Firm Profile > Simmons & Simmons > Milan, Italy

Simmons & Simmons
CORSO VITTORIO EMANUELE II 1
20122 MILAN
Italy

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons' practice covers the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and EU legislation, strategic regulatory issues, investigations, disputes and disciplinary matters, derivatives and commodity trading. Romeo Battigaglia leads the financial services and regulatory group; Battigaglia regularly advises on cross-border regulatory projects, including passporting procedures and obtaining the required local licences from regulators. Of counsel Maria Giusy Naccarato focuses on investment services, financial instruments, asset management, insurance products, investment funds and market regulation.

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Key clients

Allianz Global Investors

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

F&C Management

Jefferies

Jupiter

Schroders

UniCredit

Capital markets: Debt Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons is particularly focused on the establishment and update of EMTN programmes, standalone issuances, European private placements, covenanted eurobonds, sustainable finance and project bonds. The team is also highly regarded for liability management transactions, and retail debt and derivative securities offerings and listings, in addition to securitisation and covered bonds. Milan DCM head Paola Leocani is particularly focused on first-of-its-kind transactions, and recently promoted partner Simone Lucatello, who is qualified in Italy and New York, heads the Milan securitisation and asset-backed finance group. Managing associate Baldassarre Battista is also a DCM specialist.

Testimonials

The firm’s professionals are serious and prepared, with a considerable range of specific expertise. The team manages to cover complex and multidisciplinary material and operations, providing a service that is efficient in terms of cost and quality.

The quality lawyers are prompt in their responses and able to comprehend the problems and propose solutions.

The team is extremely competent, available and up to date on market practice, and its service is precise and punctual.

The extremely available Paola Leocani is a brilliant lawyer, who is exceptional in terms of know-how, experience and innovation, and even for managing to anticipate market trends. She is the best legal DCM professional around and is very technically prepared notwithstanding being innovative like no other.’

This is a great team with great technical skills.

It has excellent knowledge and is very up to date on market trends. It also provides quick answers to questions.

Simone Lucatello is highly esteemed by clients.

Managing associate Baldassarre Battista is well prepared, responsive and competent.

Key clients

Banca IMI

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Manuli Rubber Industries

Mediobanca

Monte dei Paschi di Siena Capital Services

UniCredit

Foresight

Anthilia Capital Partners

Banca Finanziaria Internazionale

Securitisation Services

Natixis

Investment funds Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons' 'prominent investment funds practice possesses both regulatory and transactional expertise, and is capable of representing sponsors, managers, funds, and investors alike'. It is highly regarded for its experience in the asset management and investment funds sectors. Romeo Battigaglia is the firm's financial markets Italian practice head; Battigaglia's experience includes advising several global asset managers on the promotion of investment funds in the Italian market.

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Testimonials

This prominent investment funds practice possesses both regulatory and transactional expertise, and is capable of representing sponsors, managers, funds, and investors alike.

Romeo Battigaglia is a best-in-class lawyer, whose impressive competence and calm, reassuring stewardship make him an undisputed legal authority.

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

F&C Management

Jefferies

Jupiter

Schroders

UniCredit

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons' Italy-based practice has full English law capability in banking and finance. Clients particularly appreciate the group's cross-practice expertise, including the convergence between loans and bonds. Davide D’Affronto's client base on the sponsor and borrower side includes private equity funds, investors and corporates; and Nicholas Lasagna's practice includes acquisition and real estate finance, corporate loans and complex structures.

Key clients

Ability Group

Openjobmetis

Gnutti Carlo

Benson Elliot

Equinox Investments

Wise SGR

Prysmian

Tapì

Octo Telematics

BOMI

Europa Risorse SGR

SNAITECH

NTC Italia

Palladio Group

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Recently completing over 50 banking and finance transactions in a 12 month-period, Simmons & Simmons‘ practice has full English law capability, as well as an integrated banking, regulatory, tax and debt capital markets team. Davide D’Affronto has extensive banking experience, and Nicholas Lasagna‘s practice includes acquisition and real estate finance and corporate loans. Counsel Alessandro Elisio is experienced in acquisition, real estate and project finance, and debt restructuring.

Key clients

DEPObank

ING Bank

Banco BPM

Creval

Banca IFIS

MPS Capital Services

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Italia

Deutsche Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

Mediocredito Italiano

ICBC (Europe) (Milan Branch)

Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario

UBI Banca

UniCredit

Rabobank

Employment Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons' Milan team combines significant experience in the local Italian market with the benefits of the opportunities granted by the UK-based firm's international network. At the head of the team is Davide Sportelli, who handles collective dismissals, terminations of employment and trade union relations, as well as the employment aspects of M&A deals, and is assisted by five other lawyers. The practice's key clients include financial institutions, insurance businesses and retail and fashion companies.

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Testimonials

‘Experienced team’

‘Davide Sportelli is an excellent lawyer and advisor.’

Key clients

AXA/XL Group

AXA Real Estate

Giorgio Armani S.p.A.

Watts Technologies Group

LVMH Group

Astellas Pharma

Moody’s

Decathlon

Private equity Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons advises private equity funds on investments, disinvestments, corporate governance, tax structures, financing, restructuring, and related disputes. The client base also includes venture capital and turnaround funds. Andrea Accornero handles private equity transactions for Italian and international players, and Dario Spinella has extensive Asian market experience. Managing associate Bernadetta Troisi specialises in corporate issues for private equity, venture capital institutions and investment funds.

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Key clients

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Chequers Capital

Rollon

Tapì

Tatuus Racing

Wise SGR

Capital markets: Equity Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons advises on the placement and listing of financial instruments for growing companies (including SMEs), particularly on AIM Italia and other European multilateral trading facilities. Recent work includes public offerings and private placements, as well as investment opportunities for domestic and international institutional investors, mandatory and voluntary takeover bids, capital increases and the issue of equity securities. Augusto Santoro is regularly instructed by investment banks and issuers on complex deals.

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Key clients

Monnalisa

Portobello

Bomi Italia

Technical Publications Services

MailUp

Shedir Pharma Group

Media-Maker

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons is well known for its private equity practice, but the firm has also expanded its offering across the gamut of corporate M&A transactions, including real estate, asset management, luxury goods and retail, healthcare and life sciences, energy and TMT. Andrea Accornero specialises in transactions for Italian and international funds, with a focus on private equity and M&A. Italian corporate real estate practice head Dario Spinella has extensive experience of the Asian market.

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Key clients

4Side

Bridgestone Europe

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Chequers Capital

Europa Risorse SGR

MailUp

Rollon

Tapì

Tatuus Racing

Technical Publications Services

Wise SGR

WZ Process

Fin.P.O.

Ivaldi

Dispute resolution Tier 4

With professionals of the calibre of practice head Leonardo Giani and recommended associate Francesco Nicora, the dispute resolution team at Simmons & Simmons is 'prone to excellence', drawing on strong connections with the firm's UK-based clients and matters. The firm handles disputes across a range of sectors, advising on matters relating to financial markets, insurance and industrials.

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Testimonials

‘Meticulously keen to provide the best services for clients, taking into consideration the specificities of each case and client. Even as a big law firm, they are down-to-earth professionals, ready to help and assist.’

‘Francesco Nicora provides an excellent, tailor-made service. His outstanding knowledge associated with exceptional communications skills makes it easy for him to explain highly complicated matters to non-professionals.’

Key clients

AIG Europe S.A.

Zurich Insurance Plc

AMTRUST (Lloyd’s Syndicate)

MARKEL (Lloyd’s Syndicate)

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

BNY Mellon

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ltd.

ArgoGlobal SE

Beazley

Industry focus: TMT Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons advises clients, many of which are in the telecoms sector, on traditional IT matters, including outsourcing contracts and the structuring of online platforms, as well as data and GDPR compliance and regulatory matters. Practice head and TMT expert Edoardo Tedeschi, who is praised for his 'excellent guidance and oversight', joined from Osborne Clarke in September 2018, boosting the firm's capabilities in the sector. Alessandra Bianchi is 'very effective and a pleasure to deal with'.

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Testimonials

High competence, experience, speed and availability. Experienced, available and very competent professionals.’

Key clients

MailUp

Axyon AI

Ferdinand Bilstein

Thoughtworks

Salvatore Ferragamo

Fimap

PCCW Global BV

Gateway Global Communication

China Telecom Europe

Playcar

Fimap

Intellectual property Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons recruited a new IP team in Italy in late 2018 with the hires of 'very experienced IP litigators' Stefania Bergia and Giulio Enrico Sironi from Studio Legale Vanzetti e Associati along with well-regarded senior associate Anna Colmano. With this set-up, the firm now offers non-contentious and contentious advice to clients in the healthcare and life sciences, luxury, food and industrials sectors, with a focus on trademark, patent, copyright, designs and advertising matters.

Testimonials

‘The team is very close-knit and has longstanding experience, so the work is very well organized and structured. The final product is the result of considerable insights into all aspects, so it is possible to predict any hidden risks in advance.’

‘Giulio Enrico Sironi is a very competent professional.’

‘100% dedication and quality.’

‘Stefania Bergia and Giulio Sironi are very experienced IP litigators who often outperform opposing counsel.’

‘Proactive, coordinated.’

‘Giulio Sironi is capable of listening to customer needs and finding the most appropriate solutions. Competent and a true expert on the subject.’

Key clients

Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons advises on all aspects of corporate restructuring, recovery and insolvency work, with particular experience in highly specialised sectors. Its workload includes out-of-court or court-driven restructurings, and insolvency and reorganisation procedures. Davide D’Affronto assists lenders and private equity-invested companies with debt restructuring.

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Key clients

Intesa SanPaolo

UniCredit

Crédit Agricole Cariparma

Banco BPM

Banca Popolare di Sondrio

Citigroup Global Markets

Citibank

Real estate and construction Tier 5

Simmons & Simmons's real estate client roster (which has a particular focus on real estate investment funds) turns to the firm for advice on asset disposals and acquisitions across Italy, as well as lease agreement and debt restructuring. Specialising in M&A, corporate real estate and private equity, practice head Dario Spinella is often backed up by the wider firm's banking and finance team, providing a 'fully integrated service and best in class lawyers.' 

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Testimonials

‘Pragmatic approach and availability round the clock’

‘Customer focus, availability, professionality and real estate skills’

‘Goal and deal-driven’

Key clients

Kryalos SGR S.p.A.

Benson Elliot

Europa Risorse SGR S.p.A.

The Ability Group

Tax Tier 6

Simmons & Simmons' team, led by Marco Palanca, is 'very competent in tax matters'. It handles the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions (corporate, real estate, finance and restructurings), as well as transfer pricing matters and tax litigation. Recent highlights include advising 2R Capital Investment Management Limited on the acquisition of tax and VAT receivables, and acting for Italian company Monnalisa on the tax aspects involved in the admission to listing of the company’s ordinary shares on AIM Italia. Associate Pasquale Del Prete is also recommended.

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Testimonials

Very supportive for cross-border transactions.

The team is very professional, efficient, precise and always coordinated.

The strong point of the team is the precision and the speed of their feedback.

The various departments are very integrated, with each other and with the London office, and this guarantees a high level of efficiency.

Marco Palanca and Pasquale Del Prete are very helpful and the quality of their interventions is always very high.

Marco Palanca and Pasquale del Prete are dedicated, and committed individuals. They are always available, and strive to meet deadlines. Their independent judgement and insightful analysis are exceptional and valued by us.

Key clients

21 Invest

2R Capital S.p.A.

Alchemy Partners

Anacap

Ardian

Banca IFIS

Banca IMI

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Banco BPM S.p.A.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BlackRock Asset Management

BlueBay Asset Management

BNP Paribas

BNYM

Bodino Group

Chartehouse Capital Partners

Chequers Capital

China Telecom

Citi

Comac

Credit Agricole S.p.A.

Credit Suisse

Dedalus S.p.A.

Depo bank S.p.A.

DWS

Elco

Enel

F2i SGR S.p.A.

Fimap

Flexagon Capital Solutions

Foresight

Foxford Advisors

Gecofin

Geico

Goldman Sachs

Greensill

Horizon Asset

HSBC

Huawei

ING Bank

Intermediate Capital Group

Jupiter Asset Management

Lumenis Group

Macquarie Group

Magnaghi Group

Media Maker

Mediobanca

Monnalisa

Morgan Stanley

Nadella Group

Nuova Castelli Group

Octo Telematics

Pricoa Capital Group

Prysmian

Snaitech

ThoughtWorks

Three Hills Capital Partners

Tikehau Capital Management

UBI Banca

Unicredit S.p.A.

Xenon Private Equity

The smartest business solutions come when we work together – international, but operating as one integrated team.

Collaborative, agile and partner-led: that’s Simmons & Simmons. A law firm that challenges, creates new possibilities and offers opinion not just option. A law firm that acts as your business partner and works with you, not for you.

We focus on four highly regulated sectors (asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications) – using our specialist skills to understand your business, and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail.

This is how we consistently deliver smarter, more efficient ways to tackle our clients’ most complex challenges.

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