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Lipani Catricalà & Partners

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Managing Partner: Damiano Lipani
Senior Partners: Antonio Catricalà, Francesca Sbrana, Luigi Mazzoncini
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 21
Languages: English, Italian

FIRM OVERVIEW:
The firm was founded by Damiano Lipani in 1996.
Initially, the firm carried out assignments in the sphere of commercial, corporate, IT and labor law as well as administrative law with regard to public services and supply tenders. In 1998, the firm was appointed to provide legal assistance and advice to a leading publicly owned company (Consip S.p.A., the “agent” for the management of the Italian General Accounts Office, which recruited a group of former EDS Italia S.p.A. executives to perform top management duties).
The firm’s turnover rose by about 150% between the 1999 and 2000 financial years, by just over 100% from 2001 to 2002. It was above all in these years that the firm first created and then consolidated its experience in a sector that was then practically unknown or at least unexplored, which could well be defined as “public commercial law”.
During the latest years the firm continued to increase constantly both in terms of earnings and number of professionals until the current size.
At the end of 2014, Antonio Catricalà joined the firm in quality of name partner. Antonio Catricalà is one of the most well-known Italian jurists and has been Secretary General of the Italian Communications Regulatory, Chief of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Communication, Deputy Minister for Economic Development with special responsibilities in the project of Digital Agenda and TMT market and Chairman of the Italian Competition and Antitrust Authority.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Public law
5 partners, 9 fee earners based in Rome and Milan
• Assistance to Arexpo S.p.A. in the definition and implementation of a restricted tendering, pursuant to art. 61 of Legislative Decree no. 50/2016, in order to award the design, development and management of a project concerning the "Urban Regeneration" of the area in which took place the Universal Exposition “Expo Milano 2015” – Partners: Damiano Lipani, Luigi Mazzoncini, Roberto Ferraresi
• Assistance to Finanziaria Bologna Metropolitana on the public procurement procedures for the building and setup of ECMWF’s new data centre in Bologna – Partners: Damiano Lipani, Luigi Mazzoncini, Sergio Grillo
• Assistance to ANSFISA (National Railways and Highways Safety Agency) on the administrative proceedings – Partner: Roberto Ferraresi

Contact: Luigi Mazzoncini
Tel: +390636002365
Email: [email protected]

EU, Competition & Regulatory
1 partner, 4 fee earners

• Assistance to Associazione Italiana Scatolifici – ACIS in order to submit several reports to the Italian Competition Authority (ICA), aimed at claiming alleged anticompetitive conducts regarding markets of corrugated sheet and cases. On the basis of the Firm reports, ICA decided to launch an important investigation, concerning about thirty companies operating in the concerned markets (I805 case). The investigation closed with a sanction of more than 280M€ Partners: Damiano Lipani, Antonio Catricalà
• Assistance to ACEA S.p.A., one of the major Italian multiutility, operating in the energy, water and environment field, before the Italian Administrative Courts in order to obtain the annulment of the final decision of the ICA which ascertained some abusive and exclusionary conducts against competitors in the electricity supply market – Partner: Antonio Catricalà
• Assistance to Consorzio Interuniversitario CINECA, the biggest Italian inter-university consortium, in several cases pending before Italian Administrative Courts in order to ascertain the alleged illegitimacy of financial measures provided by Ministry of Education, Universities and Research in favour of CINECA – Partner: Antonio Catricalà.

Contact: Carlo Edoardo Cazzato
Tel: +390636002365
Email: [email protected]

TMT
2 partners, 7 fee earners based in Rome
• Assistance to TIM S.p.A. before the State Council in a judgement aimed at annulling the decision No. 121/17/CONS of Italian Competition Authority (ICA) imposing a return to monthly invoicing for phone and audiovisual services – Partner: Antonio Catricalà
• Assistance to Mediaset S.p.A. in relation to the investigation started on 18 April 2017 by the Italian Communications Authority (178/17/CONS) which ascertained that Vivendi was in violation of the public-economic rules laid out in Art. 43 of Legislative Decree 177/2005 (the "Tusmar"), a violation from which the nullification of all of the legal terms created in conflict with the rules derives of the deal – Partner: Antonio Catricalà
• Assistance to TIM S.p.A. before the Administrative Courts in a judgement aimed at annulling the Government’s sanction imposed for the lack of respect of some measures about the “Golden Power“ ruling – Partner: Antonio Catricalà.

Contact: Carlo Edoardo Cazzato
Tel: +390636002365
Email: [email protected]

Litigation
2 partners, 7 fee earners based in Rome

• Assistance to Italian broadcaster Mediaset on litigation against Vivendi after the French group's decision to pull out of an April 2016 contract to buy Mediaset's Premium pay-TV unit – Partners: Damiano Lipani, Antonio Catricalà
• Assistance to Nagest Global Service S.r.l. before the Administrative Court of Lazio. The Firm obtained the annulment of the exclusion measure adopted by Grandi Stazioni S.p.A. in the context of the tender for the management and maintenance services of the real estate complexes of the major railway stations – Partners: Francesca Sbrana.
• Assistance to Arexpo S.p.A. before the Administrative Court of Lombardy in a litigation against Vitali S.p.A. and Stam Europe S.a.s. regarding the public tender procedure to identify the private partner (Lendlease) for the transformation of the whole area of Expo Milan 2015 – Partners: Damiano Lipani, Francesca Sbrana, Luigi Mazzoncini.

Contact: Francesca Sbrana
Tel: +390636002365
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A
2 partners, 7 fee earners based in Rome and Milan
• Hefei Sari V-Capital Management finalised the acquisition of 90% interest in Nms Group, holding company of Nerviano Medical Sciences, for €300 Million from “Fondazione Regionale per la ricerca biomedica (FRRB)” the Regional Foundation for Biomedical research of Lombardy. The Firm advised the Fondazione Regionale per la ricerca biomedica (FRRB) on the deal – Partners: Damiano Lipani, Luigi Mazzoncini.
• Assistance to SQS Software AG in the acquisition of 100% of Bit Media S.p.A., a mid-size Italian company specialised in providing IT services in favor of the Public Administration – Partners: Damiano Lipani, Luigi Mazzoncini
• Assistance to SQS Software AG in the acquisition of 100% of Double Consulting S.r.l., a mid-size Italian company specialized in providing IT services in favor of the private market – Partners: Damiano Lipani, Luigi Mazzoncini.

Contact: Luigi Mazzoncini
Tel: +390636002365
Email: [email protected]

OFFICES:

ITALY

Rome
Via Vittoria Colonna, 40
00193 Rome
Tel: +390636002365
Fax: +39063242344
Email: [email protected]

Milan
Via della Posta, 8
20123 Milan
Tel: +39027249981
Fax: +390272499851
Email: [email protected]