Hogan Lovells International LLP > Rome, Italy > Firm Profile

Hogan Lovells International LLP
VIA MARCHE 1-3
00187 ROME
Italy

Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Massimiliano Masnada is a highly recognised privacy and data protection lawyer. He coordinates the firm’s strategic operations, agreements and regulation team, whose members often act as DPOs and in relation to GDPR matters. National and international clients appreciate the group’s global reach, the experience in dealing with the Italian Data Protection Authority and its litigation expertise. Giulia Mariuz combines her knowledge of data privacy with a specialism in e-commerce.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Masnada

Other key lawyers:

Giulia Mariuz; Elisabetta Nunziante

Testimonials

‘Massimiliano Masnada is a partner with absolute and proven experience in privacy and at the same time practical and quick in finding suitable solutions for the customer. Always close to the needs of the business and able to develop solutions that combine the legal aspects with the business perspective.’

‘Business-oriented, fast and reactive. Attentive to customer needs.’

‘Massimiliano Masnada is always up-to-date and able to provide really useful support. Giulia Mariuz and Elisabetta Nunziante are able to provide assistance by getting to the heart of business processes and understanding how to give real support.’

‘Flexibility in managing time and costs.’

‘Extremely competent profiles also on junior resources.’

‘Enormous preparation and deep knowledge of the sector gained over the years. Young and dynamic team.’

‘Massimiliano Masnada and Giulia Mariuz have the ability to anticipate problems due to the enormous experience in the field. The network of professionals in HL’s international network in this matter is also highly appreciated.’

‘Giulia Mariuz has a good general understanding of Italian privacy law and over all GDPR.’

Key clients

GlovoApp23

Bending Spoons

BNP Paribas Cardif

Eataly

Google

LexisNexis

Mylan

Orthofix

Pago PA

TeamSystem

Zimmer Biomet

Work highlights

  • Assisted Google LLC before the Supreme Court against a ruling of the Court that obliged it to remove all search results relating to a priest involved in the past in episodes of paedophilia.
  • Assisting GlovoApp23/Foodinho in the appeal against the decision of the Italian Data Protection Authority providing Foodihno with a sanction of EUR 2.6 mln for alleged violation of GDPR provisions.
  • Assisting PagoPA in every data privacy and compliance issues regarding the launce of AppIO and the related services/projects offered to the Italian citizen through the app.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s life sciences team is widely respected for its expertise in corporate and commercial matters, M&A, product liability and litigation, regulatory issues, IP and compliance. Clients additionally appreciate the group’s robust relationships with the Italian Health Authorities’ key officers. Heading up the Italian cross-practice life sciences team, Christian Di Mauro advises on product liability, compliance, regulation and safety, and Francesca Angeloni is a regulatory law specialist. Counsel Giuseppe Aminzade joined from Rucellai & Raffaelli in July 2021 to lead the firm’s Italy life sciences and healthcare regulatory department.

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Testimonials

This team provides high-quality, practical and client-friendly advice and constant availability.

Good balance between soft/hard skills and business understanding.

Great for the empathy and open-minded approach, in addition to the technical skills.

Francesca Rolla is very client friendly, practical and available. I like her balanced approach, which sets out clear choices when proceeding with cases.

Key clients

Angelini Holding

Baxter AG, Baxter

CHR Hansen Italia

Eli Lilly

Fidia Farmaceutici

Formula Pharmaceuticals

GE Healthcare

Grünenthal

Livanova

Orthofix

Qiagen Marseille

Recordati

Sorin Group – LivaNova

Sorin Group Italia

LivaNova Deutschland

Takeda Shire

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

In Italy, Hogan Lovells International LLP has a large team of professionals who are entirely dedicated to TMT. Beyond the group's capability to act in internet and e-commerce matters, an ‘excellent specialist knowledge of TMT-related litigation' is also highlighted, especially regarding liability for internet intermediaries. Two stand-out clients in this sector are Tripadvisor and Youtube, both assisted by practice co-head Marco Berliri, who is described as ‘the guru of the online world'. Massimiliano Masnada, who focuses on IT litigation and online privacy, co-heads the department with him.

Practice head(s):

Marco Berliri; Massimiliano Masnada

Testimonials

Marco Berliri and Eugenia Gambarara have excellent industry experience. Their advice is practical and insightful.’

‘Timeliness and commitment in interpreting customer needs.’

‘Marco Berliri is an important point of reference for the management and pragmatic resolution of complicated TMT issues.’

‘Excellent specialist knowledge of TMT-related litigation in their jurisdiction, especially regarding liability for internet intermediaries.’

‘Marco Berliri is a pleasure to work with and dedicated to the cause. Michele Traversa is also recommended.’

‘Twenty years of experience in the sector; dynamism, attention to customer needs; ability to understand business.’

‘Marco Berliri is the guru of the online world, has enormous experience and is always able to anticipate the onset of legal risks and offer practical and viable solutions. Valerio Natale is a brilliant lawyer who combines a strong creativity with a solid knowledge of the subject.’

Key clients

Airbnb

AutoScout24

Bending Spoons

Dropbox

eBay

Expedia

Facebook

Getir

Google

ITV

PayPal

Uber

Vinted

Vodafone

TripAdvisor

Twitter

YouTube

Work highlights

  • Represented Google in a number of proceeding regarding COVID-19 disinformation and the spread of “fake news” which have established Google’s power to suspend or terminate accounts spreading inaccurate information about the pandemic.
  • Represented YouTube in a number of proceeding regarding the liability of the platform for third parties’ content, as well as regulatory matters concerning the implementation of the AVMS and Copyright Directives in Italy.
  • Represented Vinted in the launch of the Italian platform Vinted.it and in proceedings brought by the Italian consumer protection authority for an alleged unfair commercial practice.

Italy > Intellectual property

Hogan Lovells International LLP's highly reputed IP department provides assistance and in-court representation in the full spectrum of IP law matters. The team provides an especially comprehensive trademark offering, which stands out for its ability to secure and maintain trademark registrations globally, thanks to the full integration in the firm’s world-wide IP network. Luigi Mansani is widely known for his publications in the fields of patent litigation and Giovanni Ghirardi handles patent disputes. The duo head the practice. Maria Luce Piattelli is noted.

Practice head(s):

Luigi Mansani; Giovanni Ghirardi

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Testimonials

‘The firm provides a good service, and they are very committed to their tasks.’

‘The team is very professional and is always available in case of queries. Giovanni Ghirardi is an excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

Adler

Antonio Marras

Arper

Bally Schuhfabriken AG

Eli Lilly

Ermanno Scervino

Gebrüder Thonet Vienna

Molteni & C.

Novamont

Recordati

Richard Ginori

Starbucks

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s public law team is described as ‘very strong’ particularly in connection to environmental administrative matters, an area in which regulatory lawyer and practice head Francesca Angeloni excels. Senior associate Emanuela Cocco assists in matters of public procurement law, renewables and conventional energy as well as expropriation procedures and oil and gas matters. Furthermore, a notable strength of the group is its integration with the firm’s global regulatory practice, which is further enhanced by the tight collaboration with many of the firm’s other practices, including M&A, commercial, energy, real estate and competition law, among others.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Angeloni

Other key lawyers:

Emanuela Cocco; Gaia Gelera

Testimonials

‘Very strong team supporting on environmental and administrative matters.’

‘Francesca Aneloni – really excellent.’

‘Extreme competence on not only legal, but also technical-legal aspects. Excellent coordination skills of multidisciplinary work groups.’

‘Emanuela Cocco is always available and always ready to support me with extraordinary professional quality. She has a great understanding of the business, which makes interactions particularly effective. The technical skills are evident and on many occasions she has managed to find brilliant solutions to complex problems. Emanuela also pays great attention to meeting deadlines. Massimiliano Masnada has extraordinary legal skills that allow him to immediately frame the issues and understand all the possible angles of a specific matter.’

‘The team guarantees extreme professionalism, commitment and customer care.’

‘Leah Dunlop and Francesca Angeloni are competent, reliable professionals and extremely attentive to customer needs.’

‘Strengths; quality of individual professionals, attention and high propensity to understand the client’s business, attention to legal costs.’

Key clients

Azerbaijan Gas Supply Company

Giuntini S.p.A.

Invesco Real Estate

Kuwait Petroleum Italia S.p.A.

Shah Deniz Consortium, led by bp and SOCAR

Work highlights

  • Providing environmental law advice to Invesco Real Estate (SeiMilano) in the context of a large real estate transaction.
  • Providing energy and regulatory assistance to the Shah Deniz Consortium on the completion of the Shah Deniz 2 Southern Gas Corridor and the start of gas deliveries to European markets.

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Acting for banks, payment institutions, e-money institutions and financial intermediaries, Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Rome-based practice is sought out for its regulatory expertise in banking and payment services, financing, AML, consumer credit and banking transparency. Jeffrey Greenbaum, who focuses on the authorisation, distribution and regulatory aspects of financial entities as well as regulatory inspections, heads the Italian financial services and asset management team. At senior associate level, Claudia Colomba acts for international financial institutions on regulatory matters, and Elisabetta Zeppieri is an EU and Italian regulatory framework expert.

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Testimonials

The ability to provide clients with new and interesting initiatives.

The Hogan Lovells team provides excellent advice in the bank regulatory space. They are reliable, swift to respond and 24/7 available (if necessary). The team co-ordinates internally without friction and is 100% client focused.

The legal assessments are well balanced and focus on the client’s key issues.

Excellent relations with the regulatory authorities, 360-degree competence of the team members, and proactivity are the strengths of Hogan Lovells.

Jeffrey Greenbaum is able to anticipate problems and assist out-of-the-ordinary clients.

Jeffrey Greenbaum can boast excellent relations with the Bank of Italy and Consob, and also with the European regulatory authorities; moreover he is able to offer clients innovative solutions by leveraging a deep knowledge of the future dynamics of the sector.

Jeffrey Greenbaum is my go-to professional for pragmatism, the ability to find effective and implementable solutions, and an immense network of knowledge among all the stakeholders in the financial sector.

Senior associates Claudia Colomba and Elisabetta Zeppieri are both excellent professionals, who are always up to date and available.

Key clients

DeA Capital Real Estate SGR

MFS Investment Management Company (Lux)

Work highlights

  • Assisting DeA Capital Real Estate SGR in relation to its operating activities and regulatory requirements.
  • Regularly assists MFS Investment Management Company (Lux) in relation to the marketing in Italy of over 300 share classes of the MFS Meridian Funds and related regulatory issues.

Italy > Compliance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's Italian practice routinely advises clients on the evolving and complex requirements of Italy's regulatory and enforcement agencies. The compliance team assists with internal investigations; commercial, corporate and criminal law; privacy and data protection; and product liability and product compliance. Sabrina Borocci is an antitrust expert; Christian Di Mauro is a product safety and compliance specialist; Jeffrey Greenbaum heads the Italian financial services and asset management; Massimiliano Masnada has privacy and data protection know-how; and Francesca Rolla leads the Italian investigations, white-collar and fraud department.

Testimonials

HL Italia comprises a team of well-motivated professionals, who are oriented towards clients’ needs.

The collaboration established and the synergies generated were extremely helpful in achieving the objectives of the project.

Ability to create teams and work in sync with consultants are a plus.

Hogan Lovells’ professionals are highly qualified.

The possibility of working with an international firm facilitates the possibility of obtaining international opinions. This is extremely important in international/cross-border deals, where the skills and professionalism of different countries are intertwined with the need to compare different laws and regulations of the various countries involved.

Practical and pragmatic approach, competence and precision characterise the Hogan Lovells’ compliance team.

Able to understand and anticipate market trends – all members of the team are extremely professional and dedicated to the complete satisfaction of the client’s needs.

Francesca Rolla is very client friendly, and delivers practice advice with constant availability.

Key clients

Airbnb

DeA Capital Real Estate SGR

GE Healthcare

Johnson Electric International

Installazioni Impianti

MFS Investment Management Company (Lux)

Nintendo of Europe

Pago PA

Skretting Italia

TeamSystem

Trouw Nutrition Italia

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s team advises the retail and fashion industries at every level, from business restructuring to marketing, product compliance, distribution, advertising and operations; clients additionally benefit from its e-commerce, IP, privacy, data transfer, mobile payments and real estate law expertise. The key names are M&A specialists Antonio Di Pasquale and Luca Picone, patent expert Giovanni Ghirardi, IP head Luigi Mansani, and real estate leader Marco Rota Candiani. Arbitration specialist Andrea Atteritano was made partner in 2020, and Maria Luce Piattelli and Paola La Gumina are experienced counsels.

Key clients

Adler

Antonio Marras

Arper

Bally Schuhfabriken

Bottega Veneta

Calzaturificio Marini

Ermanno Scervino

Estee Lauder

Gebrüder Thonet

Gente Roma

Il Bisonte

Issey Miyake

Moleskine

Philippe Model

Richard Ginori

Giuntini

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's Italian practice has a strong track record in high-value securitisation and collateralised financing transactions. The group is co-led by Federico Del Monte, who has substantial experience in advising banks, financial institutions and corporations on capital markets, securitisation and structured finance deals; and Corrado Fiscale, who focuses on structured finance and is 'appreciated for his inventiveness'. At associate level, Matteo Scuriatti regularly assists with DCM transactions.

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells is an international firm with an Italian structured finance department that is among the strongest and most capable in Italy.

Among the first in Italy to carry out securitisation operations in relation to renewable energy.

The team is complete in terms of skills.

Extremely collaborative and responsive in handling situations during the course of the mandate.

Diversified in its composition, the team proved to be a strong performer – better than other firms.

Corrado Fiscale is appreciated for his inventiveness, continual search for innovation and simplicity, and willingness to confront and find solutions.

Key clients

Apeiron Management

Apollo Global Management

Azimut

Banca di Cividale

Banca Finint

Banca IFIS

Banca IMI

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata

Banca Progetto

Banca Santa Giulia

Banca Valsabbina

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Borsa del Credito

Cassa depositi e prestiti

CGM

CiviBank

Citibank

Citicorp

CNH Industrial Financial Services

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment bank

Collextion Servicing

Daimler

Equita SIM

Findomestic Banca

Ferrovie dello Stato

Fiancity

Intesa Sanpaolo

KPMG Fides

Mediobanca

Mercedes Benz Financial Services Italia

Natuzzi

NordLB

Oaktree Capital Management

P&G SGR

Porsche Financial Services

Sigla

Societe Generale

UniCredit

York Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted CiviBank with setting up its first commercial paper programme for a maximum amount of €600m.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP is particularly reputed within the life sciences, TMT, financial services, luxury goods, food and beverage, real estate, energy and automotive sectors. Leah Dunlop, who originally started her career in the firm’s London office, leads the practice and is hailed as ‘wonderful to work with’. Her team recently launched an Italian-Mexican desk and includes Luca Picone, who is an authority on share purchase agreements, de-mergers, tender offers, leveraged buy-outs and share purchase agreements, having authored publications on the aforementioned topics. At counsel-level, Martina Di Nicola is principally focused on sale and purchase agreements, corporate reorganisations and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Leah Dunlop

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Di Pasquale; Luca Picone; Marco Rota Candiani; Francesco Stella; Matrina Di Nicola

Testimonials

‘Well-composed team with very knowledgeable experts working smoothly together. Reactive, quick and precise. Good client attitude and empathy. Good value for money and generally good and solid results.’

‘Luca Picone is a very solid lawyer with diplomatic excellence and outstanding negotiation skills.’

‘The Hogan Lovell’s teams in Rome and the UK have been extremely supportive on a number of corporate, commercial and M&A topics. Answers to complex often cross border questions are always close at hand, detailed and accurate.’

‘The team is very pragmatic, helping the discussion not only with the legal detail but the practical approach. They have all remained available through the pandemic. Leah Dunlop in particular is a wonderful partner to work with.’

‘Value for money, expertise, flexibility.’

‘Francesco Stella is a very tough and skilled negotiator. However he always manages to find fair compromises.’

‘Antonio Di Pasquale – high technical and professional skills, ability to interpret and evaluate the context and the dynamics characterising it and ability to identify objectives and strategies to be pursued.’

‘Leah Dunlop was a star when wrestling a difficult acquisition into fruition.’

Key clients

Argo Group

BNL

BNP Paribas Cardif

Ciemmeci Fashion S.r.l.

CNP Assurances

Dana Incorporated

DGS S.p.A.

Enel S.p.A.

Enel X S.r.l.

Fressnapf Beteiligungs GmbH

Giuntini S.p.A.

Hergo Biometane Italia s.r.l.

Infrastrutture

Manifatture Cesari s.r.l.

Mely’s Maglieria S.r.l.

Newlat Food S.p.A.

PM s.r.l.

Romolini s.r.l.

Trusendi Libero Costruzioni s.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assistance to BNP Paribas Cardif in the sale of 100% of Cargeas Assicurazioni to Intesa Sanpaolo Vita.
  • Assistance to Enel in the acquisition by Enel Produzione S.p.A. of the entire share capital of ERG Hydro S.r.l., which owns a portfolio of hydro plants for an installed capacity of 527 MW.
  • Advised Newlat Food S.p.A., listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, on its acquisition from Speedboat Acquisitionco Limited of the entire share capital of the Symington’s Group for a total post-adjustment consideration of £53m, equal to €62.13m.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Italian litigation team is part of the firm-wide global disputes practice, which contributes towards a very ample offering in the whole spectrum of litigation matters. Christian Di Mauro heads up the department and dedicates himself primarily to product liability disputes and the life sciences sector. Francesca Rolla is the founding partner and head of the investigations and white-collar practice. Filippo Andrea Chiaves concentrates on commercial disputes, contentious insolvency and financial litigation. In January 2021, Emanuele Ferrara and Elisa Rossi were promoted to senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Christian Di Mauro

Other key lawyers:

Francesca Rolla; Filippo Andrea Chiaves; Andrea Atteritano; Emanuele Ferrara; Elisa Rossi

Testimonials

‘People in HL have one goal: to obtain the best possible result for their client.’

‘Andrea Atteritano is not only an excellent litigator but is one of the best people one can ever meet.’

‘Christian Di Mauro has a particular ability to relate constructively with counterpart colleagues’.

‘Filippo Chiaves is an excellent choice and helps tremendously to resolve any dispute.’

‘This team is very professionally trained, works hard and autonomously, that is, without waiting for input from the customer. People are helpful, they have kind and cooperative behaviour.’

‘Christian di Mauro and Elisa Rossi: excellent lawyers and it is a pleasure to work with them.’

Key clients

21 Invest

Angelini

Anheuser-Busch InBev (Peroni)

Apple

BASF

Bitstamp Limited

British American Tobacco

Etihad

Facebook

GfE Metalle und Materialen GmbH (AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group)

Grünenthal GmbH

Hansard Europe DAC

Hansard International Ltd

HDI Insurance

Honeywell Safety Products and Honeywell Italia

Johnson Electric International

Kuwait Petroleum

LivaNova Deutschland GmbH and Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.

LBI ehf (former Landsbanki Islands hf)

Lloyds Banking Group

New York University

Orthofix Inc

Orthofix Srl

OSK – SHIPTECH A/S

OSK Projects (HK) Limited

Recordati Ireland

SACYR

Slovenska Sporitelna banka a.s.

SHV Holdings

Sojitz

Suzohapp

Téléverbier SA

Terna Rete Elettrica Nazionale

Teva Pharmaceuticals

TI Group

Vestas Italia

Work highlights

  • Assisting Zurich Insurance PLC and Zurich Italia and their insured Autostrade in one of the most significant road accident damage claim (more than 50 victims, more than 100 claimants).
  • Assisted GfE Metalle und Materialen GmbH (AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group) before the Supreme Court in a highly complex corporate dispute for alleged breach of shareholders agreements and damage compensation (about 50M euros) brought by the minority shareholders of an Italian joint-venture established for the production of critical materials.
  • Assisting the Angelini Group in a complex IT/commercial dispute brought by a software house claiming that the implementation of a multi-core technology triggered a price increase of the licence agreement in place. The Court of Appeal of Rome uphold our defences and stated for the first time that new technologies cannot trigger changes in pricing without prior negotiations and new arrangements between the parties.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's Italian antitrust, competition and economic regulation team is based both in Milan and Rome, while also housing a practice in Brussels. In addition to supporting the corporate and banking legal practice groups, the standalone department can boast strong relationships throughout the firm's international network and is focused predominantly on public enforcement litigation. Sabrina Borocci advises on Italian and European antitrust, competition and merger control law.

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Testimonials

In the area of ​​antitrust compliance, the firm possesses high levels of competence, technical knowledge of the subject and professionalism.

Compared to other firms, there is excellent client orientation within the industrial sector, and an ability to understand business dynamics.

Ability to listen to clients’ needs and align them with the guidelines provided.

Over time, Hogan Lovells has been able to position itself as a partner of absolute value for tech companies, fully understanding their external and internal dynamics, working on key issues to enrich collaboration, and equipping itself with tools that are in step with the times.

Seamless collaboration with other departments of the firm makes Hogan Lovells’ professional service standout.

Sabrina Borocci delivers solid guarantees of competence with a willingness to compare and continuously study the issues under discussion. She is genuinely curious and passionate about legal issues, which stimulates conversation and facilitates the client’s strategic thinking.

The whole of Sabrina Borocci’s team displays seriousness and extensive technical expertise in this area.

Perfect alignment with the principal partner, Sabrina Borocci.

Key clients

GE Medical Systems Italia

GE Healthcare Italia

GE Holding

GE Medical Systems SCS

Unilever Italia Mkt Operations

Volkswagen Bank

Prima Assicurazioni

Vodafone Group Services

Airbnb Ireland Unlimited Company

BNP Paribas Cardif

Boehringer Ingelheim Italia

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Nintendo of Europe

Work highlights

  • Assisted Unilever Italia Mkt Operations with a preliminary ruling before the European Court of Justice, originating from a referral of the Italian Supreme Administrative Court for an alleged abuse of an exclusionary nature.
  • Successfully advised Volkswagen Bank before the Italian Regional Administrative Court, which quashed an ICA decision that fined nine captive banks and their parent companies (as well as industry associations) for the exchange of commercially sensitive information.
  • Assisting Prima Assicurazioni with proceedings opened by the ICA against price comparators and insurance companies, in relation to an alleged exchange of sensitive information involving motor vehicle liability policies.

Italy > Investment funds Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields regulatory specialists in UCITS, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, and anti-money laundering. Leading the Italian financial services and asset management team, Jeffrey Greenbaum is focused on the authorisation, distribution and regulatory aspects of financial entities, as well as regulatory inspections. At senior associate level, Claudia Colomba‘s experience includes collective management, pensions, insurance, banking and payment services.

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Testimonials

Great for its assistance with all kinds of Italian-related topics, including AML, GDPR, onboarding of paying agents and negotiating distribution agreements.

Good ability to understand problems and impressive knowledge of the sector.

In the last two years, the activities have often been carried out remotely, but the firm has been able to maintain contacts and availability efficiently, and has also carried out frequent and interesting virtual seminars.

The partners cover all subjects at 360 degrees, with a series of suitable contacts in the relevant sectors. In particular, I was able to appreciate Jeffrey Greenbaum.

Senior associate Claudia Colomba has good knowledge of very specific regulatory sectors and excellent analytical skills and proactivity.

Key clients

MFS Investment Management Company (Lux)

Timberland Investment Resources Europe

Italy > Private equity Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team provides a full-service offering to private equity funds, from formation and acquisition matters through to portfolio oversight and support through the exit phase. The team has a core focus on deal structuring, especially in respect of tax and restructuring considerations. Practice head Luca Picone is particularly accomplished within the energy, telecoms, luxury goods, food and medical device industries.

Practice head(s):

Luca Picone

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Di Pasquale; Leah Dunlop; Francesco Stella

Key clients

21 Invest

DGS S.p.A.

One Rock Capital

Trilantic Capital Partners Europe

Work highlights

  • Legal assistance to Fressnapf Beteiligungs GmbH (shareholder of Maxi Zoo Italia) that, together with Cinven, by means of a minority investment acquired Arcaplanet from Permira.
  • Advising the first three Italian companies to be acquired by Florence S.p.A., the new luxury production pole in Italy established by the private equity fund VAM Investments and Fondo Italiano d’Investimento, and advising four further luxury manufacturers on their acquisition by Florence.
  • Assistance to the founders, co-CEOs and shareholders of DGS S.p.A., a leading Italian IT specialist, with its buy-out by H.I.G. Europe, an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital.

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s practice covers all aspects of property investments, including M&A real estate transactions; asset acquisitions and disposals; sales and lease backs; and joint ventures and project developments. The team also regularly works alongside its finance, tax, regulatory, planning and environmental law colleagues. Team leader Marco Rota Candiani has extensive real estate sector experience; and counsel Maria Deledda advises corporations and real estate funds on regulatory issues.

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Testimonials

Marco Rota Candiani, Maria Deledda and senior associate Alberto Carrara  are all excellent professionals.

Key clients

M&G

Invesco Real Estate

Segro

Melià

LHM

Work highlights

  • Assisted Invesco with the agreement for the purchase of a residential development within Milan’s large SeiMilano redevelopment project.
  • Assisted Invesco with an agreement for the purchase of a logistics development.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP assists on the full range of insolvency and restructuring matters, including debt and corporate restructurings. Practice head Ernesto Apuzzo is a key name for the assistance of financial institutions. Antonio Di Pasquale focuses on debt trading and distressed acquisitions. Filippo Andrea Chiaves coordinates a contentious insolvency team. Pierantonio Musso completes the team.

Practice head(s):

Ernesto Apuzzo

Testimonials

‘Excellent professionals, it is always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Ernesto Apuzzo is one of the best professionals in the sector and with him it is always possible to identify the most appropriate solution with an open and constructive dialogue. Francesco Gallo is also great.’

‘Great competence in the matter. Young and dynamic team capable of adapting to the customer’s needs also on a technological level.’

‘Speed and dynamism. Pierantonio Musso is a point of reference.’

‘Pierantonio Musso always makes himself very available and manages to manage situations with a business and a fine juristic point of view at the same time. Ernesto Apuzzo is practical, which always helps to secure the deal.’

Key clients

Aeroports de Paris

Apeiron Management S.p.a.

Brainlab AG

Ediconsult Srl

Enercon Gmbh

Esso italiana Srl

Etihad

Generalfinance

Georgia pacific llc

Grancasa

Immobiliare mazzini

Intesa san paolo

Kock group

Kuwait petroleum

Lbi ehf (former landsbanki ìslands)

Maccaferri

Mitsubishi mhie

Molex group

Monte dei paschi di siena

Nespoli group

Osk shiptech a/s, osk projects (hk) ltd

Prelios credit servicing s.p.a.

Resideo

Sacyr

Unicredit

Vallesi

Vsl construction solutions pty

Aeroports de paris

Apeiron management s.p.a.

Brainlab ag

Ediconsult srl

Enercon gmbh

Esso italiana srl, exxonmobil

Etihad

Generalfinance

Georgia pacific llc

Grancasa

Immobiliare mazzini

Intesa san paolo

Kock group

Kuwait petroleum

Lbi ehf (former landsbanki ìslands)

Maccaferri

Mitsubishi mhie

Molex group

Monte dei paschi di siena

Nespoli group

Osk shiptech a/s, osk projects (hk) ltd

Prelios credit servicing s.p.a.

Resideo

Sacyr

Unicredit

Vallesi

Vsl construction solutions pty

 

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Acting for major Italian and international corporations, Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s borrower practice is able to leverage the firm’s robust banking regulatory practice. Qualified to practise in both Italy and New York, team head Carlo Massini has longstanding experience in real estate, project, acquisition, asset and international trade finance.

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Testimonials

The Hogan Lovells team provides excellent advice.

They are reliable, swift to respond and available 24/7 (when necessary).

The team co-ordinates internally without friction, and is 100% client focused.

The legal assessments are well balanced and focus on the client’s key issues.

Carlo Massini is definitively one of the most distinguished lawyers in the Italian banking sector, thanks to his profound knowledge and experience.

Carlo Massini’s evaluations are always well balanced, crisp and clear, and they are very helpful when tackling very complex problems. He is also very focused on  clients’ needs and very service oriented.

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP's Italian banking and finance department is led by Milan-based Carlo Massini, who is qualified to practice in both Italy and New York. Massini has longstanding experience in financing transactions, advising on all forms of lending, including real estate, project, acquisition, asset and international trade finance.

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The Hogan Lovells team provides excellent advice.

They are reliable, swift to respond and available 24/7 (if necessary).

The team co-ordinates internally without friction and is 100% customer focused.

The legal assessments are well balanced and focus on the client’s key issues.

Carlo Massini is definitively one of the most distinguished lawyers in the Italian banking sector, with profound knowledge and excessive experience. His evaluations are always well-balanced, crisp and clear – very helpful when tackling complex problems.

Carlo Massini is very focused on clients’ needs and very service oriented.

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Italy practice routinely advises on oil and gas, renewables and energy efficiency. Leah Dunlop leads the firm’s corporate, finance and energy teams in Italy, and Luca Picone‘s clients include major industrial corporations, private equity funds and financial institutions that operate in the energy sector.

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Their support in this area has always been very effective and produced the expected results.

The HL firm is characterised by a team approach that is not common to other firms.

High level of skills and professionalism that exist in all areas of the firm, allowing a functional and synergistic approach to all issues.

The project management support during extraordinary operations is excellent.’

The lawyers I have worked with are all very attentive to the needs of the client, and very knowledgeable and helpful.

Leah Dunlop is very experienced in the areas she oversees, and predisposed to teamwork in an organised and structured way.

Leah Dunlop offers very high levels of competence and expertise.

Competence, precision, constant availability and profound knowledge of the client’s business philosophy. The qualities described above are a reflection of the professionalism of colleagues such as Francesca Angeloni and counsel Gaia Gelera.

Key clients

Alleans Renewables Capital

Hergo Biomethane Italia

Iberdrola

Phlogas (In liquidation)

Shah Deniz Consortium

Sunerg Solar Energy

Terna

Trusendi Libero Costruzioni

Enel

Work highlights

  • Assisted Enel with the acquisition by Enel Produzione of the entire share capital of ERG Hydro, which owns a portfolio of hydro plants.
  • Advising the Shah Deniz consortium on the completion of the $40bn Shah Deniz 2 Southern Gas Corridor, and on the commencement of commercial gas pipeline deliveries to Europe from Azerbaijan.
  • Advising an international petroleum group on all aspects of the structuring and implementation of the reorganisation of its entire Italian business activities.

Italy > Tax Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice covers the tax issues arising from M&A deals, capital markets, restructurings, and venture capital and private equity funds. It also assists with administrative matters and tax proceedings. Counsel Serena Pietrosanti heads the Italian tax practice, which includes experienced senior associate Maria Cristina Conte.

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The advice and answers are always very relevant, and the team is very available and efficient.

The tax team is very active, attentive to clients, always available to resolve doubts and issues, and has a particular approach to cost benefits.

Good digital capacity that allows us to maintain continuous relationships even during this difficult pandemic period.

Great network of relationships and skills, and good availability of services.

The tax department of the firm demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of subjects, above all the tax issues surrounding financial and structured finance transactions.

Compared to other law firms, I particularly appreciated the commercial attitude and proactivity to finding the most suitable solution for the client’s needs.

Counsel Serena Pietrosanti is an excellent professional, who is always attentive, available and has excellent analytical skills – she pays particular attention to ensuring that the result complies with the rules, as well as being the most appropriate solution.

Senior associate Maria Cristina Conte is appreciated for her experience in financial transactions (above all securitisations, including real estate) and her knowledge of the sector. Her ability to manage the relationship with the client, and to understand issues that are sometimes not easy for those who are not experts in the subject, make her an important point of reference for tax work.

Key clients

Argo Group

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Banca Valsabbina

BNP Paribas Cardif

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Equita SIM

Ferrovie dello Stato

Nissan Italia

Kuwait Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Assisted BNP Paribas Cardif with the tax aspects surrounding the sale of Cargeas Assicurazioni to Intesa Sanpaolo Vita.
  • Assisted UniCredit Banking Group with the tax aspects surrounding the structuring of a securitisation of tax claims.
  • Advised BNP Paribas/BNL on the sale of 80% of Axepta Italy to Worldline, including all tax implications of the deal and the consequent creation of a joint venture with Worldline.

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Rome office: When Italian and international companies need legal advice on complex business transactions, they turn to Hogan Lovells in Rome. Clients with disputes involving public authorities and regulators also seek its representation.

The firm has extensive industry-specific knowledge in the traditional and renewable energy sectors, food and beverages, technology, life sciences, fashion and luxury goods, and finance. The office works collaboratively with lawyers in Milan and more than 45 offices worldwide. It understands the global market forces and provides comprehensive solutions for clients, wherever they do business.

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Marco Berliri photoMr Marco BerliriMarco is one of the most well-known lawyers in Italy in the…
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Antonio Di Pasquale photoMr Antonio Di PasqualeIn his 26 years of experience Antonio Di Pasquale has advised Italian…
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