Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Milan, Italy

DLA Piper
20123 MILAN

Italy > Compliance Tier 1

DLA Piper's 'highly specialised' Italy team assists both individuals and corporates with Decree 231 compliance matters, as well as related investigations. It also advises companies on planning, designing and implementing compliance programmes, in accordance with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. Raffaella Quintana is the white-collar crime, investigations and compliance practice leader, while the 'fantasticAntonio Carino acts for corporations in Decree 231-related domestic criminal proceedings. Raffaele Perfetto is a 'professional and efficient' legal director.

Practice head(s):

Raffaella Quintana

Other key lawyers:


Direct and updated experience that allows clients to customise their compliance matters and ensure that every compliance action is effective and solid.

Compared to other law firms, the most striking aspect of DLA Piper is that it boasts an excellent, highly structured compliance team, made up of highly specialised professionals in all areas.

DLA Piper Italia boasts an excellent compliance team, which comprises experienced and highly specialised professionals.

Thanks to a multidisciplinary approach and vast knowledge, the team is able to identify the most effective and innovative solutions.

Raffaella Quintana is a technician who combines marked competence in this area with strong analytical capacity.

Antonio Carino has great competence and experience, as well as humility, honesty, transparency, and a professional approach that includes pragmatism and extreme availability.

Antonio Carino is fantastic – a highly qualified professional who is recognised in the market for his compliance skills. He stands out from other professionals for his considerable knowledge of various business realities, which allows him to identify tailor-made solutions for clients.

Legal director Raffaele Perfetto is professional and efficient, and he has solid and specific compliance skills.

Key clients

Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

WWF Italia Onlus

Ursa Italia S.r.l.

Pfizer Group

Menarini Group

Eni S.p.A.

Econocom International Italia S.p.A.

Confindustria Dispositivi Medici e Confindustria Dispositivi Medici Servizi

CEM Ambiente S.p.A.

Lidl Italia S.r.l.

Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

DLA Piper's team is recommended for data-driven projects, major data breaches and investigations by the data protection authorities. The practice recently launched a number of legal tech tools, including NOTIFY (a data breach assessment tool), Prisca (a chatbot based on an AI system) and Transfer (which assesses the compliance of transfers of personal data outside the EEA). Global co-chair of the internet of things (IoT) group Giulio Coraggio heads up the Italian technology sector and gaming and gambling teams. Senior lawyer Giulia Zappaterra also provides support.

Practice head(s):

Giulio Coraggio

Other key lawyers:


Great for competence of resources at every level, passion for the material, and innovation.

Takes care in managing the relationship with the client.

Able to adapt to business contexts and offer effective advice that is specific to the client.

Giulio Coraggio pays particular attention to regulatory updates. 

Giulio Coraggio is highly recommended for his client skills.

Senior lawyer Giulia Zappaterra has distinguished herself with prompt responses and the ability to look beyond the law in search of innovative and customised solutions.

Key clients





Borsa Italiana (the Italian Stock Exchange)






Italy > Employment Tier 1

At DLA Piper, the employment department mainly provides high-level assistance to multinational clients. The multidisciplinary team advises on trade union relations, disputes and employment law issues arising from international transactions, among other matters. Giampiero Falasca acts for Lega Calcio Serie A (the body responsible for the professional football league in Italy) and the association of Italian football teams, Federcalcio. Fabrizio Morelli is 'an outstanding practitioner', who focuses on restructurings, reorganisations and M&A-related employment matters. Federico Strada's employment expertise is complemented by his knowledge of data protection and health and safety.

Practice head(s):

Giampiero Falasca; Fabrizio Morelli

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent expertise and a friendly and cordial approach to the customer. Availability and flexibility in fees.’

‘Maximum availability from Fabrizio Morelli.’

‘Accessibility and quick replies.’

‘Fabrizio Morelli is an outstanding practitioner of employment law and also a great person to work with.’

Key clients

Warner Bros


Computer Associates

HCL Technologies







Hard Rock Café

Newell Group

Levi Strauss

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Led by Roberto Valenti, the practice at DLA Piper assists key players in the healthcare and life sciences sector with regulatory work, M&A and dispute resolution. In addition to setting up a legal task force to assist clients during the Covid-19 emergency, the firm also started the Up Again programme aimed at helping businesses recover in the aftermath. Highlights included advising Abbott Medical on complex, multidisciplinary matters as well as assisting GSK vaccines and R&D teams with a variety of different topics, including in the ultra-rare disease space, Marco de Morpurgo has led on this.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Valenti

Other key lawyers:


‘In the Life Science area, Roberto is endowed with great competence and knowledge of the subject, as demonstrated by the 10 years of leadership at the Life Science Working Group of the American Chamber of Commerce’

‘Roberto Valenti has always shown great attention to the dynamics of the sector, great capacity for listening and synthesis, and great professionalism in dealing with complex topics in a simple way.’

‘The strength of the DLA Life Science Team is customer orientation: in their legal advice, the team consultants do not stop to give a mere opinion on the question submitted, but also help the customer to evaluate possible alternatives.’

‘The team’s professionals are very knowledgeable and helpful. What sets them apart from other law firms is their flexibility. We happened to have to ask for urgent advice and they always found an availability to support us.’

Key clients


Abbott Medical


Iovance Biotherapeutics

Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Serres Oy



Reckitt Benkiser

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 1

The team at DLA Piper assists with the full spectrum of work for clients in the luxury sector. Areas of expertise include M&A, e-commerce and advertising law and commercial litigation. It has worked on numerous Covid-19-related matters including negotiations over lease agreements for the flagship stores of several fashion brands and has assisted in the legal aspects of converting manufacturers to produce PPE. Elena Varese and IT expert Davide Rossetti head the team.

Practice head(s):

Davide Rossetti; Elena Varese


‘DLA Piper has always demonstrated great business knowledge, efficiency and the ability to manage complex situations, in a collaborative and transparent environment.’

‘In the field of intellectual property and advertising, I have been collaborating for several years with Elena Varese and her team. Elena has in-depth knowledge of the subject and of our business. She always manages to add value to her work and anticipates our requests. She can clearly convey complex concepts even to people without a legal background. She is fast in replying, always available, attentive to detail and focused on results both in litigation and in opinion and negotiation activities. She has the ability to think outside the box and to convey confidence and enthusiasm.’

‘In the Luxury and Fashion sector Elena is particularly active with university teachings, seminars and constant updates, which make her a real point of reference for the market.’

Key clients





Hugo Boss

Golden Goose

Dolce Gabbana

Loro Piana

Ermenegildo Zegna

Poltrona Frau

La Rinascente

Manolo Blahnik

Henry Cotton’s

Marina Yachting






Percassi Retail





Italy > Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

The team at DLA Piper provides corporate assistance to local and global clients within the manufacturing industry. The firm benefits from a team of experts able to provide clients with guidance on complex transactions that fall under the golden power regulation and advice on how to reach their business goals without obstruction from the state. The team is led by industry expert Alessandro Piermanni, who leads on M&A, joint venture and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Piermanni

Other key lawyers:

Wolf Michael Kühne


‘The team’s resources carried out the tasks demonstrating – great ability to understand the problem but also the context and relationships of the parties – professionalism in management – innovative solutions – commitment dedicated to the topic – availability’.

Key clients

Alfanar Group

Ariston Thermo

Cantel Medical

Carlo Colombo


Compugroup Medical

FAAC Group



Gea Group

Italy > Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

Standing out for its 'knowledge, efficiency and ability to manage complex situations', the team at DLA Piper offers a full range of services to retail clients. The practice predominantly acts for clients in the fashion and luxury, consumer goods, food and beverage, and large-scale distribution industries. The group is led by experienced litigator Davide Rossetti and Elena Varese, who assists with labelling and advertising regulations and the strategic management of IP portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Davide Rossetti; Elena Varese


‘DLA Piper has always demonstrated great business knowledge, efficiency and the ability to manage complex situations, in a collaborative and transparent environment.’

‘In the commercial, IP and advertising sector, I have been collaborating for several years with Elena Varese and her team. Elena has in-depth knowledge of the subject and of our business. She always manages to add value to the work and anticipates our requests. She can clearly convey complex concepts even to people without a legal background. Fast in replying, always available, attentive to detail and focused on results both in litigation and in opinion and negotiation activities. She has the ability to think outside the box and to convey confidence and enthusiasm.’

Key clients



Hugo Boss

Golden Goose

Dolce Gabbana

Loro Piana

Ermenegildo Zegna

Poltrona Frau

La Rinascente

Manolo Blahnik

Henry Cotton’s

Marina Yachting













Givi Italia


Coca-Cola Italia



Converse Inc.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

DLA Piper assists major TMT sector clients with high-profile matters relating to GDPR and privacy protection, as well as digital transformation, 5G and ultrabroadband, outsourcing projects, data breaches and, notably, e-sports. The team, headed by IP lawyer Gualtiero Dragotti, includes telecoms expert Alessandro Boso Caretta and the highly regarded Giulio Coraggio. The firm's clients benefit from technology tools such as Notify, a data breach assessment tool, and Transfer, an assessment methodology for transfers of personal data outside the EEA.

Practice head(s):

Gualtiero Dragotti

Other key lawyers:


‘Considerable expertise in the technology sector. Certainly one of the most complete on the market, especially on innovative topics such as AI, IoT, information technology services. It is also a team able to manage complex issues or answers in a very short time.’

‘Giulio Coraggio stands out for his exceptional technical and relational skills. He is always available to provide support in a very short time and is able to fully understand the specificities or issues of the information technology sector. His expertise in the technology and privacy sector allows him to provide us with extremely effective support.’

‘They have an excellent presence and reputation in the TMT sector, especially in telecommunications, where they definitely are a go-to firm for Italy. They have long-standing experience in the field and they are able to give valuable advice on innovative projects. They are very quick and responsive, and clients can benefit from their industry insights.’

‘Highly recommend is Alessandro Boso Caretta, who is outstanding, at the top in Italy. He is very easy to work with and is a great problem-solver. You can always rely on him and his team. He gives incredibly valuable support’

‘Excellent international profile and ability to manage cross-border advice; varied and high-level Italian team; one-stop shop for multinational clients.’

‘Alessandro Ferrari, very competent, and Giulio Coraggio, pioneer in the use of digital channels to stimulate debate around jurisprudential and technological trends’.

They are a team made up of highly skilled professionals with in-depth knowledge of the TLC market both from a legal and regulatory point of view.’

‘A special mention to the lawyer Alessandro Boso Caretta and the people of his team for the very high level of availability and attention to the customer, the speed in providing answers to problems sometimes even very complex and the deep knowledge of the dynamics and needs of the client’s company.’

Key clients


Coca-Cola Hellenic




Dassault Systèmes


Electronic Arts



World largest eCommerce platform


Borsa Italiana



Agos Ducato



Vodafone and Vodafone Automotive

Vision inc.


Davide Campari

Adobe Systems


XPO Logistics


Giglio Group










Take-Two Interactive



Italy > Intellectual property Tier 1

DLA Piper has recognised standing in the IP market. Led by Gualtiero Dragotti, it assists clients with the management of Italian and cross-border patent litigation, and is particularly active in the fashion and sports equipment industries. Another area of strength is life sciences work, which is covered by Roberto Valenti; he often represents medical device manufacturers in patent litigation. Elsewhere, the team is also recognised for its involvement in copyright matters and proceedings. Associate Laura Gastaldi stands out for her expertise in advertising and IP due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Gualtiero Dragotti

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Valenti; Laura Gastaldi; Annamaria Algieri


‘Roberto Valenti is a key professional thanks to his knowledge of both the sector and the client’s company. His team is good as well, pragmatic and supportive.’

‘Availability and competence’

‘Great knowledge and experience in the IT and IP field with a highly integrated team that addresses the issues posed under various aspects and provides solutions suited to the corporate reality and complexity of the case.’

‘Roberto Valenti: consolidated experience and availability together with colleagues Laura Gastaldi and Annamaria Algieri. Ability to quickly understand the heart of the matter for solutions that are appropriate to the client’s needs’

‘They are able to provide thoughtful strategic advices on prosecution, transactional and litigation issues. They are very responsive and competent.’

‘Roberto Valenti is a highly experienced partner in intellectual property, business oriented and a skilled litigator.’

Annamaria Algieri is also a great professional in trademark management, providing thoughtful and clear advice.’

‘They form a great team and provide a smooth assistance in any intellectual property matters.’

Key clients


Franklin & Marshall S.r.l.



Assicurazioni Generali

Wind Tre

Elisabetta Dami

Newell Rubbermaid



Me contro Te



Manolo Blahnik

Tecnica Group


Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 1

DLA Piper's multidisciplinary group includes lawyers with expertise in restructuring, finance, property litigation, planning and trade authorisation matters. It also has a notable specialism in transactions involving non-performing loans. Francesco De Blasio and Paolo Foppiani head up the department, which is 'a first choice' for many clients. It includes well regarded practitioner Olaf Schmidt, who is particularly knowledgeable about investment and tax law. Valentina Marengo's knowledge of development and construction projects is 'rarely seen in the market’.

Practice head(s):

Francesco De Blasio; Paolo Foppiani

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Schmidt; Valentina Marengo; Filippo Cecchetti


‘The team is able to cover all legal and tax aspects of real estate investments with very good quality advice and a perfect coordination within the team. Olaf Schmidt does the important investment work himself, but the rest of the team is also very dynamic and always responsive. Pragmatic and solution oriented approach.’

‘The team is responsive and operates in a perfectly aligned way. A true one-stop-shop in Italy.’

‘Commercial acumen and presence of senior lawyers who work directly on the deal’

‘Ability to synthesise’

‘They have a full range of real estate services and also assist with some fairly complicated financial instruments ’

‘Olaf Schmidt provides great support and reliable legal advice in dealing with the Italian property market.

‘Valentina Marengo provides very competent advice and a very prompt service .’

‘The team provides assistance in all areas of real estate development related law. They are very well coordinated and their advice is always proactive and solution oriented. The quality across the team is consistent and high’

Key clients


Primonial REIM


DeA Capital Real Estate SGR



UBS Real Estate



Prelios SGR




Invimit sgr

Bain Capital

Patrizia Immoblien

Varde Partners

Credit Agricole


Coima SGR

JP Morgan

AS Roma S.p.A. (listed) and its reference shareholder fund, Raptor (US)

Italy > Administrative and public law Tier 2

DLA Piper handles the full spectrum of matters in the administrative and public law space, with a focus on litigation and regulation mandates as well as real estate work. Town planning and environmental matters are the main focus of the practice group, which is headed up by litigators Germana Cassar and Giorgia Romitelli; Cassar is known for her knowledge of the energy sector, while Romitelli assists clients in the life sciences sector. Legal director Alessia Marconi is regularly involved in complex transactions and issues in the infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors; she counts Pfizer among her main clients.

Practice head(s):

Germana Cassar; Giorgia Romitelli

Other key lawyers:

Carmen Chierchia; Alessia Marconi


‘Professionalism, competence, precision, availability, efficiency and punctuality.’

‘Giorgia Romitelli is an excellent professional from all points of view.’

‘The team is extremely specialised, pragmatic and very responsive with a deep knowledge of a complex regulatory frame.’

‘Giorgia Romitelli has deep knowledge and wide experience in the administrative and public law practice, great professionalism and high communication skills. Strongly supportive, she always offers clear opinions.’

‘Good collaboration between the firm’s departments, which is certainly useful (if not essential) in the context of large operations.’

‘Alessia Marconi, in addition to preparation and professionalism, showed a willingness and a spirit of collaboration that is rarely found.’

‘DLA Piper represents excellence and is an undisputed reference point in energy. The extreme qualification of the team members, the presence and availability to the customer and the integrated approach allows for a surprising ability to respond to business needs.’

‘DLA professionals stand out in the market for their ability to read and analyse the regulation and market contexts. Vision, creativity, tenacity, and attention to the customer are the undisputed strengths of the team. Alessia Marconi represents an excellence in the sector and in addition to quality and legal preparation brings a high level of business knowledge to the table.’

‘Giorgia Romitelli: professionalism at the top of the category, high knowledge, specialisation and experience in administrative law and on all advertising issues in the fields of public procurement, PPP and project finance.’

‘Extreme professionalism and in-depth knowledge of the sector legislation and of the relevant jurisprudence. As per the clientele, DLA boasts well-known multinationals in its portfolio with which it has been collaborating for several years. All the lawyers of the firm are known and appreciated for their preparation, professionalism and defence skills.’

Key clients


ANB COOP Coperativa Agricola S.p.A.

Alerion Clean Power S.p.A.

Saxa Gres S.p.A

CEBAT S.r.l.

Edison S.p.A.

Bain Capital Credit, LP


NextEnergy Capital

Abbott Medical Italia

Webuild (già Salini Impregilo)

BRS S.p.A. in liquidazione

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper's litigation and regulatory department assists clients with all types of litigation proceedings, with notable expertise in the retail and real estate sectors. It also benefits from matters originating in the firm's corporate department, frequently acting for clients in the manufacturing and food industries. Practice head Stefano Modenesi is recognised for his ability in commercial litigation and arbitration. In addition to managing his own caseload for clients, Niccolò Abriani also sits as an arbitrator. Davide Rossetti is experienced in the management of complex domestic and cross-border disputes, with a focus on the consumer goods and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Modenesi

Other key lawyers:


Widespread, national and international reach.’

‘High-level professionals with great availability and attention to the customer. The ability to work in a team satisfies every need in Italy and abroad.’

‘Davide Rossetti is always available to support the needs that arise even in the face of business requests’

‘Broad spectrum of skills with top-level teams in various practices’

‘Davide Rossetti is always extremely helpful, prepared and ready to support the business dynamics in the management of often thorny events.’

Key clients

Prelios Credit Servicing S.p.A

UniCredit Group

Deutsche Bank

Roberto Cavalli


IPER Group (GDO)

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 2

DLA Piper's competition law team covers antitrust litigation, cartels, horizontal and vertical agreements, and abuses of dominant position. It also assists clients with various other matters, such as merger control, state aid cases, compliance, and administrative and civil litigation. Alessandro Boso Caretta focuses on the technology, telecoms, life sciences, transportation and energy sectors. Domenico Gullo is experienced in competition law (both at European and national level), EC law and consumer protection.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Boso Caretta; Domenico Gullo


What I appreciated is the possibility of combining the broad range of skills that is typical of a large firm with the ability to provide a service that is tailor-made for clients.

High-level specialist advice from a team that is very attentive to clients’ requests.

Ability of the professionals of the antitrust team to understand the needs of clients, even if they are particular, and turn them into reality.

The undoubted professional skills of the lawyers combined with rare interpersonal skills, have always allowed us to resolve all issues, even very complex ones.

The ability of the firm’s team to integrate into the operating logic of the client’s legal structure is highly appreciated.

We particularly appreciate Domenico Gullo’s pragmatism and the fact that his experience allows us to have a very realistic picture of our positions, which helps us adopt effective and profitable long-term behaviour and strategies, thereby minimising legal risks.

I appreciate the constant availability of Domenico Gullo and the simplicity with which I have access to him, something not to be taken for granted with large firms.

Alessandro Boso Caretta is a really brilliant lawyer, who is very easy to work with and great at problem-solving; he gives incredibly valuable support, has deep experience and strong technical legal skills, and a comprehensive understanding of the needs and complexities of multinational companies. I would highly recommend him!

Key clients


Assicurazioni Generali

Poste Vita

EDP Renewable Italia

Admenta Italia



ERG Power Generation

European Commission

Iccrea Banca



RCI Banque








Vodafone Automotive

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

DLA Piper is a widely-recognised name in the Italian energy market. Its highly regarded team includes Germana Cassar, who is knowledgeable about administrative law and regulatory issues impacting the industry, and she also represents clients in court litigation. Also recommended is Francesco Novelli, who acts for clients on M&A and finance transactions, as well as restructurings. The practice is led by Giulio Maroncelli, who is a key name in both the oil and gas and renewables markets. The group advises international clients and leading Italian players alike, which are drawn to the firm by its strengths in areas such as energy storage, alternative fuels, electricity efficiency and e-mobility.

Practice head(s):

Giulio Maroncelli

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Novelli; Giovanni Ragnoni; Germana Cassar


‘The team is made up of very competent, helpful and dedicated professionals. The professionals work together and are always well informed and prepared.’

‘The assistance provided by Germana Cassar is excellent. She is well-prepared, knows the dynamics of the energy market perfectly and is therefore able to provide extremely high quality assistance quickly and efficiently.’

‘International law firm with partners and structure capable of dealing with due diligence and contracts based on Italian law and the law of other countries (including the latest German law).’

‘Giovanni Ragnoni and Germana Cassar: flexibility in finding solutions, in-depth knowledge of the subject, speed in carrying out activities’

‘The DLA Piper team with Germana Cassar is one of the main legal players in the Italian energy market and administrative and environmental litigation. It is a top-level team with competent and helpful professionals, who work in full synchrony. They are able to provide excellent service with innovative solutions and always try to achieve the goal that the customer has set. They always give punctual, effective and timely answers. ’

‘Germana Cassar is able to understand the necessary steps from the point of view of administrative law to achieve the goal and success of the client’s business.’

‘The team is made up of professionals of high standing, who are available and dedicated. They are always informed and prepared to provide timely answers. The legal service offered by Germana Cassar is excellent with always a positive approach to finding solutions and meet clients’ needs. ’

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

Key clients



Enlight (listed in Tel Aviv)


EDP Comercial

EDF Energy Nouvelles Italia

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (“TAP”).


Falck Renewables

Asja Ambiente


Tages Capital

Canadian Solar

Genera (Leading Italian ESCo)



Cube Infrastructure Fund II / Cube II Energy S.à r.l. / CogenInfra

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNP Paribas)


ICCREA Bancaimpresa

MPS Capital Services





Italy > Industry focus: Food Tier 2

DLA Piper provides cross-practice advice to clients in the food and beverage industry. The team is led by IP and technology lawyer Elena Varese, who specialises in contentious and non-contentious matters relating to competition and advertising and is praised for her 'in-depth knowledge', and by litigation and regulatory expert Davide Rossetti. The group is part of the firm's international consumer goods team.

Practice head(s):

Davide Rossetti; Elena Varese


‘DLA Piper demonstrates great knowledge of the sector, efficiency and ability to manage complex situations in a collaborative and transparent environment.’

‘Elena Varese has in-depth knowledge of IP and advertising. She always manages to add value to her work and anticipates the clients’ requests. She can clearly convey complex concepts even to people without a legal background. She is fast in replying, always available, attentive to detail and focused on results both in litigation and in opinion and negotiation activities. She has the ability to think outside the box and to convey confidence and enthusiasm.’

Key clients

Holding Dolciaria Industriale S.p.A.

Gruppo Vezza

PM Food

Fida trade S.r.l

Unilever (Grom)

Mondelez (formerly Kraft).

Gea Group

Inalca Cremonini


Coca-Cola Italy

Italy > Investment funds Tier 2

DLA Piper's Italy's investment management and funds practice assists Italian and international fund managers, collective investment schemes and institutional investors with both transactional and regulatory compliance matters. The team has specific experience in deals involving funds investing in real estate assets, infrastructure, healthcare, social housing and student accommodation, renewable energy, and private equity. Agostino Papa's practice includes structuring and executing transactions concerning investment funds and funds of funds; and Nicoletta Alfano provides senior associate-level support.

Practice head(s):

Agostino Papa

Other key lawyers:

Nicoletta Alfano; Eusapia Simone


DLA Piper approaches the most complex issues in a dynamic and synergistic way.

The investment funds team is characterised by young lawyers, but with consolidated and proven experience behind them – they have an exceptional track record.

Availability and innovation are the identifying qualities of the team.

Great competence, with the ability to manage large amounts of work.

Agostino Papa is one of the best lawyers around for this sector, and recognised in Italy (and elsewhere in Europe) as a creator of viable and efficient alternative structures; he is also capable of understanding the needs of managers, investors and all stakeholders.

Agostino Papa must be recognised for his great flexibility and innovation in devising the most efficient and effective legal structures, alongside originality when creating alternative structures from scratch – a leader who is able to form a team of excellence.

Agostino Papa is a champion of the regulatory sector; he is also competent and capable of understanding the client’s business needs.

Senior associate Nicoletta Alfano stands out in her team for her competence and commercial sensitivity.

Key clients

Antirion SGR S.p.A.


Azimut Libera Impresa SGR S.p.A.

CBRE Global Investors

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.

CDP Venture Capital SGR

Credem Private Equity SGR S.p.A.

DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR S.p.A.

DeA Capital Real Estate SGR S.p.A.

Fondazione Enpam

Generali Investments Partners SGR S.p.A.

Generali Real Estate SGR S.p.A.

Hines Italy RE S.r.l.

Investitori SGR S.p.A.

PGIM Real Estate Luxembourg SA

Prelios SGR S.p.A.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

DLA Piper's dedicated Italy group acts on restructuring and insolvency matters at both national and international levels. It recently experienced a significant increase in distressed M&A, as well as the disposal and acquisition of large credit portfolios. Corporate finance head Antonio Lombardo is recommended for significant restructurings, while Francesco De Gennaro focuses on restructuring and special opportunities investments. Ugo Calò is a debt restructuring transaction expert. Experienced partners Chiara Anceschi and Luca Magrini are also notable individuals.

Dentons' Italy managing partner Federico Sutti and banking and finance head Alessandro Fosco Fagotto co-head the restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy practice. The team's experience includes corporate and finance restructuring, distressed M&A, debt recovery claims and admittance into insolvency proceedings. Cristian Fischetti, who was recently promoted to the partnership, 'focuses on results' and advises on distressed situations and debt restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Lombardo; Francesco De Gennaro

Other key lawyers:


Great competence and high degrees of commitment, with the ability to find solutions during negotiations.

They have a very large team that provides advice on every aspect of banking, finance, distressed assets and restructuring. Their strength is to provide feedback on everything very quickly without neglecting the most important technical aspects. Furthermore, their assistance during the transactional phase of signing, closing and post-closing is the best on the market.

Luca Magrini is appreciated for his commitment and balance during negotiations. The genius of Francesco De Gennaro and competence of Antonio (Nino) Lombardo are also appreciated.

Ugo Calò’s best qualities are competence, professionalism and 360-degree coverage of clients’ needs.

Ugo Calò has years of experience, and pays great attention both to clients’ requests and achieving results.

Key clients


Rizzani de Eccher


Dea Capital



Intesa Sanpaolo

Marina di Stabia



Practice head(s):

Federico Sutti; Alessandro Fosco Fagotto

Other key lawyers:


In-depth knowledge of bankruptcy matters, combined with corporate and commercial law, and problem-solving skills.

Its approach, characterised by great flexibility and the ability to manage multi-jurisdictional problems constitutes a significant plus for clients.

Technical skills and 360-degree support for our structure.

Availability and continuous interaction with the partner who directly follows the project.

Attentive to clients and high levels of legal competence.

The professionals stand out for their extreme preparation, problem-solving skills, availability and constant client support.

The team directed by Alessandro Fosco Fagotto, who is personally committed to promptly resolving critical issues, has deep, accurate knowledge of this subject area.

‘Managing counsel Cristian Fischetti has excellent interpersonal skills with both clients and counterparts; he is also punctual, rigorous in his professional work, has in-depth knowledge of the law, and focuses on results.

Key clients

CPI Property Group


Intesa Sanpaolo

BPER Banca


Amco – Asset Management Company

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

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)


Goldoni S.p.A

Arbos Group S.p.A.

Italy > Tax Tier 2

DLA Piper's tax practice, which is jointly led by the highly-rated Antonio Tomassini and Christian Montinari, has a strong reputation for audits and litigation, cross-border reorganisations, tax restructuring, M&A, wealth planning, VAT and transfer pricing. Federico Pacelli is responsible for the Italian transfer pricing practice. Andrea Di Dio previously worked for the Italian Tax Police. In addition, other key figures are Alessandro Martinelli and Giovanni Iaselli. Counsel Antonio Martino is a white-collar crime expert. Carlotta Benigni is an active tax director.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Tomassini; Christian Montinari


Solid international network in addition to its expertise in Italian taxation.

Ability to understand quickly and effectively the client’s needs.

Devoted to solving clients’ problems with high-level technical skills.

The firm’s approach to client’s needs is complete, thanks to the multidisciplinary approach of all the professionals involved.

The strength I found, when compared to other law firms is the perfect synergy between teams from different departments, which are able to work together perfectly on an individual case.

Antonio Tomassini is a unique professional on the Italian tax consultancy scene, thanks to his technical, client relations and execution skills in all tax matters.

Antonio Tomassini, Federico Pacelli and Christian Montinari have a strong propensity to listen, and to give coherent and understandable answers. Furthermore, they always try to find simple and effective solutions.

Andrea Di Dio is an exceptional lawyer, who has supported us extensively on a range of matters. He is very focused and commercial in his approach, bringing to bear all the best internal resources from DLA Piper (also internationally).

Key clients




Intesa San Paolo – Fideuram group




Italcementi – Heidelberg


Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

DLA Piper's financial services team is highly regarded for its regulatory expertise. Agostino Papa consistently acts for asset management companies, banks, financial intermediaries, investment firms, insurance companies and banking foundations; and Vincenzo La Malfa is 'always ready to provide high-level assistance'. Of counsel Danilo Quattrocchi provides a full range of regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Agostino Papa

Other key lawyers:


The firm has the ability to offer 360-degree advice and to co-ordinate  different teams in a unique way.

The professionals are of primary standing and with in-depth preparation in every sector.

Professionalism, competence and being up to date are the unique traits that struck me about DLA Piper.

Vincenzo la Malfa has a unique commercial approach and is always ready to provide high-level assistance.

I particularly appreciate the lawyer Danilo Quattrocchi, a leading professional in the field who is always available for discussion and who is very flexible.

Key clients

Alkemia Capital Partners SGR S.p.A.

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

Azimut Libera Impresa SGR S.p.A.

Banca Generali S.p.A.

Banca IFIS S.p.A.

Banca PSA Italia S.p.A.

CREDEM Private Equity SGR S.p.A.

CDP Venture Capital SGR S.p.A.

Commerzbank AG Milan Branch

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Project Oil Limited

Banca Sistema S.p.A.

Prometeia Advisor SIM S.p.A.

RCI Banque SA (Italian Branch)

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

BancoBPM S.p.A.

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.p.A.

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

DLA Piper's corporate finance department, led by Antonio (Nino) Lombardo, is active in leveraged and corporate lending, as well as project and real estate financing. Also highly rated are Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli, Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca, Ugo Calò and Giuseppe Mele. Giampiero Priori recently made partner and Claudio D’Alia is an experienced legal director.

Practice head(s):

Antonio (Nino) Lombardo



A very experienced and efficient team that is able to anticipate problems and issues.

The DLA team is very focused and reliable, and advises us about potential risks (both from a legal and tax point of view).

Very quick in drafting agreements and very proactive during negotiations with counterparties and their legal advisers.

Brilliant for competence, availability and speed of response.

‘Antonio (Nino) Lombardo has the capacity to negotiate in very tough contexts, providing complete advice that makes clients feel absolutely confident in any decision taken.’

Giuseppe Mele is a definite point of reference for the legal department of our company. Of undisputed competence in his field, he is always available in relation to any concern or request for support.

Giampiero Priori excels for practicality, speed and effectiveness.

Extremely satisfied with Giampiero Priori and Ugo Calò, who are both highly professional.

Key clients

Savills Investments Management S.p.A.

JP Morgan Asset Management

Kryalos SGR

Meyer Bergman

Patrizia Immobilien AG

Pgim Real Estate luxembourg

Serenissima SGR

Dea Capital Real Estate S.p.A.

Dea Capital Alternative Funds S.p.A.

Hitachi Rail STS S.p.A.

Rizzani de Eccher

Gruppo Feltrinelli

Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio S.p.A.

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

Experienced in leveraged and corporate lending, and project and real estate finance, DLA Piper's Italy banking and finance practice is led by finance specialist, Antonio (Nino) Lombardo. It also fields project finance experts Giovanni Ragnoni Bosco Lucarelli and Federico Zucconi Galli Fonseca, along with Ugo Calò, Giuseppe Mele, recently promoted Giampiero Priori and legal director Claudio D’Alia.

Practice head(s):

Antonio (Nino) Lombardo; Agostino Papa; Francesco De Gennaro


The DLA firm is an undisputed leader in financing transactions, especially in the real estate sector, knowing how to deal with very different operations with great familiarity and professionalism.

The banking team is always very helpful, reactive, competent and practical; it is also prepared and always present, and stays close to its lender clients, from the structuring phase up to the completion of deals.

‘A problem-solving and always co-operative approach.

Maximum availability and competence on a broad spectrum of matters.’

The team is fully involved, there are no handovers between individuals, and deadlines are met.

‘The individuals are high-level professionals, who go the extra mile to fulfil tasks.

‘A professional team, with great availability from partner Giampiero Priori, who is an excellent professional; and the team co-ordinated by him is capable, competent, attentive to detail, and very oriented towards results and deadlines.

Giampiero Priori is very competent and always available – he is a great professional, always on the detail, and an excellent co-ordinator of resources while maximising the quality of the service rendered. He recognises the dynamics of negotiations, and always manages to assist clients by finding ways to reach a compromise with the counterpart.

Key clients



Intesa Sanpaolo

Mediocredito Italiano


Banco BPM

Banca IMI

UBI Banca

Aareal Bank

Credito Valtellinese

ING Bank


BNP Paribas

Dea Capital S.p.A.

Italy > Capital markets: Equity Tier 3

Particularly focused on cross-border transactions, DLA Piper's Italian ECM practice assists financial institutions and issuers with a range of equity deals, such as IPOs (including special purpose acquisition company IPOs), rights issues, tender offers, secondary, offerings, and convertible, equity-linked and hybrid instruments. Francesco Maria Aleandri has extensive experience in the ECM sector.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Maria Aleandri

Key clients

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


Tinexta S.p.A.

UBI Banca S.p.A.

Unicoop Tirreno S.p.A.

Borgosesia S.p.A.

Banca Generali S.p.A.

Iervolino Entertainment S.p.A.

AS Roma S.p.A.

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper's Italy practice focuses on energy and manufacturing M&A matters, and private equity investments. Wolf Michael Kühne is experienced in both German and Italian legal issues; Giulio Maroncelli is an energy M&A expert; and Goffredo Guerra is recommended for corporate, M&A and private equity matters. The second line of partners includes Danilo Surdi and Matteo Almini.

Practice head(s):

Wolf Michael Kühne; Giulio Maroncelli


Highly specialised, very competent and goal-oriented.

Made up of great professionals, who are available at any time of the day for legal assistance on major corporate issues.

Able to listen to the client’s point of view and achieve the objectives.

Key clients




C.E.B.A.T. Costruzioni Elettriche Bassa Alta Tensione S.r.l.

Equitix GP 3 Limited

Italcementi SpA

Profond Finanzgesellschaft AG


Risanamento S.p.A.


Italy > Private equity Tier 3

DLA Piper's strong PE and VC group consistently acts on complex, domestic and international PE transactions. Goffredo Guerra is experienced in  major private equity matters; Alessandro Piermanni focuses on M&A, joint ventures and PE deals; and Fabio del Bene regularly assists PE houses with acquisitions and sales. Corporate law experts Wolf Michael Kühne and Giulio Maroncelli are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Wolf Michael Kühne; Giulio Maroncelli

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Arsenal Capital Partners

CDP Equity

DeA Capital

Fondo Italiano di Investimento

Hesira Group Limited

HG Capital

Idea Cinquanta

NEIP III Sicaf S.p.A.

Oakley Capital

Orange Capital Development

Itago SGR

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 4

DLA Piper's DCM and structured finance team acts across the full range of debt transaction scenarios. With substantial experience in capital markets, corporate finance and structured finance, Luciano Morello heads the Italian DCM and structured finance practice within the finance, project and restructuring department.

Practice head(s):

Luciano Morello

Other key lawyers:

Gilemma Nugnes; Martina Antoniutti; Roberto Trionte; Fiorenza Marin


They have a pragmatic and timely approach.’

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

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

JP Morgan Securities Plc

Phinance Partners S.p.A.

Societe Generale

FISG S.r.l. (Banca Finanziaria Internazionale Group)

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.

ASR Media and Sponsorship S.p.A.

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

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