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DWF
VIA DEI BOSSI 6
20121 MILAN
Italy

Italy > Private equity Tier 4

DWF fields a team with the capacity to support at all stages of private equity investments, from creation and structuring through to implementation. Luca Cuomo heads the team, which is engaged on a wealth of matters including acquisitions, spin-offs, restructurings, asset management and governance structures.

Practice head(s):

Luca Cuomo

Other key lawyers:

Michele Cicchetti

Key clients

VAM Investments Group S.p.A.

Headway Capital Partners LLP

Florence Consulting Group S.r.l.

Lisap Laboratori Cosmetici S.p.A.

Fondo Italiano d’Investimento SGR

Italmobiliare S.p.A.

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Demenego S.r.l.

Giuntini S.p.A.

Ciemmeci Fashion S.r.l.

Mely’s Maglieria S.r.l.

DMG Mori AG

Giglio.com S.r.l.

Immobiliare.it

BCI Holding Europe

I.P.A.M. – Industrie Prodotti Alimentari Manenti S.r.l.

ElipsLife (Swiss Re Group) – The Italian life insurance branch of the Swiss Re Group

Vestigo Capital Private Equity & Advisory – A UK-based private equity fund

Consulcesi Tech SA – The company of Consulcesi Group active in the blockchain technology

Walliance – The leading Italian real estate crowdfunding portal

Doorway S.r.l. – Equity investing portal

Fujitsu Group

BF & Company S.p.A.

Panino Giusto S.p.A.

Rothenberger Group

Olon S.p.A.

STEAG Solar Energy Solutions (SENS)

Valtellina SpA

Enfinity NV

Stemmer Imaging AG

Finint S.p.A.

Italy > Employment

Italy > Real estate and construction

DWF‘s Milan-based practice is co-led by Daniele Zanni, who advises domestic and international real estate funds and developers on transactions and regulatory matters, and Lidia Scantamburlo, a public and administrative law specialist, with a particular focus on procurement, construction, project finance and public infrastructure.

South East > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

DWF specialises in catastrophic and serious injury work - the team is praised for achieving 'excellent, timely and cost-effective resolutions in litigation'. The practice is led by Stuart Giddings ('very good at seeing the bigger picture in a case'), the 'conscientious and pragmatic' Rachel Coombs, Michael Renshaw and Sarah Parker, who have particular expertise dealing with complex claims concerning severe brain injuries, fatal accidents and chronic pain. The practice includes a number of strong senior associates including Helen Champion and Elspeth Fenton.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Giddings; Rachel Coombs; Sarah Parker; Michael Renshaw

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DWF are servicing the needs of some of the country’s biggest insurers. Strength in depth is now something they can boast in spades.’

‘Sarah Parker and Rachel Coombs have added another layer of experience in Southampton.’

‘Great catastrophic injury experience’

‘DWF have pulled off the trick of getting bigger without compromising. They resource their cases properly and employ lawyers who know their stuff.’

‘Steve King is extremely experienced and calm.’

‘The team are intent on achieving the best result for their insurer clients. They pay attention to detail but do not get bogged down in it and are able to keep sight on the bigger picture. They are pragmatic and achieve excellent timely and cost-effective resolutions in litigation.’

‘Rachel Coombs is technically very competent, conscientious and pragmatic. She is ably assisted by Elspeth Fenton who always has all the details of the case at her fingertips. Stuart Giddings is very good at seeing the bigger picture in a case.’

‘A brilliant team comprising some excellent legal minds and a broad range of skills and experience. One of my favorite teams to work with.’

Key clients

LV

Direct Line Group

Aviva

Allianz

Ecclesiastical

Markerstudy

esure

Churchill

Work highlights

  • Advised LV on many of their highest value motor claims involving brain or spinal injury.
  • Represented Aviva Major Bodily Injury team on their highest value cases.
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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.

PhotoNamePositionProfile
Marco Annoni photo Marco AnnoniI am a partner based in DWF Italy’s Milan office.
Matteo Cerretti photo Matteo CerrettiHead of Insurance and Reinsurance, Italy and a Partner.
Michele Cicchetti photo Michele CicchettiManaging Partner, DWF Italy.
Luca Cuomo photo Luca CuomoExecutive Partner, Milan; Head of Corporate and M&A (Italy)
Tancredi Marino photo Tancredi MarinoPartner, Head of Tax (Italy)
Lidia Scantamburlo photo Lidia ScantamburloI am a partner in DWF Italy’s Milan office.
Daniele Zanni photo Daniele ZanniPartner

Email: enquiries@dwf.law Website: www.dwfgroup.com Tel: 0333 320 2220

The firm: DWF is a listed legal business 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 strategy is to offer clients an integrated legal management approach through three streamlined and efficient global divisions of Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services.

Legal Advisory is DWF’s traditional law firm arm. The division provides commercial intelligence and deep sectoral experience to deliver premium legal advice to clients.

Mindcrest is an established and well-known brand that provides outsourced and process-led legal services through which DWF standardises, systematises, scales, and optimises legal work.

Connected Services is DWF’s collection of products and business services that enhance the Group’s legal offerings. The division complements the Legal Advisory and Mindcrest teams through the provision of non-legal services such as claims management, costs and regulatory consulting.

Together, the three divisions support DWF’s single Integrated Legal Management approach through which DWF seamlessly combines any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions to its clients with efficiency, price certainty and transparency. This approach enables DWF to offer solutions that combine traditional law firm services with new, modern legal and business services relevant to today’s companies, and the challenges and opportunities they face.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 30 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.

Practice area contacts
Legal advisory: Paul Rimmer
Mindcrest: Mark Qualter
Connected services: Jason Ford
Public sector: Jonathan Branton
Energy: Slava Kiryushin
Financial services: Robbie Constance
Retail, food and hospitality: Dominic Watkins
Technology: Stewart Room
Transport: Jonathan Moss
Insurance: Claire Bowler
Real estate: Melanie Williams

International offices: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Qatar, Poland, Spain, UAE, USA

*Hong Kong, *USA, *Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, *Singapore, *Turkey, *South Africa, *Portugal,
* Associations

Chairman: Jonathan Bloomer
Managing partner and DWF Group CEO: Sir Nigel Knowles
Number of UK partners: c. 230
Number of qualified lawyers in the UK: c. 905

UK offices
Belfast: 42 Queen Street, BT1 6HL
Tel: 028 9023 0230 Fax: 028 9024 4644

Birmingham: One Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, B4 6GA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Bristol: DWF, Redcliff Quay, 120 Redcliff Street, Bristol, BS1 6HU
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Edinburgh: No. 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Glasgow: 103 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7BW
Tel: 0141 228 8000 Fax: 0141 228 8310

Leeds: Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, LS11 5DY
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Liverpool: 5 St Paul’s Square, Old Hall Street, L3 9AE
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

London: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3AG
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Manchester: 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, M3 3AA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Newcastle: 2nd Floor Central Square South, Orchard Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AZ
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440


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.