Pavia e Ansaldo > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Pavia e Ansaldo
MILANO 20121

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 1

Pavia e Ansaldo‘s practice has a strong reputation for its work for leading luxury and premium brands. The team’s coverage includes M&A, private equity, employment law, dispute resolution and IP matters. Industrial and IP department head Gian Paolo Di Santo is highly rated for his advice to clients in the Italian luxury sector, and his track record includes some of the sector’s landmark Italian judgments involving the protection of IP rights. Corporate and commercial law specialist Mia Rinetti acts for luxury brands on major transactions, while Adriano Villa is Japan desk head.

Practice head(s):

Gian Paolo Di Santo; Mia Rinetti

Other key lawyers:

Adriano Villa; Mario Abate

Key clients

Alice & Olivia

Calvin Klein



E Marinella

Fast Retailing USA


Haeres Equita



PRL – Polo Ralph Lauren

The Sonnabend Collection Foundation


Omnicos Group

REGI Laboratories


Work highlights

  • Acted for Polo Ralph Lauren in an IP case involving alleged infringement of its iconic logo of a polo player on a horse.
  • Advising HIG Europe on its acquisition of Varcotex, through its portfolio company Cadicagroup, which specialises in the supply of accessories to clothing brands.
  • Advising Canepa, an historic Italian manufacturer of high-end fabrics, on its sale to AZ Eltif Capital Solutions and Invitalia.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Pavia e Ansaldo houses life sciences specialists in IP litigation, regulatory work, M&A, international healthcare, competition law and data protection. Clients also benefit from the firm’s strong relationships with Italy’s healthcare regulatory bodies. Industrial and IP practice leader Gian Paolo Di Santo acts for life sciences multinationals in IP litigation; Marco Giustiniani is experienced in administrative litigation involving public procurement bodies and the Italian Medicines Agency; and Filippo Fioretti assists with competition law aspects. Gabriele Girardello is a recently promoted IP partner.

Practice head(s):

Gian Paolo Di Santo

Key clients

Actavis Italy


Laboratori Alter



Bio-Techne Corporation

Almirall e Almirall


Asahi Intecc


Work highlights

  • Advising international NGO AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) Italia on its compliance model.
  • Advised Labomar on its acquisition of the residual 51.2% of Labiotre’s capital.
  • Assisted Ethypharm’s French group with a complex operation in which it internalised the Italian distribution business of its distributor.

Italy > Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 2

Pavia e Ansaldo frequently oversees significant acquisitions of industrial manufacturers and IT companies, and assists clients across disputes, IP issues and tax work. Stefano Bianchi advises domestic manufacturers and private equity funds on a range of transaction mandates, while associate Erica Lepore assists Italian and international companies with corporate transactions including mergers, demergers, acquisitions, disposals, and corporate restructurings. Giuseppe Besozzi is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Erica Lepore; Giuseppe Besozzi

Key clients

Basell Poliolefine

Brugg Cables

Berlin Packaging Italy S.p.A. (formerly Bruni Glass S.p.A.)

Cale Group

Contact Lab S.r.l.

Coventya Group

Fomas Sp.A.


LB Officine Meccaniche S.r.l.

EXYTE Italy S.r.l.

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

Valvitalia S.p.A

Work highlights

  • Advised Xenon Private Equity on the sale of the Italy-based manufacturer of blades, CBG Acciai to the private equity and venture capital company Azimut Libera Impresa Sgr and to the Luxembourg-based HLD Group.
  • Advised the high-profile private equity house H.I.G. Capital on its acquisition of longstanding, renowned Bologna-based manufacturer Berardi Bullonerie.
  • Advised HIG Capital on its acquisition of SIAT Group, the global market leader for case taping machinery and a leading player in pallet wrapping machinery and strapping heads and tools.

Italy > Compliance Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo has longstanding expertise in healthcare and pharmaceuticals-related compliance work. The practice also regularly works alongside the firm’s competition team in relation to national and EU regulatory issues, particularly antitrust and consumer law compliance. It additionally advises on compliance with regulatory law involving telecoms, agri-food, unfair commercial practices, and product distribution and merchandising. Practice leader Mario Di Giulio is the current president of Standard & Poor’s’ Italian supervisory body.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio

Other key lawyers:

Caterina Luciani; Filippo Fioretti; Giulio Brunelli; Maria Rosaria Raspanti


The team has demonstrated its competence and collaborative skills during Decree 231 supervisory audits.

Clients appreciate the team’s professionalism and competence.

Advice is given in a way that means clients can quickly implement compliance programmes.

Key clients

Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Europe

Arab Banking Corporation (Milan Branch)


Libyan Financial Authority


Saica Flex

Saica Pack Italia

Aquileia Capital Services

Standard & Poor’s Global Rating

ETC Invest

Four Telecom Services

Newtech Interactive

Telequest & Internet Solutions

Trumpf Italia


Work highlights

  • Assisting Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings Europe with the implementation of a Decree 231 and antitrust compliance programme.
  • Advised Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings UK on compliance issues pursuant to Decree 231.
  • Advised Austrian telecoms company Four Telecom Services on domiciliation issues.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo’s dispute practice has particular expertise in banking and finance litigation, while also being active in a myriad of sectors including infrastructure, IT, energy, manufacturing, transport, healthcare, and real estate. The group, jointly headed by Marina Santarelli and Maurizio Vasciminni, often represents real estate investment funds and telecom operators, among other multinational clients, before inter alia the Italian Supreme Court. Banking, insurance and financial services litigation expert, Eugenia Croce, and arbitration specialist, Roberto Oliva, were promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Marina Santarelli; Maurizio Vasciminni

Other key lawyers:


‘Very competent team, with a personalised assistance to its clients. The team has very high ethical standards, always promising what they can deliver.’

‘Marina Santarelli is an outstanding lawyer, with a great experience and a natural capability to understand clients’ needs and expectations. Together with Stefano Bianchi – also an exceptional civili law expert – they form a great team.’

‘Dispute resolution team of Pavia e Ansaldo has great experience in managing multi-jurisdictional disputes in business arbitration.’

‘Roberto Oliva has great understanding of legal problems and deep knowledge of arbitration.’

‘Has the very rare quality amongst disputes lawyers of being motivated to find a commercially sensible solution for both parties.’

‘My experience with Pavia Ansaldo was decisive in settling a matter with important professional and personal effects. The consultancy, which is still in progress, was effective, carried out with extreme professionalism: clarity in setting up the preparatory commitment, transparency in billing. In addition to this, a decisive human factor, a quality that completes the figure of the lawyer.’

‘Mr Oliva was able to focus immediately and implement an effective and stringent strategy which in a short period led to an to an extraordinary result. Today Mr Roberto Oliva is my trusted lawyer, a high professional profile that I highly recommended. Unquestionably the to whom to turn to for any important legal question.’

Key clients

Actavis Italy S.p.A.

Lufthansa Technik AG

Siemens S.p.A.

Siemens Healthcare S.r.l.

Siemens Energy S.r.l.

Taxiblu 4040 and Autoradiotassì 8585

Banca Generali Group, Generali Group

Work highlights

  • Defending the US parent company and two UK subsidiaries of one of the world’s largest and best known banks in multiple multi-million Euro actions brought by retail investors in Italian courts over several years.
  • Provided specialist expertise in disputes concerning the misconduct of financial advisers which were wide-ranging in nature, including the selling of unsuitable financial products to clients; breach of the duty; and misappropriation of funds.
  • Representing a leading Italian company in complex proceedings arising from payment of various bank guarantees (advance payment bonds and performance bonds according to the international standards known as ‘quadrilateral guarantees’).

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo has a strong track record of advising on e-mobility, sustainable energy utility, and renewable energy communities’ models. The firm is also active in biofuels-related issues. The group is co-led by Carlo Del Conte, who is experienced in energy and gas regulatory matters, and EPC and O&M contracts, and Claudio Cera, who acts for major energy players operating in Italy. Carlo Emanuele Rossi‘s practice includes the development of energy plants.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Del Conte; Claudio Cera

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Emanuele Rossi; Marco Jannon

Key clients

Camozzi Holding/Componenti Speciali



Exyte Italy

Octopus Investments

Solar Access Sustainable Energy


Sorgente SGR

VEI Green



Alpha Trading



SUSI Partners


Refeel New Energy

Italy > Intellectual property Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo’s IP team represents international life science companies, such as Genentech, in a range of IP litigation. The firm is also instructed by major fashion brands, including Polo Ralph Lauren. Gian Paolo Di Santo has in-depth expertise of corporate and regulatory matters, while Gabriele Girardello offers 15 years’ experience in advising on IP rights and patent dispute claims. Arianna Paternicò specialises in advising large banking groups on all IP elements relating to the equity crowdfunding sector.

Practice head(s):

Gian Paolo Di Santo

Key clients


Accord / Intas group

Polo Ralph Lauren

Synchronoss Technologies

Ethypharm group

Lectra Group

IKOI S.r.l.

GPI S.p.A.

Hörmann group

Micron Group

Techdow Pharma Italy s.r.l.

Trime S.p.A.

Owenscorp S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented the iconic brand Polo Ralph Lauren in one of the most remarkable and complex actions to protect fashion brands in Italy of recent years, now resulting in a criminal case and two civil cases now pending against dozens of parties.
  • Represented Proras in its landmark case in front of the Supreme Court concerning infringement by equivalents and in the follow-up case in front of the Court of Appeal of Bologna, which in May 2022, finally awarded 600.000 Euro to Proras for damages plus 100.000 Euro of legal expenses.
  • Assisted SDA Bocconi with preparation of all contracts aimed, among other complex provisions, at governing the management of IP rights for the creation of online products which are a core part of its on demand online programs business following Covid.

Italy > Private equity Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo has recently supported private equity clients in deals in a range of sectors including luxury, food, industrial and agriculture. The practice acts for domestic and international players alike, leveraging overseas offices in Tokyo and Barcelona, and is led by managing partner Stefano Bianchi, a go-to for acquisitions, financing and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe Besozzi; Alberto Bianco

Key clients

Arcadia SGR

Astorg Partners

Dea Capital Funds SGR S.p.A.


Ethica Global Investments S.p.A.

HIG Capital

Mindful Capital Partners (formerly Mandarin Capital Partners

NEVA SGR SpA (Intesa Sanpaolo’s Corporate Venture Capital vehicle)


Itago Partners

Italglobal Partners

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

Customs Support Group B.V.

Castik Capital Partners GmbH

Orienta Partners

Stirling Square Capital Partners LLP

Xenon Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising the leading London-based, mid-market private equity firm Stirling Square Capital Partners on the sale of and reinvestment in Itelyum Group.
  • Advising the private equity firm Xenon Private Equity on the sale of CBG Acciai to the private equity and venture capital firm Azimut Libera Impresa Sgr and to the Luxembourg-based HLD Group.
  • Advising private equity house HIG Capital on its acquisition of SIAT Group.

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Completely dedicated to clients‘, Pavia e Ansaldo‘s experienced practice is routinely involved in Italy’s ever-growing residential healthcare sector. It also has strong real estate litigation credentials. Fiorenza Resta is ‘one of Italy’s best real estate legal experts‘; Claudio Cera advises on acquisitions, sales, leases, and other corporate real estate transactions; and Daniele Carminati heads the construction and project finance teams. Federico Cavazza Rossi also assists with real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Fiorenza Resta; Claudio Cera; Daniele Carminati

Other key lawyers:

Federico Cavazza Rossi; Kathleen Bucci; Marco Giustiniani; Giovanni Gigliotti


‘The team is completely dedicated to clients.’

‘The lawyers follow up on each transaction step by step, without excluding any issues.’

‘The team is very pragmatic and never wastes time on long and useless calls or meetings, as it is always well prepared and gets straight to the crucial points.’

‘Reliable. Very solid and dependable advice.’

‘The team ensures maximum professionalism and availability. It is made up of highly trained professionals from a technical point of view, and every issue is investigated in depth, including economic and commercial issues, in order to provide the client with the best solution.’

‘The Pavia Ansaldo team works really closely with its clients – one of the most important things in order to achieve results and successful deals. The team is always available to answer queries, and shows strong competence in each aspect of a transaction.’

‘Fiorenza Resta is one of Italy’s best real estate legal experts, with an incredible track record with institutional clients. She is constructive and always problem solving.’

‘Kathleen Bucci is a true expert in real estate law.’

Key clients

Anas International Enterprise

Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche

Fabrica Immobiliare SGR

FS Sistemi Urbani – Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group

Focus Investments

Iniziativa Immobiliare Due

Iniziativa Immobiliare Tre

Gruppo Finim

Gruppo First Atlantic RE

Invimit SGR

InvestiRE SGR



Omnia Hotel Group


Mayhoola Italy

Sator Immobiliare SGR (Fondo Leopardi, Fondo Dante Retail, Fondo Petrarca)

Work highlights

  • Assisted SCI Primosalute Immobiliare with the sale and leaseback of a rehabilitation centre and nursing home in Taranto.
  • Advising Planet Smart City on its bid to gain a 4% share of the world’s affordable housing market.
  • Advising global EPC contractor Metka on the development of several photovoltaic plants in the Sardinia and Apulia regions.

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo public law department has a wide service offering, representing inter alia corporations, public entities and port authorities from the hospitality, aviation, public transport, and pharma industries. Most notably, the team led by Marco Giustiniani, acts in public procurement and tender award disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marco Giustiniani


‘The Pavia e Ansaldo law firm encompasses multiple disciplines that companies may need in a single interface; from company law to administrative and private law. The firm has made available for each of these disciplines valid professionals specialized in each sector, with a medium-high competence compared to that present in the market.’

‘What has always distinguished these people in their work is their great availability and professionalism, constantly expressed on every occasion of need of our company.’

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

‘Partner Marco Giustiniani deserves to be mentioned for his outstanding professionalism and experience. His legal background is complemented by an excellent business-oriented approach.’

Key clients

Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana SpA

Bocconi University

Accord Healthcare Italia / Assogenerici

Cardiotech S.r.l.

Enpam RE

Skytanking Srl

Trenitalia s.p.a.

Cap Holding s.p.a.

Artrò S.r.l.

DIKE Giuridica Editrice s.r.l.

Omnia Hotels Group

Elettroliri S.r.l.

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

Aeroporti Roma S.p.A

SONEPAR Italia s.r.l.

Colt Technology Services SpA

Wolters Kluwer Italia S.r.l.

4L Collection Hotels

Futura Autotrasporto Service soc. coop.

Sprintcar & Service soc. coop.

UGL Trasporti

Copernico scpa

Autoradiotassì soc. coop.

Consorzio progetto Italia

Com Metodi spa

Nuova Mondial sas

Open Fiber S.p.A.

Desa S.r.l. (Gruppo supermercati DEM)

Castello SGR

Bioteck SpA

Federazione Italiana Pubblici Esercizi


Cotabe soc. coop.

Saica SpA

Mauro Benedetti SpA

Elpendù soc. coop.

Comune di Grottaferrata

Associazione T.A.M.

Associazione S.A.T.A.M.

FederTaxi CISAL

Virtus Buonconvento s.d. (Gruppo Virtus Piscine)

Infocamere Scpa

Autorità di sistema portuale del mare Adriatico centro-settentrionale

Comune di Bracciano

Gruppo Caltagirone

Gruppo Amadori

Pronto Taxi 6645 soc. coop.

Soluzioni Prodotti Sistemi s.r.l.

Università Commerciale Bocconi s.r.l.

Dicò Gallery S.r.l.

Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato

Work highlights

  • Assisting the main taxi and limousine operators national trade unions (including UGL and CISAL) in the litigation won before the Council of State against a ruling by which the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio had declared a number of articles of the Highway Code to be contrary to EU law.
  • Advising the major Italian cleaning services player Copernico in around twenty open matters and proceedings (before several Regional Administrative Courts (TAR) and Councils of State) arising from the awarding of environmental hygiene services by multiple contracting authorities, as well as providing ongoing consultancy in participating in over 30 tenders within a year.
  • Assistance to the major national limousine and taxi operator trade unions in negotiating with the Italian Government on the draft of law (disegno di legge) on reforming the public transport sector.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo s Italy group is jointly headed by structured finance specialist Mario Di Giulio, and Roberto Zanchi, whose practice includes banking and finance work. Caterina Luciani advises on shipping and transportation law, while Carlo Emanuele Rossi assists with borrower-side financings. The firm recently opened an office in Turin.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Zanchi; Mario Di Giulio

Key clients


Banca Generali

Credit Agricole Cariparma

Banco BPM

Deutsche Bank

Unicredit Bank Moscow

ICCREA Banca Impresa

Investire SGR

Assiteca Broker Internacional de Seguros

Xenon Private Equity

Tecno Pool

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

First Growth Real Estate

Banche di Credito Cooperativo



Planet Smart City

Work highlights

  • Advised ICCREA BancaImpresa on its negotiations with the European Investment Bank, and the Regions of Sicily and Campania, for the utilisation of the EU’s Jessica Funds.
  • Assisting Investire with ongoing issues related to its €91m facility (provided by the Milan branch of French bank Natixis).
  • Advising ICCREA Banca Impresa on its negotiations with the European Investment Bank for the utilisation of European Funds for the financing of higher education for students in southern Italy.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

In addition to its domestic offices in Rome and Milan, Pavia e Ansaldo opened a new corporate and M&A focused office in Turin in October 2021; the firm is also present in Tokyo and Barcelona and also features dedicated desks for China, Africa, Turkey, the US and the Middle East. Managing partner Stefano Bianchi is extensively well-versed in cross-border acquisition, finance, private equity and restructuring transactions, serving as practice co-head alongside Roberto Zanchi. Meritxell Roca Ortega is a key port of call for deals intersecting the Spanish and Italian markets.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi; Roberto Zanchi

Other key lawyers:

Meritxell Roca Ortega; Alberto Bianco; Giuseppe Besozzi


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

Key clients

H.I.G. Europe

Mandarin Capital Partners (now Mindful Capital Partners)

Fomas Group

Surfaces Technological Abrasives S.p.A.


MTS Globe

Cristallina Holding SpA

Asahi Intecc

Stirling Square Capital Partners


Planet Smart City

Canepa SpA

GPI S.p.A.

Threestones Capital Management

DeA Capital Alternative Funds

Xenon Private Equity

Customs Support Group B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Stirling Square Capital Partners on the sale of and reinvestment in Itelyum Group.
  • Advised Turin bank ViviBanca on its purchase of a 55% majority stake in fellow bank I.Fi.Ve.R. from Credito Emiliano Group.
  • Advising Mandarin Capital Partners on completion of its purchase of a 70% stake in leading Italian and international pet care specialist Croci.

Italy > Employment Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo‘s employment law team is active in an array of labour law matters coming from a diverse range of sectors including construction, fashion, human resources and education. Recent employment litigation mandates involved a range of novel legal issues such as business transfers and payment of contributions to seconded employees. Practice head Enrico Del Guerra  has strong expertise in the health and safety sector concerning workplace regulations and the termination of agency relationships.

Practice head(s):

Enrico Del Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Enrico Banchero; Valentina Simonelli


‘The key contribution that the lawyer Enrico Del Guerra is able to provide is mainly linked to his ability to always clearly provide the different scenarios on the action plans that can be undertaken, providing even the less experienced interlocutor with a clear picture of the pros and cons with respect to the different choices. He always manages to have a very corporate point of view and understands well the internal organizational dynamics of a large group like us.’

‘I work with Mr. Enrico Del Guerra, he is a very professional and capable partner, for his deep technical/legal knowledge and for his customer proximity and flexible and opened approach, always available, and strongly able to understand the need of his customer and to suggest the best solution/option to manage the employment dossiers.’

‘Very reliable, professional team, that provide ‘seniority’ along with willingness to explore and finish everything, leaving nothing to be addressed.’

‘We received a fast and appropriate support to face any problem arising during the development of the operations we had to pursue. High level of competency throughout different aspects of the same issue led to a complete success of operations conveyed. Complete availability on a 24/7 basis is a crucial in a multinational environment.’

‘Competency, quickness, team spirit, fast understanding of the specific needs of the Company created the condition for a proactive developing of the right strategy. Scrupulousness in any aspects provided solid and consistent support’

‘I always got clear, quick, precise answers, at any time, even late in the evening. I deal with human resources, so I have had Enrico Del Guerra and Enrico Banchero as contact persons in the firm. Their advice has enabled us to solve often very complex problems in the best possible way.’

‘Lawyers Del Guerra and Banchero, with their many years of experience, know how to quickly interpret and make concrete any action that our company wants to take or needs to take in the areas of trade unions, labour law and safety.’

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

Specialisterne S.r.l.

Standard & Poor’s CMSI S.r.l.

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

UPMC Italy S.r.l.

Eurofirms Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for various clients in defence of claims from INPS (National Institute for Social Security) regarding breach of social security contributions cap regulations relating to several years of unpaid social security contributions.
  • Advising Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi – SDA Bocconi School of Management on contracts governing the creation of products central to its on demand online programmes.
  • Advised Eurofiurms Group on preparation of temporary employment agreements and supply agreements with external clients as well as its establishment of an international branch in Italy.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo‘s Rome-based competition team is led by telecoms sector specialist Filippo Fioretti, whose track record includes representing major Italian and multinational companies in litigation. Fioretti is supported by recently promoted senior associate and antitrust expert Maria Rosaria Raspanti, along with of counsels Giulio Brunelli and Fulvio Maria Palombino.

Practice head(s):

Filippo Fioretti

Key clients

Barclays Bank


Wolters Kluwer Italia

Colt Technology

Dea Capital Alternative Funds SGR




Work highlights

  • Assisted Standard & Poor with the establishment and implementation of an antitrust compliance programme.
  • Successfully acted for two Italian taxi companies (Taxiblu 4040 and Autoradiotassi 8585) in a major appeal before the Lazio Regional Administrative Tribunal.
  • Advised several telecoms companies on regulatory and legal issues, which related to the provision of fixed and mobile voice, data and internet services.

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

Pavia e Ansaldo advises lenders on the gamut of financing transactions. The banking and finance practice is jointly headed by Mario Di Giulio, whose career includes stints at leading domestic banks, alongside banking and finance practitioner, Roberto Zanchi. Caterina Luciani‘s practice covers large financings, debt restructuring and aircraft leasing.

Practice head(s):

Mario Di Giulio; Roberto Zanchi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Banche di Credito Cooperativo

BCC Roma


Banca Generali

Credit Agricole Cariparma

Banco BPM

Deutsche Bank AG

Unicredit Bank Moscow

ICCREA Banca Impresa

Investire SGR

Xenon Private Equity

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

First Growth Real Estate



Planet Smart City

Regione Liguria

Work highlights

  • Defending the US parent company (and two UK subsidiaries) of one of the largest banks in the world in multiple actions brought by retail investors.
  • Advised one of the most significant arms of Banche di Credito Cooperativo on its negotiations with the European Investment Bank.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 5

Pavia e Ansaldo advises clients on a wide range of issues including EU law, IP matters and corporate transactions; the practice is reputed for its M&A capabilities and is a go-to name for TMT companies involved in cross-border transactions. The department also assists clients across TMT sub-sectors including IT, technology and life sciences corporates, with banking and finance work, IP matters and disputes. Milena Priscorecently recently joined the practice and oversees the ESG team, with knowledge of domestic ESG compliance issues. Marco Giustiniani leads the team with Stefano Bianchi.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi; Marco Giustiniani

Other key lawyers:


‘This team is extremely competent, responsive, and reliable to work with.’

‘Advisers are available, friendly, and extremely competent.’

Key clients

Almaviva S.p.A.

GPI S.p.A.

Lectra Group

Odeon Cinemas Group

Project Informatica

Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.

Wise Tech Global



Telequest & Internet Solutions GmbH

Newtech Interactive

Four Telecom Services GmbH & Co KG (Telecommunication)

Soluzioni Prodotto Sistemi srl

Open Fiber S.p.A.

Elite Mobile S.p.A.

Viking S.r.l.

Afinna One S.r.l.

Icona S.r.l.

Tecnotel Servizi Tecnologici S.r.l.

First Point S.r.l.

Ehinet S.r.l.

Professional Link S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised Italian IT company Project Informatica on its acquisitive growth via the acquisition of three leading Italian IT and ICT companies.
  • Advised the Fomas Group subsidiary Mimete, operating in the hi-tech 3D industrial printing additive manufacturing sector, on its hi-tech joint venture with CDP Venture Capital SGR and Punch Torino.
  • Advised TeleForte Telekommunikations AG (German telecommunications company) on regulatory and legal issues arising from its entry into the Italian and Spanish markets as an authorised telecoms operator.

Italy > Tax Tier 5

In April 2022, Pavia e Ansaldo hired Roberto Iaia as tax litigation head from Studio Legale Tributario Francesco Moschetti. The practice is co-led by M&A and international taxation specialist Marco Jannon, who also advises on the tax side of energy matters, and Giuseppe Alessandro Galeano, an expert in M&A-related tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Marco Jannon, Giuseppe Galeano

Other key lawyers:

Teodoro Malquori; Mario Nunziata; Francesca Marchiori; Niccolò Poggio


Really excellent due to its intelligence and accuracy.

A very competent team.

Giuseppe Galeano is one of the most appreciated tax advisers in the Italian private equity industry.

A special mention for Roberto Iaia for his availability and skillset.

Key clients



Stirling Square Capital Partners Italy

Tüv Rheinland Italia

SUSI Partners


Asaro Matteo-Cosimo-Vincenzo

Christie’s International SA Filiale Italiana

ENPAM – Ente Nazionale di Previdenza ed Assistenza dei Medici e degli Odontoiatri

Fondoposte – Fondo Nazionale di Pensione Complementare per il Personale di Poste Italiane

McKinsey & Company Inc. Italia

Ogury Italy

Asahi Intecc

Stena Line

Montrasio Italia


Berlin Packaging Italy


LB Officine Meccaniche

Contact Lab

Clean City

Refeel New Energy


Exyte Italia

Ultivue EMEA


Work highlights

  • Advised a sustainable energy investor on the tax side to a large Italian solar PV project.
  • Advised on the tax aspects of an Italian green loan project, including the refinancing of a portfolio of 24 solar photovoltaic plants.
  • Advised a power generation business on the tax aspects of the closing of an Italian green loan project.

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, Turin, 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 seven foreign desks (US – 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.

Administrative Marco Giustiniani
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 Meritxell Roca Ortega
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
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 Roberto Zanchi
Real estate Federico Cavazza Rossi
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
Mario Joseph Abate photo Mario Joseph AbateOf Counsel Head of Desk US Focuses his activity on cross border…
Sveva Antonini photo Sveva AntoniniOf Counsel Sveva has initially undertaken the study of international law working…
Maria Elena Armandola photo Maria Elena ArmandolaPartner Counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc…
Enrico Banchero photo Enrico BancheroPartner
Giuseppe Besozzi photo Giuseppe BesozziPartner
Stefano Bianchi photo Stefano BianchiManaging Partner
Alberto Bianco photo Alberto BiancoPartner
Paola Carlotti photo Paola CarlottiPartner
Federico Cavazza Rossi photo Federico Cavazza RossiPartner
Claudio Cera photo Claudio CeraPartner
Eugenia Croce photo Eugenia CrocePartner Eugenia is an expert in financial litigations and in disputes regarding…
Carlo Del Conte photo Carlo Del ContePartner
Enrico Del Guerra photo Enrico Del GuerraPartner
Gian Paolo Di Santo photo Gian Paolo Di SantoPartner
Massimiliano Elia photo Massimiliano EliaOf Counsel Massimiliano Elia has a wide and varied experience in financial…
Giuseppe Alessandro Galeano photo Giuseppe Alessandro GaleanoPartner
Gabriele Girardello photo Gabriele GirardelloPartner  
Marco Giustiniani photo Marco GiustinianiPartner Head of the Administrative and Environmental Departments, Marco works mainly out…
Vitaly Gorkin photo Vitaly GorkinLocal Partner Moscow
Roberto Iaia photo Roberto IaiaOf Counsel Head of Tax Litigation He defends companies, entities and individuals…
Marco Jannon photo Marco JannonPartner Marco Jannon has a consolidated experience in EU taxation and transfer…
Vittorio Loi photo Vittorio LoiPartner Head of Desk Russia and CIS Countries
Paolo Lupini photo Paolo LupiniPartner Paolo Lupini has extensive experience in listed companies regulation.
Roberto Oliva photo Roberto OlivaPartner
Arianna Paternicò photo Arianna PaternicòCounsel Arianna gained significant experience in all areas of industrial and intellectual…
Bruno R. Pavia photo Bruno R. PaviaOf Counsel Head of Desk US
Milena Prisco photo Milena PriscoOf Counsel With a solid experience in the sectors of tech M&A…
Mia Rinetti photo Mia RinettiPartner
Meritxell Roca Ortega photo Meritxell Roca OrtegaPartner Meritxell is member of the Board of Directors of the Firm.…
Carlo Emanuele Rossi photo Carlo Emanuele RossiPartner Carlo Emanuele advises national and international corporations on corporate and M&A…
Marina Santarelli photo Marina SantarelliPartner Counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc…
Anna Saraceno photo Anna SaracenoPartner Anna focuses her activity on private equity and M&A transactions.  She…
Valentina Simonelli photo Valentina SimonelliPartner
Carlo Trucco photo Carlo TruccoPartner
Adriano Villa photo Adriano VillaPartner Adriano Villa is country partner for Japan and heads the firm’s…
Francesco Vitella photo Francesco VitellaCounsel Francesco is based in Milan and has notable expertise in a…
Roberto Zanchi photo Roberto ZanchiPartner
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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Camera di commercio e industria giapponese in Italia
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US desk contact : Mario Abate
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
Other offices : Turin