Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Milan, Italy

Latham & Watkins LLP
CORSO MATTEOTTI 22
20121 MILAN
Italy

Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Particularly noted for its Italian high-yield market expertise, Latham & Watkins LLP's Italian offices field a widely respected capital markets department that consistently advises on high-profile transactions. The Italian team is headed by experienced partner Antonio Coletti, who is recommended for major Italian capital markets transactions; and the US team includes high-yield bond and loan product specialist Jeffrey Lawlis. Working from the firm's Milan and London offices, Ryan Benedict, who has a broad capital markets practice, 'distinguishes himself through excellent technical competence'. Paolo Bernasconi is the associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Coletti; Jeff Lawlis

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Benedict; Paolo Bernasconi

Testimonials

Ryan Benedict is an expert in capital markets, who distinguishes himself through excellent technical competence, great practical sense, and constant presence on the deal when some partners at other firms tend to be less and less present once the operation has started. He also has the ability to provide assistance in Italian, and even at night without ever complaining and for reasonable fees.

Key clients

ENI S.p.A.

Credit Suisse

Bain Capital

The Carlyle Group

Investindustrial

F.C. Internazionale

International Design Group

Italmatch

Team System

Marcolin S.p.A.

JP Morgan

Rekeep (formerly known as Manutencoop)

Goldman Sachs

Evoca S.p.A.

Forgital S.p.A.

Morgan Stanley

Unicredit

Private equity Tier 1

Well-known for its cross-border capabilities, Latham & Watkins LLP is consistently involved in major PE sector transactions in Italy. Highly rated for large deals, local corporate department chair Stefano Sciolla is also co-chair of the firm’s retail and consumer goods industry group; Cataldo Piccarreta advises  PE sponsors and companies on complex domestic and cross-border transactions; and Giovanni Sandicchi's practice focuses primarily on contract and corporate law. Also key to the group is Giancarlo D’Ambrosio, who regularly acts for PE funds and their portfolio companies, while Giorgia Lugli is the associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Sciolla

Other key lawyers:

Cataldo Piccarreta; Giovanni Sandicchi; Giancarlo D’Ambrosio; Giorgia Lugli

Testimonials

High levels of professionalism, always the right advice, punctuality and precision.

Giancarlo D’Ambrosio is a champion of a lawyer.

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Bain Capital

BC Partners

Bluegem

CVC Capital Partners

EQT

Global Infrastructure Partners

Capvis

Pai Partners

Platinum

Five Arrows

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Fund

TA Associates

L Catterton

SK Capital

Hellman & Friedman

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Acting for private equity firms and corporate borrowers, Latham & Watkins LLP's 'high-quality' Italian banking practice is widely respected for its experience in acquisition finance, corporate lending and leveraged finance. Particularly noted for private equity-related financings, Marcello Bragliani leads the Italian banking and finance department; and promoted to the partnership in 2020, Antongiulio Scialpi is particularly focused on leveraged finance, private and public acquisition finance, and syndicated loans. Counsel Mauro Saccani has broad banking law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Bragliani; Antongiulio Scialpi

Other key lawyers:

Mauro Saccani; Alessia De Coppi

Testimonials

Impeccable support, great availability and flexibility.

This is a team with a proactive approach; it is also always oriented to find solutions, even to the most complex problems.’

Ability to support the client in multiple jurisdictions with the same level of quality.

‘High-quality collaborators with great commitment and availability.

Marcello Bragliani has more knowledge of legal matters than any professional I have come into contact with; he also has a very commercial approach to clients and is very professional.’

Key clients

Coesia

Colacem

Bain Capital

F.C. Internazionale

PAI Partners

EQT

Hellman & Friedman

SK Capital

TeamSystem

The Carlyle Group

LGT European Capital

Tikehau

Natixis

Platinum Equity

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's 'highly reliable' Italian banking practice is widely respected for its expertise in acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate lending and debt restructuring. Advising lenders on leveraged finance and banking deals, Marcello Bragliani leads the Italian banking and finance department, in which Antongiulio Scialpi, a private and public acquisition finance, leveraged finance and syndicated loan expert, was recently made partner. With broad banking law experience, counsel Mauro Saccani is also a key finance department member.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Bragliani; Antongiulio Scialpi

Other key lawyers:

Mauro Saccani; Alessia De Coppi

Testimonials

‘Competent and available.

Great experience and strong technical and legal skills, with good knowledge of the market’s best practices.

Highly reliable.

Available and dedicated, with the partners engaged in person.

Technical and problem-solving skills beyond the mere fulfilment of the mandate.

Marcello Bragliani and Antongiulio Scialpi are prepared; they are also available to listen to clients’ requirements.

Marcello Bragliani stood out for his clarity of presentation and ability to find practical and effective solutions to complex financing problems.

Key clients

Banca IMI

BNP Paribas

BNL

Crédit Agricole

Intesa Sanpaolo

J.P. Morgan

UniCredit

Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

Acting on both Italian and US law matters, Latham & Watkins LLP's Italian capital markets team is led by highly rated partner Antonio Coletti, while the US group includes Jeff Lawlis and Ryan Benedict, who divides his time between the firm's Milan and London offices. The practice was recently active in relation to large, cross-border transactions, including IPOs and a mandatory tender offer and public takeover that included a subsequent delisting. Isabella Porchia is the counsel to note.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Coletti; Ryan Benedict

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Lawlis; Isabella Porchia

Key clients

Azimut Holding S.p.A.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Credit Suisse

Bain Capital

The Carlyle Group

Investindustrial

International Design Group

Italmatch

Team System

Marcolin S.p.A.

Evoca S.p.A.

Forgital S.p.A.

Morgan Stanley

Unicredit

Equita SIM

Gruppo Coin

Deutsche Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

Cerved Group

OVS S.p.A.

Goldman Sachs

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Well known for cross-border matters, Latham & Watkins LLP's corporate team is regularly involved in major market transactions. Local corporate department chair Stefano Sciolla's strengths predominantly lie in M&A, private equity, joint ventures and cross-border deals. In, reportedly, the largest Italian LBO of 2019, Sciolla led advice to The Carlyle Group on the €1.3bn acquisition of manufacturing company, Forgital. Experienced partners Giovanni SandicchiCataldo Piccarreta and Giancarlo D’Ambrosio are all M&A and private equity experts. Giorgia Lugli is an experienced associate.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Sciolla

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Sandicchi; Cataldo Piccarreta; Giancarlo D’Ambrosio; Giorgia Lugli 

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

Industry focus: Retail Tier 3

The retail and consumer products team at Latham & Watkins LLP  is led by M&A specialist Stefano Sciolla . The group handles a number of cross-border matters.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP acts for lenders and borrowers on a wide range of restructuring mandates, including distressed lending, out-of-court debt restructurings and in-court proceedings. Marcello Bragliani, who recently advised on a high-profile distressed investment, is local banking and finance chair. Counsel Mauro Saccani assists with domestic and cross-border debt restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Bragliani; Mauro Saccani

Testimonials

The internationality of the firm, as well as being a strong point, represents an excellent basis for managing cross-border negotiations.

Great experience on the Italian market, with flexibility and precision in its support of clients.’

Professionalism and attention to clients’ needs, with great experience and flexibility in managing the various requests.

The close synergy and collaboration with fellow advisers (financial and industrial) making up the team of consultants qualify the firm’s performances as among the best on the market.

Marcello Bragliani and counsel Mauro Saccani have always distinguished themselves through the added value and professionalism they display.

Particular applause and heartfelt recognition goes without doubt to Mauro Saccani, who was able successfully and prudently to manage our company’s delicate situation; he demonstrated great professionalism, absolute competence and maximum dedication.

Mauro Saccani is appreciated for his punctuality and ability to anticipate events.

Mauro Saccani stands out for his competence and willingness (at any time) to solve complex transactions. He strives to find solutions that meet the needs of different counterparties.

Key clients

Alisarda – Air Italy

Bain Capital Credit

Banco BPM

CPL Concordia

Gruppo D’Alesio

Gruppo Gemmo

Intesa Sanpaolo

Mediobanca

Morfini S.p.A.

MPS

Tecnica Group

UniCredit S.p.A.

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
Litigation
Real estate
Antitrust and competition
Administrative law
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at this office : 50
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