Firm Profile > FIVELEX Studio Legale > Milan, Italy

FIVELEX Studio Legale
20121 MILAN

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

FIVELEX Studio Legale assists banks, fund managers, investment firms, family offices, financial advisory firms, insurance companies and trust companies on financial regulatory matters. It also advises on litigation involving the breach of business conduct rules. Edoardo Guffanti provides regulatory advice to financial intermediaries, and Francesco Di Carlo has longstanding experience of advising financial institutions and Italian and foreign funds. Regulatory specialist Matteo Catenacci is also noted.


The law firm is very well structured and organised, with the very highest competence and proficiency.

The team is extremely committed and knowledgeable about the applicable laws and regulations and market standards.

It has a good understanding of regulations and a proactive approach.

Francesco Di Carlo is very committed, motivated, personable and knowledgeable.

Edoardo Guffanti has longstanding experience and he is quick and clear in his explanations.

Key clients

Assicurazioni Generali Group

Banca Generali

Banca Mediolanum

Banca Sella

Banco BPM

Credem Group

DeA Capital Alternative Funds

Edmond de Rothshild

EFG International

Equita Group

Ersel Group

Global Capital

Goldman Sachs International

Milano Investment Partners

PKB Privatebank Group

Real Step SICAF

Squircle Capital

United Ventures

Investment funds Tier 3

FIVELEX Studio Legale's key areas of work include establishing new generation funds and the structuring of AIFs, including private equity, real estate and credit funds; authorisation, sanction and enforcement proceedings; ongoing assistance, including issuance of new financial products, anti-money laundering, market abuse and corporate governance issues; and cross-border issues. Francesco Di Carlo is experienced in the incorporation and authorisation of funds, and Edoardo Guffanti's clients include banks and asset management companies.

Key clients

Alkimis SGR

Amber Group

Generali Investments Europe

Consultinvest Group

Credem Group

Equita Group

Ersel Group

Fenera & Partners

Goldman Sachs International

Green Stone SICAF

Hedge Invest SGR

Kairos Group

LGT Group

Milano Investment Partners

Real Step SICAF

United Ventures SGR

Dispute resolution Tier 4

At FIVELEX Studio Legale, corporate disputes are a highlight of the team's portfolio, while the firm also draws on its expertise in financial markets to effectively handle finance-related litigation. Managing partner and recognised arbitrator Alfredo Craca is the among the key contacts. A series of promotions in early 2019 at all levels saw, among others, the advancement to partnership of civil and commercial litigator and arbitrator Carlo Sbocchelli.


‘The team is highly reputed on the market for its dispute resolution skills and experience.’

‘The team is made up of professionals who have a deep knowledge of the Italian civil law procedure as well as of the Italian civil, commercial and company law. They are also able to meet really short deadlines given by clients.’

‘Alfredo Craca is prepared and motivated and always able to identify the best legal strategy to pursue.’

‘Senior associate Giulio Gomitoni always shows a really deep knowledge of the law.’

‘All professionals work efficiently and with great motivation – around the clock if needed.’

‘Deep knowledge of corporate and governance laws and a strong team that works perfectly together covering all customer needs.

‘Francesco Di Carlo makes the clients really feel they are looked after and in good hands.’

Key clients

AC Milan

Alleanza Assicurazioni S.p.A.

Banca Carige S.p.A.

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.

Banca Profilo S.p.A.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

Banco di Sardegna S.p.A.

Blue Skye Financial Partners S.à r.l.

Candy Hoover Group

Elliott Advisors UK Limited

FD Holding S.p.A.

Generali Italia S.p.A.

Gruppo Pittini

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Kairos Investment Management S.p.A.

Tamburi Investment Partner S.p.A.

Valtur S.p.A.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 7

FIVELEX Studio Legale has expertise in significant M&A transactions, particularly for mid-cap companies mainly involved in industrial and commercial activities in the Italian as well as the wider European market. Clients include investment companies; private equity funds; family offices; listed companies; and industrial and commercial companies. Alfredo Craca and Claudio Tatozzi are the key names.

Practice head(s):


Professionalism and availability with a strong focus on pragmatism and concreteness in the search for solutions.

The team has an excellent multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience covering different areas, such as corporate restructuring, banking & finance and capital markets matters. The team has an outstanding understanding of the business and commercial considerations of the transaction and is pragmatic in its approach to serve the clients effectively.

They are committed, motivated and proactive.

The team is really capable and with a deep knowledge of Italian corporate law. In addition, the team has developed a significant cross-border experience within the context of complex cross-border company structure and transactions.

The partner Alfredo Craca has an excellent legal knowledge and perfect understanding of complex cross-border structures. His outstanding experience with international corporate and restructuring transactions has always been praised by clients and peers in Italy or abroad. Alfredo is very business oriented and gives great attention to his clients’ commercial needs. He has always a legal solution to any business issue.

We usually work with founding and managing partners Francesco Di Carlo and Alfredo Craca. They both are very committed, motivated, personable and knowledgeable.

I have worked over the past years with Alfredo Craca. He is a well regarded lawyer in the corporate sector with a long-term experience in corporate transactions, also involving cross-border issues.

Key clients

A.C. Milan

Tamburi Investment Partners

Appetais Italia’s shareholders


Asset Italia

Banca Generali


Blue Skye Financial Partners


Elliott Advisors

Idea Capital

Iguzzini Illuminazione

The firm: Effective on 1 January 2014, Craca Di Carlo Guffanti Pisapia Tatozzi & Associati started its activity as a new player in the law services market within the Italian jurisdiction. The firm has five partners and 30 professionals. The firm combines the well-established firm Craca Pisapia Tatozzi Studio Legale, which has extensive and consolidated experience in the field of contentious issues, and the team of Francesco Di Carlo and Edoardo Guffanti, formerly partners of a leading law firm in the field of banking, financial, investments and insurance services. The firm is now capable of offering assistance in all these fields in pre-litigation, litigation and arbitration and with extra-jurisdictional advice on banking, financial, investments and insurance issues.

Areas of practice: The firm provides advice in the fields of corporate and commercial law and of banking, financial investment and insurance services. The firm devises the structure and handles the subsequent implementation of capital transactions and the issue of bonds, debt instruments and financial instruments in general, and offers assistance with reference to company and business reorganisations, and incentive plans aimed at directors and executives. The firm advises listed and unlisted companies on matters relating to the administration of the company and the liabilities of its administration and controlling bodies. The firm also provides advice to industrial and commercial enterprises, including medium-sized and family businesses, in the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements such as franchising, distribution, agency and mediation, and supply agreements, commercial joint ventures, leases of businesses and business divisions, and leases of real estate for industrial and commercial use.

The firm provides legal assistance to commercial and industrial companies, including SMEs, and to financial institutions, in extraordinary corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions (transfers of shares and assets, businesses and business divisions, and investment portfolios), joint ventures and co-investment agreements. The firm offers support with respect to the financial aspects connected with such transactions. In structuring transactions, drafting and negotiating contractual documents, the firm avails itself the specific skills gained in the field of corporate litigation, and specifically in the management of court and arbitration proceedings relating to M&A transactions.

The firm provides advice on bankruptcy law, with respect to all insolvency issues, including the identification of the procedures applicable and the preparation of the corresponding documentation. The firm also operates in the field of out-of-court management of company crises, assisting clients in the negotiation of debt restructuring agreements or compositions with creditors.

The firm has a strong and reputed experience in the field of banking, financial, investment, insurance services and asset management business. In particular, the firm’s banking and finance team provides advice in relation to the full spectrum of financial issues, including advising investment funds, industrial clients, banks, financial and insurance institutions, drafting and negotiating documentation, delivering opinions and devising sophisticated legal structures with respect to a wide variety of transactions. The firm also provides assistance in extraordinary corporate transactions involving regulated companies, as well as in every issue connected to market abuse regulations, including regulatory procedures in front of the different surveillance authorities. The firm also provides advice and assistance with reference to the establishment of banking/financial/insurance companies or branches with respect to both corporate and regulatory aspects and to listed issuers in relation to their ongoing duties, including disclosure requirements and treatment of price sensitive information.

The firm in relation to all areas of practice (contentious and non-contentious matters) works on a regular basis for foreign companies and foreign law firms.

Department Name Email Telephone
Business and corporate advisory services
Mergers and acquisitions
Corporate finance
Private equity
Insolvency proceedings
Corporate liability issues
Investments services
Banking services
Banking and financial regulation
Private banking
Structured finance and banking
Insurance regulation
Regulation of listed users
Market abuse
Anti-money laundering
Domestic and international arbitration
Company litigation
Bankruptcy, insolvency and debt restructuring
Financial litigation
Civil law and international civil law
Real estate
Contract litigation
Number of lawyers : 35
Contacts : Carlo Sbocchelli
Contacts : Matteo Catenacci