BonelliErede > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

BonelliErede
VIA BAROZZI 1
20122 MILAN
Italy

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 1

BonelliErede‘s public law team stands out for its comprehensive advice and court work, as well as its sector-specific expertise. The group’s know-how is key to the firm’s environmental sustainability focus, especially when dealing with public administrations and environmental laws and regulations. Moreover, the presence of a task force entirely dedicated to the so-called Italian ‘golden power’ legislation is also among the firm’s key differentiators. The department’s offering is coordinated by Luca Perfetti, who is singled out for his ‘profound competence and his ability to analyse and negotiate’. The team also includes ‘extremely competent’ Raffaele Cassano.

Practice head(s):

Luca Perfetti

Other key lawyers:

Raffaele Cassano; Cristina Mezzabarba

Testimonials

‘The team is characterized by the very high level of specialist knowledge and ease of dialogue.’

‘Thanks to his profound competence and his ability to analyse and negotiate, Luca Perfetti is a safe bet for the client in every situation.’

‘Competence, knowledge of the dossier, extreme availability and willingness to collaborate with the client, flexibility in the management of remuneration.’

‘Raffaele Cassano: extremely competent, in-depth knowledge of the practices, ability to react in urgent cases.’

Key clients

A2A

Allianz

Angelini

Banco BPM

Bombardier Transportation Italy

Cairo Network – La 7

Dussmann

Feltrinelli

Rete Ferroviaria Italiana – RFI

SACBO Aeroporto di Bergamo

Snaitech

Telecom Italia

Webuild

Work highlights

  • Advising Cairo Network in the tender procedure concerning the assignment of television frequencies.
  • Advising ILVA S.p.A. under extraordinary administration in the appeal before the Council of State against the Puglia Administrative Tribunal decision upholding the Taranto Mayor decision to stop the ILVA steel plant operations.
  • Extrajudicial assistance to Attestor Capital in relation to the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cristallo located in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy).

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 1

BonelliErede‘s financial regulatory department comprises a dedicated investigation practice that focuses on potential civil, criminal and administrative liabilities within banks and supervised entities; clients benefit from its sophisticated AI software (under the firm’s own licence) and IT devices. The practice has also gained enviable fintech sector expertise. Giuseppe Rumi specialises in banking and insurance regulations, fintech, digital innovation and payment services, and the regulatory aspects of takeovers, combinations and reorganisations; Federico Vezzani is a capital strengthening and funding measures expert. Andrea Savigliano is a well-regarded managing associate.

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Testimonials

Pragmatic team that offers tailor-made solutions.

Competence, solidity and effectiveness are the main characteristics of the team.

Great for the preparation and experience of its professionals.

Its legal expertise is of excellent quality.

Professionals who are able to identify the most effective measures to be taken to address each question raised – always a fruitful collaboration and source of professional enrichment.

Federico Vezzani stands out as one of the most brilliant regulatory experts on the Italian market. In addition to his vast knowledge, he creates the right links with other disciplines of law in order to ensure optimal solutions for clients.

In addition to ‘Federico Vezzani’s excellent preparation, he is able to suggest the best strategy to pursue. He is also able to tell the client that he/she is wrong – a sign of both professional maturity and great competence.

Federico Vezzani – competence, availability, promptness in feedback.

Key clients

Banca AideXa

Banca Ifis

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

UniCredit

Castello SGR

CDP Equity

Cerved Group

Banca del Fucino

Crédit Agricole Group

Sonect

Generalfinance

Tages SGR

Morgan Stanley SGR

Work highlights

  • Assisted the promoters of fintech project AideXa, the first fully fintech bank across Europe focused on SME businesses.
  • Assisted Banca Ifis in relation to the acquisition of the banking business of Aigis Banca.
  • Assisted Leonardo Del Vecchio with increasing the stake he held, through Delfin, in Mediobanca above the 10% threshold.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 1

BonelliErede‘s expertise encompasses acquisition, project, corporate, property and structured finance, along with restructuring, financial services and related regulatory issues. The firm can also boast a leading Italian banking law practice in relation to LBOs, public bid financings and takeovers. Emanuela Da Rin and Antonio La Porta are highly rated banking and finance specialists; Catia Tomasetti and Gabriele Malgeri are the project finance experts to note. The second strong line of finance practitioners includes highly regarded managing associates Giovanni Battaglia and Giorgio Frasca, along with senior counsel Alfonso Stanzione.

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Testimonials

The absolute ability and flexibility to find the solution that meets the client’s needs.

All the lawyers we deal with have full command of the subject and deliver innovative solutions to the various and numerous problems that arise during negotiations.

Key clients

Acque

Autostrada Pedemontana Lombarda

Contourglobal

Enel X

Milano Serravalle

PLT Energia

Società di Progetto Brebemi

Statkraft

Terna

Tod’s

Toto Holding

Viva Servizi

Webuild

Work highlights

  • Advised Arvedi on a multi-borrower financing granted by a pool of lenders (with Intesa Sanpaolo as facility agent) in favour of certain companies of the Arvedi Group and partially assisted by a SACE guarantee.
  • Advised Aleatica/IFM Investor on a senior facilities agreement to finance the acquisition from Intesa Sanpaolo of its controlling stake in Società di Progetto Brebemi.
  • Advised Tod’s on a credit agreement with a pool of banks.

Italy > Capital markets: Equity Tier 1

The key areas for BonelliErede's equity capital markets (ECM) team are IPOs and capital increases, public tender offers and stake-building processes, related-party transactions, remuneration plans, and day-to-day assistance for listed companies. The principal figures are Vittoria Giustiniani, whose practice includes assisting public and private companies with access to capital markets through IPOs and capital increases; and financial markets and privatisation specialist Barbara Napolitano. Other ECM advisers are Alessandra Piersimoni, Silvia Romanelli, Gianfranco Veneziano and Federico Vermicelli, along with managing associate Federica Munno and senior counsel Elisabetta Bellini.

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Testimonials

One stop shop with constantly updated and distinctive skills and experiences, and properly structured work teams.

Great vertical skills in capital market issues.

High levels of competence combined with availability, flexibility and full understanding of the client’s objectives and approach to results.

Competent, organised and available.

Studio Bonelli has demonstrated distinctive skills in capital market matters – it has a prominent position in the sector.

A remarkable ability to meet clients’ needs; and the firm’s very strong reputation opens up a very wide network of qualified relationships with important players at domestic and international level and with institutions.

Vittoria Giustiniani is very brilliant and made our collaboration fruitful and effective, with a positive atmosphere within the joint work team.

Barbara Napolitano is competent, attentive to detail and clients.

Key clients

Brembo

OVS

Luxottica Group

RCS MediaGroup

Newlat Group

Ascopiave

Investindustrial Services

Snam

Schneider Electric

Bialetti Industrie

Work highlights

  • Assisted Crédit Agricole and Crédit Agricole Italia with the acquisition of a stake of up to 100% of the share capital of Credito Valtellinese and its subsidiaries, by means of a voluntary takeover bid.
  • Assisted Investindustrial with structuring and executing a transaction aimed at completing a takeover of Guala Closures.
  • Assisted Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in relation to a complex public M&A transaction entailing a partial and non-proportional demerger.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

BonelliErede leverages a broad network both nationally and internationally, operating from Rome, Milan and Genoa in addition to London, Brussels, Dubai, Cairo and Addis Ababa. The practice is a go-to for numerous market-leading entities, both public and private, and is equipped to support on the full suite of business and commercial law matters. Mario Roli, recently appointed as strategic leader of the M&A practice, is an authority within the energy, infrastructure and regulated sectors meanwhile Umberto Nicodano is acclaimed for his work in the luxury, automotive, insurance and banking fields. Elena Busson handles a wealth of transactions, including joint ventures, reorganisations and acquisitions of shareholdings, and Enrico Vaccaro is acclaimed among clients from the financial and payment services, fashion, services, retail, sport, real estate and leisure industries. Roberto Cera remains active within the team, now serving as an of counsel, while at the more junior end, managing associate Livia Cocca is forging a strong reputation in a number of the firm’s key sectors, namely energy, infrastructure and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Mario Roli

Testimonials

‘The strength of the firm lies in the ability to attract and retain talents with excellent legal professionalism with high standing and in the experience / know-how gained over time by the firm by supporting important clients on complex cases.’

‘High professionalism, professional correctness, integrity, independence of judgement, preparation and speed of intervention.’

‘Extremely helpful, always on the piece.’

‘The strength of the team lies in the great preparation, constant updating and the ability to promptly manage customer needs with a very practical and business-oriented approach.’

‘Availability, preparation and empathy are the main characteristics of the professionals of the firm.’

‘Team very well organized and always available for the customer. The team fully understands the needs of customers and sometimes anticipates requests. Very efficient’

‘Great professionalism, above average technical quality and excellent ability to manage human relationships.’

Key clients

Brembo

CDP Equity

ContourGlobal

Crédit Agricole Italia

FNM

Investindustrial

Webuild

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediaset on the closing of a global agreement with Fininvest and Vivendi to put an end to disputes between companies, providing for the acquisition by Fininvest of the 5% share capital of Mediaset held directly by Vivendi and the commitment by Vivendi to sell on the market progressively the entire 19.19% stake in Mediaset held by Simon Fiduciaria.
  • Assistance to Crédit Agricole S.A. and Crédit Agricole Italia S.p.A. in the acquisition of a stake up to 100% of the share capital of Credito Valtellinese and its subsidiaries by means of a voluntary takeover bid.
  • Assistance to PSA Group in the Italian law profiles related to the merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Italy > Compliance Tier 1

BonelliErede's corporate compliance focus team routinely advises leading Italian companies, and the Italian subsidiaries of foreign groups, on Decree 231 investigations. The practice also assists with the design, assessment and monitoring of compliance programmes. Focused on corporate fraud, directors' liability, internal controls and compliance, Genoa-based Alessandro Musella leads a team which also showcases former of counsel Angelino Alfano, who in January 2021 was appointed partner. Former associate Michela Maccarini is compliance management and investigations head at the firm's alternative legal services business, beLab, which recently spun off into a separate company.

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Testimonials

The firm provides its service with a high level of innovation and technology.

The support offered is aimed at optimising the management of compliance processes alongside innovative methodologies for compliance management, know your customer (KYC) and third party due diligence issues.

A technological approach, combined with profound legal skills, make the service offered of the highest quality, as well as extremely useful for the daily management of compliance issues.

Excellent professionals with deep preparation.

Great knowledge of technology to support due diligence and investigative activities.

Technical skills and pragmatic approach.

Oriented to problem solving, they are able to listen and understand the problems of even very complex business realities.

They manage clients’ various needs, always considering the timing imposed by the business; and they highlight any operational difficulties encountered while carrying out the assignment with maximum transparency.

Key clients

Caronte & Tourist

Cerved

Chiesi Farmaceutici

Fincantieri

Leonardo

Maire Tecnimont

Prysmian

Snam

Uber Italy

Work highlights

  • Assisted Uber Italy and Uber Eats with a judicial administration proceeding surrounding a criminal investigation into alleged exploitation of food delivery riders, which included assistance with compliance remedial actions.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 1

In the Italian market, BonelliErede‘s dispute resolution and international arbitration practice is unique in size, expertise and breadth of activity. The department covers all levels of Italian and international high-profile dispute resolution cases. In February 2021, thanks to the collaboration with the firm’s recognised competition law department, a dedicated competition litigation task force was launched, which includes specialists of the calibre of Vittorio Allavena and Giuseppe Lombardi, among others. Together with of counsel Laurence Shore, who focuses on international arbitration and litigation before US courts, they jointly lead the practice. Monica Iacoviello specialises in civil, commercial and bankruptcy law. Massimo Baroni and Chiara Mancini were promoted to partners in May 2021. Riccardo Bordi is singled out for being ‘attentive, punctual, with an excellent technical preparation.’

Practice head(s):

Vittorio Allavena; Giuseppe Lombardi; Laurence Shore

Testimonials

‘The team is able to manage complex document analyses and challenging legal issues.’

‘Vittorio Allavena proved to be an excellent and successful professional in managing very complex and highly critical disputes for the client.’

‘Riccardo Bordi, together with his work team, assists both in litigation and in out-of-court matters. He is an attentive, punctual professional, with an excellent technical preparation and meticulous attention to detail.’

‘Availability, promptness of intervention, competent, decisive and dynamic support.’

‘Great flexibility and ability to understand – immediately – the customer’s needs. The ideal professional to combine legal issues with business needs.’

‘Excellent technical competence, pragmatic approach to the proposed themes, speed of execution, maximum availability.’

‘Professionals always available and open to dialogue and comparison.’

‘BonelliErede immediately give great confidence on the way forward and in facing the obstacles that arise. Their experience and vision manage to give quick and clear answers to face all the complications of the case. The resolution of legal problems at an international level makes the difference, from the Far East to South America, to Canada.’

Key clients

A4 Holding

Acciai Speciali Terni

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

ILVA

RCS – Cairo Group

RFI

UniCredit

Unipol

Zurich

Abertis

Andes Petroleum

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Astaldi

Danieli

ENI

EssilorLuxottica

Itinera

Showa Denko Materials (Hitachi)

Solvay

Tecnimont

Webuild

Italy > Employment Tier 1

BonelliErede has a solid position at the top of the employment law market. The team stands out for advising on the full spectrum of matters, including judicial representation and cross-border cases, and for the good reputation of its partners. Widely recognised Marcello Giustiniani heads the team and often leads on matters in connection to senior management remuneration, reorganisations and mass redundancies. Marco Maniscalco, who leads the sports law focus team, concentrates his practice on trade union matters. Among others, Antonella Negri focuses on social security litigation, particularly in the healthcare, life sciences, and insurance sectors. Associate Stefano Calabria has particular expertise in top managers’ remuneration and incentive plans and employee’s international mobility.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Giustiniani

Other key lawyers:

Vittorio Pomarici; Alessia Varesi; Martino Ranieri; Arianna Colombo

Testimonials

‘The BonelliErede team has been well known for 25 years and they deeply know the organisation and the governance of their clients’ companies. The team helps excellently in labour matters.’

‘Vittorio Pomarici is smart, efficient and a problem solver. Alessia Varesi is always available on a daily basis. Martino Ranieri is a true expert in litigation.’

‘The team’s uniqueness lies in their ability to be a very large and structured law firm with all kinds of skills, and at the same time to offer a service that can make the client feel supported without depersonalizing the relationship.’

‘Arianna Colombo: high competence and absolute willingness to assist every day.’

‘Exceptional quality standards.’

‘Preparation, availability.’

Key clients

Accenture

Aon Italia

Atlantia

Assicurazioni Generali

Gucci

Humanitas

Kering Italia

Leonardo

LVMH

Nexi

Saras

UniCredit

Zambon

Work highlights

  • Advising various clients in the amendment of their remuneration policies following the adoption of the rules of the EU Shareholder Rights Directive II and the new Consob Regulations and the adoption of recommendations regarding dividends distribution and variable remuneration in the context of Covid-19 emergency.
  • Advising various clients in relation to the implementation of new protocols to contain the risk of contagion, to set up new procedure for a gradual reopening of the company offices, to organise Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and all the legal issues related to the Covid-19 emergency.
  • Advised UniCredit in relation to the negotiation of the terms and condition of the CEO’s exit agreement and the appointment of the new CEO.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 1

BonelliErede's integrated antitrust group covers proceedings involving restrictive practices and abuses of dominant position; vertical relationships and the distribution and sale of products and services; private antitrust enforcement; and compliance programmes. In February 2021, the firm set up a dedicated competition litigation task force, bringing together competition law and civil litigation expertise. Francesco Anglani coordinates the competition and antitrust team, which further showcases former practice head Claudio Tesauro – who acts in cases involving concentrations, restrictive agreements and abuses of dominant position – and EU, antitrust and regulatory law specialist Sara Lembo.

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Testimonials

The key strengths of the BonelliErede team are professionalism, proactivity, and the ability to understand complex realities and organisational choices.

The BE team is very responsive to requests and highly skilled.

A lot of experience in this field, using reliable and equally competent consultants in the various countries covered.

High levels of competence, constant partner involvement and responsiveness.

The qualities that I was able to appreciate most in Francesco Anglani during this particularly complex period, were competence, professionalism, constant availability at minimum notice, and the ability to understand and adapt to complex organisational realities.

High levels of professionalism and specialisation, client attention and care, and a willingness to provide support in real time.

Claudio Tesauro and Sara Lembo are very competent and highly reactive.

Sara Lembo is appreciated for the punctuality of her work and broad competences.

Key clients

Fiorentina, Torino, Chievo, Pescara, Empoli, Perugia and Palermo (football teams)

Poste Italiane

Ryanair

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Telecom Italia

Unieuro

Investindustrial

Enel Energia

Stellantis

Unione di Banche Italiane

Banca Ifis

EssilorLuxottica

Google Ireland

Ernst & Young

EY Advisory

FIAMM Energy Technology

Roxtec

Roxtec Italia

Facile.it Broker di Assicurazioni

CercAssicurazioni.it

Verti Assicurazioni

Genertel

Work highlights

  • Assisted EssilorLuxottica with the notification of its acquisition of GrandVision to the European Commission.
  • Assisted Enel Energia with proceedings before the Consiglio di Stato (administrative Court of last instance) that challenge a decision in which the ICA sanctioned the Enel Group for an alleged abuse of dominant position.
  • Acted for Fiorentina, Torino, Chievo, Pescara, Empoli, Perugia and Palermo (football teams) in follow-on damages actions, which related to an anti-competitive agreement between MP Silva, IMG, and B4 Capital/BE4 Sarl/B4 Italia for tenders for the assignment of broadcasting rights.

Italy > Genoa: leading firms Tier 1

BonelliErede has a sizeable team in Genoa, specialising in transport, M&A and restructuring law, among other areas. Key lawyers include Marco Arato, who leads the restructuring and insolvency team and excels in extraordinary financial operations, Enrico Vergani, who heads the shipping and transport focus team and made partner in January 2021, and managing associate Filippo Chiodini, who has ‘decades of experience’ in the field of bankruptcy and corporate law. Of counsel Andrea La Mattina is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marco Arato

Testimonials

‘Experience, knowledge of the sector, interpersonal skills and flexibility.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the naval sector.’

‘Enrico Vergani is very good technically but also knows how to have a very practical angle when useful to simplify work and communication.’

‘Andrea La Mattina is always available and punctual and has a high level of professionalism.’

‘Total availability, skills at the highest levels and speed in response.’

‘Total availability of Andrea La Mattina to provide his excellent service and to coordinate his partners and colleagues according to clients’ needs.’

‘Vittorio Lupoli is able to identify ad hoc solutions in the context of extraordinary transactions. Furthermore, he has a great reputation among financial creditors, which allows him to be a reliable interlocutor in complex restructurings.’

‘Filippo Chiodini has decades of experience in the field of bankruptcy law and corporate law and has increasingly established himself as an emerging lawyer in this sector. Filippo, in particular, has developed significant expertise in debt restructuring that require extraordinary and distressed M&A transactions.’

Key clients

Banca Carige

Gruppo Messina

Piaggio Aero Industries

Premuda

Rivieracqua

RINA

SIAT

Work highlights

  • Assisting Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. under extraordinary administration in extraordinary receivership proceedings including, inter alia, assistance in the sale of the business complexes of the company and in the assessment of the bankruptcy liabilities.
  • Advised Banca Carige in the context of the restart of trading on the MTA of the bank’s shares resulting from the capital increase approved by the extraordinary shareholders’ meeting on 20 September 2019 and of the “Banca Carige S.p.A. 2020-2022” warrants, as well as of trading on the MOT of “Banca Carige 2019-2029 Callable Tasso Fisso” bonds.
  • Advised Gruppo Messina and Ignazio Messina on the closing of the restructuring agreement executed by the group and its financial lenders.

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

In July 2021, BonelliErede spun out a new energy focus team, led by energy and project finance specialist Catia Tomasetti, from its former energy and infrastructure group. The practice combines M&A, financing, project contract and extraordinary transactions expertise with litigation support (both in Italy and abroad). Heading up the infrastructure team, Mario Roli specialises in corporate and M&A, as well as private equity and  infrastructure funds, including utilities; Elena Busson‘s sector expertise includes gas storage facilities, and gas and electricity distribution networks; and Gabriele Malgeri is a project finance expert.

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A team with robust skills and enriched by a strong business vision.

Several professionals are able to cover the various aspects of very complex processes, ranging from the supervision of public governance to financings and extraordinary transactions.

Catia Tomasetti demonstrates extraordinary experience, and is capable of interpreting both political and market dynamics.

Giorgio Frasca has shown great punctuality and competence, adapting his timescale to the rhythm of public administrations.

Key clients

Ascopiave

ContourGlobal

Edison

Enel

PLT Energia

Statkraft

Terna – Rete Elettrica Nazionale

Toto Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Toto Group with a green bond issuance to finance the construction and operation of a wind energy project in Casalduni (province of Benevento).
  • Assisted Enel X with structuring a contractual framework for energy efficiency and earthquake protection works on condos.
  • Assisted AP Reti Gas with its selection as industrial partner by Aemme Linea Distribuzione and NED Reti Distribuzione Gas (active in the management of gas distribution services in 20 municipalities in the province of Milan) for the joint participation in future tenders for the award of the service in certain territorial areas of Milan 2 and Milan 3.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

BonelliErede‘s healthcare and life sciences team has enviable knowledge of the pharmaceutical and biomedical markets; the practice fields experts in competition, environmental, administrative, tax and corporate law, along with litigation, M&A and IP. Of counsel and team leader Vincenzo Salvatore is a regulatory and compliance specialist in relation to clinical trials, marketing authorisation procedures, pharmacovigilance, personal data protection, inspections and enforcement, and medical devices’ promotion and marketing. At senior counsel level, Monica Fantino focuses on extraordinary transactions, and Francesco Mastroianni is a pharmaceutical sector-related regulatory and compliance expert.

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Key clients

Pikdare

Italian American Pharmaceutical Group

Kedrion

Zogenix International

Gilead

Pharma Mar

Medicines for Europe

Work highlights

  • Prepared a legal opinion for Italian American Pharmaceutical Group on the role of AIFA in determining therapeutic equivalence between medicinal products with different active substances.
  • Assisting Kedrion with access to documents concerning the auditing of blood centres, including pending legal proceedings before the Court of Justice of the EU.
  • Assisted Pharma Mar in relation to administrative proceedings before the European Medicines Agency, as well as representation in the subsequent judicial phase against the European Commission before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 1

Highly experienced in the Italian and global luxury markets, BonelliErede‘s full-service luxury focus team covers corporate and M&A matters, along with litigation, tax, IP, competition, corporate governance and ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues. Leading the luxury focus team, Francesco Anglani is an expert in the application of antitrust regulations to luxury sector-related online and offline distribution contracts; Giovanni Guglielmetti specialises in IP, false and comparative advertising, privacy and complex litigation; Marco Maniscalco advises on the employment aspects of luxury goods work; and Alessandra Piersimoni acts on luxury-related transactions.  

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Testimonials

BonelliErede’s integrated team is capable of following the various legal aspects of the luxury goods business – it provides a wide range of services, such as mergers, acquisitions, extraordinary transactions and signing of strategic contracts. The team also offered management strategies during the pandemic.

The partners have great expertise and legal experience, and are specialised in the high-end luxury sector.

Great for the availability and quality of collaborators, who can assist even with quick interventions.

In addition to its excellent reputation as a law firm, everything is carried out in an understandable language and transparently, and where necessary through the provision of online services.

Bonelli Erede has a dynamic, efficient and accessible team.

They quickly integrate the challenges of their client and manage to offer adapted solutions, thanks to their experience and flexibility.

The team acts as a facilitator on transactions, especially when transactions become more complex.

In addition to his perfect technical mastery, Nicola Marchioro is an excellent negotiator, who is endowed with great finesse and shows strong commitment.

Key clients

Compagnie Financière Richemont

EssilorLuxottica

Ferragamo

Herno

Kering

Max Mara

Moncler

Prada

Tod’s

Work highlights

  • Advised Moët Hennessy on the formation of a 50/50 joint venture with Campari Group for the purpose of investing in wines and spirits e-commerce companies.
  • Advised Temasek (Singapore-based state-owned sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Singapore) on the agreement to sell its 30% stake in Sportswear Company, an Italy-based company that offers sportswear under the Stone Island brand, to Moncler.

Italy > Private equity Tier 1

A team with ‘high levels of excellence’, BonelliErede leverages a vast national network, in addition to offices in London, Cairo, Dubai, Brussels and Addis Ababa, to support on the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border private equity mandates; examples include fund formation, regulatory advice, corporate consulting, acquisition structuring and due diligence, among many others. Practice head Eliana Catalano has developed considerable expertise in a number of industries, namely fashion, manufacturing, sports, real estate and manufacturing; she is supported by Umberto Nicodano, a specialist in the luxury sector who serves as the firm’s country partner for the US, as well as Augusto Praloran, who has an extensive track record in food and catering and industrial machinery-related deals. Giulia Bianchi Frangipane is the go-to for transactions within the energy, financial services, insurance, telecoms and transport fields while at the more junior end, the ‘high potential’ of associate Elena Guizzetti is noted by clients.

Practice head(s):

Eliana Catalano

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Testimonials

‘Timeliness in dealing with the various problems. Level of preparation of each professional.’

‘Immediate ability to analyse problems. Effectiveness of the proposed solutions’.

‘A (large) Italian boutique with high levels of excellence.’

‘Excellent professionalism with cost / benefit ratio in line with the customer’s needs, 360 degree assistance.’

‘Associate Elena Gizzetti demonstrates high potential.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

Techint

Oaktree

Progressio SGR

Tikehau Capital

Wise sgr

Astorg Partners

APG Asset Management

L Catteron

Investindustrial

GTCR, LLC.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Investindustrial in structuring and executing a transaction aimed at completing a takeover of Guala Closures S.p.A., a company listed on the Italian stock exchange.
  • Assistance to the private equity firm Investindustrial in the acquisition, through its vehicle Universal Clinics S.L.U., of Genera Health Care, a leading group of fertility clinics.
  • Assistance to Ardian, which acted as a leader of a consortium of investors, in the acquisition of a stake in Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane S.p.A. (INWIT) from Telecom Italia S.p.A. (TIM).

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 1

BonelliErede‘s real estate focus team is consistently sought out for its advice on real estate portfolio acquisition and sales, real estate funds, and property management and service agreements. It also houses specialists in financing, and the restructuring of real estate finance for the residential, commercial, hotel and shopping centre markets. Leading the practice is banking and finance expert Emanuela Da Rin, while Paolo Daino is construction and engineering group leader. Alessandro Balp‘s experience includes very large real estate transactions, and Samuel Ghizzardi is the senior associate to note.

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Testimonials

Highly specialised team that is able to provide assistance on technical and detailed issues.

Remarkable ability to analyse, study and master the profiles of extremely complex and articulated negotiations, as well as purely technical aspects.

Professionals with above-average legal training and who are capable of 360-degree views.

Particularly appreciable in the BonelliErede firm is the specific legal competences, as well as the ability (accompanied by adequate organisational resources) to manage even very complex dossiers within tight deadlines.

Practical sense and orientation towards goals, as well as great courtesy and availability.

Highly prepared and responsive.

Availability and assumption of responsibility in relation to the execution of documents, and in accordance with agreed dates and deadlines.

Key clients

Amundi Real Estate Italia SGR

Apollo Global Management

Attestor Capital

CBRE

Coima SGR

Covivio

Euromilano

Lendlease

Work highlights

  • Advised Coima SGR, Covivio and Prada Holding on their joint bidding for the purchase of a rail yard in Milan called Scalo Romana (and its subsequent development).
  • Advised Lendlease on the establishment of a joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for the investment in a dedicated Italian real estate alternative investment fund, which is pursuing the development of Phase 1 of the West Gate area of the Milano Innovation District.
  • Advised MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese and UniCredit (as lenders) on a multi-tranche financing granted to the company that owns the Park Hyatt Hotel 5* in Milan.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

With a team that can provide a full service, BonelliErede‘s restructuring and insolvency group stands out for its ‘decades of experience and an ability to innovate that is unique in the Italian panorama.’ Related actions are one of the main specialisms, especially those against directors and auditors, as well as recovery and proof of debts. Genoa-based Marco Arato heads the team and is also a member of the banks, bank loans, and shipping and transport focus teams. Vittorio Lupoli and managing associate Fabio Macrì are also key lawyers in Genoa. In Milan, Giuseppe Lombardi is ‘the greatest Italian expert in restructuring and insolvency’, while Paolo Oliviero specialises in structured finance, joint ventures, and acquisitions of NPL portfolios, among others.

Practice head(s):

Marco Arato

Testimonials

‘Constant commitment and availability, ability to resolve (to the satisfaction of all the parties involved) the obstacles that prevented the closing of negotiations, always offering the most effective and efficient solution. Giuseppe Lombardi is the greatest Italian expert in restructuring and insolvency.’

‘Professionalism and availability of the professionals who are part of the law firm, as well as the breadth of practices and the ability to support the client in various areas. The lawyers Paolo Oliviero and Gianpaolo Ciervo, together with their entire team, always assist clients with the utmost professionalism and diligence.’

‘Federico Vermicelli is more than an external consultant, he feels like a colleague with whom to discuss. He works in harmony and proactively with clients, proposing scenarios and alternative solutions, as well as outlining the pros and cons of each solution.’

‘The professionals of the BonelliErede are unique in the local panorama: they are the only studio able to offer multidisciplinary consultancy of excellent quality. Furthermore, the presence of the BonelliErede studio also outside Liguria (Milan, Rome, foreign offices) allows Ligurian companies to benefit from a network that no other local studio can offer.’

‘Vittorio Lupoli has thirty years of experience in the field of bankruptcy law and corporate law as well as a deep and solid knowledge of the practice of distressed M&A, which allows him to identify ad hoc solutions that also include extraordinary transactions. Managing associate Filippo Chiodini has decades of experience in the field of bankruptcy law and corporate law and has increasingly established himself as an emerging lawyer in this sector. Filippo, in particular, has developed significant expertise in debt restructuring that require extraordinary and distressed M&A transactions.’

‘The team has always shown great competence, expressing quality of work and a strong ability to interpret and anticipate the various needs, always showing themselves to be extremely flexible both in relation to times and to the requests of the various interlocutors.’

‘In general, the firm falls within the top 3 of Italian law firms; the main strengths, also compared to other firms, are the wide range of practices offered and the adequacy of the resources available to the different teams allocated to each operation.’

‘Strong technical depth and orientation to solving the customer’s problems in a non-conflictual way. Federico Vermicelli and Pierangelo Totaro are very strong not only in bankruptcy law but in all other typically relevant disciplines (M&A, IP, tax, litigation).’

Key clients

Acciaierie Venete

Ferroli

Gruppo Messina

ILVA in Amministrazione Straordinaria

Pessina Costruzioni

Piaggio Aero Industries

UniCredit

Webuild

Work highlights

  • Assisting Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. under extraordinary administration in extraordinary receivership proceedings including, inter alia, assistance in the sale of the business complexes of the company and in the assessment of the bankruptcy liabilities.
  • Advised Bialetti in relation to the restructuring of its existing financial indebtedness and the obtainment of new financing through the approval of new business plan and financial manoeuvre and the execution of an art.182-bis Italian bankruptcy law restructuring agreement.
  • Advised Gruppo Messina and Ignazio Messina in the closing of the restructuring agreement executed by the group and its financial lenders.

Italy > Tax Tier 1

BonelliErede‘s team is highly involved in tax policy debates concerning corporate taxation, international tax and transfer pricing. Specialising in national and international taxation advice and litigation, Andrea Silvestri co-ordinates the practice, which includes Andrea Manzitti, ‘a highly experienced professional with strong interpersonal skills’; director of the Leiden Transfer Pricing Research Centre Stefano Simontacchi; and national and international tax law specialist Riccardo Ubaldini. The strong second line fields Marco AddaStefano Brunello and Matteo FanniFrancesco Scandone was made partner in May 2021; and Giulio Mazzotti is an experienced managing associate.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Technical competence with great listening skills and pragmatism.

Rarely for tax consultants, you always get a clear answer. Added to this is a close-knit team that is always available, which makes the client feel important.

Great ability to interact with the internal tax advisers of our company.

Ability to manage even very complex situations by identifying linear and effective solutions.

Technically very valid, and precise and punctual in tax litigation activities and requests for opinions.

Andrea Manzitti is a highly experienced professional with strong interpersonal skills.

Stefano Brunello stands out for his mix of technical and listening skills, and the ability to solve complex problems – a champion and the best tax lawyer I have met in almost 20 years of private equity operations.

Francesco Scandone has always shown highly analytical skills, and the ability to manage technical and relational aspects with extreme effectiveness.

Key clients

Amplifon

Ariston

Enel

Covivio

Ardian

TIM

Prada

Work highlights

  • Assisted France-based PSA Group with the Italian tax aspects of its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
  • Advised Temasek Holdings (Private) on the Italian tax aspects of the acquisition by Moncler of the company that owns the Stone Island brand.
  • Provided tax advice to Edison in relation to the sale of its E&P business unit and restructuring of its Italian activities.

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

BonelliErede’s expertise encompasses acquisition, corporate, property and structured finance; and it is highly rated for its Italian banking law experience involving LBOs, as well as financing for public bids and takeovers. Leading the banking and real estate focus teams, Emanuela Da Rin is a highly regarded finance expert; Catia Tomasetti heads the project finance practice; and Antonio La Porta has sector expertise in banking, real estate, energy, infrastructure and insurance. Gabriele Malgeri is another project finance specialist, while Giorgio Frasca and Giovanni Battaglia are the managing associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Provides exceptional legal assistance in matters arising under Italian law during various complex transactions.

Very complex legal matters are relayed both in Italian and English in concise, straightforward and understandable terms (whether that be verbally or in writing).

I have always found the practice to be available, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure the parties it acts for are fully appraised (legal advice, legal opinions, etc) and their interests protected.

The quality of the service provided is, in my view, par-excellence and very tailored and specific – this opinion is based on my 35-year career in investment banking in circa 10 finance institutions, and having worked with many law firms.

The team is extremely committed and available.

Catia Tomasetti offers significant expertise in project finance, as well as debt restructuring. Her commercial and strategic approach is very much valued – she is extremely impressive in assisting complex negotiations, and the advice she imparts has always been shown to be the correct advice.

Catia Tomasetti’s calm and collected attitude during heated negotiations sets her apart. She is very adept at seeing the big picture and an authoritative voice in the world of project finance.

Managing associate Giorgio Frasca is a very capable lawyer- he is always approachable, proactive and committed; and his attention to detail as well as his tactful/diplomatic nature enable him to perform very well in complex negotiations. He always strives to produce excellent work and certainly is someone you want to be on your side in negotiations.

Key clients

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

FMS-WM Service Company

ING Bank

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

UniCredit

Work highlights

  • Assisted the lenders (UniCredit and ING Italia) with a €130m green loan, granted to BVK Highstreet Retail Cordusio.
  • Advised MPS Capital Services Banca per le imprese (and other financial institutions) on the structuring and signing of a €63m financing agreement, aimed at supporting Renco Valore’s 2019-2021 investment plan.
  • Assisted the lenders, DeA Capital Alternative Funds and illimity Bank, in relation to a refinancing and return in bonis transaction involving Vincenzo Zucchi.

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 2

BonelliErede's multidisciplinary DCM focus team is headed up from London by highly rated banking and finance partner Massimiliano Danusso. Providing 'superb commercial advice', the practice houses several experts in structuring corporate debt instruments, medium-term notes, standalone euro bonds, hybrid bond projects, and domestic and high-yield bonds. Antonio La Porta is particularly focused on structured finance, securitisation operations, covered bonds, and investment grade and high-yield bond issues; and Emanuela Da Rin is another highly regarded DCM expert. Promoted to partner in June 2021, Francesca Marchetti's practice covers structured finance deals.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Extensive knowledge and experience in the public finance sector.

Clear identification of problems with quality responses and timeliness.

Expertise and experience, including litigation aspects (civil, administrative and criminal), in relation to the management of the debt of Italian public bodies.

Strong knowledge of market players and strong knowledge of Italian local courts and Italian judges.

The ability to advise beyond pure legal matters and share market experience with clients.

Great for  its multi-disciplinary features, competence and ability to respect the given deadlines.

Massimiliano Danusso provides a great technical service with superb commercial advice and an outstanding ability to deliver on complex documentation in record time.

Massimiliano Danusso is extremely available, and has the ability to understand the needs and objectives of clients.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

BNP Paribas

Dexia Crediop

Morgan Stanley

Barclays Bank

Unicredit

Eurofima

CFE

Euler Hermes

Intesa Sanpaolo

Trenitalia UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Barclays on the establishment of a large covered bond programme.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on a securitisation of consumer loans originated by Deutsche Bank that is worth approximately €4.7bn.
  • Assisted Parco Eolico Casalduni House and Renexia with the structuring and documentation of a green bond.

Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

In the data protection field, BonelliErede mainly provides assistance in connection with AI and the internet of things, data transfer, outsourcing agreements and the interaction with data protection authorities. Practice head Tommaso Faelli combines a successful IP practice with expertise in IT and data protection, with particular attention to the areas of privacy, e-commerce, big data and cloud computing. Associate Giulia Tenaglia supports him and is noted for her work in data management and the use of new technologies in regulated and non-regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tommaso Faelli

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Availability, proactivity, competence.’

‘Prompt responses, total availability and flexibility, kindness.’

‘Excellent firm, very well-prepared in the field of data protection for the insurance sector.’

‘Highly trained professionals, available and ready to adopt solutions tailored to the reference business.’

‘Specific experiences and skills in multiple sectors, able to provide advice on technical aspects and applicable practices.’

‘The team is equipped with 360-degree skills in the privacy field and, in this way, guarantees assistance on a very wide range of issues.’

Italy > Intellectual property

BonelliErede‘s IP department covers the whole spectrum of IP matters, with a particular focus on those deriving from transactions. The team’s skills in the fashion, healthcare and food sectors are widely recognised and were lately made use of in numerous international litigation cases, especially patent disputes. Tommaso Faelli combines his IP practice with a focus on IT and data protection and also acts as leader of the firm’s innovation and digital transformation focus team. Giovanni Guglielmetti concentrates on advertising and privacy. The duo jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tommaso Faelli

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Guglielmetti

Key clients

Camera della Moda

Valentino

Piaggio

Campari

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

BonelliErede recently started a cross-practice team with a digital innovation focus, headed up by Tommaso Faelli. Data and cybersecurity, analysis of business models and tax-related issues are a significant part of the service offering, which also includes insurtech and fintech advice on the topics of digital lending, crowdfunding, big data, algorithms, and virtual currencies. The firm is highly engaged with startups, providing legal assistance in TMT matters but also mentoring via the B Heroes project.

Practice head(s):

Tommaso Faelli

Testimonials

‘The Bonelli firm has an internal organization and a quality of answers that are difficult to find in other competitors.’

‘Great competence and availability.’

 

Work highlights

  • Advised Talend Garden in the negotiation of the terms and conditions of the investment made in the company by CDP Venture Capital SGR – Fondo Nazionale Innovazione and GAMA.
  • Advised P101 and Azimut in the signing of an agreement to launch a European-wide financial hub aimed at becoming the main reference point for the innovation sector.

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), and Dubai.

In addition, thanks to a cooperation agreement with Zahaf & Partners, the firm is also present in Tripoli.

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 worldwide.

BonelliErede is a founding member of the Best Friends network, which is made up of leading firms around the world including: 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.

In October 2020, BonelliErede launched its first alternative legal services provider: beLab S.p.A. This company exploits legal digital technologies to provide services and solutions in collaboration with select partners based on a co-evolution approach.

BonelliErede comprises 88 partners, 6 local partners, 24 of counsels, more than 400 associates – bringing the total, including staff, to over 800 people. Among its lawyers, it boasts 20 university professors.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Stefano Simontacchi, Presidentstefano.simontacchi@belex.com+39 02771131
Number of professionals : over 400
Amharic
Arabic
Chinese
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Best Friends network
International offices : Addis Ababa, Brussels, Cairo, Dubai, Genoa, London, Milan, Rome

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), and Dubai.

In addition, thanks to a cooperation agreement with Zahaf & Partners, the firm is also present in Tripoli.

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 worldwide.

BonelliErede is a founding member of the Best Friends network, which is made up of leading firms around the world including: 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.

In October 2020, BonelliErede launched its first alternative legal services provider: beLab S.p.A. This company exploits legal digital technologies to provide services and solutions in collaboration with select partners based on a co-evolution approach.

BonelliErede comprises 88 partners, 6 local partners, 24 of counsels, more than 400 associates – bringing the total, including staff, to over 800 people. Among its lawyers, it boasts 20 university professors.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Stefano Simontacchistefano.simontacchi@belex.com+39 02771131
Number of professionals : over 400
Amharic
Arabic
Chinese
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Best Friends network
International Offices : Addis Ababa, Brussels, Cairo, Dubai, Genoa, London, Milan, Rome

Since the firm’s founding, BonelliErede has always had the interest of its people at heart, regardless of one’s gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. In BonelliErede, 43% of professionals are women and in 2021 women made up 50% of new joiners at the firm. Also in 2021, the partners approved the introduction of pink quotas within the Board of Directors which will ensure the presence of at least one woman on the Board. Today, the Board is made up of 9 professionals of which 3 are women.

BonelliErede has also established a Diversity & Inclusion committee with the aim to make the firm a better and more inclusive place to work. In 2019, the firm launched a new parental policy for everyone across EMEA through its livebetter program. The policy harmonised the maternity/paternity leave policies for all soon-to-be parents to allow them to spend some quality time with their newborns.

BonelliErede puts its skills and expertise at the service of the community. It invests time, energy and resources in the world’s most precious asset: children. The firm believes that supporting children means being by their side at all stages of their childhood – so that each can have the opportunity to become a free-thinking, educated, financially independent adult with access to healthcare.

The UN sets out 17 sustainable development goals in its 2030 agenda – a universal call to action to protect the planet and the well-being of its inhabitants. BonelliErede has chosen 6 to pursue through partnerships and initiatives: no poverty, good health and well-being, quality education, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities and responsible consumption and production.


Thanks to its offices in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and to the partnerships with independent law firms around the world, BonelliErede is a true international player.

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 the firm’s development in Africa. The Dubai office was opened 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.

BonelliErede also works with the Best Friends network, which is made up of leading firms from around the world, including: 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.