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Paolo Bonolis

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Paolo Bonolis has been the head of the Banking and Financial Law Department since 2005.

His professional activities and experience includes advising some of the top Italian and foreign banks and financial institutions on complex financing transactions and regulatory matters. He also assists globally-active clients in the investment services, insolvency, shipping and private equity sectors.
Paolo also advise the leasing and financing divisions of some of the major automobile brands.
Paolo is a member of the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors of various corporations.


Italian, English and French


- Order of Attorneys of Rome
- IBA - International Bar Association


Banking and finance: Bank regulatory

Within: Banking and finance: Bank regulatory

CMS provides ongoing regulatory assistance to Aareal Bank in relation to its Italian branch’s operations. Paolo Bonolis is the banking and finance department head and Pietro Cavasola and Massimo Trentino are also highly regarded. Domenico Gaudiello, who is responsible for the public finance department, and counsel and alternative investments department head Andrea Arcangeli joined from DLA Piper and Simmons & Simmons, respectively.

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Banking and finance: Borrower side

Within: Banking and finance: Borrower side

CMS' Paolo Bonolis heads the banking and finance department; he recently advised a financial intermediary on the renegotiation of loan facilities with Italian banks. Domenico Gaudiello is responsible for the public finance department.

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Banking and finance: lender or arranger side

Within: Banking and finance: lender or arranger side

CMS' banking and finance head Paolo Bonolis, who 'delivers down-to-earth advice at short notice', recently led advice to Aareal Bank on the restructuring of a mortgage loan granted to an Italian group. Domenico Gaudiello leads the public finance group.

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Capital markets: Equity

Within: Capital markets: Equity

CMS' Italian ECM team is experienced in IPOs, equity subscriptions, rights issues, private placements and buy-backs; MSBiotech and Meti Capital are clients. Paolo Bonolis, Massimo Trentino and counsel Andrea Arcangeli are the key advisers.

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  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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