Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria
LARGO TOSCANINI 1
20122 MILANO
Italy

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 2

One of the best in the real estate business‘, Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria’s full-service Milan real estate practice houses specialists in investments and divestments, developments, construction and long-term lease agreements. The group is co-led by veteran real estate transactions expert Marzio Longo, and domestic and international real estate practitioner Federico Barbàra, who is ‘collaborative, quick and business oriented‘. At counsel level, Gloria Molteni is a specialist in town planning and zoning work, while senior associate Paolo Bolis‘ practice includes cross-border and domestic acquisitions, disposals and leasing of single assets.

Practice head(s):

Marzio Longo; Federico Barbàra

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A team that is highly capable and one of the best in the real estate business.’

The entire team is always professionally reliable and extremely efficient in delivering excellent legal product within (and even before) deadlines.’

‘A structured and flexible team that is dedicated to achieving clients’ goals, paying great attention to detail without losing sight of the main objective, which is the successful completion of the deal.’

‘Very good professionals, from the partners down to the associates – very focused on the deals, and available to discuss everything with a critical point of view.’

‘Business oriented, practical and always finds solutions. Very good during negotiations and quick at drafting agreements.’

‘Marzio Longo continues to be a landmark for RE advice and deals, both in terms of industry knowledge and managing communications in a smooth way.’

‘Federico Barbàra is collaborative, quick and business oriented.’

‘Paolo Bolis has the right attitude to become one of the best in the practice.’

Key clients

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

H.I.G

Garbe

ARES

Weerts Logistic Parks

Madison capital group

Cromwell Property Group

P3 Logistic Parks

Starwood Capital

Henderson Park

InvestCorp – IFAD

Deka Immobillien

EQT Exeter

Tristan Capital Partners

MT Manifattura Tabacchi

Kervis SGR

BentallGreenOak

Prelios SGR

CarVal Investors

Reale Immobili

BC Partners

Aventicum

Work highlights

  • Advised Starwood Capital on the acquisition from Patrizia of a portfolio comprising five properties intended for logistics use in Verona.
  • Advised private equity real estate firm Henderson Park on the €221m acquisition of a mixed-use portfolio in Milan from Italian utility firm A2A.
  • Advised InvestCorp on the acquisition from Prelios SGR of a property in Rome’s Via Paolo di Dono.

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria‘s Milan-based practice has extensive experience in complex NPL matters. Clients particularly benefit from the firm’s access to significant resources through its international network. Corrado Angelli‘s experience includes securitisations and NPL trades, while Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo‘s practice covers bond issuances and trade receivables securitisations in the healthcare and public procurements sector. The department also features experienced counsel Caterina Napoli and senior associate Davide Bonsi.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Angelelli; Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

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

Banco delle Tre Venezie

BAWAG P S K

Creditis Servizi Finanziari

Henderson Park

Tristan Capital Partners

Castello Sgr

Investcorp

JP Morgan Asset Management

Savills Investment Management Società di Gestione del Risparmio

Intrum

Kervis

EQT Exeter

Work highlights

  • Advised affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management on the sale of NPLs, pursuant to an agreement with Banca Ifis.
  • Advised Banco delle Tre Venezie (as borrower) on the securitisation of a portfolio of tax credits.
  • Advised Creditis Servizi Finanziari on a listed and rated securitisation programme of consumer loans.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

The dispute resolution practice at Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria assists clients in high-profile cases before national, EU and international courts and arbitration panels. The team has developed specific expertise representing clients in securities litigation matters, including class actions and derivative actions brought by security holders. Founder Alberto Santa Maria is regularly involved in domestic and international arbitration cases, acting either as arbitrator or counsel to parties. Santa Maria heads the practice with Mariafrancesca De Leo who joined in 2022 from Eversheds Sutherland, bringing expertise in financial services litigation and regulatory enforcement procedures. Bruno Cova joined from Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Santa Maria; Mariafrancesca De Leo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team enjoys a strong market profile and has a reputation for being able to handle complex matters that are unusual for an Italian firm due to the profound expertise built up on the retail sector.’

‘Their support was extremely useful and their day to day assistance allowed us to find a brilliant solution.’

Key clients

ENI

EXPO 2015 Arexpo

Bracco Imaging

EXPO 2015

Hotel Villa d’Este

Paper Moon Garden S.r.l.

PNE/EXERGIA

Work highlights

  • Representing ENI 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 in a proceeding concerning a compensation for alleged environmental damage caused by Brenntag which is responsible for polluting the area, in which the international exhibition of Milan took place.
  • Assisting Villa D’Este, in a dispute against Tolda S.r.l., the owner of a property bordering the one of Villa d’Este, concerning the restoration of the site at the expense of the respondent.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 3

Able to leverage the support of a global network of offices, Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria‘s full-service antitrust, competition and European law practice is particularly focused on state aid, as well as the four freedoms concerning the movement of goods, persons, services and capital inside the EU. Other key areas include government investigations, cartel cases and merger filings. Edoardo Gambaro has ‘excellent knowledge of competition law‘, and Pietro Missanelli is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Edoardo Gambaro

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive knowledge of EU and competition law. Compared to other law practices, it is the only firm in Italy that has deep experience in pure EU law (not only antitrust), which includes all aspects of the distribution of goods, state aid, and people and services.’

‘The team is highly efficient at delivering advice on time.’

‘The output of its research is never trivial, because the lawyers pay a lot of attention to checking all the relevant and up-to-date case law.’

‘Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria’s antitrust department has a unique profile, since it combines the experience of a classic boutique law firm with the advantages of an international US network.’ 

‘Edoardo Gambaro is appreciated for the fact that he is always fully engaged with the work, he participates in meetings, and writes memos and briefs with his team, rather than leaving the drafting or the calls to associates.’

‘Edoardo Gambaro has excellent knowledge of competition law, particularly state aid. Edoardo is also a very skilled litigator and has considerable experience in acting before the Italian courts and the EU Court of Justice.’

‘Edoardo Gambaro and Pietro Missanelli have always distinguished themselves through their presence, competence and willingness to investigate and resolve issues, both in Italy and abroad.’

Pietro Missanelli has very good knowledge of competition law and the functioning of EU institutions – he also has a strong commercial sense.’

Key clients

Federalberghi

Scuola Elementare Maria Montessori

PostePay

Nextalia

21 Investimenti SGR

Dorotheum

Gruppo Iper

Delcomar

Work highlights

  • Assisted Federalberghi, the association of Italian hotels, with several EU and competition law-related matters.
  • Successfully represented Scuola Elementare Maria Montessori (as the appellant) before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a state aid case concerning exemption from the municipal tax on real property, which was granted by Italy to non-commercial bodies.
  • Assisted PostePay with the merger control aspects of its agreement to acquire LIS Holding from International Game Technology.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria‘s Italy team advisers both borrowers and investment funds on complex banking and finance work, including NPLs and real estate financings. The group is co-led by Corrado Angelelli, who is experienced in leveraged and real estate finance, and Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo, whose expertise covers financing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Angelelli; Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo

Other key lawyers:

Caterina Napoli; Davide Bonsi

Key clients

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

Banco delle Tre Venezie

BAWAG P.S.K.

Creditis Servizi Finanziari

Henderson Park

Tristan Capital Partners

Castello Sgr

Investcorp

JP Morgan Asset Management

Savills Investment Management Società di Gestione del Risparmio

Intrum

Kervis SGR

EQT Exeter

Work highlights

  • Advised affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management on the sale of €2.8bn of NPLs, pursuant to an agreement with Banca Ifis.
  • Advised an Investcorp group fund on a credit facility agreement with UniCredit for the approximately €70m acquisition and development of a LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) platinum office building in Milan.
  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on all stages of the negotiation and signing of a loan agreement with MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese for the funding of an approximately €40m real estate acquisition.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria handles public and private M&A deals, in addition to private equity transactions. The team is a popular choice for transactions related to the life sciences, financial services and healthcare sectors, including digital health, and is co-led by Luigi Santa Maria and Mario Santa Maria; the former also provides the group with joint venture and corporate reorganisation capabilities, while the latter is also admitted to practice in New York and has a track record handling cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Luigi Santa Maria; Mario Santa Maria

Other key lawyers:

Pietro Caliceti; Carlo Scaglioni; Francesca Torricelli; Alessandra Boffa

Testimonials

‘A team with different professional skills, able to work harmoniously under pressure together to reach the target.’

‘Mario Santa Maria has a strong business orientation view; he is able to anticipate problems and devise creative solutions with an open mind.’

‘The team is extremely capable, competent and supportive.’

‘The team is extremely competent and available at all levels.’

‘The team is exceptional. Alessandra Boffa was crucial in our deals over the years. She is a skilled problem-solver.’

‘Ability to flex structure to meet clients’ need and expectation. Pragmatism and commercial acumen to the top level.’

‘Studio Grennberg Traurig Santa Maria has the remarkable advantage of being prompt in replying and understanding the client’s needs.’

‘Francesca Torricelli is very responsive, with a key multidisciplinary approach. She is a go-to for corporate advice and M&A transactions, as well as for business-critical matters.’

Key clients

Mini Hotel Group

C.D.I – Centro Diagnostico Italiano S.p.A

Affide

Real Term Logistics

China Grand Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Holding Limited

Progress Profiles S.p.A

Work highlights

  • Representation of the Mini Hotel Group in the negotiation and execution of the framework agreements and contracts for the leasing of the business as a going concern of four hotels owned by Mini Hotel in favour of B&B Hotels Italy S.p.A.
  • Representation of C.D.I. – Centro Diagnostico Italiano S.p.A. – in its acquisition of Centro Medico SME – Diagnostica per Immagini S.r.l. Società tra Professionisti.
  • Advised Affide on the acquisition of a portfolio of branch properties from UniCredit.

Italy > Intellectual property Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria’s IP team handles contentious and non-contentious issues, showing strength in the fashion and luxury sectors. The head, Luigi Fontanesi, has in-depth experience in drafting, negotiating, and setting up domestic and international franchising, while associate Camilla Di Fonzo is an expert in licensing contracts. Associate Bertone Biscaretti di Ruffia is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Luigi Fontanesi

Key clients

Gruppo Cimbali

Villa d’Este

Anytime Fitness

Ironman

Linaire srl

Traent s.r.l.

Art Partner

IP Soft

Bracco Foundation

Gabbanelli Accordions & Imports, LLC

Bracco Group

Pikdare S.p.a.

Siirtec Nigi S.p.A.

Biofer S.p.a.

Retrofete, Inc and Mint Showroom

SoftHrod S.r.l.

Kalfire B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised US gym franchise Anytime Fitness in a franchise agreement with Italian Fitness, drafting and reviewing franchising agreements, reviewing shareholder agreements and advising on trademark and competition issues.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria’s restructuring and insolvency team uses a ‘proactive approach’ to assist clients in the life sciences and fintech sectors with out-of-court reorganisations and restructurings. Corrado Angelelli has in-depth experience of leverage finance and securitisations, while Mario Santa Maria handles complex insolvency matters. Associate Francesco Horvat is ‘very supportive’ in his attitude towards domestic and international companies. Bruno Cova and Juljan Puna joined from Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Angelelli; Mario Santa Maria

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Horvat; Bruno Cova; Juljan Puna

Testimonials

‘The team is very well-prepared and offer always a quick and proactive approach.’

‘Francesco Horvat is always available and quick to respond to client requirements. He has both great theoretical knowledge and practical application. He was very supportive during the deal negotiation.’

Key clients

Bionics S.r.l.

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

Cerberus Capital Management /BCMGlobal

Industrial Backery Line S.r.l.

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bionics, part of the Ambulatory Health Care Services Industry, in proceedings against a construction company that had entered into an arrangement with creditors procedure.
  • Assisted Aquileia’s loan managers 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.
  • In the context of the management of a portfolio of unlikely-to-pay credits (UTP), the team assists Link Asset Services’ loan managers 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.

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria‘s Italy banking and finance group assists major lenders with a wide range of banking and finance work. Debt product specialist Corrado Angelelli advises on leveraged and real estate finance, along with NPLs. Fellow Milan partner Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo is a specialist in debt matters and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Corrado Angelelli; Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo

Other key lawyers:

Caterina Napoli; Davide Bonsi

Key clients

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

Banco delle Tre Venezie

BAWAG

Creditis Servizi Finanziari

Henderson Park

Tristan Capital Partners

Castello Sgr

Investcorp

JP Morgan Asset Management

Savills Investment Management Società di Gestione del Risparmio

Intrum

Kervis SGR

EQT Exeter

Work highlights

  • Advised Intrum on the sale of an NPL portfolio.

Italy > Compliance