Pavia e Ansaldo > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Pavia e Ansaldo
MILANO 20121

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 1

Pavia e Ansaldo‘s enviable reputation in the luxury sector is characterised by its longstanding client relationships with some of the largest and most prominent brands in the world. In a recent 12-month period, the practice attracted a raft of new instructions from leading luxury and premium brands, spanning M&A, private equity, employment, dispute resolution and IP. One of the leading advisers to the Italian luxury sector, senior partner Gian Paolo Di Santo heads the industrial and IP department; experienced partner Mia Rinetti advises luxury brands on major transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alice & Olivia

Calvin Klein



E Marinella

Elie Tahari

Fast Retailing USA


Haeres Equita



La Prairie

PRL – Polo Ralph Lauren

The Sonnabend Collection Foundation


Omnicos Group

REGI Laboratories


Work highlights

  • Continuing to assist PRL – Polo Ralph Lauren with an IP case involving the alleged infringement of its iconic ‘polo player on horse’ logo.
  • Advised the current creative director (Francesco Risso) of renowned Italian luxury fashion brand Marni on negotiations for the renewal of his appointment.
  • Assisting Christie’s with administrative, tax and criminal issues arising from the import and export of paintings and other high-end artworks.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Pavia e Ansaldo‘s go-to life sciences department covers IP litigation, regulatory, M&A, international healthcare, competition law and data protection. Head of the industrial and IP team Gian Paolo Di Santo is an experienced IP litigator for life sciences multinationals in Italy; competition law expert Filippo Fioretti is the former co-head of Simmons & Simmons’ Italian life sciences practice; and Marco Giustiniani represents the life sciences sector in administrative litigation involving public procurement bodies and the Italian Medicines Agency. Former partner Agostino Migone de Amicis  joined LCA Studio Legale in January 2021.

Practice head(s):


Great technical competence and a willingness to investigate all details.

Key clients

Actavis Italy



Laboratori Alter




Bio-Techne Corporation

Almirall e Almirall

Aristo Pharma Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ethypharm in the first “clear the way action” involving a generic drug product in Italy (against originator Novartis).
  • Acting for the pharmaceutical sector (as represented by a number of major life sciences companies) in major litigation against the Italian Health Agency over the so-called Hospital Budget.
  • Assisting pharmaceutical giant Intas Pharmaceuticals with a request for access in the pharmaceutical sector to administrative documents.

Italy > Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 2

Clients for the manufacturing industry turn to Pavia e Ansaldo for corporate, private equity, IP, tax and dispute resolution advice and representation. M&A transactions are also a key pillar of the practice, and the team recently acted on the sale of the Italian manufacturer Surfaces Group to a US private equity firm, work led by Giuseppe Besozzi. Stefano Bianchi is the managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi

Other key lawyers:


‘Maximum commitment in understanding the business and providing the clear analysis of possible M&A activity.’

‘The curiosity and direct style of Mia Rinetti are of excellent quality.’

Key clients

Armacell Group

Basell Poliolefine

Brugg Cables

Bruni Glass S.p.A.

Cale Group

Contact Lab S.r.l.

Coventya Group


Fomas Sp.A.


LB Officine Meccaniche S.r.l.

M+W 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 Surfaces Group, an Italian industrial manufacturer controlled by French private equity firm Astorg Partners, on its sale to US private equity fund TA Associates.
  • Advised the Japanese manufacturer of medical devices Asahi Intecc on its acquisition of a 70% stake in Italian life sciences company Kardia.
  • Advised H.I.G. Europe on the sale of Texbond, a manufacturer of specialty nonwoven fabrics, to Quadrivio Group.

Italy > Compliance Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo's compliance expertise partly stems from the firm's historical healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector specialisms. An expert in the 231/2001 legislation, department head Mario Di Giulio frequently chairs compliance supervisory bodies; and in March 2020, the firm hired Giulio Brunelli, former head of legal affairs at London-based Colt Technology, bringing expertise in Italian and EU telecoms sector compliance models. Former partner Deborah Bolco left in January 2021 for an in-house role.

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Other key lawyers:


Competence, availability and listening skills are the characteristics of the firm that I value the most.

Their availability and understanding of our matters is above average, as well as their search for innovative and creative solutions.

Key clients

Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Europe

Arab Banking Corporation (Milan Branch)


Libyan Financial Authority

Stahl Italy

Saica Flex

Saica Pack Italia

Trumpf Italia

Standard & Poor’s Global Rating (UK)

Standard & Poor’s Global Standard

Four Telecom Services

Newtech Interactive

Telequest & Internet Solutions

Work highlights

  • Assisting Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Europe with the set-up and implementation of Italian Legislative Decree 231 and the implementation of an antitrust compliance programme.
  • Advised Standard & Poor’s Global Rating (UK) on identifying compliance issues pursuant to Italian legislative Decree 231/2001 that could also apply in the UK.
  • Advised Four Telecom Services on domiciliation issues and registration with the Register of Communication Operators (as an operator authorised to offer voice services as a reseller, and, subsequently, as a mobile virtual network operator).

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo had a busy year representing real estate investment funds and telecom operators, among other multinational clients, before the Italian Supreme Court in a number of complex disputes. While energy, life sciences, transport and technology are key sectors for the firm, the team is highly  skilled in banking and finance litigation, especially in connection to cases relating to financial misconduct and white-collar crime. Marina Santarelli and Maurizio Vasciminni co-lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marina Santarelli; Maurizio Vasciminni

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Oliva


‘Studio Pavia e Ansaldo represents a guarantee from all points of view. The team is at the highest professional level, able to immediately enter into the merits of any question of a juridical-legal and economic nature, and to propose effective solutions.’

‘Great knowledge of local law and at the same time they are able to advise the clients in disputes heard in other European jurisdictions where basic principles of court or arbitration proceedings could be very similar or the same.’

‘Roberto Oliva is a great litigator with deep knowledge of court and arbitration process that helps him to assist clients in their disputes, no matter which jurisdiction they involve.’

‘The Firm is characterized by a great professionalism of the lawyers, seriousness and attention to the client.’

‘Roberto Oliva is prepared, kind, available, well-educated and has great capacity and speed in understanding the problem and in proposing solutions which are superior to other lawyers’.’

‘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 regulatory one, in order to always provide the customer with the best solution also from a commercial point of view.’

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 largest banks in the world in multiple actions brought by retail investors in Italian courts over several years.
  • Acting for a major securitisation company in its plea before the Italian Supreme Court which recognised the right of reimbursement of deduction at source for securitisation companies.
  • Representing an Italian global leader in the iron and steel sector in complex proceedings arising from payment of bank guarantees totalling more than €30m issued in connection with an important public procurement project in Algeria.

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo‘s scope of practice covers corporate transactions, energy disputes, construction matters, and administrative and environmental conflicts, along with grid parity and Sustainable Energy Utility schemes. Leading the practice are energy projects specialist Carlo Del Conte and Claudio Cera, who advises energy players. Marco Jannon is a tax adviser to the renewable energy sector, while energy-focused partner Carlo Emanuele Rossi was recently hired from Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato.

Practice head(s):


Pavia e Ansaldo represents a guarantee from all points of view.

The team is at the highest professional level; it is able to enter into the merits of any question of a juridical-legal and economic nature and propose effective solutions.

Top-level professionals.

Its strong point remains a focus on clients.

Knowledge and passion for the energy sector, not only in relation to legal and regulatory issues, but also technological and market matters – in my opinion this allows the team to go further in their support of clients.

Ability to provide professional support to the development of the client’s business by finding tailored solutions.

Carlo Del Conte is a very high-level professional with a great deal of experience in commercial aspects, and a deep knowledge of all contractual issues.

Claudio Cera is always available to provide help, despite being constantly engaged on multiple fronts. His affability, combined with professional competence, make him a perfect partner for the realisation of complex projects where the human side is just as important as purely commercial/ legal ones.

Key clients

Camozzi Holding




M+W Italy

Octopus Investments

Solar Access Sustainable Energy



VEI Green



Alpha Trading



Work highlights

  • Advising METKA, a global EPC contractor, on the development of several photovoltaic plants in Sardinia and Apulia.
  • Advised multinational oil and gas services player, Allied International, on its acquisition of Mandelli Sistemi.
  • Assisted Vei Greenfield 2 with its acquisition from developer Energeticamente of Civitaveccchia Energia.

Italy > Intellectual property Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo has a longstanding track record in IP matters. Concentrating mainly on highly regulated sectors, the team also handles IP elements of M&A transactions and social media work. Practice head Gian Paolo Di Santo stands out for his activity in the life science and fashion sectors. Counsels Gabriele Girardello and Arianna Paternicò complete the team.

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.

Work highlights

  • Representing Proras before the Italian Supreme Court, which ruled in its favour in a long-running and highly complex counterfeiting case.
  • Representing Genentech Inc in a cross-border action.
  • Acting for Polo Ralph Lauren in infringement proceedings related to its iconic “polo player on horse” logo.

Italy > Private equity Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo's private equity team has been kept busy supporting on buy-outs and build strategies in some of Italy’s most active sectors, namely luxury goods, industrial, agriculture and food. Stefano Bianchi leads the department which includes Giuseppe Besozzi, who is especially well-versed in deals with an international contract or corporate restructuring element, as well as Meritxell Roca Ortega, a go-to for transactions which intersect the domestic and Spanish markets.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe Besozzi; Meritxell Roca Ortega; Alberto Bianco; Mia Rinetti


‘The in-depth expertise, and the knowledge of market good practices, allows them to provide very concrete legal assistance and support.’

‘Mia Rinetti represents significant excellence.’

Key clients

Arcadia SGR

Astorg Partners

Dea Capital Funds SGR S.p.A.

Devi Kroell


Ethica Global Investments S.p.A.

HIG Capital


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

Surfaces Technological Abrasives S.r.l.

Xenon Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Surfaces Group, a major Italian industrial player controlled by leading French private equity firm Astorg Partners, on its sale to US private equity giant TA Associates.
  • Advising the European affiliate of US private equity giant H.I.G. Capital on the sale of Texbond to fellow private equity and alternative investments player Quadrivio Group.
  • Advising Customs Support Group, a Rotterdam-based customs consultancy, controlled by Castik Capital Partners, on its acquisition of Italian customs consultancy Ser.Nav.

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Pavia e Ansaldo‘s group handles all stages of real estate and construction mandates, from inception to completion and post-completion disputes; it was recently particularly involved in the fast-growing residential healthcare sector. Fiorenza Resta has longstanding experience in advising on acquisitions, developments and sales of large real estate portfolios; Claudio Cera advises on the full range of real estate issues; and Daniele Carminati is construction and project finance head.

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

Great professionalism and experience.

Technical-legal preparation is accompanied by excellent pragmatism, which provides the client with business-oriented legal assistance.

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

LHM S.r.l.

M+W Italy

Omnia Hotel Group

Proger S

Mayhoola Italy

Sator Immobiliare SGR

Work highlights

  • Advised Italy’s national rail operator on the successful sale of the site on which the Olympic Village for the 2026 Winter Olympics (hosted by Milan) will be constructed.
  • Advised one of the world’s leading real estate companies on its acquisition of two residences for the elderly from BNP Paribas Reim Italy.
  • Advised Gruppo Omnia Hotels on its purchase of a company that owns the four-star Rose Garden Palace in Rome.

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Marco Giustiniani is Pavia e Ansaldo‘s key lawyer for public law matters. His team focuses on public procurement and public tenders, especially in the construction and infrastructure sectors. Former co-head Nico Moravia is now with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Matteo Benozzo  and Francesco Bruno  also left the team to join B – Società tra Avvocati. However, three associates joined the team in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Marco Giustiniani


‘Experience and overall vision characterize the main strengths of Pavia e Ansaldo. The competence and preparation of the study of many years is significant of a well-established “professional heritage” which allows him to implement a multi-perspective and interdisciplinary approach to individual cases and problems posed.’

‘Pavia e Ansaldo provides advice taking into account all the characteristic aspects of the client’s business. The multidisciplinary team of the studio, in addition to being characterized by great professionalism, always shows a lot of friendliness and attention to the customer also from a human point of view.’

‘The firm is characterized by a great professionalism of the lawyers, seriousness and attention to the client.’

‘Marco Giustiniani has great listening skills and is able to provide adequate solutions with respect to the business objective.’

‘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 regulatory one, in order to always provide the customer with the best solution also from a commercial point of view.’

‘Marco Giustiniani stands out in the panorama for his great professionalism and experience. His technical-legal preparation is combined with an excellent pragmatism aimed at providing the client with business-oriented legal assistance.’

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)

Alvi Medica srl

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 Amadori

Pronto Taxi 6645 soc. coop.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the former mayor of the Municipality of Manfredonia in proceedings arising from mafia infiltration of municipal authorities in the Apulia region of southern Italy.
  • Asvising RailMaint on public contracts with Ente Autonomo del Volturno for the upgrading of trains on the suburban Naples network.
  • Representing the managers of the Rome airport in proceedings arising from new directives relating to access to Italy’s main airport.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo‘s banking and finance practice is co-led by structured finance expert Mario Di Giulio and banking and financing specialist Roberto ZanchiCaterina Luciani‘s practice includes shipping and transportation law, and in May 2021, borrower-side finance expert Carlo Emanuele Rossi joined as partner from Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato.

Key clients

ICCREA Banca Impresa

Investire SGR

Assiteca Broker Internacional de Seguros

Xenon Private Equity

Tecno Pool

First Growth Real Estate

Conforama Holding

Conforama Italia

Work highlights

  • Advising ICCREA BancaImpresa on the borrower aspects of its negotiations with the European Investment Bank and the Regions of Sicily and Campania for the utilisation of the EU’s so-called 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 the borrower aspects of 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

Pavia e Ansaldo has a presence in Barcelona and Tokyo and recently opened a new office in Turin, complementing its established offerings in Rome and Milan. The practice, which has grown significantly over recent years, also recently expanded through the partner-level arrival of Carlo Emanuele Rossi from Carnelutti, a move which bolsters the group’s capacity for energy-related M&A. Managing partner Stefano Bianchi  and Roberto Zanchi  jointly head the team which has won a number of instructions in the industries worst affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic, including hospitality and transport.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi; Roberto Zanchi

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe Besozzi; Alberto Bianco; Mia Rinetti; Meritxell Roca Ortega; Carlo Trucco; Anna Saraceno; Paola Carlotti


‘Studio Pavia e Ansaldo represents a guarantee from all points of view. The team is at the highest professional level, able to immediately enter into the merits of any question of a juridical-legal and economic nature, and to propose effective solutions.’

‘Roberto Zanchi and Carlo Trucco: top level professionals.’

‘Extensive experience in Private Equity transactions’

‘Alberto Bianco is competent, pragmatic, fast’

‘The profound competence linked to the great operational concreteness, and the willingness to operate in uncomfortable conditions and times, in the awareness that the goal must be grasped.’

‘Ability to act as a glue between large buyers and sellers belonging to the family business.’

‘Mia Rinetti has infinite mediation skills and is able to identify balanced and transparent solutions.’

‘High quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the proposed solutions.’

Key clients

H.I.G. Europe

Mittel S.p.A.

Fomas Group

Surfaces Technological Abrasives S.p.A.


MTS Globe

GPI S.p.A.

Skytanking Holding GmbH

Stirling Square Capital Partners


Assiteca Broker Internacional de Seguro

Threestones Capital Management

Isdin Srl

Albini e Pitigliani SpA

Castik Capital Partners GmbH

Conforama Holding SA

Conforama Italia S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Surfaces Group, a major Italian industrial player controlled by leading French private equity firm Astorg Partners, on its sale to TA Associates.
  • Advised the manager and minority shareholder of Cristallina, the owner of Italian mineral water brands Pejo and Goccia di Carnia, on the acquisition of a majority stake in the company by Orienta Capital Partners.
  • Advised Asahi Intecc on its €40m acquisition of a 70% stake in Italian life sciences company Kardia.

Italy > Employment Tier 4

Pavia e Ansaldo demonstrates great capability to act in a vast range of labour law matters. The team’s most recent and most significant cases include the representation of a number of US multinationals regarding a breach of social security contributions cap regulations. The case is handled by practice head Enrico Del Guerra, who, together with associate Francesco Vitella, is considered by clients ‘a business partner rather than a consultant.’ Valentina Simonelli and Enrico Banchero are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Enrico Del Guerra


‘Ability to understand the organizational context and the needs of clients, and to provide effective and timely solutions.’

‘Enrico Del Guerra is a very reliable partner, capable of quickly understanding the need or problem represented, fast, precise and pragmatic in providing advice and the recommended solution.’

‘Ability to act as a partner of the client and not as a simple external consultant. This allows P&A to help provide the client with an overview of the topic being analysed.’

‘Enrico Del Guerra and Francesco Vitella are more business partners than consultants.’

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.

Eurofirms Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre Italy, Kofax and McKinsey 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 from 2015-20.
  • Advising Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi – SDA on contracts governing the creation of products central to its on demand online programmes.
  • Advised Eurofirms 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

Fielding 'highly trained professionals from a technical-legal point of view', Pavia e Ansaldo recently promoted core member of the EU and competition team, Maria Rosaria Raspanti, to senior associate. Routinely instructed on several mandates for Colt Technology, Filippo Fioretti is well known as a competition adviser to the telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):


The team ensures maximum professionalism and availability.

Highly trained professionals from a technical-legal point of view; each issue is examined in depth from every aspect, including economic and regulatory ones, in order to provide the client with the best solution from a commercial point of view.

Key clients

Barclays Bank


Wolters Kluwer Italia

Colt Technology

Several major taxi unions and taxi companies

Association of Local Democracy Agencies

DeA Capital Alternative Funds




Work highlights

  • Assisting Standard & Poor with the establishment and implementation of an antitrust compliance programme.
  • Advising Permobil, a Swedish manufacturer of specialised wheelchairs, on the competition aspects of its acquisition of shares in Rehateam and Progeo.
  • Advised DeA Capital Alternative Funds on the competition aspects of a deal aimed at ultimately acquiring a majority shareholding in Zephyr Group.

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

Pavia e Ansaldo routinely acts for financial institutions on major acquisition and real estate financing transactions; the team has a notable record on healthcare sector-related financings, along with banking litigation. Mario Di Giulio has substantial in-house experience at major Italian banks, and Roberto Zanchi's expertise covers banking and finance.

Other key lawyers:

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

Work highlights

  • Defending a US parent company, and two UK subsidiaries of one of the largest banks in the world, against multiple actions brought by retail investors in the Italian courts.
  • Assisting a major bank with court proceedings (arising from a lease), which involve several interesting points of law.
  • Advising one of the most important arms of Banca di Credito Cooperativo on its negotiations with the European Investment Bank, and the Regions of Sicily and Campania, for the utilisation of the EU’s Jessica Funds.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 5

Pavia e Ansaldo is highlighted for its competition and compliance-related work for telecom clients. Recently, it stood out for representing a client in a high-profile dispute regarding 5G frequencies, led by Marco Giustiniani. He acts together with Stefano Bianchi as team head.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Bianchi; Marco Giustiniani


‘Excellent firm with great international standing. Enrico del Guerra is an excellent lawyer of the highest calibre.’

Key clients

Almaviva S.p.A.

GPI S.p.A.

Italglobal Partners S.r.l.

Lectra GroupLinkem S.p.A.

Odeon Cinemas Group

Project Informatica

Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.

Wise Tech Global


Telequest & Internet Solutions GmbH

Newtech Interactive

Four Telecom Services GmbH & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Advising London-based private equity house H.I.G. Europe on its acquisition of a controlling stake in leading Italian IT company Project Informatica.
  • Assisting GPI, a leading healthcare focused IT company, with its acquisition of leading Spanish healthcare technology company Hemasoft Software S.L.
  • Advising an Austrian telecoms company Four Telecom Services GmbH & Co KG on domiciliation issues and registration in the Register of Communication Operators (ROC) as an operator authorized to offer voice services as a reseller and mobile virtual network operator.

Italy > Tax Tier 5

In January 2021, Pavia e Ansaldo recruited private equity-related M&A tax structuring expert Giuseppe Alessandro Galeano (as partner), and a team of six tax advisers, from CBA Studio Legale e Tributario. In addition to M&A-related tax mandates, the practice has strong tax litigation credentials. Marco Jannon advises on energy-focused tax matters.


Excellent knowledge of the needs of private equity operators.

Professionalism, competence and transparency.

A close-knit team with client care and timeliness.

The consultancy service provided by Pavia e Ansaldo is characterised by utmost professionalism, flexibility and orientation to the client’s needs. We confirm that we have an excellent relationship in place.

Giuseppe Alessandro Galeano is competent, precise and punctual.

Key clients



Stirling Square Capital Partners Italy

Tüv Rheinland Italia

Basell Poliolefine


Asaro Matteo-Cosimo-Vincenzo

Christie’s International SA Filiale Italiana



McKinsey & Company (Italia)

Ogury Italy

Asahi Intecc

Stena Line

Montrasio Italia


Bruni Glass

Work highlights

  • Advised Fondoposte on the tax ramifications of an investment in an alternative investment fund.
  • Assisted Ogury with its appraisal of a UK-based holding company.
  • Advised Valvitalia on various tax issues, including the tax elements of M&A and other corporate/commercial transactions.

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…
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
Daniele Carminati photo Daniele CarminatiPartner Head of Desk Middle East and Turkey
Federico Cavazza Rossi photo Federico Cavazza RossiPartner
Claudio Cera photo Claudio CeraPartner
Carlo Del Conte photo Carlo Del ContePartner
Enrico Del Guerra photo Enrico Del GuerraPartner
Mario Di Giulio photo Mario Di GiulioPartner Head of Desk Africa
Gian Paolo Di Santo photo Gian Paolo Di SantoPartner
Filippo Fioretti photo Filippo FiorettiPartner
Giuseppe Alessandro Galeano photo Giuseppe Alessandro GaleanoPartner
Giovanni Gigliotti photo Giovanni GigliottiPartner Counsel in civil and commercial law disputes, Giovanni has got a…
Gabriele Girardello photo Gabriele GirardelloPartner  
Marco Giustiniani photo Marco GiustinianiPartner
Vitaly Gorkin photo Vitaly GorkinLocal Partner Moscow
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
Caterina Luciani photo Caterina LucianiPartner Caterina is specialised in the assistance to banks and financial institutions…
Paolo Lupini photo Paolo LupiniPartner Paolo Lupini has extensive experience in listed companies regulation.
Bruno R. Pavia photo Bruno R. PaviaOf Counsel Head of Desk US
Fiorenza Resta photo Fiorenza RestaPartner Fiorenza has always focused her activity mainly on the Real Estate…
Mia Rinetti photo Mia RinettiPartner
Meritxell Roca Ortega photo Meritxell Roca OrtegaPartner Head of Desk Spain Head of the Barcelona Office Member of…
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
Maurizio Vasciminni photo Maurizio VasciminniPartner
Ying Xie photo Ying XieOf Counsel Head of Desk China
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)
Camera di commercio italo-russa
Camera di commercio e industria giapponese in Italia
Camera di commercio italo-cinese
Camera di commercio spagnola in Italia
Camera di commercio italiana Barcelona
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