LCA Studio Legale > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

LCA Studio Legale
VIA DELLA MOSCOVA 18
20121 MILANO
Italy

Italy > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

With extensive expertise across the full array of food law matters, including supply chain regulations, food safety issues, and production mandates, the department at LCA Studio Legale is well equipped to assist domestic and international food companies. Nicola Lucifero oversees the practice and represents Italian and foreign companies in IP matters, competition issues and consumer protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Lucifero

Testimonials

‘They really care about the company’s needs and are very open to change perspective if needed. Nicola Lucifero is really a great lawyer.’

‘The firm and the relevant department has an excellent reputation and the close relationships between all the departments is particularly noteworthy. The lawyers are technically excellent and experienced and are always available.’

‘Nicola Lucifero manages transactions in a safe way from a client perspective. He has solid legal knowledge and is able to find innovative solutions. He is pragmatic and clients can rely on his expertise.’

‘Efficiency in delivering the legal product.’

‘The LCA team handled the project assigned to them with great swiftness and made it a seamless operation, especially as there was quite a lot of curveballs during the course of engagement. They managed to coordinate between the client, the in-house lawyers and their internal team smoothly and efficiently.’

‘They are highly knowledgeable, professional, and very client service-focused. They delivered excellent outcomes for requests with substantial time constraints.’

‘In-depth knowledge of food law as well as the market and sector.’

Key clients

Acque Minerali d’Italia S.p.A.

Antichi Sapori dell’Etna S.r.l.

Bouvard Group

Casa del Caffè Vergnano

Colussi S.p.A.

Del Monte S.r.l.

Farmo S.p.A.

Tooa S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders of Antichi Sapori dell’Etna S.r.l. on Nutkao S.r.l.’s more than €65m acquisition of a 100% stake in Antichi Sapori dell’Etna S.r.l.
  • Assisted Acque Minerali d’Italia S.p.A. and its shareholders during the €50m sale of an 80% stake in the company to US-based hedge fund sponsor Magnetar Capital LLC.
  • Assisted TooA S.r.l. with ice-cream and topping labels compliance under applicable law and the requirements needed for exporting such products to the UAE and Germany.

Italy > Genoa: leading firms Tier 2

LCA Studio Legale’s Genoa-based team advises regional as well as multinational clients in disputes pertaining to shipping, transport, M&A and private equity, capital markets and commercial law. Practice head Benedetto Lonato has most recently been active in equity and debt capital market transactions. He co-heads the practice with Davide Magnolia  , who advises Italian and foreign clients on contentious and non-contentious matters in the field of shipping and transportation law, and Riccardo Massimilla who has deep knowledge of investments in SMEs and start-ups by private and public investors.

Practice head(s):

Benedetto Lonato; Davide Magnolia; Riccardo Massimilla

Testimonials

‘1. Large team always available to talk to the client 2. One partner manages the team, so this partner knows the client’s business and his needs over time 3. Extensive skills: from the business development (M&A) to the restructuring operations and business crisis management.’

‘Benedetto Lonato manages with competence and dedication the activities carried out by collogues and so he is always up to date about the client’s activity.’

‘Competence, skills and negotiating ability.’

Key clients

Cigisped Group

Bizzi & Partners S.p.A.

Marcegaglia Group

Ferrari S.p.A.

Steinweg Handelsweem VV

Jobson Italia S.p.A.

Oceanogate S.p.A.

Tarros Group

GIP Group

Eurogate Tanger Morocco (RIF Line Group)

IFL Spedizioni S.p.a. (De Georgio Group)

Medcenter Container Terminal S.p.A. (MSC Group)

Racing Force S.p.A.

Soluzione Tasse S.p.A.

Circle S.p.A.

EdiliziAcrobatica S.p.A.

Homizy S.p.A.

Medica S.p.A.

Nusco S.p.A.

Terminal Darsena Toscana S.r.l.

Massenza Drilling Rigs S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assisted the management of Arcaplanet, the Italian leading pet care retail chain, which is owned by Agrifarma and controlled by the Permira fund, during the EUR 1 billion sale by Permira to Cinven.
  • Acted for Tarros, the Italian logistic operator, in the multimodal “door to door” contract for the transportation of 10 large superconductor TF Coils – with an aggregate value of EUR 590 million – from La Spezia port to France via Porto Marghera (VE).
  • Assisted Xenon Private Equity and the managers of Formula Impresoft in the EUR 200 million sale of the latter’s majority stake to Clessidra Private Equity SGR S.p.A..

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

LCA Studio Legale‘s corporate and commercial dispute resolution team represents Italian and international clients in court proceedings and arbitrations. Often involved in precedent-setting cases, the group handles M&A transactions, D&O liability matters, insolvency litigation, construction and real estate matters, consumer litigation and unfair commercial practices, as well as disputes concerning software and IT contracts. Salvatore Sanzo, Gian Paolo Coppola, Luciano Castelli and Matteo Bazzani head up the practice. Bazzani and Chiara Mariani joined from Carnelutti in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Salvatore Sanzo; Gian Paolo Coppola; Luciano Castelli; Matteo Bazzani

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The legal team is made up of professionals of outstanding standing, with great professionalism and intuition in solving problems. They accompany the client in identifying the best defensive and extrajudicial strategy’

‘Luciano Castelli and the team’s perfect knowledge of the company makes them able to anticipate our needs and well address all our requests’

‘What sets LCA apart from other law firms is its ability to successfully balance professionalism and pragmatism. LCA’s professionals have always demonstrated a high degree of attention to our firm’s needs, including the promptness and accuracy of their responses. Being able to interact with one firm that knows us very well and take advantage of the law firm’s many practices is very important for a company like ours, where the issues are quite heterogeneous.’

‘Luciano Castelli’s experience and excellent reputation as a litigator has been essential in many commercial and contract negotiations. Indeed, the litigator’s eye and attention are crucial in the context of drafting commercial contracts.’

‘LCA is a very innovative law firm. In particular, the litigation department has professional who always show themselves highly proactive and very competent in handling a variety of legal issues (which also include regulatory ones). As far as I know, the firm is inclusive and always makes the client comfortable, even when very concerned or the problems are sophisticated.’

‘The LCA study has demonstrated a high capacity of investigating the case and structuring the legal response even in very hypotheses complex, involving specialized lawyers, even in different and / or related issues those requested primarily.’

‘My relations have been maintained with partners Matteo Bazzani and Chiara Mariani, for whom I can attest to the absolute ability to listen and understand the legal problem, the efficiency and speed of response to the requests made, with the prospect of correct, articulated and (sometimes) innovative legal solutions, in any case almost always victorious, even in cases of difficult or poor jurisprudential interpretation.’

Key clients

Artsana

Audemars Piguet

Bonduelle

Borges International Group

Casino de La Vallèe S.p.A.

H&M

Jobson Italia S.p.a.

Marcegaglia Group

Nexive (now Poste Italiane)

Snam S.p.A.

Worldenergy S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the petitioner in a EUR40 million courtroom battle to invalidate a will procured through undue influence over a mentally incapacitated person.
  • Acting for Casino de La Vallèe S.p.A. in a EUR43.6 million dispute over alleged unpaid rents and punitive damages relating to a famous hotel and casino.
  • A EUR90 million Supreme Court case to exclude the claims of Intesa Sanpaolo and MPS from the list of Fallimento Eurocity’s creditors.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

LCA Studio Legale‘s sizeable life sciences practice advises on M&A and commercial agreements, and IP and regulatory issues. It expanded during 2021 through the recruitment of partner Alberto Mocchi and of counsel Agostino Migone de Amicis Mocchi (from Franzosi Dal Negro Setti and Pavia e Ansaldo, respectively), which brought significant clinical trial and regulatory compliance experience to the firm’s life sciences offering. Andrea Carreri is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Carreri; Agostino Migone de Amicis

Other key lawyers:

Dario Covucci; Leonardo De Vecchi; Alberto Mocchi

Testimonials

The team is absolutely supportive and committed to understanding clients’ needs and providing customised solutions.

Its experience, expertise, network and understanding of the market are key to meeting clients’ needs.

The team is very knowledgeable and capable, and is available almost immediately, supporting companies through crises both wisely and efficiently.

The team is always prepared and has an expert for every problem.

Agostino Migone de Amicis is one of the best lawyers around – his competence and network in the life sciences sector are absolutely unmatched.

Leonardo De Vecchi is a reliable and competent professional, who is always ready to reply to requests and find winning solutions quickly.

Key clients

Centro Basile

Pikdare

Roth Capital and Maxim Group

Vyaire

Arterra Bioscience

Karopharma Group

Didofà

Ok Informatica

Med Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised Pikdare on a raft of medical device and raw ingredient supply (and other commercial) agreements.
  • Represented Didofà in bringing a breach of contract case against a Chinese manufacturer of PPE.
  • Handled all the Italian law aspects of Genenta Science’s $40m Nasdaq IPO, through the issuance of American depositary shares.

Italy > Private equity Tier 3

LCA Studio Legale acts for private equity and venture capital firms and funds alike, acting on buyout and investment, fundraising rounds and acceleration fund creation mandates, among other matters. Practice head Roberto de Bonis is noted for his support on private and public M&A, business transfer and restructuring transactions. Leah Dunlop joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Roberto de Bonis

Other key lawyers:

Benedetto Lonato; Riccardo Massimilla; Andrea Messuti; Leah Dunlop

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and at the same time a very flexible and reactive team.’

‘Very friendly and cooperative approach aimed at closing the deal. Well prepared.’

‘Great availability, support in managing  =the client, proactive approach, able to build a constructive dialogue with the client and understand needs.’

‘Roberto de Bonis – extremely effective in supporting the management of a client in the context of a complex M&A transaction.’

Key clients

Arcaplanet

CDP Venture SGR S.p.A.

H-Farm S.p.A.

Impresoft

Indaco sgr S.p.A.

Mansutti S.p.A.

Qodeup S.r.l.

The Data Appeal Company S.p.A.

Xenon Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Arcaplanet’s management on the company’s €1 billion sale by Permira to Cinven.
  • Advised Xenon Private Equity and its portfolio company, Formula Impresoft, during the €200 million sale of the majority stake in the latter to Clessidra Private Equity.
  • Advised CDP Venture Capital SGR S.p.A. – Fondo Nazionale Innovazione as manager of the Fondo Acceleratori and of the Fondo di Co-Investimento MiSE, in launching several new accelerator programmes, including HabiTech, a new accelerator dedicated to start-ups developing services or solutions in the prop-tech and sustainable building sectors.

Italy > Capital markets: Equity Tier 4

LCA Studio Legale’s active practice covers Italian and international IPOs, as well as secondary offerings on regulated and unregulated markets. The team, jointly headed by Benedetto Lonato, who divides his time between Genoa and Milan, and Milan-based Andrea Messuti, also advises on private issuances, secondary listings and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Benedetto Lonato; Andrea Messuti

Testimonials

Experienced and client-friendly team that is very well connected with SME entrepreneurs.

Good to partner with for small/mid-cap transactions.

Key clients

Abitare In

Planetel

Soluzione Tasse

Circle

EdiliziAcrobatica

Roth Capital

Homizy

Medica

Nusco

Racing Force

Intesa San Paolo

H-Farm

Foreverbambu

CFO SIM

Banca Profilo

Alantra

Work highlights

  • Acted for Roth Capital (as bookrunner and global coordinator) and Maxim (as co-manager) on Genenta Science’s Nasdaq IPO.
  • Assisted Racing Force with its IPO and listing on Borsa Italiana’s Euronext Growth Milan, as well as an associated private placement.
  • Assisted Omer with its IPO on Borsa Italiana’s AIM Italia market.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Active on domestic and cross-border deals alike, LCA Studio Legale excels in M&A, contractual and corporate joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance, investment and financing mandates. The practice is headed by Daniele Bonvicini, Andrea Carreri and Vittorio Turinetti di Priero and is especially active in the food and beverage, manufacturing, technology and telecoms sectors. Leah Dunlop and Antonio Di Pasquale arrived from Hogan Lovells International LLP in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Daniele Bonvicini; Andrea Carreri; Vittorio Turinetti di Priero

Other key lawyers:

Edoardo Calcaterra; Leah Dunlop; Antonio Di Pasquale

Testimonials

‘I always found competence and support at all levels, from both senior partners and associates. In addition, they offered in some cases opportunities for potential business partnerships.’

‘Very wide and deep knowledge of the market. Different teams ready to provide support on different aspects which can arise in the course of a complex transaction.’

‘LCA is a high quality and very well-prepared firm with multidisciplinary expertise. We use LCA in extraordinary transactions and other corporate and contractual activities. They assisted my group with great professionalism and care, and with super speed in responding to our requests. We are very satisfied with the firm to which I regularly entrust our interests. The firm also has strong expertise in M&A cross-border transactions and a great ability to handle transactions involving multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Daniele Bonvicini is a professional of high standing with enormous experience in M&A. He always understands our needs right from the beginning and always supports our Group with extreme professionalism and rapidity. We consider him to be one of the best lawyers I have ever met, thanks also to his diverse skills, not only technical but also empathetic.’

‘Andrea Carreri is very efficient and effective.’

Key clients

Adevinta

Antichi Sapori dell’Etna S.r.l.

Acque Minerali d’Italia S.p.A.

777 Partners LLC

CDS Holding S.p.A.

Centro Basile S.p.A.

Casa Del Caffè Vergnano S.p.A.

Colussi S.p.A.

Cristallina Holding S.p.A.,

Elie Saab

Geneplanta S.r.l.

Kering Eyewear S.p.A.

Magma Holding S.p.A.

Mansutti S.p.A.

Planetel S.p.A.

Qonto

Radici Group

Stilmas S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised CDS Holding S.p.A. on the €350 million acquisition by Waterfront Lux JV S.à r.l. of the entire corporate capital of Waterfront di Levante S.r.l., and a 60% stake in the corporate capital of Waterfront Genova S.r.l.
  • Advised Longman Group (Overseas Holdings) on its €190 million sale of 100% of the share capital of Pearson Italia S.p.A..
  • Advised Regal Beloit and Rexnord on Italian FDI, antitrust and other corporate regulatory aspects of the US$3.7 billion merger between them to form Regal Rexnord, a manufacturer of electric motors and components.

Italy > Compliance Tier 4

LCA Studio Legale recently bolstered its compliance practice through the recruitment of Maria Sardelli from Coccia De Angelis Vecchio & Associati Studio Legale e Tributario. Sardelli is experienced in Decree 231-related corporate liability issues, and is flanked by criminal law partner Matteo Uslenghi and Nicolò Pelanda, a corporate and public administration criminal lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Maria Sardelli; Matteo Uslenghi; Nicolò Pelanda

Testimonials

A team that really listens to clients’ needs and expectations.

The group really cares about clients’ requests, making projects very much tailor-made.

A special mention goes to Maria Sardelli.

Key clients

Andrea Bocelli Foundation

Soluzione Tasse

Trillium Flow Technology Group

Edilizia Acrobatica

Green Arrow Capital SGR

Fintecna

Olinda

Adevinta Oak Holdings

Uniaudit

Rome University of Fine Arts

Tourbuds

Xriba

Work highlights

  • Advised Longman Group (Overseas Holdings) on the regulatory aspects of its €190m sale of all the share capital of Pearson Italia, including compliance with foreign direct investment and Golden Power rules.
  • Assisted Trillium Flow Technology Group with the due diligence for the compliance aspects of its €65m acquisition of a business manufacturing and selling centrifugal pumps from Italy-based Termomeccanica Pompe.
  • Advising Adevinta Group (and its Italian affiliates) on privacy and data protection compliance.

Italy > Employment Tier 4

LCA Studio Legale advises domestic and foreign companies on all major employment law issues; its expertise covers non-contentious advisory and contentious support across all aspects of general, organisational, contractual and contentious issues which may arise in relation to any kind of employment relationship and to collective and individual agreements with trade unions and institutional authorities. Headed up by Giuseppe Bologna and Ranieri Romani, the team handles aspects of M&A to union negotiations to precedent-setting litigation.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe Bologna; Ranieri Romani

Testimonials

‘Continuos full assistance’

‘Working with LCA Studio Legale was seamless. They swiftly adapted to our internal requirements in terms of supplier qualification and billing. The advice provided was clear and solid.’

‘Ranieri Romani is a brilliant and experienced litigator.’

Key clients

Altilia S.r.l.

EdiliziAcrobatica S.p.A.

Eurovita S.p.A.

GamaLife – Companhia de Seguros de Vida, S.A.

Geveko Markings Italy S.r.l.

Microsoft S.r.l.

Pearson Italia S.p.A.

Ramzen

Roth Capital Partners LLC, Maxim Group LLC

Trillium Flow Technology Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Trillium Flow Technology Group on all employment aspects of its EUR 65 million acquisition of Termomeccanica Pompe Spa’s centrifugal pumps manufacturing and retail business, including handling all union negotiations.
  • Acting for industry leaders in two precedent-setting employment litigations.
  • Advised Foodinho S.r.l. on the management of the employment relationships with key employees during the purchase of 100% of the share capital of Social Food S.r.l., reviewing their contracts in order to make them enforceable and compliant with Italian law and in the negotiation of the SPA conditions.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 4

LCA Studio Legale assists start-ups and established companies, including those in the fintech, sports, entertainment, publishing, digital media, IT, media and advertising fields. The practice operates across a breadth of matters including regulatory issues, privacy work and data protection matters. Edoardo Calcaterra is a corporate lawyer who focuses on M&A, while Gianluca De Cristofaro assists clients with software-related agreements, terms and conditions referring to e-commerce platforms, and complex cybersecurity projects. Andrea Messuti frequently advises technology and growth-stage companies, while Giulio Vecchi is seasoned in IP, e-commerce and personal data protection and commercial communications issues in the TMT space.

Practice head(s):

Edoardo Calcaterra; Gianluca De Cristofaro; Andrea Messuti

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Business oriented and the advice is very accurate.’

Key clients

AC Milan S.p.A.

Microsoft Italia

Satispay S.p.A.

Altilia S.r.l.

Foodinho S.r.l.

Golden Goose S.p.A.

H-Farm S.p.A.

Marktplaats B.V. (eBay Classifieds Group)

Olinda S.A.S. (Qonto)

ProGaming Italia S.r.l.

WyScout S.p.A

Work highlights

  • Assisted Foodinho S.r.l. with the purchase of a 100% stake in Social Food S.r.l.
  • Supported Olinda S.A.S., a French fintech “unicorn” that provides its services entirely online and via app, on a range of matters.
  • Represented Alcantara in Italy’s first “greenwashing” case by successfully bringing claims of misleading advertising against competitor, Miko.

Italy > Intellectual property Tier 4

LCA Studio Legale’s IP team offers a comprehensive service, with a particular focus on trade mark and copyright matters. The team's head, Gianluca De Cristofaro, has expertise in advertising law and data protection, advising national and foreign clients. Giulio Vecchi’s arrival from Chiomenti strengthens the department as he arrives with specialist knowledge of e-commerce and tech-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Gianluca de Cristofaro

Other key lawyers:

Giulio Vecchi; Federica Furlan; Matteo di Lernia

Testimonials

‘Innovative approach. Gianluca De Cristofaro is a leader in the Italian IP industry.’

‘Availability and pragmatism.’

Key clients

Alcantara S.p.A.

Canali S.p.A.

Cosmic S.r.l.

Golden Goose

Heinz Italia S.p.A.

Hic Mobile

Max Mara S.p.A

Moncler S.p.A.

Pikdare (owner of PIC trademark – Artsana Group)

POLTRONA FRAU S.p.A

Roth Capital Partners, LLC

TeamSystem

Unes Maxi S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Undertook an IP due diligence exercise on the key patents and technology underpinning Genenta Science’s NASDAQ IPO, which was essential to the success of the IPO.
  • Acted for Edizioni musicali Acqua azzurra, a music publisher in liquidation proceedings, to manage the copyrights of the two music artists, Lucio Battisti and Mogol, such as in the use of the song La collina dei ciliegi as soundtrack of the true crime movie La Scuola Cattolica.
  • Assisted Moncler, the famous fashion brand, in responding to a claim of copyright infringement raised by a video maker and his producer in relation to Moncler’s video short for its Winter 2021 advertising campaign; and, separately, in negotiating several synchronization rights licence agreements to use songs in digital events and advertising.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

The ’customer oriented’ LCA Studio Legale restructuring and insolvency team specialises in out-of-court arrangements with creditors and court-approved insolvency procedures. Salvatore Sanzo is an expert on bankruptcy law, and Angela Petrosillo handles compositions with creditors and recovery plans. Diana Burroni serves as legal counsel to debtors and investors involved in corporate crisis, while Matteo Bazzani and Michele Petriello assist companies with insolvency and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Salvatore Sanzo; Diana Burroni; Angela Petrosillo; Michele Petriello; Matteo Bazzani

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘LCA is a really a good law firm with an excellent TEAM. They are always collaborative and customer oriented.’

‘Mr. Bazzani and the team are very skilled and professional. They are “open mind” and they are able to investigate a legal issue under different perspectives.’

‘The team is really strong in restructuring and has a great capability of solving complex cases.’

‘Salvatore Sanzo and Michele Petriello are key players, with great capability and solving problems approach.’

‘I think the strength of the LCA study lies in the ability to manage complex turnaround processes effectively and extremely quickly. This is thanks to a team of professionals of great competence and high standing, who support the client in every aspect of the process.’

‘Angela Petrosillo and Diana Burroni demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of legal matters but also a very concrete approach to solving problems, which made it possible to quickly and effectively adapt their intervention according to the complexity of the turnaround process. Salvatore Sanzo, who coordinates the team with competence, authority and balance, represents a reference figure not only for the client, but for all the stakeholders involved in the process.’

‘I found a very professional team, extremely committed. What makes them unique is the capacity to adapt in a very short time to different and very difficult situations and change of scenery. I worked on a distressed file where the percentage of finding a positive solution to the case was very difficult. The team was committed and very dedicated to the solution of the problem even in a moment in which everything seemed hopeless.’

‘A very close-knit team of professionals with considerable experience. They retain calm and objective judgment even in the most tense moments.’

Key clients

Blue Panorama S.p.A.

Casinò de la Vallèe

Energy Costruzioni S.r.l.

Officine Meccaniche Giovanni Cerutti S.p.A.

Olinda S.A.S.

Porto Turistico Internazionale di Rapallo S.p.A.

Roma Trevi S.p.A.

Sofir Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for port operator, PTIR, in its proposal for a business continuity arrangement following the client’s struggles in the wake of storms which completely destroyed Rapallo port.
  • Advised Leggiero Group on a debt restructuring arrangement for one of its subsidiaries, Roma Trevi, under the auspices of the Court of Milan and in bankruptcy issues relating to the purchase of a building in view of Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain, which had been planned as a luxury hotel.
  • Assisted Del Monte Italy S.p.A. as a creditor of Fratelli Santini S.p.A., which is in a more than €100 million pre-bankruptcy composition with creditors.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

LCA Studio Legale's banking and finance practice assists investment funds, sponsors and a range of corporate borrowers with financings, ranging from corporate lending and acquisition finance to complex structured finance. Practice leader Davide Valli is 'able to resolve issues', while Marina Rosito focuses on trade and acquisition financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Davide Valli

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Technical competence, the ability to understand clients’ needs immediately, and great flexibility.’

‘Helpful attitude, smart, and always able to find satisfactory solutions.’

‘The team was 100% devoted to the deal and always well prepared for negotiation sessions with the banks and its legal advisers.’

Really precise and always prompt at dealing with technical aspects. Very reliable and able to give concrete solutions.

‘The team has a great practical approach, combined with deep market expertise.’

‘Davide Valli and his team are extremely reliable and accurate in all respects. They work well together, as well as individually, never leaving the client alone during difficult situations.’

‘Davide Valli is able to negotiate and resolve issues.’

Davide Valli has extensive knowledge of all the relevant players in the banking market, which enables very easy and direct communications with counterparties.’

Key clients

Business Integration Partners

BPER Banca

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

CDS Holding

CDS Costruzioni

Emera Group

Groupe EPI (Holding)

FBS Next

Ga.Ma Italia

Masco Group

Panzeri

Roma Trevi

Shareholders of Cristallina Holding

Xenon Private Equity Small Cap

Work highlights

  • Advised Business Integration Partners on the repayment and closing of an approximately €135m facilities agreement.
  • Acted for Xenon Private Equity and Impresoft on the repayment of a €62.5m existing facilities agreement, which related to the sale of Impresoft to Clessidra.
  • Assisted CDS Holding with a mortgage-backed real estate loan granted by UniCredit and BNL for the development of a student hotel in Florence.

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 5

Active in both real estate and construction law matters, LCA Studio Legale’s practice is co-led by Barbara de Muro, a specialist in property sale and purchase agreements, commercial leases and real estate development transactions, and Giangiacomo Rocco di Torrepadula, who routinely acts for real estate groups, investors and developers.

Practice head(s):

Barbara de Muro; Giangiacomo Rocco di Torrepadula

Other key lawyers:

Carmen Leo; Benedetta Mussini

Testimonials

‘A good name in Italy, well connected in the industry, and with a strong international background.’

Key clients

Arborea Living Il Belvedere

Bizzi & Partners

Bluestone Holding

CDS Holding

CMB Società Cooperativa Muratori e Braccianti Di Carpi

EDILVIT

Lendlease Infrastructure

Mantika

Roma Trevi

Tatuus Racing

Torino Soc. Cons

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lendlease Infrastructure in relation to the construction of a €360m campus for the University of Milan.
  • Advised Torino Soc Cons on the construction of a €233m administrative and institutional complex in Turin.
  • Assisted Lendlease Infrastructure with the design, construction and management of the €224m Cittadella della Salute renovation project (Treviso Hospital).

Italy > Tax Tier 5

LCA Studio Legale covers corporate taxation, the tax aspects of extraordinary transactions and tax litigation. The team also advises on VAT, private client-related taxation, patent box procedures, and customs duties. Roberto Pellizzari is ‘an outstanding tax law expert‘. Since publication Gianmarco Tortora left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Pellizzari

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Yang; Matteo Esposito

Testimonials

The team is very dynamic, really follows up on matters, and is always ahead of schedule.

The team always tries to solve complex issues and adapt to clients’ needs.

Great preparation, prompt responses, empathy and availability.

A very dedicated and competent team that has good project management skills and a good understanding of clients’ needs.

Outstanding knowledge of tax and finance law.

Roberto Pellizzari is always available to answer clients’ queries and direct them to the best specialist in the team.

Roberto Pellizzari is an outstanding tax law expert, understands the needs of clients, and is proactive.

Key clients

Genoa Cricket & Football Club

LionRock Capital

Casinò de la Vallée

777 Partners

Casa del Caffè Vergnano

Euromobiliare SIM

Smemoranda Group

Bizzi & Partners

Trillium Flow Technologies

Minton Investment Management

Ghial S.p.A.

Groupe EPI

Work highlights

  • Assisted Miami-based 777 Partners with the acquisition of Genoa football club.
  • Assisted French group EPI with the tax planning of the acquisition of iconic Chianti Classico estate Isole & Olena.
  • Advised CDP Venture Capital on the tax side of a joint venture with other co-investors to create a start-up accelerator.

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory

LCA Studio Legale is an independent full practice law firm with renowned international experience and specialises in corporate legal and tax assistance. Its main offices are in Italy, in Milan, Genoa and Treviso (inside the venture incubator H-FARM). In the United Arab Emirates, it operates in Dubai in an International Partnership with IAA Middle East Legal Consultants LLP. The firm has recently experienced a steady dimensional growth, adding new practices and strengthening core ones, and now counts over 200 professionals.

LCA offers a complete judicial and non-contentious legal advisory service, in the fields of commercial, corporate, banking, finance, capital markets, tax, criminal, real estate and administrative law, corporate crises, labour and immigration law, transportation, intellectual property and new technologies, life sciences, sports, food and art law, and in the protection of family rights and assets.

The law firm mainly delivers its services to Italian and foreign companies and financial institutions, advising industrial, finance and insurance groups, institutional investors, investment banks, as well as SMEs, family businesses, professionals and individual entrepreneurs that represent a large part of the Italian business landscape.

The real challenge of the law firm is not simply to offer a legal assistance service to face specific concerns, but to deeply understand the clients’ needs and aims in order to identify and solve possible issues before they even arise. LCA’s real value lies in the ability to understand and foresee the requests of clients who are guided, step by step, in the launch, growth, development and evolution of the business activity.

From the conception of business projects to the structuring of financial operations, as well as the formulation of the best litigation strategy in national and foreign disputes, LCA fulfills the current, potential and future needs of professionals, entrepreneurs, small, medium and large companies in a prompt and professional manner.

LCA has always adopted an international approach, advising Italian companies in their internationalisation processes, foreign firms interested in investing or expanding in Italy, and multinational corporations involved in multi-jurisdictions and cross-border transactions. The international law practice has been refined over the years to the point that LCA has decided to internally set up dedicated geographical desks. Each desk puts together the interdisciplinary competences gained with reference to a specific geographical area and cooperates in synergy with a network of local first-class law firms. This produces a constant exchange of know-how and guarantees to the client a complete assistance in all relevant jurisdictions, not only with respect to the law, but also with reference to local culture and business dynamics.

The law firm supports innovation, creativity and new projects of young entrepreneurs active in all science, technology and art fields, and gives great importance to corporate social responsibility, sustainability and internal welfare.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Giovanni Lega giovanni.lega@lcalex.it 0039 02778875205
President Salvatore Sanzo salvatore.sanzo@lcalex.it 0039 02778875401
Photo Name Position Profile
Giuseppe Bologna photo Giuseppe Bologna Partner and Co-head of the Employment department
Daniele Bonvicini photo Daniele Bonvicini Partner and Co-Head of the Commercial, Corporate and M&A Department
Diana Burroni photo Diana Burroni Partner and Co-head of the Restructuring & Insolvency Department
Edoardo Calcaterra photo Edoardo Calcaterra Partner and Co-Head of the TMT department
Andrea Carreri photo Andrea Carreri Partner and Co-Head of the Corporate, Commercial and M&A Department
Luciano Castelli photo Luciano Castelli Partner and Co-Head of the Dispute Resolution Department
Gian Paolo Coppola photo Gian Paolo Coppola Partner and Co-head of the Dispute Resolution Department
Gianluca De Cristofaro photo Gianluca De Cristofaro Partner and Head of the IP & Privacy Department
Giovanni Lega photo Giovanni Lega Managing Partner
Nicola Lucifero photo Nicola Lucifero Partner and Head of the Food Law Department
Andrea Messuti photo Andrea Messuti Partner and Co-Head of the Capital Markets and TMT departments
Agostino Migone de Amicis photo Agostino Migone de Amicis Of Counsel and Head of the Life Science Department
Angela Petrosillo photo Angela Petrosillo Partner and Co-head of the Restructuring & Insolvency Department
Ranieri Romani photo Ranieri Romani Partner and Co-Head of the Employment Department
Salvatore Sanzo photo Salvatore Sanzo President of LCA Law Firm, Co-Head of the Restructuring&Insolvency and Dispute Resolution…
Vittorio Turinetti di Priero photo Vittorio Turinetti di Priero Partner and Co-Head of the Corporate, Commercial and M&A Department
Roberto de Bonis photo Roberto de Bonis Partner and Head of the Private Equity Department
Partners : 54
Other professionals : 152
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International Trademark Association (INTA)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
American Immigration Lawyers Association
AIFI (Italian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)

LCA considers inclusion one of its greatest strengths being aware that the enhancement of each member (both our professionals and staff) with all their characteristics – gender, age, identity and sexual orientation, race, geographical and social origin, skills, opinions -, is at the same time an engine of personal fulfillment and a source of enrichment for the Firm and for all those interacting with them.

The composition of the Firm is very well-balanced in all aspects: gender (over 50% are women), age (with a prevalence of 30/40-year-olds), geographical (every region of Italy is represented) and social sphere.

The attention to diversity permeates every moment of LCA’s life. In the daily activities, LCA takes great care that working teams – both those involved in client assistance and those dedicated to internal projects – are mixed in terms of gender, age and expertise. The same attention is paid to the composition of panels for training courses or business development events organized by the Firm. A committee entirely dedicated to sustainability has been created a few years ago, and it is mainly composed of young professionals and reports directly to the Executive Committee on all matters that fall into the broader concept of sustainability including diversity and inclusion.

LCA believes in the value of knowledge sharing and dissemination as a tool to tear down gender prejudices and beyond. Accordingly, the Firm welcomes and organizes meetings to discuss and reflect on these issues by inviting attendees to an open discussion with no distinction of role and age. LCA also promotes the use of an inclusive language that takes into account also those whose identity is more fluid.

LCA adheres to the Guidelines of ASLA – Association of Associates Law Firms also with reference to the protection of maternity and paternity of professionals and staff thereby guaranteeing periods of paid leave for family care. Twice a year, LCA organizes an event dedicated to the children of professionals and staff believing that the Firm should be a sharing place full circle. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, lawyers and staff were able to benefit from smart working and flexible hours to balance work needs with personal commitments. Finally, the Firm invites all its members not to schedule meetings before 8am and after 7pm.

The inclusive and enhancing environment, the transparency of career paths, the attention to work-life balance issues are the premises that have allowed the Firm to considerably increase the presence of women at all levels. Female partners, in particular, went from 2 in 2016 to 12 in 2022.

The Firm also promotes – as a unique case in Italy – the inclusion of professionals with specific learning disorders (dyslexia, dysorthography, dysgraphia, dyscalculia).

Finally, some members of LCA hold important positions in organizations that foster diversity in the legal profession and beyond, and have even been awarded with prestigious accolades.