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

Italy > Compliance Tier 1

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's compliance and investigations practice is consistently sought out for its advice on corporate governance and internal controls, as well as its analysis of risks and structuring of compliance programmes, based on anti-corruption laws and global best practices. The team is also highly praised for its assistance with Decree 231-related corporate criminal liability matters. The practice co-heads are compliance specialists Bruno Cova and Francesca Petronio, while Gianluca Cattani leads the Rome office's corporate and compliance department. Marilena Hyeraci is the senior associate to note.

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The team has proven to be highly qualified in dealing with our requests, which are characterised by urgency and complexity.

The team is extremely innovative.

Ability to meet the needs of our legal department, which results from their deep knowledge of in-house corporate roles.

Shows high levels of professionalism and competence, as well as promptness and availability in responding to our questions, which emerge on an ongoing basis.

Extremely helpful and professional in meeting our needs and tight deadlines.

Bruno Cova has great experience and great charisma; and having been a GC, he knows how to manage business dynamics.

Senior associate Marilena Hyeraci is very skilled at quickly and professionally managing tense situations between various corporate functions.

Marilena Hyeraci demonstrates extensive technical expertise in compliance, internal and criminal investigations pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001, combined with communication skills, pragmatism in the management of high-tension situations, and the ability to obtain results in a short time. Certainly her competence and professionalism made the difference and helped us to define the issues quickly and close the investigation.

Key clients

Salini Impregilo (now Webuild)

Royal Dutch Shell

Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP‘s Bruno Cova is highly regarded for handling restructuring and insolvency work for global private equity players and financial services, as well as in the engineering and construction sectors. Stanislao Chimenti, who specialises in the telecoms sector, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cova

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Lecta S.A.’s Committee Of Noteholders

Ad Hoc Group

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.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is known for frequently working in complex litigation matters, with special expertise in white-collar criminal law, investigations, compliance and in the energy and natural resources sectors. Bankruptcy and restructuring litigation, liability and breaches of contract are also dealt with by the team in tight collaboration with the firm’s M&A team. The department houses well-known litigators of the calibre of practice head Francesca Petronio, Bruno Cova, who excels in commercial and cross-border disputes, and arbitrator Fabio Cozzi.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Petronio

Other key lawyers:


‘The uniqueness of the Delfino and Associates Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP team lies in combining leading expertise in the legal field with an ability to grasp the technical nuances of a highly regulated and engineered sector and the legal team approached the dispute as part of a multidisciplinary “peer-to-peer” team.’

‘Both Francesca Petronio and Fabio Cozzi are able to sensitize company management to the main legal issues under discussion, helping them to establish the best course of action that led to the resolution of the dispute out of court.’

‘Bruno Cova and Fabio Cozzi have delivered great advice and exceptional service over five years. Bruno’s depth of experience has been invaluable. Both Bruno and Fabio have navigated a complex regulatory and legal background with ease and have given great advice. Francesca Petronio is instrumental in ensuring that legal submissions are robust!’

‘Francesca Petronio and Fabio Cozzi are a competent and tested team above the average of law firms on the market. Above all in the ability to understand the dynamics and culture of the client company and consequently envisage the possible evolutions of disputes with the right “angle “.’

‘Excellent group in Milan for Italian disputes’.

‘Bruno Cova and Francesca Petronio are smart and experienced, and very good with clients.’

Key clients

Vinci Construction Grands 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

Swisspower Renewables AG

IWG International Workplace Group Plc

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP combines a deep knowledge of the local market with the M&A capacities of a global firm. Practice co-head Maurizio Delfino holds the unique accolade of acting in Italy’s first-ever hostile takeover; he leads the practice together with Bruno Cova, a lawyer active in typical and distressed M&A, restructurings and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Maurizio Delfino; Bruno Cova

Other key lawyers:

Massimo Chiais; Luca Leonardi


‘The uniqueness of the team lies in the ability to immediately understand the phenomena of legal matters in the cases examined.’

‘Concrete evaluations – this is the characteristic of the firm.’

‘Bruno Cova has exceptional skills as he has a long experience at the top of large multinational groups.’

‘Excellent quality of the legal team.’

‘Maurizio Delfino is a lawyer with great commercial qualities.’

Key clients


Diego Rodrigo Gil Hermida and Positive Impact SB

Yilport Holding A.S.



Apax Partners


Richemont and Chloé International SAS

Trilantic Capital Partners

ITT Inc.

GEDI – Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A.

The Carlyle Group

GLG Partners Limited

Stellex Capital Holdings Luxembourg Sarl

UniCredit S.p.A.

Atlas Holdings

Oak Hill Advisors (Europe) LLP

GSO Capital Partners

Desmet Ballestra S.p.A.

Aveleos S.A.

Third Point LLC

Thales S.A.

Ceva Logistics Italia Srl

Insight Venture Capital


Italgas S.p.A.

Arkema S.A.

Atlantia S.p.A.

Digital Bros S.p.A.

IWG Group

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 regulation and is known for assisting clients in the pharma and technology sectors in particular.

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

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