expertise involving leveraged buyouts (LBOs), financing public bids and takeovers. It regularly assists borrowers with syndicated, bilateral and large-scale corporate loans, as well as finance-related distressed debt. The project finance group specialises in the renewable energy, power generation and transmission, oil and gas, waste-to-energy, water, infrastructure and transportation sectors. The firm was recently integrated with Lombardi e Associati. Catia Tomasetti is a project finance specialist, Emanuela Da Rin is a real estate, corporate and acquisition finance expert, and Antonio La Porta is a member of the Africa team. Gabriele Malgeri, who was made partner, and managing associate Giorgio Frasca focus on project finance.
EF Solare Italia
Grandi Stazioni Retail
Fondo Italiano di Investimento
Capital markets: Equity Tier 1
In 2019, BonelliErede was integrated with Lombardi e Associati, bringing capital markets expert Federico Vermicelli to the firm. Clients benefit from the practice's longstanding relationships with Consob - which regulates the Italian financial markets - as well as the Italian Stock Exchange. Typical work covers IPOs, capital increases, public tender offers and takeover bids. Vittoria Giustiniani advises on access to capital markets through IPOs and capital increases, as well as public offerings and Gianfranco Veneziano leads the firm's development in North Africa. Barbara Napolitano is an expert in IPOs and secondary offers, and managing associate Federica Munno has luxury goods, energy and infrastructure sector experience. London-based team head Massimiliano Danusso has broad capital markets experience.
‘The team provides high levels of competence along with longstanding, deep experience in this area.‘
‘Vittoria Giustiniani manages client relationships very well.‘
BonelliErede's multidisciplinary, international practice is particularly respected for its structuring and execution of complex, high-stakes domestic and cross-border deals. In 2019, the firm integrated itself with Lombardi e Associati, bringing in several partners, including corporate law expert Stefano Nanni Costa. Umberto Nicodano is a corporate governance and M&A specialist; Roberto Cera focuses on infrastructure, telecoms and real estate deals; Stefano Cacchi Pessani's practice includes takeovers in the banking, financial services and luxury goods sectors; and Carlo Montagna handles extraordinary transactions for listed and non-listed companies. Elena Busson focuses on private equity and energy and infrastructure matters, and Enrico Vaccaro is experienced in extraordinary transactions, acquisitions, joint ventures and contracts. Managing associate Livia Cocca is an energy, infrastructure and healthcare specialist.
Stefano Cacchi Pessani; Carlo Montagna; Umberto Nicodano
‘The team that came from Studio Lombardi is very close-knit and dynamic, with an excellent ability to serve clients in a timely and efficient manner.‘
‘The team is in the top spot for the legal and financial aspects of M&A. It is friendly and available and knows clients’ business very well. It is open to discuss and to contribute with creative ideas.‘
‘It is smart, committed, hardworking and always delivers.‘
‘The practice has unique knowledge of clients’ business, high levels of quality, availability and 360° vision. The individuals give value both at professional and personal levels.‘
‘Stefano Cacchi Pessani and Enrico Vaccaro are great lawyers. They understand clients’ business and expectations very well, they work hard and always provide the best advice.‘
‘Stefano Nanni Costa is one of the best lawyers around and very good during negotiations.‘
First State Investments
Compagnie Financière Richemont
Compliance Tier 1
BonelliErede fields experts in corporate, criminal, employment and privacy law, and is highly rated for its assistance with Decree 231, which deals with corporate crimes and the assessment of companies’ liability, investigations, and the design, assessment and monitoring of compliance programmes. The practice also acts for companies, banks and supervised entities in internal audit, tax and criminal investigations and inspections by the regulators and authorities. Genoa-based Alessandro Musella heads the corporate compliance focus team. Senior associate Michela Maccarini is project leader of the compliance management and investigations business unit, beLab, a research centre that develops working models through cutting-edge technologies.
‘It is focused on business needs and has a problem-solving approach.‘
‘Alessandro Musella is a very rounded professional who provides real and practical advice.‘
‘Senior associate Michela Maccarini is a problem-solving professional who understands clients’ business.‘
Morgan Stanley SGR
Dispute resolution Tier 1
The 'dedicated, creative, and reputable' dispute resolution team at BonelliErede enhanced its already impressive credentials with the acquisition of a team of outstanding individuals from Lombardi e Associati, with which it merged in July 2019. The now expanded practice advises companies on disputes relating to corporate matters, bankruptcy, banking and insurance, as well as acting for private clients such as directors and shareholders in liability matters, as well as countries, authorities and institutions. Vittorio Allavena leads the practice, which also includes an international arbitration team. Joint coordinator Giuseppe Lombardi has longstanding expertise in corporate, banking and insolvency disputes. Riccardo Bordi, who specialises in energy, transport and infrastructure, was promoted to the partnership in February 2019.
Vittorio Allavena; Giuseppe Lombardi; Laurence Shore
‘The lawyers have great intellectual and practical capacities. They are proactive and highly efficient professionals.’
‘Riccardo Bordi has very high professional skills and he is particularly pleasant to work with.’
‘The team not only provides great legal judgement but also advises in a timely manner’.
‘They are able to provide assistance in a short time and with a qualified answer.’
‘Monica Iacoviello has decades of experience in sophisticated legal matters. She is fast, reliable and prompt. Paolo di Giovanni represents clients in complex disputes, including arbitrations. He is scrupulous, dedicated and experienced. ‘
‘Gianfranco Veneziano and Riccardo Bordi are top-notch, excellent litigators.’
Danieli & C. Officine
Piaggio Group Americas
Employment Tier 1
BonelliErede is among the go-to addresses for labour law advice in Italy. Led by Marcello Giustiniani, the team covers the whole spectrum of work - from collective agreements, to audits to dismissals, breaches and company reorganisations. Whilst the majority of clients are well-established companies and institutions (many of which are from the luxury or banking and finance world), the practice has increasingly been focusing on tech companies and start-ups, with four members of the department being also part of the firm's Digital Innovation focus team. Antonella Negri focuses on industrial relations, social security and trade union litigation.
‘The team is very prepared and professional ‘
‘Antonella Negri is very competent, fast, and fully understands the needs of the client, while showing the ability to identify the most suitable solutions for various cases. Giulia Corso is also a valid and always available resource’
‘Competence, availability and courtesy at a fair price’
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
F.lli De Cecco
EU and competition law Tier 1
In EU and competition law, BonelliErede is continuing to build an enviable reputation as a leading practice. With a wide international network of allied firms and offices in Brussels and London, the firm's lawyers work as one team across a plethora of sectors, including insurance, energy, telecoms, media and sports law. Other areas of expertise include representation in front of the European authorities, private enforcement (both on the defender and offender side) and compliance. Practice head Claudio Tesauro is well regarded for his expertise on restrictive agreements and abuse of dominant position; Sara Lembo was promoted to the partnership in 2019. Francesco Anglani is also noted.
‘Compared to other firms, BonelliErede stands out for its transparency and respect of deadlines.’
‘The firm has the ability to deal with all legal issues with a broad perspective, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the subject and extensive experience in the sector. ‘
Enel Energia S.p.A.
Ernst & Young S.p.A.
Ferrovie dello Stato SpA
Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A
Salini Impregilo S.p.A.
Genoa: leading firms Tier 1
BonelliErede's Genoa branch, headed by Marco Arato, fields a sizeable team of 'exceptional' professionals, who are praised for their 'business-oriented approach' and 'outstanding ability to solve issues'. Riccardo Bordi was made partner in February 2019; he has expertise in arbitration, environmental law, and the negotiation and stipulation of contracts for the construction of strategic infrastructure. In October 2019, Enrico Vergani and Marco Mastropasqua joined from Studio Legale Garbarino Vergani. Vergani, who has considerable experience in this area, now heads the firm's shipping and transport focus team; he has notable expertise handling investigations covering severe marine casualties, including salvage and collisions.
‘It is a firm that thanks to over 700 professionals is able to provide 360° legal consultancy services. It is able to attract young talent from whom a virtuous circle of skills is born.’
‘One of the strengths of the firm is the management of resources; in particular, for each mandate they identify the most suitable team to conduct the requested operation, so as to help the client in a timely and effective manner.’
‘They perfectly understand the customer’s requests, which are satisfied in a short time with a pragmatic and execution-oriented approach. Not at all academic and self-referential, they are totally dedicated to the customer with the right mix of humility and professionalism.‘
‘Professional, caring, extremely competent, very responsive, creative in finding solutions.‘
‘Professionalism and innovative approach characterize the firm. The multidisciplinary and international team make the services offered come with high added value.‘
Gruppo Messina and Ignazio Messina
Industry focus: Energy Tier 1
The well respected energy focus group at BonelliErede continues to advise on a wide range of gas and power partnership formations, stake acquisitions and the entry of infrastructure funds into the Italian market. Mario Roli coordinates the team, which also includes project finance and banking practitioner Catia Tomasetti. The team was boosted further as a result of the July 2019 merger with Lombardi e Associati, while Gabriele Malgeri is another name to note.
‘Ample availability of high-quality associates and juniors. Strong track record and experience.’
‘Bonelli has very competent people for all matters. They are always available and they take care of the client and employ a business approach, not just a strict, theoretical or legal vision of the matter.’
EF Solare Italia
BonelliErede's healthcare and life sciences focus team is led by Vincenzo Salvatore, who has extensive experience of complex litigation in EU law, and has specific regulatory and compliance skills in clinical trials, marketing authorisation procedures and pharmacovigilance. His expertise was invaluable in the firm's representation of Novartis Farma before the European Court of Justice. The team was boosted by the arrival in July 2019 of Renato Bocca, who has assisted healthcare clients with the negotiation of collaboration agreements and contracts. The team also has strengths in false and comparative advertising, inspections and enforcement. Monica Fantino is also noteworthy.
‘The lawfirm has gained over the years a strong competence in this field from several aspects, including regulatory.’
‘They are very competent and keen at making their knowledge available for clients also when there is no specific issue to address: their communication initiatives are very efficient and interesting.’
‘I worked with the lawyer Valentina Bonomo, who proved to be very helpful and prepared, handled the relationship with the other party with great professionalism, fixing the fundamental points of negotiation.’
Ospedale San Raffaele
Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi
Industry focus: luxury goods Tier 1
The 'outstanding', 'fully dedicated' and 'proactive' luxury focus team at BonelliErede covers a wide range of practice areas, including M&A, employment law, antitrust and IP. Antitrust expert Francesco Anglani heads the team, which acts for internationally recognised brands such as Giorgio Armani, among others. Nicola Marchioro, who was made partner in February 2019, is particularly active in corporate law for luxury clients. The firm is renowned for handling litigation for major clients in the Italian fashion sector. It is also able to draw on team members based in the firm's offices in Cairo and Dubai.
‘Nicola Marchiorio and Stefano Micheli have excellent technical expertise and a great sense of engagement. The job is always done according to the best standards. Good understanding of the clients business’ constraints.’
Private equity Tier 1
BonelliErede is widely respected for its advice to funds and their portfolio companies, investment banks and mezzanine funds. The practice comprises multi-disciplinary professionals who advise on fund formation, structuring acquisitions, reorganisations and exits, M&A and management incentive schemes. It also stands out for its creation of sophisticated leveraged finance structures. In 2019, the firm was integrated with Lombardi e Associati, which brought on board private equity specialist Stefano Nanni Costa. Umberto Nicodano is a corporate governance and M&A specialist, Eliana Catalano is country partner for the former Yugoslavia and Albania, and Giulia Bianchi Frangipane is experienced in the retail, energy, financial services, telecoms, transport and insurance sectors. M&A, corporate law and business contracts specialist Augusto Praloran was made partner.
‘The lawyers are true professionals who are dynamic and quick – one of the best firms in the country.‘
‘Stefano Nanni Costa is an outstanding lawyer for technical skills and matter management. Clients are in safe hands with Stefano.‘
APG Asset Management
Real estate and construction Tier 1
BonelliErede has two distinct teams - a cross-departmental real estate focus team, comprising lawyers with expertise in corporate, financing and public law, and a sector-specific construction and engineering focus team, which handles matters relating to infrastructure, industrial facilities and public and private construction. Combined, the two teams provide assistance to borrowers and lenders, investment funds and banks, building and developing companies in acquisitions and sales, structurings, restructurings and tax matters. Emanuela Da Rin and Paolo Daino head up the department, which recently expanded through the acquisition of partners Mauro Pisapia, Johannes Karner and Stefano Nanni Costa, all of whom joined as a result of the firm's merger with Lombardi in July 2019. Alessandro Balp is a highly visible member of the team, being involved in some of the most important transactions in Italy and Europe.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1
BonelliErede was recently integrated with Italian independent law firm, Lombardi e Associati, bringing insolvency expert Giuseppe Lombardi and corporate restructuring specialist Federico Vermicelli to its restructuring and insolvency focus team. The practice is experienced in domestic and cross-border insolvencies, workouts and large corporate restructurings. Genoa-based Marco Arato's practice includes advising directors, banks and debtor companies on debt restructuring; Marco Passalacqua is known for in- and out-of-court assistance in proceedings involving bankruptcy and insolvency and debt restructuring; and Paolo Oliviero specialises in restructuring loans and distressed assets. At managing associate level, Lucio Guttilla specialises in corporate law and restructuring and insolvency law, and Fabio Macrì focuses on debt restructuring and bankruptcy law.
‘The team is appreciated for the great ease with which it gets in tune not only with the issues that represent client’s problem, but also with the client who, in situations of this nature, is often not very clear and needs not only to be advised, but also accompanied. Then the mastery of these lawyers’ subject matters appears immediately clear – they always manage to simplify complicated situations – and the strong reputation that the BonelliErede teams enjoy with the banks.‘
‘They have very competent and well-structured teams, their partners are present and great at connecting with clients. They are also trustworthy and available when needed.‘
‘Giuseppe Lombardi is one of the most reputable lawyers in Italy, who is able to deal with consensual as well as litigation matters.‘
‘Federico Vermicelli and his team of collaborators are appreciated for their speed in understanding complex situations and problems, the speed of execution and total availability. Compared to the competition, one characteristic is the predisposition to put clients at ease and ensure that they can always fully understand the various aspects of files, even if they are complex.‘
‘Federico Vermicelli has good know-how in restructuring.‘
Gruppo Messina and Ignazio Messina
Piaggio Aero Industries
Tax Tier 1
BonelliErede's tax team, co-ordinated by Andrea Silvestri, comprises approximately 40 professionals. Silvestri, who also leads the tax litigation focus team, is a key name for litigation and transactional issues. The practice covers corporate tax, international taxation and transfer pricing, and frequently contributes to the development of Italy’s tax policy. Andrea Manzitti specialises in national and international tax law, and tax litigation and tax audits; Stefano Simontacchi is the director of the Leiden Transfer Pricing Research Centre, a globally known transfer pricing research centre; and Riccardo Ubaldini is a national and international tax law expert. Marco Adda has particular expertise in corporate and international taxation and transfer pricing.
‘The firm has a longstanding history in tax advisory work. All the professionals have strong backgrounds and in-depth knowledge of the Italian tax framework.‘
‘The team is very supportive and always reliable when support is needed.‘
‘It has good technical skills and deep knowledge of the details underlying projects.‘
‘Whenever clients don’t properly understand or they worry about their matters, the team immediately gives guidance on the way to go. Clients are really very appreciative of BonelliErede’s efforts, and their satisfaction and respect for the firm are much more than can be described.‘
‘Andrea Manzitti is a great reference partner, who, having worked in the Italian fiscal administration for a long time, has gained extensive experience in domestic and international tax matters. With a strong team behind him , he is an excellent business partner.‘
‘Riccardo Ubaldini is an excellent professional for transfer pricing and international taxation. He patiently understands cases, assesses the problem and gives advice on how to proceed.‘
‘Stefano Simontacchi is very well appreciated.‘
BonelliErede fields specialists in acquisition, corporate and property finance. The practice is also highly rated for restructuring, financial services and regulatory matters. It particularly excels in Italian banking law matters involving LBOs, public bids and takeovers, syndicated, bilateral and corporate loans, and distressed debt. The firm also has a robust project finance group. In 2019, the firm was integrated with Lombardi e Associati, bringing in banking and finance partner Mara Fittipaldi. Catia Tomasetti is a project finance specialist, Emanuela Da Rin is a real estate, corporate and acquisition finance expert, and Antonio La Porta has a focus on Africa-related matters. Recently promoted partner Gabriele Malgeri and managing associate Giorgio Frasca are focused on project finance.
‘Gabriele Malgeri is an outstanding partner.‘
ING Bank (Milan Branch)
Crédit Agricole CIB
Cassa Depositi e Prestiti
Capital markets: Debt Tier 2
BonelliErede's DCM specialists advise arrangers, investors and issuers on bond issuances on the Italian and international markets, including the US. The team also acts on high-yield matters, including structuring guarantees, security interests and tax aspects of deals. Another key area is securitisation involving residential mortgage, commercial and consumer loans, and healthcare and non-performing receivables. Emanuela Da Rin is recommended for securitisation, project bonds, and investment grade and high-yield bond issues, and Antonio La Porta is a securitisation, covered bond and bond issue expert. London-based capital markets head Massimiliano Danusso is experienced in bond offerings, covered bonds and securitisation.
‘The pre-eminent independent Italian practice for DCM work – very knowledgeable, diligent and responsive. The lawyers are also a real pleasure to work with.‘
‘Massimiliano Danusso is a key contact for capital markets disputes. He is the go-to-man in the market for Italian/English derivatives disputes, having been involved in almost all the notable recent cases. He is a very experienced and pragmatic operator who inspires respect in clients.‘
Banca Intesa Sanpaolo
Ferrovie dello State Italiane
BonelliErede fields experts in the regulated sectors, particularly banking, insurance and healthcare. The team regularly advises on interactions with the DPA, inspections, investigations and proceedings, and the data and privacy protection aspects of outsourcing agreements and commercial and technology joint ventures. Other areas are internet of things (IoT)-related exploitation of data and the application of AI models, overseas data transfer, and the analysis of data flows and compliance programmes. Tommaso Faelli leads the innovation and digital transformation focus team.
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.
Industry focus: Retail Tier 2
BonelliErede advises retailers and large-scale distribution operators from a corporate, tax and employment perspective. Giulia Bianchi Frangipane and Enrico Vaccaro have expertise in corporate law. Stefano Brunello focuses on tax law, and Antonella Negri is noted for employment law.
Intellectual property Tier 2
BonelliErede's IP practice revolves around practice head and Giovanni Guglielmetti and partner Tommaso Faelli. The duo, backed up by a team of seven associates, are active in fields including trade secrets, unfair competition and patent protection - both from a transactional and contentious perspective. Faelli brings additional expertise in IT and data protection, advising on open data and privacy regulation, while Guglielmetti has a focus on healthcare and life sciences, luxury and sports.
‘The team is always available.’
‘Profound competence, but above all, a willingness to deal at any time with every need.’
‘Harmony and absolute coordination – there is a certainty that the whole team is aligned.’
Industry focus: TMT Tier 4
In 2019, BonelliErede strengthened its commitment to this area by reorganising its team to launch a dedicated digital innovation focus group. Coordinated by Tommaso Faelli, who has expertise in IP, IT and privacy, the group has four main focus points: data and cybersecurity, fintech, insurtech and start-ups. The group draws on the strengths of the whole firm and cross-practice teams frequently include professionals who are specialists in areas ranging from insurance regulation to tax and corporate law. It has recently received a steady stream of instructions from insurance companies.
BonelliErede > Firm Profile
BonelliErede is one of the largest independent law firms in Italy, with offices in Milan, Rome, Genoa, Brussels, London, Cairo (in cooperation with Bahaa-Eldin Law Office), Addis Ababa (in cooperation with Tameru Wondm Agegnehu Law Office), Dubai and Frankfurt (in cooperation with Hengeler Mueller).
It offers a full range of commercial legal services, combining business acumen with academic excellence. BonelliErede is not only a leading law firm in Italy but also a successful independent international law firm; an essential part of its international strategy is to forge relationships with a wide number of other distinguished independent law firms in Europe and worldwide.
BonelliErede also works with the Best Friends network, made up of leading firms around the world, it includes: Bredin Prat in France, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in the Netherlands, Hengeler Mueller in Germany, Slaughter and May in the UK and Uría Menéndez in Spain.
To better respond to clients’ needs, BonelliErede offers support through a number of specialised focus teams, which bring together the legal expertise of its professionals from various practice areas (administrative law, banking and finance, capital markets, commercial litigation, competition, corporate and M&A, criminal law, employment, EU law, IP, project finance, restructuring, structured finance and tax). The focus teams are organised by sector and practice area and pool their individual legal expertise and in-depth sector knowledge to offer clients assistance with all aspects of their businesses.
BonelliErede comprises 83 partners, 5 local partners, 22 of counsel, more than 400 associates supported by over 220 staff employees. Among its lawyers, it boasts 20 university professors.
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Staff FiguresNumber of professionals : over 400
LanguagesAmharic Arabic Chinese English French German Italian Spanish
MembershipsBest Friends network
OtherInternational offices : Addis Ababa, Brussels, Cairo, Dubai, London, Frankfurt
A strong duty to serve society runs through the veins of everyone at BonelliErede.
The firm focuses its efforts on improving the care, health and education of the younger generations. It does not simply provide funding and take a backseat when supporting initiatives but plays an active role in helping organisations get to grips with the background issues, provides concrete advice and support to the people involved and follows progress with a keen eye.
Offering pro bono work is obviously a key piece of the puzzle, including to associations such as Save the Children, the Buzzi Foundation, Fondazione Veronesi, CAF and Cometa.
Cometa is indeed a key CSR partner of BonelliErede: it’s an organisation that offers a range of social, health and education services to disadvantaged youth and their families. Thanks to this partnership and the support of the firm’s clients, young adults are getting a much-needed helping hand to enter the world of work. This ranges from helping prepare for interviews and identifying job/training opportunities to providing support throughout the on-boarding process (the latter in close conjunction with the company in question).
BonelliErede currently has three strategic outposts: Cairo (Egypt), in cooperation with Bahaa-Eldin Law Office; Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), in cooperation with Tameru Wondm Agegnehu Law Office; and Dubai (UAE).
Cairo and Addis Ababa were the first outposts established, back in 2016, and are the hub for its development in Africa. The firm opened an office the Dubai office in 2017 to serve the entire Gulf area and support international investment in Africa.
Beyond Egypt, Ethiopia and the UAE, the firm continues to strengthen its network of highly reputed African and Middle Eastern law firms to respond to its clients’ needs across the regions.
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- Genoa: leading firms
- Industry focus: Energy
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus: luxury goods
- Private equity
- Real estate and construction
- Restructuring and insolvency