Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Milan, Italy

Bird & Bird
VIA BORGOGNA 8
20122 MILANO
Italy

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The healthcare and life sciences team at Bird & Bird stands out for two core areas of focus: its dedicated team for developing possible litigation strategies on the bases of the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patents EU initiative, and its focus on personalised medicine, particularly the interaction between technology and life sciences. Chairman Massimiliano Mostardini and Giovanni Galimberti jointly head the IP department, and act for a number of major players in the pharmaceutical industry. Antonella De Gregori, who was made partner in May 2019, primarily acts for clients in the chemistry field. Mauro Turrini is highly regarded as an expert in the life sciences field.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini; Giovanni Galimberti

Key clients

Axxam

IK Investments Partners

Alia Therapeutics

BBraun

Bionap

Cassiopea

Insud Pharma

Isagro

Ospedale San Raffaele

WinMedical

Medical Microinstruments

Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Bird & Bird's clients in the retail sector benefit from the firm's expertise across a wide range of practice areas. It has been kept busy recently handling IP, trade mark and patent work in the food and fashion industries, as well as tax, real estate and employment law more generally. Highlights included advising French multinational home improvement retailer Leroy Merlin on real estate matters in Padua, Vicenza and Ancona. Giovanni Galimberti and Stefano Silvestri jointly head the department. Alberto Salvadè is active in corporate matters; Gaetano Salvioli is noted for tax-related work; Antonella Ceschi is a key name for real estate; and Federico Marini-Balestra handles antitrust-related matters in the space.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Silvestri; Giovanni Galimberti

Key clients

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Loro Piana

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

Renè Caovilla

Hoepli

Stock Spirits

Crocs

Neronobile

IFF

Bricoman

Morellato

AB InBev

Tempur Sealy

Laika Caravans

Widex

Intellectual property Tier 1

Bird & Bird is regarded as 'a benchmark in Italy' for patent litigation and more generally for the full range of IP matters. The team represents food, fashion, media and pharmaceutical companies in patent and trademark litigation, often of a cross-border nature, operating as an integrated part of the wider firm's top-rated international practice. Italy managing partner Giovanni Galimberti and firmwide chair Massimiliano Mostardini co-head the practice in Milan, alongside the much-praised Arturo Leone - described as 'an undisputed authority' - in Rome. Antonella De Gregori made partner in May 2019, while Claudia Ricciardi and Rita Tardiolo  were promoted to counsel. The team, which also includes senior counsel Fulvio Mellucci, was recently boosted by the arrival of Eleonora Rosati, who joined as of counsel in January 2019 and divides her time between Milan and London.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini; Giovanni Galimberti; Arturo Leone

Key clients

BBraun

Cargill

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Dailymotion

Edwards Lifesciences

Hoepli

Loro Piana

Telecom Italia

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Bird & Bird's practice covers consumer credit, financial products, investment funds, anti-money laundering (AML), fintech and investment services. The practice also includes specialists in insurance, market abuse, payment services and e-money. Financial regulation specialist Raimondo Maggiore heads the Italian banking and financial services regulatory department; and Stefano Febbi is experienced in payment services and insurance regulation, and advising financial institutions on regulatory compliance. Rossella Sansone has extensive asset management and financial services expertise.

Compliance Tier 2

Bird & Bird is particularly focused on financial services issues, including AML and corruption. The team assists with identifying risks, due diligence processes, drafting policies and ensuring controls are in place, as well as providing ongoing compliance monitoring. In 2019, the firm's Baseline consulting arm merged with Valeocon Management Consulting to form Oxygy Management Consulting, which helps clients meet compliance standards. Raimondo Maggiore is a financial regulation expert, and Stefano Febbi and Rossella Sansone  advise financial institutions on regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Raimondo Maggiore; Stefano Febbi; Rossella Sansone

Testimonials

It is difficult to find such a highly specialised team on the market.

Rossella Sansone is highly available and competent.

Key clients

Banca Consulia

Banca di Bologna Credito Cooperativo – Società Cooperativa

Banca Popolare di Lajatico

Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata

Banca Popolare Pugliese

BPER Banca

CheBanca!

Fisher Investments Europe

Groupama Asset Management SGR

Gruppo Allianz Bank Financial Advisors

Gruppo Bancario Intesa Sanpaolo

Gruppo Bancario Mediolanum

ING Bank

Mastercard Europe

Mediobanca

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

Praised for its 'communication and innovation skills', Bird & Bird assists a number of domestic and international clients from the food and beverage industry with food law, IP matters and M&A. In particular, the practice has developed extensive experience advising Italian consortia, such as Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano and the Consorzio di Prosecco, whose protected designations of origins (PDO) it regularly protects from local and international infringements. Team heads Giovanni Galimberti and Massimiliano Mostardini are widely recognised IP specialists. Rita Tardiolo was promoted to counsel in May 2019; she has expertise advising on regulatory compliance, health claims and labelling.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti; Massimiliano Mostardini

Key clients

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Cargill

Neronobile

Stock Spirits

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 2

Bird & Bird's a manufacturing team provides the full range of advice for a number of high-calibre clients. Team head Stefano Silvestri, who divides his time between Milan and San Francisco and has considerable expertise handling cross-border deals, advised US company TriMas on its acquisition of Plastic in a €27m deal. Alberto Salvadè specialises in M&A, takeovers and capital markets law, while Simone Caddedu acts for clients, including Smiths Detection, on administrative law matters. Other clients include companies in the aerospace, defence and security, technology and home appliance areas.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Silvestri

Key clients

Smiths Detection Italia

IK Investments Partners

Pentair

Metalbeton

La Termoplastic FBM

Laika Caravans

Widex

Industry focus: luxury goods Tier 3

Bird & Bird's luxury goods team covers a range of practice areas but is particularly strong in IP thanks to both the firm's global reputation and the presence in the team of Massimiliano Mostardini, who is 'a true legend in the Italian and European landscape of IP professionals'. Mostardini jointly heads the group with Giovanni Galimberti and Stefano SilvestriClaudia Ricciardi and Rita Tardiolo were promoted to counsel in 2019; Ricciardi focuses on IP contracts, and Tardiolo, recognised as 'one of the most capable and committed members of the focus team', has expertise in IT, copyright and advertising.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini; Giovanni Galimberti; Stefano Silvestri

Testimonials

The team are always available to assist with all queries, questions and advice requests. This includes both significant projects and multiple random requests. Regardless of the significance, responses are always incredibly quick and helpful which is greatly appreciated. The strengths and capabilities lie in quickly helping to resolve issues and identifying the right professional in the firm to assist if it is not the individual who has been contacted directly.’

The team is probably one of the best teams in Italy for assisting clients in the sector, providing a tailored service on practically every legal area in the fashion business.

They are all personable, friendly, extremely responsive and clearly expert in their field. All the partners and team we deal with are very impressive.’

Key clients

Luxottica

Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

Bird & Bird's technology and communications team is jointly headed by chairman Massimiliano Mostardini, head of telecoms Arturo Leone, head of IT Roberto Camilli, and head of media Giovanni Galimberti. The firm has particular expertise in the IP areas of copyright, trade marks and patents. It has recently represented the main Italian telecom company Telecom Italia in a series of disputes involving antitrust and IP law (advertising and copyright violations). The team also advises a number of high-profile domestic and international clients in the technology and media sectors. Counsel Federico Marini Balestra has in-depth expertise in TMT law and regulations.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini; Arturo Leone; Roberto Camilli; Giovanni Galimberti

Key clients

Telecom Italia

Dailymotion

Hoepli

 

Investment funds Tier 3

Bird & Bird is particularly focused on undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) and real estate-related alternative investment funds (AIFs) and venture capital products. Raimondo Maggiore is banking and financial services regulatory head, Rossella Sansone's experience includes managing the incorporation of UCITS and Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) funds, and senior associate Giovanni Bevilacqua regularly assists with the setting up and marketing of AIFs.

Practice head(s):

Raimondo Maggiore

Key clients

BCC Risparmio & Previdenza SGR

Credem Private Equity SGR

Davy Investment Fund Services

Europa Risorse SGR

Fideuram Investimenti SGR

Fisher Investments Europe

Groupama Asset Management SGR

Mediolanum Gestione Fondi SGR

Polis Fondi SGR

Prelios SGR

Threadneedle AssetManagement

Accell PartnersManagement LLP

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Bird & Bird has particular expertise handling regulatory matters and litigation, focusing on the energy, communications, infrastructure and concessions, defence and aviation sectors. Headed by Simone Cadeddu, the team acted for a number of major Italian clients in public procurement matters recently. Highlights included acting for Telecom Italia in a competition lawsuit worth approximately €1bn. The firm is also a popular choice for clients in the pharmaceutical sector; the group is representing 11 pharmaceutical companies in separate appeals against the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA). Senior associate Alfredo Cincotti joined PLC Studio Legale in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Simone Cadeddu

Key clients

Hydro Drilling

Telecom Italia

Italgas

Raggio di Puglia 2

Smiths Detection Italia

Mylan

Iba Molecular Italy

Lugo Immobiliare

TriMas Corporation

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Stock Spirits Group

Fine Properties Monte Carlo

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Cartel investigations and regulatory litigation, together with banking and finance, competition and corporate disputes are all part of Bird & Bird's skill set, but the clear focus of the disputes team is IP litigation. Giovanni Galimberti draws praise for his patent and trademark litigation practice and understanding of the regulatory framework.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti

Key clients

ATM – Azienda Trasporti Molisana

Cargill

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

Consorzio del Prosecco

Dailymotion

Hoepli S.p.A.

Italgas S.p.A.

Renè Caovilla

Telecom Italia

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Italia S.p.A.

Employment Tier 4

At Bird & Bird in Milan, the employment law team is managed by Amedeo Rampolla and newly promoted partner Cristiano Pambianchi. Both have a long track record in collective dismissals cases, handling both litigation and arbitration, whistleblowing cases and investigations as well as trade union negotiations. The team benefits from the wider firm's global HR knowledge zone, an online resource aimed at using technology to reduce costs for clients in numerous jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Amedeo Rampolla; Cristiano Pambianchi

Testimonials

‘Great professionalism, objectivity and knowledge of the subject, promptness in their response’

‘Daphne Diorio Borri is and Amedeo Rampolla are absolutely recommendable’

Industry focus: Energy Tier 4

With established expertise in the solar sector, Bird & Bird advises developers, regulators, banks, utilities and other companies on matters relating to renewables, energy efficiency, smart energy and distribution networks. Practice head Pierpaolo Mastromarini has a cemented reputation in the field of energy efficiency.

Practice head(s):

Pierpaolo Mastromarini

Key clients

Banca Iccrea

Banco BPM

BNL

BPER

Cubico Sustainable Investments Ltd.

Falck Group

Foresight

Fri-el Green Power S.p.A.

Green Utility

Hydro Drilling S.r.l.

Iba Molecular Italy S.r.l.

Intesa Group

Italgas S.p.A.

Lugo Immobiliare S.p.A.

Margherita S.r.l.

MPS Capital Services

Pavia Acque S.c.a.r.l.

Raggio di Puglia 2

SOCGEN

Trina Solar

UBI Banca

Unicredit

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Bird & Bird's key areas include turnaround plans, debt restructuring agreements, pre-insolvency procedures with creditors, insolvency compositions with creditors, debt trading, and cross-border insolvencies and restructurings. Alberto Salvadè handles recovery plans as well as composition with creditors proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Salvadè

Testimonials

Bird & Bird is a firm that comprises young, serious, motivated and highly trained professionals with an excellent price-performance ratio compared to other law firms.

The different departments are able to interact on different legal issues and the firm’s international focus allows for the intervention of lawyers even outside national borders.

They are precise, attentive to clients’ needs and able to recommend the best strategies from a legal point of view. They obtain good results to clients’ satisfaction.

The main qualities of Bird & Bird’s professionals, especially Alberto Salvadè, are seriousness, profound knowledge of legal matters, availability, balance during negotiations and common sense.

Key clients

Lugo Immobiliare

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

Bird & Bird has a strong track record in energy and infrastructure-related project finance. The banking practice is also experienced in M&A and restructuring-related acquisition financing. Recently hired from Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams, Pierpaolo Mastromarini advises on energy-related financing and refinancing deals, and Alberto Salvadè has experience of turnaround and restructuring transactions.

Practice head(s):

Pierpaolo Mastromarini; Alberto Salvadè

Key clients

Foresight

Cubico

Trina Solar

Falck Group

Green Utility

Pavia Acque

Aquapur

Margherita

Fri-el Green Power

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

Bird & Bird advises local and international banks operating in Italy on project, real estate, acquisition and corporate finance. Clients also benefit from the team's consideration of the risks surrounding financial closings, including regulatory and tax issues. Energy financing and refinancing specialist Pierpaolo Mastromarini was recently hired from Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams, and Alberto Salvadè is experienced in turnaround and restructuring transactions.

Practice head(s):

Pierpaolo Mastromarini; Alberto Salvadè

Testimonials

The team has a strong track record in project finance and executes deals speedily.

Pierpaolo Mastromarini is a true expert.

Key clients

UBI Banca

Unicredit

Intesa Group

Banco BPM

Banca Iccrea

MPS Capital Services

SOCGEN

BPER

BNL

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Bird & Bird's corporate group was one of the first in Italy to organise itself around sectors, including life sciences, technology and communications, retail and consumer, energy and utilities, automotive, banking and finance, and food. It also offers a unique cost management service, which enables clients to view the life cycle of deals and observe progress against budget. Italian corporate group head Alberto Salvadè focuses on M&A and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Salvadè; Stefano Silvestri; Edoardo Courir; Federico Valle

Testimonials

The team is very fast and highly competent at covering all client requirements. At the same time there is always an honest effort to understand clients’ business requirements, so that requests from the other side are always put into the correct business perspective and evaluated in that respect.

It has outstanding leadership, team collaboration, communication style and business orientation.

Key clients

Alcedo SGR

Alerion Clean Power

Aretex Capital

Axxam

Banca Akros

Costa D’Oro

Crocs Inc

IK Investment

Italmobiliare

Medical Microinstruments

Neronobile

PPG Industries

Renè Caovilla

SCL Italia

Shiloh Industries

Stock Spirits

Tomorrow London

TriMas Corporation

Vulcan Capital

EU and competition law Tier 5

Counsel Federico Marini-Balestra leads Bird & Bird's Italian competition and EU law team, which combines professionals from the firm's dispute resolution, regulatory and administrative departments, covering cases relating to cartels, merger control and state aid law - with particular emphasis on the correlation with IP matters and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Federico Marini-Balestra

Testimonials

‘Problem solving, down-to-earth’

‘Ability to understand a situation and dig deep into the details without losing the bigger picture’

‘Arturo Leone, Federico Marini Balestra and Lucia Antonazzi  are smart, quick and innovative lawyers’

Key clients

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano

Luxottica

Dompé Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Morellato S.p.A.

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.p.A.

Perform Investment (DAZN)

Tempur Sealy Italia S.r.l.

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

Laika Caravans S.p.A.

Yara Italia S.p.A.

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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