Firm Profile > Dentons > Milan, Italy

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20123 MILAN

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Commended for its ‘dedication to the client’ and its ‘strong negotiation skills focused on problem solving’, the ‘outstanding’ team at Dentons handles all aspects of real estate work across the commercial, residential, leisure and industrial sectors. Recent highlights include assisting Barings Real Estate Advisers and Kryalos with the acquisition of the retail park Parco Fiore in Northern Italy and advising Banco BPM on the sale of a portfolio of three historical properties in the centre of Milan. Practice head Federico Sutti, Maria Sole Insinga and Carlo Merisio are recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Dentons is regularly involved in cross-border transactions.  Recent strategic deals include the team advising Johnson & Johnson on the Italian aspects of its global sale of business unit Codman Neurosurgery to US company Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation; and advice to KKR-backed Calsonic Kansei on the Italian aspects of the agreement by its holding company, CK Holdings, to acquire Magneti Marelli, the automotive components business of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Recommended are Alessandro Dubini, Luca PocobelliPier Francesco Faggiano, of counsel Aian Abbas and Barbara Urselli, who was promoted to partner in March 2019; the China desk in Italy is co-headed by Junyi Bai, who joined from Giovannelli e Associati Studio Legale, and counsel Claudio GiammarinoCarsten Steinhauer was a new arrival in January 2019 from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. Former corporate and M&A and private equity head Stefano Speroni left the firm for an in-house role at ENI in January 2019.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Dentons’ ‘pragmatic, reliable and pro-active’ department provides 'an excellent level of service’ and has 'an in-depth commercial understanding of the sector in which the client operates’. Active in international and domestic litigation and arbitration across a wide range of sectors, including banking, corporate, pharmaceutical, real estate and construction, energy and consumer goods, the practice is led by Sara Biglieri, who is ‘fast, always on top of the situations and a valuable resource for the client when difficult decisions have to be taken’. Newly promoted partner Davide Traina impresses with his ‘negotiation and professional capabilities’. The team successfully represented a real estate developer in a cross-border construction dispute against Interium regarding a luxury mixed-use development in Kazakhstan. Matteo Vizzardi, who focuses on white-collar criminal law, was a new arrival from Luca Santa Maria e Associati in January 2019.  ‘Brilliant’ criminal law expert Armando Simbari, who arrived in February 2018 from Dinoia Federico Pelanda Simbari Uslenghi, rejoined his former firm in February 2019.

Employment Tier 3

Commended for its ‘reliability, availability, presence and business-oriented approach’, the team at Dentons has experience across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, predominantly advising clients from the financial services, TMT, healthcare, infrastructure, energy, retail and automotive sectors. Davide Boffi is the key name. Iacopo Aliverti Piuri joined Alteregal in April 2018 and former practice head Aldo Calza left to found his own employment boutique in March 2019.

Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Dentons' energy team is 'flexible, client oriented and focused'. Highlights included successfully acting for Consorzio Gas Tera in the settlement of an appeal brought by Edison pertaining to gas storage capacity allocation and tariffs. Counsel Mileto Mario Giuliani has 'good knowledge of recent trends'. Carsten Steinhauer and his team joined from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato in January 2019. Former practice head Matteo Falcione left the firm in May 2019.

Industry focus: Retail Tier 3

Giangiacomo Olivi, who joined Dentons from DLA Piper in April 2018, is the head of the retail practice group. The team successfully represented Diesel in a lawsuit against Zara Italy over an alleged violation of a copyright design. Elsewhere, the firm advises clients on corporate matters, as well as real estate, competition and litigation, among other areas.

Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

Dentons significantly strengthened its TMT practice by hiring Giangiacomo Olivi and a team of five practitioners from DLA Piper in April 2018. Recent highlights include assisting an American media company with launching a television channel. Senior Counsel Saverio Cavalcanti is another notable individual in the group. Clients include QVC and Vodafone.

Private equity Tier 3

Acting for both funds and sellers, Dentons focuses mainly on the mid-market. Luca Pocobelli assisted the controlling shareholder of Austrian-based PE firm Lifebrain with the sale of all its shares to an Investindustrial-controlled vehicle. Alessandro Dubini and of counsel Aian Abbas are also highly regarded. Former head of the private equity as well as corporate and M&A practices Stefano Speroni left the firm in January 2019 for an in-house role at ENI.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Dentons' 'work is execellent'. The practice comprises corporate and finance restructuring as well as day-to-day consultancy work, including litigation and enforcement of guarantees; it assisted real estate developer Impreme Group with a complex restructuring process involving distressed assets. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto, who 'negotiates the best solutions for clients', and Federico Sutti jointly head the restructuring and insolvency practice in Italy; Cristian Fischetti is an experienced managing counsel.

Tax Tier 3

Dentons' areas of expertise in tax include transactions, family businesses and wealth management, and litigation; the practice recently launched a unit dedicated to tax and social security settlement, led by Giulio Andreani. The team advised the shareholders of General Beverage (GB), a beverage vending machine company, on the tax aspects of the sale of their stakes in GB to an investment fund. Andrea Fiorelli is Italy tax head; other key contacts are Fabrizio Capponi and Roberta Moscaroli.

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Dentons is frequently involved in urban planning, environmental law, and public contracts matters. Head of team Federico Vanetti assisted Real Estate Strategie Immobiliari with the development strategy for a logistics project and in negotiations with the public authorities, and represented SGL Carbon in a dispute with Restart regarding remediation works on an industrial site. Counsel Ilaria Gobbato is another name to note.

Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 4

Dentons hired Alessandro Engst, who splits his time between Milan and Rome, from Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale (where he was in charge of financial services) to strengthen the firm’s financial regulatory offering; Engst advises banks, asset managers, insurance companies, pension funds and social security institutions. Michele Odello was promoted to partner in March 2019.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Dentons hired project finance expert Giovanni Diotallevi and structured finance specialist Gianpaolo Garofalo from Chiomenti and BonelliErede, respectively. The team advises on acquisition and leveraged finance, structured finance, general corporate lending and refinancing, performance guarantees and security packages, and is highly experienced in real estate financing; the practice assisted X-Elio Energy with the bid for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a solar plant. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto is Italy banking and finance head; Dina Collepardi and Andrea De Luca Picione are notable managing counsels.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Dentons advises on acquisition and leveraged finance, structured finance, general corporate lending and refinancing, performance guarantees and security packages; the team is also experienced in real estate financing. Italy banking and finance head Alessandro Fosco Fagotto advised a pool of banks on the financing for NB Renaissance Partners’ acquisition of a majority stake in Italian shoe-making machinery manufacturer, Comelz. The counsels to note are Edoardo Galeotti and Franco Paolo Gialloreti; project finance specialist Giovanni Diotallevi and structured finance expert Gianpaolo Garofalo were recruited from Chiomenti and BonelliErede, respectively.

Capital markets: Equity Tier 4

Dentons recruited Antonella Brambilla from Chiomenti in late 2017; Brambilla, who is 'absolutely outstanding and demonstrates responsiveness, problem-solving capabilities and commitment', assists Italian and international clients with public offerings of financial instruments, stock exchange listings, takeover bids and exchange offers.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Dentons regularly acts for clients from the fashion sector such as Diesel, Morellato and Fiam. In the food sector, Giovanni Francesco Casucci represented wine producer Umberto Cesari in preliminary search order injunction proceedings before the Court of Genoa in relation to a supposed infringement of an EU trade mark. The practice is also increasingly active in the TMT sector and was strengthened by the arrival of TMT expert Giangiacomo Olivi from DLA Piper in April 2018.

The firm: With almost two decades of experience at the highest levels, Dentons’ lawyers in Italy offer local and international clients sophisticated and quality solutions in a broad range of sectors and practices, backed by an unmatched global team.

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which they live and work.

Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.

Dentons in Italy: Dentons opened the first Italian office in Milan in October 2015 and the second in Rome in July 2016. Our partners have been supporting local and international clients in the country for almost two decades at the highest levels. They joined Dentons from some of the most reputable national and international  law firms in Italy. Growing from 20 to almost 120 professionals in three years, we are now able to provide clients with access to a full service legal support, integrated experience and a deep knowledge in a wide range of sectors and industries.

Our ambition is providing clients a competitive edge, building agile and tailored solutions.

Areas of practice: Dentons’ core practices in Italy are:

Banking and finance: the team advises Italian and international financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers on a broad range of financing transactions, including real estate and project financing.

Competition and antitrust: Dentons provides legal advice and judicial assistance in all aspects of national and EU competition law, consumer law, state aid, and regulatory issues, as well as antitrust issues related to tender procedures.

Corporate and M&A: Dentons provides comprehensive advice on M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, capital markets, as well as general commercial and corporate governance issues.

Employment and labour: the team is a leader in providing both judicial and out-of-court assistance to clients on all labour, social security and trade union-related issues, as well as on employment issues linked to extraordinary transactions.

Energy: with one of the world’s leading energy practices, Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution.

Intellectual property and technology: the team advises Italian and multinational companies on patents, design, trademarks and copyright matters, handling also complex infringement cases.

Litigation, dispute resolution and Arbitration: Dentons provides litigation advice including pre-trial assistance, enforcement procedures and out-of-court settlement negotiations, representing clients also in case of criminal proceedings. Moreover, the Firm assists clients through all stages of arbitration.

Public policy and regulation Dentons’ practice covers a broad range of areas, including public procurement tenders, administrative litigation and regulated markets, focusing on town planning, building and environmental matters.

Real estate: Dentons advises Italian and foreign corporate clients, listed companies, management companies, banks and other financial intermediaries in connection with real estate matters, M&A, restructuring, joint ventures and development projects, including tax and financing aspects.

Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons’ professionals regularly advise financial institutions and large borrowers on corporate and finance restructuring and bankruptcy, including assistance in litigation and enforcement of guarantees.

Tax: Dentons provides comprehensive tax advice to individuals, private companies, multinationals and other entities on tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing, disputes with tax authorities and more.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sara Biglieri
Banking and finance Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
Competition and antitrust Michele Carpagnano
Energy Matteo Falcione
Intellectual property and technology Giovanni Francesco Casucci
Public policy and regulation Federico Vanetti
Real estate Federico Sutti
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Federico Sutti
Tax Andrea Fiorelli
Employment Davide Boffi
Photo Name Position Profile
Prof Giulio Andreani  photo Prof Giulio Andreani
 Junyi Bai  photo Junyi Bai
 Sara Biglieri  photo Sara Biglieri
 Davide Boffi  photo Davide Boffi
 Antonella Brambilla  photo Antonella Brambilla
 Giovanni Francesco Casucci  photo Giovanni Francesco Casucci
 Alessandro Dubini  photo Alessandro Dubini
 Pier Francesco Faggiano  photo Pier Francesco Faggiano
 Alessandro Fosco Fagotto  photo Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
 Matteo Falcione  photo Matteo Falcione
 Andrea Fiorelli  photo Andrea Fiorelli
 Gianpaolo Garofalo  photo Gianpaolo Garofalo
 Maria Sole Insinga  photo Maria Sole Insinga
 Carlo Merisio  photo Carlo Merisio
 Michele Odello  photo Michele Odello
 Giangiacomo Olivi  photo Giangiacomo Olivi
 Federico Sutti  photo Federico Sutti
 Davide Traina  photo Davide Traina
 Federico Vanetti  photo Federico Vanetti
 Matteo Vizzardi  photo Matteo Vizzardi
Number of lawyers : 8,600+
at this office : 80
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Other offices : Dentons now has 150+ offices in 60 countries