Dentons > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Dentons
Piazza degli Affari 1
20123 MILAN
Italy

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Dentons‘ practice routinely acts on major real estate projects and investments, leveraging experience from the firm’s real estate M&A, investment, development, construction, financing, restructuring, fund formation and taxation departments. The group also includes town planning, building, environmental, regulatory and litigation experts. Federico Sutti heads the Italy real estate practice, which showcases Maria Sole Insinga, who is experienced in the office, retail, hotel and logistics sectors; Federico Vanetti, an urban development, environmental, town planning and construction specialist; and Carlo Merisio, who covers the full spectrum of asset classes and deal structures. Sara Poetto was a new arrival in June 2022.

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Testimonials

Dentons has one of the best real estate teams in Italy, comprising well-respected professionals who really know the market.

I have worked with Dentons on several real estate matters, and my experience with the firm has been very positive.

Dentons differs from other law firms because of its client-oriented approach when completing mandates, as well as its in-depth knowledge of the market and an established local presence and strong global network.

The professionals of the firm are responsive, flexible, and always able to find commercial and viable solutions that are tailored to our needs.

Their strengths include being reactive and focused on our requirements, and I really appreciate these aspects. The team has the right mix of seniority, which guarantees that we always receive the involvement of the most appropriate lawyers, and this is also reflected in a proper and transparent billing process.

Federico Sutti is certainly one of the most competent and reliable lawyers on the market – he gives great peace of mind and stands out for his interpersonal skills, availability and collaboration. He has very transversal skills and competences, so he always manages to frame problems correctly so as to find solutions.

For years, partner Maria Sole Insinga has been a go-to contact for our firm for real estate transactions in Italy, having contributed in a fundamental way to the completion of real estate transactions (both acquisitions and sales) with high levels of complexity.

Carlo Merisio is a committed lawyer with great capabilities and able to provide high levels of client service.

Key clients

Orion Capital Managers

CPI Property Group

M&G Real Estate

Barings Real Estate

Bain Capital

Davidson Kempner

Invesco Real Estate

LCN Capital Partners

Mediobanca

Merope Asset Management

Invel Real Estate Partners

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets

Savills Investment Management SGR

Allianz Real Estate GmbH – Italian Branch

DeA Capital Real Estate SGR

BNP Paribas Reim

Prelios SGR

Kryalos SGR

Pygmalion Capital Advisers

GLP

Invimit SGR

The Student Hotel

Lendlease

CDS Holding

Prodea Investments

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mediobanca in relation to the €246.7m acquisition of Palazzo Cordusio in Milan by Milan Trophy RE Fund 3 Alternative Real Estate Investment Fund.
  • Assisted GLP with the acquisition of a portfolio of seven logistics assets in Italy from CCP IV IREF 2 Fund (managed by Tristan Capital Partners) and Celio Fund (managed by BNP Paribas Reim SGR).
  • Assisted M&G Real Estate with two student accommodation development projects in central Bologna and Turin (carried out through forward-funding schemes).

Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

In the data privacy space, Dentons‘ intellectual property and technology team  primarily focuses on AI, particularly as it relates to the financial services sector, and cybersecurity, having assisted numerous high-profile clients following sizeable data breaches. Giangiacomo Olivi, who acts as Europe co-head of the data privacy and cybersecurity group and also of the intellectual property and technology practice, is highly appreciated by the market for his experience across different sectors and countries, as he often advises clients in collaboration with the firm’s international offices. Associate Chiara Bocchi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Giangiacomo Olivi

Other key lawyers:

Chiara Bocchi; Fabia Cairoli

Testimonials

‘Giangiacomo Olivi has great ability to surround himself with strong collaborators, characterized by high competence and professional and human availability.’

‘Compared to other firms, Dentons has a well staffed data privacy and data protection team. That means that they have resources and capabilities to take on large projects in this practice area, when compared to other firms in Italy. Their broad international network is also well suited for those seeking multi-jurisdictional advice.’

‘Giangiacomo Olivi is an exceptional communicator. He is able to express complex information to diverse and broad audiences in simple and understandable terms.’

‘Considerable experience in the management of a large amount of sensitive data. It offers wide-ranging solutions and answers as complete as possible, not limited to legal aspects only. They listen to the customer carefully and deal with the problem in depth. The team is characterized by a strong cohesion and commonality of purpose among its members.’

‘The team is very diverse and there are excellent young professionals.’

‘The team is very competent and precise. It focuses immediately on targets in line with customer expectations quickly and in a professional way.’

‘The team is well-balanced and professionals are very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Audiweb

Bending Spoons

BIC Formats

Bolton Group

Caffitaly

Celanese

Coima

Delta Airlines

Eni

Eutelsat

GEDI Gruppo Editoriale

Genertec

Jackleg

Kering

Le Creuset

Lenovo

Luxottica

Miroglio

Mondadori

Movendo Technology

Nexi

NTT Data

Oath

QVC

The Student Hotel

UniCredit

Verizon

Vodafone

Warner Bros

Whirlpool

ZipRecruiter

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bolton Group in relation to several privacy issues, including data retention issues and the share of data with its business partners.
  • Assisting QVC in relation to the review of its data management policies and compliance programme in several jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Assisting several multinational companies in regard to the reaction to cyberattacks and devising the overall cybersecurity strategy for a number of multinationals.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Dentons‘ life sciences and healthcare group combines public sector expertise with substantial experience in ordinary and extraordinary corporate transactions, including the acquisition of hospitals and nursing homes, and contract law matters involving healthcare operators. It also assists with cybersecurity, data protection and IP matters, along with administrative, civil and criminal disputes. The principal figures are transactions specialist Luca Pocobelli, Europe litigation leader Sara Biglieri and recently promoted partner Ilaria Gobbato.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

High-level competence in the life sciences sector.

Availability, communication skills and speed.

Promptness in the analysis and the elaboration of the action to be taken.

Solid and focused determination in pursuing the client’s requests.

Willingness to adapt to the changing availability of the client.

Multidisciplinary team with an international network, and great availability from its professionals.

Great ease of communication and pleasant personal interactions from Ilaria Gobbato.

Key clients

Lifebrain

Johnson & Johnson

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic Italy

NeoApotek

Mirova – Natixis Investment Managers

Affidea Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lifebrain, which invests in the laboratory diagnostics sector across Europe, with several acquisitions, including the takeover of Nuovi Laboratori, which has several healthcare facilities and diagnostic laboratories.
  • Assisting Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic Italy with several commercial, corporate, litigation, banking and regulatory matters.
  • Assisted LifeScan, which specialises in diabetes management, on various regulatory and commercial matters surrounding the manufacturing, marketing, advertisement, sale and distribution of medical devices, as well as in vitro diagnostics.

Italy > Industry focus: Retail Tier 2

Dentons‘ team provides integrated advice through the collaboration of real estate, corporate, IP and TMT professionals. Practice head Giangiacomo Olivi acts as Europe co-head of the data privacy and cybersecurity group as well as of the IP and technology practice.

Practice head(s):

Giangiacomo Olivi

Testimonials

‘Preparation and constant updating on the regulatory changes in the sector.’

‘Availability and empathy with company managers and with the needs of the retail sector.’

Key clients

Supermarkets Italiani S.p.A.

Kering

The Mall

Luxottica

QVC

Bolton Group

Vodafone

Whirlpool

Ralph Lauren

Work highlights

  • Assisting Kering with several strategic and innovative TMT and retail projects.
  • Assisting The Mall on an innovative digital transformation project.
  • Assisting Luxottica with the development of the e-commerce channels.

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 3

While Dentons covers a wide range of public law matters, it is mostly known for its environmental, town planning and urban development. Within these areas, practice head Federico Vanetti stands out and especially focuses on reclamation works and waste management. His role as co-head of the European environmental protection regulatory practice contributes towards a cross-border offering. Public procurement and PPP expert Ilaria Gobbato is particularly active in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Federico Vanetti

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Federico Vanetti: excellent professional, serious and reliable, great orientation towards results and a problem solver.’

‘Great professionalism of the lawyers as well as the high degree of preparation and constant updating. Strong experience in the field of administrative law and in-depth knowledge of environmental issues, accompanied by skills in procurement and negotiation.’

‘Competence, professionalism, preparation and interdisciplinary skills characterize the approach of Federico Vanetti, whose contribution is particularly appreciated in both the technical-urban and environmental fields.’

‘The team led by Ilaria Gobbato is made up of professionals of the highest level, starting with Gobbato herself. The quality of the opinions is alwyas up to expectations.’

‘Ilaria Gobbato provides exceptional support. Her knowledge of the subject is simply amazing. Gobbato is one of the most capable and competent administrative lawyers in Italy.’

‘High specialized competence, experience, willingness to compare, flexibility.’

‘Multidisciplinary with great competence in every sector. Ability to immediately frame the team of professionals necessary to address the proposed topics. Availability and customer orientation.’

‘Federico Vanetti is certainly one of the most competent lawyers in the sector and stands out for his availability.’

Key clients

CDS Holding

The Student Hotel

Parsec

Lendlease

Europa Gestioni Immobiliari S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisting CDS Holding in the purchase of the remaining part of the former Genoa fairground area, whose redevelopment project was designed by Renzo Piano.
  • Assisting Parsec in a dispute before Lazio’s Regional Administrative Court, promoted against the Municipality of Rome’s opposition to the opening of the new shopping centre in Laurentino.
  • Assisting The Student Hotel in the acquisition of a public real estate site located in the Ponte Mosca area, near Turin, regarding the construction of a new student accommodation.

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

Dentons‘ Italy group consistently works alongside banks, insurers, asset managers, financial firms, pension funds and fintech companies on a wide range of regulatory matters; it is best known for its assistance to regulated entities in liaising with regulators. Focused on financial institutions regulation, investment funds and derivatives, Alessandro Engst is the Italy financial services head, and Alessandro Fosco Fagotto heads up the Italy banking and finance practice.

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Testimonials

The team is always very helpful in solving the problems that we as clients pose.

Dentons is always very proactive in bringing to our attention regulatory changes that have potential implications on our business.

Alessandro Engst and Valerio Lemma are characterised by excellent professionalism and strong empathy with the client, which allow for interactions that are always very frank, informal to the right degree, and above all very productive.

Competence, speed and kindness.

Availability and long track record.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo

Mediobanca

UniCredit

DeA Capital

Fidelity Fondazione Enasarco

AIG

UnipolSai

Stewart Title

Poste Vita

Value Italy SGR

SACE

Fondo Pensione COMETA

Kering

Eurizon

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediobanca on the regulatory aspects of its first-of-their kind transactions, aimed at providing access to the real estate trophy assets market to ultra-high-net-worth clients.
  • Assisted Intesa Sanpaolo in connection with a 50-plus jurisdictions regulatory project concerning derivatives, repo and stock lending transactions.
  • Advised Fidelity on the regulatory options surrounding the provision of investment services in Italy and the management of certain investment agreements with Italian institutional clients (further to Brexit).

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Dentons‘ department houses specialists in leveraged, real estate and corporate finance, along with refinancing, fund financing, and project and structured finance. In addition to leading the Italy banking and finance practice, Alessandro Fosco Fagotto was appointed Europe banking and finance head in 2021; Giovanni Diotallevi is responsible for project finance and cash-flow based transactions in Italy. Managing counsel Andrea De Luca Picione has transportation, energy, telecoms and water sector expertise. Luigi Costa was a new arrival in November 2022.

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Testimonials

One of the best teams with whom I had the pleasure of collaborating in the financing sector.

Fast, problem solvers with a super constructive approach.

The team is very commercial and likes to bring deals to us to consider for potential investment – this is something that makes them unique.

The team is very flexible with regards to billing.

Problem solving abilities are definitely a strong point.

We have been working with the same team for years, and continue to appreciate their work and their ability to close deals.

Ability to negotiate and find solutions.

Giovanni Diotallevi is an outstanding lawyer in the Italian market.

Key clients

Snam

Terna

Orion Capital Managers

Psc

Pygmalion Capital Advisers

IKAV

Astaldi

C M C Group

Maticmind

Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Assisted IKAV with the banking and finance aspects of its investment into the €500m gas peaker projects of Metaenergia.
  • Assisted Psc with a €75m financing, which was granted by a pool of Italian banks and financial institutions comprising UniCredit, Mps Capital Services, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and Banco BPM.
  • Assisted C M C Group with the banking and finance aspects of its sale to KKR.

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Dentons houses specialists in leveraged, real estate and corporate finance, along with refinancing, fund financing and project finance. The Italy team regularly works alongside its real estate, corporate, energy, environment and public law colleagues. Alessandro Fosco Fagotto was appointed the firm’s European banking and finance practice head in 2021; counsel Franco Paolo Gialloreti focuses on LBOs involving banks and financial institutions and Edoardo Galeotti was recently elevated to managing counsel. Pierandrea Bonali was a new arrival in July 2022 and Luigi Costa joined in November 2022.

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Testimonials

The strength of the firm is certainly the presence of highly specialised and competent professionals.

Availability and professionalism of professionals.

Problem-solving and mediation skills that are superior to other firms.

High-level experience with availability and excellent communication skills.

Competence, professionalism and the ability to get in tune with the client, finding the right solution every time that issues of particular complexity arise.

The professionals are endowed with great knowledge and experience, which make the client always feel protected – and they are all always very helpful.

Alessandro Fosco Fagotto, counsel Franco Paolo Gialloreti and managing counsel Edoardo Galeotti are highly trained and helpful professionals.

Alessandro Fosco Fagotto is definitely the professional I most appreciated – he has excellent preparation, great experience and intuition – a constant presence and great problem-solving skills.

Key clients

Banca IFIS

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Banco BPM

BPER Banca

Crédit Agricole Italia

Intesa Sanpaolo

Banca IMI

Mediocredito Italiano

Mediobanca

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

UniCredit

illimity Bank

Green Arrow Capital SGR

Muzinich & Co

Spingrowth

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediobanca on the banking and finance aspects of the €246.7m acquisition of one of the most iconic buildings in Milan, Palazzo Cordusio.
  • Assisted Intesa Sanpaolo (as bookrunner and mandated lead arranger), Banca di Asti and Banco BPM (as mandated lead arrangers) with a medium-long term €72.5m financing in favour of Panealba, which operates in the bakery products sector.
  • Advised Banco BPM on a €17.5m financing granted to Italian Energy Efficiency Fund II.

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

Dentons‘ Italy team advises on debt, structured finance and securitisation deals, along with derivatives work. DCM and structured finance specialist Piergiorgio Leofreddi was hired from Jones Day in 2020 to lead the Italy DCM practice; and Gianpaolo Garofalo, whose experience include securitisation and repackaging transactions and EMTN debt programmes, leads the structured finance group. Advising retail and institutional investors, Annalisa Feliciani joined as partner in late 2021 from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

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Testimonials

Readiness and punctuality in responding to clients’ needs.

I particularly appreciate Piergiorgio Leofreddi and associate Matteo Mosca.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane with the issuance of its third green bond.
  • Advised Mediobanca Banca di Credito Finanziario on the update of the €40bn EMTN programme of Mediobanca and Mediobanca International.
  • Assisted a pool of banks, comprising BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Intesa Sanpaolo, J P Morgan and NatWest Markets, with the issuance of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance’s green bond.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Dentons is home to 1,500 M&A lawyers globally and its Italian lawyers, split across Rome and Milan, are adept in the full array of transactions including cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations, private equity deals and capital markets transactions. The practice is led by Alessandro Dubini who is also a specialist in corporate governance and commercial contracts and is hailed for his ‘rock solid legal expertise and high regard for clients’; his team also includes Pier Francesco Faggiano, an expert in the food and beverage, healthcare and manufacturing sectors, and counts its dedicated collaboration groups for Germany, China and France as a key point of differentiation. Stefano Ambrosioni, formerly of Gianni & Origoni, joined the team in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Dubini

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The main reason for choosing Dentons is the full service approach and the dream teams, always delivering a high quality service.’

‘The professional relationship started with the corporate partner Alessandro Dubini, with whom I built a deep relationship of trust, and over time it grew stronger and stronger, along with the relationship with the lawyers of the other departments of the firm.’

‘Its internationality and ability to assist all over the world, anywhere, without problems. The innovations on the billing system are exceptional.’

‘Pier Francesco Faggiano: prepared and able to go straight to the point. Legal skills and managerial skills of exceptional legal projects.’

‘The entire team is highly motivated and works very closely with the respective colleagues in other legal areas at Dentons Italy and optimally coordinates all necessary cross-legal issues. The cooperation with the Dentons colleagues in China is also very good.’

‘Excellent combination of individual care and support from a large studio with an international presence.’

‘Preferential relationship with lawyer Alessandro Dubini, great harmony, great ability to grasp the customer’s needs.’

‘Punctual, effective and with high added value. Reference partner was Barbara Urselli.’

Key clients

Lifebrain

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Poste Italiane

YAM112003

Shanghai Xingmin Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd

Rai Way S.p.A.

Microvast INC.

Maire Investments S.p.A.

Media Vision Holding S.àr.l.

Alpha Credit S.p.A.

Campari

Work highlights

  • Assisting Poste Italiane in relation to the binding framework agreement for the acquisition of 51% stake in the voting share capital of Sengi Express, a Cloud Seven Holding Limited company. 
  • Assisting Shanghai Xingmin Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd with the acquisition of LPE S.p.A., an Italian manufacturer active in the development, production, sale and installation of products for the semiconductor industry, including the manufacture of substrates and epitaxial layers.
  • Assisting the minority shareholders of YAM112003 with the management buyout of a 51% participation held by Endemol Shine Italy (now part of Banijay group), resulting in the client managing 100% of YAM112003’s corporate capital.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Dentons‘ dispute resolution practice has grown exponentially in the latest years and now includes practice head Sara Biglieri, who also acts as co-head of the firm’s dispute resolution European practice, Pasquale Annicchiarico, who coordinates the white-collar criminal law offering, and Stefano Belleggia, who has specific specialisation in the field of banking, finance, regulatory and insurance litigation. The team presents itself as a litigation boutique within an international firm and represent high-profile clients in many sectors, primarily banking, oil and gas and energy, as well as in retail and telecoms. Roberto Lipari  is also noted. Luca De Benedetto was promoted to partner in November 2021 and Davide Traina is praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Sara Biglieri

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The strong point is the knowledge of the commercial sector (real estate) which and so manage disputes (and pre-litigation) situations. In other words, the legal team speaks “the same language” as the client and this is extremely supportive in making business decisions. Another strong point is the constant availability and speed of management.’

‘Davide Traina: in addition to being always present, he is characterized by great clarity and ability to analyse the various facets of disputes, as well as being proactive in supporting the customer in understanding the practice and in proposing solutions.’

‘Sara Biglieri is always supervising the team’s delivery to ensure that client expectations are met. She provides high quality advice, mixing technical competence with pragmatic solutions. Edoardo Mazzoli is a very committed, exceptional junior associate.’

‘Flexibility in finding the most appropriate solutions, ability to identify with the needs of the interlocutor and informality in the relationship for which the customer feels “at home “.’

‘Stefano Belleggia possesses a great spirit of collaboration and is able to quickly intercept the customer’s needs, demonstrating that he also knows the operational aspects that characterize the exercise of the banking-financial activity.’

‘The partners and lawyers of the firm in general are very prepared and attentive in understanding the issues that concern the company. The answers are provided with detail and knowledge and in times corresponding to expectations. The collaborators are very well prepared and are well supervised by the most senior partners.’

‘Davide Traina is always prepared, proposes adequate strategies and in the case of confrontations between the parties has always asserted our rights with extreme effectiveness.’

‘Davide Traina demonstrated high technical preparation, experience, creativity in strategy and customer focus.’

Key clients

Anas

Campostano Group

Eni

Equita

Geoplin Lubljana

JA Solar

Johnson & Johnson

LU-VE

Poste Vita and Poste Assicura

Qinhuangdao Tianye Tolian Heavy Industry

Riva Group/ ILVA S.p.A.

Sinobec Trading

Snam

Supermarkets Italiani S.p.A.

Unogas

Work highlights

  • Assisting Eni in a civil proceeding started in November 2020 before the Court of Rome against the same Italian publishing company Società Editoriale Il Fatto S.p.A. and its famous newspaper editor in the context of a press campaign started by the newspaper “Il Fatto Quotidiano” in the last years.
  • Assisting Riva Group/ ILVA S.p.A. in all the criminal trials before the Courts of Milan and Taranto, including the well-known ILVA trial which, due to its size and complexity, is the among the most important environmental trials carried out in Italy.

Italy > Employment Tier 3

Davide Boffi heads up Dentons‘ employment team, which is known for its involvement in restructuring projects, trade union negotiations and agency relationship advice. Boffi is particularly known for his activity in all three areas, both in and out of court. Luca De Menech shows ‘strong commitment’ in connection to bankruptcy procedures and corporate reorganization cases.

Practice head(s):

Davide Boffi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The quality of the service provided by De Menech is of the highest level in terms of preparation and responsiveness.’

‘Luca De Menech has always been characterized by  the will to deepen every aspect of the business and to find efficient practical solutions to the problems presented.’

Key clients

Goldoni

Arbos

Celanese

Work highlights

  • Assisting Goldoni/Arbos Group in the employment aspects related to the complex composition with creditors procedure, approved by the Court of Modena on July, 1 2021.
  • Assisting Celanese Group in relation to the Employment Law aspects connected to the sale of its Ferrara Marconi compounding operations to Benvic Group and to the creation of Celanese’s European Compounding Centre of Excellence in Forlì and the consolidation of activities hitherto carried out at other sites.
  • Assisting IKAV with the Employment law aspects related to its investment in the construction of nine gas power plants developed by Metaenergia for the Italian peak capacity market.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

Dentons has a ‘great, competent and helpful’ TMT team, which focuses on matters in connection to the internet of things, cybersecurity, and digital media. Giangiacomo Olivi, who acts as Europe co-head of the data privacy and cybersecurity group and is a member of the firm’s IP and technology practice, is recognised as ‘an authority in the sector’ of data protection, data management and GDPR law. Chiara Bocchi consistently manages complex matters in a thoughtful way and navigates the tricky dynamics’ of the e-commerce, automotive and fashion sectors, in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Giangiacomo Olivi

Other key lawyers:

Chiara Bocchi

Testimonials

You always have the feeling of having people who help you and not just “cold” professionals. This makes a huge difference in comparison to other law firms.’

‘Giangiacomo Olivi is a certainty. He takes care of customers and makes the difference, especially in the most critical activities. Chiara Bocchi: a professional who is growing a lot with a deep competence, with constant availability, punctuality and enthusiasm.’

‘High ethical standard, ability to create stable relationships. Empathy and willingness to meet requests.’

‘Two individuals especially stand out. First, Giangiacomo Olivi is incredibly responsive, very familiar with both U.S. and Italian law, and has a wide swath of expertise to address our issues in several legal areas. Second, senior Associate Chiara Bocchi is also a stand-out. She consistently manages complex matters in a thoughtful way and navigates tricky dynamics.

‘The team is made up of young, qualified and extremely motivated professionals, careful to keep up with regulatory changes and jurisprudential practices.’

‘Push towards innovation, aptitude for change, ability to enhance associates. All combined with solid competence and knowledge of the telecommunications sector.’

‘Giangiacomo Olivi is competent and available. Chiara Bocchi: a solid associate, competent and available.’

Key clients

Audiweb

Bending Spoons

BIC Formats

Bolton Group

Caffitaly

Celanese

Coima

Delta Airlines

Eni

Enpam

Eutelsat

GEDI Gruppo Editoriale

Genertec

Jackleg

Kering

Le Creuset

Lenovo

Luxottica

Miroglio

Mondadori

Movendo Technology

Nexi

NTT Data

Oath

OVS

QVC

The Student Hotel

UniCredit

Verizon

Vodafone

Warner Bros

Whirlpool

ZipRecruiter

Work highlights

  • Assisting Coima in relation to the technology set-up of one of the main smart city projects in Europe.
  • Assisting Eutelsat, European satellite operator with a powerful fleet of satellites serving users across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, on various strategic matters.
  • Assisting the national consortium for the online audience survey Audiweb with the creation of a unified audience measurement system in Italy.

Italy > Investment funds Tier 3

Dentons‘ Italian fund formation practice regularly works alongside its real estate colleagues. The team is also active in the formation of credit and private equity funds; in addition to traditional investment funds, the team is experienced in establishing SICAFs (investment companies with fixed capital) and ELTIFs (European Long Term Investment Funds). Recently appointed co-head of the Europe financial institutions regulatory practice, Alessandro Engst is experienced in investment funds transactions.

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Testimonials

Ability to offer innovative solutions.

The team’s uniqueness is characterised by the ability to ensure the client a dynamic, flexible and personalised assistance.

The key figures of the firm have shown that they have an extraordinary, unique, united sensitivity, with the ability to adopt out-of-the-box thinking.

The firm works very closely with its clients, including in relation to personalised client billing.

The professionals I work with demonstrate great sensitivity, insight, preparation, wisdom and common sense, which are always accompanied by great listening skills and a problem-solving attitude.

Availability and flexibility during the management of the instruction.

Alessandro Engst is simply fantastic, with a great blend of technical expertise and superb client care; and counsel Valerio Lemma provides excellent support.

Knowledge of the market and proactive approach of the lawyers Alessandro Engst and Valerio Lemma.

Key clients

Fidelity Eurizon Capital SGR

DeA Capital SGR

COIMA SGR

Orion Capital Managers

GLP

P&G SGR

Value Italy SGR

Threestones Capital Management

Pygmalion Capital Advisers

Mediobanca

UnipolSai

Namira SGR

Chelsfield

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mediobanca with the set-up of investment funds and the investment agreements relating to its first-of-their-kind transactions, aimed at providing ultra-high-net-worth clients with access to the real estate trophy assets market.
  • Advised Pygmalion Capital Advisers on the set-up of a closed-ended reserved real estate alternative investment fund (with an umbrella structure) for the acquisition of the Hilton Florence Metropole and the Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli.
  • Providing Fidelity with day-to-day legal assistance on asset management matters in several jurisdictions worldwide.

Italy > Private equity Tier 3

At Dentons, the Milan-based team forms a piece of one of the largest corporate M&A and private equity practices globally, totalling over 2,000 lawyers. Proficient in representing both funds and sellers, the practice is geared to support on the full lifecycle of matters, from acquisitions through to tax structuring and subsequent exit strategies. Alessandro Dubini fronts the practice which is able to rely on expertise from the firm’s M&A, banking and finance, competition, public law and regulatory practices, among others.

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Key clients

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Lifebrain

P&G SGR S.p.A.

Springrowth SGR

Value Italy SGR S.p.A.

Pygmalion Capital Advisers

Annabel Holding S.r.l.

Felis Private Equity Fund

Maire Investments S.p.A.

Gemini Office Services UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Vauban Infrastructure Partners with the acquisition of 75% stake in Progeni S.p.A., a special purpose vehicle that manages the concession contract for the provision of non-medical services for the Niguarda Hospital in Milan.  
  • Assisisting Annabel Holding, Nicola Bulgari’s investment holding company, in relation to the subscription of the reserved capital increase resolved upon by the shareholders’ meeting of Alchimia S.p.A., in compliance with the agreement entered into by its shareholders in 2019 that allowed Annabel Holding to increase its stake in the company in 2021.
  • Assisting Pygmalion Capital Advisers with the acquisition of the Hilton Florence Metropole and the Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli, located in Florence. A new closed-ended reserved real estate alternative investment fund with an umbrella structure was set up in order to complete the acquisition and to carry out similar transactions in the future.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Dentons focuses its restructuring practice on four main areas: corporate and finance restructuring, distressed M&A, bankruptcy advisory work and litigation. Recent highlights include the admission of a Chinese public entity into the Italian Extraordinary Administration procedure, which was a first-of-its-kind event. Cristian Fischetti has been heading up the group since after his promotion to partner in March 2021. Formerly, the position was jointly held by managing partner Federico Sutti and banking and finance head Alessandro Fosco Fagotto, who are nonetheless active in the area.

Practice head(s):

Cristian Fischetti

Testimonials

‘Dentons has excellent technical skills in the restructuring field. Thanks to the contribution of its professionals, it certainly ranks among the top Italian providers for technical solutions and sensitivity, even in the most delicate operations.’

‘Cristian Fischetti is undoubtedly one of the most prepared professionals in the restructuring field at an Italian level.’

‘In-depth technical skills. Understanding the needs of the client. Ability to negotiate the best terms for the client.’

‘Cristian Fischetti: technical qualities in bankruptcy, proactivity, problem-solving mindset.’

‘Over the last few years, Dentons’ banking and restructuring team has proven to be one of the best on the market.’

‘What makes the firm unique is the preparation of its professionals. The strengths are the availability towards the customer and the professionalism, the use of technological tools that even during the pandemic have allowed the bank to always feel supported.’

‘Cristian Fischetti is always available and above all proactive in finding solutions even with very “rigid ” counterpart lawyers. Punctual in compliance with deadlines, which in bankruptcy law offices are always compressed and very challenging.’

‘Dentons represents a legal network offering expertise across a broad range of industries.’

Key clients

CPI Property Group

Irplast

Intesa Sanpaolo

BPER Banca

UniCredit

Amco – Asset Management Company

Italia Wanbao – ACC S.r.l. (Wanbao Group)

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Biokimica

Goldoni S.p.A / Arbos Group

KSM

Sicap S.p.A.

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Banca Ifis

Galotti

Aligros

Work highlights

  • Assisting CPI Property Group pursuant to art. 182 bis and 67 of Italian Bankruptcy Law.
  • Assisting Goldoni in relation to the complex composition with creditors procedure (“concordato preventivo”), approved by the Court of Modena on July, 1 2021.
  • Assisting Italia Wanbao – ACC in the admission to the Extraordinary Administration procedure of a Wanbao Group subsidiary.

Italy > Tax Tier 3

Dentons’ Italy tax team is able to leverage the firm’s global practice of over 200 tax advisers. The practice covers the tax structuring of cross-border investments, M&A and real estate tax, as well as the tax implications of wealth management, tax litigation, tax crime, and co-operative compliance. Italy tax head Andrea Fiorelli has a broad tax practice; Fabrizio Capponi is Italy head of international tax; and Roberta Moscarolidelivers positive results’.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Solid technical preparation and willingness to be available to face any complex situation.

Great professionalism, competence and prompt assistance.

Support with prompt and immediate responses.

Excellent ability to read our needs, analyse problems and manage individual processes.

A complete team with all the necessary skills, great speed, effectiveness, and high levels of excellence.

Andrea Fiorelli is appreciated for his ability to propose and understand complex investment structures.

Roberta Moscaroli always makes herself personally available to achieve the desired result.

Roberta Moscaroli is an excellent professional who delivers positive results.

Key clients

Illimity Bank

BNP Paribas REIM Italy

Prelios SGR

Prim Promozioni Immobiliari

Intesa Sanpaolo

Unicredit

Ferrovie dello Stato

GEDI – Gruppo Editoriale

Work highlights

  • Assisted GEDI – Gruppo Editoriale with filing an advance tax ruling on digital service tax.
  • Assisted Mediobanca with the tax aspects of the acquisition of trophy asset Palazzo Cordusio in Milan.
  • Assisted a pool of banks with the tax aspects surrounding the issuance of a green bond by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Italy > Capital markets: Equity Tier 4

Dentons' Italy capital markets group regularly advises listed and non-listed companies on private placements, IPOs, takeover bids, and admission to trading of financial instruments on regulated markets and multilateral trading facilities. The team also assists on interactions with the relevant authorities. Experienced ECM partner Antonella Brambilla heads up the group.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Professionalism, availability and great competence.’

Commitment to solving any problem.

24-hour assistance that is reliable, punctual and incisive.

Excellent and distinctive skills by comparison with other professional firms.

Key clients

Mediobanca

Axélero

Neosperience

The Italian Sea Group

B Fin

CPI Property Group

YA Global

Work highlights

  • Assisting The Italian Sea Group with its institutional offering and listing of its ordinary shares on the MTA.
  • Advised B Fin, the controlling shareholder of Elettra Investimenti, on the sale of 90% of its share capital, as well as the connected mandatory tender offer for the remaining 10% and a voluntary tender offer for the warrants and delisting of Elettra Investimenti.
  • Assisted CPI Property Group with the takeover bid on Nova Re SIIQ, a real estate investment company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 4

Dentons' Italy group advises national and multinational companies on all aspects of Italian and EU competition law, consumer matters, state aid, merger control, FDI screening, and the antitrust aspects of tenders and market regulations. Heading the Italy competition and antitrust group, Michele Carpagnano regularly acts before the ICA and EC.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Competence, clarity, support and speed are the strengths and key skills of the team.

They are able to meet needs in order to find solutions that can best satisfy the client.

Highly qualified, but at the same time able to use simple language for interlocutors who do not come from the legal/competition law field.

Cordial presence, but with a high professional profile and very precise response times and compliance with work schedules.

An excellent work organisation.

Michele Carpagnano stands out for his in-depth knowledge of different sectors, which makes him particularly quick to understand different dynamics and, consequently, the risk profiles where it is a priority to intervene.

Michele Carpagnano has excellent knowledge of this area: maximum availability, high degree of understanding of the client’s needs, and a strong network of relationships in organisations and institutions.

The strength of the antitrust practice is characterised by Michele Carpagnano and his expertise.

Key clients

TIM

International Fruit Genetics

Piombifera Italiana

7Pixels

Shenzhen Invenland Investment Holdings Co

IKAV

Volotea

Avis Budget Italia

Vitrolife

Provincia Autonoma di Trento

Work highlights

  • Assisting International Fruit Genetics with proceedings concerning the alleged violation of Article 62 of Law Decree 1/2012, which regulates commercial relations in the agri-food chain.
  • Assisting Piombifera Italiana with an investigation initiated by the Antitrust Authority to verify the existence of alleged anti-competitive conduct in relation to the purchase of spent lead accumulators in Italy.
  • Assisting IKAV with a Golden Power assessment and filing, in relation to a €500m investment in the construction of nine gas power plants (developed by Metaenergia for the Italian peak capacity market).

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 4

Enjoying strong relationships with oil and gas sector players, Dentons‘ Italian practice also has a longstanding focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, storage and e-mobility. Team head Carsten Steinhauer advises on renewable energy production and transmission facilities; and managing counsel Mileto Mario Giuliani focuses on transactional matters involving regulated industries. Luigi Costa was a new arrival in November 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Riccardo Narducci; Ginevra Biadico

Testimonials

The strength of the team consists in providing advice comparable to that of a boutique firm, despite the fact that it is a large international practice.

Attention to detail and customised solutions distinguish Dentons’ offering from other firms of the same calibre.

Extreme knowledge of the renewable energy sector in Italy.

Ability and rapid reactions to any type of regulatory or contractual problem.

Dentons is made up of very professional, helpful and friendly members.

Dentons’ strength is its experience, and therefore its ability to provide comprehensive advice. The helpfulness and friendliness of the staff are also of added value.

Carsten Steinhauer is a highly trained professional, who is accessible and always available, with an excellent understanding of business needs.

Managing counsel Mileto Mario Giuliani is prepared, available and of great support during all phases of transactions – an excellent professional and particularly competent in this field.

Key clients

IKAV General Partner

Altaaqa

Statkraft

CCE – Clean Capital Energy

Enernovum

Greencells Group

Engie Italia

SNAM

Alleans Capital Investment

Ib vogt

Pacifico Energy Partners

EDP Renewables

KGAL

CIC Energy Services

Nordic Solar

Unogas

Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Assisted IKAV with its investment in the construction of nine gas power plants, developed by Metaenergia for the Italian peak capacity market.
  • Assisted Statkraft with its acquisition of Solarcentury, a global solar power company.
  • Assisted Engie Italia with its investment in two green solar energy parks in Sicily.

Italy > Compliance

Dentons‘ Italian litigation and dispute resolution practice head, Sara Biglieri, advises on all aspects of corporate compliance in accordance with Legislative Decree 231/2001; and serves as either the president (or member) of the vigilance committees of several major Italian companies.

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 designed to be different. As the world’s largest law firm with 20,000 professionals in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries, we can help you grow, protect, operate and finance your business. Our polycentric and purpose-driven approach, together with our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and ESG, ensures we challenge the status quo to stay focused on what matters most to you. www.dentons.com

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Sara Biglieri
Banking and Finance Alessandro Fosco Fagotto
Competition and Antitrust Michele Carpagnano
Corporate and M&A Alessandro Dubini
Intellectual Property and Technology Giangiacomo Olivi
Public Policy and Regulation Federico Vanetti
Real Estate Federico Sutti
Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Cristian Fischetti
Tax Andrea Fiorelli
Employment and Labour Davide Boffi
Energy Carsten Steinhauer
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  • Women’s Professional Advancement Strategy – Europe: Our policy sets out a comprehensive strategy to reach a target of 30% women in partnership and key leadership roles by 2025. This includes an agile working policy, mentoring and sponsorship for up and coming female talent, business development support, anti-bias training for partners and HR managers, participation of women in leadership development programs, involvement of a member of the women’s advancement committee in partner admission interviews, and various other steps.
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Mr. Phuc Le rejoined Dentons LuatViet to strengthen its offshore legal services

Dentons LuatViet is delighted to welcome back Mr. Phuc Le to join our firm as a Special Counsel. He will primarily provide legal services to our clients in the US and Moscow.

Singapore Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk Boosts Corporate Practice with Two Senior Lawyer Hires

Singapore, 1 July 2022 – Singapore’s Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk are today announcing the arrival of senior corporate lawyers Evelyn Ang and Emily Low. Together with six other lawyers, they join Dentons Rodyk from Big Four accounting firm EY’s Singapore law practice, Atlas Asia Law Corporation (AALC). The news follows Dentons' recently launched combination with leading Vietnamese law firm LuatViet, as the Firm pursues its goal of being the leading pan-ASEAN law firm.

Dentons launches combination with LuatViet in Vietnam

Dentons has launched its previously announced combination with leading Vietnamese law firm, LuatViet, which has more than 40 legal professionals serving clients from offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Former Deputy Director of Attorney-General’s Chambers Navin Naidu joins Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk

Big Five Law Firm Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Attorney-General’s Chambers’ former Deputy Director Navin Naidu to the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice.

How Singapore’s Big Five law firm Dentons Rodyk is embracing the future of work and ditching its traditional office for good

Visions for the future of work have never been bolder. The COVID-19 pandemic changed notions on how many felt a work environment should be. The world was rushed into accelerating technology adoption, increasing digital connectivity and embracing virtual collaboration. As we usher in a new and dynamic decade, Dentons Rodyk envisions the future of work by ditching its traditional office for good and introducing a permanent hybrid work model.

Dentons secures final victory for ICT on European patent infringement case against ESSITY

Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859. 

Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.

The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.

Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.

David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.

Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”

The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.

In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.

In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.

In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.

About ICT

Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.


Dentons advises Snam on US$10.1 billion consortium investment in ADNOC Gas Pipelines

Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).

The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe.  ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.

The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members.  In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.

Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan.  Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.

Snam’s internal legal team was led by General Counsel, Marco Reggiani - assisted by Michela Schizzi, Senior Vice President Regulated Assets Legal Affairs - and included senior legal counsels Rosanna Pallotta and Claudia Jolanda Fanelli.  The legal aspects related to the financing were handled, together with Marco Reggiani, by Gloria Bertini, Head of Finance and Capital Market Legal Affairs and Roberta Di Mauro, legal counsel.


Dentons advises Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund

The EU Malaria Fund was initiated by the kENUP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting research-based innovation with public and societal benefit. The fund is managed by the IBB Group. The target volume of the fund amounts to €280 million, with a first closing of €70 million on June 3, 2020.A Dentons team from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich provided comprehensive advice to IBB Group on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund. This included the development of the legal and tax conception of the fund, regulatory advice, corporate law support on the setup of the fund, and the negotiation of the financing agreements with the EIB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other investors.Berlin-based partner Dirk-Reiner Voss and Frankfurt-based partner Arne Klüwer jointly led the Dentons team, with support from partners Stephan Busch, Matthias Santelmann and senior associates Holger Hölkemeier and Bernd Düsterbeck in Berlin; counsel Verena Etzel and Oda Elmoutaouakil in Frankfurt; partner Axel Schlieter in Dusseldorf, and partner Richard Fagerer in Munich.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises on ACS Group’s €500 million NEU-CP Program

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has advised Spanish-based multinational construction group, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. (ACS), on the renewal of its €500 million Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU-CP) Program. The NEU-CP program is registered with the Central Bank of France, with the involvement of BNP Paribas, BRED Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V. and Natixis, as dealers for the Notes.Headquartered in Madrid, the ACS Group is a worldwide leader in construction and services. It is currently the only non-financial issuer with a NEU-CP Program registered with the Central Bank of France.Dentons’ Capital Markets group in Madrid advised ACS on all aspects of the transaction. Partner Ignacio Corujo led and coordinated the transaction with the support of junior associate Ana Artola.Ignacio Corujo joined Dentons in January this year to establish and lead the Capital Markets group in Spain. In addition to this most recent deal for ACS, he has closed several high-value debt capital markets deals since his move, including most notably, Grupo Cajamar’s €1 billion issuance of mortgage bonds, as well as Sacyr’s renewal of its €500 million EMTN Program.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com 

Dentons advises UniCredit on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked financing for Gunvor Gro

Global law firm Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger, (Sustainability) Coordinator, Bookrunner, Facility Agent and Security Agent as well as the lenders on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked borrowing base facility agreement with Gunvor Group. Gunvor Group will use the funds to cover the working capital requirements of its Ingolstadt refinery.The innovative financing model is tied to the borrower's achievement of predetermined ESG key performance indicators (Sustainability KPIs) and provides for a sustainability discount or premium in case the company overachieves or underperforms the predefined targets. An independent sustainability auditor will report on the performance of the Sustainability KPIs on an annual basis. The ESG-based scoring of certain key performance indicators provides a unique way for borrowers and lenders to communicate their commitment to sustainability and incentivizes sustainable corporate measures.Participating banks included DZ Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Erste Group Bank, Commerzbank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, CA Indosuez (Switzerland), Bank of China and First Abu Dhabi Bank.Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded. With strategic investments in industrial infrastructure – refineries, pipelines, storage and terminals – Gunvor Group further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers. UniCredit is one of the pioneers in sustainable loans in the German market.Düsseldorf finance partner Dr. Axel Schlieter fully advised the bank on the drafting and negotiation of the loan agreement. The Dentons team further comprised Julia Heitmann (senior associate, Banking and Finance, Düsseldorf) and Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, Banking and Finance, Frankfurt). Axel Schlieter is a core member of Dentons’ Sustainable Finance group in Europe and is regularly involved around the topics of issuance of green bonds and on sustainable financing.Advisors to UniCredit: Dentons (Düsseldorf): Dr. Axel Schlieter, (lead partner), Julia Heitmann (senior associate, both banking and finance, Düsseldorf), Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, banking and finance, Frankfurt am Main)UniCredit inhouse lawyers: Carina Engelhardt, Alexander Strigin, Christian HentrichAbout DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises Qair on refinancing of the acquisition of Rzepin and Linowo wind farms in Poland

Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice team advised Qair SAS, Qair International and Qair Polska Sp.z o.o. in connection with the refinancing of two wind farms under operation, Rzepin (58 MW) and Linowo (48 MW). The financing institutions are BNP Paribas and EBRD.The two wind farms are part of Qair’s larger portfolio of almost 200 MW of renewable energy sources, which also includes 93 MW of new capacity from three wind farms – Udanin (50 MW), Parzeczew (9 MW) and Września (9 MW) – and 25 MW of solar photovoltaic.The project was supervised by Mateusz Toczyski, Head of the Europe and Co-Head of the Global Banking and Finance practice, and led by Tomasz Zwoliński, counsel, with assistance from lawyers Klaudia Szymańska-Rutkowska, Katarzyna Mazur, Katarzyna Kaptur and Jakub Walawski. Supporting the Warsaw team were counsel Surbhi Malhotra-Trenkel in Munich and partners Jean-Marc Allix and Olivier Genevois, and associates Djésia Meziani, Philippine de Fouchier and Hugo Casasnovas in Paris. Dentons’ London team consisting of partner Matthew Sapte and associate Annreika Ray advised on the hedging documentation.“We are very pleased and honored to have had this opportunity to assist Qair in yet another wind power project the company has undertaken in Poland,” said Mateusz Toczyski.“We would like to congratulate Qair on this financing and to wish every success with further developments and investments in Poland and elsewhere in the world,” added Tomasz Zwoliński.About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons advises Sev.en Energy on aacquisition of US-based Blackhawk Mining

Dentons has advised international energy group Sev.en Energy on its strategic acquisition of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, LLC. C. The transaction comes on the heels of Sev.en Energy’s acquisition of a 17% ownership interest in Corsa Coal in May 2020, further reinforcing its access to the metallurgical coal mining industry in the US market.Blackhawk Mining is one of the largest metallurgical coal producers in the US. With annual production capacity of seven to eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal among its five underground and open pit mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky, Blackhawk Mining is an important supplier of metallurgical coal both locally and internationally. It also owns three thermal coal mine complexes producing three to four million tonnes per annum. In 2019, Blackhawk Mining had $1bn revenues and $120m EBITDA. Commenting on the acquisition, Dentons partner Petr Zákoucký, said: “Having worked for Sev.en Energy for many years, I am inspired by their sustained dynamism, and by this bold strategic move, even during these difficult market conditions. We were delighted to have opportunity to play our role in this success.” Alan Svoboda, Executive Director of Sev.en Energy who leads the Group’s international expansion added: “Once again, the Dentons team exceeded our expectations and delivered the transaction within a tight time frame of less than a month, nailing both the complexity of the deal and challenges created by the current worldwide pandemic. What was really outstanding was the dedication and flexibility that the entire team showed.” Dentons’ cross-border team was composed of partners Petr Zákoucký (Prague, Energy/M&A), Ilan Katz (New York, M&A), Lee Smith (New York, Finance), Christopher Van Bever (Lexington, Mining) and John Rhine (Evansville, Mining) Robert E. Richards (Chicago, Insolvency), Managing Associate Gregory DiBella (New York, M&A) and Associate Barbora Obračajová (Prague, Energy). Alvarez & Marsal advised Sev.en Energy on financial due diligence and Weir on technical due diligence. About Sev.en EnergySev.en Energy owns significant coal and energy production assets in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. It is the largest private operator of coalmines and conventional power plants in the Czech Republic, and employs more than 3,500 people. In 2019, Sev.en Energy acquired additional power generation assets from Swiss energy group Alpiq and a 50% stake in the multinational energy company – InterGen N.V., which is one of the leading independent power generators with gas-fired power plants in the UK and coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Australia. When pro-forma aggregated with the financial results of InterGen and Alpiq CZ, Sev.en Energy group combined revenues in 2019 were EUR 1,4 billion and EBITDA of EUR 319 million. About DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Dentons supports German subsidiaries of the Recylex Group in restructuring

Global law firm Dentons is assisting Weser-Metall GmbH and Harz-Metall GmbH, both subsidiaries of the French-German Recylex Group, with their restructuring through ‘self-administration’ proceedings. In addition, Dentons restructuring lawyers Andreas Ziegenhagen and Dirk Schoene and their team are advising the German management of the Recylex Group within the scope of its self-administration.As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic decline in metal prices, the German subsidiaries of Recylex have each applied for protective shield proceedings under German insolvency law. The aim of the protective shield is to allow the companies to continue their individual restructuring measures and to return to economic stability after the pandemic - if necessary, in a new shareholder structure.Weser-Metall produces about 100,000 tons of lead per year at its headquarters in Nordenham (Lower Saxony), making it the third largest lead smelter and the second largest lead recycler in Europe. Harz-Metall has its headquarters in Oker in the Harz Mountains and is one of the leading European recycling companies for lead and zinc contaminated waste.The Recylex group has a total of eleven operating units and two administrative sites in France and Germany. In addition to the companies supported by Dentons, two other companies in the group, Norzinco GmbH and PPM Pure Metals GmbH, have also submitted applications for protective shield, whilethree other German subsidiaries requested self-administration under creditor protection. The Group's French companies are not affected.Andreas Ziegenhagen, Head of the Europe and German Restructuring practice, said: "With the filing for protective shield proceedings, we are making use of the most restructuring-friendly court proceedings in the interest of all stakeholders of the companies”.Advisor to Harz Metall / Weser Metall / German management of Recylex:Dentons (Berlin): Andreas Ziegenhagen (Partner, Restructuring, Berlin/Frankfurt), Dirk Schoene (Partner), Dr. Jan Seelinger (Counsel), Dr. Benjamin Kurzberg (Counsel), Judith Schmid (Senior Associate), Dr. Jakob Pickartz (Senior Associate), all Restructuring and InsolvencyAbout DentonsDentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com