Firm Profile > Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners > Rome, Italy

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
00184 ROME

Administrative and public law Tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ team has a broad expertise in administrative and public law matters and regularly acts for clients in the financial and energy sectors, providing ‘high-quality’ advice and ‘timely support’. Environmental law expert and head of practice co-head Antonella Capria works closely with several oil and gas companies including Esso and Total E&P Italia, and fellow co-head Antonio Lirosi represents Manutencoop Facility Management in a dispute regarding the suspension of the exclusion measures from the healthcare and barracks public tenders as a penalty for its unfair competition practices in other tenders. The group also acted for ArcelorMittal in a dispute with local authorities and NGOs regarding the modification of the environmental permit for the steel plant Ilva. The highly regarded Maria Grazia Lanero and Giuseppe Velluto are also noted.

Bologna: leading firms Tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners's 'detailed-oriented and focused' team in Bologna is jointly led by Pietro Buccarelli and Federico Dettori. Its key areas of activity include corporate and M&A, banking and finance and litigation. One highlight involved Buccarelli and others assisting Vimi Fasteners (a company that produces and markets mechanical fasteners) with its acquisition of MF Inox (a producer of nickel alloys and steel bolts). Granarolo and Coswell are among other notable clients. Counsel Camilla Nordera is also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Regularly involved in important transactions in Italy, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' corporate and M&A group is led by the widely respected Francesco Gianni and Roberto Cappelli, while recent growth in the practice included Gabriele Arcuri and Andrea Gritti making partner. Key matters include Alessandro Giuliani leading the Italian law advice to Patheon, a global provider of drug development and delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical and biopharma sectors, on its sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific; and Alfredo D’Aniello acting for UniCredit on an agreement with Dorotheum for the sale of its Italian pawn credit business. The practice also acted for Atlantia on a joint investment with ACS and Hochtief in Abertis Infraestructuras, the Spanish-listed infrastructure company. Other highly regarded names are Andrea Aiello, Massimiliano CalabròValentina Dragoni and Francesco Selogna. The firm also fields several foreign desk heads, including Rosario Zaccà for India and Mauro Sambati for Korea and Japan.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ multidisciplinary dispute resolution group is regularly involved in financial, commercial and corporate litigation. Paolo Gnignati has been representing Gianfranco Zoppas and Finanziaria Internazionale as the liquidator of Veneto Banca in the dispute arising from the resolution of capital increase by Ferak, a corporate joint venture between the clients and the Amenduni Group. Antonio Auricchio is defending the majority shareholder in Ansaldo STS Hitachi against a series of challenges and injunctions brought by the minority shareholders, while practice head GianBattista Origoni is acting for 21 Partners in a civil-commercial dispute before the Tribunal de Commerce in Paris regarding an investment made by individuals in a start-up commodity products company.

Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

The energy and infrastructure group at Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners has 'strong industry knowledge' and 'high-level negotiation skills'. Francesco Puntillo and Ottaviano Sanseverino are joint heads of the multidisciplinary team, which is drawn from the firm's strengths in areas such as corporate and M&A, banking and finance, public law and litigation. Puntillo, who is 'always able to find a solution with counterparts', led the team which assisted Gas Natural Fenosa with the €1bn sale of all its assets in Italy; this matter involved separate agreements with 2i Rete Gas and Edison. The firm also successfully acted for a group of energy companies in numerous administrative proceedings against GSE over the award of 'white certificates' (these are tradeable forms of energy efficiency certificates) for energy efficiency measures for greenhouse heating systems powered by biomass. Finance specialist Oriana Granato departed for Studio Legale e Tributario Ernst & Young in October 2018.

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

The manufacturing practice at Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners stands out for corporate and M&A, banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, and also litigation. In 2018, the firm acted for KKR on its acquisition of Gruppo Argenta from Motion Equity Partners through portfolio company Selecta Group, as well as on a €1.3bn refinancing. The team also represented Finder in cross-jurisdictional litigation concerning the termination of a distribution agreement with a Belgian distributor. Corporate partner Stefano Bucci is a key figure.

Padua: leading firms Tier 1

Paolo Brugnera is the head of Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners's Padua office, where the team takes a 'simple, serious and effective approach'. The firm's recent work included assisting Grandi Molini Italiani with its €200m restructuring (through a 'concordato preventivo' procedure), and advising Metalco Street Furniture on its €5m acquisition of Bellitalia. Elsewhere, members of the team advise clients on labour law, IP and litigation, among other areas. Paolo Gnignati is the name to note for bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency. Paolo Brugnera, an expert in corporate law and commercial contracts, is the office partner.

Private equity Tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' PE sector experience has traditionally been in retail, fashion and luxury, insurance, infrastructure, health and pharmaceuticals; and the team assists with complex exit and governance situations. Stefano Bucci acted for KKR on the acquisition, through its controlled company Selecta, of Gruppo Argenta, a vending and coffee service provider, from Motion Equity Partners; and Gianluca Ghersini advised Ergon Capital Partners on the sale of Golden Goose, an Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company, to The Carlyle Group. Francesco Gianni and Roberto Cappelli are widely esteemed transactional practitioners; other experienced names are Renato Giallombardo and Massimiliano Calabrò.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners provides a full-service real estate offering under the leadership of the highly regarded Davide Braghini in Milan and Domenico Tulli in Rome, including high-value transactions, developments and fund structuring. The practice recently assisted Coima with the setting up of a €500m real investment fund, advised Dea Capital Real Estate on the acquisition of a portfolio comprised of three hospitals and two clinics from the Eurosanità Group and acted for new client Zalando on the development of its new fulfillment centre in Verona.

Turin: leading firms Tier 1

Luca Jeantet, Luca Mastromatteo and Moreno Martini jointly lead Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' Turin office, which was opened in 2005. The team is particularly active in corporate and M&A, restructuring and litigation; it is 'quick to understand needs and offer excellent solutions'. Jeantet, Gabriella CovinoAntonio Auricchio and managing associate Luigi Romanzi are acting for Giuseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company on the €400m restructuring of its outstanding debts. In another matter, Covino, Jeantet and senior associate Leonarda Martino advised a consortium of banks on the €50m financial restructuring of Gemmo. Huawei and Michelin Italia are notable clients.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners is experienced in the management of giant NPL portfolios and the team includes specialists in public law, as well as corporate and commercial experts. The project finance team is highly active in the hospitals, infrastructure, oil and gas, and energy and renewables sectors. Highlights included advising Autovie Venete on the negotiation of a €600m financing to enlarge a motorway connecting Venice and Trieste. Giuseppe De Simone and Matteo Bragantini co-head the banking and finance practice and Ottaviano Sanseverino is project finance head. Other key advisers are Matteo Gotti and Magda Serriello. Eduardo Fiordiliso rejoined from UniCredit and associate Alfonso Parziale 'stands out for his profound knowledge of banking issues'. Oriana Granato left for Studio Legale Tributario in Association with Ernst & Young.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' 'lawyers are particularly skilled in the banking and finance arena'. The project finance team is particularly active in the hospitals, infrastructure, oil and gas, energy and renewables sectors; the practice also stands out for the management of giant NPL portfolios. Giuseppe De Simone and Matteo Bragantini co-head the banking and finance practice and Ottaviano Sanseverino is project finance head. De Simone, who is 'always available for clients', led advice to Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, The Bank of Tokyio-Mitsubishi and Banca IMI on the Italian law aspects of the refinancing of facilities originally granted to Pirelli. Other key advisers are Matteo Gotti and Magda SerrielloEduardo Fiordiliso rejoined as partner from UniCredit and Oriana Granato exited for Studio Legale Tributario in Association with Ernst & Young.

Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners acts for issuers, selling shareholders and underwriters that are involved in initial and secondary public offerings of equity securities as well as in rights issues and listing procedures on Italian stock exchanges. The team advised K R Energy on its rights issues. The key advisers are Andrea MaraniPaolo Bordi and Fabio IlacquaMariasole Conticelli was made partner.

Employment Tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners has strong transactional and contentious capabilities. Cristina Capitanio is advising steel and mining company ArcelorMittal on employment-related matters following the acquisition of Ilva, including consultation procedures with unions, workforce structuring and outsourcing. Other highlights include assisting Convergys with strikes and handling individual and union claims to the Labour Court arising from the closure of its offices in Milan. Paola Tradati and Nicola Bonante left in March 2018 with four associates to join Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associato; Alessandra Ferroni and Saverio Schiavone now lead the team, which also features Raffaella Betti Berutto.

EU and competition law Tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners counts banking, insurance, payment systems and the pharmaceutical industry as particular strengths, recently defending Novartis in proceedings regarding an alleged unlawful coordination with Hoffman-La Roche aimed at hindering the use of the cheaper drug Avastin in favour of more expensive product Lucentis. Practice head Piero Fattori represented Aspen in an appeal before the Council of State regarding an abuse of dominant position by alleging applying excessive prices for certain pharmaceutical products and is acting for Unicredit in an appeal against the ICA’s decision that the Italian Banking Association and several Italian banks’ SEDA services breach Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Alberto Pera and Matteo Padellaro are also recommended.

Investment funds Tier 2

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

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Acting for both debtors and creditors, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners fields specialist lawyers in complex restructuring operations; the team's experience includes out-of-court and in-court proceedings and it regularly works alongside the firm's corporate and M&A, banking and finance, litigation, labour, real estate and tax departments. Gabriella Covino and Luca Jeantet  advised Mossi Ghisolfi Group on admission to an arrangement with creditors procedure (Concordato Preventivo). Antonio AuricchioGiuseppe De Simone and Paolo Gnignati are also highly rated practitioners.

Tax Tier 2

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners 'has a unique balance of lawyers and certified professional accountants that allows the team to cover any area of tax law'. The practice has particular expertise in tax matters involving aviation and transport and is well known for its experience in tax-related finance matters. Luciano Acciari and Fabio Chiarenza advised Alitalia Compagnia Aerea Italiana and Cityliner on a multi-party tax advance ruling, concerning consolidated tax returns, VAT grouping schemes and income tax during an extraordinary administration procedure. Stefano Grilli, Alessandro Zalonis, Vittorio Zucchelli and Nicola Boella are other key members; Luciano Bonito Oliva and Francesca Staffieri are experienced senior associates.

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners is 'highly rated for its business acumen, sheer knowledge, attitude and connections'. The practice's specific areas of expertise include innovative payments and fintech projects, including crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending platforms, as well as banking sector-related contentious issues. It assisted FinecoBank with the set-up of a new company in Dublin called Fineco Asset Management. Paolo Bordi and Paolo Iemma are key advisers and Emanuele Grippo 'has been instrumental in driving regulatory discussions in Italy'; Andrea Banfi is a notable managing associate.

Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners advises on the issue of bonds, MTN programmes, liability management transactions, structured securities and derivative warrants. Together with the London office, Richard Hamilton advised Poste Italiane, as issuer, on the 2018 annual update of its €2bn EMTN programme. Stefano Agnoli is also a key adviser.

Compliance Tier 3

'Delivering good results', Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners 'fields effective communicators in court, as well as the boardroom, who provide reasonable assessments of very complex matters'. Daniele Vecchi advised Costa Crociere on Data Protection Act authorisation in relation to biometric data, video surveillance processes and employee data collection. Federico Busatta is 'recommended for his calm and practical approach' and senior associate Francesca Bevilacqua's 'intelligence and judgement are outstanding'.

Industry focus: Retail Tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners has a multifaceted offering, drawing upon its strong capabilities across a wide range of disciplines. Domenico Tulli led a team that assisted a German e-commerce company with opening a new €150m distribution centre. Maria Grazia Lanero is another real estate partner to note. Corporate partner Francesco Selogna and litigator Decio Nicola Mattei are also recommended. In addition, clients count upon the experience of practitioners in other areas, such as labour and tax.

Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners's TMT department is led by  Francesco Gianni  and Nino Di Bella. Recent highlights include assisting a consortium of lenders - including Unicredit and BNP Paribas - with a  €510m bridge financing for Open Fiber's construction of ultra-broadband infrastructures. Additionally, the group successfully acted for Digicom in patent infringement proceedings concerning geolocation systems in gaming equipment. Luca Rinaldi is another name to note.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Jointly headed by Nino Di Bella and Massimo Sterpi, who joined from Jacobacci in January 2018, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners advises clients including Adidas, Philip Morris Interational and Hasbro on contentious and transactional matters. The group represented Daikin Air Conditioning Italy in a dispute filed by Termal concerning the alleged nullity and the infringement of a patent for an air conditioning system, and advises De Agostini Editore on matters related to the ownership of economic exploitation rights and trade mark rights over the famous children’s fiction character Heidi.

The firm: Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners was founded in 1988 with the goal of developing a truly international business practice.

To this end the firm opened three offices: in Rome, Milan and New York. The founding partners broke new ground by importing the Anglo-Saxon model of legal practice to ltaly, determined to create an international law firm equipped to meet the demands of modern business.

Soon other offices were opened in leading financial centres in Europe: in London, the crossroads of all banking and financial operations, and in Brussels, a must for all EU-related issues of cross-border transactions. Further offices were launched in Bologna, Padua and Turin to serve central-north ltalian clients.

A new step in the firm’s internationalisation process was taken in 2010 with the launch of a new office in Abu Dhabi. Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners is the first Italian law firm to open a branch in the United Arab Emirates.

Lastly, it opened an office in Hong Kong, the financial hub of the Far East. Dedicated China, India, Korea, Russia and Turkey desks further underline the firm’s core philosophy.

Today the firm can count on more than 430 lawyers serving its clients around the world through offices in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Padua, Turin, Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, and New York.

Since 1988, the firm has come a long way, working alongside Italian and foreign companies in their international operations and investments, as well as in their routine activity. Since 1988, it has been a benchmark in the legal market.

Areas of practice: Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners is an award-winning business law firm providing legal advice in all areas of commercial law.

Although it began with a focus on M&A and corporate law, the firm has grown into a full-service law practice. Its strength extends into other practice areas in which it provides top quality expertise: administrative law and tenders; antitrust and regulatory; art law; banking and finance; corporate and M&A; data protection; energy and infrastructure; environmental law; financial markets; insolvency and reorganisations; insurance; intellectual property, IT and media; labour law; litigation and arbitration; real estate; shipping, aviation and transportation; taxation; wealth and trust; white collar crime.

Today the departments are each recognized as leaders in the legal profession.

Clients can benefit from an integrated practice, that ensures a co-ordinated and cost-effective management of all aspects of their transactions.

The firm’s goal is to be the firm of choice for clients with regards to all their legal needs, whatever may be the size of the matter.

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A/corporate Francesco Gianni
M&A/corporate Roberto Cappelli
Antitrust and regulatory Piero Fattori
Banking and finance Matteo Bragantini
Banking and finance Giuseppe De Simone
Data protection Daniele Vecchi
Energy and infrastructure Ottaviano Sanseverino
Energy and infrastructure Francesco Puntillo
Environmental Antonella Capria
Financial markets Andrea Marani
Financial markets Marco Zaccagnini
Insurance Davide Braghini
Insurance Emanuele Grippo
Intellectual property, IT and TMT Nino Di Bella
Intellectual property, IT and TMT Luca Rinaldi
Labour Paola Tradati
Litigation and arbitration GianBattista Origoni
Litigation and arbitration Antonio Auricchio
Project finance Eugenio Grippo
Project finance Ottaviano Sanseverino
Public law and tenders Antonio Lirosi
Public law and tenders Maria Grazia Lanero
Real estate Domenico Tulli
Reorganisation and insolvency Gabriella Covino
Shipping, aviation and transportation Giuseppe Loffreda
Tax Luciano Acciari
Wealth and trust Cesare Vento
Wealth and trust Claudio Grego
Number of lawyers : 430
at this office : 172
Mandarin Chinese
Contacts : Francesco Gianni
Contacts : Antonio Auricchio
Contacts : Rosario Zaccà
Other offices : Bologna
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Padua
Other offices : Turin
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York

COMPANY/FIRM: Via Villanova, 29/7, 40055 Villanova di Castenaso (BO) Italy
TESTIMONIAL: Dott. Pasquesi Emanuele

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