Bird & Bird > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Bird & Bird
VIA BORGOGNA 8
20122 MILANO
Italy

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Bird & Bird‘s Italian team is experienced in IP, transactional, regulatory, corporate, commercial, data protection, and EU and competition law; several team members can boast time working inside life sciences companies and regulatory bodies. The practice co-heads are IP litigators Giovanni Galimberti and Massimiliano Mostardini. Also integral to the practice are Antonella De Gregori, who has chemicals and pharmaceuticals expertise; Afra Casiraghi, who assists healthcare companies in Italy; Claudia Ricciardi, who advises both companies and research institutes; and experienced counsel Mauro TurriniEvelina Marchesoni is a well-regarded senior associate.

Testimonials

Practical advice and very responsive.

Key clients

Aboca Società Agricola

Adler Ortho

Axxam

Centro Cardiologico Monzino

Dompè Farmaceutici

Fondazione Telethon

Meda Pharma

Mylan

Ospedale San Raffaele

Rottapharm

San Donato Group

Sandoz

Teva

Actavis

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sandoz with defending the award of two contracts for the supply of Dasatinib, a cancer growth blocker.
  • Assisted Fondazione Telethon with the negotiation of a licensing agreement for industrial property rights.
  • Advised Adler Ortho, a market leader in the research and production of orthopaedic prostheses, on a minority investment made by Space Capital Club.

Italy > Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

Bird & Bird has great sector knowledge, in particular in the automotive branch and its supply chain, both of which also benefit from the firm’s technology and communication expertise. Stefano Silvestri provides corporate and commercial transactional advice; Alberto Salvadè handles restructuring and insolvency matters; and Simone Caddedu is a regulation expert.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Silvestri

Testimonials

‘International team and available 24 hours.’

Key clients

Adler Ortho

Airbus Elicopters

BMW Group

Claas Italia

Pirelli

Shiloh Industries Italia

Smith Detections

Snaidero

TK Elevator Italia

TriMas Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted TriMas Corporation with the acquisition of Affaba & Ferrari.
  • Successfully represented Smiths Detection Italia S.r.l. in defending the award of a framework agreement for the supply and maintenance of 28 EDS machines for cabin baggage checks to be installed in the Milan-Linate and Milan Malpensa airports.
  • Assisting BMW Group with its regulatory and compliance matters in Italy.

Italy > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Bird & Bird has an international retail and consumer sector group that focuses on the assistance of clients in the food and beverage, luxury, fashion and retail, and hotels and leisure sectors. Sector knowledge is paired with in-depth expertise, especially in consumer law, e-commerce, technology, including software licensing, and contracts, all of which are among the team's main areas of activity. Massimiliano Mostardini and Giovanni Galimberti, who co-heads the practice with Stefano Silvestri, are highly appreciated for their IP expertise.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Silvestri; Giovanni Galimberti

Other key lawyers:

Massimiliano Mostardini; Fulvio Mellucci

Testimonials

‘High level of assistance in the field of intellectual property. Pragmatism in managing the relationship with the customer.’

‘An IP powerhouse.’

‘Unrivalled professionalism from Giovanni Galimberti and Fulvio Mellucci. They work as a seamless team with quiet but determined dedication and commitment.’

Key clients

Bricoman 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 per la tutela del formaggio Asiago

Consorzio Tutela Aceto Balsamico di Modena

Ferrero

Gruppo BMW

Kampaay

La Rinascente

Leroy Merlin Italia

Loro Piana

Luxottica

Marcolin S.p.A.

Monster Energy

Snaidero

Stoneweg (Glovo)

Tommy Hilfiger Licensing

Tomorrow London

Work highlights

  • Advised Dieter Rams in connection with copyrights’ transfer on industrial design works.
  • Assisting La Rinascente in the launch of its first online store.
  • Assisting BMW Italy with advertising law.

Italy > Intellectual property

Bird & Bird has a global focus on IP. In Italy, this translates into great capabilities in high-value, cross-border IP disputes and arbitrations. The substantial team covers all IP matters and is particularly well known for acting in trademark and patent cases. In the former area, managing partner and practice head Massimiliano Mostardini is recommended: he focuses on the food sector and infringement disputes in connection to geographical indications and appellations of origin; in the latter area, patent lawyer Antonella De Gregori stands out. Of counsel Arturo Leone and Giovanni Galimberti handle a mix of IP, TMT and IT matters. Counsel Rita Tardiolo is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti; Massimiliano Mostardini; Arturo Leone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great skills in various industry sectors.’

‘In addition to competence, the firm’s professionals are characterized by extreme availability towards the client’.

‘Immediate availability, seriousness and punctuality in the management of issues.’

‘Comprehensive reporting, availability for discussion, communicative clarity.’

‘Rahul Kakkar is extremely reliable and knowledgeable, has excellent negotiation skills and always manages to achieve the objectives set by the customer. Excellent.’

 

Key clients

Actavis (Teva Group)

BMW Group

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Dieter Rams

Ferrero

Ferrovie dello Stato

Fondazione Telethon

La Rinascente

Lendlease

Lottomatica

Pirelli Foundation

Sisvel

Snaidero

TIM

Tommy Hilfiger Licensing

Work highlights

  • Advised Dieter Rams in connection with copyrights’ transfer on industrial design works.
  • Assisting La Rinascente in the launch of its first online store.
  • Assisting BMW Italy on advertising law.

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Bird & Bird fields experts in the performance of investment services, compliance with capital requirements, investment funds, and the issue of financial products. Other specialisms include market abuse, insurance, fintech, sustainable finance regulation, AML issues, derivatives, consumer credit and payment services. The key advisers are banking and financial markets regulation department head Raimondo Maggiore; international financial services team co-head Stefano Febbi; Rossella Sansone, an asset management and financial services specialist; and of counsel Giuseppe D’Agostino, who joined in 2020 from CONSOB. Diego Bobbo, Diego Cefaro and Annapaola Schino are experienced senior associates.

Testimonials

The strength of the firm, in our opinion, is the preparation of the team and its broad skillset.

The lawyers who make up the team are very competent in relation to all matters upon which we have requested advice.

The answers we have obtained have always been broad and comprehensive, going beyond simple interpretations.

The analyses provided have always been deepened by the team’s market insights.

From the point of view of technological innovations, the firm has changed the channels of dialogue with its clients through video conference mode, which has replaced the telephone mode. We welcomed the initiatives linked to the illustrative webinars of new or recently applied rules, during which interesting insights and interpretations were provided.

Key clients

Allianz Group

Asset Management One International

AXA IM Group

Banca Agricola Popolare di Ragusa

Banca Carige

Banca Popolare del Frusinate

Banca Valsabbina

BPER Banca

CheBanca!

CNP Group

Crédit Agricole Italia

ICCREA Group

Intesa Sanpaolo Group

Invesco Asset Management

InvestiRE SGR

M&G Investments

Mediolanum Group

NN Investment Partners

PICTET & CIE Group

SACE Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Allianz Group (jointly with the firm’s consultancy practice OXYGY) on implementing the new European legal framework on sustainable finance, in relation to its operations, investment management activities, insurance products and information documents.
  • Advised BPER Banca on the integration of acquired UBI offices into its business model and operating procedures, particularly those relating to the provision of investment services.
  • Assisting the Credem Group, on an ongoing basis, with the regulatory issues it faces.

Italy > Compliance Tier 2

Bird & Bird's experienced practice advises on the entire compliance spectrum, from regulatory compliance to Decree 231 matters, product compliance, and data protection and cybersecurity. Other key areas include advertising pre-clearances, consumer protection and antitrust matters. Raimondo Maggiore is a leading name for financial services compliance issues; Stefano Febbi has notable expertise in anti-money laundering (AML) compliance programmes; Simone Cadeddu  is a product compliance expert; Rossella Sansone advises primary financial institutions, as well as insurance companies, fund managers and investment companies; and Federico Marini Balestra is an EU and competition specialist.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The uniqueness of this firm lies in the competence of the team and the ability to transpose purely regulatory concepts into practical solutions.

The professionals are very prepared and competent; and, above all, ready to provide added value, not only on the regulatory principles but also to the solutions proposed.

Deep knowledge of the Italian market and regulatory trends.

Great competence and excellent knowledge of the reference market.

Excellent quality of work.

The strengths are availability, promptness and flexibility.

Appreciable ability to search for a viable solution rather than explaining the reasons for impeding a project.

Stefano Febbi stands out for his technical competence, capacity for synthesis and pragmatism, knowledge of the Italian market, and the best available best practices.

Key clients

Airbus Helicopters France SAS

Allianz Group

BMW Group

Bper Banca

CheBanca!

Claas Italia

Usines Claas France

Carige Group

Crédit Agricole Italia

Credito Emiliano

Datafalls

Huawei Technologies Italia

ICCREA Group

Intesa Sanpaolo Group

Kairos Partners SGR

La Rinascente

Marcolin

Mediolanum Group

SACE

Terna

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediolanum Group, Allianz Group, Carige Group, Intesa Sanpaolo, Bper Banca and Banca Agricola Popolare di Ragusa on various issues regarding the application of MiFID II and Insurance Distribution Directive client protection rules.
  • Assisted Telecom Italia with a complex Article 102 case involving investments in new networks.
  • Assisted La Rinascente with the launch of its e-commerce platform.

Italy > Industry focus: Food Tier 2

Bird & Bird‘s strong IP focus is at the core of its cross-practice, food law team, which excels in international investments, finance, contracts and EU law advice, as well as in patent, trademarks and design advice relating to ingredients, processing and packaging. Italian consortia frequently turn to the group to protect their “made in Italy” merchandise mark and to acquire recognitions of geographical indication. Giovanni Galimberti and Massimiliano Mostardini lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini; Giovanni Galimberti

Key clients

Cargill

Carpenè Malvolti

Cerere Produzione

Consorzio a tutela del vino Morellino di Scansano

Consorzio del Prosciutto di San Daniele

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Consorzio Tutela Aceto Balsamico di Modena

MD and Mauri Formaggi

Monster Energy

Special New Fruit Licensing

Stoneweg (Glovo)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco in connection with the violation of the PDO.
  • Assisted Special New Fruit Licensing in connection with Antitrust proceedings in front of the Italian Competition Authority.
  • Representing Consorzio di Tutela dell’Aceto Balsamico di Modena against a petition filed by two companies active in the production of balsamic vinegar.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 2

Bird & Bird's TMT team includes professionals from different departments and with multiple specialisms. The group is particularly renowned for the expertise in the communications sector, in which it particularly excels in regulatory and commercial matters, M&A and also disputes; Telecom Italia is a flagship client, assisted by head of the media area Giovanni GalimbertiMassimiliano Mostardini co-heads the IP team with him.  Arturo Leone and Federico Marini Balestra 'demonstrate particularly high professionalism and relevant experience.’ Regulation and public law expert Simone Cadeddu  provides ‘excellent support.’

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Mostardini;

Testimonials

‘Availability and ability to quickly understand complex technical issues in a constantly evolving context and in a previously unexplored sector.’

‘Arturo Leone – subject matter expert with many years of experience but with the enthusiasm of a young person in dealing with complex issues.’

‘Excellent internal organization. High quality of the support provided.’

‘Excellent support by Simone Caddeddu.’

‘Competence, availability and attention to the customer are the key strengths.’

‘Arturo Leone and Federico Marini Balestra demonstrate particularly high professionalism and relevant  experience.’

Key clients

Equinix

Huawei

Lottomatica

NEC Italia

Sisvel

Sky

Sparkle

Teamsystem

Telecom Italia

Work highlights

  • Assisting Telecom Italia in connection with a complex Article 102 case involving investments in new networks.
  • Assisting Telecom Italia Sparkle in a contract negotiating with Google for the indefeasible right of use (IRU) swap of submarine cables across the Americas.
  • Assisting Telecom Italia in connection with the appeal vs. “free modem” rules intended to make customers switches easier.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Bird & Bird‘s dispute resolution practice integrates different specialisms from multiple practice areas, among which its IP litigation expertise is especially noted. The department is also active for clients from the financial sector; the firm has strong capabilities in bribery, corruption, money laundering and administrative sanctions cases. Team head Giovanni Galimberti is a recognised litigator in the IP field and specialises in the protection of geographical indications in the food industry. Stefano Silvestri  is a noted arbitrator while Raimondo Maggiore stands out as a white-collar criminal law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Silvestri; Raimondo Maggiore

Testimonials

‘Great preparation and punctuality in feedback’.

Key clients

Allianz Bank S.p.A.

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

Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Recanati e Colmurano S.C.

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

Banca Popolare Pugliese S.c.p.a.

CheBanca! S.p.A.

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

Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco

Crédit Agricole Italia S.p.A.

Europa RisorseSandoz S.p.A.

Smith Detection Italia s.r.l.

Special New Fruit Licensing Ltd. (“SNFL”)

Telecom Italia

TK Elevator Italia S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented an important Italian cooperative bank and obtained an important decision by the Court of Appeal of Rome on anti-money laundering regime.
  • Successfully assisted TK Elevator Italia S.p.a. in defending the award of a contract for both the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance services to be performed on the elevators/escalators installed in the Milan metro stations.
  • Assisting the SNFL group in connection with abuse of economic dependency in the marketing of patented plant varieties.

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 3

Part of the firm’s international retail and consumer sector group, Bird & Bird‘s Italy luxury goods team works with some of the world’s best-known brands, as well as start-up businesses. It advises on all stages of the product and brand lifecycle, from design to manufacturing, distribution, marketing, retailing, advertising and promotion. Massimiliano Mostardini‘s IP practice covers fashion and luxury goods, while Giovanni Galimberti heads the firm’s Italian IP department.

Key clients

Dieter Rams

Gruppo BMW

Youngtimers Asset Company

La Rinascente

Loro Piana

Luxottica

Marcolin

Snaidero

Tommy Hilfiger Licensing

Tomorrow London

Work highlights

  • Advised Dieter Rams on copyright transfers involving industrial design works.
  • Assisted La Rinascente with the launch of its first online store.
  • Assisted BMW Italy with advertising law.

Italy > Investment funds Tier 3

Bird & Bird‘s banking and financial markets regulation team is experienced in assisting management companies and investors, and fields experts in undertakings for the collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) and real estate alternative investment funds (AIFs). The practice advises management companies on both new products and validating internal procedures. The principal figures are financial regulation specialists Raimondo MaggioreStefano Febbi and Rossella Sansone, and experienced senior associate Giovanni Bevilacqua.

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Testimonials

Extremely knowledgeable, prompt and professional.

Great for its technical preparation on complex issues and negotiation skills.

Availability 24 hours a day, respectful of deadlines, and speedy in processing documents and giving feedback.

Senior associate Giovanni Bevilacqua is extremely efficient, courteous and knowledgeable. We are a foreign business with no office in Italy, and value the exceptional support, advice and assistance provided by Giovanni as and when required, which is frequently at short notice!

Key clients

Asset Management One International

BCC Risparmio&Previdenza

Columbia Threadneedle

CREDEM Private Equity SGR

Davy Global Fund Management

Deka Immobilien Investment

Euromobiliare Asset Management

Europa Risorse

Fideuram Investimenti

Groupama Asset Management

illimity Società di Gestione del Risparmio

InvestiRE

Investitori SGR

Invesco Asset Management

Kairos Partners

Mediolanum Gestione Fondi

M&G International Investment

Pictet & Cie (Europe)

Polis Fondi

Work highlights

  • Assisted Italian alternative investment fund manager InvestiRE SGR with the structuring, set-up and launch of an Italian real estate alternative investment fund (PRS Italy) reserved for professional investors.
  • Assisted Davy Global Fund Management with the Italian regulatory matters concerning the launch of an Italian closed-end umbrella AIF (RSCT Fund), reserved for professional investors.
  • Assisted Mediolanum Gestione Fondi with the structuring and launch of an unreserved AIF.

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Bird & Bird offers comprehensive public law advice, encompassing both in- and out-of-court capability. Matters of public procurement and regulation feature prominently in the firm’s workload, with a special attention to cases in the energy and utility, infrastructure, telecoms and pharmaceuticals sectors. Simone Cadeddu, who is described as ‘extremely competent and helpful’ assists a global pool of clients in collaboration with stand-out associate Jacopo Nardelli.

Practice head(s):

Simone Cadeddu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Simone Cadeddu is extremely competent and helpful. He manages to communicate complex legal concepts with simplicity and to successfully deal with different company profiles.’

Key clients

Mylan S.p.A.

Ares S.r.l.

Smiths Detection Italia S.r.l.

Sandoz S.p.A.

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Terna S.p.A.

TK Elevators Italia S.p.A.

Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited

Autogrill S.p.A.

NEC Italia S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sandoz S.p.A. in defending the award of two contracts for the supply of Dasatinib.
  • Successfully assisted Smiths Detection Italia S.r.l. in defending the award of a framework agreement for the supply and maintenance of (up to) 28 EDS machines for cabin baggage checks to be installed in airports of Milan-Linate and Milan Malpensa.
  • Successfully assisted TK Elevator Italia S.p.a. in defending the award of a contract for both the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance services to be performed on the elevators/escalators installed in the Milan Metro Stations (line 1, line 2 and line 5).

Italy > Employment Tier 4

Bird & Bird‘s employment practice is particularly appreciated for its strong cross-border service, which benefits from the firm’s established international network to provide assistance in connection with HR services, hirings and dismissals, litigation and trade union negotiations. Employment aspects of corporate transactions and workplace investigations are also part of the wide offering. Amedeo Rampolla stands out for his advice relating to hiring, dismissal and disciplinary procedures, industrial and trade union relations as well as for his contentious practice. He co-leads the team together with Cristiano Pambianchi.

Practice head(s):

Amedeo Rampolla; Cristiano Pambianchi

Testimonials

‘The firm stands out for its high-level technical expertise, real worldwide coverage and a friendly and harmonious way of working with the customer.’

‘Outstanding timeliness and speed of response at any time of the day. High professionalism and technical competence. Continuous updating.’

‘The team is made up of valid professionals.’

‘They deliver advice that’s clear for non-lawyers.’

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 4

Bird & Bird‘s cross-practice group assists with the M&A and project finance aspects of renewables and PPAs; energy efficiency and demand management; transmission networks and gas distribution; energy storage; and smart energy. Pierpaolo Mastromarini is an energy and utilities specialist, while Simone Cadeddu assists with EU and Italian administrative regulations.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

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Testimonials

A complete, multidisciplinary team that is able to support us in due diligence, M&A and financing operations.

Maximum availability and speedy answers.

A group of interdisciplinary professionals who are capable of responding effectively to any question in a very short time.

Great availability at all times and the ability to understand and solve problems.

Pierpaolo Mastromarini is great for 360° competence and assistance.

Pierpaolo Mastromarini has overall charge of the mandates, and excellent management and co-ordination of the whole team.

Simone Cadeddu has great preparation in administrative law, and flexibility when finding and proposing solutions.

Simone Cadeddu is an excellent energy sector lawyer – he fully understands non-Italian needs and questions that project applicants have, and can communicate complex legal/procedural matters to non-legal people.

Key clients

Ares

Banco BPM

Belenenergia

BPER Banca

Canadian Solar

Crédit Agricole Group

Cubico Diana

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Dolomiti Energia

Emeren

Energy Total Capital

Falck Renewables

Foresight S.C.A. SICAV – SIF

Forvei II

Gaxa

Gruppo Amag

Iccrea BancaImpresa

Intesa Sanpaolo

Italgen

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

Municipality of Milan

ReneSola

Sidigas.com

Siemens Bank

Société Générale

Solaris Renewables 2

Talesun Energy Group

VEI Green 2

Work highlights

  • Advised Foresight SCA SICAV-SIF and a European institutional investor on the issuance of a green bond for the financing of a greenfield wind farm in Italy.
  • Advised Ares on a large project financing, with access to the incentives under the 2019 RES Decree.
  • Advising Terna on the management of a tender procedure launched by Terna itself.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Bird & Bird focuses on turn-around plans, debt restructurings, and pre-insolvency procedures, including, thanks to the firm’s global network, those with international elements. Practice head Alberto Salvadè demonstrates ‘a great mastery of law, competence and efficiency’; senior associate Matteo Meroni ‘shows great professionalism and strong dedication’.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Salvadè

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird offers its clients more than just legal advice: through a deep knowledge of the business, specialization in different market sectors, excellence in customer service and internationalization, with more than 1000 legal advisors scattered around all over the world, the firm is one of the best known, most appreciated and renowned within the reference sector.’

‘Passion, professionalism, intuition, resourcefulness and constant renewal are the elements that have led to a rapid evolution of the firm .’

‘B&B stands out for the quality of the service and the ability to find legal solutions even in the most critical situations.’

‘Matteo Meroni and Alberto Salvadè: high professionalism, extreme precision, knowledge of specific law, sense of responsibility, 360° vision, advise also on collateral issues, negotiation skills during negotiations, ability to work in a team with other professionals.’

Key clients

Shiloh Industries Italia

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

Bird & Bird‘s finance practice is particularly active in the Italian energy market, particularly the renewables sector. Clients additionally benefit from the group’s InfraTech expertise. Banking and finance partner Pierpaolo Mastromarini is an energy and utilities sector specialist, while Alberto Salvadè‘s broad corporate experience includes turnaround and restructuring deals.

Testimonials

Knowledge of the sector, speed, flexibility and competitive fees.

Pierpaolo Mastromarini has in-depth knowledge of issues and problem solving.

Counsel Michele Arruzzolo is a professional with great flexibility and ability.

Key clients

Ares (part of Macchia Group)

Falck Renewables

ForVEI II

Canadian Solar

Ospedale San Raffaele

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ares (part of Macchia Group) with a large wind farm project finance deal.
  • Assisted ForVEI II with the €120m refinancing of a portfolio comprising 43 solar plants.

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

Bird & Bird's Italy team advises banks and financial institutions on financing and refinancing deals, particularly those involving energy matters. Co-heading the practice are energy and utilities expert Pierpaolo Mastromarini, who focuses on project finance, and Italy corporate group leader Alberto Salvadè, whose broad experience includes turnaround and restructuring deals.

Testimonials

Speed ​​in the preparation of financial documentation, with excellent quality and price ratio.

Associate Daniele Pompei provides maximum availability, with fast feedback that corresponds to clients’ requests.

Key clients

Crédit Agricole CIB

Société Générale

Siemens Bank

Crédit Agricole Group

ICCREA BancaImpresa

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

BPER Banca

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Intesa Sanpaolo

BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas

Banca Tema – Terre Etrusche di Valdichiana and Maremma

Work highlights

  • Advised a pool of banks on the structuring and granting of an €80m loan (backed by an Italian guarantee issued by SACE).
  • Advised BPER Banca on the structuring and granting of a loan for Gallo Due to build a wind farm in southern Italy.
  • Advised a pool of banks (BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Intesa Sanpaolo and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena) on the structuring and granting of a loan for approximately €30m, in favour of a car rental sector and mobility company.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Bird & Bird is able to draw on the wider firm's corporate department which is spread across 29 offices in 20 different countries. The Italian practice, spread across Milan and Rome, is proficient in a range of mandates including M&A, joint ventures, corporate litigation, commercial law and corporate housekeeping. Alberto Salvadè  leads the group, overseeing a team which is principally focused on the life sciences, retail, energy, automotive, financial services, food and luxury goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Salvadè

Other key lawyers:

Edoardo Courir; Pierpaolo Mastromarini; Federico Valle; Afra Casiraghi

Testimonials

‘Expertise in transactions involving tech companies, astute in SPA negotiations offering candid advice on pros and cons on different negotiation strategies.’

‘Afra Casiraghi has great empathy and is able to understand the real needs of the customer. She does not put herself in the chair but listens and works to find solutions that simplify the activity by making business processes more efficient.’

‘Competence and promptness as well as a remarkable understanding of our industry.’

Key clients

Adler Ortho

ApritiModa, Milan Digital Week, Bookcity

Athesia Group

Axxam

Banca Agricola Popolare di Ragusa

Benenergia

Cerere Produzione

Cubico Diana (belonging to Cubico Sustainable Investments)

Energy Total Capital S.r.l.

FinanzaSud

Heska Corporation

Italgen (Italmobiliare Group)

LumIT

Master Investments

Oscar Di Montigny

Satispay

Seedtag

Sidigas.com

Talesun Energy Group

Tech Mahindra

TriMas Corporation

VEI Green 2 S.p.A.

Youngtimers AG

Work highlights

  • Avised Adler Ortho on the minority investment made by Space Capital Club with a subscription of a capital increase.
  • Assistance to Satispay S.p.A., in the acquisition of AdvisorEat S.r.l..
  • Acted as adviser in the sale to Cubico Diana S.r.l. (belonging to Cubico Sustainable Investments) of 100% of the share capital of two companies operating in the renewable energy sector.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 5

Bird & Bird's Italy team distinguishes itself through experience at the interface of competition law and IP; and it houses antitrust lawyers with notable sector expertise in technology and communications, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and luxury goods. Leading the competition and EU team, Federico Marini-Balestra was elevated to the partnership in 2020.

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Key clients

Telecom Italia

BMW Group

ZED Entertainments world

Soul Eventi

Huawei

Special New Fruit Licensing

SNFL Mediteranneo

Leroy Merlin Italia

Marcolin

Perform Investment

GAXA

Dompé Farmaceutici

Skyscanner

Generali

John Bean Technologies

Consorzio Ecopolietilene

Polieco

Mondo Convenienza

Work highlights

  • Assisting Telecom Italia with a complex Article 102 case involving investments in new networks.
  • Assists BMW Group with antitrust issues on a daily basis.
  • Assisting SNFL group with an abuse of economic dependency matter involving the marketing of patented plant varieties.

Italy > Tax Tier 6

Bird & Bird’s 11-member tax group was recently particularly active in relation to transfer pricing (including patent box matters) and tax dispute resolution. Its assistance also covers compliance, M&A, and tax opinions on domestic and cross-border issues. Gaetano Salvioli leads the Italian tax practice, which includes senior counsel Giuliana Polacco.

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Testimonials

The team at Bird & Bird has been great. Each team member has contributed to the final product, and the product was better because of the team’s full engagement.

The entire team at Bird & Bird was excellent and all of them were very knowledgeable.

Italy > Data privacy and data protection

Bird & Bird works closely with its international network, providing cybersecurity and data protection advice and representation.

Italy > Capital markets: Equity

Assisted with the development of its ECM practice by experienced practitioner Federico Valle, Bird & Bird‘s Italy team covers the full range of equity financing transactions, including IPOs, rights issues, placings, capital reorganisations, reverse takeovers, and public takeovers and mergers.

Italy > Real estate and construction

Bird & Bird‘s Rome-based partner Antonella Ceschi has longstanding experience in real estate law that is complemented by notable administrative law expertise; Ceschi is particularly focused on the development of assets in the retail, logistics, hotel and entertainment sectors.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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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