Firm Profile > McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato > Milan, Italy

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato
Via Dante 15
20121 MILAN

Tax Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato's full-spectrum tax offering covers international tax issues, transfer pricing, withholding tax and Patent Box matters. The practice also assists with litigation, international transactions, private equity tax implications and investment fund structuring. The multidisciplinary team regularly works alongside the firm's litigation, banking and finance, and corporate and M&A groups. Carlo Maria Paolella recently handled significant Patent Box matters and transactions; and Andrea Tempestini has sector expertise in fashion, food and drink, technology and oil and gas. Emidio Cacciapuoti advises on fund-related tax issues.


Andrea Tempestini is an outstanding professional.

Key clients




Ducati Motor Holding

Automobile Lamborghini

Infravia Capital Partners

Janssen Cilag

Johnson & Johnson



Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato is strategically focused on real estate finance matters. Additional areas of strength are structured, acquisition, leveraged and corporate finance, NPLs and restructuring. Clients also benefit from the firm's expertise in energy and infrastructure, corporate governance, M&A, litigation and tax. Giancarlo Castorino is a structured finance specialist.

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Principia SGR

Palamon Capital Partners

Serenissima SGR

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato has a lender-focused practice that has carved a niche for itself in real estate finance matters. Additional areas are structured, acquisition, leveraged and corporate finance, NPLs and restructuring. Clients also benefit from related expertise in energy and infrastructure, corporate governance, M&A, litigation and tax. Giancarlo Castorino mainly advises lenders on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Key clients

Banca IMI

Banco BPM

BNP Paribas

Intesa San Paolo



Apollo Global Management

Principia SGR

Palamon Capital Partners

UBI Banca

Serenissima SGR

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato handles the full spectrum of complex corporate and transactional matters, which often involve multiple jurisdictions and multi-disciplinary advice. Ettore Scandale has carved a niche in pharmaceutical and life sciences-related acquisitions and corporate matters. Corporate partner Fabrizio Faina, who has considerable experience of cross-border M&A, was recruited from Jones Day.

Key clients

Tenax Capital

Metric Capital Partners

Rubicon Partners

Chinese Group Guangdong SACA


JZ International

Palamon Capital Partners

Principia SGR

Educas Investments

PLS Holding

KPM Analytics

EOS Investment Management

Auctus Capital Partners

MEAG Munich ERGO Asset Management

IKAV Capital Partners

Dispute resolution Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato's team of litigators in Milan - led by counsel Stefano Mechelli - are part of the US firm's international disputes offering. Drawing on strong relationships with the firm's offices around the world, the department represents foreign clients in Italian tax, IP and bankruptcy disputes, and Italian clients involved in US and European litigation proceedings. The department is proud of its full-service approach, handling M&A-related litigation, pre-litigation, arbitration and mediation. Massimiliano Moruzzi joined from Lombardi e Associati in July 2019.

Private equity Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato advises Italian and international clients active in a variety of industry sectors on cross-border and domestic transactions. Giancario Castorino leads the practice and counts some of the region's largest banks as clients. Enrico Raso handles matters from project structuring to the drafting and negotiation of the relevant agreements.

Firm overview: McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, the team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective — and often unexpected — solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, we bring personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

Milan office: From Italy’s financial capital, McDermott advises clients on a wide range of legal services. The team helps Italian clients to expand their operations and investments outside national borders, and works with international companies seeking to enter the Italian market. The Milan practice also provides effective, co-ordinated legal counsel on cross-border and domestic transactions.

Lawyers based in Milan advise clients across a broad array of legal issues, including private equity, capital markets, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, asset management and restructuring. The Milan tax lawyers advise on tax audits and tax litigation, domestic and international tax issues relating to mergers and acquisitions transactions, corporate restructurings and the use of financial instruments, as well as other tax matters relating to their ordinary activities. The firm also represents clients in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution matters; insurance, health, intellectual property, real estate, restructuring and employment law. The clients include individuals as well as public and privately owned companies in many industries and of all sizes, from family-owned businesses to multinational corporations.

The team in Milan and individual lawyers are recognised for the quality, consistency and creativity of their legal counsel. As part of a global, full-service law firm, the lawyers of the Milan office are prepared to help clients wherever their business interests take them.

Main areas of practice: Antitrust and competition: As clients around the world experience increasing antitrust activity, cross-jurisdictional government investigations and private litigation, we meet these multifaceted challenges head-on. Our lawyers are deeply familiar with all major US and international regulatory frameworks and dispute-resolution forums. Providing effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition regimes worldwide, our lawyers help clients eliminate roadblocks and achieve business goals.

Corporate and transactions: Our seasoned lawyers represent the full spectrum of corporate interests around the world, from global corporations to family-owned businesses to privately held companies. Our lawyers thrive on solving the most complex business problems facing their clients today and mapping out strategies to drive clients’ success tomorrow. Our broad capabilities include seamless transactional services, such as negotiating cross-border acquisitions or outsourcing deals, representing issuers in public offerings, securing preferred financial credit arrangements for borrowers or navigating a business restructuring.

Employment: We pair deep resources with broad geographic coverage, to meet the rapidly evolving needs of employers in virtually every sector, including manufacturing, financial services, health care, education and construction. Our lawyers help clients attract and retain workers at every level, enter and exit markets as business conditions warrant, develop and implement effective employment policies, identify and protect trade secrets and other confidential information, and negotiate and enforce employment contracts.

Global privacy and cybersecurity: Our lawyers advise clients on the statutory, regulatory and enforcement regimes that govern the collection, use and disclosure of data in the United States, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. With extensive experience advising on the full range of data privacy and protection laws, industry standards and issues, our lawyers regularly counsel clients on US and international data-use issues and conduct in-depth privacy/cybersecurity risk assessments, often in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other domestic and cross border transactions.

Employee benefits and executive compensation: Our lawyers help clients maximise the value of and return on their investments in human capital while avoiding exposure to liability. The team provides strategic day-to-day counsel on matters such as executive compensation, health/welfare plan compliance, qualified retirement plans, privacy and data protection, executive employment and severance, cultural diversity, full compliance with relevant laws, including ERISA legislation, among other general employee-relations matters.

Healthcare and life sciences: Our team provides unparalleled legal acumen rooted in decades of experience and forward growth powered by unconventional thinking. With a deep bench that includes lawyers at the cutting edge of digital health, the firm partners with clients on the full range of health-care-related issues, including physician practice management, health care litigation and the evolving regulatory landscape — both in the United States and internationally. As a top-ranked law firm for health and a leader in life sciences, we help clients navigate the issues that matter when it comes to achieving missions and solidifying positions in the market.

Intellectual property: Our top-notch team of IP lawyers, partners with clients to identify and secure their creative assets, maximize the value of their IP portfolios, and enforce or defend their rights in courts and tribunals virtually everywhere their products are made, distributed and sold. Whether you’re building the next iconic brand, protecting game-changing new technology or creating new revenue streams from your established IP assets, our team can help you achieve your business goals at every stage of the IP lifecycle. We are business savvy, technically skilled and steeped in high-stakes experience. We speak fluent CFO, CSO, CPO, CMO and Tax—skills honed over decades and maintained by understanding and embracing diverse perspectives. We are fearless and relentless advocates for your business, always pursuing a return on your IP investments. Our lawyers prioritize our partnership with you and believe service is a 24×7 proposition. We help our clients respond quickly and offer actionable solutions designed to mitigate risk and capitalize on opportunity.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are always ready to roll up their sleeves and deliver the sound, practical legal strategies necessary for both short- and long-term success. Based internationally, our nimble and creative lawyers are dedicated to providing passionate client advocacy through superior trial skills and incisive industry knowledge. The synthesis of skill and experience, flexibility and strength — plus track record of success in high-stakes controversies — makes McDermott a go-to firm for large-scale, complex litigation. Our white-collar team has tried hundreds of cases in courts throughout the United States and internationally, and draws on the unmatched insights of its lawyers who previously served as senior federal prosecutors.

Private client and wealth management: From the global to the personal, the firm brings its full-service network to bear in helping closely held business owners and high-net-worth individuals effectively structure their assets, meet their wealth transfer and planning goals, and make their mark philanthropically. As clients make the critical decisions that shape their personal, business, tax, civic and charitable concerns around the world, we will be at their side with creative, customized solutions.

Regulatory: Our lawyers marry legal skill with political savvy to turn regulatory risks into forward-looking business solutions. Based in government and trade capitals around the world, our lawyers support companies traversing the increasingly complex international trade landscape, and tackle rising global antitrust activity in all major US and international forums. Wherever the business reaches, our talented regulatory lawyers can help position the your organization for success.

Tax: Our lawyers advise some of the world’s most successful companies on tax matters, including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 100. With a unique combination of tax practitioners, strategists and creative thinkers who can validate sound strategies and offer innovative solutions it helps clients advance their organization’s growth plan — with senior partners involved at every step — 365 days a year with a 360-degree view of the evolving tax landscape.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Giancarlo Castorino
Corporate Ettore Scandale
Dispute resolution Stefano Mechelli
Private equity and Tax Emidio Cacciapuoti
Tax Carlo Paolella
Tax Andrea Tempestini
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Emidio Cacciapuoti  photo Mr Emidio Cacciapuoti
Mr Carlo Maria Paolella  photo Mr Carlo Maria Paolella
Mr Ettore Scandale  photo Mr Ettore Scandale
Mr Andrea Tempestini  photo Mr Andrea Tempestini
Number of lawyers : 1,110
at this office : 25
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