Firm Profile > Pavia e Ansaldo > Milan, Italy

Pavia e Ansaldo
MILANO 20121

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Gian Paolo Di Santo heads the team at Pavia e Ansaldo , which represented Ethypharm in the first 'clear the way' action for a generic product in Italy as well as assisting key players in the pharmaceutical market with a variety of matters. The team lost Agostino Migone de Amicis who joined LCA Studio Legale in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gian Paolo Di Santo

Key clients

Actavis Italy S.p.A.


Novartis Services


Istituto Clinico Humanitas

Fondazione MBBM (Monza e Brianza per la Mamma e il suo Bambino)

Bio-Techne Corporation


Fondazione Roche

Aristo Pharma Group

FADOI Committee for the 2018 Report

Health Commission of FEDERMANAGER


Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 1

The cross-practice group at Pavia e Ansaldo advises on M&A, private equity, technology-related issues, insolvency and dispute resolution. The team also benefits from a bench of native Japanese and Russian lawyers which makes it a popular choice for luxury brands operating in two of the world’s largest markets for western luxury goods. It has recently been instructed by Christie's to handle administrative, tax and criminal procedures arising from the import and export of paintings and other high-end artworks. Gian Paolo Di Santo heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Gian Paolo Di Santo

Key clients

Alice & Olivia Inc.

Calvin Klein Inc.

Calzedonia S.p.A.


E. Marinella S.r.l.

Elie Tahari

Fast Retailing USA, Inc.

GGR S.r.l.

Haeres Equita S.r.l.

Herno SpA

IKOI S.r.l.

La Prairie S.p.A.

PRL – Polo Ralph Lauren

The Sonnabend Collection Foundation

Cosmei srl

Omnicos Group srl

REGI Laboratories srl


Italy > Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 2

Pavia e Ansaldo's manufacturing team acts for a diverse range of clients including automotive, food, plastic, chemical and metal manufacturers. Managing partner Stefano Bianchi is the key name. Since publication, Sven von Mensenkampff left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi

Key clients

Armacell Group

Basell Poliolefine

Brugg Cables

Cale Group

Coventya Group


Fomas Sp.A.

GHH Radsatz/Bonatrans


Krones Group

M+W Italy S.r.l.

Robert Bosch Group

Saica Flex Italia S.p.A.

Saica Pack Italia S.p.A.

Saica SA

SKF Industrie S.p.A.


Surfaces Technological Abrasives S.p.A.

Tecno Pool

Trumpf Group

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo's team is divided into an administrative law group under the joint leadership of Nico Moravia and Marco Giustiniani, and an environmental law practice headed up by Matteo Benozzo and Francesco Bruno. The wider department is particularly known for representing operators in the telecoms  and transport sectors; the group was notably involved in the development of Italy’s fibre optic and 5G network.

Practice head(s):

Nico Moravia; Marco Giustiniani; Matteo Benozzo; Francesco Bruno


‘Very wide availability.’

‘Great attention to customer needs.’

‘Competence and speed of response.’

‘Practical sense, clarity, maximum availability.’

‘Most complete availability, but also a great ability to listen to and to meet customer requests.’

‘Matteo Benozzo has great availability, professionalism, immediate response times, pragmatism and provides excellent results.’

‘Matteo Benozzo takes total ownership of the cases entrusted to him and  responds with extraordinarily fast timing. In this matter, he has an almost unique authority on the legal market, especially for what concerns the environmental sector.’

Key clients

Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana SpA

Trenitalia s.p.a.

Open Fiber SpA

Linkem S.p.A.

Accord Healthcare Italia / Assogenerici

Publiservizi S.p.A.

Enpam RE

Aeroporti Roma S.p.A

Cap Holding s.p.a.

Kuwait Petroleum Italia

Ies Biogas

Roullier Group Zone Italie

Samsung Electronics Italia S.p.A.

TAXIBLU – Consorzio RadioTaxi Satellitare Società Cooperativa / APP TAXI soc. coop.

Skytanking Srl

Verizon Italia S.p.A.

Colt Technology Services SpA

Wolters Kluwer Italia S.r.l.

Elettroliri s.r.l.

SONEPAR Italia s.r.l.

Airport s.c.p.a.

Italy > Compliance Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo has longstanding expertise in compliance, which partly stems from its notable expertise in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. The team also has compliance experience in relation to luxury retail, telecoms, energy, transport and aviation. Highly regarded Decree 231 specialist Mario Di Giulio heads up the team, which also includes experienced partner Deborah Bolco.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Bolco; Paola De Pascalis

Key clients

Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Europe Ltd

Arab Banking Corporation plc

Hirmer Verwaltungs GmbH

EnerGrow Ltd Uganda

Libyan Financial Authority

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo's dispute resolution department distinguishes itself in cases before Italy’s highest courts. The team notably advises banking and financial institutions, as well as insurers, in cases over misconduct of financial advisers and issues of insolvency law and enforcement. Marina Santarelli has great knowledge of the telecoms and technology sectors. Maurizio Vasciminni has expertise in claims arising from natural disasters and tenders. Santarelli and Vasciminni co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Marina Santarelli; Maurizio Vasciminni


The firm offers great experience in the field of litigation. Excellent ability to identify the procedural strategy most suited to the needs expressed. The firm stands out for its strong customer focus.’

‘Expertise and experience’

Key clients

Actavis Italy S.p.A.

Alken Fund

Lufthansa Technik AG

Siemens S.p.A.

Siemens Healthcare S.r.l.

Siemens Transformer S.p.A.

Taxiblu 4040 and Autoradiotassì 8585

Banca Generali Group, Generali Group

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo's varied workload covers project development (including large infrastructure facilities, such as solar manufacturing plants), grid parity matters and contracts, as well as e-mobility issues and sustainable energy utility models. Carlo Del Conte heads up the practice, which was bolstered by the arrival of Marco Jannon from Puri Bracco Lenzi.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Del Conte

Other key lawyers:

Marco Jannon

Key clients

Camozzi Holding/Componenti Speciali

Elecnor S.A.

Innowatio/Youtrade S.p.A.

M+W Italy S.r.l.

Octopus Investments

Solar Access Sustainable Energy B.V.

Protos S.p.A.

Sorgente SGR

VEI Green s.p.a. (Palladio Holding Group)


Enovos SA

Italy > Intellectual property Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo's IP team is centred around practice head Gian Paolo Di Santo, a well known litigator specialised in pharmaceutical and patent matters, who often acts for generics pharmaceutical companies. His team handles a workload involving copyright, advertising law and trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Gian Paolo Di Santo


Professionalism, knowledge, kindness’

‘Gian Paolo Di Santo is a serious and passionate professional. Attentive and scrupulous person, very prepared.’

Key clients


Accord / Intas group

Polo Ralph Lauren

Synchronoss Technologies

Aristo Pharma Group

Lectra Group

IKOI S.r.l.

CID S.p.A.

Hörmann group

Micron Group

Techdow Pharma Italy s.r.l.

Trime S.p.A.


Italy > Private equity Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo is a 'dedicated and professional' go-to practice for Italian PE houses that pursue buy-and-build strategies in the luxury, food, agriculture and industrial sectors. Stefano Bianchi is experienced in cross-border transactions, Giuseppe Besozzi is a seasoned PE lawyer, and Alberto Bianco acts for several Italian funds.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe Besozzi; Alberto Bianco; Paola Carlotti; Anna Saraceno; Carlo Trucco; Maria Chiara Puglisi


Dedicated and professional, as well as attentive.

Key clients

Alcedo SGR

Arcadia SGR

Astorg Partners

Dea Capital Funds SGR S.p.A.

Devi Kroell


Ethica Global Investments

F2i Fondi italiani per le infrastrutture SGR SpA

HIG Capital

IPE (Investments in Private Equity)

Itago Partners

Italglobal Partners

Itelyum Regeneration S.r.l. (formerly Viscolube S.r.l.)

Litorina Capital Advisors

Oaktree Capital Management

Orienta Partners

Quadriga Capital Beteiligungsberatung GmbH

Stirling Square Capital Partners LLP

Surfaces Technological Abrasives S.r.l.

Synergo SGR

Tecno Pool S.p.A.

Xenon Private Equity

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo is best known for advising large Italian real estate investment funds, state-owned entities, pension funds and international investors. It is particularly noted for its strengths in the retail and leisure industries, although the hotels, residential, office and industrial sectors are other key areas of activity. Fiorenza Resta and Claudio Cera co-head the real estate team. Daniele Carminati leads the construction and project finance department, which acts for contractors, sub-contractors and construction companies.

Practice head(s):

Fiorenza Resta; Claudio Cera; Daniele Carminati


The team ensures maximum professionalism and availability. It is made up of highly trained professionals from a technical-legal point of view, each issue is examined in depth from every aspect, including the economic and commercial ones, in order to always provide the customer with the best solution.’

Key clients

Anas International Enterprise S.p.A.

Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.p.A.

Fabrica Immobiliare SGR

FS Sistemi Urbani S.r.l. – Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group

Focus Investments S.p.A. and its subsidiaries Iniziativa Immobiliare Due S.r.l. – Iniziativa Immobiliare Tre S.r.l.

Gruppo Finim

Gruppo First Atlantic RE

Hirmer (former Travel Charme)

Hirmer Immobilien

Invimit SGR S.p.A.

InvestiRE SGR

LHM S.r.l.

M+W Italy S.r.l.

Mayhoola Italy S.r.l.

Omnia Hotel Group

Proger S.p.A.

Sator Immobiliare SGR S.p.A – Fondo “Leopardi” – Fondo “Dante Retail” – Fondo “Petrarca”

Sorgente SGR S.p.A.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo's banking and finance practice regularly assists with acquisition and real estate financing; it has particular experience in healthcare sector-related financings. Mario Di Giulio is a specialist in Eastern Africa-related infrastructure development financings. Roberto Zanchi and Caterina Luciani are also experienced partners.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio; Roberto Zanchi

Other key lawyers:

Caterina Luciani 

Key clients

Aedes Real Estate SGR Spa

Alcedo SGR

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA


ICCREA Banca Impresa S.p.A.

Investire SGR

Surfaces Technological Abrasives S.p.A.

Xenon Private Equity

Tecno Pool

Equita Private Debt Fund

First Growth Real Estate

Fondazione IDIS – Città della Scienza

Gruppo Vallette-Finam

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo's key areas cover securitisations, covered bonds and derivative financial instruments. Team head Mario Di Giulio is frequently called upon by major international banks for high-value Italian DCM matters, where they are acting as agent or trustee.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio


Great levels of competence and network of contacts in the sector.

High levels of professional dedication.

Key clients

Banca Akros

Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma

Bank of New York Mellon

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

Deutsche Trustee Company Limited

Eco Eridania S.p.A

GPI S.p.A.


ICCREA BancaImpresa S.p.A.

U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo has notable cross-border corporate expertise, including Japanese, Russian and China desks. The principal contacts are managing partner Stefano Bianchi and commercial and company law expert Roberto Zanchi. Since publication, Sven von Mensenkampff has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi; Roberto Zanchi

Other key lawyers:

Paola Carlotti; Carlo Trucco; Anna Saraceno; Maria Chiara Puglisi


The team ensures maximum professionalism and availability.

It is made up of highly trained professionals, from a technical-legal point of view; each issue is examined in depth from every angle, including the economic and commercial ones, so as to provide the client with the best solution.

Expertise, precision and scrupulousness.

I find the M&A team to be excellent – attention, rigour and dedication are its distinctive traits.

A truly excellent team.

Great availability from Stefano Bianchi.

Key clients

Robert Bosch Group

Itelyum Group

Mittel S.p.A.

Fomas Group

TUI Group

Surfaces Technological Abrasives S.p.A.

Xenon Private Equity



WA WallVision AB


Herno S.p.A.

MTS Globe

GPI S.p.A.

Gruppo Stevanato Spa


Tecnomeccanica S.p.A.

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Nippon Express

Otto Group


SKF Industrie

Tmci Padovan Spa

Italy > Employment Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo has a strong track record in employment matters connected with corporate transactions. In addition, its team is sought after for advice on union negotiations, collective dismissal proceedings and misconduct cases. Practice head Enrico Del Guerra undertakes employment work with a nexus to sectors such as life sciences, agriculture, food and fashion. The team also includes Valentina Simonelli, who handles employment issues arising from corporate structurings, as well as matters involving senior executives. Expert litigator Enrico Banchero is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Enrico Del Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Valentina Simonelli; Enrico Banchero


‘Excellent team, very keen on understanding clients’ needs and to meet the  agreed deadlines.’

In-depth knowledge, availability, full cooperation.’

‘Enrico Del Guerra is very solution driven, very collaborative, flexible and proactive.’

Key clients

RTA S.p.A.

Ansett Aviation Italy S.p.A.

Alice + Olivia Italia S.r.l

Carra Mangimi S.p.A.

Fluidra S.p.A.

Granarolo S.p.A.

Isoclima S.p.A.

Kofax S.p.A.

Lactalis S.p.A.

Laramis Group

Lectra Italia S.p.A.

McKinsey Italia & Co. Inc.

SDA Bocconi School of Management

Krones AG

Specialisterne S.r.l.

Stahl Italy S.p.A.

Standard & Poor’s CMSI S.r.l.

Trenitalia S.p.A. (Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato)

UPMC Italy S.r.l.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo's Rome-based team assists with all aspects of competition activities, from litigation and investigations to antitrust compliance and merger filings. Filippo Fioretti, who 'displays great flexibility', is a highly regarded competition law adviser, with support provided by associate Maria Rosaria Raspanti.

Practice head(s):

Filippo Fioretti

Other key lawyers:

Maria Rosaria Raspanti; Fulvio Maria Palombino; Giulio Brunelli


Great experience and knowledge of antitrust matters.

Filippo Fioretti displays great flexibility and availability. I very much appreciate his ability to listen and expand upon antitrust issues, in relation to my company’s sector.

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Wolters Kluwer Italia

Colt Technology S.p.A.

Some of Italy’s largest taxi unions and taxi companies

Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA)

KAI S.r.l. (formerly Shell Italia Aviazione)

Mercury S.p.A.


Sonepar Italia

Dea Capital Alternative Funds

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

Pavia e Ansaldo's lender-side practice acts on structured finance and the disposal of NPLs, among others. Mario Di Giulio's expertise includes the financing of infrastructure developments in eastern Africa. Banking and finance work is also part of Roberto Zanchi's broad practice.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio; Roberto Zanchi

Other key lawyers:

Caterina Luciani


The professionalism and availability of banking and finance expert Mario Di Giulio, and his ability to understand the needs of all parties, lead to the successful conclusion of deals.

Available and competent.

Key clients

Unicredit S.p.A.

Banca Generali

Deutsche Bank AG

Unicredit Bank Moscow

ICCREA Banca Impresa S.p.A.

Investire SGR

Credit Agricole Cariparma

Banca Akros S.p.A.

Credito Fondiario

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Bank of New York Mellon

Banche di Credito Cooperativo

U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services

Calipso S.r.l.

Italy > Tax Tier 5

Pavia e Ansaldo's tax clients benefit from the expertise of team head Marco Jannon, who is particularly knowledgeable about the energy sector. The 'highly trained' team advises clients on a wide range of issues, including transfer pricing and the implementation of tax structures for corporate and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Marco Jannon

Other key lawyers:

Teodoro Malquori; Mario Nunziata


Strong presence within the team of highly trained and always available professionals.

Key clients

Enovos S.A.


Armacell GMBH

Tüv Rheinland Italia s.r.l.

Basell Poliolefine


Montrasio Italia S.r.l.

The firm: Pavia e Ansaldo is an independent Italian law firm with a strong international orientation and practice.

The firm traces its origins back to 1961 when it was founded in Milan by Enrico L Pavia and Giuseppe Ansaldo.

Today, Pavia e Ansaldo has over 130 professionals and offices in Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Moscow and Tokyo.

From its establishment, Pavia e Ansaldo chose independence but maintained steady relationships with the major law firms in the main foreign jurisdictions, selected according to their specific expertise in their respective practice areas in order to provide top-quality cross-border services, tailored to the needs of the clients.

Areas of practice: With over 130 lawyers in 22 specialised departments, Pavia e Ansaldo provides advice and assistance to its clients in all areas of business law.

Each department, under the guidance of one or more partners, is autonomous and independent, yet perfectly integrated with all the others to provide, where necessary, seamless multidisciplinary assistance tailor-made to individual requirements.

The firm has created a specific department for each area of practice, made up of lawyers with thorough, in-depth understanding and consolidated experience in their particular field. In particularly complex cases, involving several different areas of practice, it forms multidisciplinary teams where team spirit and tailor-made advice meet the specialist expertise of individual lawyers.

Departments: administrative, antitrust and competition, aviation, maritime and shipping, banking and finance, capital markets, compliance, construction and project finance, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, energy, environmental, EU and international, food and beverage, healthcare and pharmaceutical, industrial and intellectual property, investment funds, M&A and private equity, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, tax, TMT.

Foreign desks: the firm’s international dimension, which has been one of its distinguishing features from the very outset, has been enhanced through the years by the creation of eight of foreign desks (US – Germany – Spain – Russia and CIS Countries – Japan – Middle East and Turkey  – Africa – China), where specialised teams provide legal advice and support both to Italian clients with interests in foreign markets, and foreign clients from those countries with interests in Italy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative Marco Giustiniani
Administrative Nico Moravia
Antitrust and competition Filippo Fioretti
Aviation, maritime and shipping Caterina Luciani
Banking and finance Mario Di Giulio
Banking and finance Roberto Zanchi
Capital markets Mia Rinetti
Compliance Mario Di Giulio
Construction and project finance Daniele Carminati
Construction and project finance Vittorio Loi
Corporate and commercial Daniele Carminati
Corporate and commercial Vittorio Loi
Corporate and commercial Sven von Mensenkampff
Dispute resolution Stefano Bianchi
Dispute resolution Marina Santarelli
Dispute resolution Maurizio Vasciminni
Employment Enrico Del Guerra
Energy Claudio Cera
Energy Carlo Del Conte
Environmental Marco Giustiniani
Environmental Nico Moravia
EU and international Filippo Fioretti
Food and Beverage Gian Paolo Di Santo
Industrial and Intellectual Property Gian Paolo Di Santo
Investment Funds Mia Rinetti
Investment Funds Carlo Trucco
M&A and private equity Stefano Bianchi
M&A and private equity Meritxell Roca Ortega
M&A and private equity Sven von Mensenkampff
M&A and private equity Roberto Zanchi
Real estate Federico Cavazza
Real estate Claudio Cera
Real estate Fiorenza Resta
Real estate Meritxell Roca Ortega
Restructuring and insolvency Alberto Bianco
Restructuring and insolvency Roberto Zanchi
Tax Giuseppe Alessandro Galeano
Tax Marco Jannon
TMT Stefano Bianchi
TMT Marco Giustiniani
TMT Nico Moravia
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mario Joseph Abate  photo Mario Joseph Abate Of Counsel Head of Desk US Focuses his activity on cross border…
 Maria Elena Armandola  photo Maria Elena Armandola Partner Counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc…
 Enrico Banchero  photo Enrico Banchero Partner
 Giuseppe Besozzi  photo Giuseppe Besozzi Partner
 Stefano Bianchi  photo Stefano Bianchi Managing Partner
 Alberto Bianco  photo Alberto Bianco Partner
 Paola Carlotti  photo Paola Carlotti Partner
 Daniele Carminati  photo Daniele Carminati Partner Head of Desk Middle East and Turkey
 Federico Cavazza Rossi  photo Federico Cavazza Rossi Partner
 Claudio Cera  photo Claudio Cera Partner
 Carlo Del Conte  photo Carlo Del Conte Partner
 Enrico Del Guerra  photo Enrico Del Guerra Partner
 Mario Di Giulio  photo Mario Di Giulio Partner Head of Desk Africa
 Gian Paolo Di Santo  photo Gian Paolo Di Santo Partner
 Filippo Fioretti  photo Filippo Fioretti Partner
 Giuseppe Alessandro Galeano  photo Giuseppe Alessandro Galeano Partner
 Giovanni Gigliotti  photo Giovanni Gigliotti Partner Counsel in civil and commercial law disputes, Giovanni has got a…
 Marco Giustiniani  photo Marco Giustiniani Partner
 Vitaly Gorkin  photo Vitaly Gorkin Local Partner Moscow
 Marco Jannon  photo Marco Jannon Partner Marco Jannon has a consolidated experience in EU taxation and transfer…
 Vittorio Loi  photo Vittorio Loi Partner Head of Desk Russia and CIS Countries
 Caterina Luciani  photo Caterina Luciani Partner Caterina is specialised in the assistance to banks and financial institutions…
 Paolo Lupini  photo Paolo Lupini Partner Paolo Lupini has extensive experience in listed companies regulation.
 Francesco Manara  photo Francesco Manara Partner
 Nico Moravia  photo Nico Moravia Partner
 Bruno R. Pavia  photo Bruno R. Pavia Of Counsel Head of Desk US
 Fiorenza Resta  photo Fiorenza Resta Partner Fiorenza has always focused her activity mainly on the Real Estate…
 Mia Rinetti  photo Mia Rinetti Partner
 Meritxell Roca Ortega  photo Meritxell Roca Ortega Partner Head of Desk Spain Head of the Barcelona Office Member of…
 Marina Santarelli  photo Marina Santarelli Partner Counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc…
 Anna Saraceno  photo Anna Saraceno Partner Anna focuses her activity on private equity and M&A transactions.  She…
 Valentina Simonelli  photo Valentina Simonelli Partner
 Carlo Trucco  photo Carlo Trucco Partner
 Maurizio Vasciminni  photo Maurizio Vasciminni Partner
 Ying Xie  photo Ying Xie Of Counsel Head of Desk China
 Roberto Zanchi  photo Roberto Zanchi Partner
Number of lawyers : 130
at this office : 72
AIFI (Italian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)
American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
ASLA - Associazione Studi Legali Associati
IBA (International Bar Association)
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US desk contact : Mario Abate
Germany desk contact : Sven von Mensenkampff
Spain desk contact : Meritxell Roca Ortega
Russia and CIS Countries desk contact : Vittorio Loi
Japan desk contact : Adriano Villa
Middle East and Turkey desk contact : Daniele Carminati
Africa desk contact : Mario Di Giulio
China desk contact : Ying Xie
Other offices : Barcelona
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Rome
Other offices : Tokyo