Firm Profile > Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale > Milan, Italy

Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale
20121 MILANO

Private equity Tier 3

Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale's PE practice regularly advises on complex deals, with its assistance covering all stages of PE matters, including both structuring and closing. Alessandro Giovannelli recently acted for private equity funds and entrepreneurs on investment transactions and sales of companies; and Fabrizio Scaparro is a corporate law and M&A and PE specialist.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Giovanelli; Fabrizio Scaparro

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Delucchi; Nicoletta Carapella

Key clients


Argos Wityu

Dedalus Holding


IDeA Taste of Italy

Mandarin Capital Partners III

Melrose Industries PLC

Whitebridge Investments

Capital markets: Equity Tier 4

Highly regarded for his advice to issuers and underwriters on international and domestic ECM transactions, Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale's Andrea Bartolucci 's experience includes first-time listings and IPOs, as well as rights issues. Fabrizio Scaparro's broad practice also includes ECM work.

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Bartolucci; Fabrizio Scaparro 

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale's principal advisers are highly regarded firm managing partner Alessandro Giovannelli; corporate law, M&A and private equity expert Fabrizio Scaparro; and Matteo Delucchi, who advises on corporate and commercial extraordinary transactions. Italy and New York-qualified Nicoletta Carapella joined as partner from Grimaldi Studio Legale.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Giovanelli; Fabrizio Scaparro

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Delucchi; Nicoletta Carapella

Key clients


Argos Wityu

Cargotec Corporation

Dedalus Holding


Fabbri Vignola Group

Gruppo Illy

Italmatch Chemicals Group

Mandarin Capital Partners III

Melrose Industries PLC

Whitebridge Investments

Tax Tier 6

Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale's tax group specialises in assisting investment funds, and large and medium-sized financial and industrial enterprises, with direct and indirect taxation matters at both domestic and international levels. 'Pragmatic tax partnerEugenio Romita is the firm's tax department leader.

Practice head(s):

Eugenio Romita


Longstanding experience and deep market knowledge of inbound investments into Italy, especially in the investment fund market.’

Eugenio Romita has very profound knowledge of technical tax issues, not only domestically but also in relation to EU developments.

Eugenio Romita is a smart and pragmatic tax partner. I am very impressed by his diligence and how he thinks ahead.

Key clients

Amber Capital SGR

Banca Galileo

Benvic Europe

CMT Utensili Group

Equita Capital SGR


Green Stone SICAF


Italian Wine Brands

Mediobanca Group

Mezzanove Capital

Objectway Group


Principia SGR

Profilmec Group

Riello Investimenti Partners SGR

Sata S.p.A.

Stroili Oro

Vorwerk Italia

The firm: Giovannelli e Associati is an independent law firm, which combines an international approach with solid local roots.  The firm provides high profile corporate and finance legal advice, with a distinctive and innovative approach.
Our practice includes M&A, private equity, restructuring, corporate finance, capital markets, labour and tax.  The firm also assists its clients in general corporate and commercial matters, and on litigation and arbitration, with a focus on corporate and commercial disputes.

Main areas of practice
Merger and acquisitions – private equity: The firm provides thorough advice to private equity funds, investment companies, multinational groups and entrepreneurs in complex M&A and corporate transactions, advising on all stages of the deal, from early structuring to closing.

Activity covers a wide range of matters, including:

  • acquisitions and divestitures
  • leveraged buy-outs and management buy-outs
  • venture capital and minority investments
  •  joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • capital increases, issuance of notes, including convertible notes, and other extraordinary transactions
  •  mergers and de-mergers.

The firm has been particularly active in handling transactions involving different jurisdictions, also through an effective network of preeminent foreign independent firms, which allows us to benefit of an international reach with flexibility in the selection of the best partners for each transaction.

The practice encompasses a wide range of business sectors, including retail, fashion, luxury, pharmaceutical, real estate, energy, information technology, entertainment, medical, food and beverage.

Finance and restructuring: The firm represents clients in every kind of corporate finance and restructuring, providing multi-disciplinary expertise to ensure the best possible assistance in this critical phase of their business.

The firm is notably active for sponsors (private equity funds, investment companies) in handling their portfolio companies’ debt and in advising entrepreneurs and debtors, both in connection with in-court and out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings.

The firm’s activity in this sector includes:

  • acquisition finance
  • project finance
  • security package
  • financial covenants reset
  • debt restructuring and turnaround
  • renegotiation of financial debt and management of default, with or without out-of-court restructuring agreements
  • acquisitions and divestitures of distressed assets, including distressed debts
  • bankruptcy and bankruptcy-like transactions and proceedings, both in and out-of-court.

Capital markets: The firm offers market-leading capability on securities offerings of all kinds, advising corporate issuers and underwriters on international and domestic equity and debt capital markets transactions and providing clear insight into regulatory considerations.

The firm has also deep experience in public company M&A transactions, spanning a number of industries and representing bidders and target board of directors as well as shareholders in takeover situations.

The team has considerable experience acting as international lead counsel and handling complex cross-border transactions. The emphasis on teamwork makes it easier to draw on our specialists in other disciplines of law for the benefit of the firm’s clients.

The firm provides comprehensive service for all phases of corporate finance and capital market transactions, including:

  • first-time listings and IPOs
  • rights issues
  • block trades
  • debt and convertible securities offerings
  • eurobonds and MTN programmes
  • private placements and other exempt offerings
  • regulatory and corporate law
  • prospectus preparation
  • publicity and research on new offerings
  • liability management transactions and debt exchange.

Corporate and commercial matters: The team represents financial and industrial clients, both Italian and international, in a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters.

As to our activity in commercial law, our firm provides assistance in connection with any aspects of our clients’ business cycle, with a specific focus on structuring of national and international commercial networks (distribution, agency and franchising agreements) and, more in general, in drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts (procurement, supply and services agreements).

The firm’s corporate activity includes:

  • ongoing assistance to public and private companies, including investment companies, portfolio companies of private equity funds, companies belonging to multinational groups or financial conglomerates
  • extraordinary transactions including mergers, de-mergers, capital increases, issuance of financial instruments
  • corporate governance matters, including advice to Directors in relation to extraordinary transactions, managements’ agreements and incentive plans
  • shareholder rights
  • structuring and organization of groups of companies
  • structuring and implementation of corporate vehicles dedicated to special purposes, including investment companies based on private equity funds models.

Labour: The firm provides assistance in matters concerning labour law and industrial relations, both in the judicial and out of court.

In particular, the firm deals with:

  • employment litigation;
  • directorship agreements;
  • employment agreements;
  • independent contractor agreements;
  • agency agreements;
  • collective dismissal and redundancy procedures;
  • reorganization plans, also with assistance in industrial relations;
  • transfer/lease of business or of a going concern;
  • labour matters in the context of insolvency procedures;
  • stock option plans and employee share-participation;
  • workplace safety matters.

The firm has a consolidated experience in the judicial sector in the field of litigation concerning executives/employees and termination of agency relationships.

Litigation and arbitration: The firm provides its clients with assistance in litigation in all areas of civil, commercial and corporate law, bankruptcy and labour law.

Partners in particular have considerable expertise in litigations arising in the negotiation or execution of acquisition, investment and joint venture agreements, as well as commercial agreements.

The activity of the firm includes all phases of the both pre-judicial activity – including the possible mediation phase – and judicial, before the ordinary judicial authorities of each level and in national or international arbitrations, as defenders, sole arbitrators or members of arbitration panels, even in the context of institutional arbitrations, ie subject to regulations adopted by institutions such as the Arbitration Chambers attached to the Chambers of Commerce, in particular the Chamber of Commerce of Milan.

Tax: The firm is specialized in assisting investment funds and large and medium-sized financial and industrial enterprises on both domestic and international direct and indirect tax matters.  We also advise on the tax related matters concerning high net worth individuals and families.  There is special focus on tax litigation and pre-litigation.

The firm has developed an in-depth knowledge and experience of the tax matters pertaining to extraordinary corporate transactions (M&A, equity/debt capital market, restructuring, group reorganization) and to the entire lifecycle of Italian and foreign private equity, private debt and real estate investment funds.

The firm is mainly involved in:

  • mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations;
  • tax audit and litigation;
  • tax opinions and voluntary or mandatory appraisals;
  • tax rulings;
  • planning of high net worth individuals.

The firm is also steadily member of the board of statutory auditors in industrial and financial companies.

Via dei Bossi, 4
I – 20121 Milano
T.: +39 02 9769 7800
F.: +39 02 8718 1445

Department Name Email Telephone
Fabrizio Scaparro +39 02 97697800