Clifford Chance LLP

Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Skilled in a broad range of matters including banking, corporate, tax and IP litigation. Combines aptitude in these areas with criminal law expertise. Draws on the firm's extensive global coverage to advise clients on cross-border disputes. Predominantly assists global financial institutions but also has experience in a range of other industries such as insurance, energy and life sciences. Additionally active in arbitration proceedings.

Strengths Clients particularly value the lawyers' quality of advice and efficiency: "They are always instructive, clear and diligent. Papers are always on time and they are always responsive."

The practicedraws additional praise for its cross-border capabilities: "The firm is very much able to understand multi-jurisdictional litigation and operate across cross-border litigation."

Work highlights Represented Citigroup in a EUR1.8 billion civil dispute against Parmalat concerning the latter's 2003 collapse.

Notable practitioners

Based in Rome, Carlo Felice Giampaolino is hailed as a "very good litigator." He predominantly focuses on corporate and commercial litigation and is frequently appointed on cross-border mandates. His clients include important names from the international banking landscape.

Practice head Fabio Guastadisegni handles financial litigation, as well as insolvency and restructuring disputes. He represented Goldman Sachs in the civil lawsuit brought by Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena concerning a EUR600 million credit facility. Sources note that he is "technically brilliant and able to detect and pursue the right strategy."