Firm Profile > Gatti Pavesi Bianchi > Milan, Italy

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi
20123 MILAN

Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi has a longstanding history of involvement in important Italian takeover bids and listings. In recent years, the practice has been actively involved in the creation and listing of special purchase acquisition companies (SPACs). Clients also appreciate the team's integrated service, with the ECM lawyers regularly working alongside their corporate law colleagues. Anton Carlo Frau advises on public offerings and IPOs, Stefano Valerio is a SPAC sector expert and Rossella Pappagallo has experience of advising on securities transactions. Vanessa Sobrero and senior associate Maximiliano Papini are also experienced in ECM matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Valerio; Anton Carlo Frau; Rossella Pappagallo


The team offers a mixture of attention to detail, business orientation and dedication to clients’ needs.

Its in-depth legal advice for actual or potential legal aspects, as well as its practical management of the process and client are invaluable.

The co-operation among different individuals and the consequent merging of unique competences provide for an effective and fruitful teamwork in more complex matters.

The team shows a high level of professionalism and in-depth knowledge of regulatory issues and capital markets. It dedicates itself to projects with passion and professionalism from the beginning and is always focused on achieving the final result.

The overall perception by clients – and by the authorities – is of high-quality work, with very pragmatic solutions.

It provides an outstanding legal service, achieving peaks of excellence in extraordinary transactions. The team has true competence and expertise in listings.

The firm counts among its numbers many professionals with different outstanding features.

Anton Carlo Frau and senior associate Maximiliano Papini demonstrate a professional approach and commitment, supporting mid-sized companies very well and providing indirect training to clients’ teams.

Stefano Valerio always shows an effective problem-solving attitude, providing solutions to potential problems in order to support clients in reaching their goals.

Junior partner Vanessa Sobrero is an extremely dedicated professional with an outstanding pulse for market transactions. Her familiarity with financial markets and related practices, and her attention to every detail, are priceless assets for any listed client that cares about its conduct on the market.

Key clients

Quattro R SGR

Industrial Stars of Italy 3

Gabelli Value


Yoox Net-A-Porter Group


NB Aurora

Ubi Banca


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi is frequently instructed on high-profile mergers, demergers, acquisitions and disposals of businesses and interests, restructurings, joint ventures, corporate governance and corporate capital transactions. It also stands out for its management of special situation matters. Carlo Pavesi is a civil and commercial law specialist; Francesco Gatti focuses on corporate finance transactions; and Luigi Arturo Bianchi is noted for issues requiring a sophisticated approach to corporate law and the financial markets. Other key names include Stefano Valerio, who has longstanding experience in corporate law transactions, and Alessandra Ghezzi, who is an expert in commercial and shareholder agreements.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Gatti; Carlo Pavesi; Luigi Arturo Bianchi


The firm stands out for the added value it brings to deals, its absolute excellence, and measured advice for each individual client. Its knowledge and experience are so solid that it can respond to every complex and delicate problem. The firm’s partners are totally reliable and the wealth of knowledge of the individual professionals is exceptional.

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi has a longstanding commitment to corporate and M&A matters, which is largely based on the belief that such work is part of the basic role of business lawyers.

It is cohesive, prepared, flexible and dedicated to clients’ needs.

Francesco Gatti has a deep understanding of clients’ business operations and needs, as well as the necessities of the surrounding business environment.

Luigi Arturo Bianchi’s distinctive qualities include his professional ethics, based on the pursuit of clients’ best interests, and the combination of academic and professional excellence with honesty, solid advice and innovation.

Stefano Valerio stands out for his excellent business vision, thinking out of the box and, of course, technical skills.

Key clients

Intesa SanPaolo

UBS Bank


Banco BPM



Neuberger Berman

Banca Interprovinciale

Yoox Net-A-Porter Group


Investment funds Tier 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi's 'team is highly capable of handling complex investment fund matters under pressure and the work delivered is consistently excellent'. The firm recently recruited Eriprando Guerritore from Paul Hastings LLP, where he led the investment management and funds department. The practice covers structuring and fundraising, together with drafting and negotiating funds’ constitutive documents. Clients include domestic and international fund sponsors and investment managers as well as funds of funds, insurance companies and pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Eriprando Guerritore


The team’s strength is it always thinks about a problem in a commercial way, setting out clearly the options for ways forward.

The team is highly capable of handling complex investment fund matters under pressure and the work delivered is consistently excellent.’

Eriprando Guerritore has outstanding investment funds experience, developed over more than a decade of private practice work. What makes him stand out among other investment funds lawyers is his commercial approach. He is able to understand clients’ needs and advise them accordingly.

Private equity Tier 2

Advising on the full life cycle of investments and financings, Gatti Pavesi Bianchi's practice is experienced in the large and middle-market sectors, and includes experts in buyouts and growth equity deals. Another key area is growth company representations in the technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer and manufacturing sectors. Gianni Martoglia and Carlo Pavesi have strong track records in private equity-related transactions, and Andrea Giardino's experience includes advising private equity funds from the fashion and pharmaceuticals sectors. Gianpaolo Scandone and Giuseppe Toia also have private equity experience.

Practice head(s):

Gianni Martoglia; Andrea Giardino


The team is very appreciated for the continuous availability of its partners and team and the ability to give prompt and proper assistance on different – and unpredictable -matters surrounding large transactions. The practice provides high levels of professionalism and the ability to manage relationships with counterparts.

Gianni Martoglia is one of the best private equity and M&A lawyers around. His expertise and capabilities drive the deal in the right way, considering clients’ needs from both a legal and commercial perspective.

Key clients

NB Aurora

Neuberger Berman

Fondo Italiano d’Investimento

Armonia Sgr

Clessidra SGr

Europe Capital Partners VI

Synergo Sgr


Real estate and construction Tier 2

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi's real estate team offers sector-specific expertise on transactions (acquisitions, development and disposals), assets and joint ventures for retailers and asset management companies. 'Real problem solver' Rocco Ferrari is the leading lawyer and particularly active for clients in the retail and shopping centres sector; Guido Sagliaschi distinguishes himself in litigation proceedings and the management of transactions concerning real estate investments funds.

Practice head(s):

Rocco Ferrari


‘Very proactive and specialistic team.’

‘Rocco Ferrari: Excellent industry knowledge. Very supportive in negotiations.’

‘Strong team, helpful, friendly and forthcoming.’

‘Very friendly, prepared and accessible. Easy to talk with them in case of need, always helpful.’

‘Very high-quality advice, excellent expertise. The firm always delivers the result we want or need. Bespoke service. The team is flexible, with great attention to details.’

‘Guido Sagliaschi always delivers outstanding results. He is extremely professional and competent and available. A perfect fit.’

Key clients

Pirelli S.p.A.

BNP Paribas REIM

Daniel Wellington AB

Pinault Collection Sas (Groupe Artemis)

Artisa Group

Savills Investment Management

Nuveen (TIAA)

Generali Real Estate

Trophaeum Asset Management

Real Estate Services S.p.A. (GuglielmoTabacchi Group)

Credit Suisse

Warburg HIH

CBRE Global Investors

Dea Capital Real Estate SGR

Kering Group

AEW Europe

Tikehau Capital

Antirion SGR

H&M Hennes & Mauritz


Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Bizzi&Partners Development S.p.A. (Davide Bizzi S.p.A.)

Gruppo Percassi


EU and competition law Tier 3

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi provides 'timely, seamless assistance' to a wide range of clients across different sectors, including banking, manufacturing, energy and telecoms. All professionals in the team - who are regularly involved in acquisitions of sole control, state aid proceedings in front of the EU Commission and establishments of joint ventures - are warmly appreciated by clients. These include practice head Stefano Grassani, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Antitrust Association, counsel Andrea Torazzi and Lorenzo Picciano.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Grassani


‘Andrea Torazzi and Lorenzo Picciano possess the unique and proven ability to pilot the most sophisticated merger reviews and litigation through the complexities of this new and shifting framework’

‘Great availability, transversal competence regarding the various aspects necessary to acquisition by banks, including regulatory issues functional to obtain authorizations from the various authorities involved. Great ability to analyze issues in order to offer various solutions’

‘The competence in competition law of Andrea Torazzi is unique.’

Key clients

S.E.A. – Società per Azioni Esercizi Aeroportuali

Novo Nordisk


Sogaer-Società di Gestione Aeroporto di Cagliari

Neuberger Berman LLC

Banco Popolare-BPM

Chiesi Farmaceutici

Telecom Italia

Banca Mediolanum S.p.A.

Yoox/Net a Porter

Grandi Navi Veloci S.p.A.

Jacob Cohen S.p.A.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi recently hired Marc-Alexandre Courtejoie, who is experienced in the lending and structured finance space, from Paul Hastings LLP's former Milan office. The team is particularly focused on property and acquisition finance as well as general lending for corporate purposes. Other areas are asset and export finance, leasing and project finance. Andrea Limongelli is a banking and finance and debt restructuring specialist.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Limongelli; Marc Alexandre Courtejoie


Shows great willingness but above all the ability to adapt to the needs and size of the company. The competence of the firm is high and similar to that of other large firms but clients always have the possibility of direct dialogue with the partner in charge.

Andrea Limongelli is a professional, competent and very helpful person.

Key clients

Gruppo Zoppas Industries

Percassi Group

Favini Group

Intesa SanPaolo

Stilo Group




Armònia Italy Fund

Fondazione Fiera Milano

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi's expertise covers distressed businesses, financial re-structuring profiles and insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. Practice head Luca Faustini mostly advises on ​​financing and corporate reorganisation transactions. His recent experience includes advising a pool of financial institutions on restructuring the financial indebtedness of Terni Energia and Softeco Sismat.

Practice head(s):

Luca Faustini

Key clients

Confederazione Nazionale Artigiani Modena

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena


Intesa SanPaolo

Banca IMI

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Through close collaboration with the firm's other departments, the dispute resolution team at Gatti Pavesi Bianchi is able to advise on disputes across a wide variety of areas, including corporate and banking matters. Litigator and arbitrator Stefano Verzoni heads up the practice and advises domestic banks as well as asset management, energy and telecoms firms in liability actions, competition disputes and post-M&A litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Verzoni


‘Stefano Verzoni manages a highly qualified team with great competence and absolute professionalism, combined with the ability to understand the specific economic and commercial needs of the client. He and his team are always pleasant to deal with and very helpful.’

Key clients

Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA

Banco BPM S.p.A.

TIM S.p.A.

SEA S.p.A.

The Blackstone Group, L.P.

Parmalat S.p.A.

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore SpA

Allianz S.p.A.

Terna S.p.A.

Banca Carige S.p.A.

Unicredit Factoring S.p.A.

Savills Investment Management SGR S.p.A.

Employment Tier 5

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi has a 'very good' Milan-based employment team, whose main areas of practice include industrial and trade union relations, restructuring and reorganisations. These, together with litigation and M&A matters, are addressed by leading duo Paola Tradati and Nicola Bonante, who left Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners to join the firm in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Paola Tradati; Nicola Bonante


‘Practical advice in day-to-day matters as well as in major restructuring programs’

‘Pietro Scianna deals with complex clients almost independently.’

‘High skills and excellent understanding of customer needs; always very helpful and able to maintain excellent relationships’

‘Nicola Bonante is very skilled, able to approach problems with a different point of view, very determined to reach the goal. Pietro Scianna has high capabilities and great empathy is of great support.’

Key clients

Alpitour S.p.A.

Etro S.p.A.

Timac Agro S.p.A.

Banca Mediolanum S.p.A.

Kiko S.p.A.

Mandarina Duck

Sorin Group Italia

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.

L’Oréal Saipo Industriale S.p.A.

Ceme S.p.A.

The firm: Gatti Pavesi Bianchi is an independent law firm focused on corporate, commercial law and financial markets and securities law. It is one of the best-known players in Italy for particularly complex corporate and structured finance transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions (mainly involving major private equity firms), equity capital markets and debt restructuring, as well as sophisticated civil, corporate and commercial law matters.

Areas of practice: Corporate law and advice: the firm adopts a consulting-based approach to specific needs, ranging from matters related to corporate governance, transactions on corporate capital, provision of stock-option/incentive plans, to regulatory compliance.

Mergers and aquisitions: the firm assists market leaders at a national and international level in relation to their most sophisticated and complex M&A transactions. It supports clients within the context of corporate finance transactions – including mergers, de-mergers, acquisitions and disposals of businesses and interests, restructurings, joint ventures – and in the formation of the relevant structure and in the handling of negotiations.

Private equity: the firm has considerable experience in providing assistance to both Italian and international private equity funds, advising clients on the structuring of the investment transaction and the drafting and negotiation of the relevant legal and contractual documentation, including the financing and security package documentation. The firm regularly assists banks, mezzanine funds and management in leveraged/ management buy-out and buy-in transactions.

Investment management and financial institutions regulation: the team is dedicated to the legal and regulatory matters related to collective asset management, financial services and investment schemes sponsored by insurance companies and pension funds. In particular, the team provides assistance to domestic and foreign sponsors in setting up investment schemes with a focus on the main alternative asset classes and to private institutional investors who subscribe commitments in domestic and foreign investment schemes, and in the context of transactions on such commitments in the secondary market. The team assists insurance companies and pension funds in the structuring and execution of investment transactions in the main alternative asset classes. They also manage the establishment of Italian SGRs, Italian branches of EU alternative investment fund managers, and reorganisations involving Italian and foreign entities subject to regulatory supervision according to the applicable Italian and European legislation and in the relationship with the competent supervisory authorities.

Banking and financial institutions: the firm is regularly retained by domestic and international banks, financial institutions, sponsors as well as investment funds in the most complex financing and structured finance transactions.
The firm also provides advice, on a regular basis, to banks, financial institutions, and asset managers on the regulatory and financial services aspects of any financing transactions.
The firm’s clients are supported in financing transactions of every nature with the benefit of vast experience in acquisition finance, real estate finance and project finance. The team also has extensive experience in special situations (including Npls and Utps) and in the private debt sector.

Financial markets and securities investment: the firm assists its clients in the main capital markets transactions, such as the issuance of traditional and innovative financial instruments and their listing on regulated and multilateral markets and in promoting takeover bids and exchange offers. The firm advises banks, issuers and shareholders in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of underwriting agreements, offer documents and prospectuses, as well as liaising with the relevant supervisory authorities.

Bankruptcy law and restructuring: the firm is recognised for its experience in restructuring transactions involving listed and non-listed companies, both in respect of entities undergoing crisis or insolvency, seeking to file for the various insolvency and bankruptcy procedures, as well as advising investors and investment funds specialising in acquisition and restructuring transactions involving distressed entities.

Litigation and arbitration: the department is highly experienced in litigation, before both the ordinary courts and arbitration courts, at a national and international level, in relation to commercial agreements, acquisitions of interests, shareholders’ agreements, unfair competition, industrial and intellectual property rights and civil and product liability. The firm regularly deals with complex, high-profile litigation proceedings.

Civil, commercial and private international law: the firm offers its clients continuous tailor-made assistance in a broad range of civil and commercial law matters, including the creation of new corporate and commercial partnerships, assistance in the negotiation and drafting of shareholders’ agreements and other types of arrangements among shareholders.

Competition and antitrust: the department has developed a special know-how with regard to antitrust and competition laws and regulations, representing its clients before both Italian and EU courts and bodies. The firm advises on all antitrust matters including concentrations, abuse of dominant position, the establishment or defence of joint venture agreements, pre-merger notification and substantive defence of transactions, a wide range of civil antitrust litigation, state aid awards and general assistance, antitrust audits, and compliance programmes.

Real estate: the firm assists some of the main Italian and international operators in both the retail and corporate real estate sectors, advising clients on acquisitions and disposals of assets and real estate companies and the incorporation of real estate investment trusts and joint venture.

Labour law and industrial relations: the firm assists clients operating in a wide range of business sectors in all matters relating to the management of employment relationships, both autonomous and subordinate, including new types of management of employment relationships, advising domestic and international entities including those in financial distress.

Energy, utilities and infrastructure: The firm assists Italian and international clients in the various practice areas concerning energy, water, transportation, infrastructure and telecommunication sectors, by means of multidisciplinary and transversal consultancies, including corporate and administrative law, public contracts, such as PPP contracts, concessions and public works and services, etc. The firm offers therefore assistance to clients in all stages of development of projects as well as in the relevant financing.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate law and advice
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Investment funds
Banking and financial institutions
Financial markets and securities investment
Bankruptcy law and restructuring
Civil, commercial and private international law
Competition and antitrust
Litigation and arbitration
Real estate
Labour law and industrial relations
Energy, Utilities & and infrastructure
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…
Avv Francesco Gatti  photo Avv Francesco Gatti Francesco is first and foremost one of the ltalian top experts in…
 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…
 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…
Avv Carlo Pavesi  photo Avv Carlo Pavesi Carlo Pavesi’s practice focuses on corporate law, domestic and cross-border merger and…
 Guido Sagliaschi  photo Guido Sagliaschi Guido Sagliaschi advises on various types of extraordinary real estate transactions and…
 Gianpaolo Scandone  photo Gianpaolo Scandone Gianpaolo Scandone’s practice mainly focuses on corporate and financial matters, including capital…
 Vanessa Sobrero  photo Vanessa Sobrero Vanessa Sobrero mainly assists the firm’s clients, both public and private, on matters…
 Paola  Tradati  photo Paola  Tradati Paola Tradati is a renowned labour lawyer who focuses in particular on…
Avv Stefano Valerio  photo Avv 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 relating…
Number of lawyers : 100+
Contact : Gianni Martoglia
Other office : Rome