Firm Profile > Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie > Milan, Italy

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie
20121 MILAN

Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie fields a team with 'exceptional know how', which is equally competent handling both traditional and cutting-edge aspects of the sector. Francesca Gaudino specialises in privacy and data security; Raffaele Giarda has 'outstanding knowledge' of the telecoms sector; and Lorenzo De Martinis' expertise in technology and media has been instrumental in the firm's recent work for Sky Italia (including litigation). Other areas of expertise include cutting-edge work for automotive and gaming companies, and regulatory advice to one of the largest online video content providers.


In my opinion, what makes this practice unique is its competence, its availability to give immediate feedback and its business-oriented stance. Paolo Galli is very smart and competent.’

Baker has an extremely solid, well-established and well-known TMT practice, that can provide advice on more traditional fields (e.g. data privacy) as well as on emerging technologies (e.g. blockchain and artificial intelligence). The team is very responsive, with great availability even on very short notice and in emergencies. Opinions are always very well-structured and easy to read for a business stakeholder.’

Andrea Mezzetti is a very talented professional. He is reliable, solid, strong, with an extraordinary business acumen and problem-solving approach. He has a very clear and effective communication style allowing him to be easy to understand for business stakeholders.’

Exceptional know-how, multi-aspect thinking, on-time availability, great collaborative spirit, great understanding of non-legal aspects of technical topics we have worked together on. Overall, they are very nice people I always want to work with.’

Very cordial, easy to talk to, always available for calls or queries. Andrea Mezzetti and Roberto Cursano have provided me with spot-on advice, and a high level of engagement and professionalism.’

The team has outstanding knowledge of the topics, and they provide a reliable and quick legal opinion, tailor-made to the needs of the specific customer.’

Raffaele Giarda is characterized by an outstanding knowledge of the topic and how to fit said knowledge to the need of the customer, on top of a very professional and pleasant personality. Andrea Mezzetti is very reliable with a deep knowledge of the topics and coordinated for us a very broad and comprehensive project worldwide with incredible results.’

Key clients


Discovery Group



A+E Networks

Clear Channel



VF International

Compliance Tier 2

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie's compliance practice fields specialists in corporate criminal law (particularly white-collar crime), bribery and corruption, tax crimes, bankruptcy, environmental compliance, and health and safety issues. Aurelio Giovannelli is a member of the firm's EMEA compliance steering committee, and Gianfranco Di Garbo assists major companies with corporate governance and compliance matters. Roberto Cursano focuses on pharmaceutical and healthcare-related compliance matters.


Appreciated for its quick responses, being pragmatic and business orientated, and the team’s negotiation skills.

Key clients

Alfa Valvole

Idex Italy


Fast & Fluid Management

Banjo Europe

Menarini Industrie Farmaceutiche


Flamar Cavi Elettrici

Optikon 2000

ICU Medical Italy

ICU Medical Europe

Andritz Diatec

Farina Presse

Andritz Novimpianti


Employment Tier 2

Led by Massimiliano Biolchini, the employment team at Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie focuses on trade union consultations, staff restructurings and negotiations/disputes involving senior managers or board members. In 2019, the group was involved in matters of group reorganisations, unions negotiations and investigations.

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Key clients

Borg Warner



Emilio Pucci



The Walt Disney Italia

Discovery Communications


Giuffre’ Editore S.p.A.

Aquazzura S.r.l.

Stella McCartney S.r.l.

Emilio Pucci

Abercrombie & Fitch S.a.r.l.

Tiffany S.r.l.

Coccinelle S.p.A.

VF International Sagl

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

The team at Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie focuses primarily on M&A in the healthcare and life sciences sector, advising a number of high-profile Italian and multinational clients. Aurelio Giovannelli, Pierfrancesco Federici and Roberto Cursano are the practice heads. Cursano and associate Mario Cigno handle pharmaceutical matters from an administrative law perspective, focusing on product recalls, public tender procedures, distribution, promotion activities and the conduct of clinical investigations. The team's expertise was invaluable in assisting Takeda Pharmaceutical with all regulatory, commercial, public procurement and corporate actions relating to its acquisition of Shire, in a global deal worth $62bn.

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories


Takeda Pharmaceutical

Stryker EU


EUSA Pharma

ICU Medical



Siemens Healthineers

Eli Lilly



Genomic Health



Wright Medical Italy


Optikon 2000


Adamed Pharma

Wolters Kluwer

Tax Tier 2

Tax is a particular strength of Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie. The team advises major foreign and Italian multinationals on day-to-day tax matters, corporate reorganisations, and domestic and cross-border transactions. The practice also regularly assists clients in the software and digital industry with permanent establishment and transfer pricing issues, as well as international tax rulings. Massimo GiaconiaCarlo GnettiMichele Santocchini  and counsel Alberto Pregaglia are corporate and international tax specialists. Since publication, Mario d’Avossa has left the firm.

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The firm’s strength lies in its ability to be close to clients’ needs, both in terms of availability and co-ordination of internal and external company contacts. Furthermore, the international network facilitates the multinational management of the topics under analysis.

This is a fully integrated team, meaning that clients always have an expert in all tax fields, and the practice works as a team for clients’ needs. It is proactive, fast, technically skilled, but with the right balance given to the practical approach that is needed by client.

They are sure to find effective solutions, maintaining a calm atmosphere even in complex situations.

They understand clients’ needs, not only taking into account tax perspectives, and are flexible in organising activities according to clients’ requirements.

Massimo Giaconia is a leader who is able to put together the best resource for the client’s needs and ensure full commitment and fast responses.

Michele Santocchini is appreciated  for his competence, willingness, mental flexibility and ability to work in an international team.

Key clients



Ariston Thermo

Zambon Group



Procter & Gamble



Bristol-Myers Squibb

VF International

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie advises multinational companies on all aspects of data privacy, data security and information management at a global level. Francesca Gaudino is responsible for the data privacy, data security and information management practice in Italy. She is particularly focused on the legal issues surrounding the use of cutting-edge technology.

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Provides exceptional know-how, on-time availability, great collaborative spirit, and understanding of the non-legal aspects of technical topics.

Francesca Gaudino has the great ability to explain complex issues in simple words; her patience and assertiveness allow her to relate with great efficiency to all levels of management.

Key clients

VF Group

EU Commission

EU and competition law Tier 3

With full coverage of antitrust matters, Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie assists companies in proceedings involving Italian and international competition authorities, as well as in merger control and compliance matters and antitrust audits. Andrea Cicala is responsible for the practice, which also includes counsel Riccardo Pennisi.

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Key clients

Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Italia S.p.A.-and Mercedes-Benz Italia S.p.A.

Facebook, Inc – Facebook Ireland Ltd

IMG Worldwide LLC  / IMG Media Limited / IMG Italy S.r.l.

LVMH – Sephora

A. Menarini Industrie Farmaceutiche Riunite S.r.l.

Diesel S.p.A.

Willis Towers Watson Italy S.r.l.

Mytaxi Italia S.r.l.


Michael Kors GmbH

GiGroup S.p.A

Fujifilm Italia

Recordati Group

Lesaffre Group

Administrative and public law Tier 4

The environmental, regulatory and planning team at Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie combines general administrative and public law capabilities with expertise in import/export matters and the healthcare and defence sectors. Practice head Pierfrancesco Federici assisted medtech company Waters with two public tenders for medical devices in a deal worth about €7m. Roberto Cursano advised Lockheed Martin on obtaining administrative licences to import military items to Italy. Mario Cigno is also noted.

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Hardworking, available and top quality work product.’

Baker & Mckenzie Law Firm has a friendly approach being able to understand companies’ necessity and business. It is able to give fast and efficient solutions.’

The whole team has provided us with very good service but Mario Cigno is a stand-out. He is always available, immediately “full bottle” on the answers and very willing and flexible to pursue the direction we want to pursue. He is also creative with solutions and also very open to innovative proposals.

Mario Cigno is a high-level lawyer with excellent communication skills. His approach is company-friendly because he is able to make practical examples in order to ensure the layperson can understand.

Key clients

Solar Turbines (Caterpillar)




Bio Rad Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories

Lockheed Martin


Wolters Kluwer

Colt Technology Services Group

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie assists borrowers with bilateral and syndicated bank financing, bonds, and acquisition and project finance. The team's work covers structuring, implementation, contractual remedies and enforcement actions. It also handles debt restructuring. Alberto Fornari's practice includes NPLs, factoring, lending, payment systems and fintech.

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Key clients




Credito Emiliano

Engel & Völkers

Savills Investment Management SGR

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie has, in recent years, advised on several acquisitions involving over ten jurisdictions, but where the main target was frequently incorporated in Italy. Clients benefit from related tax planning advice, as well as the application of artificial intelligence tools for due diligence and contracts. The team also has a substantial corporate reorganisation practice. Pietro Bernasconi advises on corporate, M&A and private equity deals, and Raffaele Giarda is a TMT specialist.


The Baker & McKenzie team is excellent and provides consistently high- quality, reliable, timely, and knowledgeable advice and related support.

This is a specialised and dedicated team that is great at solving problems.

Raffaele Giarda has significant experience and expertise in telecoms,  and understands the business, regulatory and political landscape very well. He also advises clients in an ethical and savvy manner.

Key clients

Magna International

Compass Banca


Ideal Standard

Gi Group


Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group






Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Abbott Laboratories

Intellectual property Tier 4

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie has a wealth of experience in IP-related matters, covering trademarks, designs, patents, media and copyright assistance, both contentious and non-contentious, accompanied by a specialism in technology-driven IP transactional work and restructuring, as well as know-how protection. Lorenzo De Martinis is managing partner of the firm’s Italian offices and heads up the practice together with of counsel Carlo Demichelis. Typical clients come from the fashion, design and luxury sectors.

Key clients



Michael Kors









Automobili Lamborghini Spa

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie is well equipped to address the needs of a wide variety of real estate clients, including hotels, international investment funds, retailers and pharma companies. Pierfrancesco Federici, who leads the team. has extensive transactional and regulatory expertise; partner Alessandro Matteini focuses on M&A and restructuring; while Rita Marchetti, who was welcomed into partnership in July 2019, specialises in divestments in the hotel, resort and retail sectors.

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‘Alessandro Matteini is a very active member of the team’

Key clients


Savills Investment Management SGR

BNP Paribas SGR


Polymath & Boffin

Arrow Global

Lvmh Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.

Felician Services, Inc.

Gruppo Statuto

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie's practice covers bilateral and syndicated bank financing, acquisition and project finance, debt restructuring, and enforcement actions. Alberto Fornari's practice focuses on corporate and structured finance, and Ludovico Rusconi is a banking and finance specialist. Counsel Carlo Lichino is noted for structured finance.

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Carlo Lichino is a counsel who is always available and ready to confront the most challenging situations calmly, which allows him to find the most suitable solutions.

Key clients

Banco BPM

Citigroup Global Markets

Alternative Capital Partners

KBC Bank

Dispute resolution Tier 5

At Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie, IT and IP litigator Lorenzo De Martinis has recenntly taken over leadership of the dispute resolution department, succeeding Gianfranco Di Garbo. His team includes Francesco Maruffi (financial and insurance disputes), Mario D’Avossa (tax disputes) and Luca Pescatore (contractual, banking, and bankruptcy disputes, among others).

Practice head(s):

Gianfranco Di Garbo

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