Chairman: Luigi Arturo Bianchi
Number of partners: 16
Number of lawyers: 84
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Gatti Pavesi Bianchi is an independent law firm focused in corporate, commercial law and financial markets and securities law. It is one of the best-known players in Italy for particularly complex corporate and structured finance transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions (mainly involving major private equity firms), equity capital markets and debt restructuring, as well as sophisticated civil, corporate and commercial law matters. For over 30 years, the firm has been involved in the structuring and carrying-out of complex deals, international and cross-border, which have radically changed the Italian economic scenario. Gatti Pavesi Bianchi offers support through 12 specialised focus teams, and it may take advantage of the active contribution of reputable scholars in the field of corporate law. Expertise, innovative vision, widespread contact network and strong roots in the financial and economic sectors are all key features characterising the identity of the firm and its international focus.
Main Areas of Practice
Corporate Law & Advice:
The firm adopts a consulting-based approach to specific needs, ranging from matters related to corporate governance, transactions on corporate capital, provision of stock-option/incentive plans, to regulatory compliance.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm assists market-leaders at national and international level in relation to their most sophisticated and complex M&A transactions. It supports clients within the context of corporate finance transactions — including mergers, de-mergers, acquisitions and disposals of businesses and interests, restructurings, joint ventures — and in the formation of the relevant structure and in the handling of negotiations.
The firm has considerable experience in providing assistance to both Italian and international private equity funds, advising clients on the structuring of the investment transaction and the drafting and negotiation of the relevant legal and contractual documentation, including the financing and security package documentation. The firm regularly assists banks, mezzanine funds and management in leveraged/management buy-out and buy-in transactions.
Financial Markets & Securities Investment:
The firm assists its clients in the main capital markets transactions, such as the issuance of traditional and innovative financial instruments and their listing on regulated and multi-lateral markets and in promoting takeover bids and exchange offers. The firm advises banks, issuers and shareholders in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of underwriting agreements, offer documents and prospectuses, as well as liaising with the relevant supervisory authorities.
Banking & Finance:
The firm consistently retained by banks and financial institutions (as lenders) and commercial and industrial companies, as well as investment funds (as borrowers) in the most complex financing transactions. The firm’s clients are supported in banking and financial transactions of every nature with the benefit of vast experience in acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance and many other financial products such as senior, second lien, mezzanine financing, junior, high yield bond, as well as in relation to other structured financial products.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The department is highly experienced in litigation, before both the ordinary courts and arbitration courts, at a national and international level, in relation to commercial agreements, acquisitions of interests, shareholders’ agreements, unfair competition, industrial and intellectual property rights and civil and product liability. The firm regularly deals with complex, highprofile litigation proceedings.
Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
The firm is recognised for its experience in restructuring transactions involving listed and non-listed companies, both in respect of entities undergoing crisis or insolvency, seeking to file for the various insolvency and bankruptcy procedures, as well as advising investors and investment funds specialised in acquisition and restructuring transactions involving distressed entities.
Investment Management & Financial Institutions Regulation:
The team is dedicated to the legal and regulatory matters related to collective asset management, financial services and investment schemes sponsored by insurance companies and pension funds. In particular, the team provides assistance to domestic and foreign sponsors in setting up investment schemes with a focus on the main alternative asset classes and to private institutional investors who subscribe commitments in domestic and foreign investment schemes, and in the context of transactions on such commitments in the secondary market. The team also manage the establishment of Italian SGRs, Italian branches of EU alternative investment fund managers, and reorganisations involving Italian and foreign entities subject to regulatory supervision according to the applicable Italian and European legislation and in the relationship with the competent supervisory authorities.
Competition & Antitrust:
The department has developed a special know-how with regard to antitrust and competition laws and regulations, representing its clients before both Italian and EU courts and bodies. The firm advises on all antitrust matters including concentrations, abuse of dominant position, the establishment or defense of joint venture agreements, pre-merger notification and substantive defense of transactions, a wide range of civil antitrust litigation, state aid awards and general assistance, antitrust audits, and compliance programs.
Civil, Commercial & Private International Law:
The firm offers its clients continuous tailor-made assistance in a broad range of civil and commercial law matters, including the creation of new corporate and commercial partnerships, assistance in the negotiation and drafting of shareholders’ agreements and other types of arrangements among shareholders.
Labour Law & Industrial Relations:
The firm assists clients operating on a wide range of business sectors in all matters relating to the management of employment relationships, both autonomous and subordinate, including new types of management of employment relationships, advising domestic and international entities including those in financial distress.
The firm assists some of the main Italian and international operators in both the retail and corporate real estate sectors, advising clients on acquisitions and disposals of assets and real estate companies and the incorporation of real estate investment trusts and joint venture.