Firm Profile > CMS > Rome, Italy

00184 ROME

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

CMS' regulatory expertise covers investment services, asset management and financial and payment services. Paolo Bonolis' experience includes advising Italian and foreign banks and financial institutions on complex financing transactions and regulatory matters, and Massimo Trentino assists investment funds and issuers with regulatory matters. Of counsel Andrea Arcangeli is an investment management and financial services specialist, and counsel Maria Giovanna Pisani is experienced in regulatory compliance.

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Royal Bank of Scotland


Legal & General – Investment Management

Deutsche Leasing

BrickVest IM

CMC Markets


Aberdeen Standard

Six Payment Services


Aareal Bank

AON Hewitt Investment Consulting

JCI Capital

Classis Capital

Banca Transilvania

Industry focus: Food Tier 3

CMS acts for a number of major multinational companies in the food sector, including Deliveroo, which it advised on commercial contracts, advertising and data protection issues in Italy, and Diageo. Team head Paola Ghezzi has notable expertise handling product labelling and recall campaigns. Other areas of advice include commercial, data privacy, corporate and competition issues. The team is also active in product compliance and import/export-related issues.

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Investment funds Tier 3

CMS 'has incredibly extensive knowledge of investment funds and a hugely developed network'. The practice specialises in alternative funds including private equity, real estate, energy and infrastructure, hedge, venture capital, credit and debt, in relation to fund formation and ongoing regulatory and transactional activities. Paolo Bonolis is 'a great strategic thinker and problem solver' and of counsel Andrea Arcangeli, who is highly respected by all counterparts', is an AIF expert.

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Has incredibly extensive knowledge of investment funds and a hugely developed network.

CMS combines legal experience, network and business acumen; its lawyers know what investors look for, how to market and what makes a fund appealing, and this has value that is beyond the legal fees paid.

Paolo Bonolis is a really amazing partner.

Of counsel Andrea Arcangeli has great business understanding- he makes things happen and is always available.

Andrea Arcangeli is highly respected by all counterparts.’

Of counsel Andrea Arcangeli has a huge network and is great at closing deals.

Key clients

Global Solar Fund

Legal & General Investment Management

Aberdeen Asset Management

Columna Capital

AON Investment

Sagitta SGR

JCI Capital

Hedge Invest SGR

Lemanik Asset Management

Cornelia Capital

Tax Tier 3

CMS' expertise covers corporate tax law and direct taxation, VAT, international taxation, transfer pricing, tax risk management, private clients and disputes. The practice also has niche experience of tax energy and the taxation of the digitalised economy. Giuseppe Ascoli's sector expertise includes real estate, banking, publishing, automotive and insurance; and Stefano Chirichigno's tax practice includes corporate matters, transfer pricing, mutual funds, venture capital and private equity, VAT and M&A. Mario Martinelli, who advises medium and large companies on Italian corporate tax law, was a new arrival from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. Mario d’Avossa was a new arrival in 2020.

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It pays clear attention to clients which translates into truly tailor-made solutions – this is a proactive team that is attentive to detail.

The main merit of the firm is the technical preparation of the people who are part of it. In particular, clients appreciate the ability to adapt to their administrative procedures, always responding to requests for clarification regarding problems encountered.

The CMS professionals’ qualities are their technical preparation, the speed with which they respond to requests made, and the ability to adapt to the needs of companies.

The partners always prove to be attentive to clients and their matters, as well as providing a correct balance between tasks and fees. The teams that are structured for the management of assignments are always adequate in terms of professionalism, competence and availability.

It is great for professionalism and skills, and for being results oriented.

Stefano Chirichigno is attentive, punctual, transparent and very pleasant.

Key clients

Green Utility



Compliance Tier 4

CMS' scope of practice includes criminal prosecutions and investigations, Decree 231 issues and corporate compliance.  The practice has particular experience of advising the automotive industry on compliance matters. Emilio Battaglia heads the fraud and corporate criminal defence department; he has longstanding experience regarding criminal matters in relation to corporate management and the commercial operations of companies.

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Porsche Italia

Porsche Haus

Conduent Business Solutions

Centro Porsche Padova


Synlab Holding Italy

Subaru Corporation

Pentair Manufacturing Italy

Airtech Aviation

Mercedes Benz Trucks Italia

Industry focus: TMT Tier 4

CMS' technology, media and communications team specialises in IT work, including contracts, drafting and the negotiation of agreements, advertising and data protection issues, and GDPR compliance. Italo de Feo has specialist expertise in commercial and technology law, while fellow co-head Paolo Scarduelli assists primarily with corporate, corporate finance, M&A and antitrust matters. The firm acts for a broad range of clients, including IT and telecom companies and investors, through to publishers, and telemedicine companies, where the firm has niche expertise. Matia Campo joined as counsel from Accenture in September 2019. Emilio Battaglia, Isabella Fortunato and Marisa Pellegrino are also noted.

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A very good team. They combine competition law expertise with regulatory knowledge, both on transactional matters and litigation. They provide quick and effective advice. Italo De Feo and counsel Matia Campo are easy to work with and have strong technical skills.’

Emilio Battaglia provides timely advice and smart solutions with a pragmatic approach. Isabella Fortunato provides high-quality assistance in criminal court for managers and deeply competent advice and opinions. Marisa Pellegrino provides assistance on compliance topics and company law with accuracy and fast feedback.

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Corriere dello Sport



Private equity Tier 4

CMS' private equity lawyers leverage their corporate skills on investment deals; they also assist with the incorporation, structure and formation of new entities, taxation, compliance and regulatory issues. In addition, the group works closely with the firm's finance, capital markets and competition law departments. Paolo Bonolis is regularly involved in private equity and venture capital transactions, and Massimo Trentino advises private equity funds on high-profile deals. Paolo Scarduelli focuses on private equity transactions of all types and sizes, and Pietro Cavasola is a corporate and M&A expert.


CMS is a great international law firm with exceptional lawyers. The private equity practice can be defined as particularly excellent and is fully dedicated to its clients’ needs.

The firm has an incredibly developed network, expertise and reputation, which makes all business developments much easier. The lawyers have the ability to grasp the essence of problems and quickly fix them or even prevent them, thanks to their strategic thinking and huge experience.

Massimo Trentino deserves special mention – an outstanding lawyer with spectacular juridical skills and constant reliability.

Paolo Bonolis has a huge network and a strong reputation; he is well respected by all major finance players and devoted to his clients‘.

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

Administrative and public law Tier 5

CMS has particular expertise acting for companies in the energy, infrastructure and life sciences industries during administrative proceedings in relation to public procurement procedures. Pietro Cavasola has a wealth of experience in public law, including advising on tender proceedings, procurement, concessions and administrative matters, which she handles in various sectors. Recently, Pietro successfully represented Italiana Petroli and Raffineria di Roma in an appeal proceeding before the President of the Italian Republic seeking to reverse the Fiumicino Port Authority's decision to double the harbour surchage applied to goods leaving from and returning to the port.

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TotalErg (now Italiana petroli)

Conduent Business Solutions Italia S.p.A.

Synlab Holding Italy

Raffineria di Roma


Saba Italia

Corriere dello Sport

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

CMS was recently involved in several financing and refinancing, acquisition finance and debt restructuring transactions. The practice assists group companies with structuring complex finance deals, negotiating standard sets of documents to align them to Italian law and practice, and day-to-day banking operations. Paolo Bonolis has considerable experience in banking and financial transactions.

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Columna Capital

Pilosio Group

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 5

CMS recently assisted significant banks and other lenders with financing and refinancing, acquisition finance and debt restructuring. The team is also experienced in structuring complex acquisition and structured finance transactions, particularly in relation to factoring and other asset-backed security deals. Paolo Bonolis is the practice's contact partner for major finance clients.

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Bank Leumi

Aareal Bank


La Banque Postale Crédit Entreprises

VTP Bank

LGT Capital

UniCredit Bank Zrt

Commerzbank Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság

Black Sea Trade Development Bank

Eurobank Bulgaria

Emirates NBD Bank PJSC

BNP Paribas

Erste Group Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

In addition to advising on high-end mandates, CMS' Italian corporate team's costs structure and resources enable it to handle mid-market transactions. It handles multi-jurisdictional M&A deals and is able to call upon the firm's tax, litigation, employment and banking professionals. Pietro Cavasola's clients include multinationals in the energy, publishing, pharmaceutical, construction and banking sectors. Massimo Trentino advises on M&A, including for private equity funds.

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CMS is a great international law firm with exceptional lawyers. The commercial, corporate and M&A practice ensures clients’ satisfaction. Clients can always trust in excellent legal assistance that is fully tailored to their needs.

The team is very focused on clients’ needs, always available and fast in its responses.

Massimo Trentino is an outstanding lawyer with great legal skills. He is fully dedicated to clients and has an uncommon business acumen.

Key clients

Synlab Holding Italy

Banca Popolare di Vicenza


Telit Communications

Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente

Renault SAS

Abris Capital Partners


K Invest Holding SAL

TP Group







Corriere dello Sport Group


Directa Plus



Dispute resolution Tier 5

CMS's strength in dispute resolution lies in the team's wide variety of niche expertise; while co-head Paola Ghezzi mainly advises asset management companies, co-head Laura Opilio has deep insights in insurance law (being also head of the insurance practice) and in insurance-related claims. Defamation is another area of competence, together with professional liability, life sciences and tax litigation.

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‘Good, knowledgeable and accurate communication. Recommendations supplied in a timely manner’

‘A good understanding of the views and values of a business’s requirements’

‘The firm provides seamless and effective advice with a practical approach. They are very quick in responding to requests and very flexible.’

‘Massimo Dotto is an excellent lawyer, highly skilled and with considerable expertise in litigation. He provides practical and timely advice ‘

Key clients

AMA S.p.a.


Armour Risk

Generali Italia Spa

Industry focus: Energy Tier 5

CMS's Italian energy practice counts major clients in the oil and gas sector (covering oil and gas exploration and production, public tender procedures, taxation of oil products and transactions) as well as in the electricity and renewables sectors (solar, biomass and wind energy) and in minerals. The experienced Pietro Cavasola is head of the department and a member of the wider firm's global energy group.

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‘Pietro Cavasola is a very experienced professional ‘

Key clients

TotalErg (now known as Italiana Petroli, part of the “Gruppo Api”)


Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente SA

Global Solar Fund

Senec GmBH

Raffineria di Roma

Total Italia S.p.A.

Total E&P S.p.A.

Q8 Italia (Kuwait Petroleum Italia S.p.A.)

Quarzwerke GmbH

Real estate and construction Tier 5

CMS works with clients across many sectors; institutional investors, real estate funds, lenders and borrowers from the hospitality, real estate, construction and banking industries all come to the firm for advice on transactions, funds, tax and financing matters. The Italian department is split between Rome, under Marco Casasole, and Milan, under Dietmar Zischg. Both lawyers have strong M&A expertise and operate internationally.

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Gruppo Saba


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 Giuseppe Ascoli  photo Mr Giuseppe Ascoli Partner
Mr Roberto Ascoli  photo Mr Roberto Ascoli Partner
Mr Emilio Battaglia  photo Mr Emilio Battaglia Partner
Mr Paolo Bonolis  photo Mr Paolo Bonolis Partner
Mr Giovanni B Calì  photo Mr Giovanni B Calì Partner
Mr Marco Casasole  photo Mr Marco Casasole Partner
Ms Pietro Cavasola photo Ms 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.