Firm Profile > Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici > Milan, Italy

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici
20123 MILAN

Tax Tier 1

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici resulted from Gatti Pavesi Bianchi merging with tax law firm LUDOVICI PICCONE & PARTNERS in January 2021. Paolo Ludovici is a 'top-level' partner, while tax litigator Pietro Piccone Ferrarotti is a 'skilled negotiator'. Michele Aprile specialises in real estate, corporate, group and individual taxation, taxation of financial instruments and transactions, and international and EU tax law. Loredana Conidi has expertise in corporate and group taxation, along with M&A and business restructuring. Also key to the group are experienced partners Andrea Iannaccone and Andrea Prampolini. Massimo Giaconia was a new arrival in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Ludovici; Pietro Piccone Ferrarotti

Other key lawyers:

Michele Aprile; Loredana Conidi; Andrea Iannaccone; Andrea Prampolini; Massimo Giaconia


Expertise, speed and correct pricing. I especially appreciate the proactivity in highlighting potential risks or opportunities.

We have found not only great professionalism and considerable technical economic-legal knowledge, but also a remarkable ability to understand our needs and peculiarities.

The practice is managed by professionals of an outstanding level, with extensive expertise in tax law, but above all a great understanding of business.

Combination of extremely strong technical credentials and qualities while remaining pragmatic and solutions-focused.

Paolo Ludovici is a top-level professional and very trustworthy.

Paolo Ludovici and Pietro Piccone Ferrarotti stand out for their excellent technical and client-relations skills.

Pietro Piccone Ferrarotti is a professional with high-level technical skills, combined with an available and extremely responsive approach to client requests. He is also a skilled negotiator who uses clear and direct language, and prepares his cases very well.

Andrea Prampolini is very precise in his reasoning and very clear in his explanations.

Key clients

Värde Partners

The Walt Disney Company

Prysmian Group

Open Fiber

De Agostini Group

Illimity Bank


Coca Cola HBC Group


Prelios SGR

Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici regularly acts in significant Italian takeover bids, IPOss and securities placement transactions. The practice also fields experts in the creation and listing of special purchase acquisition companies (SPACs) and has specific industry sector expertise in financial institutions, fashion, food and healthcare. Managing partner Stefano Valerio and Vanessa Sobrero are SPAC specialists, Anton Carlo Frau is an ECM expert, and Rossella Pappagallo assists with the regulation of listed issuers. Maximiliano Papini is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Valerio; Anton Carlo Frau; Rossella Pappagallo

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Sobrero; Maximiliano Papini


The work team was extremely professional and skilled, available 24 hours a day, and able to handle and solve problems.

Anton Carlo Frau and senior associate Maximiliano Papini managed to co-ordinate the work in compliance with the deadlines – this was greatly appreciated by the client and from all the players in the listing process.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's expertise covers private and public M&A, restructurings, joint ventures, corporate capital deals, and stock option and incentive plans. The team is also highly regarded for its handling of corporate crisis situations. Name partners Francesco Gatti and Carlo Pavesi head the practice, which includes: M&A and corporate law expert Franco Barucci; extraordinary corporate finance specialist Andrea Giardino; corporate law expert Luigi Arturo Bianchi; private equity specialist Gianni Martoglia; and managing partner Stefano ValerioAlessandra Ghezzi is an active junior partner.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Gatti; Carlo Pavesi

Other key lawyers:

Giorgio Groppi; Franco Barucci; Andrea Giardino; Luigi Arturo Bianchi; Gianni Martoglia; Stefano Valerio; Alessandra Ghezzi; Giorgio Groppi; Gianpaolo Scandone; Giuseppe Toia


Great ability to integrate multiple skills in a synergistic way.

Out-of-the ordinary focus on the satisfaction of its clients.

Extreme competence and experience.

Unusually high level of negotiating skills.

Availability, effectiveness and ability to understand business contexts.

Andrea Giardino is a very valid professional, who is extremely effective, clear and helpful.

Luigi Arturo Bianchi’s various distinctive qualities include his professional values, skills and abilities, and he is always focused on his clients’ interests.

Franco Barucci is very experienced, and he has the ability to work very well in a team with advisers of complementary disciplines; he is also very focused on problem solving.

Investment funds Tier 2

Assisting with the entire life cycle of investment funds, Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's team is widely recognised for its focus on all major alternative asset classes, such as private debt, private equity, real estate and venture capital. With over 16-years’ investment management sector experience, Eriprando Guerritore is 'a very capable and talented lawyer, who is able to resolve all critical issues'; Guerritore acts for sophisticated international funds on alternative investments that are developed through fund projects.

Practice head(s):

Eriprando Guerritore


Attentive to the particular needs of the client, and able to complete all tasks in a timely manner and at short notice.

The firm covers all legal practice areas, from real estate to tax and regulatory – this aspect is a plus for us!

Great knowledge of fund management legislation in Italy.

Quick to understand thorny issues, with professional solutions to problems.

Highly specialised professionals.

Eriprando Guerritore is a very capable and talented lawyer, who is able to resolve all critical issues, taking into account not only the legal aspects but also the commercial ones. He is practical, pragmatic and fast, with excellent technical skills.

Eriprando Guerritore is very well prepared and updated on new market practices. He is also very helpful when dealing with clients, and offers quick and effective solutions.

‘Eriprando Guerritore has key technical knowledge of the regulatory fund environment in Italy, is very solutions oriented, and provides tailor-made advice.

Private equity Tier 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's PE team is highly active in both large and middle-market matters; it has earned a strong reputation for buyouts, growth equity deals and growth company representations in the technology, healthcare, finance, consumer and manufacturing sectors. M&A expert Gianni Martoglia heads the PE practice, which also fields civil and commercial law specialist Carlo Pavesi; and extraordinary corporate finance transactions expert Andrea Giardino. Other names to note include Giorgio GroppiGianpaolo Scandone and Giuseppe Toia.

Practice head(s):

Gianni Martoglia

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Pavesi; Andrea Giardino; Giorgio Groppi; Gianpaolo Scandone; Giuseppe Toia

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici acts for domestic and international institutional investors on a wide range of real estate mandates, such as acquisitions and disposals of companies, single assets, portfolios of assets, joint ventures and development transactions.. It also advises retailers and asset management companies on issues such as town planning regulation and building permits. Rocco Ferrari is notably experienced in sale and leaseback transactions, particularly those in the retail sector. Guido Sagliaschi's real estate sector expertise includes business parks, offices and shopping centres. Ferrari and Sagliaschi are the joint heads of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rocco Ferrari; Guido Sagliaschi


Speed of response, solid approach to the solution of problems, preparation and experience’

‘Rocco Ferrari is a problem-solving-oriented professional.’

‘Rocco Ferrari is a skilled and very commercial lawyer. He has always out of the box solutions that bring complex transactions to successful closing. He focuses on what really matters and is able to smooth tense situations during negotiations and bring them back on track. Lastly he has always been available around the clock. ’

‘Deep experience in the sector and ability to team up with the customer’

EU and competition law Tier 3

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's competition law specialists assist with concentrations, cartels, abuses of dominant position, joint venture agreements, and pre-merger notifications and defence of transactions. Other areas of strength are civil antitrust litigation, state aid, antitrust audits and compliance programmes. Stefano Grassani leads the team, which also includes counsels Andrea Torazzi and Lorenzo Picciano.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Grassani

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Torazzi; Lorenzo Picciano


Great attention is paid by the partners to their clients.

Meticulous attention to the work done, with a problem-solving attitude.

They know how to solve problems and are very clear.

A special mention must go to Stefano Grassani, a true leader and master of antitrust law.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's 'proactive' team regularly advises on complex financing and restructurings in Italy. Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie's practice includes special situations, NPL and Unlikely to Pay matters, private debt, and leveraged and project finance; and Andrea Limongelli is a property and acquisition finance specialist.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Limongelli; Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Motta


A serious firm with great experience on the Italian market, especially in the real estate sector.

The team is made up of young professionals who are proactive in managing corporate finance operations.

The firm shows an extreme willingness to find solutions that facilitate the positive closing of deals.

Its uniqueness comes from its mix of professionals with different professional focuses, which facilitates the reaching of objectives and the adding of value to transactions.

Great for professionalism and competence.

The firm is able to serve even a medium-sized client in an absolutely professional way.

Marc Alexandre Courtejoie’s team is attentive and present during each phase of the dialogue between bank and client, identifying and resolving any critical issues from the very start.

Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie has always shown himself to be very helpful and involved in discussions. This availability has always been highly appreciated.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's 'highly trained' team is experienced in complex financings and restructurings. Andrea Limongelli is an expert in banking, finance and debt restructuring, while lending and structured finance partner Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie joined in 2019 from Paul Hastings LLP's former Milan office.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Limongelli; Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Motta


In addition to great professionalism, the firm provides complete and timely assistance.’

A practice that knows how to solve problems.

A very competent team that is always very helpful and pays great attention to clients’ requirements.

A serious firm with great experience on the Italian market, particularly in the real estate sector.

The firm is made up of highly trained professionals.

Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie is very helpful and involved – his availability is highly appreciated.

Marc Alexandre Coutejoie’s team manages complex deals excellently.’

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi's team is a first port of call for many clients in corporate disputes and commercial litigation, including directors liability and prospectus liability claims, as well as banking law matters. It is also active in arbitration cases. Lorenzo PintusCarlo Pavesi and Rita Clemente are among the key practitioners in the group, which is led by Stefano Verzoni.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Verzoni

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Pavesi; Lorenzo Pintus; Rita Clemente; Paola Rapisarda; Andrea Sacco; Antonio Satalino


‘Meticulous during the preliminary research and analysis of the evidence together with tenacity in investigating the possible effects of each argument on the procedural framework.’

‘Carlo Pavesi and his litigation team distinguish themselves from the competition for the exceptional availability and quality of the collaborators, including Antonio Satalino. The tactical and strategic vision of the partners in setting up the dispute is outstanding.’

Employment Tier 4

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's employment team is jointly led by Paola Tradati and industrial relations expert Nicola Bonante. The group excels in assisting clients with restructurings, collective dismissals and transfers of business, as well as the domestic and cross-border employment law aspects of extraordinary transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paola Tradati; Nicola Bonante

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici's expertise covers distressed businesses, financial restructurings, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings and clawback actions. Clients of the firm include banks, funds and other financial institutions, Luca Faustini regularly advises on financings and corporate reorganisations, as well as bankruptcy litigation. Counsel Annalisa Asaro is a debt restructuring expert.

Practice head(s):

Luca Faustini

Other key lawyers:

Annalisa Asaro

The firm: Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici (GPBL) is a full-service, independent law firm, representing the benchmark for complex corporate and structured finance transactions in Italy. With offices in Milan, Rome, London and Luxembourg, the firm acts as advisors for national and international clients on the structuring of their mergers, acquisitions, listings, restructurings and financial transactions, also providing legal and tax assistance to banks, corporations, public companies and other entities offering a cutting-edge innovative and sophisticated solutions both in corporate and structured finance transactions and in complex litigation matters.

GPBL supports clients through 16 specialised focus teams offering tailor made innovative and sophisticated solutions. The firm’s clients are prominent corporations and financial institutions — including several listed companies — and high-net-worth individuals in Italy and abroad.

As of 1 January 2021, Gatti Pavesi Bianchi merged with Ludovici Piccone & Partners, moving towards an important path of growth and internationalization by combining the practices of Gatti Pavesi Bianchi with tax and wealth planning, in which Ludovici Piccone & Partners enjoys a recognized expertise.

Main areas of practice:

  • Banking and finance
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring
  • Competition and antitrust
  • Corporate law
  • Energy, utilities and infrastructure
  • Financial markets and securities investments
  • Intellectual property and data protection
  • Investment management and financial institutions regulation
  • Labour law and industrial relations
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private clients / HNWI
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Transfer pricing
  • Tax
Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Stefano Valerio +3902859751
Photo Name Position Profile
 Franco Barucci  photo Franco Barucci Franco advises both Italian and foreign companies in M&A transactions, capital markets…
 Luigi Arturo Bianchi  photo Luigi Arturo Bianchi Luigi Arturo Bianchi is a full professor of corporate law at the…
 Nicola Bonante photo Nicola Bonante Nicola Bonante specializes in all Labour Law and Industrial Relations-related matters, including…
 Alessandro Cipriani  photo Alessandro Cipriani Alessandro focuses his activity on M&A transactions with particular focus in the…
 Luca Faustini  photo Luca Faustini Luca mainly deals with the assistance in connection with financing and debt-restructuring…
 Rocco Ferrari  photo Rocco Ferrari Rocco specializes in real estate, focusing particularly on extraordinary sale and purchases…
 Anton Carlo Frau  photo Anton Carlo Frau Anton Carlo advises on M&A transactions for both listed and unlisted companies.…
 Paolo Garbolino  photo Paolo Garbolino Paolo has gained extensive experience in financings (syndicated loans, leasing, factoring and…
 Francesco Gatti photo Francesco Gatti Francesco is first and foremost one of the ltalian top experts in…
 Alessandra Ghezzi photo Alessandra Ghezzi Alessandra specialises in M&A, private equity, capital markets, corporate and commercial law.…
 Andrea Giardino  photo Andrea Giardino Andrea has been involved in many of Gatti Pavesi Bianchi’s most significant…
 Stefano Grassani  photo Stefano Grassani Stefano has in-depth experience in national and international antitust law. He is…
 Giorgio Groppi  photo Giorgio Groppi Giorgio Groppi mainly advises on corporate law and financial markets, particularly specializing…
 Eriprando Guerritore photo Eriprando Guerritore Eriprando’s practice focuses on financial services, fund formation and investment management, across…
 Andrea Limongelli  photo Andrea Limongelli Andrea Limongelli specializes in banking and finance and debt restructuring, particularly with…
 Gianni Martoglia  photo Gianni Martoglia Gianni Martoglia is a skilled practitioner in the fields of financial markets…
 Paola Menicati  photo Paola Menicati Paola Menicati specialises in corporate law and M&A, with particular focus on…
 Rossella Pappagallo  photo Rossella Pappagallo Rossella Pappagallo specializes in rendering corporate advice, particularly with regard to the regulation…
 Guido Sagliaschi  photo Guido Sagliaschi Guido Sagliaschi advises on various types of extraordinary real estate transactions and…
 Gianpaolo Scandone  photo Gianpaolo Scandone Gianpaolo Scandone is a junior partner based in the Milan office. Gianpaolo’s…
 Vanessa Sobrero  photo Vanessa Sobrero anessa Sobrero is specialised in capital markets, M&A and Corporate Law. She…
 Paola  Tradati  photo Paola  Tradati Paola Tradati is a renowned labour lawyer who focuses in particular on…
 Stefano Valerio photo Stefano Valerio Stefano Valerio specializes in M&A transactions, advising on the drafting of share…
 Stefano Verzoni  photo Stefano Verzoni Stefano Verzoni is mainly involved in litigation and arbitration matters, in particular…
Number of lawyers : 150+
AIFI (Italian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)
AIPB (Italian Private Banking Association)
IFA (International Fiscal Association)
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
IBA (International Bar Association)
Other offices: : London
Other offices: : Luxembourg