Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Milan, Italy

DLA Piper
20123 MILAN

Compliance Tier 1

DLA Piper's 'team comes very highly recommended'. Its scope of compliance work includes the design and implementation of corporate compliance programmes, internal investigations, defence in criminal matters, anti-bribery and corruption, and international sanctions. Other areas of expertise are anti-money laundering (AML), regulatory investigations, export controls, antitrust compliance, and data protection compliance. Rome-based compliance specialist Raffaella Quintana is both head of the white-collar crime, investigations and compliance practice and co-location head of the litigation and regulatory department. Milan's Antonio Carino has defended corporations in significant Decree 231-related domestic criminal proceedings.

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The Italian team is very competent in compliance matters and its lawyers have an excellent combination of great legal expertise and a multi-disciplinary and business-oriented approach.

The team comes very highly recommended.

Raffaella Quintana has great skills in corporate criminal law and a pragmatic approach to things that, together with her undoubted leadership, make her a reliable consultant.

Antonio Carino is highly prepared and available; he is an experienced litigator, with an impressive record of successful cases.

Key clients

LIDL Italia



Pfizer Italia





Assicurazioni Generali

Credito Valtellinese

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

DLA Piper handles data protection compliance and contentious issues, which arise from European and US companies' global privacy projects, data breach-related disputes and innovative projects involving the exploitation of personal data. Giulio Coraggio is a technology, privacy and gaming specialist, and Giulia Zappaterra specialises in privacy and data protection projects.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs





21st Century Fox

Kering group companies




Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Praised for its 'empathy, competence' and 'legal support', DLA Piper counts major multinational companies among its clients, including Pfizer and Abbott Medical, as well as high-profile Italian healthcare providers, healthcare investors and insurance companies. Roberto Valenti heads the life sciences team, bringing experience in IP litigation. Vito Bisceglie, highly regarded for his 'preparation, problem solving' and 'responsiveness', advises clients, including Gruppo Zaffiro, on transactions, investments and financings. Marco de Morpurgo, who joined from Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato in October 2018, has expertise in EU and national regulatory law.


They are always going the extra mile to deliver effective and original solutions.’

Thanks to their multidisciplinary competences they can provide assistance to life science companies in all their needs, litigations and compliance matters above all. Thanks to their strong knowledge of this sector they can provide a very specialised service compared to the other law firms.’

Antonio Carino is absolutely indispensable for a company operating in the life science sector thanks to his strong expertise in this sector and his strategic approach in criminal litigation matters involving such companies. Also, Veronica Rossetti is highly skilled in this sector and very committed.

This practice is unique for the level of services provided and for the quality of the response they provide. They know our business very well, and they are always available to support us in any issues that can occur; the response time is another key factor that makes this practice very well regarded, especially compared to other firms.’

Giorgia Romitelli is very well-prepared, proactive, and always available and ready to find solutions to our needs. Her strength is her specific knowledge of our business and the medical devices space. Her availability, professionalism and competence are a plus for us.’

Key clients

Gruppo Zaffiro

Abbott Medical

Menarini Group

Takeda Italia



GE Healthcare

Immucor Italia

Omron Healthcare

Confindustria Dispositivi Medici

Confindustria Dispositivi Medici Servizi


Reckitt Benkiser

Gruppo Giomi

Industry focus: luxury goods Tier 1

DLA Piper has expertise across a wide range of practice areas and handles the spectrum of work for clients in the fashion and luxury goods sectors. Areas of expertise include M&A, e-commerce and advertising law, as well as real estate, tax and white-collar criminal defence work. Team co-head Elena Varese, who has expertise in IP and fashion law, advised La Rinascente on drafting new template agreements with influencers. Fellow practice head Davide Rossetti frequently collaborates with IT experts in disputes against IT service providers.

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Key clients



Hugo Boss

Dolce & Gabbana

La Rinascente

Industries Sportswear Companies


Golden Goose

Bally Schuhfabriken


Poltrona Frau

Industry focus: Manufacturing Tier 1

DLA Piper's industry focus group is coordinated by Alessandro Piermanni, who acts for Italian and multinational manufacturers, including Italmobiliare and General Electric. The team, which was recently strengthened by a number of new arrivals at associate level, covers corporate, antitrust, tax, labour, real estate and IP. Piermanni has particular expertise in M&A, joint venture and private equity transactions. In 2018, the team assisted Unilever with the acquisition of a 75% stake in Italian personal care products Equilibra.

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Key clients


Alfanar Group

Ariston Thermo

Carlo Colombo


Compugroup Medical

FAAC Group


Gea Group

General Electric

Igm Resins

Maccaferri Group







Cantel Medical



S2R Group


Feralpi Holding



Industry focus: Retail Tier 1

DLA Piper's global consumer goods, food and retail team advises on the setting up of new product lines, assisting companies when entering new markets, and brand and IP protection and regulatory compliance. Davide Rossetti specialises in litigation and regulatory matters, and is an expert in distribution, sale and purchase, procurement, sub-contracting, service agreements and logistics. Clients include global brands in the fashion and food industries. Recent highlights include successfully defending Italian supermarket chain Iper against a €3.6m compensation claim. Elena Varese is also noted.

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Key clients


Ballarini Paolo e Figli



Industries Sportswear Companies


IPER Montebello



Dolce & Gabbana

Industry focus: TMT Tier 1

The IP and technology team at DLA Piper has been bolstered by a number of new recruits recently, most notably Marco de Morpurgo, who joined in October 2018 from Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato. The practice's client base has also been boosted by a number of high-profile client wins, including multinational companies Goldman Sachs and 21st Century Fox. Alessandro Boso Caretta was able to draw on his expertise in the telecoms area to advise on Vodafone's auction bid for 5G frequencies. Privacy expert Giulia Zappaterra is also noted.

Practice head(s):


A comprehensive one-stop shop for legal assistance to a multinational company. Deep knowledge of TMT industry; striving for innovation and using new technology to provide value to customers (GDPR, legal tech blogs, chatbots).’ 

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta has a deep knowledge of the telco sector from a TMT/antitrust/regulation perspective, allowing him to provide very valuable advice.’

Always available. Great attitude in finding concrete and effective solutions.

Competence, constant innovation and understanding of customer needs. The DLA law firm has many valuable years of experience in the telecoms sector and is able to combine knowledge of legal aspects with that of regulatory aspects. It is also a firm which is very attentive to collaboration with the company’s internal lawyers, and is able to give answers and feedback in a very short time while ensuring a high standard of quality.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta manages the team composed of Bice Di Sano and Massimo d’Andrea in an efficient and effective manner. He is now one of the leading experts on the legal and regulatory aspects of the telecoms sector.

Bice di Sano: combines profound competence with great care for the relationship with the customer.’

Massimo D’Andrea: despite his young age he is already in possession of a recognized competence in the field of telecoms and media. Great ability in drafting legal proceedings that are particularly clear and effective.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta: competence, professionalism, ethics, vision.

Key clients


Goldman Sachs

21st Century Fox



Dassault Systèmes

Davide Campari








Real estate and construction Tier 1

DLA Piper is appreciated by clients for being 'a true one-stop shop' for real estate matters across the retail, hotels, office and logistics sectors. The department - which covers transactions, investment, regulatory issues, financing and tax matters - has 'impressive capabilities' and a team of lawyers across Milan and Rome, led by Paolo Foppiani and Francesco De Blasio respectively. In the Milan office, Olaf Schmidt is well regarded for his work for national and international investors and developers; Carmen Chierchia was promoted to partner in May 2019 while Milena Linguanti left for Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato in September 2018. In Rome, Filippo Cecchetti from Chiomenti joined the team in August 2018, strengthening the M&A expertise of the department.


‘Olaf Schmidt is an experienced lawyer with the ability to run in a very effective way the whole team and transaction process. He has a lot of gravitas and business acumen in negotiations. He is extremely responsive.’

‘They are a very effective real estate law firm with excellent project management capabilities and highly skilled lawyers

‘Olaf Schmidt is a very senior lawyer but gets directly involved in all matters. He has strong coordination skills and makes sure that all lawyers of the transaction work closely together.’

‘With very good knowledge of the standard market practise, the team benefits from various specialized lawyers (real estate, construction and tax matters) and from capability to well balance the recommendations between the legal and business issues’

‘DLA Piper has one of the best real estate practices in Italy.’

‘Filippo Cecchetti is very effective, works hard, understands complex legal issues and tries to tackle them proactively.’

‘Thorough knowledge of the Italian legal environment and strong knowledge of the real estate market.’

‘DLA Piper has a very broad and large real estate team with a lot of in-depth experience.’

‘Carmen Chierchia is an outstanding lawyer: professionally excellent, supportive to the client, very empathetic with people, very determined but also reasonably open to see the different points of view’

Key clients


Primonial REIM


Dea Capital Real Estate SGR



UBS Real Estate



Prelios SGR


Allianz Real Estate


Generali Real Estate









aik Immobilien-Investment GmbH

Administrative and public law Tier 2

DLA Piper's team has a 'pragmatic vision' and advises across the whole spectrum of administrative and public law, with strength in regulations and tenders. Germana Cassar and Giorgia Romitelli jointly head the practice. In recent major work, Cassar was able to draw on her 'excellent knowledge of the renewable energy sector' to act for six different companies operating photovoltaic plants in discrimination claims against the Italian government before the European Court of Human Rights. Romitelli's work on contentious administrative matters encompasses matters relating to life sciences, telecoms and public works concessions.


They work day and night to resolve problems and to find solutions for their customers. There have good synergies with their IP colleagues in order to cover all matters of legal dispute.

No other lawyers are comparable to Germana for her intelligence and aptitude, for her commitment to her job, for her consistency, her knowledge in the administrative field and in law, and her incredible sensitivity to her customers.’

Key clients

EMC Computer Systems Italia

Immucor Italia

Hydro Catania



Trans Adriatic Pipeline



Tozzi Green

Fri-El Green Power

Green Energy

Abbott Medical Italia

Asolo Hospital Service

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Recognised for its expertise in insurance disputes, in recent years the well-positioned litigation department at DLA Piper has been expanding even further, opening up to new clients from different sectors, such as banking, and through new hires. The areas of commercial, corporate and financial litigation are already cemented, while energy, insolvency and, thanks to Davide Rossetti's engagement, fashion are on the rise. Corporate governance expert Nicolò Abriani joined the firm in 2018, and the team also grew with the additions of counsel Ettore Maria Lombardi from Studio Abriani, legal director Alessia Marconi from Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams and four other lawyers. Practice head Stefano Modenesi's large team, which includes the 'very skilled' Bruno Giuffré, also assists private clients in tax matters.

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‘DLA Piper’s litigation team provides an outstanding level of service, with particular attention on finding solutions and keeping the client always updated. The lawyers show an excellent level of professionalism, together with remarkable technical knowledge of the matters.’

‘Stefano Modenesi is highly professional and responsive.’

‘Timeliness, knowledge of the sector and flexibility distinguish the DLA team from other firms operating in the same sector. Davide Rossetti is very dynamic and has acquired specific knowledge of the characteristics of the fashion industry. He integrates normative knowledge with commercial knowledge in the fashion and luxury sectors.’

‘Constant assistance  and availability’

‘Andrea Pantaleo, Marco Dimola and David Marino are high level counsels who provide constant support and qualified advice.’

Key clients

UniCredit Group

Deutsche Bank

Swiss Re Europe SA, Italian Branch



Toyota Financial Services (UK) PLC, Italian Branch

Beni Stabili S.p.A.

Roberto Cavalli

ANDIE Insurance, Italian Branch


IPER Group (GDO)

Employment Tier 2

Assisting both Italian and international corporate clients, the employment law team at DLA Piper showcases experience across many different sectors - including life sciences, tech, food and fashion. Co-heads Giampiero Falasca and Fabrizio Morelli manage the team's offering and are experts in contentious matters, trade union matters, social security law and issues relating to major M&A deals. Federico Strada was promoted to partner in April 2019.


‘Corporate-minded practice with a broad international network.’

‘The team has a unique experience and can advise on very difficult matters. Giampiero Falasca is an experienced and very knowledgable negotiator.’

Key clients


Warner Bros


Computer Associates

HCL Technologies







Hard Rock Café

Newell Group

Levi Strauss

EU and competition law Tier 2

DLA Piper's EU and competition law team, which is part of the firm's broader litigation and regulatory department, is particularly appreciated for transactional and contentious antitrust and regulatory work, both in Italy and across wider Europe. At the top of the team is the 'outstanding' Alessandro Boso Caretta, who attracts praise for his technical understanding of the telecoms, media and technology worlds - rounded up by Domenico Gullo's expertise in merger control, financial institutions and gaming and betting.


‘A comprehensive one-stop shop for legal assistance to a multinational company. Deep knowledge of TMT industry; striving for innovation and using new technology to provide value to customers (GDPR app, legal tech blogs, chatbots)’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta has a deep knowledge of the telecom sector from a TMT/antitrust/regulation perspective, allowing him to provide very valuable advice.’

‘The team is really excellent. They combine great knowledge of the market and a powerful organization. They are well balanced, flexible to the need of the client, very committed and responsive. They give high-quality and pragmatic advice.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta has deep sector knowledge, strong technical legal skills, and a great ability to solve problems. He is very easy to work with and understands the needs of multinational companies.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta is very experienced in competition law and regulatory matters in the logistics, transportation and postal markets. His advice is very accurate, timely and to the point. He is also a very good litigator, with an impressive successful track record.’

‘Overall, a great team.’

‘They take care of the client, understanding precisely the business needs. They turn legal issues into business solutions.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta takes care of the client with great business acumen.’

‘Very good team. They combine competition law expertise with regulatory knowledge, both on transactional matters and litigation. They provide quick and effective advice.’

‘Alessandro Boso Caretta, Bice Di Sano and Massimo D’Andrea are easy to work with and have strong technical skills.’

Key clients


Assicurazioni Generali

Poste Vita

EDP Renewables Italia

European Commission

Iccrea Banca


Admenta Italia/McKesson

Vodafone Italia and Vodafone Automotive

ERG Power Generation






Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

At DLA Piper, the energy team - led by Giulio Maroncelli - has a strong corporate and M&A focus. Francesco Novelli, for example, handles major transactions in the oil and gas and wind sectors. In late 2018, the department increased its administrative law capacity - especially in the electricity, sanctioning proceedings, energy efficiency and public incentives sectors - with the hire of litigation and regulatory legal director Alessia Marconi from Macchi di Cellere Gangemi. Germana Cassar is another key name from the litigation and regulatory team.

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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)

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

The food team at DLA Piper is known for its 'comprehensive and always practical' advice and 'outstanding responsiveness' in dealing with its high-profile roster of clients from the food industry. Wolf Michael Kühne heads the team, and is highly regarded as a corporate adviser supporting clients, such as Lidl, in cross-border matters, especially in bilateral relationships between Italy and Germany. The group has expertise in labour law, HR, financing, advertising, partnership agreements and M&A. The team has recently provided strategic advice to Starbucks on all matters relating to the setting up of its Italian business.

Practice head(s):


The team has strong capabilities in IP litigation and in non-contentious issues such as licensing agreements and prize competitions. Advice is easy to understand, short, but comprehensive and always practical. Outstanding responsiveness and deep understanding/knowledge of the legal and business matters are surely key capabilities which distinguish the lawyers.

Elena Varese is a rising star of the field, thanks to both her hard skills and personal approach. Elena has outstanding capabilities both as an IP and advertising litigator. She understands our business and complex situations well, is able to anticipate our requests, and thinks outside the box. She has great attention to detail and a strategic vision. An excellent balance between technical and communication skills.

Key clients

Lidl Italia

PM Food

Hard Rock Café Italy

Biondi Santi



Holding Dolciaria Industriale

Gruppo Vezza

Fida Trade


Gea Group

Inalca Cremonini


Intellectual property Tier 2

DLA Piper's intellectual property team is increasingly active in many sectors, including telecoms, food & beverage, fashion, media, manufacturing and technology. The practice advises a range of companies, retailers, publishing houses, private equity and venture capital funds in relation to trademarks and patent infringement, negotiating and drafting agreements, advertising and social media communications. Roberto Valenti and Gualtiero Dragotti are the most senior members of the practice, with lawyer Laura Gastaldi being another key member of the team. The department was boosted by the lateral hire of Marco de Morpurgo from Allen & Overy LLP  in October 2018; he joined as global co-chair of the firm's life sciences sector group.

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‘Roberto Valenti is professionally very well prepared, very up-to-date and provides practical advice.’

Key clients


Franklin & Marshall S.r.l.

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore


Assicurazioni Generali

Michael Page

Ingram Micro

Newell Rubbermaid








Martini & Rossi


Elantas Europe

Michael Page

Investment funds Tier 2

DLA Piper's 'investment fund team is one of the most appreciated groups in the Italian landscape'. It is well known for advising on transactions involving funds investing in real estate assets, infrastructure, healthcare, social housing, student accommodation, renewable energy, and private equity; structuring complex transactions with respect to governance; compliance and regulatory issues; and sanctioning procedures. Key names are Agostino Papa and senior associate Nicoletta Alfano.

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DLA Piper’s ‘investment fund team is one of the most appreciated groups in the Italian landscape.

The team has perfect knowledge of Italian and EU regulatory legal frameworks and is appreciated for its problem-solving approach.

Agostino Papa and senior associate Nicoletta Alfano are among the best lawyers in the Italian regulatory sector.

Key clients

Antirion SGR

Investitori SGR

Azimut Libera Impresa SGR

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Credem Private Equity SGR

DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR

DeA Capital Real Estate SGR

Fondazione Enpam

Generali Real Estate SGR

Hines RE Italy

JP Morgan Asset Management

Patrizia Real Estate Investment Management

PensPlan Invest SGR

Prelios SGR

Serenissima SGR

UBS Asset Management (Italia) SGR

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

DLA Piper was recently active in large distressed M&A transactions, as well as the disposal and acquisition of large credit portfolios. It is particularly rated for large real estate portfolio acquisitions in pre-insolvency situations and has a specialised shipping sector team that advises on restructuring and special opportunities investments. Antonio Lombardo is involved in high-profile Italian restructurings, and Francesco De Gennaro is a restructuring and special opportunities investment specialist. Luca Magrini focuses on acquisitions of distressed assets.


The practice has the ability to work in a team and communicate well with counterparts.

Luca Magrini is a great connoisseur of bankruptcy law and is always personally involved.

Key clients


Boscolo Group


Dea Capital






Deutsche Bank

Tax Tier 2

DLA Piper is highly respected for its assistance with tax audits and litigation, cross-border reorganisations, tax restructuring, M&A, wealth planning and and transfer pricing work. The team also advises on the implementation of the Italian Patent Box regime (which applies a reduced taxation for income deriving from the exploitation of IP rights), and stands out for its expertise with start-ups, greenfield strategies and early-growth companies. Antonio Tomassini and Christian Montinari act on tax-related transactions and litigation; and Andrea Di Dio is experienced in tax planning and structuring, international taxation and transfer pricing, and family asset reorganisations. Federico Pacelli is a transfer pricing expert.


The strengths of the team are its specialisations, ​​competence and strong integration of the network. It is also very appreciated for its ability to deal pragmatically with the issues being analysed and find the right compromise between theoretical aspects and practice.

The team work of different specialised groups assures clients of a better output. It has strong commitment as well as passion, which make DLA Piper the best practice to work with.

Its passion, commitment and strong technical skills and client service are first rate. Standout partners are Christian Montinari and Federico Pacelli.

Federico Pacelli’s clarity and technical preparation is greatly appreciated.

Antonio Tomassini is the best tax professional in the country; he always thinks out of the box and he is innovative.

Andrea Di Dio’s team is a true asset to clients’ business. The key strengths are an ability to respond quickly to even the most complicated tax matter. There is never a question clients do not get a satisfactory answer to.

Andrea Di Dio is phenomenal in his understanding of tax matters and ability to provide a very concise and penetrating answer to even the most complicated issue. He is extremely commercial in his approach and practical. He is a go-to adviser.

Key clients



JP Morgan




Italcementi – Heidelberg



Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 3

DLA Piper advises on a range of domestic and cross-border banking and financial regulation matters, including AML, derivatives, usury law, payment services, e-money and other matters involving the technology applied to financial services. Agostino Papa is highly rated for his advice on the regulation of the financial markets and Vincenzo La Malfa is focused on public finance matters. Of counsel Danilo Quattrocchi provides regulatory advice to banks, listed companies, financial intermediaries, pension and social security institutions, and insurance companies.

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Keen on delivery, with great ability to listen to clients and accordingly adapt a team approach.

Serious, prepared, flexible and empathetic.

Key clients

Assicurazioni Generali

Azimut Libera Impresa SGR

Banca Generali

Banca IFIS

Banca Sistema

Banco BPM


Commerzbank (Milan Branch)

CREDEM Private Equity SGR


Intesa Sanpaolo

MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese

Poste Vita

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

DLA Piper fields specialists in leveraged and corporate lending, and is regularly involved in syndicated lending transactions at domestic and cross-border levels. The team is also expert in energy and infrastructure project finance, and has a robust real estate finance practice. Antonio Lombardo is a finance law specialist, Francesco De Gennaro focuses on restructuring and special opportunities investments, and Agostino Papa assists with financial markets regulation. Legal director Claudio D’Alia advises on project, acquisition and corporate and real estate financings.


The team is professional and competent.

Key clients

Ansaldo STS

AS Roma Football Team

Bain Capital

Bonfiglioli Riduttori

Coima SGR

Dea Capital

Infragreen Fund

Investire SRG

JP Morgan Asset Management

Kryalos SGR

Metro 5

Meyer Bergman

Patrizia Immobilien

Savills IM SGR

Savills Investments Management

Serenissima SGR

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

DLA Piper is consistently involved in major lending transactions at domestic and cross-border levels. The team is highly regarded for its expertise in acquisition and real estate finance, and energy and infrastructure project finance. Antonio Lombardo is a finance law specialist, Francesco De Gennaro focuses on restructuring and special opportunities investments, and Agostino Papa assists with financial markets regulation. Legal director Claudio D’Alia advises on project, acquisition and corporate and real estate financings.


The team is highly professional, competent and timely.

It is praised for its availability, knowledge of the Italian banking sector and Italian loan market practices.

It is able to manage and negotiate non-standard structures and requests.

The team is very professional and serious; compared with other firms it is 100% dedicated to its clients, with a view to building longstanding relationships.

A very committed, dedicated and approachable group that at the same time is very knowledgeable, which cannot always be taken for granted’.

Key clients

Aareal Bank

Banca di Puglia e Basilicata

Banca Popolare di Bari

Banco BPM

Banco Santander


BNP Paribas


Credit Suisse

Credito Valtellinese

ICCREA Bancaimpresa

ING Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo Group

National Westminister Bank


Societe Generale

UBI Banca


Capital markets: Equity Tier 3

DLA Piper has longstanding relationships with financial institutions and issuers, which it regularly assists with equity transactions such as IPOs (including SPAC IPOs), rights issues, tender offers, secondary offerings, and convertible, equity-linked and hybrid instruments. The practice also distinguishes itself through its focus on cross-border transactions. Additionally, it provides ongoing legal and regulatory advice to listed companies and intermediaries in Italy and abroad, particularly regarding market abuse legislation. Francesco Maria Aleandri  has extensive ECM sector experience.

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The advice is great and the team delivers on time.

This is a brilliant, focused and well-prepared team.

Francesco Maria Aleandri is not only a partner of huge reputation and technical skill, he is also a solid and trusted adviser to clients. He is both very engaged and available, and always provides very precious and appropriate advice.

Key clients

Banca IMI

Equita SIM

Intermonte SIM

Aeroporto di Bologna


Integrae SIM

Quadrivio Capital SGR

Meyer Bergman



Iervolino Entertainment

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper's corporate practice is mostly sustained by a diversified portfolio of domestic and international clients that are generated in Italy, rather than the firm's network. The team is particularly renowned for energy, manufacturing, insurance and life science deals; its M&A clients also benefit from highly regarded specialists in regulatory, tax, real estate and employment law. Goffredo Guerra advises on major corporate and M&A and private equity mandates; Wolf Michael Kühne is highly rated for German and Italian legal issues; Giulio Maroncelli focuses on energy M&A deals; and Danilo Surdi's practice includes insolvency and bankruptcy-related company acquisitions.


The team has longstanding knowledge of transactions and remarkable competence; its integration with the firm’s administrative and project finance teams make the team stand out.

It has the remarkable ability to summarise and take a factual approach. The team also delivers excellent project management.

Its time availability and deep knowledge make the practice unique. Some other firms can be contacted during office hours only, which is a problem when travelling to countries that are far away.

The integrity and professionalism of the team are more than sufficient.

Danilo Surdi understands clients’ needs and has great market knowledge.

Key clients


Pfizer Group (Italy)



Saint Gobain

Falck Renewables

IGM Resins

The Valspar Corporation


Etihad Airways

GEA Group

Idea Cinquanta

Private equity Tier 3

DLA Piper advises ​private equity funds, management teams and acquisition finance providers on all aspects of private equity investments. The team also assists with fund formation and fundraising processes. Clients particularly appreciate the firm's integrated domestic and cross-border capabilities. Goffredo Guerra has substantial experience of private equity mandates; Fabio del Bene assists Italian and international private equity houses with acquisitions and divestitures; and Alessandro Piermanni's sector expertise includes fashion, luxury goods, white goods, food and life sciences.

Key clients

Arsenal Capital Partners

CDP Equity

DeA Capital

Fondo Italiano di Investimento

Hesira Group

HG Capital

Idea Cinquanta


Oakley Capital

Orange Capital Development

Pragma Invest


Värde Partners

Vision Capital

Capital markets: Debt Tier 4

DLA Piper's typical work includes the issuance, distribution, subscription and listing of securitised derivatives, plain vanilla and structured bonds, project finance bonds, asset-backed securities, and collateralised-debt-obligations. The team is particularly active in the mini-bond market and has a robust structured finance practice. Luciano Morello heads the Italian DCM and structured finance practice; in 2019, he was also nominated leader of the firm's capital markets and structured investments practice stream for EMEA and Asia Pacific.

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Excellent availability and flexibility in relation to commercial proposals.

The very professional team is always available and prepared technically. It is also always ready to consider commercial considerations.

It has deep knowledge of financial markets and instruments, as well as a concrete understanding of the regulatory environment.

The team has the ability to predict the market and solves problems.

The lawyers stand out for meeting deadlines, supporting clients, understanding market needs, achieving goals, and building valuable relationships and partnerships with the main financial sector’s players.

Each lawyer gives excellent support, and the team is absolutely focused and committed to getting deals done, no matter what. It is very commercial and follows clients’ needs in the most suitable way.

Luciano Morello has great knowledge of the bond market, and not only does he lead a team of talented lawyers but he is also on top of every aspect of a deal. He always gives the impression that clients are well represented and in good hands.

Key clients


Banca Akros


Phinance Partners

Sara Assicurazioni

Unicredit Bank



Bonfiglioli Riduttori

Banca IMI

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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At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

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