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Managing Partner: Angelo Bonissoni
Number of lawyers: over 120
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Firm Overview:
CBA is an independent Italian law firm founded in 1985 with offices in Milan, Rome, Padua, Venice and Munich. The firm’s professional services are aimed at satisfying the Clients’ needs by supplying tailor-made solutions that combine both legal and tax assistance with a multidisciplinary approach. CBA advise international companies seeking to invest in Italy, and Italian companies operating in the local and international markets. The firm is committed to excellence in the legal profession.

Practice Areas
Administrative Law
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets & Regulatory
Restructuring & Insolvency
Corporate Governance
Corporate, M&A, Private Equity & Venture Capital
Project Finance
Real Estate & Infrastructure Tax

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate, M&A:

The firm provides legal advice to private and public companies, domestic and international financial institutions as well as private equity funds in relation to virtually all kinds of corporate and commercial matters. Furthermore, the firm boasts particular experience in merger, de-merger and acquisition transactions, restructuring and reorganisation of companies. The firm’s assistance includes full support in the analysis of any relevant legal, tax, financial and accounting aspects to constantly provide its most senior and highest experienced service to clients.

The firm provides general and specific tax advice to corporations, banks and investment funds in connection with typical M&A and P/E deals, whether success or turnaround, restructuring plans, investment and divestments in general. Tax advice includes: advice on the interpretation and application of national and international tax laws; tax restructuring of sophisticated M&A and private equity transactions, tax planning regarding income taxes, VAT and other indirect taxes; tax due diligence; legal and tax advice on every issue regarding companies’ statutory financial statement in accordance with Italian companies law provisions and tax regulations; assistance in connection with tax disputes in general, and before the Revenue Office and the Treasury and Finance Ministry.

Private Equity:
The expertise gained throughout the years is such that the firm can offer top quality assistance in connection with the formation of funds as well as the whole start-up investment and divestment process, from due diligence, drafting of prospectuses, analysis of regulatory issues, to drafting and negotiation of all relevant agreements. The firm has been significantly involved in private equity since the beginning of this practice in Italy.

Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency:
The firm has a strong focus on the practice of corporate restructuring and turnaround of companies, and it renders its services to distressed companies, potential buyers of turnaround businesses, as well as lenders and other financial investors. The firm also advises on contentious matters such as derivative actions against directors and auditors, as well as on out of court settlement procedure between creditors and companies.

Banking & Finance:
The firm offers in-depth expertise in the legal, regulatory and tax aspects surrounding banking and finance. The department assists intermediaries from incorporation and throughout the course of operations, with specific focus on derivative and structured instruments. It also provides assistance on the full spectrum of financial products and services, including so-called ‘para-banking’ (leasing, factoring, credit mediators and financial agents), and the issue of credit cards and prepaid cards, handling regulatory issues, requests and authorisations concerning CONSOB and the Bank of Italy. Clients are helped in fulfilling requirements set forth by primary banking regulations and related regulatory provisions implementing the Consolidated Law on banking, and the operations of such provisions, in relation to all aspects of collecting savings on a public basis and exercising credit, including money laundering regulations. CBA also boasts specific experience in the sector of public finance and local and territorial entities, as well as in export credit and beneficial finance, and provides assistance with securitisation transactions and the transfers of receivables due from the public sector.

Energy & Environment:
The firm provides assistance specifically dedicated to the energy and environmental sector offering regulatory, antitrust, tax and project finance services in every areas of this field.

Capital Markets & Securities:
The firm acts for banks as well as Italian and foreign corpora- tions in connection with various equity and debt capital markets transactions (initial public offerings, secondary offerings, tender offers, increases, listings, issues of bonds/notes ad private placements). The firm also represents Italian and foreign financial institutions in connection with the disclosure, tax and regulatory issues concerning the set up and the offer of investment funds in Italy.

Structured Finance:
The firm advises financial intermediaries, financial advisers and investment banks in structured and acquisition finance transactions, and has a particular expertise in finance transactions involving the securitisation and/or the assignment of non-performing or distressed assets and any regulatory aspects thereof.

Real Estate & Infrastructure:
The firm has earned a key-position in the real estate sector, boasting strong capabilities and specialised knowledge and recognised as a leader in this market. Its inter-disciplinary approach and full range of services cover all aspects of multipurpose real estate properties, including residential, business, shopping centres, tourism/hotels, ports and freight villages. The firm also has a specific team dedicated to the practice of infrastructure and construction law that boasts long- standing experience and a very strong track record.

IP & IT:
The firm provides assistance in respect to the acquisition, protection, development and exploitation of rights over intangible assets and data protection. The firm’s work includes the preparation and negotiation of sales contracts, license, distribution agreements, franchising, merchandising, sponsorship, advertising and transfer technology contracts. The firm’s professionals boast well-rooted experience in contractual assistance concerning intellectual products and works, both incorporate in traditional means. For many years the firm has assisted clients against piracy, in the area of parallel import as well as in the procedures related to custom seizure and interim measures during trade fairs. Additionally, the firm provides assistance with the acquisition, development and exploitation of information technology (websites, multimedia products, online services, software, banking and electronic finance services and the digital distribution of protected works). The advisory services offered to the firm’s clients include B2B contracts, co-branding and hosting agreements and contracts for the development of websites, as well as B2C contracts, the offer to consumers of goods and services on the internet, payment security systems, online trading and online auctions.

The firm gives full assistance in relation to civil, administrative and tax law matters and represents its clients before all competent courts. The firm has specific experience in the management and resolution of disputes in the context of domestic and international arbitration.

Corporate Governance:
The firm provides assistance to current and prospective Shareholders, Presidents, CEOs, Boards of Directors, committees appointed within the BoDs, General Counsels/ Chief Governance Officers and Corporate Secretaries on the matters of corporate governance strategies, organization of corporate governance models and governance processes. The goal of our practice is to achieve a unique positioning in the current scenario of Corporate Governance advisory, blending the legal knowledge of CBA’s traditional core business with our expertise on strategy, organization and management of human resources.

The firm’s clients include a large base of Italian companies as well as investment funds, international companies, financial institutions and other institutional investors doing business in Italy.