Italy: M&A and Governance

In this chapter we identify 40 lawyers from across Italy who hold exceptional expertise in a range of transactional matters including cross-border transactions, finance structuring and divestitures, as well as corporate governance issues.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Carlo Croff Chiomenti, Milan
2. Francesco Portolano Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Rome
3. Francesco Gianni Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, Rome
4. Manuela Cavallo Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Rome

Chiomenti sees nine practitioners included here.
Carlo Croff is a “big name” in the field who stands out for his exceptional work representing Italian and international clients across all aspects of M&A and governance, including joint ventures, real estate transactions and regulation.
Luca Fossati heads the firm’s corporate department and has advised on some of Italy’s largest M&A transactions in industries including electronics, media and sport.
Francesco Tedeschini has a strong international and domestic client base, and advises on M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions.
Francesco Ago is a corporate finance specialist with expertise in bonds, securitisation, investment, restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

BonelliErede is a major force in the legal market and home to seven practitioners who are listed here.
Sergio Erede is a well-established player in the Italian market who is recognised as “a guru in the field” of M&A. He possesses vast experience handling transactions across a range of sectors.
Umberto Nicodano is specialist in M&A and corporate governance and frequently works for clients throughout the banking, insurance, private equity and manufacturing sectors.  
Roberto Cera has a top-notch corporate practice and stands out for his impressive M&A and financing work on projects across the infrastructure and real estate sectors.
Giuseppe Lombardi at Lombardi Segni e Associati is an expert in M&A, extraordinary finance and corporate restructuring matters, and is also well known among peers for his strong work in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners sees five of its lawyers included here.
The firm’s founder Francesco Gianni stands out as one of the foremost corporate lawyers in the field, and is described by peers as “the star of the M&A market".
Roberto Cappelli specialises in both corporate governance and M&A, and is frequently engaged in advising, among other clients, listed and non-listed companies, private equity funds and financial institutions. 
Antonio Segni focuses his work on M&A, corporate financing and capital market, areas in which he has experience representing major corporations and financial bodies.

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale performs well here with three lawyers recognised.
Francesco Portolano is a leading name for corporate matters in the Italian market. He is highly respected thanks to his impressive work advising foreign clients on transactions across an array of sectors, including tax and media. 
Manuela Cavallo is well known among peers as a go-to name for M&A and joint venture transactions, areas in which she possesses considerable experience.
Luca Gambini focuses his M&A practice on the technology and life sciences sectors and is commended for “great competence and precision" when handling complex transactions.

Vincenzo Giannantonio of Gitti and Partners draws high praise from clients – one of whom notes he is "very technical and is always able to find out a practical solution in any circumstance”, adding: “He helps us to get the deal done."

Linklaters’ Roberto Casati is an exceptionally experienced corporate lawyer who is held in high regard thanks to his deep expertise in domestic and international transactions.

Filippo Troisi at Legance Avvocati Associati works in corporate finance law and specialises in M&A matters. He advises companies and financial bodies as well as investment banks and private equity funds.
Alberto Giampieri is an experienced practitioner with a strong track-record of advising major clients on M&A, joint ventures and divestitures.
Bruno Bartocci is also recognised for his impressive work on private equity, as well as public and private M&A transactions.


Ugo Molinari of Molinari e Associati is a well-respected figure in the Italian market who is considered a top name for complex M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and financings.

Francesco Gatti of Gatti Pavesi Bianchi stands out thanks to his top-tier M&A practice as well as his vast experience handling many of Italy’s largest M&A transactions.
Carlo Pavesi’s practice combines non-contentious corporate work and corporate dispute resolution in court and at arbitration. His M&A experience is extensive and includes joint ventures and debt restructuring.  

LMS Studio Legale’s Tommaso Amirante regularly advises private equity funds and companies, particularly industrial sector clients, in domestic and multinational transactions.

Carlo Pedersoli from Pedersoli Studio Legale specialises in M&A and corporate governance advisory work, and frequently counsels major clients from the financial and industrial sectors.

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