Latham & Watkins LLP > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Latham & Watkins LLP
CORSO MATTEOTTI 22
20121 MILAN
Italy

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's Italian capital markets team consistently advises on high-profile transactions, standing out for its assistance to clients with both Italian and US law. Antonio Coletti, who has extensive experience advising on a wide variety of securities transactions, heads the Italian team. The US group is led by Jeffrey Lawlis, an expert in high-yield bond and loan products; and capital markets specialist Ryan Benedict, who works across the firm's Milan and London offices. Paolo Bernasconi, who focuses on issuances of high-yield debt securities, became partner in January 2022.

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Testimonials

Great team, with unique reliability and quality.

Jeffrey Lawlis, the best lawyer around for financing, has led the company with his great experience (from a legal point of view) since its first bond issue.

Italy > Private equity Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's team is fronted by Cataldo Piccarreta, who was promoted to the role of local corporate department chair in March 2021; he is especially well-versed in the representation of private equity sponsors and companies in both their domestic and multijurisdictional transactions and has particularly strong ties to the London market. Stefano Sciolla, the group’s former practice head, now serves as managing partner of the Milan office but remains an active member of the team, and is widely considered by peers as one of the market’s foremost names for private equity affairs. Elsewhere, Giovanni Sandicchi has expertise in cross-border regulatory issues and recently promoted partner Giorgia Lugli is forging a strong reputation within the field, already counting major firms including Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group among her client list.

Practice head(s):

Cataldo Piccarreta

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Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Bain Capital

BC Partners

Apollo

Global Infrastructure Partners

TA Associates

Morgan & Stanley

Catterton

PAI Partners

Capvis

CVC Capital Partners

EQT

Bluegem Capital Partners

Platinum Equity

Hellman & Friedman

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s Italian practice routinely advises private equity firms and corporate borrowers on acquisition finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance, debt capital markets and debt restructuring. It also benefits from the firm’s enviable European and global platform. Leading the Italian banking and finance department, Marcello Bragliani has a strong private equity focus, and Antongiulio Scialpi advises clients throughout all stages of a financing, from the initial structuring stages to the negotiation of financing agreements and closing. Alessia De Coppi became partner in 2021, while Mauro Saccani is a key counsel.

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Key clients

Coesia

Colacem

Comdata

Rekeep

Bain Capital

F C Internationale

PAI Partners

EQT

Hellman & Friedman

TA Associates

TeamSystem

The Carlyle Group

Natixis

Platinum Equity

Apollo

OVS

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's Italian banking group is highly active in acquisition finance, corporate lending and leveraged finance. Italian banking and finance leader Marcello Bragliani regularly acts for lenders and borrowers on leveraged finance transactions. Antongiulio Scialpi, who acts for clients throughout all stages of a financing, and Alessia De Coppi, who frequently assists with complex financings, were made partners in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Mauro Saccani is the counsel to note.

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Testimonials

Great professionalism, team depth, market knowledge and experience.

High-level international network with good synergies between practices.

The mid-level team has excellent levels of professionalism.

Marcello Bragliani and Antongiulio Scialpi are very present and available.

Key clients

Ares

BNP Paribas

BNL

J P Morgan

UniCredit

Intesa Sanpaolo

Crédit Agricole

Banca IMI

Tikehau

Italy > Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

With knowledge of both Italian and US law, Latham & Watkins LLP's capital markets team routinely advises on high-profile transactions. The Italian practice is led by Antonio Coletti, who has extensive experience advising private and public companies and private equity funds (as well as underwriters, placing agents and initial purchasers) on a variety of securities and corporate deals; the US group includes capital markets and corporate finance specialist Ryan Benedict, who works across the Milan and London offices. The broad practice of counsel Isabella Porchia also includes ECM work.

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Key clients

Azimut Holding

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Credit Suisse

Bain Capital

The Carlyle Group

Investindustrial

International Design Group

Italmatch

Team System

Marcolin

Evoca

Forgital

Morgan Stanley

Unicredit

Equita SIM

Gruppo Coin

Deutsche Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

Cerved Group

OVS

Goldman Sachs

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP fields an ‘international team with experts in various sectors and a modern and flexible approach’. Cataldo Piccarreta, appointed as local corporate department chair in March 2021, oversees the practice, leveraging years of experience in cross-border transactions, general commercial matters and corporate governance mandates. Former practice head Stefano Sciolla now serves as managing partner of the Milan office and in a further development of note, Giorgia Lugli made partner in recognition for her work across the firm’s corporate, private equity and restructuring offerings. Another up-and-coming partner within the team is Giancarlo D’Ambrosio, a specialist within the sports, entertainment, fashion and media sectors who is adept at all manner of deal types including joint ventures, M&A and private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Cataldo Piccarreta

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Testimonials

‘International team and expert in various sectors, modern and flexible approach.’

‘Prompt response to the customer, flexibility in evaluating the various international approaches.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Bain Capital

BC Partners

Apollo

Global Infrastructure Partners

TA Associates

Morgan & Stanley

Sky Italia

Coesia

Catterton

Pai Partners

Leonardo

Capvis

CVC Capital Partners

TeamSystems

Cerved Group

F.C. Internazionale

Comdata

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP operates on complex restructurings, mostly assisting private equity and investment funds. Leveraged finance and bond transaction belong to practice head Marcello Bragliani‘s key areas. Counsel Mauro Saccani stands out for representing both lender and borrower side in domestic and cross-border debt restructuring proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Bragliani

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Testimonials

‘Very engaging professional relationship. Ability to create strong and stable bonds with customers.’

‘Ability to investigate and analyse in detail even very complex projects.’

‘Competence, experience, promptness in feedback, customer focus.’

‘Mauro Saccani has always guaranteed a high and constant support in the management of complex deals; Marcello Bragliani is also excellent.’

Key clients

Imerys TALC Italy S.p.A. – Imerys S.A.

Bain Capital Credit

Banco BPM

The Carlyle Group

Giuseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company S.p.A.

Comdata Group

Intesa Sanpaolo

Mediobanca

Morfini S.p.A.

MPS

Tecnica Group

UniCredit S.p.A.

Italy > Industry focus: Retail

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.

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Capital markets (debt and equity)
Banking and finance
M&A (domestic and cross-border, including inbound and outbound)
Private equity
Insolvency and restructuring
Litigation
Real estate
Antitrust and competition
Administrative law
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at this office : 50
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