Firm Profile > DWF > Milan, Italy

20121 MILAN

Compliance Tier 4

DWF advises on the management of risk assessment under Decree 231, internal investigations, and regulatory matters including AML, market abuse  and international sanctions. Italy compliance head Francesco Falco has litigation expertise in the space.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Falco


The team’s strengths and capabilities make DWF Milan a top choice for compliance work.

The team leader, Francesco Falco, has the added value of being a proactive, true lawyer with a can-do attitude and an experienced approach to addressing complex matters. He goes beyond standard compliance activities.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

DWF is primarily focused on acquisition, real estate and project finance. The team also assists with structured finance and other debt finance-related matters. Michele Cicchetti frequently advises on energy project and acquisition financings, and acts for private equity investors and international sponsors on leveraged finance.

Practice head(s):

Michele Cicchetti; Gianni Vettorello; Guglielmo Fabbricatore

Key clients

VAM Investments Fund

Astraco Fund

Eisvogel Group

DMG Mori


Dr. Rothenberger Holding

FidEnergy Ventures


Finanziaria Internazionale SGR


Private equity Tier 5

The team at DWF advises a range of corporate clients, private equity funds and commercial banks on all aspects of structuring sophisticated transactions. Practice leads Luca Cuomo and Michele Cicchetti specialise in M&A and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Luca Cuomo; Michele Cicchetti


The trustworthy partners are very balanced and to the point.

A lot of good professionals with a high level of expertise.’

Key clients

Park Square Capital LLP

Headway Capital Partners LLP

Dr. Rothenberger Holding GmbH

VAM Investments Group S.p.A.

Astraco S.r.l.

Banca Imi S.p.A.

Finanziaria Internazionale SGR

Opera SGR S.p.A.

Eisvogel Group AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

DWF 's practice covers corporate governance, acquisitions and divestments of shareholdings, transfers and contributions of businesses, mergers and demergers, public tender offers, and ​joint ventures. The practice has a substantial German desk, headed by Giovanni Cucchiarato, that is experienced in cross-border M&A transactions and fintech. Luca Cuomo is regularly involved in M&A, corporate and energy transactions, and Michele Cicchetti is noted for related financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Luca Cuomo; Michele Cicchetti


DWF only recently established its Italian branch but it has already become very well known in the Italian corporate and M&A market, thanks to its young and brilliant team.

The team, in particular Giovanni Cucchiarato, is very proactive and open to finding creative solutions that support clients’ needs.

Giovanni Cucchiarato has great experience in cross-border international deals that involve foreign investors in Italy.

Key clients

Headway Capital Partners

VAM Investments Group


Banca Imi

Opera SGR

Eisvogel Group

DMG Mori

BCI Holding Europe

CIR Food


Vestigo Capital Private Equity & Advisory

Consulcesi Tech



Crowdestate OÜ

Starteed Group

Renting Services Group

1001Pact Italy

Build Around

BF Invest 1


Panino Giusto

Rothenberger Group

Tax Tier 6

DWF's 'business-oriented' team is led by Tancredi Marino, who advises on the tax aspects of M&A, securitisation, structured finance and cross-border bank lending transactions. Marino also has expertise representing private clients in tax controversy matters.

Practice head(s):

Tancredi Marino

Key clients

Caceis Bank Deutschland GmbH

DMG Mori Seiki


Vontobel S.A


EFG International

AJ Capital Management SA


Eisvogel Group AG

Moores Rowland

DWF is the largest listed legal business in the world, with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The Company became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s stated purpose is to transform legal services through its people for its clients using its three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently. DWF aims to deliver its strategy by building long-term relationships with its clients, recruiting talented individuals to maintain a high service level culture and continually innovating in its provision of complex legal services, managed and connected services to address client needs and increase its market share.

The business has core strengths in corporate banking, insurance and litigation and in-depth expertise in several chosen sectors, including insurance; public sector; energy and industrials; real estate; financial services; retail, food and hospitality; technology and transport.

In addition to its legal services, DWF provides a range of professional, business or consulting services, a number of which include or are enabled by technology products and solutions to its clients through its Connected Services division. This offering is complementary to the traditional legal services offered by DWF.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 31 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In 2019 and 2020 DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Marco Annoni  photo Marco Annoni I am a partner based in DWF Italy’s Milan office.
 Matteo Cerretti  photo Matteo Cerretti Head of Insurance and Reinsurance, Italy and a Partner.
 Michele Cicchetti  photo Michele Cicchetti Managing Partner, DWF Italy.
 Giovanni Cucchiarato  photo Giovanni Cucchiarato Partner, Head of Fintech and Insurtech, Italy.
 Luca Cuomo  photo Luca Cuomo Executive Partner, Milan; Head of Corporate and M&A (Italy)
 Tancredi Marino  photo Tancredi Marino Partner, Head of Tax (Italy)
 Lidia Scantamburlo  photo Lidia Scantamburlo I am a partner in DWF Italy’s Milan office.
 Daniele Zanni  photo Daniele Zanni Partner

At DWF we are proud of our reputation as a supportive and inclusive employer. We aim to be an employer of choice to talent across generations and life stages by providing interventions that advance social inclusion and enable our colleagues to balance their work lives, while providing the development opportunities to enjoy fulfilling and rewarding careers. As a responsible business and force for good in society, we embed our culture and values at the heart of everything we do, recognising that our people not only want a great place to work, but take pride in creating it.

Our Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2020 sets out how we will make diversity & inclusion truly part of the way we do business. The global strategy is driven by a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group comprised of 39 senior leaders and supported by a growing network of diversity champions. We have identified six priority strands integral to improving inclusion in our workplace, these are: Gender, LGBT+, Disability, Agile Working, Race & Ethnicity and Age. Our Executive Sponsors for each strand serve as visible advocates to help advance the understanding of diversity & inclusion in DWF and beyond.

DWF has taken a number of tangible steps towards attracting, supporting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce:   

  • The business has been ranked in the Top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2019 as well as a Stonewall Global Champion.
  • Our partnership with Everywoman, which provides a global network of development resources, advice and inspiration for women at DWF, has enabled us to support the career progression of women into senior roles.
  • We’re a Top 30 Employer for Working Families and recognised as a business that has integrated agile working into our organisational strategy and culture.
  • The first legal business to achieve Clear Assured status and we are a Disability Confident Leader. Our inclusive recruitment practices have helped us identify and remove barriers that have the potential to exclude disabled talent.
  • We are a member of The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) and in 2018, we were one of only five organisations to achieve Gold Standard in TIDE, the ENEI evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures a business’s approach to diversity and inclusion in its workforce, leadership and strategy.
  • Proud to use Rare Recruitment’s Contextual Recruitment System which allows us to consider academic achievements in the context in which they were gained.
  • We are a Living Wage Employer and a signatory of both the UN Global Compact and the UN’s Women Empowerment Principles.

Our affinity networks, open to all, provide colleagues with an opportunity to become meaningfully involved in developing and driving our diversity initiatives and programmes. Our networks include: Out Front (our LGBT+ Network), This is Me (Our Gender Network), Race & Ethnicity, Carers, Working Families, Agile Working, Disability and Age. The Networks host educational and social events internally and with our clients.