Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe > Rome, Italy > Firm Profile

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
00161 ROME

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe provides a full coverage of the healthcare and life sciences sector, advising on competition, M&A, commercial agreements, regulatory, data protection, litigation and white-collar crime matters. The firm’s capabilities also include supporting domestic and international firms with cross-border matters. Jean-Paule Castagno is experienced in white-collar crime matters, including litigation and crisis management. Attilio Mazzilli assists clients through corporate and M&A - advising on major pharmaceutical transactions. Pietro Merlino left the practice for Legance - Avvocati Associati in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Paule Castagno; Attilio Mazzilli


‘Very helpful and cooperative.’

‘Always attentive to the company’s best interests: Andrea Alfonso Stigliano, Livia Maria Pedroni, Attilio Mazzilli.’

Key clients

F. Hoffmann-La Roche SA

Kedrion – Sestant Internazionale

Healthware Group S.r.l.

Bianalisi S.p.A.

Cerba HC Italia S.r.l.

Allelica S.r.l.

Garofalo Health Care S.p.A.

Artsana Group


Work highlights

  • Assisted Kedrion and its parent company Sestant Internazionale on the global merger control aspects (except the US) of a complex transaction whereby PE fund Permira and Sestant acquire joint control over Kedrion – currently solely controlled by Sestant – and Bio Products Laboratory Limited.
  • Assisted Philogen S.p.A., an Italian-Swiss company active in the biotechnology sector, for all negotiation aspects – including the IP profiles – concerning the licensing agreement with Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited for commercializing Philogen’s specialty product, Nidlegy™ (Daromun) in the territories of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Nidlegy™.
  • Advised 1000 Farmacie, an Italy based company that operates an online shopping platform intended to offer a wide range of pharmaceutical products, in its €15 million financing.

Italy > Private equity Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has extensive experience in cross-border private equity buyouts, mergers, and investment deals. The Italy team also advises on private debt and venture capital transactions, particularly (on behalf of investors and target companies) in the mid-market. Guido Testa focuses on M&A, private equity, venture capital and joint venture transactions, while Attilio Mazzilli is 'a great lawyer'. Private equity and venture capital specialist Alessandro Vittoria is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Guido Testa; Attilio Mazzilli

Other key lawyers:

Alessandro Vittoria; Livia Maria Pedroni


‘A solid team that is very specialised in Tech M&A – also fast and solid.’

‘Orrick’s team has deep knowledge and experience in the M&A private equity sector. They provide a full-service practice and are able to cover many jurisdictions.’

‘Alessandro Vittoria has consolidated knowledge of the sector and he is able to handle tough negotiations involving many parties; he also understands the key points when dealing with private equity funds, and their structures and needs.’

‘Alessandro Vittoria is an excellent lawyer and a reliable counterparty. Very easy to talk to, always open to discussion, and outstanding technical skills.’

‘Attilio Mazzilli is very commercial and knows the market very well.’

‘Attilio Mazzilli is a great lawyer.’

Key clients

Anthilia Capital Partners

Arcadia SGR


BNP Paribas REIM Luxembourg


CDP Equity


Consilium SGR

Equita Capital Partners

Fondo Italiano d’Investimento SGR S.p.A

Gardant Investors SGR

Harmont & Baine


LBO France Gestion SAS


Medical Instruments S.p.A.

Nextalia Sgr

Safety 21

HNH Hospitality

Up 2 You

Work highlights

  • Advised Lightrock and Coatue, as investors, in relation to the €320m Series D round of Satispay.
  • Advised Nextalia SGR on its €50m acquisition (through the Nextalia Private Equity Fund) of the entire share capital of IBF Servizi.
  • Advised Arcadia SGR on two new acquisitions in the heating and air conditioning sector (through its Arcadia Small Cap II fund).

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s public law department handles an array of administrative law matters, covering public contracts, urban planning and real estate. The team, led by Mariangela Di Giandomenico, is particularly active in the energy, aerospace and defence, life sciences, transport and infrastructure sectors, where it assists clients in both regulatory matters and in litigation proceedings before the Administrative Judge, Constitutional and European Court. Another key contact is Enrica Cortelli, who is noted for handling public procurement, PPPs and project financing, as well as urban and building planning.

Practice head(s):

Mariangela Di Giandomenico

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Graded S.p.a.


Progetto CMR

Acqua Santa Croce

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Energy Service Company Graded in the appeal to the Lazio Regional Administrative Court concerning a company’s exclusion from the tender called by the Ministry of Ecological Transition for the selection of project proposals within the framework of the PNRR.
  • Assisted Utilitalia Federation before the Lazio Regional Administrative Court during its interventions in two separate judgments in which Iren Mercato and Dolomiti Energia challenged certain precautionary measures of the Antitrust Authority.
  • Assisted Progetto CMR in relation to the tender for the design of the new Department of Medical Area, University of Udine.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Italian practice advises on a range of M&A, and commercial and corporate matters. The team also comprises sector experts in healthcare, life sciences, technology, energy, infrastructure, banking, financial services, and food. Attilio Mazzilli advises high-growth technology companies and venture capital firms on M&A; and Guido Testa is ‘exceptionally well prepared’. Former senior partner of the firm’s Italian offices, Alessandro De Nicola, along with Paola Barometro and Marco Mancino, departed in February 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Attilio Mazzilli; Guido Testa; Livia Maria Pedroni


‘A team with extensive experience in extraordinary operations (M&A) – delivers a high-quality finished product.’

‘Very quick in resolving clients’ problems.’

‘Competence and ability to evaluate situations from all points of view, and then reach an effective synthesis so as to implement well-calibrated, thoughtful, truly-effective, and well-structured strategies.’

‘Competent and helpful people, who are always able to respond promptly and precisely, motivating each proposal/suggestion in an analytical and detailed way.’

‘The empathy with which they present themselves is important to help clients better share problems and doubts that need clarification.’

‘Excellent professionalism – a team that is always available.’

‘Guido Testa is exceptionally well prepared and knows how to guide clients towards the best choice.’

‘Guido Testa has an exceptional ability at handling negotiations with very tough counterparts.’

Key clients



Allianz Group

Bianalisi S.p.A.

Cerba Healthcare Italia

Compagnia Energetica Italiana

Iren S.p.A.


Ethica Global Investments S.p.A.

HAT Orizzonte SGR S.p.A.

Healthware Group S.r.l.




Seer Capital Management LP


LBO France

Gemme Italian Producers Srl

Pancreta Bank


San Raffaele Group


MC2 Saint Barth

Work highlights

  • Advised ShopFully on its merger with Media Central Group, a Germany-based company that is an operator of a media agency.
  • Advised the San Raffaele Group on the sale of a stake in Università Telematica San Raffaele Roma to Multiversity, a group that is active in the e-learning and digital training sector.
  • Advised Medea, a distributor and seller of natural gas, on its acquisition of 49% of Energie Rete Gas.

Italy > Compliance Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italy team advises corporations and global financial institutions on governance, risk management and compliance. It is particularly active in matters involving corporate criminal liability, sanctions law, whistleblowing, anti-corruption, and health, safety and environmental regulation. In addition to heading the firm’s Italian white-collar and corporate investigations offering, Jean-Paule Castagno chairs the supervisory bodies of major corporates. Alessandro De Nicola, Marco Dell’Antonia, Marco Mancino, Laura Cappiello and Ivan Rotunno all departed the firm in February 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Paule Castagno; Andrea Alfonso Stigliano


‘The group is truly interdisciplinary.’

‘The team is excellent and professional.’

‘The Orrick team supports clients in their projects with professionalism.’

‘The team is really strong and cohesive, with specific and diversified skills in order to offer 360° soft and hard skills. They are excellent from each point of view – people, billing, diversity, technology, collaboration – an outstanding service.’

Key clients

Allianz Group



Philip Morris Italia S.r.l.

Roche S.p.A.


Pellegrini S.p.A.

Amundi SGR S.p.A.

Artsana S.p.A.

Avio S.p.A.

Banca IFIS S.p.A.

BPER Banca

Cardif Vita (BNP Paribas Group)

F2i SGR S.p.A.


Prelios S.p.A.


Lesaffre Italia

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe divides its practice between civil and administrative and investigations and white-collar criminal law matters. The firm leverages its international network to provide cross-jurisdictional assistance to its clients in investigations and disputes. The litigation and dispute resolution team is headed by Michele Bertani and the white-collar crime team is led by Jean-Paule Castagno.

Practice head(s):

Michele Bertani; Jean Paule Castagno

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Stigliano


‘Jean-Paule Castagno is exceptional. A brilliant strategic thinker and tactical trial lawyer.’

‘High professional technical level, availability, speed of action, operational concreteness and ability to work in a team.’

‘Jean Paul Castagno and Andrea Stigliano are knowledgeable and extremely reliable. They are also proactive in proposing solutions.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and extremely reliable. The team is able to advise on a range of issues and support in any matter it is involved in.’

Key clients

Veneto Banca s.p.a.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 4

A deep roster of clients from the healthcare and life sciences, technology, infrastructure and energy sectors routinely turn to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s expertise in handling complex competition law investigations, merger control proceedings and strategic advisory and antitrust audits and compliance. Pietro Merlino left the firm in November 2023.


‘Very accurate and professional in assisting clients in merger filings. Attention to details and customer’s needs. Deep knowledge of different markets and sectors.

Key clients


Sestant Internazionale

F. Hoffmann–La Roche

Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane/TX Logistik


Nextalia SGR

ERP Italia





Work highlights

  • Assisted Kedrion and its parent company Sestant Internazionale on securing global merger control and FDI clearances of a transaction whereby the PE fund Permira and Sestant acquired joint control over Kedrion and Bio Products Laboratory Limited.
  • Assisted F. Hoffmann-La Roche on the Avastin/Lucentis matter concerning an alleged anti-competitive arrangement between the Roche and Novartis groups concerning the use of pharmaceutical products Lucentis and Avastin for the treatment of certain ocular conditions, which had led, back in 2014, the Italian Competition Authority to impose hefty fines on the investigated companies.
  • Assisted Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and its wholly-owned German subsidiary TX Logistik AG on the merger control aspects of TX Logistik’s strategic acquisition of Exploris SA.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is frequently involved in significant restructuring transactions, insolvency proceedings, distressed M&A and asset purchases. Its clients include major domestic and international companies and financial institutions. Daniela Andreatta leads the practice and works on cross-border corporate transactions and special situations, bankruptcy litigation and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Andreatta


‘The team is very professional and attentive to the needs of the client. This spirit is shared by the whole team and is present in every single partner or associate. ’

‘Daniela Andreatta is experienced, competent and always up-to-date.’

Key clients

iCon Infrastructure

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

D.E. Shaw

Prelios Credit Servicing s.p.a.

Värde Partners Inc.

Castlelake LP

Crestline Europe LLP

Dubag Group GmbH

Engie Italia s.p.a.

Ghella S.p.a.

Italeaf S.p.a.

Manitex International, Inc.

One33 Investment House S.r.l.

Peter Schoenfeld Asset Management


Restar Real Estate S.r.l.

SGA S.p.A.

Società Italiana per le Imprese all’Estero – Simest S.p.A.

Tifast S.p.a.

Yanez SPV acting through Aurora Recovery Capital S.p.a.


Pavia University

Illimity Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisting Tifast in a heavily negotiated restructuring of its €25m financial indebtedness with six financial institutions.
  • Assisted Seer Capital Management in dealing with the prospective insolvency of an Italian portfolio company.
  • Assisted MET International with the in-court restructuring of an important Italian conglomerate.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italy banking and finance team is notably active in borrowing, structured finance and project finance deals. Marina Balzano brings experience in leveraged, acquisition, corporate and real estate finance; and structured finance and banking law expert. Former group head Patrizio Messina and Alessandro Accrocca exited the firm in February 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Marina Balzano; Giulio Asquini; Cosimo Spagnolo; Edoardo Minnetti


‘The team has a practical approach and helps close transactions with a no-nonsense attitude. Great knowledge and expertise.’

‘Giulio Asquini is an outstanding professional – always ready to help and give guidance. An excellent negotiator.’

Extensive experience and knowledge of the sector.

Great availability.

Key clients

A2A S.p.A.

Garofalo Health Care S.p.A.

Haier Europe Appliance Solutions S.p.A.

Acea Produzione



LB Officine Meccaniche

H.I.G. Europe


Zola Electric


Societé Générale

Work highlights

  • Assisted Acea S.p.A. in relation to a €700m green bond offered to institutional investors under a €5bn EMTN programme.
  • Advised Compagnia Valdostana delle Acque – Compagnie Valdôtaine des Eaux on the issue of a Schuldschein loan for institutional investors.
  • Advised H.I.G. Capital on all aspects of the financing for the acquisition of a controlling stake in Profumerie Pinalli.

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italian offices have a strong track record in lending and structured finance transactions. Marina Balzano assists banking groups with leveraged, acquisition, corporate and real estate finance; and Giulio Asquini is a cross-border finance specialist. Former head of the firm’s Italy banking and finance department, Patrizio Messina, departed the firm in February 2024.

Other key lawyers:


Deep knowledge of financial sponsors, world-level competence, and great delivery, capacity and support.’

Very prepared and efficient team, and always available.

Complete professionals.

‘Marina Balzano has very wide knowledge of this area and very good relationships within the banking and financial sponsor world.’

‘Giulio Asquini is very sharp and a guarantee for delivery on time. Also super-supportive during and after closing.’

Key clients


Eurazeo Investment Manager

Ver Capital SGR

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Banco BPM

Crédit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

Natixis S.A. – Milan Branch


illimity Bank

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Banca IFIS

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Riello Investimenti SGR

Banca Sistema

BNP Paribas

BPER Banca

Banca Sella


Work highlights

  • Assisted BPER Group with its deleveraging strategy through the securitisation of the bank’s portfolios of loans (classified as unlikely to pay).
  • Assisted the private debt arm of CAPZA, a mid-market French direct lender, with a lending transaction in Italy.
  • Assisted a banking syndicate, consisting of Crédit Agricole (as facility agent and lender), Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Banco BPM, BPER Banca, and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (as lenders) with a €126m senior and sustainability-linked loan provided to RDM Group for the acquisition of Fiskeby International Holding.

Italy > Employment Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe frequently assists with domestic and cross-border employment matters, whether contentious or non-contentious. The firm is particularly skilled in advising on matters relating to M&A transactions, industrial relations, employee incentives, collective dismissals, agency agreements and litigation. Mario Scofferi heads the practice whilst advising on the management of employment relations and agency relationships.

Practice head(s):

Mario Scofferi


‘The team is extremely competent about employment law matters. They are also able to show you all alternatives, make a precise risk assessment and advice on the best solution.’

‘Mario Scofferi and his team are really outstanding.’

‘Always prepared, up-to-date and proactive.’

‘The legal team in Orrick is able to go deep into any aspect of a problem, showing to the customer all the risks and opportunities, suggesting possible courses of action.’

Key clients

Be Power S.p.A.

Banca Carige S.p.A.

Renovars S.p.A.



Farmacosmo S.r.l.

LBO France Gestion SAS

Kantar group and Xtel S.r.l.

Jaquar and Company Private Ltd.

Lifebrain S.r.L.

Bianalisi S.p.A.


BPER Banca S.p.A.

Pearson Education Resources Italy S.r.L.

Work highlights

  • Assisted the BPER Group with all labour aspect of its strategic partnership with the Gardant Group for the management of impaired loans originated by the BPER Banca Group and the sale of certain impaired loan portfolios to AMCO and companies controlled by Elliott funds.
  • Assisted Chromavis S.p.A. on the structuring of all labour agreements and policies related to the creation of a new legal entity, which also involved implementing second-level agreements to be negotiated with the unions.

Italy > Data privacy and data protection

Orrick Italy is one of the leading international firms active in the Italian market.

With +120 professionals, some of which are dual qualified in UK and US, our Italian team work side by side with clients in achieving their business goals. Based in Milan and Rome, our lawyers provide a fully cross-practice and cross-border assistance in several practice areas, also leveraging on the Orrick network, to support clients’ needs.

The firm: Founded in San Francisco 150 years ago, Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology, energy, infrastructure and financial sectors. The firm is recognised worldwide for delivering the highest quality, commercially oriented legal advice.

Corporate, M&A and private equity: Orrick’s Corporate team advises leading Italian and multinational companies on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestments, mergers and de-mergers. Our professionals also provide domestic and global funds with legal assistance in relation to investment and divestment transactions concerning Italian companies. Furthermore, we assist these companies as investment and divestment targets.

Our professionals offer a distinctive combination of local insight, as well as global reach across Europe, Asia and the U.S., in developing innovative techniques to successfully structure complex domestic and cross-border transactions.

In 2019, Orrick Italy has been recognized by Mergermarket as the 2° most active international law firm in Italy, ranking in the top 10 in ltaly by M&A deal count . Moreover, in 2019 Orrick Italy is recognized by Refinitiv as the most active international law firm in Italy, ranking 3 for Mid-Market M&A deal number.

Orrick’s Italian lawyers regularly advise leading Italian and international companies in the development of their business in Italy. Specifically, we provide assistance on governance structures, shareholders’ agreements, corporate contracts and day-by-day assistance.

Corporate governance, compliance programs and privacy: Our Italian team truly embodies the innovation mindset that is a key value to Orrick globally. We have developed cutting-edge technology-based services in order to provide our clients with assistance on all their governance, risk management and compliance needs. With a truly integrated approach, we helped +130 companies and financial institutions. on the design, implementation and maintenance of compliance programs to prevent corporate crimes (Legislative Decree 231). Furthermore, our lawyers have developed effective legal solutions to help dozens of clients address privacy and data protection compliance requirements according to the GDPR.

In a constantly evolving ecosystem, our team has gained specific expertise on data privacy, supporting clients in handling cyber incidents across industry sectors, and conducting analysis on compliance of apps managing personal data. We developed an in-house first-of-its-kind AI-powered tool supporting DPOs in the planning and implementation of their duties. Our lawyers routinely act as Data Protection Officer or supports DPOs in the effective application of laws protecting individuals’ personal data.

Orrick Italy has an extensive experience developing and enhancing global anti-bribery policies, conducting risk assessments and developing controls to detect and prevent corruption. Our team has been engaged by Italian companies running their business throughout the world to develop compliance programs also addressing FCPA and UK Bribery-related risks. Our team members serve as Chairpersons or members of around 70 internal supervisory body.

Banking and finance: With +40 lawyers, Orrick has a prolific finance department, focused on highly sophisticated transactions in the banking and finance industry. We assist major banks, funds and large corporate in securitisation, covered bonds and NPEs, debt capital markets, acquisition finance, project finance and PPP.

Our professionals pioneered the financial legal business in Italy and are experienced on the most innovative and ground-breaking transactions.

We are recognized in the market for our expertise and client-focused approach and regularly act on the biggest and most high-profile deals. We also provide our clients with bespoke advisory assistance on a wide range of products and areas in the banking and finance industry.

The team includes English and US qualified lawyers who are based in Italy, speak fluent Italian and are able to advise our Italian clients on international products as well as help steer our international clients through the Italian market. We also offer in-house expertise in regulatory and taxation aspects allowing us to address our clients’ needs on a 360° basis.

Energy and infrastructure: Energy is a core sector focus of Orrick globally and this is reflected in the depth of our practice in Italy. Our team is at the forefront of the Italian energy and renewables market. We represent sponsors, investors and energy operators, as well as large banks that are routinely active in energy sector financings.

Our lawyers provide clients with assistance in the following areas:

  • M&A and JV agreements within the renewable energy market (with a specific expertise on solar and wind), including through growing private equity investment.
  • Financing/refinancing of existing renewable energy portfolios (bonds or long-term loans)
  • Project development: we are heavily involved in the development of unsubsidised projects, assisting clients on all aspects (including with respect to regulatory and project contracts)
  • Green bonds

We are routinely involved to design and implement market-first transactions. In 2019, we acted on the first-of-its-kind securitization of performing and non-performing energy credits, on the first ever financing of a photovoltaic plant not supported by state subsidies in Italy and on the first public lighting greenfield project bond in Italy.

Technology and innovation: As one of the most active global law firms serving technology leaders, Orrick offers a comprehensive platform for the tech community – from the most innovative disruptors to multinational leaders.

Our Italian tech team advises on the most innovative transactions in the market and helps Italian and foreign companies at all stages of growth. Our lawyers represent many successful tech entrepreneurs, start-ups with new technology platforms, VC funds investing into tech companies, and major banks, telecoms, infrastructure and insurance companies with tech needs. We provide cross-jurisdictional assistance on early and late-stage financings, flips and mergers and acquisitions, and we advise venture capital firms in their investments and exits.

Our tech lawyers are recognized for their business acumen, and the deep knowledge of innovative financial products and business strategies

We advise FinTech operators on structuring and implementing new technologies for contracts and remote operations for the subscription of financial services, peer-to-peer payment platforms, instant-payment related services, robo-advisory services, lending and crowdfunding platforms for individuals and SMEs, wealth and asset management services, information services on customer accounts.

Photo Name Position Profile
Annalisa Dentoni-Litta photo Annalisa Dentoni-Litta Partner with the Finance team
Andrea Gentili photo Andrea Gentili Of Counsel
Patrizio Messina photo Patrizio Messina Member of the Banking & Finance Group, Partner in charge for Europe…