Editors Reception and Awards

The Chambers Editors' Reception offers distinguished networking opportunities with ranked lawyers and clients. This evening will also see awards given to top rankings firms and individuals from the region.

Time: 17:15 - 19:30

Chambers Italy Awards 2019 - Shortlisted Firms

Corporate 

BonelliErede

Chiomenti

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Legance Avvocati Associati

Winner: Legance Avvocati Associati

Finance

Chiomenti

Clifford Chance LLP

Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners

Linklaters

Winner: Clifford Chance LLP

Dispute Resolution

BonelliErede

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Lombardi Segni e Associati

Winner: Lombardi Segni e Associati

Boutique

Orsingher Ortu

Studio Legale RCC

Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo

Winner: Studio Legale RCC

Projects & Energy

BonelliErede

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Legance Avvocati Associati

Winner: Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Restructuring/Insolvency

BonelliErede

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Lombardi Segni e Associati

Winner: BonelliErede

Client Service

Allen & Overy

BonelliErede

Chiomenti

Winner: Chiomenti

Chambers Italy Awards 2019 - Winners

Corporate

Legance Avvocati Associati has gone from strength to strength, eliciting praise for its performance on complex transactional operations and highly skilled team members who strike a balance between a commercial angle and legal expertise. Clients, who include leading domestic and international banking institutions and private equity players, particularly value the department’s solution-oriented approach and quality of service. The team demonstrated its skill in its assistance to Abertis Infraestructuras with the EUR16.3 billion voluntary tender offer launched by Atlantia.

Finance

Clifford Chance LLP repositions itself as a leading name in the Italian banking and finance space following an impressive run of activity on both the borrower and lender side of big ticket financing operations, with a vast team which comprises market-leading financial services expertise, further to real estate finance and export finance specialists. Clients appreciate the Italian and UK law experts based in Milan, and underline their experience and commercial attitude in complex mandates. The department played a key role in International Game Technology’s arrangement of a EUR1.5 billion secured term facility in the context of its capital finance refinancing.

Dispute Resolution

Lombardi Segni e Associati is repeatedly instructed on high value litigation and arbitration proceedings, as evidenced in its support to Ilva on a EUR2 billion damages claim relating to abuse of rights of a controlling company. Interviewees repeatedly single out the team as one of the strongest Italian offerings for dispute resolution, citing its solid market reputation and prowess in claimant-side representation. Clients particularly value team members’ provision of solutions and specific decisions, often within quick turnaround times.

Boutique of the Year

Studio Legale RCC is a small but powerful firm which boasts an illustrious reputation as an immediate go-to for complex capital markets issues. The group attracts lengthy praise for its extensive expertise, high quality advice and availability to clients, with team members particularly singled out for their problem-solving abilities and skilled handling of sophisticated mandates, notably in derivatives and securitization. The firm’s skills were showcased in advice to the arrangers on the securitization of non-performing claims totaling EUR26 billion, originated by Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

Projects & Energy

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners offers a full range of services across energy and projects, advising on financing, regulatory issues and contentious proceedings before administrative courts. The team also offers notable capabilities in cross-border mandates, as evidenced in its advice to Egyptian Dolphinus Holding Ltd on a USD15 billion natural gas import deal, involving agreements with US and Israeli entities. Clients hold the group’s approach in high regard, stating that the team is agile in responding to business needs, and repeatedly highlight team members’ superb ability to come up with workable solutions to complex issues.

Restructuring & Insolvency

BonelliErede supports clients on both the debtor and creditor side of significant restructuring and insolvency operations, as well as providing first-class support on related litigious proceedings. Interviewees commend the group’s knowledge, availability and resources, highlighting in particular its short turnaround times, without losing quality. Highly reputed key team members further receive plaudits for their commercial understanding, focus and ability to foster excellent relationships with both clients and counterparties. The team advised Biancamano on the restructuring of its financial debt.

Client Service

Domestic powerhouse Chiomenti maintains a stellar reputation in the market with multiple band one positions across Chambers rankings. Clients report the firm to be adept at taking cross-practice instructions, underlining its impressive ability to “put together multidisciplinary teams” as a real strength of it structure. Other sources state that the lawyers are “available and really hands on” and “are quick and able to find solutions that are good for the business.” Most significantly, interviewees report that the firm culture “promotes an excellent, collaborative environment” when working on mandates.

Francesco Gianni – Outstanding Contribution

Founding partner of Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, Francesco Gianni has established himself as one of Italy’s most revered M&A advisers. One source explains that he “is a legend in Italy: he has a wealth of experience and at the same time is extremely available, he follows operations directly, he gets on with it and he is happy to get his hands dirty.” Peers too recognise his prestigious position and talented handling of complicated mandates, further explaining that “he’s a very strong negotiator who has an understanding of clients’ real needs, and can find creative solutions.” Gianni showcased his prowess in leading the advice to Atlantia on its successful bid for the acquisition of Abertis Infraestructuras for EUR16.3 billion.