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Dentons recently hired Giangiacomo Olivi from DLA Piper as Europe co-head of the data privacy and cybersecurity group and Europe co-head of the media sector group. Olivi provides strategical and commercial legal advice on technology, media and communications matters, with a specific focus on data management and digital transformation. The practice has developed expertise in data privacy and data protection, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aspects of international data privacy projects. Senior counsel Saverio Cavalcanti is a privacy and data protection expert.
‘It has the ability to define the ownership of the data and therefore the responsibility towards third parties. Competence at high levels is unquestionable and the determining factor is the trust that comes from the depth of the team’s personal qualities.‘
Industry focus: Retail Tier 2
Headed by highly regarded TMT specialist Giangiacomo Olivi, the retail team at Dentons acts for a number of high-profile clients primarily in the fashion sector. The team has recently provided assistance with IP, GDPR implementation, real estate and employment law, as well as contentious and non-contentious matters concerning e-commerce, trade marks and distribution. The team was able to draw on its strength in cross-border work and the firm's extensive network to assist global luxury eyewear brand Luxottica with e-commerce activities, and to advise Italian kitchen company Gruppo Rino Snaidero on the opening of Snaidero China.
‘Dentons’ team is expert in the franchise area.’
‘The experience of Giangiacomo Olivi is invaluable.’
Chapter 4 Supreme
Gruppo Rino Snaidero
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Dentons' Italian real estate team draws the wider firm's global reach to advise international asset management companies, financial institutions and other real estate clients across many industry sectors. The team, which demonstrates'great teamwork and professional coordination', is led by well-respected managing partner and real estate head Federico Sutti, who works with experienced professionals from a variety sub-groups with differing skills: Federico Vanetti is in charge of the public policy practice, Carlo Merisio is an expert in asset and share deals, joint ventures and funding, while Maria Sole Insinga advises on real estate M&A, investment funds and development.
‘Effective leadership is a critical element of any team’s success. Federico Sutti is organised, well informed on market trends and marshals his team well.’
‘Federico Sutti is comfortable working with Italian and international clients. He understands the views and needs of international clients and does his utmost to bridge the gap in knowledge for foreign investors looking to invest in Italy. He also has an excellent eye for details and critical business issues.’
‘They understand different problems and find a suitable solution.’
Orion Capital Managers
Savills Investment Management SGR
Allianz Real Estate GmbH – Italian Branch
UBS Asset Management
Invel Real Estate Partners
Invesco Real Estate
Ark Investment Advisors Pte Limited
The Student Hotel
Fondo Pensioni per il Personale Cariplo
Quinta Capital Partners
Dentons assists with the regulatory procedures surrounding the incorporation of regulated entities, extraordinary transactions involving regulated entities, the structuring of compliant internal procedures and policies, and the provision of regulated services and activities. Alessandro Engst is focused on financial institutions regulation, derivatives and investment funds. Michele Odello, who specialises in legal and regulatory matters in the banking, financial, investment and insurance sectors, was made partner.
‘A highly available practice.‘
Eurizon Capital SGR
BNP Leasing Solutions
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Dentons' Italy practice advises on cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations and private equity, and is an integral part of the firm's global corporate practice, which comprises over 2,000 M&A lawyers. In 2019, it launched a German desk following the arrival of German-speaking Carsten Steinhauer, who has considerable experience in cross-border M&A and joint ventures, from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. Alessandro Dubini acts for industry groups, financial institutions and private equity funds; Luca Pocobelli advises on strategic M&A transactions; Pier Francesco Faggiano focuses on healthcare and food and beverage deals; and Barbara Urselli's sector experience includes transportation, media, software and financial services.
‘Dentons is an impressive organisation that has wide coverage and this is useful when clients need assistance on matters in countries where they do not have relationships with other firms or want to involve different lawyers or need specific expertise. It is also attentive to innovation in providing legal services and in the administrative support it provides when responding to clients’ requests.‘
‘They are sensible and responsive with respect to clients’ needs for transparency in billings and overall their rates are reasonable and below those of other international law firms, given the high quality of the service.‘
‘What is very good at Dentons is the wide range of their services that allows a full service in every sector.‘
‘Alessandro Dubini is a highly respected professional.‘
‘Barbara Urselli is a highly trusted adviser, the quality of her work is unquestionable, and she is a guarantee of the competence of the team. She is an excellent lawyer who is pragmatic, and proposes solutions that are commercially and legally practicable for clients, instead of staying tied to theories or to market-standard templates. She is also empathetic, which makes it easy to establish a relationship, and she has a great ability to work under pressure quietly. Finally, she is always available, responsive and ready to help in last-minute emergency situations without delegating to other team members.‘
GfK Custom Research Business
Johnson & Johnson Medical
Aeroporto Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Fondo Agroalimentare Italiano I
Gemini Office Services UK
Dispute resolution Tier 3
Advising across a variety of areas, from civil to administrative and public law, the dispute resolution team at Dentons 'consistently delivers excellent results.' The domestic offering in corporate and commercial disputes and banking and finance matters, as well as arbitration, is complemented by the international Europe litigation group. Both the Italian and European teams are headed up by much-praised Sara Biglieri. In January 2019, the department acquired new talents from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Luca Santa Maria e Associati - Roberto Fabio Lipari and Matteo Vizzardi, both experienced litigators with a strong understanding of white-collar crime. Partner Davide Traina also often acts in real estate disputes.
‘The team is well prepared and has the capacity to effectively cooperate and integrate with other practice teams if the case needs expertise in specific areas of law. The team is able to build good strategies to manage complex cases. They are reactive and able to meet deadlines and clients’ requests ‘
‘Sara Biglieri is very reactive and focused on the client’s needs. She is able to give effective and practical advice. Her strengths are problem-solving, project management of complex cases and the capacity to find practical solutions which are able to meet client’s needs.’
‘Luca De Benedetto has a very deep knowledge of procedural rules. He combines the capacity to deeply analyze complex cases with the ability to prepare the best and more effective strategy to manage the case’
‘Sara Biglieri and her team are very expert and helpful, they understand client needs.’
‘Sara Biglieri and her team are very competent and have an organizational structure capable of offering legal assistance on different aspects. They are available, precise and on time in communication/drafting acts.’
‘Roberto Lipari deserves a special mention for his tremendously in-depth knowledge of both substantive and procedural civil and criminal law rules, matched with a very pragmatic approach in the resolution of any kind of disputes and outstanding talent in the development and presentation of defensive arguments.’
‘They consistently deliver excellent results and provide good counsel.’
‘Sara Biglieri and her team are diligent and responsive and consistently provide us with well-reasoned and insightful advice. They have an excellent understanding of the courts and guide us appropriately.’
‘Davide Traina is very available and always ready to provide quick responses and advice. Input, markups, documents etc are delivered within the agreed timelines, which makes him a very reliable business partner.’
‘Sara Biglieri is a very solid lawyer and brilliant in finding creative solutions.’
‘Very good reputation and network; strong motivation and technical capabilities; Adherence to customer needs and requests.’
‘Considerable understanding of the dynamics of dispute resolution, responsiveness and good teamwork.’
‘Davide Traina is an outstanding lawyer. He has extensive knowledge of litigation and arbitration and he is able to communicate with clients in a clear and effective manner.’
‘Matteo Vizzardi is highly professional, experienced, cooperative. Fast in providing opinions’
‘Very professional and highly involved team, capable of handling a broad range of complex disputes’
‘Sara Biglieri has excellent expertise and impressive capabilities and fields a large team of lawyers who are able to assist on all types of litigation’
Astana Property Management LLC
Loc Group Limited
Industry focus: TMT Tier 3
Headed by 'TMT guru' Giangiacomo Olivi, the 'very dynamic and motivated' team at Dentons has been praised for 'striving for innovation and excellence'. Olivi's work includes strategic and commercial advice to high-profile technology and communications companies, dealing with data management, digital transformation, outsourcing and commercial transactions. The team also has experience acting for multinational media companies, including Warner Bros, where it assists with moral rights, rights for theatrical exploitation and contracts for the sale and purchase of copyright. Saverio Cavalcanti has expertise in privacy and data protection and 'very deep knowledge of media law'.
‘The Dentons team has a very efficient approach to dealing with issues. The other element that distinguishes the TMT team is the importance of the human relationship that allows them to work in complete harmony with the client.‘
‘Giangiacomo Olivi: for the great competence he demonstrates, the human depth and the simplicity in explaining and resolving the matters.’
‘The professionalism and comprehensiveness of assistance are certainly the key points of this study. The whole team is diligent and at the complete disposal of the customer at all times. The assistance is complete and professional, and the cordiality makes everything pleasant and satisfying. The competence demonstrated by lawyers Giangiacomo Olivi, Saverio Cavalcanti and Valeria Schiavo is unlikely to be found in other firms of equal importance and size.‘
GUT Edizioni Group
Intellectual property Tier 3
Dentons's intellectual property practice was set up in April 2017 by practice head Giovanni Francesco Casucci. The offering is broadly divided into two service lines; the first covering traditional IP and contentious matters relating to brands, patents and designs; and the second focusing on IP issues in the TMT sector, including innovative cases involving technology transfers and technology agreements.
‘Innovative IP litigation’
‘Giovanni Casucci’s ability and effectiveness are of very high level’
H & M
Sony Computer Interactive Entertainment Europe
Chapter 4 Supreme
Umberto Cesari srl
Private equity Tier 3
Dentons regularly provides private equity clients with full-service assistance; the team is able to draw upon resources from the colleagues in banking and finance, tax, competition and antitrust, public law and regulatory law. Clients also benefit from the local team's global network in relation to cross-regional advice. Alessandro Dubini is regularly involved in private equity transactions; and Luca Pocobelli's clients include Italian and pan-European investment funds, financial institutions and national and multinational industrial groups.
Equita Private Debt Fund
Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic Italy
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
Dentons regularly advises financial institutions and large borrowers on high- profile matters. The team's activities centre around corporate and finance restructuring as well as day-to-day consultancy, including assistance with litigation and the enforcement of guarantees. Federico Sutti has strong relationships with several major banks; and Alessandro Fosco Fagotto focuses on transactions that preserve going concerns, as well as financings granted to distressed companies. Managing counsel Cristian Fischetti is experienced in distressed situations and debt restructuring.
‘It has the ability to combine the institutional nature of a leading international firm with flexibility in customer relations, entrepreneurial spirit and problem- solving skills.‘
‘This a well-organised, thorough and swift team that is to the point and does not engage in time wasting of any kind.‘
‘Excellent internal coordination of the teams and punctual management of the restructuring, giving professional support to the banks involved in the deal.’
‘Punctual and professional and able to reach a shared vision with the client.‘
‘Federico Sutti’s professionalism, ability to solve problems, competence and good social skills are appreciated.‘
‘Alessandro Fosco Fagotto has excellent knowledge of banking matters and an excellent capacity to negotiate and find the best solution for banks. He is very smart, precise, pragmatic and friendly, and he has a constructive approach and is able to keep calm during very difficult negotiations. He always find solutions in complex situations.‘
‘Managing counsel Cristian Fischetti is a brilliant lawyer who impresses with his accuracy and punctuality.‘
‘Cristian Fischetti is outstanding throughout the entire process.‘
Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Real Estate Strategie Immobiliari
Gruppo Santoni Costruzioni
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Tax Tier 3
Dentons recently advised on the tax aspects of cross-border investment structures, M&A and wealth management. Other areas of strength include transfer pricing, litigation and co-operative compliance with the Tax Revenues Agency. Andrea Fiorelli specialises in the tax aspects of corporate finance deals, and Giulio Andreani's reputation as a tax practitioner is coupled with a strong academic track record. Fabrizio Capponi recently advised on tax procedures involving beneficial owners of hidden assets, and Roberta Moscaroli assisted a Russian high-net-worth individual with moving his tax residence to Italy.
‘Fiscal problems are always brilliantly overcome, both in terms of preventative counselling and in defences following tax inspections, thanks to an appropriate combination of theoretical knowledge and technical and situation management skills.‘
‘The team is highly prepared and extremely efficient; the response times are also quick and the advice always valuable.‘
‘It is rated for its willingness to understand the needs of clients and to see the opportunities in problems‘.
‘It has the ability to cover a wide range of issues, industries, experiences and skills.‘
‘Fabrizio Capponi has the ability to anticipate problems and turn them into opportunities.‘
‘In addition to competence, Fabrizio Capponi shows the ability to listen to clients’ needs and has great commitment.‘
‘Giulio Andreani knows both the rules and fiscal practice perfectly, as well as the sectors in which clients’ companies operate, and this allows the team to obtain excellent results.‘
‘Giulio Andreani is certainly a professional who distinguishes himself from all others. He has deep knowledge of tax matters and a great ability to simplify difficult cases and present them effectively before the tax authorities. He is recognised as one of the best tax consultants in Italy.‘
Alitalia Linee Aeree
Jacopo Biondi Santi
Cantieri Navali Baglietto
GWM Corporate Group
Owner of Porto Carrara group
Fratelli Martini Secondo Luigi
Tally Weijl Itaslia
Dentons' public policy and regulation practice stands out for its 'breadth of skills' and 'reliability'. It covers a broad range of areas, with notable focus on matters relating to environment law, town planning and real estate, public tenders and healthcare. Practice head Federico Vanetti draws on his 'great experience in environmental and urban issues' to advise on a number of major urban development projects. Managing counsel Ilaria Gobbato ('careful, well-prepared and very diligent') specialises in healthcare and tenders; she assisted Mirova with the acquisition of Veneta Sanitaria Finanza di Progetto from Astaldi.
‘Thanks to the international connections of Dentons, the coordination with the teams of the various countries involved has worked well.‘
‘Great knowledge in public procurement law; very good in co-working with the other lawyers within the law firm and therefore giving excellent advice; always keeping the bigger picture in mind.‘
‘Absolute competence in understanding immediately the problems and needs of the client.’
‘Breadth of skills, reliability, ability to concretely orient business.’
‘Ilaria Gobbato has shown great competence in the management of public tenders. She has given the maximum availability of time and resources to deal with complex issues.’
‘Ilaria Gobbato has been able to represent properly our organisation in several public meetings and conferences, contributing with competence and specific deliverables. A great added value for the issues we worked on.’
Real Estate Strategie Immobiliari
The Student Hotel
Europa Gestioni Immobiliari
Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia
Dentons advises on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto is active in acquisition, leveraged, structured and real estate finance, general corporate lending and refinancing; Fagotto heads the Italy banking and finance team, which is also experienced in project finance involving electricity, water, energy, and transport concessions, and banking regulatory matters. Giovanni Diotallevi is a project finance expert and managing counsel Dina Collepardi assists with corporate lending and acquisition and real estate finance.
‘Dentons’ dedicated team stands out for its ability to involve diverse practice areas for innovative finance deals’.
‘Dentons is very responsive and approaches matters in a less traditional manner than most other Italian firms.‘
Dentons' clients appreciate the firm's ability to draw on 900-plus banking and finance lawyers around the world. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto is active in acquisition, leveraged, structured and real estate finance, general corporate lending and refinancing; and Giovanni Diotallevi leads on project finance matters. Managing counsel Dina Collepardi assists with corporate lending and acquisition and real estate finance; and counsel Franco Paolo Gialloreti focuses on LBO transactions involving banks and financial institutions.
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro
MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese
Capital markets: Equity Tier 4
Dentons advises on all legal aspects concerning the issuance, placement and listing of financial instruments in Italy and abroad. Other areas of strength are IPOs and takeover bids, including liaising with the relevant authorities. The team's assistance also covers corporate governance matters, as well as the capital markets aspects of restructuring transactions and cross-listing procedures. Capital markets practice head Antonella Brambilla is 'a great professional with extensive experience'.
‘The lawyers have a great understanding of clients’ needs.‘
‘This flexible and fast team team is capable of finding creative and professional solutions.‘
‘Dentons shows great flexibility and commitment.‘
‘Antonella Brambilla is a great team leader and team builder.‘
‘Antonella Brambilla is a great professional with extensive experience.’
Mainfirst Bank (Italian Branch)
Employment Tier 4At Dentons, the 'highly skilled' Davide Boffi leads the practice. He and his team handle major cross-border matters in the fashion and investment sectors - focusing on restructuring plans, collective dismissals, negotiations and agreements with trade unions as well as due diligence and the employment aspects of transactions.
‘Rounded knowledge and high performance in restructuring and litigation topics. Very strong in providing legal opinions that take into account the business context and eventual external factors that may affect the result of the transaction.’
‘Davide Boffi is highly skilled and nimble in finding the proper solution.’
‘Associate Marco Prandelli is really high-skilled, fast and precise in managing cases.’
Loc Group Limited
Industry focus: Energy Tier 4After the departure of Matteo Falcione in May 2019, leadership of Dentons' Italy energy practice was assumed by Carsten Steinhauer, who had joined in January of the same year from McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato. His focus lies in transactions in the renewables sector (the solar industry in particular), and he brought with him a significant pool of German clients, including power producers, investment funds and banks. The firm is a member of the wind industry association WindEurope and of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Allianz Global Investors
IB Vogt GmbH
Green City AG
Enel Green Power S.p.A
EU and competition law Tier 5
Dentons's Rome-based EU and competition practice has a track record of work on complex cases of consumer law, state aid and merger control, as well as antitrust issues, public and private enforcement and audits. Led by Michele Carpagnano, the team has built up comprehensive antitrust experience across the telecoms, transportation and energy sectors, among others.
‘The team is composed by smart and business-oriented people. The antitrust practice at Dentons provides the best value for money in the Italian legal market’
‘Michele Carpagnano is absolutely competent and resilient, very reactive and constantly available.’
‘Michele Carpagnano is a stand-out professional in Italy and Europe.’
L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.
Yamaha Music Europe GmbH
Avis Budget Italia S.p.A.
Whirlpool EMEA S.p.A.
Accorhotels Italia S.r.l.
Tech Data Europe GmbH
KPS Capital Partners LP
NB Aurora Sa Sicaf-Raif
AITEC- Associazione Italiana Tecnico Economica del Cemento
Dentons > Firm Profile
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 more than 130 professionals, 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.
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Data privacy and data protection
- Industry focus: Retail
- Real estate and construction
- Banking and finance: Bank regulatory
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution
- Industry focus: TMT
- Intellectual property
- Private equity
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Administrative and public law
- Banking and finance: Borrower side
- Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
- Capital markets: Equity
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