Firm Profile > Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria > Milan, Italy

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria
20122 MILANO

Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Following a 2019 strategic alliance between Santa Maria Studio Legale Associato and Greenberg Traurig, LLPGreenberg Traurig Santa Maria boosted its DCM capabilities through the recruitment of structured finance expert Corrado Angelli and senior associate Davide Bonsi from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Experienced partner Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo has been involved in several major securitisation, financing, and assignment of receivables transactions.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Angelli; Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo

Other key lawyers:

Davide Bonsi 

Key clients

Barletta Group

Chenavari Investment Managers


Crif S.p.A.

Guber Banca S.p.A.


Dispute resolution Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria is particularly strong in national and international arbitration cases. Litigation is another key area of strength, with the team drawing upon the expertise of practitioners in other disciplines and from across the firm's global network. Alberto Santa Maria is renowned for his experience representing high-profile clients and institutions before Italian and European courts in proceedings concerning competition, state aid and international trade law. Practice head Edoardo Gambaro has extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical, automotive and IT industries.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Santa Maria; Edoardo Gambaro

Other key lawyers:

Luigi Fontanesi


‘Ability to take care of the negotiation strategy and manage the negotiation, combined with the in-depth preparation of the subject.’

‘Ability to relate to the client by dedicating the necessary time to investigate the matter, the competence and the legal study of the case.’

Key clients

Bracco Group


Cisco Systems Inc.


EXPO 2015



Hotel Villa d’Este


Tech Gap


EU and competition law Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria's EU law and competition department is particularly active in state aid litigation, where it acts for the Italian state and private operators. Elsewhere, the team is active in high-profile antitrust and unfair competition litigation, as well as the management of large-scale transactions that require merger control strategies. Edoardo Gambaro is an Italian and European antitrust law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Edoardo Gambaro

Other key lawyers:

Pietro Missanelli

Key clients

Banca Popolare di Bari


Scuola Elementare Maria Montessori

Unes Maxi S.p.A.

Bracco Group



Mediocredito Centrale


Passavant Impianti Srl

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria has an expanding real estate practice, which is jointly led by Marzio Longo and Federico Barbàra. The firm is particularly prominent in matters connected with logistics, residential portfolios, student housing and data centres. In a key development in 2020, of counsel Gloria Molteni joined from Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati. The team's work includes cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals, leasing, non-performing loan transactions and matters arising from bankruptcies.

Practice head(s):

Marzio Longo; Federico Barbàra

Other key lawyers:

Paolo Bolis; Gloria Molteni


Dynamism, pro-activity and problem-solving ability. Excellent communication skills with the customer and management of problematic situations mainly in negotiations with counterparties.’

‘Partners are always present and in constant communication with the customer, including for issues that could be managed by collaborators. Availability on a short notice, even during the weekend.’

‘Extremely prepared lawyers and great responsiveness’

‘Responsive and commercially-minded’

‘Professionalism, experience and openness in finding solutions to issues.’

‘Technical skills, client relationship skills.’

‘Competence, professionalism and speed in execution’

‘Federico Barbara is one of the best professionals in the Real Estate sector thanks to his technical skills and to the important network with the main RE operators both in Italy and abroad.’

Key clients

Savills Investment Management

Gruppo San Donato

DeA Capital

Gruppo Barletta

Sonae Sierra


Generali RE

Carlyle RE

Global Net Lease

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria's eight-strong team acts for banks and financial institutions on the full spectrum of banking and finance work. Corrado Angelelli is a specialist in corporate, leverage and structured finance, as well as restructuring. Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo is also a key adviser.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Angelelli; Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo

Other key lawyers:

Davide Bonsi


A multi-perspective approach that implies a thorough overview of the financial transactions handled.

Professional, prepared and willing to satisfy clients’ requirements.

Very attentive to clients and what they really need.

I personally appreciated the taking charge of the various problems and the commitment to reaching a viable solution with success.

‘Availability, speed, reliability and competence.

This is a team comprising professionals who have great experience in the distressed credit sector.

Corrado Angelelli is definitely more present than partners of other firms.

Corrado Angelelli always makes his great experience and professionalism available during assignments in which he is involved.

Key clients

Illimity Bank

Cerberus Capital Management

J-Invest S.p.A.

Link Financial

The Carlyle Group

Värde Partners Europe Limited

Guber Banca S.p.A.


Banca Farmafactoring S.p.A.

Gruppo Barletta S.p.A.


Intellectual property Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria's practice is particularly active in the delivery of cross-border contractual and legal advice, as well as handling disputes. Trade marks and patents are at the core of the practice. Also notable is that Paola Furiosi and practice head Luigi Fontanesi are particularly strong in privacy matters and copyright matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Luigi Fontanesi

Other key lawyers:

Paola Furiosi


‘Luigi Fontanesi is outstanding’

Key clients

Hotel Villa d’Este S.p.A.

Room Seven B.V.

art Partner


Bracco Foundation

Bracco S.p.A.

Gruppo Cimbali S.p.A.

Dnd Martinelli Srl

Linaire Srl

Gabbanelli Accordions & Imports, LLC

Azienda Farmacie Comunali Lodi s.r.l.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria has developed substantial expertise in handling business crises in the banking, pharmaceutical, automotive and retail sectors. Mario Santa Maria and finance head Corrado Angelelli (who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2019) are active in high-profile restructuring and insolvency mandates.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Angelelli; Mario Santa Maria

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Horvat


Has the ability to propose the best legal solutions.

The ability to analyse and speed of execution are two strengths of this law firm. It has great competence, combined with courtesy and availability.

Its technical skills lie in the execution of deals and availability, with depth of analysis of the issues – it is also a one-stop-shop for subjects other than bankruptcy law.

Great for clarity on exposure issues and precise in relation to solutions.

A compact and proactive team that is valuable for both soft and hard skills.

Key clients

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Bionics S.r.l.

Val s.r.l. in Liquidazione

Bain Capital

Aquileia Capital Services S.r.l.


Link Asset Services


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria's corporate and M&A team is experienced in complex transactions, including healthcare, life sciences and finance sector deals. Luigi Stefano Santa Maria is an M&A and private equity specialist, while Mario Santa Maria focuses on corporate law and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Luigi Santa Maria; Mario Santa Maria

Other key lawyers:

Pietro Caliceti; Carlo Scaglioni; Francesca Torricelli; Alessandra Boffa; Dante Campiverdi


The firm has acquired our fullest confidence over the years – we trust their advice and follow it.

They have the ability to focus on important issues, and try to achieve the desired result in the best possible way.

They have a great deal of experience, as well as the ability to negotiate aspects of operations that are crucial for us.

Fantastic managerial skills that add value to their legal performance.

Very competent professionals in corporate law and of great standing.

Highly expert professionals with a wide network of relationships.

Great for dedication, expertise and deep international culture, as well as their ability to interface with lawyers from different jurisdictions.

Mario Santa Maria and Luigi Santa Maria are appreciated for their great availability, at any time of day and at any hour, and for their advice on the most delicate issues that contain both legal- and business – aspects.

Key clients

Klaris S.A., Luxembourg

Unes Maxi S.p.A.

Bracco Imaging S.p.A.

Custodia Valore

Threesixty Investments SGR

Gruppo MiniHotel


Villa d’Este

Chenavari Financial Group Ltd


Fontana Fasteners Group



Photo Name Position Profile
 Luigi Francesco Alberto Fontanesi  photo Luigi Francesco Alberto Fontanesi Partner
 Corrado Angelelli  photo Corrado Angelelli Partner
 Federico Barbàra  photo Federico Barbàra Partner
 Claudio Biscaretti di Ruffia photo Claudio Biscaretti di Ruffia Partner
 Alessandra Boffa  photo Alessandra Boffa Senior Associate
 Paolo Bolis  photo Paolo Bolis Senior Associate
 Davide Roberto Bonsi  photo Davide Roberto Bonsi Senior Associate
 Pietro Caliceti photo Pietro Caliceti Partner
 Dante Campiverdi  photo Dante Campiverdi Senior Associate
 Paola Furiosi  photo Paola Furiosi Senior Associate
 Edoardo Gambaro photo Edoardo Gambaro Partner
 Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo  photo Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo Partner
 Francesco Horvat  photo Francesco Horvat Senior Associate
 Marzio Longo  photo Marzio Longo Partner
 Luigi Santa Maria photo Luigi Santa Maria Co-Managing Shareholder (Partner)
 Alberto Maria Tedoldi  photo Alberto Maria Tedoldi Of Counsel
 Pietro Missanelli  photo Pietro Missanelli Senior Associate
 Gloria Molteni  photo Gloria Molteni Of Counsel
 Antonio Papi Rossi  photo Antonio Papi Rossi Of Counsel
 Alfredo Pentimalli  photo Alfredo Pentimalli Partner
 Davide Pozzoli photo Davide Pozzoli Senior Associate
 Alberto Santa Maria photo Alberto Santa Maria Litigation
 Mario Angelo Santa Maria  photo Mario Angelo Santa Maria Co-Managing Partner
 Carlo Scaglioni photo Carlo Scaglioni Corporate
 Francesca Torricelli  photo Francesca Torricelli Partner