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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
00161 ROME

Italy > Compliance Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's compliance practice is highly regarded for its advice to public and private corporates and financial institutions on their corporate governance, compliance and disclosure issues. It is also experienced in the design, implementation and maintenance of compliance programmes to prevent corporate crimes. Alessandro De Nicola and Marco Dell’Antonia are experienced in corporate governance and related compliance matters. Jean-Paule Castagno is the firm's white-collar criminal defence head in Italy. Recently promoted special counsel Ivan Rotunno is an expert in data privacy, cybersecurity, digital advertising and internet law.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro De Nicola

Other key lawyers:

Marco Dell’Antonia; Jean-Paule Castagno; Ivan Rotunno; Riccardo Caselle

Key clients




Allianz Group

Crédit Agricole Assicurazioni

Credit Suisse International

Credit Suisse International Italian Branch

Credit Suisse AG – Milan Branch

Credit Suisse AG – London branch

Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited



Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking

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

Brembo S.p.A.

Cardif Vita (BNP Paribas Group)

City Green Light S.r.l.

CNP Unicredit Vita S.p.A.

Comat S.p.A.

Eurizon Capital SGR SPA

F2i SGR S.p.A.


Fondo Italiano per l’efficienza Energetica SGR SPA


Italiana Valorizzazioni Immobiliari (BPER Banca S.p.A.)

Lesaffre Italia

Adras S.p.A. (BPER Banca S.p.A.)

Novenergia group

P Fiduciaria S.rl. (Pictet)

Plangreen 2E S.r.l.

Prelios S.p.A.

Rothschild Italia

San Marco Bioenergie S.p.A.

Selettra S.p.A.

Sergio Rossi

Snaitech S.p.A.


Terna Group

Edra S.p.A.



BNP Paribas AM

Clessidra SGR



Compagnia Energetica Italiana


Morris Profumi

SK Wellman

Gnosis Spa

Landi Renzo S.p.A.

Safe S.p.A.

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has established itself as one of the leading names in the Italian energy market. Noted for its wide coverage across the entire spectrum of clean energy sources, the team provides extensive support to energy companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and project developers. It has a primary focus on projects involving biomethane, the circular economy and photovoltaic energy. In the photovoltaic energy space, in particular, the department has acted on cutting-edge mandates, such as the first-ever financing of a photovoltaic plant not supported by state subsidies in Italy. The firm also acted on the first subsidy-free solar power plants acquisition. Both projects were led by practice head Carlo MontellaAndrea Gentili plays a key role in M&A, private equity and finance transactions in both the energy and infrastructure industries. Associate Marcello Montresor is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Montella

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Gentili; Francesca Isgrò; Marcello Montresor; Celeste Mellone


‘Delivery capacity and assistance and support at every stage of the deal’

‘Great ability to make themselves available as well as a deep knowledge of the sector. Special mention to the lawyer Celeste Mellone’

‘Vast network, transversal skills and international standing.’

‘High level assistance, availability and ability to provide integrated advice.’

Key clients

European Energy


Bluefield Partners LLP

Obton A/S

KGAL – KG Allgemeine Leasing GmbH & Co.

Glennmont Partners

PGGM Infrastructure Fund

Foresight Group

iCON Infrastructure LLP

Natixis S.A. – Milan Branch

BNL S.p.A.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

Unicredit S.p.A.

UBI Banca S.p.A.

Italgas S.p.A.

Hat Orizzonte S.G.R. p. A.

L&L srl

Iren S.p.A.

Acea S.p.A.

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's large finance team in Italy has a strong track record in structuring DCM programmes and ensuing bond and note issuances, as well as large and innovative securitisations. Providing senior expertise in DCM transactions, Patrizio Messina heads the finance team in Italy; Annalisa Dentoni-Litta is an expert in securitisations and covered bonds; Madeleine Horrocks leads the English finance practice in Italy; and Alessandro Accrocca's practice includes structured finance. Nicolò Del Dottore and Sabrina Setini are experienced of counsels.

Chiomenti's large banking and finance department is active in structured finance work (including securitisation), bond issues, and Euro medium term note (EMTN) programmes. Gregorio Consoli, whose broad practice includes structured finance, heads the firm's finance and regulated entities department, which includes highly regarded partner Giulia Battaglia, senior of counsel Francesco Ago, and managing counsel Benedetto La RussaGianrico Giannesi, who brings additional experience in securitisation deals and bond loans, was hired from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Patrizio Messina


The team is perfectly synergised and able to extend this synergy to the client. It is also always available and receptive to any request, both at legal and practical levels.

This team has extensive knowledge of the capital markets.

Professionals who are accurate in the analysis, communication and drafting of documents.

‘Alessandro Accrocca and his team are always aligned, and able to give prompt assistance to the client. The relationship between quality and speed of work is also absolutely noteworthy.

Key clients

Snam S.p.A.

Telecom Italia SpA

Iccrea Banca S.p.A.


Iren S.p.A.

Enel S.p.A.

National Bank of Greece S.A.

WRM Capinvest Ltd

JP Morgan Securities PLC

Banca Popolare di Bari S.c.p.a.

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Mediocredito Centrale S.p.A.


Banca Popolare di Bari in A.S.

Practice head(s):

Gregorio Consoli


This firm’s capital markets team is unique.

A high-quality team that is always on hand to help, even after the deal closes.

Full commitment to achieving the result, with maximum availability from the entire team. The firm does not just provide the client with the analysis or document requested, but stays close to the client to ensure the success of the transaction.’

Gregorio Consoli is exceptional at finding solutions that are out of the box.

Gregorio Consoli has an ability to identify and solve critical points that I have not found in any other professional.

Gianrico Giannesi is an excellent professional who specialises in structured finance.

Gianrico Giannesi is a super professional for structured finance.

Managing counsel Benedetto La Russa is a great negotiator.’

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

JP Morgan


Banco BPM S.p.A.


BNP Paribas

Credito Fondiario S.p.A. (Elliot)

Deutsche Bank AG

Enel S.p.A.

European Investment Bank

Alba Leasing S.p.A.

Banca Carige S.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Sondrio S.c.p.A.

Saipem S.p.A.

Unione di Banche Italiane S.p.A.


Alerion Clean Power S.p.A.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

The team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe assists with a full range of matters within the healthcare and life sciences sector including antitrust and competition litigation, clinical misconduct, M&A, white-collar criminal law as well as corporate and regulatory work. The practice is led by experienced criminal litigator Jean-Paule Castagno; antitrust and competition specialist Pietro Merlino; corporate lawyer Marco Nicolini and litigation and arbitration expert Riccardo Troiano.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Paule Castagno; Pietro Merlino; Marco Nicolini; Riccardo Troiano

Other key lawyers:

Marco Dell’Antonia; Riccardo Caselle


‘Customer focus, professionalism’

‘Marco Nicolini, always available, prepared and professional’

‘Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP assists us in numerous operations, always ensuring maximum availability and professionalism. Strengths: high skills, quick feedback, ability to deal with practices with a transversal vision and proactive approach. Coordination with other law firms is excellent.’

‘Attorneys Marco Nicolini, Marco Dell’Antonia and Riccardo Caselle distinguished themselves for their skills, punctuality, constant availability and problem solving skills. In general, all the professionals of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP have proven to be absolutely up to the tasks they have been assigned.’

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 2

At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the real estate practice is part of the firm's finance department. The team's varied portfolio of work includes sale and leaseback transactions, commercial leasing, single asset and portfolio transactions, fund investments and redevelopment projects. Group head Emanuela Molinaro specialises in real estate transactions and construction law matters. Managing associate Christian Turotti focuses on development and redevelopment projects, the purchase of properties in bankruptcy procedures and joint ventures, among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Emanuela Molinaro

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is highly qualified, punctual, fast and flexible.’

‘Emanuela Molinaro is a very valid partner, she provided excellent contract ideas which proved to be very successful .’

‘Strong understanding between the various members of the team, a complete alignment on each topic and a great willingness to support the client, taking into account our often very tight deadlines. They manage to combine the professionalism and organization of a large international firm and the naturalness of dialogue and the continuous and constant support typical of a trusted lawyer. These features are very difficult to find on the market. Their professionalism and their coordination convey a strong feeling of reliability. ‘

‘Associate Christian Turotti is an excellent professional, always reliable in the agreed deadlines and an expert on very specific issues. He provides all requested support with rare speed, is always available for a sudden scheduling of meetings or calls and of great support in ordering and coordinating all aspects of the operation. Emanuela Molinaro always goes straight to the point of the discussion. Her interventions are always very effective, punctual, concise and decisive. She has the great ability to describe the problem very clearly and to indicate simple and effective solutions. She has the rare ability to deal with very complex issues with simplicity.’

‘The team, led by one of the few women lawyers in the Italian real estate market, Emanuela Molinaro, brings great experience and negotiating skills.’

‘Speed ​​and ease at understanding the peculiarities of the operation’

‘Excellent relationship both internally and with counterparties. Knowledge of various profiles that characterize an operation. Commercial and business oriented approach ‘

‘The team led by Emanuela Molinaro stands out for its maximum availability and competence in relation to all areas of real estate finance. Orrick’s support is invaluable and information is conveyed effectively and clearly. An excellent interpersonal relationship has also been established with the team.’

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)

C.L.O.M. S.r.l.

Prelios SGR

Feidos S.p.A.

Piacere Terra S.r.l.

Splint S.r.l.

Ubisoft Studios S.r.l.

Monarch Capital Partners

Castello SGR

Meininger Hotels group

DeA Capital SGR



Apollo Management International LLP

Eurospin Group

Isaia & Isaia

Värde Partners


Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Chiomenti's sizeable and 'high-quality' finance and regulated entities department is widely respected for its experience in acquisition, project, structured and real estate finance. Gregorio Consoli heads the department, which also showcases experienced partners Giulia Battaglia, Giorgio Cappelli, Luca Bonetti, and restructuring business unit head, Antonio Tavella. Further support is provided by energy business unit leader, Carola Antonini, Marco Cerritelli, senior of counsel Francesco Ago, recently promoted managing counsel Riccardo Rossi, and counsel Fraser Wood. In 2020, the practice hired partner Gianrico Giannesi from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italy banking and finance department assists with a range of financings. Patrizio Messina is highly experienced in lender and arranger activity; Raul Ricozzi acts on project and shipping finance; and Marina Balzano advises both Italian and international banks. Of counsel Maria Teresa Solaro assists with infrastructure and renewable energy financings.

Practice head(s):

Gregorio Consoli


Chiomenti is the perfect firm for financial institutions.

It has excellent expertise in all areas of finance and financial asset regulation, and has a large and comprehensive team with some real industry stars.

A high-quality team that assists even after closure of the deal, with above-average problem-solving skills.

I should point out the high professionalism of the team  and its specific knowledge of the regulatory and procedural aspects of PPP operations. To this is added the utmost willingness to propose solutions that are appropriate to the context.

‘Gregorio Consoli is an incredible lawyer and has an extraordinary organisational capacity.

Gregorio Consoli is an excellent professional, who is competent, efficient, a great negotiator, and has the ability to find solutions to problems.

Marco Cerritelli always operates with the utmost commitment, ensuring constant presence and availability to propose and investigate adequate solutions to protect the client’s position.

The recently hired partner Gianrico Giannesi is very good for structured finance.

Key clients

UniCredit S.p.A.

Mediobanca S.p.A.

J.P. Morgan Plc.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Deutsche Bank

Credit Agricole

Banca Europea per gli Investimenti (BEI)

Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A.

Banca Popolare di Milano S.C.p.A.

Unione di Banche Italiane S.p.A.

BNP Paribas

Intesa Sanpaolo

Goldman Sachs

Practice head(s):

Patrizio Messina


Great availability, empathy and mediation skills.

Co-ordination and leadership skills.

Transversal skills to deal with non-standard deals.

Wide availability and a diverse team with very complementary profiles.

Dedicated and professional.

Marina Balzano’s great standing and competence combine with unsurpassed interpersonal skills.

Marina Balzano has a great network of contacts.

Key clients

Banco BPM S.p.A.

UniCredit S.p.A.

Riello Investimenti Partners SGR SpA

Banca IMI S.p.A.

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Banca IFIS S.p.A.

Natixis S.A. – Milan Branch

Crédit Agricole Italia (Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank)

Deutsche Bank S.p.A.

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italy corporate team regularly advises Italian and multinational companies on upper-end deals. Alessandro De Nicola is an M&A, commercial and corporate law, and corporate governance expert; Marco Nicolini heads the Italian M&A and private equity team; and Guido Testa is a key European corporate group member. Marco Mancino was made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Marco Nicolini; Alessandro De Nicola

Other key lawyers:

Guido Testa; Marco Mancino; Attilio Mazzilli; Paola Barometro


Orrick has response times combined with a focus on clients that cannot be found elsewhere.

All the lawyers at Orrick are available 24/7 – this is rare and precious.

We appreciate its level of professionalism, combined with the quality of its relations with clients.

Their work quality is impeccable.

The team always goes the extra mile and is really deal oriented.

Marco Nicolini delivers maximum availability, combined with cordiality and quality of responses.

Guido Testa is hugely competent.

Marco Mancino is a professional with excellent negotiating skills.

Key clients

Auchan Retail International

Azimut Holding S.p.A.

Sinterama S.p.A.

Rothschild & Co Italia

AON S.p.A.

ACS Dobfar S.p.A.

Allianz Group

Sorgenia S.p.A.

Coca-Cola HBC Italia S.r.l

Safety21 S.p.A.

Neutrino srl

Cerba HC Italia S.r.l.

Meininger Hotels

Bianalisi S.p.A.

DOpla S.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Bari S.c.p.a.

Eneracque S.p.A.

Busy Bees Holding Limited

International Chips S.r.l.

IDS Ingegneria dei Sistemi S.p.A.

Green Arrow Capital

Garofalo Health Care

Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s 'proactive and decisive' privacy and data protection team is well regarded for its assistance with data protection compliance requirements and contentious data privacy matters. Alessandro De Nicola's broad practice extends to privacy compliance issues and GDPR. Ivan Rotunno was promoted to special counsel in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro De Nicola; Ivan Rotunno


Deep knowledge of privacy issues and new technologies.

Gives complete availability and has a proactive and decisive approach.

Key clients

Coca-Cola Italia S.r.l.

Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A.

Ferrari S.p.A.

TIM S.p.A.


Chromavis S.p.A.


Prelios S.p.A.

F2i Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture Società di Gestione del Risparmio S.p.A.

Rothschild & Co. Italia S.p.A.

CNP Unicredit Vita S.p.A.

Tirreno Power S.p.A.

BNP Paribas Asset Management France – Milan branch

Roche S.p.A.

Roche Diagnostics S.p.A.

Flowserve Italia

Worthington Italia


Tutored S.r.l.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 4

Led by the 'super-competentPietro MerlinoOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italian antitrust and competition practice group was recently active in complex, high-stakes behavioural competition investigations and litigation, high-profile merger control proceedings and antitrust audits and compliance. Managing associate Marianna Mariani also provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Merlino

Other key lawyers:


In-depth knowledge of this area and excellent understanding of business issues.

The Orrick team follows its clients with great attention and professionalism.

The strength of this firm lies in offering clients original solutions that turn out to be successful. This derives – in addition to the technical skills of the professionals – from their ability to understand and immerse themselves in the business of their client.

The team demonstrates deep knowledge of this practice area and is able, brilliantly, to co-ordinate all stages of the process positively and in an absolutely timely manner.

The team has a very good grip on both behavioural and mergers work. While the team in not very big, all its members are hands-on and with a good commercial approach.

Pietro Merlino is always very helpful, collaborative and proactive, providing useful suggestions and winning solutions to obtain the final result, while constantly maintaining a fruitful and constructive relationship with the ICA officials.

I appreciated Pietro Merlino’s lucidity, with which he faces issues, even the most complex ones.

Pietro Merlino is super-competent and flexible.

Key clients

F. Hoffmann–La Roche Ltd

Auchan Retail International SA

Kedrion S.p.A.

Sicuritalia S.p.A.


Iren S.p.A.

Coca-Cola HBC Italia

Sinterama S.p.A.

Italy > Private equity Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Italian PE team is experienced in relation to combinations and investment transactions, particularly regarding mid-market and cross-border work. Guido Testa predominantly focuses on M&A, PE and VC matters, and Attilio Mazzilli regularly assists with technology, telematics and automotive-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Guido Testa

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mittel Design S.r.l.

The shareholder of Sinterama

Avm Gestioni Sgr

Safety21 S.p.A.

Lean Team

Hat SGR S.p.A.


Consilium SGR


United Ventures

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe advises creditors, debtors and investors on complex restructuring and insolvency matters. Its team's experience includes assisting investment managers and investment funds with distressed asset and company acquisitions. Special counsel Daniela Andreatta has longstanding bankruptcy, restructuring and distressed transactions experience.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Andreatta

Other key lawyers:

Federico Perego


A very efficient team that has great international coverage for cross-border operations and wide availability of resources.

The team is always represented by senior figures, very committed to deals and always up to date on sector regulations.

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Värde Partners Inc.

D.E. Shaw

Crestline Europe LLP

Manitex International, Inc.

One33 Investment House S.r.l.

Peter Schoenfeld Asset Management

Restar Real Estate S.r.l.

SGA S.p.A.

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has a strong profile in the energy, infrastructure, construction and real estate sectors. Francesca Isgrò leads the administrative and public law department and deals with transactions involving project financing issues, PPPs and public finance work. She is also a litigator and acts in disputes arising from contracts, concessions, and banking and insurance-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Isgrò

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's team showcases structured finance specialist and partner in charge for Europe, Patrizio Messina, while Madeleine Horrocks' experience includes acting on finance deals in the emerging African off-grid energy sector. Also key to the group is experienced partner Marina Balzano.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's group has expertise in the resolution of commercial, labour and administrative disputes, and it is also strong in white-collar criminal defence and investigations. One of the key figures in the team is Jean-Paule Castagno, who joined from Clifford Chance  in 2019, and is the head of the white-collar criminal defence practice. Riccardo Troiano is experienced in arbitration, bankruptcy and commercial international law matters.

Practice head(s):

Riccardo Troiano; Jean-Paule Castagno

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Stigliano


‘The lawyers make sure that the clients are updated, reassured and understand what is happening. They take the time to break down the legal jargon and explain progression in a case in an understandable way. Andrea Stigliano is a great solicitor to work with, gives regular updates and takes initiative to make sure that the clients understand everything and that they are aware of all the major milestones and progression on the case.’

‘A close-knit team, capable of finding solutions. Modernity, use of technological tools, flexibility and skills. The professionalism of Jean Paul Castagno stands out. Andrea Stigliano follows a truly personalized approach, displaying strong interpersonal skills and work ethic to understand the context of the case – always under a professional and factual perspective. Extremely competent team, always up-to-date, very meticulous and dedicated to the customer.’

‘Jean Paule Castagno and Andrea Stigliano are a unique team, in the compliance and white collar sectors. Complementarity but also a great attention to detail, to customer support both before and after the accident. Great sensitivity in the most delicate situations. Opinion leaders on legislative and jurisprudential news.’

Key clients

Hitachi Rail Spa

Tuscania Retail S.r.l.

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A

BYD Europe BV

CAF Italia S.r.l.

Save the Children International

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
 Pietro Merlino photo Pietro Merlino Partner, Head of the Italian Antitrust & Competition practice group
 Patrizio Messina photo Patrizio Messina Member of the Banking & Finance Group, Partner in charge for Europe…