Firm Profile > CMS > Rome, Italy

00184 ROME

Tax Tier 2

CMS 'always shows great preparation and understanding of corporate dynamics', and fields experts in both transactional and contentious matters. In addition, it offers niche expertise in energy and digital economy-related taxation. Giuseppe Ascoli, Roberto AscoliGiovanni Calì and Stefano Chirichigno are among the highly regarded advisers in the group. Corporate and international tax specialist Carlo Gnetti, transfer pricing expert Mario d’Avossa and counsel Riccardo Vaccaro all joined from Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie in 2020. In addition, Fabrizio Alimandi recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe Ascoli

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Ascoli; Giovanni Calì; Stefano Chirichigno; Carlo Gnetti; Mario d’Avossa; Riccardo Vaccaro; Stefano Giuliano; Berardo Lanci; Mario Martinelli; Federico Raffaelli; Guido Zavadini


Great for its availability, speed of responses, skills, and ultimately the ability to be a business partner.

The firm always shows great preparation and understanding of corporate dynamics.

We appreciate its professionalism and collaborative spirit.

Brilliant client-handling skills and a problem-solving focus; always available for its clients.

Excellent availability, high-quality partners and associates, and lateral thinking.

Great resources in various capacities and at different levels.

We like the availability, professionalism and client skills of Giuseppe Ascoli.

Stefano Chirichigno is an extremely capable professional, who is gifted with a critical spirit and knowledge of companies. He knows how to instil security, even when faced with great difficulties.

Key clients



Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

'Available and attentive to clients' needs', CMS' team is experienced in the regulatory aspects of investment services, asset management activities, insurance, and financial and payment services. Paolo Bonolis has approximately 20 years’ regulatory experience, and is supported by experienced partner Massimo Trentino, of counsel Andrea Arcangeli and counsel Maria Giovanna Pisani.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Bonolis

Other key lawyers:

Massimo Trentino; Andrea Arcangeli; Maria Giovanna Pisani


Available and attentive to clients’ needs.

Key clients

Bank Leumi

Quantessence Financial Limited

IM Global Partners

FNZ (UK) Ltd

Legal & General – Investment Management

Deutsche Leasing

FCE Bank

CMC Markets


Aberdeen Group

Six Payment Services

Commerzbank AG

Aareal Bank AG


JCI Capital Limited

Classis Capital

Banca Transilvania SA

81 SCF Family Office

Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

In the TMT sector, CMS stands out for advising on matters relating to IT projects and product and services procurement and launches. The team, led by Italo de Feo and Paolo Scarduelli, mainly assists IT and technology providers, purchasers of technology products and services investment companies and start-ups. Matia Campo, who joined the group from Accenture in September 2019, is praised for his 'enormous competence' in systems integration, outsourcing and technology transactions, data privacy advice and compliance services.

Practice head(s):

Italo de Feo; Paolo Scarduelli

Other key lawyers:

Matia Campo


‘Matia Campo: speed in replying, business oriented style in communications, easy to understand even by those who do not work in the legal department. Practicality in dealing with different issues and enormous competence in the sector, acquired thanks also to the several years he spent as legal counsel in an American corporation.’

‘CMS’ TMT team has unparalleled knowledge and experience of the subject and ability to understand and interpret complex and technical issues, translate them into an accessible language and provide prompt, relevant and high quality assistance.’

‘Matia Campo: availability, his in-depth knowledge of the subject, ability to understand the client’s business reality and propose practical solutions and recommendations, consistent with the needs of the business. A fundamental and strategic resource.’

Key clients


Bolttech Technology

Keyless Technology


Intesa Sanpaolo

Corriere dello Sport / NES Editoriale




Porsche Italia




Comcast Corporation

Telefonica International Wholesale Services

Investment funds Tier 3

Fielding experts in fund formation and regulatory and transactional activities, CMS' team assists a range of private equity, real estate and energy and infrastructure funds, as well as hedge, venture capital, credit and debt funds. Of counsel Andrea Arcangeli, who has 'extensive knowledge', specialises in AIFs, with partner-level support provided by Paolo Bonolis.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Bonolis

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Arcangeli


CMS is a firm that is attentive to innovation and the quality of the service rendered.

Ability to generate value beyond pure (but excellent) knowledge of legal aspects, including understanding the client’s business, strong market knowledge, and the combination of both legal and business aspects, so as to be a real business partner in addition to being a large law firm.

I greatly appreciated of counsel Andrea Arcangeli for his technical and professional skills; he also has the ability to identify, effectively and quickly, ways of managing innovative phenomena (such as fintech or funds structured in a different way), and to investigate and deal with legislative changes that impact on operations (for example, SACE guarantees for credit funds).

Andrea Arcangeli has extensive knowledge of this area, including all its regulatory and practical aspects, with clear guidance and suggestions that maximise 360-degree business impacts.

Andrea Arcangeli  has consolidated personal relationships that enrich and improve the client’s business.

Paolo Bonolis has enormous business knowledge, out-of-the ordinary availability, attention to detail, and the ability to anticipate problems and possible developments.

Key clients

Global Solar Fund

Legal & General Investment Management Limited

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (Aberdeen Standard)

Columna Capital

AON Investment

Sagitta SGR

citizenM Financial Holdings

Hedge Invest SGR

Lemanik Asset Management

Health Biosciences

Compliance Tier 4

CMS' 'pragmatic' team advises both Italian and foreign companies on the liability of companies in relation to Decree 231. It also advises on corporate compliance strategies, and has niche automotive industry experience. Emilio Battaglia is the head of the fraud and corporate criminal defence department.

Practice head(s):

Emilio Battaglia


Great professional competence and availability.

Reliability! Always available at any time of the year for effective and quick responses.

Pragmatic approach, as well as excellent skills in the subject.

‘Great organisation when reviewing my case.

Emilio Battaglia understood my case perfectly and we developed a very good relationship, I have total confidence in his defence approach and his reports were always clear and appropriate.

Emilio Battaglia is professional, competent, assertive and flexible.

Key clients

AAreaal Bank AG – Roma Branch

Conduent Business Solutions Italia Spa

Centro Porsche Padova Srl

Nardò Technical Center Srl

Porsche Haus Srl

Iderdrola Clienti Italia Srl

Private equity Tier 4

CMSPietro Cavasola is regularly involved in significant PE deals, Paolo Bonolis acts on both PE and VC transactions; and Paolo Scarduelli primarily advises entities in the insurance, banking, automotive and TMC sectors. Other key group members are Massimo Trentino and of counsel Andrea Arcangeli.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Cavasola; Paolo Bonolis; Massimo Trentino; Paolo Scarduelli

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Arcangeli

Key clients

Abris Capital Partners

K. Invest Holding SAL

Lemanik Asset Management

Cornelia Capital

AON Investment

4AIM Sicaf

Star Capital SGR


JCI Capital

Mafco Investments

Optimum Asset Management

Columna Capital


Hedge Invest SGR

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

CMS' borrower-side practice regularly advises on acquisition finance, refinancing deals and debt restructuring. Paolo Bonolis has approximately 20 years’ experience in banking and financial transactions; and Domenico Gaudiello is responsible for the public finance department in Italy. Maria Giovanna Pisani is an experienced counsel.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Bonolis

Other key lawyers:

Domenico Gaudiello; Maria Giovanna Pisani


A loyal and trusted adviser to my firm and our portfolio companies. I have never received such support from a legal adviser in my 24-year career.

‘Great knowledge of our realities, with constant support when making strategic choices and professionalism in many areas.

They take a managerial – not just a consulting – approach to problems.

Paolo Bonolis is excellent.

Key clients



Columna Capital

Pilosio Group


Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

CMS' Italy practice covers financing, refinancing and acquisition finance, as well as structured finance transactions, particularly in relation to asset-backed security deals. Paolo Bonolis has longstanding experience in banking and financial transactions, while Domenico Gaudiello heads the public finance department in Italy.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Bonolis

Other key lawyers:

Domenico Gaudiello; Massimo Trentino; Maria Giovanna Pisani


Very reactive and with very pragmatic solutions.

Very good and reliable.’

Excellent ability to work with in-house counsel, and a deep understanding of the Italian market and supporting regulations.

Domenico Gaudiello is highly responsive and his advice is both precise and concise.

Key clients

Bank Leumi

Aareal Bank AG

Commerzbank AG


Hercules Capital

Black Sea Trade Development Bank

Eurobank Bulgaria AD

Emirates NBD Bank PJSC

BNP Paribas

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

CMS' Italy practice has strong mid-market credentials; it also has sector expertise in energy, life sciences, automotive and construction. Pietro Cavasola's areas include corporate law, M&A, private equity, joint ventures and corporate contracts; and Dietmar Zischg leads the Milan M&A and real estate practices.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Cavasola

Other key lawyers:

Dietmar Zischg; Paolo Scarduelli; Daniela Murer; Massimo Trentino; Marco Casasole; Matteo Ciminelli; Giacomo Cavasola; Alessandra Cuni; Alessandro Sassone


Experience, availability and responsiveness.

Great legal analysis and preparation.

Key clients

Synlab Holding Italy S.r.l.

Banca Popolare di Vicenza

Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Terumo Group

Artelia Holding


Senec GmBH

Telit Communications PLC

Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente SA

Renault SAS

Abris Capital Partners

Medi-Market S.A.

K. Invest Holding SAL

TP Group







Corriere dello Sport Group


Directa Plus

OVS S.p.A.


Dispute resolution Tier 5

CMS' litigation team has a strong track record in insurance and reinsurance disputes, and it is also active in tax, IP and corporate litigation. Laura Opilio, who heads up the practice, works with expert arbitrator and mediator Paola Ghezzi. Of counsel Massimo Dotto specialises in professional indemnity cases.

Practice head(s):

Laura Opilio; Paola Ghezzi

Other key lawyers:

Massimo Dotto


Professionals with great technical skills and, at the same time, a business mind. The coexistence of these qualities makes the firm unique and makes it a vital resource for the client.’

‘Laura Opilio and Massimo Dotto form excellent leadership for the firm’s insurance litigation team. Their full availability and the proactivity with which they conduct the department are enviable.’

‘Massimo Dotto is an excellent adviser on dispute resolution matters. He is a trusted and practical counsel providing advice timely and effectively. In particular, Massimo Dotto has an extensive expertise on insurance claims litigation as well as on financial credits, which makes his expertise unique.’

‘Massimo Dotto is always available, his advice is always timely and practical.’

Key clients

Generali Italia S.p.A.

Merck Serono S.p.A.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SA

AmTrust Europe Ltd

Brit Insurance Holdings Ltd

Allianz S.A.


QBE Insurance Europe Ltd

Arch Insurance Europe


Armour Risk Management Ltd

Real estate and construction Tier 5

CMS' team is supported by the firm's European practice on real estate transactions, funds, tax, property financing and refinancing matters. The team, which is jointly led by Marco Casasole and Dietmar Zischg, recently handled real estate work involving hospitals, residential care facilities and student housing.

Practice head(s):

Marco Casasole; Dietmar Zischg

Key clients

Gruppo Saba

REInvest Asset Management SA

Event Hotels

Banca Popolare di Vicenza

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
EU and competition
Consumer products
Dispute resolution
Employment and pensions
Fraud and corporate criminal defence
Hotels and leisure
Infrastructure and project finance
Insurance and funds
Intellectual property
Life sciences
Private equity
Real estate and construction
Tax litigation
Corporate tax law
Taxation of individuals
International taxation
Transfer pricing
TMC – technology, media and communications
Administrative law
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Roberto Ascoli  photo Mr Roberto Ascoli Partner
Mr Giuseppe Ascoli  photo Mr Giuseppe Ascoli Partner
Mr Emilio Battaglia  photo Mr Emilio Battaglia Partner
Mr Paolo Bonolis  photo Mr Paolo Bonolis Partner
 Giovanni B Calì  photo Giovanni B Calì Partner
Mr Marco Casasole  photo Mr Marco Casasole Partner
Mr Pietro Cavasola photo Mr Pietro Cavasola Managing Partner
Mr Stefano Chirichigno  photo Mr Stefano Chirichigno Partner
Mr Matteo Ciminelli  photo Mr Matteo Ciminelli Partner
Mr Domenico Gaudiello  photo Mr Domenico Gaudiello Partner
Ms Paola Ghezzi  photo Ms Paola Ghezzi Partner
Mr Vincenzo Giangiacomo  photo Mr Vincenzo Giangiacomo Partner
Mr Stefano Giuliano  photo Mr Stefano Giuliano Partner
Mr Berardo Lanci  photo Mr Berardo Lanci Partner
Mrs Paola Nunziata  photo Mrs Paola Nunziata Partner
Mrs Laura Opilio  photo Mrs Laura Opilio Partner
Mr Federico Raffaelli  photo Mr Federico Raffaelli Partner
Mr Fabrizio Spagnolo  photo Mr Fabrizio Spagnolo Partner
Mr Massimo Trentino  photo Mr Massimo Trentino Partner
Mr Guido Zavadini  photo Mr Guido Zavadini Partner
Mr Italo de Feo  photo Mr Italo de Feo Partner
Number of lawyers : 100
at this office : 80
Contacts : Giuseppe Ascoli
Contacts : Pietro Cavasola
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Tirana
CMS members : CMS is an international full-service law firm, acting for major global and domestic corporations. 4,500 lawyers work for CMS in over 74 offices.