Firm Profile > Pavia e Ansaldo > Milan, Italy

Pavia e Ansaldo
MILANO 20121

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Agostino Migone de Amicis, who has been praised for his 'profound knowledge' of the sector, and Gian Paolo Di Santo, head the team at Pavia e Ansaldo. The practice has developed longstanding relationships with some of the largest multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the world, and regularly works with Italian regulatory bodies. Migone de Amicis is one of the foremost Italian regulatory advisers in the sector, while Di Santo, head of industrial and intellectual property, represents biotech giants and generics companies in disputes and non-infringement actions.

Practice head(s):

Agostino Migone de Amicis; Gian Paolo Di Santo


Much of the studio’s credibility in the life sciences sector is due to the competence and reliability of Agostino Migone De Amicis, who is competent, experienced and responsive.

The firm has a deep knowledge of the life sciences sector and is particularly attentive to the evolution of the regulatory system.’

Key clients

Fondazione MBBM



Bio-Techne Corporation


Fondazione M Tettamanti – M De Marchi

Aristo Pharma Group


Industry focus: luxury goods Tier 1

Pavia e Ansaldo has considerable experience advising luxury brands. The practice, which is led by Gian Paolo Di Santo, is traditionally involved in litigation and brand management. In recent times, it has slowly been re-defining its focus in order to meet the shifting market needs, which now also includes a strong digital component. The team has expanded its trade mark, patent and contract offering by taking on more IP and e-commerce projects for high-end clients.

Practice head(s):

Gian Paolo Di Santo

Key clients

Alice & Olivia Inc.

Azimut Benetti

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

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 2

Pavia e Ansaldo's manufacturing team acts for clients involved in a diverse range of areas including food processing, thermal hydraulics and ceramics. Its workload in the manufacturing space is dominated by high-value transactions. Sven von Mensenkampff, whose dual-qualification allows him to provide multi-jurisdictional advice to German companies, acted for technology giant Bosch on the sale of two major (German and Italian, respectively) manufacturing business arms. Practice head Stefano Bianchi advises manufacturers and private equity funds. Meritxell Roca Ortega, who is also qualified in Spain, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi; Sven von Mensenkampff


Excellent flexibility and competence to highlight possible gaps and hidden risks.

The firm focuses on business solutions, with a low-key approach suitable for negotiations between larger and smaller entities, and is very savvy to intercultural differences.

Sven von Mensenkampff is distinguished by his knowledge, commercial approach, speed, reliability, very high personal responsiveness.

Key clients



Brugg Cables

Armacell International

Cale Group

Coventya Group


GHH Radsatz/Bonatrans

Krones Group

Surfaces Technological Abrasives

TMCI Padovan



Itago Partners

SM TopCo

Ethica Global Investments




Tecno Pool

Trumpf Group

Compliance Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo stands out for its compliance expertise in relation to the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. The team also has experience of data protection, consumer goods regulations and public procurement and state aid regulations. Mario Di Giulio is a Decree 231 specialist and Deborah Bolco regularly advises on data protection and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mario di Giulio

Key clients

Arab Banking Corporation

Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Europe

The Hirmer Group

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The dispute resolution practice at Pavia e Ansaldo is jointly headed by Marina Santarelli and Maurizio Vasciminni. Based in Milan and Rome respectively, they coordinate two teams, whose caseloads include administrative and civil disputes, taxation, real estate and finance matters. A series of promotions in April 2019 boosted the number of partners in the team up to six.

Practice head(s):

Marina Santarelli; Maurizio Vasciminni


‘Marco Giustiniani and Giovanni Gigliotti deserve a mention for their great preparation, oratory abilities and professional standing which is also recognized by the courts.’

‘Giada Russo is a stand-out associate.’

Key clients

Actavis Italy S.p.A.

Alken Fund

Hirmer (former Travel Charme)

Lufthansa Technik AG

Siemens S.p.A.

Siemens Healthcare S.r.l.

Siemens Transformer S.p.A.

Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo's activity in energy is characterized by a sector-specific team, intertwined with the other departments in the firm - including corporate M&A, administrative and environmental law and litigation. E-mobility, regasification and the Italian nuclear sector (with projects regarding the construction or decommissioning of nuclear power plants) are niche areas of expertise that accompany the more traditional oil and gas, electricity and renewables offerings. Carlo Del Conte is at the head of the team.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Del Conte


‘Capability to arrange a team with the right skills for each project, especially in the energy sector.’

‘Specific experience in the energy sector ‘

‘Very competent team and business-oriented.’

‘Claudio Cera is a very expert lawyer and is able to coordinate due diligence and purchase agreements with an impressive capability to mitigate legal risks and complex commercial adjustment mechanisms. ‘

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

Intellectual property Tier 3

The Milan-based practice at Pavia e Ansaldo handles an impressive range of patent litigation, copyright infringement and trade secrets matters for life sciences giants, pharmaceutical groups and high-profile international fashion brands. Gian Paolo Di Santo, recognised across the board for his extensive expertise, leads a team of four lawyers that is well regarded for its 'high expertise and professionalism.'

Practice head(s):

Gian Paolo Di Santo

Key clients

Accord / Intas group

Aristo Pharma Group

CID S.p.A.


Hörmann group

IKOI S.r.l.

Lectra Group

Micron Group

Polo Ralph Lauren

Synchronoss Technologies

Techdow Pharma Italy s.r.l.

Trime S.p.A.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo's real estate department, which is led by Fiorenza Resta and Claudio Cera, works with the construction and project finance team headed up by Daniele Carminati, focusing on portfolio management, acquisitions and project financing. The group's most notable recent work has involved leasings and refurbishments for a major global bank, real estate litigation for a pension fund and construction projects in the energy, telecoms and transport segments.

Practice head(s):

Fiorenza Resta; Claudio Cera; Daniele Carminati


‘Professionalism, client focus and determination.’

Key clients

Anas International Enterprise S.p.A.

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

Fabrica Immobiliare SGR

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.

LHM S.r.l.

M+W Italy S.r.l.

Mayhoola Italy S.r.l.

Proger S.p.A.

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

Sorgente SGR S.p.A.

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Nico Moravia heads the administrative law department at Pavia e Ansaldo, while the environmental law department is jointly headed by Matteo Benozzo and Francesco Bruno. The practice, which is praised for its 'problem-solving attitude', has seen an increase in public tenders, which now make up 50% of its workload; it is frequently involved in drafting documents relating to tenders, where it has experience acting for parties on both sides. Highlights included advising the Port Authority of Ravenna on public procurement issues concerning the largest ongoing redevelopment of a European port.

Practice head(s):

Nico Moravia; Matteo Benozzo; Francesco Bruno


The Pavia e Ansaldo Administrative and Public law team is one of the most competent teams you can find on the market in this legal field. The strongest characteristics of this team are its problem solving attitude and its capacity always to make the strongest of efforts in order to achieve the goal.’

Marco Giustianiani is a passionate and talented lawyer. In spite of his young age (under-40), he has that professionalism and experience which is rare to find in others. His most significant professional trait lies in his capacity to identify the one legal solution which precisely suits the need and will of the client. He really cares about his clients and gives them brilliant advice, which is a result of a deep and accurate study of the particular case.’

Key clients


Open Fiber

Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Centro-Settentrionale

Aeroporti di Roma

Ies Biogas


Verizon Italia

Teva Group




Accord Healthcare Italia

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo stands out for its mid-market expertise. It regularly advises corporates and asset management, private equity and real estate investment companies on acquisition financing mandates. The team also fields experts in healthcare sector financing. Mario Di Giulio has Africa-related banking and finance expertise, as well as knowledge of regional, Italian and EU legislation in relation to borrowers. Roberto Zanchi regularly advises financial services companies, Italian and foreign private equity funds and multinational corporations.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio; Roberto Zanchi

Key clients

Aedes Real Estate SGR

Alcedo SGR

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti


Equita Private Debt Fund

First Growth Real Estate

Fondazione IDIS – Città della Scienza

Gruppo Vallette-Finam

ICCREA Banca Impresa

Investire SGR

Surfaces Technological Abrasives

Tecno Pool

Xenon Private Equity

Capital markets: Debt Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo's team head Mario Di Giulio is regularly sought out by major international banks to advise on Italian DCM matters, where the banks act as agent or trustee. Di Giulio splits his time between the Rome and Milan offices, and is highly regarded for securitisation and structured finance transactions. The practice also assists with the issuance of covered bonds and derivative financial instruments.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio

Key clients

Banca Akros

Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma

Bank of New York Mellon

Deutsche Bank (London Branch)

Deutsche Trustee Company

Eco Eridania



ICCREA BancaImpresa

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo acts for major international and domestic players on high-profile deals. It is one of the few Italian corporate groups with dedicated Japanese, Russian (including CIS countries) and China desks. A significant proportion of the firm's corporate clients are from the industrial and manufacturing sectors. Stefano Bianchi is a company and commercial law specialist, Sven von Mensenkampff is an adviser to German and Nordic corporations with Italian operations, and Roberto Zanchi is an M&A, private equity, and commercial and company law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi Roberto Zanchi


It has exceptional competence, combined with availability for clients and problem solving skills. Clients particularly appreciate the lawyers’ ability to put themselves in clients’ shoes and accompany them on strategic choices.

Compared to the competition, Pavia e Ansaldo offers a 360-degree service. There are several specialists who are able to cover all aspects of commercial law and M&A, working efficiently together as a team and with the client’s in-house legal counsel. The lawyers also have a friendly, but also professional, attitude and there is considerable transparency in billing.

Key clients

Armacell Group


Dörken Service

FEV Europe

Fomas Group




Itelyum Regeneration



MTS Globe

Nippon Express

Odeon Cinemas Group

Otto Group

Robert Bosch Group

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Sun Hydraulics Corporation

Surfaces Technological Abrasives


The Hirmer Group

Travel Charme Hotels & Resorts


TUI Group

WA WallVision


Xenon Private Equity

ZF Friedrichshafen

Employment Tier 4

The three-partner employment team at Pavia e Ansaldo provides a rounded service through close collaboration with other departments of the firm; in particular corporate M&A and compliance. Enrico Del Guerra brings long-standing experience to the table, especially regarding trade union negotiations, health and safety, termination of agency relationships and remuneration packages. Enrico Banchero and Valentina Simonelli are also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Enrico Del Guerra


‘High expertise and professionalism’

‘Competence and reliability’

‘Accurate and quick in providing the requested advice’

Key clients

Actavis S.p.A.

Alice + Olivia Italia S.r.l

Fives Oto 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

Sonderhof Holding GmbH

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.

EU and competition law Tier 4

At Pavia e Ansaldo, Filippo Fioretti and his team of associates dedicate themselves to antitrust and competition matters such as market obstruction, abuse of dominance and of economic dependence, acquisitions and audits. The practice, which regularly collaborates with the firm's administrative and dispute resolution departments, advised two market-leading Milanese taxi operators in a high-profile 2019 appeal, while also handling matters for a significant number of telecoms and gaming companies.

Practice head(s):

Filippo Fioretti


‘Marco Giustiniani and Filippo Fioretti are stand-out partners.’

Key clients

Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA)

Barclays Bank

Colt Technologies S.p.A.

Dea Capital Alternative Funds SGR

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

Mercury S.p.A.

Several major Taxi unions and taxi companies

Skytanking S.r.l.


Wolters Kluwer Italia

Private equity Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo is a natural choice for Italian private equity funds that frequently invest in established Italian companies, which operate in sectors including luxury goods, manufacturing and food. Stefano Bianchi leads the firm’s longstanding client relationship with City-based private equity firm Stirling Square Capital Partners and Giuseppe Besozzi is an experienced private equity lawyer. Private equity is also a major part of Alberto Bianco's corporate practice.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi


The practice is competent, available and quick to react.

A strong and quick team that always delivers and at a reasonable cost.

Giuseppe Besozzi is analytical, trustworthy and deals with problems speedily.

Alberto Bianco is a great dealmaker.

Key clients

Alcedo SGR

Arcadia SGR

Astorg Partners

Dea Capital Funds SGR

Devi Kroell


Ethica Global Investments

F2i Fondi italiani per le infrastrutture SGR

HIG Capital

Itago Partners

Italglobal Partners

Itelyum Regeneration

Litorina Capital Advisors

Orienta Partners

Quadriga Capital Beteiligungsberatung

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Surfaces Technological Abrasives

Synergo SGR

Tecno Pool

Xenon Private Equity

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

Pavia e Ansaldo acts for some of the largest financial institutions in Italy, including Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, where Mario Di Giulio has previous in-house experience. Di Giulio also has Africa-related banking and finance expertise. The department also has specialists in fintech, regional Italian financial regulations and NPLs. Roberto Zanchi regularly acts for leading banks.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio; Roberto Zanchi

Key clients

Banca Akros

Banca Generali

Banco BPM

Bank of New York Mellon

BPER Banca

CDP – Cassa Depositi e Prestiti​

Credit Agricole Cariparma

Credito Fondiario – Fonspa​

Deutsche Bank

First Growth Real Estate

ICCREA Banca Impresa

Investire SGR

Unicredit Bank Moscow


Tax Tier 5

Pavia e Ansaldo's team is now led by new hire Marco Jannon, who provides tax advice to renewable energy companies, from Puri Bracco Lenzi. The practice assists international and Italian investment funds, with typical work including M&A tax planning, transfer pricing and corporate tax residencies. It also fields experts in tax litigation and advisory work. In addition, the team has food sector experience.

Practice head(s):

Marco Jannon


The team is complete and assists clients on the basis of skin-in-the-game experience. It always finds a solution to complete the deal.

It has in-depth knowledge of tax subjects, with a best-in-class team for the energy sector after the entrance of Marco Jannon.

The team has a great focus on clients’ needs and it goes the extra mile to ensure clients get the most comprehensive overview, including practical interpretations and benchmarking with market practices. Marco Jannon and his recently joined team are the adviser of choice for a number of large groups, both Italian and international.’

Marco Jannon has an incredible capacity to assist clients in a very practical and rounded way. He is fully aware of any potential issue that could arise in a deal and he always has the right approach and solution.

Key clients


Falck Next


Tüv Rheinland Italia

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, St Petersburg 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, construction and project finance, corporate and commercial, compliance, dispute resolution, employment, energy, environmental, EU and international, food and beverage, healthcare and pharmaceutical (regulatory), 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 a number of foreign desks, 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 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 Francesco Manara
Capital markets Mia Rinetti
Compliance Deborah Bolco
Compliance Mario Di Giulio
Construction and project finance Daniele Carminati
Construction and project finance Vittorio Loi
Corporate and commercial Francesco Manara
Corporate and commercial Vittorio Loi
Dispute resolution Marina Santarelli
Dispute resolution Maurizio Vasciminni
Employment Enrico Del Guerra
Energy Carlo Del Conte
Environmental Matteo Benozzo
Environmental Francesco Bruno
EU and competition Filippo Fioretti
Food and Beverage Matteo Benozzo
Food and Beverage Francesco Bruno
Food and Beverage Gian Paolo Di Santo
Healthcare and pharmaceutical (regulatory) Agostino Migone
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 Roberto Zanchi
Real estate Claudio Cera
Real estate Fiorenza Resta
Restructuring and insolvency Alberto Bianco
Restructuring and insolvency Roberto Zanchi
Tax Marco Jannon
TMT Marco Giustiniani
TMT Nico Moravia
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mario Joseph Abate  photo Mario Joseph Abate
 Maria Elena Armandola  photo Maria Elena Armandola
 Enrico Banchero  photo Enrico Banchero
 Matteo Benozzo  photo Matteo Benozzo
 Giuseppe Besozzi  photo Giuseppe Besozzi
 Stefano Bianchi  photo Stefano Bianchi
 Alberto Bianco  photo Alberto Bianco
 Deborah Bolco  photo Deborah Bolco
 Francesco Bruno  photo Francesco Bruno
 Paola Carlotti  photo Paola Carlotti
 Daniele Carminati  photo Daniele Carminati
 Federico Cavazza Rossi  photo Federico Cavazza Rossi
 Claudio Cera  photo Claudio Cera
 Carlo Del Conte  photo Carlo Del Conte
 Enrico Del Guerra  photo Enrico Del Guerra
 Mario Di Giulio  photo Mario Di Giulio
 Gian Paolo Di Santo  photo Gian Paolo Di Santo
 Filippo Fioretti  photo Filippo Fioretti
 Giovanni Gigliotti  photo Giovanni Gigliotti
 Marco Giustiniani  photo Marco Giustiniani
 Vitaly Gorkin  photo Vitaly Gorkin
 Marco Jannon  photo Marco Jannon
 Vittorio Loi  photo Vittorio Loi
 Caterina Luciani  photo Caterina Luciani
 Paolo Lupini  photo Paolo Lupini
 Francesco Manara  photo Francesco Manara
 Agostino Migone de Amicis  photo Agostino Migone de Amicis
 Nico Moravia  photo Nico Moravia
 Bruno R Pavia  photo Bruno R Pavia
 Fiorenza Resta  photo Fiorenza Resta
 Mia Rinetti  photo Mia Rinetti
 Meritxell Roca Ortega  photo Meritxell Roca Ortega
 Marina Santarelli  photo Marina Santarelli
 Anna Saraceno  photo Anna Saraceno
 Valentina Simonelli  photo Valentina Simonelli
 Carlo Trucco  photo Carlo Trucco
 Maurizio Vasciminni  photo Maurizio Vasciminni
 Adriano Villa  photo Adriano Villa
 Ying Xie  photo Ying Xie
 Roberto Zanchi  photo Roberto Zanchi
 Sven von Mensenkampff  photo Sven von Mensenkampff
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)
Foreign desk contacts : US: Mario Abate
Foreign desk contacts : Germany: Sven von Mensenkampff
Foreign desk contacts : Spain: Meritxell Roca Ortega
Foreign desk contacts : Russia and CIS Countries: Vittorio Loi
Foreign desk contacts : Japan: Adriano Villa
Foreign desk contacts : Turkey and the Middle East: Daniele Carminati
Foreign desk contacts : Africa: Mario Di Giulio
Foreign desk contacts : China: Ying Xie
Other offices : Barcelona
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Rome
Other offices : St Petersburg
Other offices : Tokyo