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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
00161 ROME

Compliance Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe frequently advises on the design, implementation and maintenance of compliance programmes to prevent corporate crimes. The team also assists with compliance assessments on board and committee effectiveness, data protection compliance, and compliance programmes addressing the US' Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK's Bribery Act-related risks. In addition, the team assists with a range of investigations. Alessandro De Nicola is a highly rated compliance specialist and Marco Dell’Antonia regularly acts on corporate governance matters. Senior associate Ivan Rotunno is experienced in data protection compliance. Recent growth includes the recruitment of Jean-Paule Castagno from Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro De Nicola


The team is available, professional and clear.

Alessandro De Nicola is a true leader who provides deep analysis.

Key clients




Allianz Group

Crédit Agricole Assicurazioni


Amundi SGR



Banca IFIS


City Green Light

CNP Unicredit Vita S.p.A.


Eurizon Capital SGR


Sergio Rossi



Terna Group




Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is involved in many innovative deals in the Italian energy market. In 2019, the department took a role on a major financing project for a grid parity plant; a case concerning a state-of-the-art concentrating solar power system; and negotiations for a significant 10-year power purchase agreement. Carlo Montella, global deputy business unit leader of the energy and infrastructure practice, is ably supported by of counsels Andrea Gentili and Pina Lombardi.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Montella


‘The energy team at Orrick is very strong, they have outstanding experience in the most complex transactions in the energy industry covering the full scope of energy mandates. The team provides full-service assistance, from the structuring of the transaction to closing and is able to address every single aspect of the deal and issues involved promptly and with sound advice.’

‘Carlo Montella is one of the top energy lawyers and has a solid reputation in the market. Carlo is very client-oriented and extremely helpful in negotiations. Carlo is a very positive, enthusiastic and proactive person, he has a commercial mindset with incredible problem-solving skills. Andrea Gentili has a reputation as an excellent lawyer in energy M&A, always has a complete view of the overall transaction and is able to deal with the most complex issues so to find smart and effective solutions. Andrea is responsive, precise and quick. Pina Lombardi has lengthy experience in the energy sector, she is very attentive to details, punctual and precise and is able to provide high-quality service especially with respect to administrative and regulatory issues relating to energy projects. ‘

‘The team covers all areas required by international investors. Not only does it have a thorough understanding of the legal boundary conditions, but also understands the levers that make a project outstanding economically and helps the clients achieve these targets.’

‘Carlo Montella is an expert in the energy industry, he understands what international clients need and supports them in achieving their goals of legally solid and economically successful transactions.’

Key clients

Glennmont Partners

WRM Group

Canadian Solar

Foresight Group LLP

European Energy

Quercus Assets Selection


VEI Green



PLT Group




Obton A/S

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's international network, combined with the Italy team's expert knowledge of the domestic real estate market, is a great contributor to the success of the US firm's Milan-based real estate practice and comes especially in handy when dealing with foreign retailers, banks, hotels and investors. The real estate group, led by Emanuela Molinaro, is part of the wider banking and finance team under Patrizio Messina, who is also in charge of Europe. Property and portfolio transactions, investments, construction and development projects as well as real estate and construction disputes all make up the firm's broad offering.

Practice head(s):

Patrizio Messina; Emanuela Molinaro


‘Complete alignment on each topic and a great willingness to support the clients with their timing.’

‘Orrick succeeds in combining the professionalism and the organization of a large international firm with a human dialogue and constant support. Their professionalism and coordination convey a strong sense of reliability.’

‘Emanuela Molinaro and associate Christian Turotti are excellent professionals, always reliable in the agreed deadlines and experts on very specific topics.’

‘Emanuela Molinaro gives Orrick’s real estate team her own remarkable touch, with broad legal expertise combined with rare commercial sensitivity.’

Key clients

Auchan Group

Crédit Agricole Vita

Colony Capital Inc.

BNP Paribas REIM

Generali Group (including Generali Properties and Generali Real Estate SGR)

Carrefour Group (including Carrefour Property Italia, Carrefour Italia, SSC Società Sviluppo Commerciale, GS and Carmila Group’s companies)

Prelios SGR

Monarch Capital Partners

Castello SGR

Meininger Hotels group

DeA Capital SGR



Apollo Management International LLP

Eurospin Group

Isaia & Isaia

Värde Partners

Unieco S.c. in LCA


Capital markets: Debt Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe stands out for its expertise in bonds and mini-bonds, EMTN Programmes, securitisation, NPLs and covered bonds. It also covers Italian, English and US law. Patrizio Messina is highly rated for his expertise in DCM and securitisation work; he is also experienced in the Italian mini-bonds market. New York and Italy-qualified Annalisa Dentoni-Litta is focused on securitisation and covered bonds; and Madeleine Horrocks heads the English finance practice in Italy. Structured finance specialist Alessandro Accrocca is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Patrizio Messina


A team with vast resources at its calling, with the key partner always overseeing the whole process.

The team has a good ratio among partners, associates and trainees, with partners highly involved in the transactions. The team has deep knowledge of banking and financial market law as well as market practice, with great focus on the issuer’s perspective.

Clients are very satisfied with the great job the team delivers. One of its main strengths is really understanding the underlying issues and solving them, not only from a legal point of view but with reference to the whole transaction. All team members, senior and junior, are highly competent, accurate, and deliver their work on time despite tight timeframes. They are also available at any time.

The team is well-stocked, complete, available and prepared.

Patrizio Messina has great standing in the market and is great at finding solutions to almost all potential problems – and notwithstanding his position, he is also very available.

Patrizio Messina is a highly experienced attorney, who is very available and problem solving oriented.’

Annalisa Dentoni-Litta is of indispensable support during negotiations. Her approach is smooth but effective and her legal and people skills are not easy to find.

Alessandro Accrocca shows a great level of competence and reliability, and he has a great understanding of the issuer’s dynamics and perspective. He is very commercial and deeply involved in transactions.

Key clients




Pirelli & C.

J P Morgan Securities

Monte dei Paschi Group




Banca IMI


Credit Suisse


BPER Banca

Banco BPM

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe stands out for its US, UK and Italian law capabilities. The practice ranges from straightforward operational lending to special purpose lending, such as acquisition or project finance. It also has a highly rated structured finance group. Patrizio Messina is experienced in lender and arranger activity, and Madeleine Horrocks is a UK law project finance and structured finance expert. General lending and corporate finance expert Marina Balzano was a new arrival from Pavia e Ansaldo.

Practice head(s):

Patrizio Messina


The team has vast resources at its disposal with the reference partner always overseeing the whole process.

It has great knowledge of finance products and the market and a network of contacts with all the relevant counterparties- banking, legal and tax. It is also available 24/7.

Marina Balzano is an excellent banking partner with great product expertise and the ability to analyse /and propose out-of-the-box solutions. She is a problem solver and leader in her sector.’

Key clients

Banco BPM


BPER Banca

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese


Riello InvestimentiPartners SGR


Banca IMI

Anthilia Capital Partner SGR

JP Morgan Securities

UBI Banca

Mediocredito Italiano

Banca Popolare di Bari


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has established expertise in several sectors, most notably technology, private equity, banking and financial services, energy, healthcare and life sciences, and distressed transactions. It also calls upon resources across Europe, Asia and the US for cross-border deals. Marco Nicolini is a privatisation expert; Alessandro De Nicola, is a corporate governance specialist; and Guido Testa mixes high-end M&A and private equity deals with corporate law and commercial contract matters. Recently promoted partner Marco Mancino is experienced in assisting hotel management companies with corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro De Nicola; Marco Nicolini


A team that is highly qualified and supportive in a timely manner – these are the main features that make Orrick unique.

The Italian team gives clients complete coverage of all matters and the firm represents an outstanding point of reference in this area.

It provides high levels of attention and constructive co-operation with all parties, improving the efficiency of each project.

Alessandro De Nicola is truly excellent, smart and business focused. He  is an extremely competent lawyer, whose expertise ranges from governance to complex corporate transactions. He has a pragmatic approach and is able quickly to understand clients’ needs.

Guido Testa follows every phase of negotiations, leaving clients feeling very much followed and reassured – he is also very flexible.

The team’s strengths are great professionalism, reliability and competence.

Of counsel Marco Mancino is always available at very short notice and proactive in  both preventing and solving potential critical issues. His support is fundamental, also because of his strong, cross-sectors skills.

Key clients


Banca Carige

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Capital Dynamics



Consilium SGR


Glennmont Partners

Green Arrow Capital



Pro Web Consulting


Terni Energia



ACS Dobfar

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe advises on data protection compliance requirements as well as on contentious data privacy matters. Its clients are from a variety of industry sectors, including insurance and financial institutions, pharmaceutical and life sciences, transportation and infrastructure, energy and telecoms. Alessandro De Nicola is highly regarded for corporate governance and related compliance matters, and senior associate Ivan Rotunno is a privacy and data protection specialist.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro De Nicola; Ivan Rotunno


Senior associate Ivan Rotunno has a deep understanding of privacy matters as well as complex cybersecurity issues. He is very responsive and customer oriented, and clients particularly appreciate his ability to think out of the box by providing innovative solutions in a timely manner.

Key clients

Coca-Cola Italia

Aeroporti di Roma







F2i Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture Società di Gestione del Risparmio

Rothschild & Co Italia

CNP Unicredit Vita

Tirreno Power

BNP Paribas Asset Management France – Milan branch


Roche Diagnostics

Flowserve Italia

Worthington Italia


Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe fields a team of US, UK and Italian law specialists, who advise on syndicated and mezzanine loans, development, corporate, acquisition and leveraged finance, and debt restructuring. Patrizio Messina is a structured finance expert and Madeleine Horrocks' practice includes finance deals in the African off-grid energy sector. General lending and corporate finance expert Marina Balzano was hired in 2019 from Pavia e Ansaldo.

EU and competition law Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italy antitrust and competition was significantly expanded in October 2018 when current practice head Pietro Merlino and managing associate Marianna Mariani joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Merlino is very active for pharmaceutical companies; the firm has a busy practice handling matters relating to merger control, notifications, audits and damage actions. Public infrastructure, insurance and manufacturing are also important markets.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Merlino


‘Even though the competition practice has only recently been established, the firm has already been able to consolidate a highly competent image and good credibility. The main merit is to be attributed to Pietro Merlino, a brilliant lawyer with remarkable attention to the customer.’

‘They are able to quickly immerse themselves in business themes and understand even the most complex dynamics’

‘Pietro Merlino is exuberant but also very pragmatic, able to suggest concrete and effective solutions. Marianna Meriani is very considerate; nothing escapes her. Extremely analytical and competent. The mix of the two is absolutely winning.’

Key clients

Kedrion S.p.A.

F. Hoffmann–La Roche Ltd

Sicuritalia S.p.A.


Private equity Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's private equity team has significant experience of strategic combinations and investment transactions, particularly in the mid-market and cross-border space. It includes experts in the industrial and technology sectors, but is also strongly focused on real estate and energy and infrastructure. Guido Testa has a significant track record in high-value private equity transactions and Attilio Mazzili is experienced in strategic business arrangements within the technology, telematics and automotive industries. Technology sector specialist Alessandro Vittoria was promoted to of counsel in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Guido Testa; Attilio Mazzilli; Marco Nicolini; Alessandro De Nicola


In addition to its complete legal competence, the practice’s excellent features include the ability to propose ideas and solutions that aim to solve potential problems.

The lawyers reach negotiation targets beyond clients’ expectations, providing best-in-class advice during every step of a deal.

It provides appropriate solutions and is highly supportive of clients.

Key clients



Consilium SGR

Calvi Holding

Green Arrow Capital

Capital Dynamics

AVM Gestioni SGR

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Style Capital SGR





United Venture SGR

Together Price

Prima Assicurazioni


HAT Orizzonte SGR

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has a strong track record in debt restructuring and distressed asset acquisitions. The team has particular knowledge of restructuring tools and Italian bankruptcy law. Special counsel and team leader Daniela Andreatta has considerable experience of handling large-scale, complex restructuring matters. Senior associate Federico Perego assists with corporate reorganisations, out-of-court restructurings, and insolvencies and liquidations.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Andreatta


Orrick puts experienced professionals in at all stages of deals.’

Senior associate Federico Perego is always solid in his advice and he has a determined approach that aims to complete the instruction.

Administrative and public law Tier 5

With a strong focus on the energy and infrastructure sector, the 'very trustworthy' team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe handles a range of public matters including public procurement, public contracts and regulatory support. Francesca Isgrò leads the practice, which stands out for its 'competence' in the space; her expertise also extends to banking and finance.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Isgrò


The firm is always attentive and available to its clients

Francesca Isgrò’s approach is extremely pragmatic and never didactic, despite her extremely high profile.’


Key clients

Safety21 S.p.A.

Pagano & Ascolillo

S.p.A. 1 year

Infratel S.p.A.

Fondo Italiano per l’Efficienza

Energetica s.g.r.

S.p.A. 2 years

Guerrato S.p.A.

Eur S.p.A.

Italgas S.p.A.

Foresight Group

Egea S.p.A

iCon infrastructure

ForVEI s.r.l.


Snam S.p.A.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP focuses on serving companies in the technology, energy, infrastructure and financial sectors.

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.

Orrick in London is an established and highly regarded presence in the world’s leading financial centres. Clients include leading banks and other financial institutions, FTSE 100 companies, energy and infrastructure companies, private equity funds, professional services, real estate and venture-backed technology companies. The firm’s integrated team of transactional, regulatory and litigation lawyers, qualified in English and US law, is experienced in meeting the needs of clients. It offers expertise in banking and corporate finance, venture capital, cross-border M&A, IPOs and other corporate fundraising, joint ventures and strategic alliances, competition, employment, real estate, restructuring, private equity, emerging markets, tax, cybersecurity and data privacy, litigation, investigations and international arbitration.

Much of the firm’s work in London involves cross-border transactions, disputes and projects that span Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The London office has extensive experience in emerging markets – particularly in Eastern Europe and Africa. With a ‘one-firm’ culture, Orrick’s lawyers collaborate as part of integrated teams to meet the global needs of clients.

Types of work undertaken: Technology: Orrick is one of only a handful of firms in London that offers technology-focused clients the experience and contacts within one of the leading Silicon Valley-originated technology practices. The team includes US-qualified and dual-qualified lawyers, some of whom have practised in Silicon Valley. It advises technology companies at all stages in the corporate life cycle, from startups to global multinational companies. It also represents leading venture capital and private equity firms. In addition to completing numerous venture financings, it successfully advises on M&A exits and IPOs. The team represents technology companies in complex merger control investigations before the European Commission. It also advises on issues at the nexus of antitrust and intellectual property.

Energy and infrastructure: the energy team brings broad experience in M&A, trading, project development, financing and cross-border projects. Its experience covers every fuel source and technology across oil and gas, power and renewable energy, and it acts for all market segments including independent power producers, governments, sponsors, trading houses, private equity funds, emerging companies, investors, utilities, developers, lenders and underwriters. In oil and gas, Orrick acts on upstream, midstream and downstream trading projects, working for companies, lenders and governments. It has also recently advised on the acquisition or disposal of in excess of 300MW of renewable energy projects.

Finance: the London finance team represents leading credit providers and borrowers (including private equity sponsors) in a wide range of international/cross-border and UK transactions, including leveraged and acquisition financings, greenfield and brownfield real estate and project financings, and high-yield and structured financings. It has an active practice representing alternative credit providers, and advises private credit and direct lending providers, investment funds, hedge funds, real estate investors and other alternative lenders on acquisition financings, single-asset project and real estate financings, asset-based loans, mezzanine financings, unitranche facilities and venture capital loans.

Restructuring: the restructuring team acts for alternative credit providers, hedge funds and special situations teams of investment banks to execute investment strategies that may involve loan-to-own techniques, pre-pack enforcements and debt-to-equity swaps either outside court or involving a court process throughout Europe.

Real estate: the London real estate team provides comprehensive support for investors based in the UK and internationally. It has extensive experience in shopping centres and retail, and has been involved in some of the largest transactions in the UK.

Other offices: Beijing, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Portland, Rome, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Tokyo, Washington DC, Wheeling.

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 Annalisa Dentoni-Litta photo Annalisa Dentoni-Litta
 Andrea Gentili photo Andrea Gentili
 Pietro Merlino photo Pietro Merlino
 Patrizio Messina photo Patrizio Messina