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Latham & Watkins LLP


Italy

Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

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 Andrea Novarese, who 'will work tirelessly to get the right result', has expertise in areas ranging from leveraged and acquisition finance to restructurings and senior secured lending, Mauro Saccani and Antongiulio Scialpi (the latter recently hired from Linklaters) are key counsels.

Leading individuals

Andrea Novarese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Marcello Bragliani - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

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 Andrea Novarese is well known for leveraged and acquisition finance, restructurings and senior secured lending. Mauro Saccani  and Antongiulio Scialpi (the latter recently hired from Linklaters) are key counsels.

Leading individuals

Andrea Novarese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Marcello Bragliani - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Capital markets: Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

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. Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Jeffrey Lawlis - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Isabella Porchia - Latham & Watkins LLP

Ryan Benedict - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Capital markets: Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

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 and Maria Cristina Storchi are also key names; Isabella Porchia is a highly regarded counsel.

Leading individuals

Antonio Coletti - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Isabella Porchia - Latham & Watkins LLP

Ryan Benedict - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

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. Maria Cristina Storchi and Cataldo Piccarreta are also key advisers; Giancarlo D’Ambrosio was made partner.

Leading individuals

Stefano Sciolla - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 6

Latham & Watkins LLP

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EU and competition law
EU and competition law - ranked: tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

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.

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Industry focus: Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Stefano Sciolla - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Stefano Sciolla - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Giovanni Sandicchi - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP acts for lenders and borrowers on restructuring mandates, including distressed lending, out-of-court debt restructuring and in-court proceedings. Andrea Novarese and Maria Cristina Storchi advised Sardinia-based Italian airline Alisarda on its debt rescheduling; Novarese 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.

Leading individuals

Andrea Novarese - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Mauro Saccani - Latham & Watkins LLP

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