Italy: Real Estate & Construction 2018

We recognise 27 leading figures for their expertise in real estate and construction law. Their work includes advising and acting for clients on transactions, project finance and disputes including international litigation and arbitration.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Olaf Schmidt DLA Piper, Milan
2. Alessandro Barzaghi Cocuzza & Associati Studio Legale, Milan
3. Mauro Rubino-Sammartano LawFed BRSA, Milan
4. Marzio Longo Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Milan
5. Umberto Borzi Chiomenti, Rome

Leading firm in the market BonelliErede sees four standout names recognised.
The “highly prominent” Alessandro Balp is recognised for his work on M&A, investment funds and loans in the sector. He is well known for advising leading real estate institutions both in Italy and abroad.
Antonio Crivellaro is a trusted adviser to national and international companies looking to invest in the construction space. He is also highly experienced in international arbitration where he has acted as both counsel and arbitrator.

Corporate heavyweight Chiomenti sees three of its lawyers recommended.
Umberto Borzi is recognised as a leading figure in the market who is “highly experienced” when it comes to real estate transactions. His knowledge of acquisitions and real estate company listings is widely respected within the market.
Luca Bonetti receives widespread praise for his work on the funding, structuring and negotiation of real estate acquisitions. He has in-depth expertise in alternative funds and credit facilities.
Francesco Tedeschini is also recommended for his superb corporate expertise, which he deploys on real estate transactions in both the Italian and international markets.

Two practitioners are listed at Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners.
Davide Braghini is widely regarded as an expert in real estate M&A, including the purchasing of assets, and joint ventures and co-investment. He is also a respected negotiator when it comes to management elements of a deal.
Domenico Tulli is praised for his top-notch real estate transactions practice where he has acted in a variety of sectors, including museums and automotive plants.

Molinari E Associati achieves two listings.
Ugo Molinari is a heavyweight in the corporate real estate sector. He garners recognition for his work on asset deals, special-purpose vehicles and disposition of assets where he displays “real commitment and skill”.
Alessandro de Botton boasts long-standing experience in corporate real estate transactions where he is a well-known presence in the market.

Nctm Studio Legale sees two leading practitioners recognised.
Luigi Croce is a go-to name in real estate M&A, and stands out for his impeccable work on deals involving private equity and real estate funds. He advises both national and international companies on a wide range of real estate matters.
Christian Mocellin receives plaudits for his work advising national and international real estate promoters, developers and investment funds. Sources are impressed by his “ability to analyse each issue focusing on the client’s needs” and his “expertise handling a broad range of contentious and non-contentious real estate matters”.

Olaf Schmidt at DLA Piper is internationally recognised as a leader when it comes to advising investors and developers on real estate investments, including tax-related matters. He is praised for his ability to handle complex transactions including “staggered closings and multiple technical nuances” and for his “succinct analyses”.

Cocuzza & Associati Studio Legale’s Alessandro Barzaghi is a well-known name in the corporate real estate sphere, where he regularly provides expert counsel to clients on establishing vehicles, drafting contracts and related corporate and commercial matters. He is recognised as a true authority in the space.

Mauro Rubino-Sammartano at LawFed BRSA is a leading figure in construction disputes and is widely respected for his work in arbitration and litigation. He is also recommended for his distinguished practice handling issues relating to contracts.

Marzio Longo at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is commended for his standout work in global real estate transactions. He is a seasoned negotiator and is recognised within the market as a dealmaker.

Rocco Ferrari at Gatti Pavesi Bianchi receives widespread praise for his work in commercial real estate where he is “strong in transactions” and “leaves a very good impression”.

Davide Apollo of Apollo & Associati is “very well known” within the market for his in-depth knowledge of real estate matters, particularly international and national investment.

Ashurst’s Carlo Andrea Bruno is a superb legal mind when it comes to real estate matters. One source describes her as “an experienced practitioner and a skilful negotiator” while another calls her “an excellent all-round lawyer who knows the market and is great with clients”.

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