DLA Piper > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

DLA Piper
VIA DELLA POSTA 7
20123 MILAN
Italy

Italy > Compliance Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s compliance work covers the design and implementation of corporate compliance programmes; internal investigations; criminal defence matters; anti-bribery and corruption; international sanctions; and crime prevention. Other areas of strength include antitrust compliance, tax and budget fraud-related investigations, and data protection compliance. Leading the white-collar crime, investigations and compliance practice, Raffaella Quintana also has expertise in criminal defence matters, with Antonio Carino  experienced in the implementation of compliance programmes and defence-side investigations. Also integral to the team are legal directors Raffaele Perfetto and Francesco Lalli.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

In my opinion, the DLA compliance department is the best on the market.

They work by perfectly interpreting clients’ needs, and are able to transform them into complete and integrated projects.

They are able to understand the needs and specifics of client companies, customising their advice perfectly – this gives them an extra edge.

Compared to other firms, its approach to listening and integrating what already exists in the company with the project created is something that is very difficult to find.

Competence, technical knowledge, punctuality and precision, with the ability to understand organisational and procedural aspects.

Raffaella Quintana is the engine of a machine that works hard to add value to companies.

Raffaella Quintana has considerable experience in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as considerable technical and operational competence in the application of Legislative Decree 231/01.

Antonio Carino is a professional with deep knowledge of compliance issues – he is able to give added value thanks to his many years of experience in criminal proceedings and his knowledge of the specifics of the various corporate sectors.

Key clients

PIRELLI e C

Viatris Pharma

URSA ITALIA

Eni

EDP Renewables Italia

Pfizer Group

RCI BANQUE

Work highlights

  • Advised Pirelli on the drafting and implementation of a sanctions and export control compliance programme.
  • Assisted the former Pfizer Established Medicine Italy (the Upjohn entity in Italy) with the transitional phase, following the establishment of new pharmaceutical group Viatris (following a complex global reorganisation between Mylan and Upjohn).
  • Assisted ENI with a complex investigation involving alleged international corruption.

Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s data privacy and data protection team includes sub-teams that specialise in finance and insurance, media and telecoms, life sciences, and fashion and retail. The team is playing a significant role in important digital transformation projects in Italy, including the creation of a national data management and e-learning platform of the Italian school system. Giulio Coraggio is the head of the Italian technology practice and of the firm’s global internet of things, and gaming and gambling groups. Giulia Zappaterra is specialised in privacy, data protection and cybersecurity projects.

Practice head(s):

Giulio Coraggio

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

UniCredit

Luxottica

TeamSystem

AON

Menarini

Disney

Philip Morris

L’Oréal

Pfizer

Generali

NTT Data

Sisal

Amplifon

Banca PSA

Moncler

Work highlights

  • Assisting NTT Data with a digital transformation project relating to the creation of the national data management and e-learning platform of the whole Italian school system that will replace any existing third-party vendors’ platforms.
  • Advised UniCredit on three major data breaches that affected on aggregate over 4 million customers and with the follow-up disputes before the competent data protection authority.
  • Advised Philip Morris on its whole privacy project concerning the management of its CRM system concerning IQOS and VEEV, its smoke-free products, and its IQOS club.

Italy > Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper provides leading employment law advice and representation across all labour, social security, and trade union matters. The management of collective dismissals, international industrial relations and all aspects relating to M&A transactions distinguish the firm. The practice houses high-calibre professionals, including practice heads Giampiero Falasca, who stands out among other matters for his engagement in publishing about employment law in different Italian newspapers, and ‘highly recommended’ Fabrizio Morelli. Federico Strada is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Giampiero Falasca; Fabrizio Morelli

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ability to interpret customer needs and to provide complete and effective solutions. The presence of experienced professionals from different disciplines allows us to offer integrated and qualified consultancy. The firm’s organizational structure is innovative. These are not consultants who intervene when necessary, but real partners who support you in business development’

‘Competence, availability, reliability, team spirit and empathy are the characteristics that distinguish DLA professionals.’

‘DLA are more pragmatic than other well-known firms in Italy and provide more succinct advice, always keeping the global nature of our business in mind. They have offered good value for money.’

‘Federico Strada makes himself available for calls at short notice (including out of hours where necessary), meaning he is easy to reach for urgent queries and gives helpful, succinct and pragmatic advice on the spot. He has good industry knowledge, plenty of global experience which shows in his advice and he resources the team with Associates where appropriate.’

‘Competence and availability are the strengths.’

‘Federico Strada: a partner, whose availability, flexibility, commercial approach and competence are appreciated.’

‘A very supportive team who help us achieve our goals by offering high level of consultancy and legal know-how.’

‘High sense of commitment and Fabrizio Morelli is very highly recommended.’

Key clients

Warner Bros

Lidl

Computer Associates

HCL Technologies

Uber

Adobe

Juventus

Valentino

Emirates

Almaviva

Hard Rock Café

Newell Group

Levi Strauss

Work highlights

  • Assistance to Just Eat for the union agreement to hire 4,000 riders.
  • Provided  New mauritius Hotels Limited with extrajudicial assistance, covering the company’s requests for assistance in labour law, tax and criminal matters.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Acting for both multinationals and Italian clients, DLA Piper‘s life sciences team routinely advises on multi-practice, multi-jurisdictional mandates. The full-service offering ranges from corporate, regulatory, IP, commercial and privacy matters to public procurement and PPP, litigation, white-collar crime, compliance, employment, real estate and finance. The team is led by Roberto Valenti, a partner in the Milan office’s IP and technology department and President of the the American Chamber of Commerce’s Life Sciences Working Group since 2010; Rome-based Marco de Morpurgo is a pharmaceutical and medical device regulatory law expert.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Great preparation and knowledge of the subject, with a willingness to listen and compare.

A highly trained life sciences team.

The partners are extremely supportive, and always give feedback quickly and in a timely manner.

Strong proactivity and use of innovative tools to share regulatory news and updates that are useful for the sector, for example through webinars that focus on specific aspects.

Strong client orientation and attention to matching budget needs with quality of service to the maximum extent possible.

I have always worked very well with Roberto Valenti, an extremely professional person who is able to work well in a team, orchestrating the work of the group in an effective and client interest-oriented way.

I regularly work with Marco de Morpurgo on detailed aspects of Italian pharmaceutical law. He is my go-to guy in Italy.

In Italy, there are lots of good lawyers, but it can be challenging to find the top-notch cream of the crop. Marco de Morpurgo is definitely the cream of the crop.

Key clients

Pfizer

Abbott Medical

GlaxoSmithKline

Iovance Biotherapeutics

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Essity

Sifi

Menarini

Medtronic

Reckitt Benkiser

Work highlights

  • Advised the Italian entities of Pfizer on the organisation of the supply of Covid-19 vaccines distributed in Italy, in the Vatican City State and in the State of San Marino.
  • Representing Medtronic in a patent dispute among European leading manufacturers and suppliers of a range of medical devices for respiratory support, in connection with the alleged infringement of two European patents referred to devices for oxygen administration in the intensive therapy.
  • Assisted Sifi in its agreement with Chinese biopharmaceutical company AffaMed Therapeutics for a strategic joint venture in China aimed at developing, producing and marketing intraocular lenses and other surgical devices for the treatment of eye diseases in South East Asia.

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s team acts on the full gamut of fashion and luxury-related legal needs. Representative work covers the reorganisation of distribution networks, e-commerce platforms, labelling regulations and commercial agreements, along with brands’ retail expansion, IP portfolios, real estate, labour issues, compliance and tax. Davide Rossetti advises on distribution, sale and purchase, procurement, sub-contracting and service agreements in the fashion sector; Elena Varese is experienced in IP and fashion law matters; and Alessandro Piermanni is sought out by fashion and luxury clients for M&A, joint ventures and business units’ disposals.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm knows the sector and clients’ needs, and they are very fast and effective in their responses.

The team has excellent knowledge of the market and stands out from the crowd for its high-quality advice, flexibility and business-oriented approach.

The firm makes available a wide array of technological tools to clients, such as NFT services, and automated tools for migration of data and compiling of documents.

DLA Piper behaves as a trusted adviser by providing ad-hoc fee structures, secondment programmes and training.

Elena Varese is an extraordinary professional, who is highly competent and empathetic.

I have been working with Elena Varese for years and she has an unmatched knowledge and experience in IP and advertising matters. She always provides added value to her work and is able to anticipate the company’s needs.

Elena Varese is always available and capable of conveying trust and enthusiasm, even in the most challenging situations.

Tailored advice and capacity to think outside the box make Elena Varese one of the youngest market leaders in the field. Elena is a point of reference in the luxury space, and the seminars organised by her are a go-to appointment for the industry.

Key clients

Valentino

Tecnica

Prada

Nike

Hugo Boss

Golden Goose

Dolce & Gabbana

Loro Piana

Ermenegildo Zegna

Poltrona Frau

Manolo Blahnik

Henry Cotton’s

Marina Yachting

MCS

Zanotti

Bally

Calzedonia

Missoni

Percassi Retail

Burberry

Converse

Lamborghini

Agnona

Conbipel

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sinv Group (namely Sinv Holding, Sinv Real Estate and Sinv Lab) in the transaction whereby Aeffe S.p.A. acquired from Sinv Group 30% shareholding of Moschino.
  • Assisted Ermenegildo Zegna in the acquisition of the going concern of the Czech company Luxury Brand Management a.s., which was controlling Ermenegildo Zegna’s flagship store in Prague.
  • Defended Tecnica in the drafting of the appeal before the General Court of the European Union for the protection of the three-dimensional trademark on the iconic Moon Boot ®.

Italy > Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

DLA Piper assists leading Italian and international manufacturers with a particular focus on the automotive, chemical and aerospace sectors. M&A, joint ventures and private equity transaction are at the core of the practice, which is led by Alessandro Piermanni. Focusing on cross-border M&A as well as acquisitions of family-owned companies, Danilo Surdi is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Piermanni

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Competence, professionalism, great willingness to help, determination in finding the best solution.’

‘Ability to prioritize objectives.’

Key clients

Alfanar Group

Ariston Thermo

Cantel Medical

Carlo Colombo

Comecer

Compugroup Medical

FAAC Group

Feralpi

Finproject

Gea Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sinv Group in the transaction whereby Aeffe S.p.A. acquired from Sinv Group 30% shareholding of Moschino S.p.A. which is now fully owned by Aeffe S.p.A.
  • Advised GEA Group on the agreement to sell its refrigeration operations in Spain and Italy to Clauger SAS.

Italy > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s consumer goods and retail sector group provides high-end fashion brands, producers of medical devices, logistics players and top-tier retail companies with ‘high-quality advice, flexibility and business-oriented solutions’ in connection to M&A transactions, corporate, technology, advertising and distribution law. Litigator Davide Rossetti, who is particularly appreciated for his expertise in the fashion and large-scale distribution market, is one of the key contacts, together with his co-head Elena Varese, who has an ‘unmatched knowledge and experience’ in IP and advertising matters.

Practice head(s):

Davide Rossetti; Elena Varese

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent knowledge of the market and stands out from the crowd for its high-quality advice, flexibility and business-oriented solutions. The firm makes available a wide arrays of technological tools to clients (e.g. NFTs services, automated tools for migration of data and compiling of documents).’

‘DLA Piper behaves as a trusted advisor by providing ad-hoc fee structures, secondment programs and trainings, updates and seminars dedicated to the sector.’

‘Elena Varese has an unmatched knowledge and experience in IP and advertising matters. She always provides added value to her work and is able to anticipate the company’s needs. She is always available and capable of conveying trust and enthusiasm also in the most challenging situations. Tailored advice and capacity to think outside the box make Elena one of the youngest market leaders in the field.’

Key clients

Valentino

Prada

Hugo Boss

Golden Goose

Dolce Gabbana

Loro Piana

Ermenegildo Zegna

Poltrona Frau

La Rinascente

Manolo Blahnik

Henry Cotton’s

Marina Yachting

MCS

Zanotti

Bally

Calzedonia

Missoni

Juventus

LIDL

IPER

Pernod Ricard

Prologis

Bacardi

Nike

Givi Italia

Technogym

Montenegro

Corneliani

Converse Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Conbipel, the Italian clothing and accessories retailer – as debtor – in a restructuring process in relation to which the debtor has been admitted to extraordinary administration pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 270/1999.
  • Acted for IPER in the proceedings before the Court of Milan instigated by IPER’s former service provider (Polymer) for damages’ compensation in excess of EUR 3,600,000.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

DLA Piper is ‘a point of reference in the TMT area.’ The team’s success derives from the combination of the different experts including practice head and IP lawyer Gualtiero Dragotti and Alessandro Boso Caretta, who is considered a ‘true expert’ and ‘among the top lawyers in Italy’ in telecommunications, competition and regulations. Giulio Coraggio‘s knowledge of privacy and technology law is particularly appreciated, and Alessandro Ferrari stands out in the media and outsourcing area. Strong competition expertise completes the offering.

Practice head(s):

Gualtiero Dragotti

Other key lawyers:

Bice Di Sano; Massimo d’Andrea; Alessandro Boso Caretta; Giulio Coraggio; Alessandro Ferrari

Testimonials

‘Giulio Coraggio is a privacy expert. Vincenzo Giuffrè is a problem solver in the IT field.’

‘The team includes professionals with different seniorities, who are dynamic and have strong skills in the management of IT contracts. They are able to adapt quickly to customer requests, including the use of communication tools. Alessandro Boso Caretta stands out for his competence.’

The team is a point of reference in the TMT area. They are excellent, especially in the telecommunications field, for their in-depth knowledge of the market. They have great familiarity and the ability to provide, in a clear and transparent way, insights and guidance that create added value for the company. They are a smart and innovative team, well integrated, with which it is extremely easy to work. I also find the firm’s training initiatives and the attention they show to ESG issues very interesting.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta is a true expert in telecommunications, as well as in competition and regulation, among the top lawyers in Italy. He combines great technical preparation and authority, dedication and balance, with an extraordinary ability to immediately grasp the problem and propose effective solutions. The team is very well assorted and responsive, made up of capable, prepared and reliable professionals.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta: great competence in the regulatory and legal fields, combined with a high ability to understand the customer’s needs and a deep knowledge of the telecommunications sector.’

‘The firm stands out for being one of the most competent in the TLC sector and has notable successes both in the field of administrative litigation and in the field of civil and antitrust litigation.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta and his collaborators Bice di Sano and Massimo d’Andrea deserve a special mention for their considerable knowledge of the TLC sector, which stands out for its complexity and high technicalities. Boso Caretta and his team are able to manage this complexity thanks to their solid competence and many years of experience.’

Key clients

Luxottica

Sisal

UniCredit

Tesla

Disney

Dassault Systèmes

Cisco

Electronic Arts

Paramount

Daimler

World largest eCommerce platform

Audi

Dell

QVC

L’Oreal

Agos Ducato

Duracell

TeamSystem

Vodafone and Vodafone Automotive

Vision inc.

Experian

Davide Campari

Adobe Systems

AllScripts

XPO Logistics

Bally

Giglio Group

Toyota

UBS

Porsche

BMW

GAP

Equinix

KFC

Levi’s

Nike

Take-Two Interactive

VISA

Intesa Sanpaolo

Avon Cosmetics

Assicurazioni Generali

Work highlights

  • Assisting Vodafone in some of the most prominent Tlc related projects and disputes, including a major victory against Fastweb in an unfair competition dispute for customer retention practices in the market for fixed communications.
  • Assisting NTT Data on the digital transformation project relating to the creation of the national data management and e-learning platform of the whole Italian school system that will replace any existing third party vendors’ platform generating a single digital ecosystem for the management of relationships with students and parents, distance learning and the operation of Italian schools.
  • Assisted the Assicurazioni Generali Group on a complex restructuring project: the launch of a transformation program aimed at improving Generali Group’s technology and IT performances, through the creation, together with a player in the IT industry (Accenture), of a new platform in charge of providing certain IT and transformation services to Generali Group companies.

Italy > Intellectual property

DLA Piper has a widely recognised IP group, which is particularly known for its focus on patent litigation and innovation protection. Practice head Gualtiero Dragotti provides senior expertise in these areas. Roberto Valenti manages soft-IP and commercial issues with an emphasis on clients in the life sciences sector, who also receive related regulatory advice. ‘Highly valued’ associate Elena Varese concentrates on consumer goods, food, and retail. Trademark management, filing and prosecution complete the offering. Laura Gastaldi is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Gualtiero Dragotti

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent knowledge of the market and stands out from the crowd for its high-quality advice, flexibility and business-oriented approach. The firm provides a wide arrays of technological tools to clients (e.g. NFTs services, automated tools for migration of data and compiling of documents). DLA Piper acts as a trusted advisor by providing ad-hoc fee structures, secondment programs and trainings.’

‘Elena Varese has an unmatched knowledge and experience in IP and advertising matters. She always provides added value to her work and is able to anticipate the company’s needs. She is always available and capable of conveying trust and enthusiasm also in the most challenging situations. Tailored advice and capacity to think outside the box make Elena one of the youngest market leaders in the field.’

‘DLA Piper has great competence, accompanied by continuous updating and the ability to understand the customer’s needs, without ever forgetting the human dimension of the relationship.’

‘The firm covers various business areas, has enormous flexibility and ability to adapt to the different needs of the business.’

‘DLA professionals are distinguished by the preparation and ability to effectively manage complex cases by finding immediate solutions. There is a constant and timely alignment of the client with regard to judicial developments, accompanied by considerations and suggestions on subsequent actions. The rates applied are in line with the excellent professionalism guaranteed.’

‘Elena Varese distinguishes herself particularly from other professionals for her excellent preparation, for her empathy, for her ability to find immediate solutions and for her ability to succeed. Varese is a highly valued professional.’

Key clients

Alpinestars

Franklin & Marshall S.r.l.

Montenegro

Zambon

Assicurazioni Generali

Wind Tre

Elisabetta Dami

Pernod Ricard

Lamborghini

Nikon

Mondadori

Manolo Blahnik

Tecnica Group

Converse

Duracell

EPO Fashion

Twitter

Twitch

Bacardi

Work highlights

  • Assisted multiple clients in establishing and refining the appropriate remedies to prevent and cure the trade secret misappropriation often carried out by leaving employees.
  • Assisted the pharmaceutical company Sifi Group in the agreement with the Chinese biopharmaceutical company AffaMed Therapeutics for a strategic joint venture in China aimed at developing, producing and marketing intraocular lenses and other surgical devices for the treatment of eye diseases in South East Asia, in the markets of China, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong.

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 2

DLA Piper‘s public law team mainly operates within the litigation, regulatory and real estate departments. Drawing upon the firm’s international network, the group is able to assist domestic as well as international players in relation to their activities in Italy, especially in connection to permitting procedures and construction requirements, environmental law and energy, which are all key specialisms of co-practice head Germana Cassar. Giorgia Romitelli heads the highly recognised public procurement team while town planning expert Carmen Chierchia and legal director Alessia Marconi are also noted team members.

Practice head(s):

Germana Cassar; Giorgia Romitelli

Testimonials

‘Expertise, reliability, professionalism and availability.’

‘They have technical competence in the field of tenders and appeals, Giorgia Romitelli in particular.’

‘The team is very competent and able to respond quickly and effectively to various requests. From a human point of view, they are very involved in their clients’ missions, so they feel part of the family.’

‘Carmen Chierchia combines security and competence with a great capacity for empathy. Everyone recognizes her professionalism.’

‘Strong motivation and competence in the specific sector.’

Key clients

Alerion Clean Power S.p.A.

FERA, Fabbrica Energie Rinnovabili Alternative S.p.A.

SWEN Impact Fund for Transition and Schmack Biogas

Saxa Gres S.p.A.

Natixis, Intesa Sanpaolo and BPCE Lease Suc-cursale Italia

Tages Helios Investment Fund

Equitix

Abbott Medical Italia

BRS S.p.A. in liquidazione

Kryalos SGR

Primonial Real Estate

Panattoni

DWS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Iris Impianti Energia Rinnovabile Siracusa s.r.l. before the Plenary Assembly of the Council of State which recognised in favour of the company the restoration of the damage caused by the Region for having issued, with considerable delay, the authorisations for the construction and the operation of photovoltaic plants, making their construction economically unsustainable, due to a change in law which prevented their incentivisation.
  • Assisted Abbott in relation to two administrative disputes before the Emilia Romagna Regional Administrative Court (Bologna) and subsequently before the Council of State, relating to the public tender launched by INTERCENTER for the awarding of the supply of implantable defibrillators and pacemakers for Emilia-Romagna and Lazio regions.
  • Assistance to DWS with respect to the acquisition of the biggest logistic facility in Italy, which will serve as global logistic hub of Kering Group.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper has a recognised market standing in financial, insolvency and real estate litigation especially, which, together with experience in a number of other areas, including construction, transport, fashion and life sciences, complete the team’s sector specialisms. The multidisciplinary department is led by Stefano Modenesi, who also manages the international arbitration team, in which Federica Bocci stands out. Other key members of the group include arbitrator Niccolò Abriani, ADR expert Alessandro Lanzi and Davide Rossetti, who is known for his experience of domestic and cross-border commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Modenesi

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge of the local court procedures and ability to explain those to an international client.’

‘Stefano Modenesi and Alberto Angeloni are very experienced litigators and they are able to propose, explain and implement various litigation strategies to try and resolve difficult litigation issues. They lead a team of efficient litigators, able to support the client throughout a dispute.’

‘Offer of multidisciplinary assistance. Attention to the customer and to the overall service. Great availability for dialogue.’

‘Excellent professionals in the team led by Stefano Modenesi.’

‘Strong skills in dispute resolution and in the elaboration of certified and restructuring plans. Very little turnover in the reference team. Innovative and often resolutive legal solutions on the matter of legal disputes. Dynamic and have an ability to interact with IT systems.’

‘The professionalism, responsiveness, exceptional availability of the team.’

‘Stefano Modenesi is an excellent lawyer who knows perfectly all the specificities of Italian civil procedure. He is always available, very responsive and collaborative. Certainly, he is one of the best lawyers in Italy. A real pleasure to work with him on sensitive subjects.’

Key clients

iPER Montebello S.p.A.

Four Investments s.r.l.

Agnona S.r.l.

AMCO – Asset Management Company S.p.A.

Prelios Credit Servicing S.p.A.

Banca Sistema S.p.A.

Tokio Marine HCC

Work highlights

  • Assisting Generali in managing a 4 billion dollar claim from Stellantis related to Covid-19 business interruption losses under global property insurance scheme.
  • Assisting Prelios Credit Servicing S.p.A. in several proceedings against PI and the Italian and French companies which had mortgaged their real estate properties to secure the receivables.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 2

Assisting Italian and international clients with the full gamut of antitrust and competition law, DLA Piper‘s recent experience includes cartel investigations and appeals, merger control matters, antitrust litigation, compliance programmes, EU law and consumer protection, and Golden Power procedures. In 2021, the firm launched Aiscension, a groundbreaking AI-enabled service designed to find cartel risks within corporations. Co-leading the group are Alessandro Boso Caretta, who is highly focused on the technology, telecoms, life sciences, transportation and energy and networks sectors; and competition, EC and consumer protection law expert Domenico Gullo.

Testimonials

A team that is divided by specialisation but with strong integration between sectors.

The ability to manage clients with complex needs is evident.

Availability with great levels of professionalism.

They have excellent preparation and knowledge of our sector, with the ability to interact effectively with complex and multinational organisations like ours.

The team is well-balanced, with the right flexibility, and capable of providing clear and pragmatic answers with a strategic vision that gives added value to the company.

I have been working with great satisfaction for some time with partner Alessandro Boso Caretta, an expert in competition and regulation. Thanks to his invaluable support, we have achieved significant success in certain antitrust disputes.

Alessandro Boso Caretta: great professionalism, availability and understanding of our business.

Alessandro Boso Caretta stands out from other professionals, particularly for his capacity for synthesis and clarity in dealing with issues.

Key clients

Algeco (Modulaire Group)

Engie

Iccrea Banca

Lidl

Ondulati e Imballaggi del Friuli

RCI Banque

Società Consortile Consorzi Agrari (Consorzi Agrari d’Italia)

Telecom Italia

United Parcel Service

Vodafone and Vodafone Automotive

Generali

Electronic Arts

Work highlights

  • Acted for RCI Banque in obtaining the annulment of the decision by which the Italian Competition Authority asserted an alleged cartel based on the exchange of sensitive commercial information in the Italian market for the financing of the purchase of vehicles.
  • Advised Telecom Italia on a merger control clearance in relation to the acquisition of certain businesses of the BT Group in Italy.
  • Assisted Società Consortile Consorzi Agrari (Consorzi Agrari d’Italia) with obtaining antitrust clearance in relation to a new structure of four leading agricultural consortia.

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

DLA Piper‘s energy practice covers M&A, finance, regulatory, litigation, tax and criminal law; and the team is widely appreciated for its cross-border deal expertise, in addition to its local market knowledge. Energy team head Giulio Maroncelli specialises in M&A transactions in the oil and gas and renewable energy sources markets; Germana Cassar acts on administrative law matters; senior independent counsel Francesco Novelli has a long track record in energy and infrastructure project finance; and Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli and Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca are key finance and projects partners.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The DLA Piper energy, administrative and environmental litigation team is one of the main players in this market.

The team is made up of very competent, helpful and dedicated professionals.

Compared to other firms, the working environment is serene and it is perceived that they work in perfect sync; and they are always informed and prepared to provide timely answers.

The service is excellent and the professionals always try to achieve the goals that the client has set itself, including by providing innovative solutions.

The members of the DLA team are always very helpful, and are able to understand business issues through a very flexible and commercial approach, managing to identify concrete and viable solutions.

Giulio Maroncelli and senior independent counsel Francesco Novelli are very qualified, and know how to identify problems and solve them.

Even in the most critical situations, ‘Germana Cassar always maintains a fighting approach and never takes anything for granted.

The assistance provided by Germana Cassar is always excellent and aims for success for the client’s business.

Key clients

Acea S.p.A.

Cogeninfra S.p.A.

SUSI Partners

Asja Ambiente Italia S.p.A

BNP Parisbas

ICCREA Banca Impresa S.p.A.

IrisImpianti Energia Rinnovabile Siracusa S.r.l.

Fabbrica Energie Rinnovabili Alternative S.r.l.

Pro. Vice S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Susi Partners with the first corporate acquisition in the energy efficiency sector in Italy.
  • Assisted CogenInfra with the purchase of 100% of Elettra Investimenti S.p.A., a company listed in the Italian AIM market, from B Fin S.p.A.

Italy > Industry focus: Food Tier 2

At DLA Piper, the food law practice concentrates on litigation, regulation and IP, which are the sector specialisms of practice heads Davide Rossetti and Elena Varese, respectively. The latter is particularly appreciated for her strong expertise in regulatory matters and protection of geographical indications. The firm is also known for supporting global organisations in the food and drink manufacturing, importing, supplying, selling, packaging and labelling areas.

Practice head(s):

Davide Rossetti; Elena Varese

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent knowledge of the market and stands out from the crowd for its high-quality advice, flexibility and business-oriented approach. The firm makes available a wide arrays of technological tools to clients (e.g. NFTs services, automated tools for migration of data and compiling of documents).’

‘DLA Piper behaves as a trusted advisor by providing ad-hoc fee structures, secondment programs and trainings.’

‘Elena Varese has an unmatched knowledge and experience in IP and advertising matters. She always provides valuable advice and is able to anticipate the company’s needs. She is always available and capable of conveying trust and enthusiasm also in the most challenging situations. Tailored advice and capacity to think outside the box make Elena one of the youngest market leaders in the field.’

‘Punctuality, efficiency, availability and competence.’

Key clients

Holding Dolciaria Industriale S.p.A.

Gruppo Vezza

PM Food

Pernod Ricard

Unilever

Mondelez (formerly Kraft).

Gea Group

Inalca Cremonini

Sabelli

IPER

Martini & Bracardi

Autogrill S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised GEA Group on the agreement to sell its refrigeration operations in Spain and Italy to Clauger SAS.
  • Assisted Autogrill S.p.A. with the tax aspects related to the share capital increase of the company, worth EUR 600 million.

Italy > Investment funds Tier 2

DLA Piper‘s specialised Italy practice assists (from both legal and regulatory perspectives) Italian and international fund managers, collective investment schemes and institutional investors on transactional and regulatory compliance matters. Heading the investment management and funds and financial services teams, Agostino Papa is experienced in asset management and private equity, real estate, social housing and renewable energy funds; legal director Nicoletta Alfano regularly advises on asset management and financial services regulation. Providing additional support are senior partner Antonio Lombardo, and restructuring and special opportunities investments specialist Francesco De Gennaro.

Testimonials

Extreme availability and professionalism that go beyond the mere consultancy relationship.

Punctuality in providing answers and flexibility in identifying solutions to the questions raised, always seeking the right balance between the client’s wishes and what is allowed by the sector’s regulations/legislation.

Active collaboration with the client and direct involvement in the management of a project are distinctive elements of this practice.

The team led by Agostino Papa combines great competence and strong innovation skills, supporting the client during the complex phases of the establishment and management of investment funds.

Agostino Papa is endowed not only with great competence, but also with a remarkable capacity for innovation and vision of the deal.

Key clients

Antirion SGR S.p.A.

Apothems S.à r.l.

Credem Venture Capital SGR S.p.A.

Alkemia Capital Partners SGR S.p.A

Azimut Libera Impresa SGR S.p.A.

Invimit SGR

Hines Italy RE

Generali Investment Partners SGR S.p.A.

DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR S.p.A.

Canadian Solar Group

Prelios SGR S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Credem Venture Capital SGR S.p.A. on the establishment of “EltifPlus” an investment fund with a mixed private/public equity investment policy.
  • Advised Apothems S.à r.l. (JV vehicle participated in by 2 Italian investors) on the purchase of 100% of the share capital of Principia SGR S.p.A. (now named Xyence Capital SGR S.p.A.).

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper‘s practice has a proven track record in alternative asset classes, such as residential, student accommodation, senior housing, social housing, healthcare and schools; it additionally houses experts in offices, retail, logistics, and hotels and leisure. Olaf Schmidt routinely advises investors and developers; Filippo Cecchetti‘s practice includes portfolio acquisition and sale transactions; construction and development expert Valentina Marengo was recently made partner; and Giulia Minetti Floccari is an experienced senior lawyer. In late 2021, former partners Francesco De Blasio and Paolo Foppiani left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge of real estate transactions.

Professional quality and tailor-made assistance.

Reactivity, availability, problem-solving skills and focus on the problem – all strengths found within the people at the firm with whom I came into contact.

Very strong commitment and expertise, with the right balance between an economic approach and legal thoroughness, and the right balance between partner and associate involvement.

The firm’s strong international network, quality and presence make them a first choice for international or multinational transactions.

Olaf Schmidt’s team in Milan is always extremely helpful and organised.

Olaf Schmidt is a very experienced and well-recognised real estate lawyer, who puts the right focus into the negotiations to make the deal happen and give clients sufficient comfort.

Valentina Marengo is our point of reference: punctual, precise, focused, and able to solve problems – the ideal partner you want from a law firm. Working with her means having the certainty of moving correctly within a legal maze.

Key clients

DWS

Goldman Sachs

H.I.G. Capital

Tristan Capital Partners

AXA

Covivio

GWM

PIMCO

Primonial Real Estate

Panattoni

Euryale Asset Management

Angelo Gordon

Jamestown

Allianz Real Estate

Generali Real Estate

Bain Credit

Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board

Union Investment

Patrizia

Aberdeen

Work highlights

  • Assisted DWS with respect to the acquisition of the biggest logistic facility in Italy, which will serve as global logistic hub of Kering Group.
  • Advising CPPIB on the acquisition of 50% of the units in an Italian real estate fund set up to develop a large portion of the MIND area (ex-Area Expo in Milan) together with Lendlease.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Antonio Lombardo and Francesco De Gennaro are the key names at DLA Piper‘s restructuring and insolvency department. Corporate finance head Lombardo is highly experienced in acting for financial institutions in corporate lending structured finance, acquisition finance and other finance and restructuring matters; De Gennaro provides transactional assistance to lenders and investors, funds and hedge funds on financial and corporate restructurings, distressed M&A and assets acquisitions. Ugo Calò is noted. Luca Magrini is now with Studio Legale Cappelli RCCD.

Other key lawyers:

Giampiero Priori; Ugo Calò

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with capable lawyers offering services across the transactional and litigation areas of financial restructurings.’

‘Francesco De Gennaro is a very capable, strategic lawyer with strong negotiation skills and long-standing experience in restructuring transactions and bankruptcy proceedings. Alessandro Lanzi is a good litigation lawyer, with ad hoc bankruptcy expertise.’

‘Many resources available to customers and well-trained partners.’

‘Very prepared and highly commercial partners.’

‘Key strengths: very experienced, highly professional, 24-hour availability.’

‘Giampiero Priori: open-minded, attitude to reaching the target, multiple solutions to the same problem, hard worker.’

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo

Conbipel

Casinò di Campione

Monte dei Paschi di Siena

UniCredit

ICCREA

Banco BPM

Solution Bank

BNL

AMCO

Banca IFIS

UniCredit Leasing

Bain Capital

King Street

DeA Capital Alternative Funds

doValue

Alba Leasing

Banca Patavina

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading Italian international bank in the reshaping of AccorInvest Group’s €4.5 billion debt, with the granting of €477 million of new financing and the rescheduling of € 1.2 billion of previous indebtedness.
  • Assisting Conbipel – as debtor – in a restructuring process in relation to which the debtor has been admitted to extraordinary administration pursuant to Legislative Decree no 270/1999.
  • Assisted Casinò di Campione in the proposal for composition with creditors (“concordato preventivo”), approved by the Court of Como in June 2021. This decision has given the go-ahead for the reopening of the Campione Casino, which has been closed for almost three years.

Italy > Tax Tier 2

DLA Piper‘s Italy tax practice was recently particularly active in relation to tax audits and litigation, cross-border reorganisations and restructuring, along with M&A, wealth planning, VAT and transfer pricing. Co-heading the team are Antonio Tomassini, who acts in domestic and international investigations, settlements and rulings; and Christian Montinari, whose expertise includes domestic and international corporate reorganisations, M&A and structured finance. Also integral to the group are experienced partners Federico Pacelli, Andrea Di Dio, Giovanni Iaselli and Alessandro Martinelli, along with of counsel Antonio Martino and tax director Carlotta Benigni.

Testimonials

We really appreciate the responsiveness of the team and its insight of tax matters.

The strengths of the DLA team are its subject competence and the orderly application of its always up-to-date knowledge to specific cases.

The communication and technology they apply is in line with the best market standards, and the billing mechanisms are easy and neat.

Reactive and effective in proposing different solutions that are oriented to different business scenarios.

Professionalism and corporate mentality – it’s like working with an in-house department.

Christian Montinari is great for his extreme availability and the feeling of safety when he is by your side – his presence can prove decisive.

Andrea Di Dio is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of tax law and very good at commercially deciding what the best approach is. He does not opt for aggressive solutions, as he knows we are not keen on that, yet he comes up with very well-articulated legal opinions and suggestions that resolve issues in a targeted and clear manner.

The entire team is brilliant but of counsel Antonio Longo is great for his eagerness to satisfy clients, availability, and sound and pragmatic tax advice.

Key clients

Saint-Gobain

Internazionale F.C. (Suning Group)

Hewlett-Packard

Telecom

Generali

Autogrill

AS Roma

Italcementi – Heidelberg

Omnam Italy

Credite Agricolè

Fideuram

Iliad

Sifi Group

Intesa San Paolo – Fideuram group

Econocom

Cremonini

FCA

Italcementi

Newlat

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Saint Gobain before the Constitutional Court in a case concerning the possible unconstitutionality of Article 20 of the Consolidated Law on Registration.
  • Assisted the Suning Group, owner of a controlling stake in FC Internazionale Milano S.p.A., with the tax aspects of an issue of bonds for a total amount of €275m.
  • Assisting Telecom Italia on the transfer pricing policy applicable to intercompany transactions entered into by the headquarters with subsidiaries operating in over 30 jurisdictions.

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

DLA Piper‘s financial services team is experienced in domestic and cross-border banking and financial regulation work, including AML, derivatives, usury law, payment services and e-money. Agostino Papa has notable expertise in the organisational and procedural requirements for asset management companies, banks and brokers in relation to AML and compliance matters; Vincenzo La Malfa, who ‘stands out for his preparation and availability‘, is a derivatives and financial regulation specialist.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Excellent assistance and availability with a proactive approach.

The DLA team certainly stands out for its availability, proactivity and tangible contributions to finding solutions to stalemate situations with counterparties.

They relate flexibly and efficiently with clients.

Vincenzo La Malfa stands out for his preparation and availability. He has a commercial approach that allows him to meet the needs of clients.

Vincenzo La Malfa is very attentive to clients’ needs, available and professional in the advice he provides. He has excellent knowledge of the world of derivatives.

Key clients

Alkemia Capital Partners SGR S.p.A.

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

Azimut Libera Impresa SGR

Banca Generali S.p.A.

Banca IFIS S.p.A.

Banca Sistema S.p.A.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

CDP Venture Capital SGR S.p.A.

Commerzbank AG Milan Branch

CREDEM Private Equity SGR

Finlombarda S.p.A.

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese S.p.A.

Poste Vita S.p.A.

Aquila Capital Real Asset Investments

SUSI Partners AG

Banca PSA Italia S.p.A.

Project Oil Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Banca Generali S.p.A. in the acquisition and the subsequent merger of Nextam Partners Group, including assistance with regulatory approvals from the Bank of Italy and the FCA.
  • Assisted Xyence Capital SGR S.p.A. (a boutique asset management firm specialised in private equity and venture capital investments in the healthcare sector), following its acquisition by Apothems S. à r.l. with respect to all tax and regulatory issues related to the private equity alternative investment funds managed by the same.
  • Assistance to Valeur Securities AG in the acquisition process of a fintech UK company that has developed “LinkedTrade”, an SaaS multi-dealer platform, which included assistance with regulatory issues including matters arising in the post-Brexit environment.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

DLA Piper‘s banking and finance department is led by Antonio Lombardo, whose recent experience includes primary roles in large borrower-side operations. Other key practitioners are debt sector expert Chiara Anceschi; Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca, whose practice includes project and acquisition finance; Ugo Calò who assists borrowers with financings; and next generation partner Giuseppe MeleGiampiero Priori recently made partner, while Claudio D’Alia is the legal director to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Offers added value to every deal.

Great availability, preparation and innovation.

Professionalism, competence and availability.’

A formidable team with incredible lawyers, in terms of professionalism, understanding of business, and willingness to satisfy clients’ various needs.

Antonio (Nino) Lombardo is a real team leader!!!!

Giuseppe Mele’s team delivers a punctual service as well as mentoring. It goes without saying that the technical quality of this service is the highest on the market.

Giampiero Priori is very competent, but at the same time a practical and pragmatic lawyer.

By any market benchmark. Giampiero Priori is an emerging star of the finance market.

Key clients

Hines Italy RE

Rizzani de Eccher

Bain Capital

Savills Investments Management

JP Morgan Asset Management

DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR

DeA Capital Real Estate SGR

Cromwell Property Group

MARK (Meyer Bergman)

Kiko

Novellini

Swiss Life Asset Managers France

Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio

Gruppo Feltrinelli

Kryalos SGR

Patrizia Immobilien

PGIM Real Estate Luxembourg

Serenissima SGR

Hitachi Rail STS

Work highlights

  • Advised BVK Highstreet Retail Cordusio on a €130m green loan granted by UniCredit and ING Bank (Milan Branch).
  • Assisted Novellini and Novellini Industries with the granting of two medium-long term loans, which were issued by a pool of banks for a total of €54m.
  • Advised Kiko on a €30m credit facility, which was granted by a pool of banks and backed by a SACE guarantee.

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

DLA Piper‘s Italy practice is experienced in leveraged and corporate lending, as well as bilateral and syndicated lending transactions. Antonio Lombardo is corporate finance head; Chiara Anceschi focuses on debt work; Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca is a finance and projects expert; Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli is an energy project finance specialist; Giuseppe Melestands out‘; and Giampiero Priori was recently promoted. to partner Claudio D’Alia is a well-regarded legal director.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Very personal and reliable relationship – they are there when you need them, not only with straightforward legal advice but with all legal services that help us do our business.

Human touch, unpretentious and down-to-earth, top-level lawyers – much more empathetic than many others.

I believe DLA Piper has made some excellent lateral hires from other firms over the last few years.

A law firm of the highest standing.

High legal skills, excellent organisation, and they anticipate clients’ needs.

Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli and legal director Claudio D’Alia have excellent skills.

Giuseppe Mele stands out for his dedication and commercial skills.

Extreme professionalism and availability. Great reliability from the partners, in particular Giampiero Priori, who facilitates the bank’s business.

Key clients

Unicredit

Intesa Sanpaolo

Natixis

Mediocredito Italiano

BNL

Banco BPM

UBI Banca (now Intesa Sanpaolo)

Credito Valtellinese

ING Bank

ICCREA

BNP Paribas

Aareal Bank AG

Deutsche Bank S.p.A.

Credit Suisse

Banca Farmafactoring

DZ Bank

Mediobanca

Santander

Société General

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading Italian international bank in the reshaping of AccorInvest Group’s €4.5 billion debt, with the granting of €477 million of new financing and rescheduling of indebtedness equal to €1.2 billion.
  • Assisted the pool of lender banks in the granting of an ESG-linked revolving credit facility for €500m in favour of A2A.
  • Assisted a pool of banking institutions in relation to EUR 170 million refinancing operation for the solar portfolio of an infrastructure fund managed by Basalt Infrastructure Partners.

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 3

DLA Piper‘s full-service DCM and structured finance group advises on the widest gamut of debt transactions. Heading the practice within the finance, project and restructuring department, Luciano Morello acts for banks and investment funds on asset securitisation transactions and structured finance deals. The practice also showcases legal director Gilemma Nugnes, who is experienced in structured finance and derivatives; and Martina Antoniutti, who assists with both transactional and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Extremely strong knowledge of the market.

Great for the constant willingness to collaborate and ability to relate professionally by delivering both knowledge and expertise.

Great availability and professionalism in dealing with all work issues of interest.

Solid organisational capacity of the team.

Luciano Morello stands for excellence. His deep knowledge of the industry is outstanding.

Luciano Morello is characterised by his deep knowledge of the market.

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo Group

Banca Akros S.p.A. (Banco BPM Group)

Feralpi S.p.A.

Intermonte SIM S.p.A.

Officine Maccaferri S.p.A.

AS Roma S.p.A.

Unicoop Tirreno S.p.A.

Borgosesia S.p.A.

JP Morgan Securities Plc

Phinance Partners S.p.A.

Societe Generale

Banca Finanziaria Internazione S.p.A.

Unicredit Bank AG

Finlombarda S.p.A.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

Saxa Gres S.p.A.

Banca Generali S.p.A.

Iervolino Entertainment S.p.A.

Anthilia SGR S.p.A.

Bluegem Capital Partners

Iervolino and Lady Bacardi Entertainment S.p.A.

Banca di Credito Popolare

Work highlights

  • Assisted JP Morgan, as initial subscriber, in relation to the issuance of additional senior secured notes due 2022 by Inter Media Communications S.p.A. (a company controlled by Football Club Internazionale Milano).
  • Assisted Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. in the set-up of the pan-European issuing platform (the Notes Programme) approved by the Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (governed by English law) – for the offer of plain vanilla bonds, structured bonds, green bonds and social bonds – to retail and wholesale investors and listing on regulated and non-regulated markets and the pan-European issuing platform (the Warrants and Certificates Programme”) approved by the Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (governed by English law) – for the offer of structured products to retail and wholesale investors and listing on regulated and non-regulated markets.

Italy > Capital markets: Equity Tier 3

Particularly focused on cross-border transactions, DLA Piper's Italian ECM practice fields experts across a range of equity and transaction scenarios. The group is sought out by financial institutions and issuers for IPOs, rights issues, tender offers, secondary offerings, and convertible, equity-linked and hybrid instruments. The team also provides regulatory advice to listed companies and intermediaries, including assistance with market abuse regulations. Francesco Maria Aleandri has extensive ECM sector experience.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Intesa San Paolo S.p.A. (Banca IMI)

Banca Akros S.p.A. (Banco BPM Group)

Equita SIM S.p.A.

Intermonte SIM S.p.A.

Aeroporto di Bologna S.p.A.

Biesse Group

FOPE S.p.A.

Tinexta S.p.A.

Unicoop Tirreno S.p.A.

Borgosesia S.p.A.

Banca Generali S.p.A.

Iervolino Entertainment S.p.A.

Medica S.p.A.

BMP Europe S.p.A.

Link Mobility Group

Orizzonte Uno S.r.l. (Cube Infrastructure Fund II group)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Banca Akros S.p.A., as global coordinator and nominated adviser, in the €130 million IPO and the listing of the SPAC Industrial Stars of Italy 4 S.p.A. on AIM Italy.
  • Assisted Intermonte SIM S.p.A. and Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG as global coordinators in the €100 million IPO and listing of The Italian Sea Group S.p.A. on the Milan Stock Exchange.
  • Assisted Unicoop Tirreno Società Cooperativa in the offering of €150 million of corporate bonds.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Lawyers at DLA Piper’s Rome and Milan offices generate the bulk of their work locally though operate in close collaboration with the firm’s extensive international network. The team is jointly led by Wolf Michael Kühne  and Giulio Maroncelli; the former is a go-to for transactions which intersect the domestic and German markets while the latter is a prominent name for deals in the energy sector. Other standout practitioners include Goffredo Guerra, a lawyer thoroughly experienced when it comes to spin-offs, divestments, mergers and joint ventures and reorganisations, as well as Danilo Surdi whose key fields of focus include acquisitions, demergers and reorganisations. Gabriele Arcuri is a new arrival from Gianni & Origoni and arrives with a track record in drafting share purchase and shareholders’ agreements, as well as commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Wolf Michael Kühne; Giulio Maroncelli

Testimonials

‘We worked a lot with Goffredo Guerra. I found him to be very pragmatic and commercial and he understood the commercial priorities of our transaction.’

‘Highly skilled team in the M&A field. The high number of deals followed and the multidisciplinary approach make the firm one of the most complete and competent players in the Italian panorama relating to extraordinary transactions.’

‘They have a high level of specialization in many fields as well as having a strong internationalization, but coordination is guaranteed by the partner with whom we have a long history.’

‘Exceptionally cohesive and technically high level team that knows how to anticipate the needs and requests of the customer.’

‘Competence at the highest levels, organization, proactivity, clarity of presentation, empathy, professionalism.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘Ability to translate legal processes and concepts into priorities and concrete actions.’

‘Positive attitude in facing problems looking for solutions.’

Key clients

SACE S.p.A.

ACEA S.p.A.

Poste Italiane S.p.A.

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

SUSI PARTNERS

Consorzi Agrari d’Italia

Italian Entertainment Network S.p.A.

EDP Energia Italia S.r.l.

AS Roma

Work highlights

  • Advised Polhem Infra KB on its acquisition of Telia Carrier.
  • Acted on the sale of the Serie A Football Club AS Roma to The Friedkin Group.

Italy > Private equity Tier 3

DLA Piper’s private equity transactional work in Italy is spread across sell side, buy side and management side representation. The practice, which is co-led by Giulio Maroncelli and Wolf Michael Kühne, is also home to an investment management and funds practice comprising lawyers well-versed in regulatory compliance, fund formation and asset management. Alessandro Piermanni, an expert in the fashion, luxury and white goods, food and life sciences sectors, is active in this space, as is the ‘excellentGabriele Arcuri, a new arrival from Gianni & Origoni.

Practice head(s):

Wolf Michael Kühne; Giulio Maroncelli

Testimonials

‘They demonstrate excellence in the PE sector, thanks to experience, sensitivity to customer needs and availability.’

‘Gabriele Arcuri is a professional with excellent experience and ability to manage complex issues in the context of all M&A operations and in particular PE.’

‘Commitment of professionals.’

‘Flexibility of logical approach to problem solving.’

Key clients

Sun Capital Partners

HG Capital Trust

NEIP III

AS Roma SPV LLC

Cognita Holdings Limited

Azimut Libera Impresa SGR S.p.A.

CDP Venture Capital SGR S.p.A

Invimit SGR

Hines Italy RE

Generali Investment Partners SGR S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented AS Roma SPV, LLC, the majority shareholder of Italian soccer club AS Roma, in the sale of its controlling interest in the team and certain related assets to The Friedkin Group, Inc.
  • Acted on the exit of the PE fund NEIP III from ISA – Altanova Group S.r.l., active in the diagnostic and monitoring equipment for electrical assets for generation, transmission & distribution networks and industry, simultaneously with the sale of 100% of the corporate capital to an industrial player Esco Technologies (US public company).
  • Assisted Link Mobility Group, Norwegian group specialised in mobile communication, in finalising the agreement with the shareholders of AMM, securing more than 80% of the shares of the Italian company active in the web marketing market.

 

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