Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Milan, Italy

Bird & Bird
VIA BORGOGNA 8
20122 MILANO
Italy

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Capable of advising on ‘every aspect of the business cycle of a product or service’, the life sciences and healthcare group at Bird & Bird benefits from a wealth of experience working with pharmaceutical companies and regulators.  Led by practice heads Giovanni Galimberti and Massimiliano Mostardini, all lawyers in the team hold a degree in a scientific field and spent a significant proportion of their career in the industry prior to joining the team in Milan. The team has been very active during the Covid-19 crisis and has been finding innovative ways to help clients navigate this ever-changing landscape; its regulatory legislation tracker is a good example of this. Afra Casiraghi and Claudia Ricciardi were recently promoted to the partnership. Antonella De Gregori and counsel Mauro Turrini are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti; Massimiliano Mostardini

Other key lawyers:

Afra Casiraghi; Claudia Ricciardi; Antonella De Gregori

Key clients

Asoltech

Bbraun

Biofer Spa

Bionap

Chemo Group (now Insud Pharma)

Curium Group

Dompé

Edwards Lifesciences

Fondazione Telethon

Gruppo San Donato

INCIPIT

Medical Microinstruments

Ospedale San Raffaele

WinMedical

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

The team at Bird & Bird assists large, multinational manufacturing companies with a broad range of transactions and is particularly active in the automotive industry. The practice is led by Stefano Silvestri, who is experienced in corporate and commercial transactions. Alberto Salvadè assists with M&A transactions, including one for PPG Industries Italia, and Simone Caddedu acts for clients on administrative law matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Silvestri

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Salvedè; Simone Caddedu

Testimonials

‘The human approach despite the great professionalism of the profiles.’

‘Ability to understand customer needs quickly and without formalisms.

‘The strong points are the availability and reactivity whenever an analysis support or an opinion is requested. The ability to immerse oneself in situations by effectively identifying the scenarios to support decision making efficiently.’

‘The distinctive traits of the partners who directly support my company are availability, responsiveness in responses but above all intelligence in reading the context capable of effectively reading the scenarios related to the different choice options that are on the table, this last feature in particular is of great support in making decisions in a time-limited context. Furthermore, we greatly appreciate the ability to understand the policies of our group anticipating any objections of the internal legal office, which, not being based in Italy, needs to understand the regulatory eco system in which we operate. The firm gives us an extremely effective support.’

Key clients

BMW Group

Claas Italia S.p.A. / Usines Claas France

Huawei

La Termoplastic FBM

Luxottica

Morellato

Mylan

Phase Motion Control Ningbo

PPG (NYSE: PPG)

Sandoz

Smiths Detection Italia

Snaidero

Tempur Sealy Italia

ThyssenKrupp Elevators Italia

Widex A/S-Widex Italia

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Benefitting from a wide range of expertise, the team at Bird & Bird assists well known Italian and international brands across different practice areas including IP, dispute resolution, real estate, employment, compliance, commercial, M&A and tax. Stefano Silvestri and Giovanni Galimberti jointly head the practice. Afra Casiraghi, who recently made partner, is experienced in commercial issues, with a special focus on the retail and consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Silvestri; Giovanni Galimberti

Other key lawyers:

Massimiliano Mostardini; Afra Casiraghi; Arturo Leone; Elisabetta Bandera; Edoardo Barbera; Alberto Salvadè; Debora Stella

Testimonials

‘The experience, the knowledge of the subject, the pragmatism, the availability of the lawyer Arturo Leone make the study incomparable. The fact that the firm has an international network has also been of great help in the past.’

‘The experience, knowledge of the subject, the pragmatism, the availability of the lawyer Arturo Leone (whom I deeply respect) make the study incomparable. The collaborators he uses are experienced professionals in the field, always available, fast and constantly followed by his partner (Arturo Leone).’

‘Availability to an in-depth investigation into the topics of the project and the sector. Promptly updated on the new national and international rules and regulations.’

‘One of the first studios to have left behind certain formalisms and certain liturgies typical of the legal profession. The strong point is an innovative and creative approach, combined with excellent communication skills’

‘Massimilano Mostardini and Giovanni Galimberti lead a trained and cohesive team of professionals. In the litigation I found Elisabetta Bandera excellent who combines an excellent technical preparation with the ability to always find new and creative solutions, but above all effective, and Edoardo Barbera, efficient and quick in understanding and satisfying the customer’s needs.’

‘Studio B&B was able to provide us with 360° consultancy in the area of ​​technology, media and telecommunications. Three other things, we availed ourselves of their assistance to prepare the General Conditions of Online Sale, and to adapt to the GDPR. The team proved to be diligent in responding to the questions raised and capable of giving excellent assistance in the international arena, through the network of professionals at its disposal. Internationality is certainly a characteristic feature of the firm, which differentiates it from other law firms we collaborate with.’

‘We particularly appreciate the competence and great availability of Avv. Alberto Salvade, who has been assisting the company for years and knows how to grasp the essence of the business, as well as the legal aspects that come to the fore. The lawyers Debora Stella and Rita Tardiolo, who supported us with great professionalism, also deserve a mention on our part.’

Key clients

AB-Inbev

Bricoman Italia

Cargill

Consorzio a tutela del vino Morellino di Scansano

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

Consorzio del Prosciutto di San Daniele

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Consorzio di tutela della mozzarella di Bufala

Consorzio per la tutela del formaggio Asiago

Consorzio Tutela Aceto Balsamico di Modena

Ferrero

Gruppo BMW

Leroy Merlin Italia

L’Oreal

Loro Piana

Luxottica

Monster Energy

Morellato

NAMI Project

Renè Caovilla

Retail Hub

Snaidero

Therabody

Tomorrow London

Widex A/S-Widex Italia

Intellectual property Tier 1

Bird & Bird's IP practice is particularly strong in tech-driven sectors, notably communications, life sciences and energy. Massimiliano Mostardini and Giovanni Galimberti handle a variety of trade mark portfolios, regulatory issues and other matters relating to TMT and IT. Arturo Leone is an expert in telecoms, industrial property and advertising. The firm makes use of twobirds Pattern, which is a proprietary, in-house patent valuation and analysis tool. Antonella De Gregori is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini; Giovanni Galimberti; Arturo Leone

Other key lawyers:

Antonella De Gregori

Key clients

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Ferrero

Fondazione Ragghianti

Hoepli

La Termoplastic FBM

Loro Piana

Luxottica

Morellato

Ospedale San Raffaele S.r.l. – Fondazione Telethon

Renè Caovilla

Snaidero

Telecom Italia

Widex A/S-Widex Italia S.r.l.

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

With a strong track record in financial sector-related regulatory issues, Bird & Bird's Italy team acts for leading banks, asset managers and insurance companies. Raimondo Maggiore heads the Italian banking and financial markets regulation team, while Stefano Febbi co-heads the international financial services group. Rossella Sansone is also a regulatory expert; and of counsel Giuseppe D’Agostino joined in 2020 from CONSOB (where he was deputy director) as co-head of the international finance and financial regulation practice.

Practice head(s):

Raimondo Maggiore; Stefano Febbi; Rossella Sansone

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe D’Agostino; Diego Bobbo; Diego Cefaro

Key clients

Allianz Bank Financial Advisors S.p.A.

AXA Investment Managers Italia Sim Spa

Banca Agricola Popolare di Ragusa S.c.p.A.

Banca Carige S.p.A.

Banca Consulia S.p.A.

Banca di Bologna Credito Cooperativo – Società Cooperativa

Banca FarmaFactoring S.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Lajatico S.c.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata S.c.p.A.

Banca Popolare Pugliese S.c.p.A.

BMW Bank GMBH – Succursale Italiana

BPER Banca S.p.A.

CheBanca! S.p.A.

Crédit Agricole Italia S.p.A.

Credito Emiliano – CREDEM

Credito Fondiario S.p.A.

Europa Risorse S.G.R. S.p.A.

Gruppo Bancario Cooperativo ICCREA

Gruppo Bancario Intesa Sanpaolo

Gruppo Bancario Mediolanum

Illimity Bank S.p.A.

ING Bank S.V.

Mastercard Europe S.A.

Natixis SA – Succursale Italiana

Nexi Payment S.p.A.

Pictet & Cie (Europe) S.A.

Polis Fondi S.G.R.p.A.

SACE S.p.A.

Sella Group

Compliance Tier 2

Bird & Bird's practice has significant experience in relation to investigations and prosecutions that arise from alleged compliance failings. It also assists with the designing of compliance programmes that can prevent intrusions by both national and supra-national authorities, including at EC level. Raimondo Maggiore is the head of the banking and financial markets regulation team, which includes Stefano Febbi, as well as experienced partners Edoardo Courir and Rossella Sansone.

Practice head(s):

Raimondo Maggiore; Stefano Febbi; Rossella Sansone; Edoardo Courir

Key clients

Banks and other financial intermediaries

Allianz Bank Financial Advisors S.p.A.

AXA Investment Managers Italia Sim Spa

Banca Agricola Popolare di Ragusa S.c.p.A.

Banca Carige S.p.A.

Banca Consulia S.p.A.

Banca di Bologna Credito Cooperativo – Società Cooperativa

Banca FarmaFactoring S.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Lajatico S.c.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata S.c.p.A.

Banca Popolare Pugliese S.c.p.A.

BMW Bank GMBH – Succursale Italiana

BPER Banca S.p.A.

CheBanca! S.p.A.

Crédit Agricole Italia S.p.A.

Credito Emiliano – CREDEM

Credito Fondiario S.p.A.

Europa Risorse S.G.R. S.p.A.

Gruppo Bancario Cooperativo ICCREA

Gruppo Bancario Intesa Sanpaolo

Gruppo Bancario Mediolanum

Illimity S.G.R. S.p.A.

ING Bank S.V.

InvestiRE S.G.R. S.p.A.

Mastercard Europe S.A.

Natixis SA – Succursale Italiana

Nexi Payment S.p.A.

Pictet & Cie (Europe) S.A.

Polis Fondi S.G.R.p.A.

SACE S.p.A.

Sella Group

AB-InBev

BMW Group

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

In the food law space, Bird & Bird has a particular focus on IP issues. The team also works with the wider firm's experts in EU law, commercial, tax and compliance in relation to food industry matters. Clients mainly include food and beverage producers, packaging manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and notably, Italian food consortia. Giovanni Galimberti and Massimiliano Mostardini, who are often active in trade mark infringement proceedings, are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti; Massimiliano Mostardini

Key clients

AB-InBev

Cargill

Carpenè Malvolti

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

Ferrero

International Flavors & Fragrances I.F.F.

Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

The technology and communications group at Bird & Bird is characterised by its strong multidisciplinary expertise. The team includes experts in IP, telecoms, IT and media law organised in several sub-teams, which are respectively headed up by Massimiliano Mostardini, Arturo Leone and Giovanni Galimberti. The group also advises TMT-sector clients on  blockchain, smart contracts, cloud services and data centres. Federico Marini Balestra, who was promoted to partner in May 2020, is a competition lawyer with a strong focus on TMT and telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini; Arturo Leone; Giovanni Galimberti

Other key lawyers:

Federico Marini Balestra

Key clients

Alleantia

Cisco

Commscope

Dailymotion

DAZN

Equinix

Hoepli

Huawei

iGenius

Nuance

Oneweb

Overmach

SEA Group

Skyscanner

Teamsystem

Telecom Italia

Visirun

ZOOM Voice Communications

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Bird & Bird's wide-ranging practice covers disputes spanning areas such as aviation, banking and finance, competition and energy, among many others,  Team head Giovanni Galimberti is particularly active in IP disputes and he represents domestic and international clients in pan-European litigation. Another name to note is Raimondo Maggiore, who has considerable experience of assisting financial operators and individuals with proceedings before national courts and regulatory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti

Other key lawyers:

Arturo Leone; Simone Cadeddu; Raimondo Maggiore

Key clients

Cargill

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

DAZN

Ferrero

La Termoplastic FBM

Loro Piana

Luxottica

Mylan

Telecom Italia

ThyssenKrupp Elevators Italia

Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 3

The team at Bird & Bird is particularly strong when it comes to handling IP as well as in competition and matters concerning the distribution systems of luxury clients. The practice is led by IP experts Massimiliano Mostardini and Giovanni Galimberti and corporate lawyer, Stefano Silvestri. Clients include fashion brands and luxury car manufacturers.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini; Giovanni Galimberti; Stefano Silvestri

Key clients

BMW Group

Loro Piana

Luxottica

Morellato

Renè Caovilla

Tomorrow London

Investment funds Tier 3

Acting for national and international management companies and investors, Bird & Bird's investment funds team is particularly focused on UCITS and real estate AIFs. The key advisers are banking and financial markets regulation team head, Raimondo Maggiore; co-head of the international financial services group, Stefano Febbi; financial markets specialist Rossella Sansone; and senior associate and asset management sector expert, Giovanni Bevilacqua.

Practice head(s):

Raimondo Maggiore; Stefano Febbi; Rossella Sansone

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Bevilacqua

Key clients

BCC Risparmio&Previdenza S.G.R.p.A.

Columbia Threadneedle

Credem Private Equity SGR S.p.A.

Davy Global Fund Management Limited

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Europa Risorse S.G.R.p.A.

Fideuram Investimenti SGR S.p.A.

Groupama Asset Management SGR S.p.A.

illimity Società di Gestione del Risparmio S.p.A.

InvestiRE S.G.R.p.A.

Kairos Partners S.G.R. S.p.A.

Mediolanum Gestione Fondi SGR.p.A.

M&G International Investment

Pictet & Cie (Europe) SA

Polis Fondi SGR. S.p.A.

Prelios SGR S.p.A.

Administrative and public law Tier 4

The public law team at Bird & Bird, which is headed up by Simone Cadeddu, provides regulatory and public procurement advice and has regulatory and administrative litigation expertise. National and global clients in regulated sectors including the energy, telecoms, infrastructure and security industries instruct the group on issues relating to regulatory requirements, relationship management work and public tenders. Cadeddu regularly assists Telecom Italia and is active in the aviation, defence and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simone Cadeddu

Key clients

Autogrill S.p.A.

Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited

Dompé Farmaceutici S.r.l.

Mundipharma Pharmaceuticals S.r.l.

Mylan S.p.A.

Sandoz S.p.A.

Smiths Detection Italia S.r.l.

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Terna S.p.A.

Thyssenkrupp Elevators Italia S.r.l.

Employment Tier 4

Bird & Bird advises clients on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with a particular strength in HR management issues. The practice is distinguished by its cross-border strength, with it operating as one unit across 29 offices. The firm has a notable offering of tech tools, including International HR Knowledge Zone, a platform providing HR information and training for clients. Amedeo Rampolla, who is a member of the trade secrets protection group, jointly leads the practice with Cristiano Pambianchi.

Practice head(s):

Amedeo Rampolla; Cristiano Pambianchi

Industry focus: Energy Tier 4

Pierpaolo Mastromarini leads Bird & Bird's cross-practice energy and utilities team, which has a strong track record in M&A and project finance transactions, as well as advising on regulatory issues. In addition, the group advises on commercial contracts, emissions trading, project development, management and environmental issues. Simone Cadeddu, who is experienced in handling regulatory issues and litigation, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Pierpaolo Mastromarini

Other key lawyers:

Simone Cadeddu

Key clients

Alerion Clean Power

Ardian

Banco BPM

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Forvei II

Iccrea BancaImpresa

Intesa Sanpaolo

Margherita S.r.l.

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese S.p.A.

Raggio di Puglia 2

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Bird & Bird's international restructuring and insolvency group is experienced in turnaround plans, debt restructuring, pre-insolvency procedures and insolvency compositions, debt trading, and cross-border insolvencies and restructuring. Alberto Salvadè's broad practice includes turnarounds and restructurings. Senior associate Matteo Meroni is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Salvadè

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Meroni

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

Bird & Bird has extensive banking and project finance experience, including energy and infrastructure matters. Pierpaolo Mastromarini is a banking and finance partner, with a particular focus on the energy and utilities sector, while Alberto Salvadè's broad corporate practice includes restructuring and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Pierpaolo Mastromarini; Alberto Salvadè

Key clients

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Gruppo San Donato

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

Bird & Bird is constantly active in its assistance to major local and international banks, in relation to project, real estate, acquisition and corporate finance. Pierpaolo Mastromarini is an energy and utilities sector specialist, with further partner-level support provided by corporate group head Alberto Salvadè.

Practice head(s):

Pierpaolo Mastromarini; Alberto Salvadè

Other key lawyers:

Michele Arruzzolo; Daniele Pompei

Key clients

Iccrea BancaImpresa S.p.A.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Comprising 30 lawyers across its Milan and Rome offices, Bird & Bird's Italian corporate team advises on the full spectrum of transactions, from small and mid-cap to multinational and cross-border deals. Focused on M&A and private equity, Alberto Salvadè heads the Italy corporate group.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Salvadè

Other key lawyers:

Federico Valle; Edoardo Courir; Pierpaolo Mastromarini; Afra Casiraghi; Calogero Porrello

Key clients

ApritiModa

Bookcity Milan

Milan Digital Week

Milan Photo Week

Athesia Group

Australian Sports Commission

Axxam

Cisco

Cubico Sustainable Investments

ECTT

ForVEI II

L’Oreal

iGenius

Phase Motion Control Ningbo

PPG

Retail Hub

Startup Geeks

TIM

TOMORROW LONDON

EU and competition law Tier 5

Bird & Bird's team is experienced in handling antitrust disputes, IP-related antitrust, cartels, compliance and merger control. It also assists with antitrust matters involving public tenders, state aid and market investigations. Team head Federico Marini-Balestra made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Federico Marini-Balestra

Other key lawyers:

Simone Cadeddu; Lucia Antonazzi

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.p.A.

Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano

Dompé Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Generali S.p.A:

John Bean Technologies

Luxottica

BMW Group

Perform Investment (DAZN)

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Tempur Sealy Italia S.r.l.

Widex Italia S.r.l.

Widex A/S

Skyscanner

Tax Tier 6

Led by Gaetano SalvioliBird & Bird's group handles several areas of tax for clients, including planning, provision, compliance and litigation. Senior counsel Giuliana Polacco, who joined in 2019 from Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie, has longstanding experience in tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gaetano Salvioli

Other key lawyers:

Giuliana Polacco

Testimonials

Great for efficiency, availability and solidity.

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.

The Italian offices are located in the city centre and have a special focus on the banking and financial services, communications, electronics, energy and utilities, food and beverage, IT, intellectual property, life sciences and media industry sectors, providing a full service across these sectors.

As an international law firm the firm co-ordinates its activities across all its international offices to ensure an integrated approach, continuity of client care and regular exchange of know-how and best practice.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.

Aviation, aerospace, defence and security: advising on asset management and financing, civil aviation matters, including airlines, regulatory and competition issues, and aerospace and defence, including PPP/PFI and product liability.

Electronics: advising clients operating in or serving the electronics industry, from R&D and component manufacturing, to technology licensing agreements.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising clients such as national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.

Department Name Email Telephone
Competition and EU Federico Marini Balestra
Dispute resolution Edoardo Courir
Dispute resolution Giovanni Piazza
Dispute resolution Andrea Giussani
Dispute resolution Osvaldo Lombardi
Regulatory and administrative (public) Simone Cadeddu
Banking and finance Raimondo Maggiore
Banking and finance Stefano Febbi
Employment Amedeo Rampolla
Real estate Alberto Salvadè
Real estate Stefano Febbi
Corporate Alberto Salvadè
Corporate Stefano Silvestri
Corporate Edoardo Courir
Tax Gaetano Salvioli
Intellectual property Massimiliano Mostardini
Intellectual property Giovanni Galimberti
Restructuring and insolvency Alberto Salvadè
Restructuring and insolvency
TMT Arturo Leone
TMT Massimiliano Mostardini
TMT Giovanni Galimberti
TMT Roberto Camilli
Number of lawyers : 1,200
in this country : 110
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