Firm Profile > Molinari Agostinelli > Milan, Italy

Molinari Agostinelli
20121 MILAN

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Molinari Agostinelli acts for clients on the purchase and disposal of real estate portfolios, as well as development and redevelopment projects. In addition, it is sought after to advise on urban planning and authorisations. Clients include real estate companies, developers and builders, as well as investment funds and asset management companies. Practice heads Ugo Molinari and Alessandro de Botton have longstanding experience of corporate transactions and joint ventures. Marco Laviano specialises in real estate M&A in the areas of retail, offices, logistics and hospitality.

Practice head(s):

Ugo Molinari; Alessandro de Botton

Other key lawyers:

Marco Laviano


‘One of the firms with the highest quality standards in Italy. Professionals of all levels – partners included – are always able to supervise a variety of cases and to give feedback with really short reaction times.’

‘Alessandro de Botton and Marco Laviano are excellent professionals, able to find feasible solutions even in extremely complex negotiation contexts.’

‘Commercial skills and ability to find the right legal angle to carry out even the most complicated operations. In addition to competence, the firm manages to create a fiduciary relationship with its customers and guarantees maximum focus on the dossiers followed.’

‘Alessandro De Botton and Marco Laviano and the team of professionals who work with them, assist the customer with the best knowledge and, often working in combination, are able to provide 360-degree advice, stimulating the customer to find solutions innovative. The strong commercial spirit distinguishes them and the consolidated knowledge of the subject supports them.’

‘The team stands out for its in-depth knowledge of real estate law, with an analytical approach and excellent negotiation skills.’

‘Attention to detail, total availability, always prompt and orderly feedback.’

Key clients

Blackstone Group

Finanziaria internazionale investment sgr

Coima sgr

Prelios sgr


Art invest

Ubi Banca

Kryalos sgr

Pgim real estate

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Active on both the debtor and creditor sides, Molinari Agostinelli is 'focused on delivering solutions' and it is consistently involved in large, complex and headline restructurings in Italy. Practice chair Ugo Molinari is a highly rated and longstanding restructuring and insolvency specialist, while Alessandro Fontana advises national and international banks on the management of complex debt restructurings. Other notable partner-level contacts are Marinella Ciaccio and Margherita Santoiemma. In 2020, Giacomo Colombo, who is experienced in R&I matters, was promoted to senior associate. Riccardo Agostinelli was a new arrival in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Ugo Molinari; Marinella Ciaccio; Margherita Santoiemma; Alessandro Fontana

Other key lawyers:

Giacomo Colombo


Very proactive, professional care from a firm that is focused on delivering solutions.

Attention to detail, execution skills and innovative proposals.

Available, competent and empathetic.

Great preparation and expertise from these professionals; they are attentive to the client’s interests, have superb negotiating skills, and provide continuous supervision of all aspects that are inherent to the deal.

Exceptional attention to detail, superb knowledge of bankruptcy law, resilience, and strong negotiating skills.

Ugo Molinari is very much appreciated for his competence and ability to achieve strong results.

Key clients

Coop Alleanza 3.0


Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Banco BPM

Intesa Sanpaolo

Aareal Bank


Illimity Bank

DeA Capital Alternative Funds

Gruppo Russotti

Solido Holding

Tourist Ferry Boat


Fenice Holding

Italy > Private equity Tier 3

Molinari Agostinelli regularly advises major Italian and foreign PE funds on a range of transactions and corporate matters, including corporate governance issues and the implementation of structures for complex deals. Ugo Molinari  handles an array of matters for PE clients; and Margherita Santoiemma is an M&A, LBO, acquisition finance and joint venture expert.

Practice head(s):

Ugo Molinari; Margherita Santoiemma

Key clients

Attestor Capital

DeA Capital Alternative Funds

York Capital Management

Alto Partners


Sony Innovation Fund

Signal Capital Partners

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 4

Molinari Agostinelli's 'very attentive' team advises on joint ventures, distribution partnerships, asset management and banking regulation, product launches and contracts, and organisational models and policies. Nicolò Juvara heads the practice, which includes salary partner Paolo Barbanti Silva and of counsel Daniela Runggaldier.

Practice head(s):

Nicolò Juvara

Other key lawyers:

Paolo Barbanti Silva; Daniela Runggaldier


The members of the team are endowed with great professionalism, competence and awareness.’

They are very attentive to clients’ needs.’

Nicolò Juvara is a highly experienced professional, who has excellent communication skills and is very attentive to detail.

Paolo Barbanti Silva has shown great professionalism, competence, availability and meticulousness.

Key clients

UniCredit S.p.A.

Compass Banca S.p.A. – Mediobanca Group

Banco di Desio e della Brianza S.p.A.

Agos Ducato S.p.A.

Generali Investments Europe SGR S.p.A.


Société Générale Securities Services


Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Molinari Agostinelli's expertise covers a broad range of  transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures of businesses and shareholdings, mergers, break-ups and reorganisations. Ugo Molinari advises on M&A, corporate restructuring and real estate deals, while Nicolò Juvara is an insurance sector specialist. Marinella Ciaccio and Margherita Santoiemma provide further partner-level support.

Practice head(s):

Ugo Molinari; Nicolò Juvara; Marinella Ciaccio; Margherita Santoiemma

Other key lawyers:

Marco Laviano


The team provided good commercial advice and was responsive.

They helped the process to run smoothly and kept within their fee quotation.

Key clients

Nuova Sorgenia Holding

Cattolica Assicurazioni

Dea Capital Alternative Funds

Eni gas e luce

Alto Partners

Progressio SGR


J Hirsch

Interseroh Austria

Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group

Banco di Desio e Brianza


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

Molinari Agostinelli's 'very proactive' banking and finance team is experienced in advising banks and financial institutions on acquisition, property, corporate and structured finance. Ugo Molinari's broad practice ranges from LBO acquisition finance to structured finance and debt restructurings. Alessandro Fontana and Maria Milano provide additional partner-level support. Riccardo Agostinelli was a new arrival in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Ugo Molinari; Alessandro Fontana

Other key lawyers:

Maria Milano


‘Determined and dedicated to achieving results.

‘Competent, with a great work capacity.

Great professional skills and very proactive.’

Capable of providing solutions that create significant value for the client.

Great ability to provide solutions with added value, and an extremely proactive approach during operations that advances the process.

Ability to operate as a single team with the client, which greatly facilitates the execution of a deal.

Key clients


Aareal Bank

Banca IMI

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Banco BPM

Illimity Bank

Gruppo UBI

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Molinari Agostinelli's practice is increasingly active in disputes relating to financial products and services, as well as insurance litigation. In addition, other drivers of work include disputes arising from breaches of contracts, challenges of resolutions adopted by shareholders and matters associated with bankruptcy and insolvency procedures. Ugo Molinari co-heads the practice with Roberto Crosti.

Practice head(s):

Ugo Molinari; Roberto Crosti


Strong determination and ability to support the client’

‘Great availability and legal ability.’

‘The team led by Ugo Molinari is competent and capable of explaining the various complexities of disputes to the client.’

‘Ugo Molinari is a champion: his skills are not limited to the litigation sector, but embrace various areas of law.’

Key clients

Carlo Colombo

Coop Alleanza 3.0 Soc. Coop.

Confindustria ANCMA

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena


Prelios S.p.A. – Prelios SGR

Kryalos SGR

DeA Capital Alternative Funds

Chubb European Group – Rappresentanza per l’Italia

Torre SGR


Banco BPM

The firm: Molinari Agostinelli brings together highly regarded professionals who have worked together for a long time and who have gained significant expertise in complex and high-profile corporate transactions and disputes, both in Italy and abroad. The firm has developed far-reaching and consolidated relations with leading foreign law firms, and it provides global assistance to its clients in several areas of practice.

The firm’s professionals stand out for their qualification and versatility, working in teams dedicated to each deal or case. The work is carried out in strict co-operation with the clients with a view to providing tailored advice to meet their needs and expectations.

Some of the firm’s professionals are mentioned in all the major Italian and foreign legal directories and they have been awarded as best lawyers in their practice areas by some of the most prestigious Italian legal directories.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial law: the firm advises on different aspects of corporate law, with specific emphasis on corporate transactions, corporate governance and shareholders’ agreements as well as on reorganisation and restructuring of companies and corporate groups. The firm also assists clients with respect to commercial agreements covering a wide range of areas.

M&A – private equity: the firm boasts recognised expertise in the structuring and completion of complex corporate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of businesses and shareholdings (both majority and minority interests), as well as mergers, transformations, de-mergers and reorganisations.

Insolvency and restructuring: the firm provides legal advice in the area of insolvency law and debt restructuring and it has been involved in some of the most important and delicate financial restructuring transactions implemented in Italy. The firm advises banks and debtors alike in relation to both private debt restructuring transactions as well as court-governed restructuring proceedings.

Insurance: the firm handles a wide range of domestic and international matters, advising on all aspects of the insurance industry. Its professionals boast a strong and consolidated experience in corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. Its clients include insurance and reinsurance companies, banks and other intermediaries, investors and operators of the insurance industry.

Real estate: the firm advises on real estate deals and is involved in acquisitions and disposals of assets (parcels of land and real estate portfolios) as well as in development and renovation transactions. The firm’s clients include real estate companies, developers and building contractors, investment funds and asset management companies active in the real estate sector. The real estate team is supported by the professionals specialised in public law with respect to building, town planning and licence-related issues.

Financial services: its dedicated financial services group serves all major areas of the financial services industry, with special regard to banking and insurance. The firm advises Italian, European and US financial services companies on a wide range of matters, including asset management and banking regulation, new product launches and contracts, the implementation, maintenance, evaluation and monitoring of organisational models and employee codes of conducts.

Banking and finance: the firm advises banks, financial institutions, industrial companies and both Italian and foreign investment funds, mainly in relation to transactions covering the areas of acquisition finance, property finance, corporate finance and structured finance.

Litigation – domestic and international arbitration: the firm advises its clients on complex litigation and arbitration cases covering civil and commercial matters, focusing in particular on contractual and tortious liability, also in relation to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, directors’ and holding companies’ liability.

Administrative law: the firm advises private undertakings, institutions and public companies in the area of administrative law, both in contentious and non-contentious matters. The highly specialised professionals have gained significant expertise in public procurement and infrastructure, building and town planning law, energy and environmental law, as well as healthcare and pharmaceutical regulations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial law Ugo Molinari
Corporate and commercial law Marinella Ciaccio
M&A – private equity Ugo Molinari
M&A – private equity Margherita Santoiemma
M&A – private equity Ciro Di Palma
Insolvency and restructuring Ugo Molinari
Insolvency and restructuring Riccardo Agostinelli
Insolvency and restructuring Alessandro Fontana
Insurance Nicolo' Juvara
Real estate Alessandro de Botton
Real estate Marco Laviano
Financial services Nicolo' Juvara
Financial services Paolo Barbanti Silva
Financial services Daniela Runggaldier
Banking and finance Ugo Molinari
Banking and finance Riccardo Agostinelli
Banking and finance Alessandro Fontana
Banking and finance Marco Leonardi
Banking and finance Daniele Migliarucci
Banking and finance Maria Milano
Banking and finance Beatrice Neri
Banking and finance Andrea Taurozzi
Litigation – domestic and international arbitration Ugo Molinari
Litigation – domestic and international arbitration Roberto Crosti
Administrative law Lorenzo Caruccio
Number of lawyers : 40