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Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
20122 MILANO

Italy > Compliance Tier 1

The compliance and investigations practice at Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP houses a go-to team for advice on corporate governance and internal controls. It also assists with risk analysis and structuring compliance programmes that are based on anti-corruption laws. Partner-level support is provided by ‘outstanding professionalGianluca Cattani and Roberta BattistinFrancesca Petronio left the firm in late 2022, and Bruno Cova and Massimo Ugo Maria Contesso departed for Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria in 2023.


The team has been a very impressive discovery because of its extensive knowledge, quality and standing.

Gianluca Cattani is an outstanding professional, who is reliable, trustworthy, able to understand all potentially critical issues, and foresees any potential scenario.

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Work highlights

  • Acted for Royal Dutch Shell in criminal proceedings in Italy, which involved compliance with Legislative Decree 231/2001.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has established a strong reputation for assisting global-leading entities in bankruptcy proceedings and corporate restructurings. Stanislao Chimenti has ‘great experience’ in litigation and out-of-court transactions. Counsel Carmen Pollifrone is highlighted as key, along with associate Francesca Renzi. Bruno Cova and Juljan Puna left for Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stanislao Chimenti; Maurizio Cimetti

Other key lawyers:

Carmen Pollifrone; Francesca Renzi; Antonio Di Gaspare


‘The team is very prepared, collaborative and available for comparison.’

‘The firm has a strong background in turnaround operations and its teams are really capable in solving complex corporate law issues as such as in any kind of restructuring and insolvency practice.’

‘Stanislao Chimenti in particular never fails to prove his professional and human talents, his awareness of the crucial role he plays in his clients’ business. He is not only serious, reliable and skilled, but he is also always (holidays included) available for meetings, conference calls or just phone consultancies. Last but not least, he manages his team in an excellent way and his team work is always outstanding.’

‘We used the firm and team for a very specialized question, and We’re pleased with their ability to bring expertise to the table and add specific insolvency law input from both Italian and English law perspective to the mix as well. they have deep academic and practical insights and has a thorough understanding of matter referred.’

‘The firm is responsive and available; they go in-depth in the issues with a broad and complete approach. A firm of competent professionals, always available and with great preparation in the most diverse subjects and have a methodical approach.’

‘Stanislao Chimenti is always punctual and reliable. In general, all the partners are able to explain all the steps in simple terms, and to share decisions. Stanislao Chimenti has acquired such expertise in the sector also from a commercial point of view that manages to combine business needs with regulatory prerogatives.’

‘I have a perfect relationship with them, they have been always ready to consider the issue of the procedure that I represent.’

Key clients

Lecta S.A.’s Committee Of Noteholders

Carlyle Global Credit Investment Management LLC

Man GLG Limited

Stellex Capital Holdings Luxembourg S.a.r.l.

Numen Capital

Società Italiana Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A. in A.S

Preca Brummel S.p.A. in A.S.

Galimberti S.p.A. in A.S.

Stefanel S.p.A. In A.S.

Blutec S.p.A. in A.S.

Ingegneria S.p.A. in A.S.

Caius Capital LLP

P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP


Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE

Tirrenia Navigazione S.p.A. in A.S.

Siremar S.p.A. in A.S.

Davidson Kempner European Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising the international funds Carlyle Global Credit Investment Management LLC, Man GLG Limited and Stellex Capital Holdings Luxembourg on the restructuring of Officine Maccaferri.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acts in domestic and cross-border disputes for corporate and financial entities, with additional expertise in white-collar crime. The team is led by Francesca Pedretti and is frequently instructed in investigations, compliance matters, bankruptcy and restructuring litigation. Liability and breaches of contract are also handled by the group through cross-practice cooperation with the firm’s M&A team. Francesca Petronio left the firm in October 2022, and Bruno Cova departed for Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Pedretti


‘Great to work in large teams involving different practice areas, both domestic Italian and international law. They can cover all areas of law we needed, including complex insolvency proceedings, and protracted litigation’

‘Professionalism, knowledge of the market, deep experience in handling national cases across the industry and also cross-border disputes and flexibility.’

‘Francesca Pedretti is an excellent strategist and has an extensive experience in major commercial and corporate litigations and has an outstanding track record of success in the most complex cases.’

Key clients

IWG International Workspace Group

Vinci Construction Grand Projets

Edison S.p.A.

Royal Dutch Shell plc

Ceva Logistics Italia S.r.l.

IKEA Italia Retail S.r.l.

Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A.

ePizza S.p.A. – Domino’s Pizza

Carlyle Global Credit Investment Management LLC.

Ramphastos Investments Group N.V.

SKS Malta Ltd.

CBRE Inc. and CBRE S.p.A.

Work highlights

    Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

    Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP‘s team is headed by Maurizio Delfino, who specialises in M&A, particularly deals relating to infrastructure and distressed assets, in addition to corporate reorganisations, restructurings and private equity transactions. The wider team is also adept in general corporate and corporate governance affairs, acting in industries such as fashion, retail, luxury and furniture, and regularly acts for overseas investors who are making politically or financially sensitive acquisitions within Italy.

    Practice head(s):

    Maurizio Delfino

    Other key lawyers:

    Massimo Chiais; Luca Leonardi; Massimo Palombi; Juljan Puna




    Key clients

    Jaguar Health

    Atlas Holdings


    ACEA SpA

    Richemont and Chloé International SAS

    The Carlyle Group

    GLG Partners Limited

    Stellex Capital Holdings Luxembourg Sarl

    UniCredit S.p.A.

    Aveleos S.A.

    ERG SpA


    Davidson Kempner European Partners

    Work highlights

    • Acted on the purchase of the entire corporate capital of Officine Maccaferri SpA from SECI SpA in a court supervised procedure and the transfer of the same into a trust structure aimed at protecting the interest of the clients as creditors of Officine Maccaferri in the restructuring process of the latter.

    Italy > Data privacy and data protection

    Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP‘s privacy and cybersecurity team has experience of GDPR and European regulations and is known for assisting clients in the pharma and technology sectors in particular.

    Italy > Employment

    Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is headed by Patrizio Bernardo and active across the full spectrum of individual and collective labour law from inter alia day-to-day out-of-court consultancy, judicial disputes, before first instance and appellate courts, social security matters, and managing industrial relations.

    Studio Legale Delfino e Associati, operating in Italy, is affiliated with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

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