Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria
LARGO TOSCANINI 1
20122 MILANO
Italy

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Able to leverage specialist expertise from its global network, Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria's practice includes structured finance transactions, DCM and securitisation work. Corrado Angelli (a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner) is experienced in all debt products, including securitisations and NPL trades; Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo's experience covers securitisations and assignment of receivables transactions; and the practices of both counsel Caterina Napoli and senior associate Davide Bonsi include structured finance.

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Testimonials

Availability, competence and flexibility.

Deep market experience, innovation and competence.

Versatility and a very commercial pragmatic approach.

Key clients

Illimity Bank

Cerberus Capital Management

J-Invest

Link Financial

The Carlyle Group

Värde Partners Europe

Guber Banca

Banca Farmafactoring

Gruppo Barletta

Carval

Barletta Group

Chenavari Investment Managers

Crif

Bain Capital

Solution Bank

Banca Monte dei Paschi

Sorec

Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital on the bid for the acquisition of the television rights of the Lega Calcio, which involved plans for a high-yield offering, a revolver facility and a securitisation structure.
  • Acted for the lenders on the Italian aspects of a private equity transaction, which provided for the acquisition of Industria Chimica Emiliana, such financing providing for a high-yield offering.
  • Advised Gruppo Barletta, a major Italian developer and building company, on a complex private placement (arranged by Cain International) of a €120m development bond.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria draws upon its global network to provide clients with a full-service offering in all industry sectors. The Italian practice is centered around the former boutique firm founded by Alberto Santa Maria, who has a cemented reputation as a litigator. Alfredo Pentimalli  manages a caseload that includes directors’ and auditors’ responsibilities and liabilities, commercial, environmental, and succession disputes; he also sits as arbitrator. Counsel Cinzia Merlo is highlighted. Mariafrancesca De Leo joined from Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Santa Maria

Other key lawyers:

Alfredo Pentimalli; Cinzia Merlo

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of business; excellent relationship between professionals and company representatives that allows the best possible synergy.’

‘Professionalism and availability.’

‘The law firm stands out for its competence, precision and dedication to the client. The internal skills cover various fields of legal matter at 360 degrees, also making use of the authority of academics and university professors for the most delicate and complicated issues.’

Key clients

Bracco Group

Cisco

Cisco Systems Inc.

ENI

EXPO 2015

Federalberghi

Finiper

Hotel Villa d’Este

Suissegas

Tech Gap

Thales

Paper Moon Garden S.r.l.

PNE/EXERGIA

Work highlights

  • Representing ENI – Italy’s biggest energy company – in a dispute before the Court of First Instance of Potenza (Region of Basilicata) brought by 80 plaintiffs, involving the largest on-shore oil field in Western Europe.
  • Representing EXPO 2015 and Arexpo in a dispute VS Bastogi related to the reimbursement incurred by Expo 2015 for the land remediation of the areas where the exhibition took place.
  • Assisted Thales S.p.A. against Anas (the Italian State-owned company operating and managing Italian network of motorways) for the sums owed by the latter as a reserve for the payment of the public contract relating to the PVM system, cameras, traffic sensors, weather stations for traffic control and management of a large section of the main southern Italy highway A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria's practice is sought out for litigation, transactional and advisory matters. The group is particularly focused on state aid, and the four freedoms governing the movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU. It works in sectors such as healthcare/life sciences, energy, real estate, banking and finance, private equity/venture capital, retail, technology and environment. Edoardo Gambaro has broad competition, antitrust and EU law expertise.

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Testimonials

Excellent knowledge of the subject matter and the sector in which the company operates.

Excellent competence and maximum availability for the client.

Edoardo Gambaro has good, pragmatic skills in identifying legal solutions for the case being considered.

Key clients

Banca Popolare di Bari

Federalberghi

Scuola Elementare Maria Montessori

Bain Capital

Mediocredito Centrale

Gruppo Iper

Fondo Italiano d’Investimento

ENI Rewind

Several Private Parties

Delcomar

Work highlights

  • Acted for Banca Popolare di Bari (as defendant) before the EU Court of Justice, in an appeal (filed by the EC) of a seminal EU General Court judgment on an alleged state aid granted to ailing bank Tercas.
  • Assisting Federalberghi, the Association of Italian hotels, with several EU and competition law- related matters, including two referrals for a preliminary ruling before the EU Court of Justice made by the Italian supreme administrative jurisdiction (Council of State), which concern the applicability to Airbnb of a tax statute on short rents.
  • Represented the appellants (Scuola Elementare Maria Montessori) before the European Court of Justice in a state aid case relating to a tax exemption for municipal tax on real property (ICI), granted by Italy to non-commercial bodies.

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria’s real estate department is experienced in the full gamut of real estate transactions, including financings, projects, land developments and zoning issues. With longstanding experience in real estate deals, Marzio Longo focuses on the acquisition, disposal and leasing of retail, office, hospitality and logistics portfolios; Federico Barbàra has extensive experience in domestic and international real estate matters. Counsel Gloria Molteni is a land use expert.

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Testimonials

A very united and co-ordinated team that is quick to respond to clients’ needs.

Very high-quality/price ratio compared to competitors.

Reliability, availability and competence.

Fairness, transparency, clarity and experience.

Federico Barbàra is an exemplary professional with excellent commercial skills and absolutely among the best in his field, especially for his ability to understand how to satisfy clients.

Key clients

Aermont

AMCO

Angelo Gordon

Arrow Global

Bentall Green Oak

Carval Investors

Clarion Gramercy

DekaBank

EQT Exeter

Foruminvest Italia

Generali

Gruppo San Donato

Guber Banca

Investcorp

J P Morgan Asset Management

Kervis

Link Asset Management

Manifattura Tabacchi

Perseus Management

Qbic Hotels

Realterm Logistics

Savills Investment Management

The Carlyle Group

Tristan Capital Partners

Vantage Data Centers Management Company

York Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Assisted The Carlyle Group with the sale process of its quotas in the CER-L fund (managed by Carlyle Real Estate SGR) to AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets.
  • Advised Vantage Data Center on the acquisition of a land plot in Milan, with a view to developing a data centre.
  • Advised Generali Real Estate SGR on a range of issues, including the legal due diligence for the acquisition of a real estate complex that comprises 18 buildings (intended for residential use in a central area of Milan).

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria advises on high-level financings across a diverse range of key sectors in Italy. Corrado Angelelli is experienced in the full gamut of debt products, including leverage finance, real estate financing, securitisation and NPL trades; Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo's practice covers corporate, leveraged and structured finance.

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Testimonials

Great experience, pragmatic approach and versatile professionals.

Very dynamic team that follows market developments and works on innovative transactions.

Availability, competence and flexibility.

Key clients

Illimity Bank

Cerberus Capital Management

J-Invest

Link Financial

The Carlyle Group

Värde Partners Europe

Guber Banca

Banca Farmafactoring

Gruppo Barletta

Carval

Barletta Group

Chenavari Investment Managers

Crif

Bain Capital

Solution Bank

Banca Monte dei Paschi

Sorec

Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital on the bid for the acquisition of the television rights of the Lega Calcio, the transaction involving plans for a high-yield offering, revolver facility and securitisation structure.
  • Advised MPS on a €300m syndicated loan facility.
  • Advised the lenders on the Italian aspects of an Advent private equity transaction, providing for the acquisition of Industria Chimica Emiliana from the Bartoli Family.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria combines the global network of an international firm with the local connections to the Milanese market developed by legacy firm Santa Maria. Luigi Santa Maria is a specialist within the pharmaceutical, chemical, energy and manufacturing sectors and Mario Santa Maria focuses on the banking, automotive and luxury hospitality fields; the pair jointly head the practice, having both previously practised in New York, and are adept in a wealth of transactions, including both public and private M&A.

Practice head(s):

Luigi Santa Maria; Mario Santa Maria

Other key lawyers:

Pietro Caliceti; Carlo Scaglioni; Francesca Torricelli

Testimonials

‘Partners are dedicated to the deal and always present.’

‘Mario Santa Maria is always present and attentive even to the little things that often make the difference.’

Key clients

Bain Capital

ENI SPA – ENI Rewind

Black Dragon Capital

Bracco S.p.A.

Fontana Fasteners Group

Plenisfer

Berrier Capital

Info Solution S.r.l.

Unes Maxi S.p.A.

Ecofin

Work highlights

  • Representation of Bain Capital in the bidding process to purchase broadcasting rights of Lega Calcio Serie A. The deal is valued at €2bn.
  • Representation of Eni Rewind, a company controlled by ENI S.p.A. focused on the recovery of former industrial areas and on the management of water and waste, in the negotiation and execution of a joint venture agreement with Herambiente, to establish a company that will build a state-of-the-art environmental platform dedicated to waste pre-treatment solution in Ponticelle area, located near Ravenna.
  • Representation of Bracco S.p.A in a venture capital transaction with SonoGene LLC.

Italy > Intellectual property Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria‘s IP team works in connection with the firm’s global practice but also maintains a strong position in the local Milanese market of the former boutique Santa Maria. The team’s core expertise lies in trademarks, patents and copyright, both on contractual and judicial matters. Practice head Luigi Fontanesi specialises in the fashion, food, life sciences, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and TMT sectors. Paola Furiosi  is now with PwC TLS Avvocati e Commercialisti.

Practice head(s):

Luigi Fontanesi

Other key lawyers:

Camilla di Fonzo

Testimonials

‘Luigi Fontanesi is an esteemed professional, able to respond quickly to all matters relating to intellectual property. His passion and attention to detail make him the perfect partner.’

Key clients

Hotel Villa d’Este S.p.A.

Room Seven

Art Partner

Ironman

IP Soft

Bracco Foundation

Gruppo Cimbali S.p.A.

Dnd Martinelli Srl

Linaire Srl

Gabbanelli Accordions & Imports, LLC

Transpar3nt

Siirtec Nigi

Azienda Farmacie Comunali Lodi s.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advising Cimbali as strategic IP counsel, including in various IP agreements regarding supply, advertisement and distribution.
  • Representing Villa d’Este S.p.A. against an attempt by Galileo S.p.A. to overcome a previous settlement agreement among the parties by pleading that “Villa d’Este” trademarks were lapsed for lack of use in some classes.
  • Representing accordion company Gabbanelli in a number of  proceedings.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Mario Santa Maria and Corrado Angelelli head Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria‘s restructuring and insolvency department. The group is frequently present in the NPL scene and in the real estate sector, it has a long track record in big restructuring proceedings, and recently stood out for acting in a numbero of Article 67 bankruptcies. Senior associate Francesco Horvat  is highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Angelelli; Mario Santa Maria

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Horvat

Testimonials

‘Skills, speed, availability, solutions.’

‘Francesco Horvat: depth of analysis on various issues and related legal solutions. Very helpful and knowledgeable, he creates solutions in complex situations.’

‘Comprehensive 360-degree approach that allows the client to identify the best legal strategy in terms of timing and returns.’

Key clients

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Bionics S.r.l.

Bain Capital / Aquileia Capital Services S.r.l.

Cerberus Capital Management /Link Asset Services

Illimity Bank

Guber Banca

Work highlights

  • Representing Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in financial matters with insolvency aspects, such as the granting of a syndicated loan of 300 million euros, the obtaining of super priority of the loans granted, and the renegotiation of various financial contracts.
  • Assisting Illimity Bank in several transactions, securitizations and, with reference to the unlikely-to-pay credits (UTP), in managing relations with creditors, often in a distressed context, in drafting and reviewing agreements between the parties, restructuring plans and in reviewing proposals for composition with creditors.
  • Assisting Guber Banca S.p.A. as special servicer, in the context of a EUR179,541,000 multitranche securitization of an NPL portfolio originated by 38 banks, whose senior notes are rated and backed-up by the Italian State Guarantee on non-performing exposures.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side

Jointly headed by Corrado Angelelli and Alessio Gerhart RuvoloGreenberg Traurig Santa Maria‘s broad borrower practice covers real estate, structured, acquisition and corporate finance, along with private equity matters; the team is able to leverage specialist expertise from across the firm’s large, global office network.