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Clifford Chance
00187 ROMA

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 1

Clifford Chance is highly rated for its regulatory law assistance to domestic and international banks, and Italian-headquartered global funds and corporations. Banking and financial regulations specialist Lucio Bonavitacola heads the regulatory team in Italy; he specialises in banking and financial regulations, and maintains regular contact with the regulatory bodies, the Bank of Italy and Consob (the Italian Companies and Exchange Commission). Gioacchino Foti specialises in banking, financial regulations and capital markets, and senior associate Alberto Claretta Assandri  advises banks, insurance undertakings and investment firms and managers on regulations.


They make decision making easy, having verified all relevant aspects before.

The lawyers understand clients’ needs and the firm’s lawyers have high professional standards.

Key clients

Banco BPM

Crédit Agricole

Intesa Sanpaolo

Banca IMI



Partners Group


Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 1

Clifford Chance is at the forefront of all types of finance transactions, including leveraged financing and investment grade and corporate financing, real estate loans and bonds, and international project financing. Charles Adams advises on significant syndicated loans and leveraged and project financings; Giuseppe De Palma is an acquisition finance, restructuring and project finance specialist; and Ferdinando Poscio acts on leveraged finance and restructuring transactions. At non-partner level, counsel Francesca Cuzzocrea specialises in real estate finance, and senior associate Pasquale Bifulco advises on acquisition finance and restructuring.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 1

Clifford Chance has vast experience of advising arrangers and financing banks on investment grade and acquisition finance, syndicated loans, bonds and debt restructuring. Charles Adams advises on significant syndicated loans and leveraged and project financings; Giuseppe De Palma assists with major real estate, leveraged, acquisition and project finance, and restructuring; and Ferdinando Poscio is well known for complex leveraged finance and restructuring. At non-partner level, counsel Francesca Cuzzocrea specialises in real estate finance. Acquisition finance and restructuring expert Pasquale Bifulco and David Neu, who acts on leveraged and structured trade finance and vanilla and exotic derivatives, are the senior associates to note.


With a wide range of capabilities, the firm is a great choice whenever clients need sound legal advice both in domestic and, particularly, cross-border transactions.

The team has excellent knowledge and is able to work quickly and pragmatically to come to an optimal outcome for lenders.

Charles Adams is trusted by lenders and able to lead through complex deals.

Giuseppe De Palma is trusted by the market and is knowledgeable and practical.

Ferdinando Poscio is a prominent lawyer, with a lot of seniority and a wide range of skills. He is always able to provide sound legal advice and to find useful compromisesSenior associate Pasquale Bifulco is heading in the same direction and is always reliable.

Key clients

Banco BPM

Crédit Agricole

Intesa Sanpaolo

Banca IMI



Partners Group


Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Clifford Chance's Italian, English and US-qualified lawyers advise on stand-alone bonds, euro medium-term note (EMTN) programmes and draw-downs, and covered, hybrid, exchangeable and convertible bonds. Other areas of expertise are liability management, retail structured products, Italian government bonds and drawdowns, derivatives and securitisation. Capital markets specialist Filippo Emanuele jointly heads the Italian finance and capital markets practice with Charles AdamsGioacchino Foti is an expert in hybrid bonds and regulatory capital; and securitisation and covered bonds specialist Tanja Svetina heads the Italy structured finance team. At counsel level, Laura Scaglioni  advises on bond issuances, while senior associate Alice Reali's practice covers Italian securitisations, covered bonds and multi-jurisdictional trade receivables transactions.


The team provides versatile coverage on all bank-related matters and competitive fees, and it is quick to understand clients’ needs and to provide support‘.

The lawyers are reliable, competent, available and have great problem-solving skills- a strong point of reference for capital markets‘.

Filippo Emanuele is a great partner to work with. He stands out for his technical skills and for his calm approach, even in extremely critical situations‘.

Key clients


Commerzbank AG

ERG S.p.A.

Equita SIM

Intesa San Paolo

Banca IMI


Monte dei Paschi di Siena



Administrative and public law Tier 2

The public law team at Clifford Chance, which is 'always approachable and responsive', regularly acts for major public and private companies in Italy, with particular strengths in the telecoms, energy and government sectors. Practice head Aristide Police has 'considerable legal competence'; his recent work includes acting for Enel in judicial proceeding relating to public tenders procedures. Police, assisted by Filippo Degni, is also representing RAI, Italy's public broadcaster, before the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio and the Council of State in several judicial proceedings related to public tender procedures. Other recent work includes defending Alitalia against a claim brought by a consumers' association against a ministerial decree appointing extraordinary commissioners to the company.


They understand the real needs of the customer by dispensing advice that takes into account a context wider than the pure legal environment. They add a rigorous legal analysis to this.’

They have the ability to solve complex legal problems in a practical and effective way.’

‘The Clifford Chance team combines a deep knowledge of the Italian Administrative Law with a flexible approach that allow its professionals to promptly understand the changing situations and needs of a young and fast-moving company.

Key clients



Cassa Depositi e Prestiti




Open Fiber


Sorgente SGR

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Clifford Chance is particularly experienced in cross-border M&A and private equity deals. The practice also fields experts in real estate transactions as well as antitrust experts. Paolo Sersale's experience ranges from public and private M&A to corporate restructurings and private equity; and Claudio Cerabolini specialises in private equity, real estate, and M&A. Italian energy and infrastructure group head, Umberto Penco Salvi, recently advised Edison on the sale of its Exploration and Production division to Energean Oil & Gas. Counsel Filippo Isacco specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate reorganisations.

Compliance Tier 2

Clifford Chance's compliance team was recently active in designing, implementing and executing compliance programmes, particularly systems and controls to prevent criminal offences. It also assisted with the minimising of risk and detecting, preventing and remedying violations of law and regulations. Other key areas are internal investigations and acting as criminal defence counsel for corporate entities and individuals.  Antonio Golino heads the firm's regulatory enforcement and financial crimes practice in Italy. Pasquale Grella is 'the senior associate to watch in the compliance practice'.


The team is well versed in compliance matters, handling risk assessment reviews, the reinforcement of existing compliance models and participation before supervisory bodies.

Antonio Golino is very good at handling client relationships and quickly understands their needs; he also has a very commercial approach.

Pasquale Grella is the senior associate to watch in the compliance practice.

Key clients



Hearst Magazsimines


Otsuka Pharmaceutical Italy



Dispute resolution Tier 2

The team at Clifford Chance is composed of three partners, each covering a specific area of disputes: banking and finance by well-regarded practice head Fabio Guastadisegni; white collar crime by Antonio Golino and new counsel Giuseppe Principato; and commercial and restructuring law, dealt with by Carlo Felice Giampaolino. The firm is also looking to expand its arbitration expertise. Key clients including foreign businesses or large corporations in Italy, which are 'successfully advised on highly complex cases', including those with an insolvency, banking, tax or corruption component. Associate Andrea Tuninetti Ferrari is recommended.


‘The team is quite unique in Italy in terms of its direct client approach, specific knowledge of financial matters, due diligence skills, court interaction and transparency.’

 ‘The team has the ability to coordinate between different teams in a timely matter. Andrea Tuninetti Ferrari is very helpful, cooperative and available and has good writing and communication skills, as well as a calm and considerate style, including when under considerable pressure and time constraints.’

‘The practice displays professionality, knowledge of insurance matters and is fully committed and passionate.’

Key clients




BNY Mellon

British Telecom

Clear Channel


Credito Valtellinese

Enel S.p.A.



Société Générale

Volkswagen Bank

EU and competition law Tier 2

State aid, unfair commercial practices, abuse of dominant position and abuse of economic dependence are some of the areas of expertise demonstrated by the EU and competition law practice at Clifford Chance. The longstanding team, led by competition expert Luciano Di Via, is mainly active in mergers and antitrust investigations on cartels; Di Via is also part of the firm's Italy tech group and is well versed in the agricultural and food sectors. Senior associate Pasquale Leone supports him in matters of insurance, transport and food law.

Key clients

A2A Energia S.p.A.








Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Umberto Penco Salvi - who boasts strong M&A, administrative and tax credentials - heads up Clifford Chance's Italian energy and infrastructure team, which also has a track record on project and trade finance, intellectual property and antitrust matters. Renewables is an important sector, while another key part of the practice revolves around operations such as portfolio expansions and acquisitions (especially those aimed at energy efficiency).

Key clients


Ansaldo Energia

Building Energy

E.ON Connecting Energies Italia

E2i Energie Speciali


EDP Renewables



EPH (Energetický a Průmyslový Holding)



Macquarie Group

MET Group

Partners Group

Private equity Tier 2

Clifford Chance is a counsel of choice for international and Italian private equity players, as well as major industrial entities investing in Italy through the acquisition of assets backed by funds. It also advises financial institutions that finance acquisitions through complex structures. The practice assists across fund types, including debt, infrastructure, real estate and hedge funds, and is particularly noted for assisting with sophisticated global regulatory issues. Claudio Cerabolini heads the Italy private equity group, Paolo Sersale handles all stages of investment cycles, and Giuseppe De Palma advises on private equity-related financings.


The lawyers have the ability to establish personal relationships with clients and be their counsellors, rather than just lawyers.  They also stretch outside of classic mandates to provide advice on other diligence work streams when relevant, allowing clients’ investment theses to become more accurate.

Claudio Cerabolini tailors the delivery of his service in a perfect manner, and adapts to the limits and requirements of clients’ specific situations in a seamless way.

Key clients

21 Partners

Amundi PE

Apax Partners

BC Partners




PSP Investments

Fondo FSI


Partners Group



Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Clifford Chance's restructuring and insolvency group works on some of the highest profile Italian restructurings, distressed refinancing and insolvency transactions. It is also able to leverage a wide interdisciplinary group, including tax and employment lawyers. Charles Adams' experience includes advising borrowers, senior creditors and co-ordinating committees on significant debt restructurings; Giuseppe De Palma assists distressed investors when taking positions in distressed assets; and Carlo Felice Giampaolino and Fabio Guastadisegni are insolvency litigation specialists. Paolo Sersale is experienced in corporate restructurings and distressed M&A.


It is an international firm that is able to meet the most challenging needs of multinational companies.

The firm has strong track record and expertise, combined with an international network that is a key advantage in cross-border situations.

The team is incredibly effective and can draw upon the expertise of insolvency experts such as Carlo Giampaolino and Fabio Guastadisegni for more contentious matters. The main strengths of the team are knowledge of debt instruments and the dynamics of creditor classes; a commercial approach supported by strong legal analysis; and ability to deliver in all circumstances, from consensual restructurings to more contentious ones, including through the effective use of litigation. This is on top of the usual Clifford Chance approach and focus on the client’s needs and objectives.

The firm is characterised by quality, professionalism and rapid response times.

Giuseppe De Palma combines significant debt experience across a number of products, with strong knowledge of restructuring legal proceedings.

Giuseppe De Palma is a key senior figure. He can combine great strategic advice with strong negotiation skills supported by very solid and creative legal analysis.

Fabio Guastadisegni is a great litigator in the insolvency field.’

Charles Adams provides valuable insights into complex international situations, especially with a UK or US angle. He is supported by a team of excellent professionals.

Paolo Sersale is appreciated for his unquestionable competence in commercial law and negotiating skills.

Key clients





Mubadala Investment Company PSJC

Strata Manufacturing PJSC

Employment Tier 3

With a focus on M&A-related labour advice, the team at Clifford Chance also has an active practice handling matters such as the termination of top executives, contractual arrangements and remuneration policies. Simonetta Candela is the main contact in this area and mainly advises on corporate law and regulation in the credit and financial sector. Moreover, she is a diversity partner at the firm and is involved in encouraging diversity in Italy and further afield.


‘The Clifford Chance team has always been ready to answer questions and clarify doubts regarding labour law. The indications have always been punctual and clear, leaving few interpretative spaces. Compared to opinions obtained from other studies, the clarity of the exposition that facilitates the translation of the opinion expressed in concrete actions is appreciated.’

‘Partners, with whom over the years a solid and open professional relationship has been established.’

Key clients

Daikin Applied Europe S.p.A.

Symrise AG

TUI Group

Investment funds Tier 3

Clifford Chance has extensive experience across all key investment fund products such as UCITS and AIFMD investment vehicles, including private equity and real estate. The practice regularly works alongside the firm's regulatory and tax teams. Lucio Bonavitacola is responsible for the regulatory and funds team within the firm's Italy finance and capital markets practice, and senior associate Alberto Claretta Assandri specialises in fund formation and regulatory advisory work.

Key clients


Alternative Capital Partners SGR

Comoi Consulting

Cromwell Property Group

DWS Alternatives Global

Meritz Financial Group

Patrizia REIM

PGGM Private Real Estate Fund


Real estate and construction Tier 3

Clifford Chance's Milan-based real estate team is coordinated by Claudio Cerabolini, who leads an interdisciplinary team advising clients on real estate private equity and finance transactions, including investments in offices (a particular area of focus for the firm), homes, logistics and hotels.

Key clients

AXA Real Estate

CBRE Global Investors

Cromwell Property Group


Partners Group


Swiss Life REIM

Starwood Capital

Torre SGR (owned by Fortress Investment Group and Unicredit)

Tax Tier 3

Clifford Chance's Italy tax practice is headed by Carlo Galli, who is regularly consulted by Italian law and policy makers and national authorities on the drafting of new tax legislation. The team's work includes M&A and restructuring, financial markets, real estate and corporate and group taxation, EU and international tax law, VAT, transfer pricing and litigation. Recently nominated counsel Sara Mancinelli specialises in real estate and capital markets taxation and tax litigation issues, particularly regarding criminal angles. Senior associate Andrea Sgrilli advises on the tax aspects of transactions.


Clifford Chance is unique because it is a very well coordinated team, very fast in replying to any tax issue and absolutely reliable. Sometimes clients even engage them on operations that take place for the first time in Italy.

Carlo Galli immediately understands what the tax issue is for which clients need assistance. He is always ready to explain what the best solution is. His collaborators, counsel Sara Mancinelli and senior associate Andrea Sgrilli, are very skilled and available.

Key clients


EDF – Edison

Starwood Capital

TBG (Tyssen)

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken:

Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices:Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh

Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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