Osborne Clarke > Rome, Italy > Firm Profile

Osborne Clarke
Piazza d'Ara Coeli, 1
ROME
Italy

Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Osborne Clarke's client portfolio includes Google, Facebook, Uber and Bytedance, among others. The firm’s advice is particularly sought after not only for its data privacy and protection expertise, but also its strength in the IT, media and digital space, all of which are areas where the firm excels at international level. The team's ‘profound understanding’ of the regulatory framework is yet another strength. Gianluigi Marino leads the team. Senior associate Marialaura Boni also provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Gianluigi Marino

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of issues not strictly related to the consultancy in place, allowing us to also consider situations that were beyond the necessary competence, proceeding to formulate a much broader framework than required and above all much more comprehensive than every possible instance.’

‘The lawyers particularly distinguished themselves for their professionalism, their ability to listen and interpret situations, and their willingness to extend their advice and assessments to parties not expressly included in the contract.’

‘The team managed during the pandemic to be among the first firms to send clear indications in real time on the various rules that were communicated on Sunday evening, demonstrating high professionalism and readiness to urgent matters, thus helping the various companies to be reactive to new indications.’

‘Gianluigi Marino: deep knowledge of the subject, honesty, promptness and practicality in finding solutions to the most complex issues.’

‘Profound understanding of the regulatory framework along with the excellent understanding of the business issue at stake. They have a very quick response time without compromising quality. They have business acumen and provide pragmatic solutions that at the same time are legally solid.’

‘Marialaura Boni always proves to be a curious professional who is immersed in the business reality she is confronted with. This capacity for vision and proximity to the customer allows it to provide tailor-made consultancy.’

‘Osborne Clarke is a law firm known for the high quality of its legal services in the tech and data protection field and boasts qualified professionals who are always up-to-date on the issues of main interest at national and international level. Their continuous dialogue with colleagues in other jurisdictions, also through internal meetings and webinars open to customers, the tools they have designed to manage the most complex projects in a practical and efficient way make them strategic partners in the management of the most complicated legal issues. The billing methods have been agreed in an appropriate manner.’

‘Proactive professionals, always available and interested in knowing the details and technicalities that distinguish the reality in which our company operates, to provide the client with always complete and personalized assistance.’

Key clients

Costim S.r.l.

Satispay S.p.A.

Havas Group

Engie Italia S.p.A

Sony Music Entertainment Italy S.p.A

Mail Boxes Etc

Dplay Entertainment Ltd

Uber Technologies Inc. and Uber B.V

Facebook Ireland Ltd

ByteDance (UK) Limited – TikTok

Google

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A.

Re-Forme S.r.l

Binda Italia S.r.l.

Grifols Italia S.p.A

Mowi Italia S.r.l

Xnext S.p.A.

Giesse S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Costim S.r.l. on the development of a smart city project, which offers an innovative new model of city living and home automation, making extensive use of cutting-edge digital technologies.
  • Advising Satispay on GDPR compliance along with a review of its entire privacy structure in the light of the growth of the group and the services offered through the Satispay app.
  • Assisting Havas Group with a range of data protection issues, including reviewing data processing agreements relating to the implementation of marketing initiatives.

Italy > Intellectual property

Osborne Clarke‘s IP practice stands out for its expertise in the music sector. Its client base in the industry includes independent music companies, individual musicians and top players such as Sony Music Entertainment. They all turn to the practice for advice in connection to copyright matters, advertising and marketing and cross-practice work with competition law elements. Practice head Federico Ferrara is ‘very effective in negotiations and especially in litigation.’

Practice head(s):

Federico Ferrara

Other key lawyers:

Marialaura Boni; Alessandra Corigliano

Testimonials

‘Marialaura Boni and Gianluigi Marino are very well-prepared with maximum availability and flexibility.’

‘The team works with a super professional, flexible and productive approach.’

‘Federico Ferrara, Marialaura Boni and Alessandra Corigliano are very knowledgeable, quick and creative in the field also with regard to the production of ad hoc contracts.’

‘MariaLaura Boni: prepared and available, extremely punctual in scheduled commitments and with consulting skills that extend beyond the specific issues to be addressed.’

‘Osborne Clarke’s team is always very helpful. Humility, competence and professionalism are always the keywords. The IP team also has direct experience in many business sectors and is very knowledgeable on the subject.’

‘Federico Ferrara: proactive and very operational in the field. Always prepared and available. Very effective in negotiations and especially in litigation. Alessandra Corigliano: young professional, but already of a high level. Very capable in ordinary advice and diligent in every request.’

‘The team boasts the presence of extremely qualified professionals, with a rare and very high degree of specialization in the areas of expertise.’

Key clients

APA – Associazione Produttori Audiovisivi

Sony Music Entertainment Italy S.p.A

SM Publishing (Italy) S.r.l.

ENGIE (Stellantis Group)

Opera Co-Pro Ltd.

Grifols Italia S.p.A

Havas Milan S.r.l

PDU Music & Productions S.A. and Il Volatore Edizioni Musicali S.r.l.

Re-Forme S.r.l.

Cinica S.r.l

Binda Italia S.r.l

Work highlights

  • Advising Sony Music in a copyright lawsuit against Edizioni Musicali Acqua Azzurra and three other defendants, connected with alleged unlawful actions relating to the valuable catalogue of leading Italian singer-songwriter and composer, Lucio Battisti, which, our client claims, have jeopardised its ability to exploit its IP rights in these original recordings – a complex and highly important dispute since the case relates to the use in digital channels of tracks covered by old contracts that never anticipated this form of use.
  • Advising APA, an Italian association that brings together 47 of the country’s leading independent television production companies, on a range of matters, including discussions with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage Activities and Tourism over updating private copying levies, as well as representing it in connection with a potential infringement by a Belgian third party of APA’s registered EC trademark.
  • Representing Opera Co-Pro, a UK company that commissions new operas and manages co-production projects, on a range of initiatives that have arisen through its online platform, including cross-border IP advice on its relations with performing arts companies, artists, composers and publishers.

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

Osborne Clarke‘s Italy team is well known for financial services regulatory work in the expanding areas of fintech, crowdfunding and other novel financial products. Representative work covers the regulatory licences required for establishing crowdfunding platforms, consumer credit advice, applications for MiFID2 and AIFMD licences, and liaising with CONSOB. Heading the Italian financial services regulatory team, Umberto Piattelli is a highly regarded specialist in financial regulation and alternative financing instruments.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

October SA

WEX Europe Services

Smartika

EML Payments (EU)

Bluefield Partners

BrickUp

Framont & Partners Management

BLender Italia

Diaman Partners

Health Italia

Treatwell IT

Work highlights

  • Advising Maltese asset management company Framont & Partners on the regulatory issues involved in the creation of the Italian Hubble Capital Fund, a closed-end, multi-compartment alternative investment fund.
  • Advising BrickUp, a new equity crowdfunding platform that allows investors access to prestige real estate projects, on various regulatory issues, including successfully obtaining authorisations from CONSOB.
  • Advising Smartika on financial services compliance regulations involving sales of goods.

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Osborne Clarke‘s Italy practice routinely handles large and innovative renewables projects across Italy, including the acquisition and development of photovoltaic energy, geothermal, biogas and energy-from-waste plants. It also has niche water sector expertise. Practice head Riccardo Roversi has broad alternative energy sector experience; Giorgio Lezzi is a public law expert; and Giovanni Penzo is a water utilities sector specialist. Senior associate Carlo Gioffrè is the firm’s Italy decarbonisation head.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Great for its solid solutions and the ability to understand the needs of clients’ business.

Maintains the right balance during discussions.

Extreme professional competence and maximum availability, as well as very competitive rates and tariff flexibility.

Great competence and knowledge of the energy sector, including the regulatory rules.

The firm has built up impressive experience, and has a multidisciplinary approach that is appreciated by judicial authorities.

Flexibility, fairness, and dedication to the client and its problems.

Giorgio Lezzi is very helpful and knowledgeable, as well as versatile.

Giovanni Penzo is very open to discussion and very competent.

Key clients

Sicor Società Italiana Corticosteroidi

Bluefield Partners

DIF Consulting Deutschland GmbH and Ampere Equity Fund

Costim

Tea

A2A Energia

A2A Ambiente

A2A Illuminazione Pubblica

ENGIE EPS

Free2Move e-solutions

ACSM-AGAM

ACSM-AGAM Reti Gas Acqua

AGESP Energia

Eurogroup

Infrastrutture Recupero Energia Agenzia Regionale Ligure

Prealpi Gas

Acque Bresciane

Varese Risorse

ALER Milano

ITELYUM Regeneration

Linea Group Holding

Cogeme Group

Municipality of Rozzano

Work highlights

  • Assisted Engie EPS Italia (a leader in the e-mobility and energy storage sector) with a joint venture with FCA Italy.
  • Advised Netherlands-based Ampere Project Holding 5 on the sale of a 10MW PV portfolio in Puglia to Ortigia Power 51.
  • Acting for Costim on the Chorus Life Bergamo project, an innovative multi-functional smart district involving state-of-the-art digital technologies and fully powered by renewable energy sources.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Osborne Clarke‘s Italy team routinely advises international life sciences companies on generic drugs, including Substitution List inclusion work and marketing authorisations. It also showcases experts in public law, as well as the burgeoning medtech area. With over 20 years’ experience in the sector, Maria Grazia Medici heads the life sciences team; and Federico Ferrara‘s transactional IP practice covers structured licensing, strategic partnering, drug supplies, and co-operative research and development.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The firm guides the client in a competent, timely and proactive manner.

The creation of dedicated teams was the strength that allowed us to be successful in several legal cases faced.

The specialisation and skills and knowledge of our company have been winning aspects of our collaboration.

The firm offers an excellent package so that clients can benefit from a complete and multidisciplinary consultancy service.

A team that is continuously available and attentive to clients.

Great for the stability of the professional figures who led us to numerous successes.

Senior associate Sabrina Maiello is a winning weapon in the administrative law field.

Key clients

Grifols Italia

Teva Italia

Sciterion

SDM Società Dietetica Medica

Health Italia

Sicor Societa’ Italiana Corticosteroidi

Dentsply Sirona Italia

Dentsply Sirona Group

Actavis Italy

Work highlights

  • Advising Grifols Italia on a wide range of pharmaceuticals matters, including a research collaboration agreement with the University of Pavia, participation in public tenders, and new product launches.
  • Acting for SDM, an Italian healthcare company, on consultancy matters, R&D, and a range of commercial issues.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

Osborne Clarke‘s Italian TMT team has a solid reputation, especially in media, a sector in which the firm has niche expertise in a number of fields, including music and music copyright, advertising, social media marketing and video gaming. Practice head Gianluigi Marino is ‘always up to date with regulatory but also technological innovations’. Federico Ferrara, Alessandra Corigliano and Marialaura Boni are ‘excellent business partners.’

Practice head(s):

Gianluigi Marino

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled team, backed by consolidated experience in the technological sector. In this context, the department of media technology provides the highest quality legal assistance.’

‘Gianluigi Marino is a highly experienced professional who assists with great professionalism in many areas, including negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements with foreign subjects.’

‘Federico Ferrara is an extremely competent lawyer and attentive to the client’s needs, always available and promoter of interesting initiatives. Gianluigi Marino: great competence (especially in matters of wide economic scope and with international aspects) and availability.’

‘Gianluigi Marino is the reference partner for the activities commissioned to the firm. He is always up to date with regulatory but also technological innovations, available and punctual. Angelo Molinaro is very good, competent and scrupulous. Super patient and very passionate!’

‘The team works in a group with well-defined dynamics, clarity of language and a super professional, flexible and productive approach. Federico Ferrara, Alessandra Corigliano and Marialaura Boni are excellent business partners. Always reachable.’

‘Osborne Clarke is a reliable firm in the fields of new technology and privacy, with competitive fees. The team is made up of collaborators with very different experiences that allow an all-encompassing vision of the subject ranging from intellectual property, to copyright, to privacy and to the study always at the forefront of every aspect of the issues to be addressed.’

‘Federico Ferrara always pays great attention to his clients. Informed about current practices, he actively participates in every request. The team made up of Alessandra Corigliano and Marialaura Boni is prepared, loyal and proactive.’

‘Gianluigi Marino shows leadership throughout all matters, always providing strategic advice and providing comfort that the matter was in good hands. He uses connections to gain insights about what regulations and political changes may be coming down the road.’

Key clients

Sony Music Entertainment Italy S.p.A / SM Publishing (Italy) S.r.l.

APA – Associazione Produttori Audiovisivi

Facebook Ireland Ltd

Integral Ad Science Inc.

UCI Cinemas

Satispay

Costim S.r.l. (Chorus Life S.p.A.)

ByteDance (UK)

Getyourguide

Uber Inc. and Uber B.V.

Nuovo Imaie

Dplay Entertainment Ltd

Wireless Logic Ltd

PDU Music & Productions S.A.

Avanti Communication Limited / Avanti Broadband Limited

Havas Milan S.r.l.

Red Matter Limited

Stroer Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Chorus Life, an innovative, environmentally sustainable ‘smart city’ project taking shape in the heart of Bergamo, on issues connected with its bespoke, IT platform currently being jointly developed in partnership with Microsoft, Siemens and Gewiss SpA – including assisting with drafting IT and licensing contracts and shaping the data protection governance structure.
  • Assisting Sony Music in a complex and legally significant claim against Edizioni Musicali Acqua Azzurra and three other defendants for damages resulting from their unlawful actions which, Sony claims, jeopardised its ability to exploit its rights in the original recordings of a series of tracks by Lucio Battisti – one of the most popular Italian singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 70s.
  • Assisting UCI Cinemas, the leading operator of multiplexes in Italy, with its Covid 19 strategy, including the renegotiation of the terms of all of its leases, managing the return of five multiplexes let by the Giometti group, and handling the settlement of disputes, as well as assisting UCI Italia in preparing an innovative agreement with its employees that enables them to act as Brand Ambassadors for the Company through its social networks.

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Predominantly operating in mid-market real estate mandates, Osborne Clarke routinely handles innovative matters involving technology dimensions. The team also has a strong track record in the retail, entertainment and logistics markets. Jointly leading the practice are corporate real estate expert Simone Monesi, who acts for long-term investors on all phases of the investment cycle, and real estate and construction law specialist Sara Miglioli. Andrea Pinto advises on real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Great, specific expertise in the real estate field, availability, and focus on the client.

The firm manages to integrate different practices where necessary, thus providing a complete and satisfactory service.

The team’s strengths are business knowledge and pragmatism when proposing solutions.

There is an appreciable results-oriented approach.

A unique team that combines excellent knowledge of the law with a great ability to adapt to the more strictly commercial needs of our specific business.

Appreciated for the professionalism, competence and availability of Simone Monesi.

We are very happy to work with Simone Monesi and his team because the relationship is friendly and direct without ever sacrificing professionalism.

Sara Miglioli is outstanding.

Key clients

Savills Investment Managers SGR

Klepierre Management

Costim

DeA Capital SGR

Milano Santa Giulia

Habona Invest

Pareus

Limestone Capital

UCI Cinemas

NewCold Cooperatief

Nexity 32

ALER Milano – Azienda Lombarda Edilizia Residenziale

Municipality of Sanremo

Work highlights

  • Assisted NewCold Cooperatief, a Netherlands-based operator of state-of-the-art, highly automated cold logistics warehouses, in relation to its first foray into the Italian market.
  • Retained by Costim in connection with the implementation of Chorus Life Bergamo, an innovative smart district in Bergamo, which utilises state-of-the-art digital technologies and cutting-edge architectural design.
  • Advised Savills Investment Management SGR on the sale of Palazzo Pitteri (a prestigious historic building dating back to the 1700s) in Trieste’s Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, as well as an adjacent building in Via Pozzo del Mare.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Osborne Clarke‘s restructuring and insolvency department has a double focus: on the one hand, group head Filippo Canepa specialises in restructuring and insolvency work for distressed companies and liquidators. His practice is complemented, on the other hand, by Federica Greggio‘s, Andrea Pinto‘s and Antonio Fugaldi‘s specialism in debt restructuring for lenders. The resulting practice concentrates on the mid-market, additionally offering restructuring and insolvency tax advice. Senior associate Maurizio Zonca is highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Filippo Canepa

Testimonials

‘The main quality, as well as an undoubted competence and experience, lies in the dedication and availability of the team, which is excellent.’

‘Maurizio Zonca demonstrates intelligence and competence in all circumstances.’

‘Competence and professionalism in the sector, excellent skills in drafting the texts of the agreements, availability and ability to negotiate and mediation, problem-solving mindset. Antonio Fugaldi is recommended.’

‘Highly professional team and quick feedback.’

‘The team is unique because it is made up of a set of professionals, which covers all the points of possible interest of a client, each with a specific specialization associated with a consistent experience in the subject of their own pertinence. The plurality of specialists also creates a synergistic interaction that allows the provision of high quality services.’

Key clients

UniCredit S.p.A.

Aresistemi S.r.l. and Arescosmo S.p.A.

Centauria S.r.l

Cartiera di Momo S.p.A.

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.

Rubinetterie Eurorama S.p.A.

Pasubio Sviluppo S.p.A.

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.p.A.

Banco Popolare Soc. Coop. (now Banco BPM S.p.A.)

Officine Meccaniche Gino Nerviani s.r.l.

The Organic Factory S.p.A.

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions S.p.A

ICCREA Banca Impresa S.p.A.

Alba Leasing S.p.A

SG Leasing S.p.A.

AMCO S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Arescosmo S.p.A. and its subsidiary Aresistemi S.r.l. in connection with two separate but coordinated arrangements with creditors’ proceedings.
  • Advising Cartiera di Momo S.p.A. on an application to enter into the ‘arrangement-with-creditors’, which has also involved the challenge of how to maintain factory operations during negotiations.
  • Advised the financial creditors – a pool of banks including many of the largest institutions in Italy – in connection with the complex restructuring of the financial indebtedness of Valvosanitaria Bugatti S.p.A.

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

Particularly active on the lender side, Osborne Clarke's Italy team has notable experience in real estate financings, as well as syndicated lending, and acquisition, leveraged and project finance. Andrea Pinto leads the practice, which includes debt finance expert Federica Greggio alongside banking and real estate finance specialist Antonio Fugaldi.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

A highly reliable Italian banking practice that is widely respected for its expertise.

Implementation effectiveness, negotiation skills and technical preparation.

Pragmatic and effective.

Partner-led approach with an excellent understanding of the pan-European finance market.

Extremely commercial approach and always willing to go the extra mile.

Practical, business oriented, prepared and determined professionals.

Dynamic and prepared team with high levels of professionalism.

Andrea Pinto and Antonoi Fugaldi have the ability to listen and understand the needs of both clients and counterparties, which allows you to find a compromise position that is acceptable to all parties.

Key clients

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Banco BPM

Aareal Bank

Prelios Credit Servicing

Bayerische Landesbank (Milan Branch)

BPER Banca

UBI Banca

Unicredit

Sparkasse – Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano

Natixis

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

Intesa San Paolo

Work highlights

  • Advising Cassa Depositi e Prestiti on a €50m financing granted to Raffineria di Milazzo to support new investments.
  • Assisting Banco BPM (as lender, lead arranger and agent) with the financing of the acquisition of two healthcare facilities by Fondo Antirion AEsculapius, a closed-end, reserved alternative real estate mutual fund.
  • Advising Bayerische Landesbank on a sizeable project finance facility provided to subsidiaries of Renfin, an international developer of run-of-river hydropower projects.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Osborne Clarke has an emphasis on mid-market public and private M&A transactions, acting on a mixture of inbound and outbound transactions, in addition to corporate restructurings. Riccardo Roversi, an expert in respect of transport, renewable energy and automotive transactions, is also routinely instructed on commercial agreements and joint ventures; he co-leads the practice with Giuliano Lanzavecchia, whose core strengths lie in company and branch sales, buy-outs and general commercial advice.

Practice head(s):

Giuliano Lanzavecchia; Riccardo Roversi

Other key lawyers:

Cristina Gabardi; Simone Monesi; Giovanni Penzo; Umberto Piattelli

Testimonials

‘Reliable extension to our team, understands our business and how to be creative.’

‘Riccardo Roversi has been tremendous in being our person on the ground, especially when travel was prohibited, helping us understand not just the legal issues but the commercial realities, working with us to craft pragmatic solutions.’

‘Umberto Piattelli and his team are extremely helpful. They also provide support with business assessments useful for decision making.’

‘Quick availability in examining the client’s dossier, quick feedback on feasibility, flexibility in evaluating options in the field, strong relational network.’

‘Extremely competent and helpful team, absolutely able to cover different areas of law and taxation and with solid international relations that allow you to better manage operations worldwide.’

‘Exceptional partner performance and availability. High aptitude for problem solving and provide an adequate solution to the issues presented.’

‘Giuliano Lanzavecchia: exceptional skills and absolute availability and flexibility. Practical and open minded approach.’

Key clients

FAAC S.p.A.

Unieco soc. Coop. in LCA

Engie EPS Italia S.r.l.

DIF Consulting Deutschland GmbH /Ampere Equity Fund B.V.

Germani S.p.A

Ströer Group

Conceria Pasubio S.p.A.

A-Gas International Ltd

Alfa S.r.l

Autotorino S.p.A.

Itelyum Regeneration S.r.l.

Tea S.p.A

XnextS.r.l.

Immobiliare.it S.p.A.

Limestone Capital AG

Linea Group Holding

A2A Energia S.p.A and A2A Ambiente S.p.A.

Astraco S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Worked closely with Tel Aviv firm Erm and Kegler Brown (Columbus, Ohio) advising Italian multinational FAAC on a €135m transaction involving the acquisition of TIBA Parking Systems Group from Israeli private equity fund TENE Capital (part of Afcon group) and a series of minority shareholders.
  • Advising Wireless Logic Ltd on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital in Things Mobile S.r.l, a global provider of IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity services.
  • Advising Autotorino S.p.A. on a number of planned acquisitions of car dealerships across Italy as well as other corporate transactions.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Osborne Clarke‘s Italian litigation department stands out for the combination of quality litigation and boutique-like, local expertise with the reach and network of an international firm. Federico Banti leads the practice and is known for acting in all types of commercial disputes, including with cross-border aspects. Senior associate Francesco Berardi focuses on corporate and bankruptcy-related disputes. The team often works across different departments.

Practice head(s):

Federico Banti

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Coverage of different areas of legal assistance, high professionalism and experience of lawyers, efficient back-office team.’

‘Francesco Berardi: always available, creative, and attentive to details. Federico Banti: leader with strong experience. Omneia Hassnien: attentive and scrupulous.’

‘Federico Banti is an excellent advocate with a clear and concise style. He is also a very effective cross-examiner in international arbitration proceedings.’

Key clients

Sony Music Entertainment Italy S.p.A.

Hanes Group (Champion Europe S.r.l)

EMI General Music Publishing S.r.l, EMI Music Publishing Italia S.r.l and SM Publishing Italy S.r.l

Unieco Soc. Coop

Camera di Commercio di Milano (Milan Chamber of Commerce)

UCI Italia S.p.A

Health Italia S.p.A

Fatro S.p.A.

Municipality of Rozzano

Work highlights

  • Representing the liquidator of Unieco Soc. Coop. in connection with opposition proceedings filed by multiple creditors, including proceedings brought by 16 creditor banks totalling over €470 million – making this one of the largest pieces of litigation currently ongoing in Italy.
  • Acting for Sony Music in its claim against Edizioni Musicali Acqua Azzurra and three other defendants for damages in a case that raises important and novel questions concerning the digital exploitation of older tracks covered by contracts signed decades ago before recent technological changes.
  • Representing UCI Italia S.p.A. in proceedings brought by landlord ImmobiliarEuropea S.p.A. for the return of a multiplex cinema based in Cagliari, Sardinia, in which we successfully deployed force majeure arguments on behalf of our client in the context of restrictions arising as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Italy > Employment Tier 4

Employment is a key area for Osborne Clarke, globally and in Italy. The department’s cross-border work is particularly appreciated, especially concerning restructurings for multinational clients. Recently, the firms was able to add UCI Cinemas, leading Italian banks and global entities, including Sony and Just Eat to its client portfolio. Practice head Stefano Lava ‘is excellent, authoritative and highly responsive’. Giuliana Cairais very thorough and meticulous in her advice.’

Practice head(s):

Stefano Lava

Other key lawyers:

Cristina del Pezzo di Caianello; Giuliana Caira

Testimonials

‘Commitment, competence and reactivity, especially Cristina del Pezzo di Caianello.’

‘The firm is multidisciplinary, therefore it is able to offer 360-degree advice. In particular, the labour law department guarantees complete, timely and punctual support, aimed at resolving the issues submitted. Furthermore, the human-relational aspect of relations with the customer is always taken care of.’

‘Stefano Lava deserves special mention: a complete professional, skilled and always available, he guarantees continuous customer assistance while maintaining the level of service offered constantly high’.

‘Maximum willingness to compare and share ideas and strategies with an informal approach. In particular, Stefano Lava is an always available and collaborative point of reference.’

‘This firm can offer valid all-round support thanks to the fact that all professionals of the various disciplines are prepared, available and communicate with each other.’

‘The team is very joined up and responsive. They provide, clear, client-friendly advice and do not waste time/costs on finding “solutions” which are not possible under Italian law.’

‘Stefano Lava is excellent, very authoritative and responsive in his advice. Giuliana Caira is very thorough and meticulous in her advice.’

‘Great organizational skills of the work process. Absolute understanding of the customer’s problems combined with an extreme approach aimed at the result. You never get the impression that the firm wants to do what is best for the firm’s business, but what is best for the client. Great meeting management.’

Key clients

Just Eat S.r.l (now Just Eat Takeaway.com)

CREDEM – Banca Credito Emiliano S.p.A Group / Banca Euromobiliare S.p.A

Sony / ATV Music Publishing

Tata Motors Ltd.

Brooks Sports S.r.l.

ENGIE EPS Italia S.r.l

Comune di Sanremo

UCI Italia S.p.A.

Grifols Italia S.p.A.

Cisalpina Tours S.p.A.

Lojack Italia S.r.l.

Kyriba Group

Quest Software Group

Antylia S.r.l (ex- Cole Parmer)

Open Text S.r.l.

Pometon S.p.A.

Spiketrap Inc.

SDM S.r.l (Kalamp Group)

Bluefield Services Limited

PADI EMEA

GetYourGuide Italy S.r.l.

Rotork Controls Ltd.

Lysander Associates Ltd.

Binda Italia S.r.l.

Integral Ad Science (IAS) / Admantx S.p.A.

Momentive Performance Materials Specialties s.r.l

Premier Research Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Just-Eat, a global online food order and delivery services provider, on all its Italian employment law issues, and in particular the rules affecting the Italian gig economy in a case that has become known in the media as “Deliverygate”.
  • Advising ENGIE EPS, the technological division of global utilities giant, ENGIE, on a variety of employment matters including in connection with its innovative new e-mobility business.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 4

Osborne Clarke regularly advises on anti-competitive behaviour, such as investigations into cartels and abuse of dominance. The team is also active in private enforcements and merger filings, and fields copyright and consumer law experts. Enrico Fabrizi's track record includes working for several years at the Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA).

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Testimonials

Great for the preparation and reliability of its lawyers, combined with high availability.

Superb competence and reliability.

Manages to adapt legal solutions to corporate realities in a balanced manner.

The team is very knowledgeable in competition law issues, both at Italian and European level, and combines deep theoretical knowledge with longstanding practical experience.

I very much appreciated their great sensitivity in finding pragmatic solutions.

In addition to the undisputed competence, I particularly appreciated the seriousness of Enrico Fabrizi, who always envisaged the real chances of success objectively, without being conditioned by the potential economic interests of the firm in carrying out certain actions.

Enrico Fabrizi is a professional with great flexibility, as well as considerable intellectual honesty.

Senior associates Valeria Veneziano and Angelo Molinaro are very good, dedicated lawyers.

Key clients

Pometon

Nuovo Imaie

APA – Associazione Produttori Audiovisivi

Credem – Credito Emiliano

WaterTech

CNS – Consorzio Nazionale Servizi

ContextLogic (Wish)

Grendi Trasporti Marittimi

FAAC

Engie EPS

Reale Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pometon, a supplier of metal powders and granules, in relation to a so-called hybrid settlement case that involved appealing to the EU General Court, successfully persuading it to reduce a fine by 40%.
  • Assisted CNS-Consorzio Nazionale Servizi with appealing a decision of the IAA, which related to a cartel investigation into the largest tender procedure ever issued by a public administration in the EU.
  • Representing Watertech, an Italian manufacturer of water meters, in IAA proceedings involving an alleged cartel in public tenders issued by operators of integrated water services.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

Osborne Clarke‘s Italy group is best known as a lender-side practice, but it also has strong borrower work credentials. Team head Andrea Pinto focuses on real estate, project and acquisition finance, and restructuring, and Federica Greggio is a debt finance and restructuring expert. Antonio Fugaldi was recently made partner.

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Testimonials

Osborne Clarke’s high-level practice ranges from acquisition finance to corporate finance, financial services and related regulatory issues.

Clients benefit from the department’s Italian banking law expertise in relation to LBOs, public bids and takeovers.

Boasts a robust project finance group.

Young and prepared team that is able to adapt its professionalism to different situations, thus grasping the needs of its clients.

Great approach and great flexibility. It not only covers Italian law, but thanks to its offices in Germany it also advises on German law, which is important for us as a German company that is active in Italy.

Andrea Pinto is a highly experienced professional with great ability to communicate and negotiate.

Antonio Fugaldi is a respected banking and finance expert.

Antonio Fugaldi: competence, dedication and professionalism.

Key clients

AKNO Group

Tricenter

Lapi Group

Nodus

Work highlights

  • Assisting Italy’s AKNO Group with short-term debt renegotiations.
  • Advised Lapi Group on the grant of a loan to refinance part of its existing debt, as well as to provide short-term working capital and cash for investments.
  • Advising Nodus on a range of financing issues in relation to the transfer of its overall financial debt from UBI Banca to Illimity Bank.

Italy > Administrative and public law

Giorgio Lezzi, who was previously at LC&P - Lipani Catricalà & Partners, joined Osborne Clarke's infrastructure services and public law department in 2019; since then, he has been heading and further expanding the practice.

Italy > Industry focus: Retail

Osborne Clarke’s Italian practice leverages the firm-wide retail focus in the sector to act mainly for Italian food retailers and fashion and luxury brands operators.

Osborne Clarke is a recommended firm in the Green Guide EMEA 2022. Learn more about this recognition.