Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Milan, Italy

Latham & Watkins LLP
20121 MILAN

Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's team in Milan is particularly noted for its capacity to advise on US law. Antonio Coletti is office managing partner of the Milan and Rome offices and Jeffrey Lawlis has notable experience in public and private cross-border deals. Coletti, Lawlis and Ryan Benedict led advice to The Carlyle Group on Twinset’s €200m issuance, which was in the form of a private placement and execution of a super-senior revolving credit facility. Other highlights include advising Goldman Sachs on the issuance of €2.2bn senior secured notes. Counsel Isabella Porchia is also highly rated.

Private equity Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is highly regarded for its assistance on major Italian and international transactions. Recent work includes Cataldo Piccarreta and Giovanni Sandicchi, alongside the firm's Brussels office, advising global multi-asset alternative investment firm, Bain Capital, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Fedrigoni, which produces fine paper for printing, editing, labels, bookbinding, packaging and paper products; and local corporate department chair Stefano Sciolla and recently promoted Giancarlo D’Ambrosio acting for funds advised by international investment firm BC Partners, on the acquisition of Forno d’Asolo, an Italian producer and distributor of frozen bakery products, from 21 Partners and co-investors.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is 'quick to respond with clear and client-led advice'. It fields lawyers who are experienced in acquisition finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance and debt restructuring. The team advised Bain Capital Private Equity on the financing to acquire, through Fedrigoni Holding, Gruppo Cordenons, an international manufacturer of high-end specialty papers for luxury packaging and premium publishing applications. Marcello Bragliani leads the Italian banking and finance department, and Mauro Saccani and Antongiulio Scialpi (the latter recently hired from Linklaters) are key counsels.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is widely praised for its experience in acquisition finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance and debt restructuring. The practice acted for a pool of banks on a €4bn financing that was granted to Atlantia to finance the acquisition of Abertis Infraestructuras, one of the largest toll-road operators in the world, by Atlantia, ACS and Hochtief. Marcello Bragliani leads the Italian banking and finance department, and Mauro Saccani  and Antongiulio Scialpi (the latter recently hired from Linklaters) are key counsels.

Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is particularly noted for its ability to advise on US law and the team regularly advises on large, cross-border transactions. Antonio Coletti and Ryan Benedict acted for Banca IMI, Credit Suisse, UniCredit and Banca Akros, as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners, on the IPO of Gamenet Group's ordinary shares on Borsa Italiana. Jeffrey Lawlis is also a key name; Isabella Porchia is a highly regarded counsel.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is regularly involved in major market transactions. Stefano Sciolla is local corporate practice chair; together with Giovanni Sandicchi and Antonio Coletti as well as the firm's London and Brussels offices, Sciolla advised Global Infrastructure Partners, a global, independent infrastructure investor, on the €2.4bn acquisition of Italian railway operator Italo - Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori. In other highlights, the team assisted Bain Capital with the acquisition of a majority stake in Fedrigoni, which produces fine paper for printing, editing, labels, bookbinding, packaging and paper products. Cataldo Piccarreta is also a key adviser; Giancarlo D’Ambrosio was made partner.

Industry focus: Retail Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's strong reputation sees it act for clients such as illycaffè and Hunkemöller. Led by practice head Stefano Sciolla, the retail team particularly stands out for corporate and financing matters, as was evidenced when it assisted the Zanatta Family with the €200m sale of a 40% stake in Tecnica Group to Italmobiliare. The matter also included a financial restructuring of Tecnica.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP acts for lenders and borrowers on restructuring mandates, including distressed lending, out-of-court debt restructuring and in-court proceedings. The firm advised Sardinia-based Italian airline Alisarda on its debt rescheduling; the team also assisted Morfini, an Italian shipping company, with a restructuring agreement with several banks. Other key team members are local banking and finance chair Marcello Bragliani and counsels Mauro Saccani and Antonio Distefano.

EU and competition law Tier 4

Transaction work is one of the core strengths of Latham & Watkins LLP's team, which is led by Matteo Bay. In recent work, the group obtained antitrust clearance for Global Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of Italo – Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori and assisted Bain Capital with the acquisition of 99.9% of Fedrigoni. The group also frequently handles cartel and damages claims cases; it is defending Coca-Cola HBC Italia against a civil damages claim brought by a distributor. Brussels-based Luca Crocco is another name to note.

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s global platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.

Italian practice: Latham & Watkins in Italy offers an on-the-ground understanding of local markets, Italian and US law capabilities and a significant footprint that few international firms can match.

In addition, Latham has extensive experience advising on the international aspects of a broad range of transactions for Italian clients. The latter benefit from high-level legal expertise as they develop their business though both inbound and outbound investment activities.

Areas of practice: Latham’s Italian practice, operating from offices in Milan and Rome, regularly represents large and mid-sized Italian and international companies and financial institutions doing business throughout Italy. Its lawyers handle capital markets, M&A, private equity, leveraged finance, insolvency and restructuring, and real estate transactions, and also advise Italian and international clients on general corporate, antitrust, administrative law and litigation cases.

The group has extensive experience with inbound and outbound Italian M&A including private, public and private-equity backed acquisitions, advice on extending European-based tender offers to the US market and arranging public and private financing of such transactions. The Italian team also advises Italian and international lenders, developers, investors, borrowers, property owners and tenants on an extensive range of real estate transactions. On the corporate finance side, Latham’s experience spans capital market transactions, including SEC-registered deals, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, IPOs and debt offerings.

The Italian banking and finance team represents Italian lenders and borrowers on a range of matters, including leveraged finance, insolvency and restructuring, advising on integrated bank and bond products, including senior, subordinated and mezzanine debt transactions, and bridge financings.

Latham’s Italian litigation capacity includes full-service litigation solutions. With a core team of commercial litigation, arbitration and ADR, and a particular focus on company law matters, M&A and joint venture disputes, corporate insolvency and directors’ liability, the firm can handle the most complex national and international disputes. In addition, the Italian offices can boast an administrative law practice that represents private and public companies before administrative law courts in all aspects of complex energy, real estate and infrastructure projects, including development and permitting processes, litigation counsel on administrative law and legal compliance issues, legal diligence and opinions on public law matters, public regulations across highly-regulated sectors as well as environmental authorisations and public procurement matters.

The Italian offices incorporate an antitrust group that is an integral part of the firm’s global antitrust and competition practice. The firm has represented a number of large Italian and foreign companies before the European Commission, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (the Italian Antitrust Authority), and the Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (the Italian National Regulatory Agency for Telecommunications), Italian courts and EC courts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets (debt and equity)
Banking and finance
M&A (domestic and cross-border, including inbound and outbound)
Private equity
Insolvency and restructuring
Real estate
Antitrust and competition
Administrative law
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ryan Benedict  photo Mr Ryan Benedict
Mr Marcello Bragliani  photo Mr Marcello Bragliani
 Antonio Coletti  photo Antonio Coletti
Mr Antonio Distefano  photo Mr Antonio Distefano
Mr Jeffrey Lawlis  photo Mr Jeffrey Lawlis
Mr Andrea Novarese  photo Mr Andrea Novarese
 Cataldo Giuseppe Piccarreta  photo Cataldo Giuseppe Piccarreta
Ms Isabella Porchia  photo Ms Isabella Porchia
Mr Mauro Saccani  photo Mr Mauro Saccani
Mr Giovanni Battista Sandicchi  photo Mr Giovanni Battista Sandicchi
Mr Stefano Sciolla  photo Mr Stefano Sciolla
Ms Maria Cristina Storchi  photo Ms Maria Cristina Storchi
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at this office : 50
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