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Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria

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Chairman: Alberto Santa Maria
Managing Partners: Edoardo Gambaro, Luigi Santa Maria
Number of partners: 12
Number of lawyers: 40
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Santa Maria, Studio Legale Associato was established in 1970 by Alberto Santa Maria, who is also a full professor of international law and international economic law at the University of Milan and is widely regarded as one of Italy’s most experienced and prominent attorneys in Italy. Headquartered in Milan, with offices in New York, the firm offers one of the most sophisticated international practices among the Italian based law firms.
The firm first made headlines when Alberto Santa Maria was appointed by the Italian Government to the three member commission that was to mediate with The Vatican with respect to certain activities involving the IOR (The Vatican’s financial institution) and Banco Ambrosiano, a case that spanned several jurisdictions. In the wake of this experience, he was also chosen to draft the Republic of San Marino’s banking laws.
Starting from the 1980s and in the wake of the privatisation of State-owned conglomerates in the late 90’s, during which the firm handled the then-largest liquidation in Italian history (EFIM), Studio Santa Maria significantly expanded its M&A practice by handling several complex domestic and cross-border transactions, both with public and with private companies. In the meanwhile, the firm’s EU and competition law department witnessed an impressive growth, with a strong focus on State aid cases, and was able to expand its track record of disputes before EU courts.
Nowadays, the firm assists governments and a wide range of corporate and private equity clients, in connection with all aspects of international trade and commercial law, EU Law including competition and State aid matters, as well as on corporate and M&A transactions, joint ventures, privatisation, restructuring and financing. The litigation practice has been strengthening as well, with the firm’s attorneys acting as counsel in landmark international cases.

Main Areas of Practice:

Litigation:
4 partners, 11 fee earners 
The firm represents domestic and international clients in contentious matters before courts of all instances. Disputes mainly revolve around contractual, banking, corporate, and real estate issues. The litigation team is able to leverage on the know-how of other teams on areas such as EU law or IP, also in light of providing pre-litigation assistance to clients.
Contacts: Claudio Biscaretti di Ruffia, Alberto Tedoldi
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

International Law & Arbitration:
4 partners, 6 fee earners 
Thanks to the unrivalled track record and academic background of practitioners, this department is able to successfully assist clients in transnational disputes, acting both on behalf of private entities – corporations and individuals – and of states and international organisations.
Contacts: Alberto Santa Maria; Claudio Biscaretti di Ruffia
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

Banking, Finance, Corporate Finance:
3 partners, 6 fee earners 
The firm’s professionals advise clients on highly complex financing deals, with a particular focus on securitisations, relying on their vast experience, especially in arrangements between private and public parties. The team has a profound knowledge of regulated sectors and effectively helps financial institutions in obtaining regulatory clearances, for instance with regard to M&A deals in the banking sector.
Contacts: Alessio Gerhart Ruvolo, Luigi Santa Maria
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
6 partners, 14 fee earners
The team advises clients on all phases of complex national and transnational M&A transactions across various industries – with a focus on regulation-intensive sectors – being able to rely on the experience of the banking, capital markets, IP, and antitrust teams. Professionals of the firm also advise companies on corporate governance matters, if necessary working alongside litigators.
Contacts: Luigi Santa Maria; Mario Santa Maria; Pietro Caliceti; Carlo Scaglioni
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

EU & Competition Law:
3 partners, 6 fee earners
The practice of the department encompasses merger control, State aid cases, antitrust matters – both at the European and at the national level – as well as litigation before EU courts. Professionals of the team can rely on an exceptional track record and regularly publish on EU law topics.
Contacts: Alberto Santa Maria; Edoardo Gambaro
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
2 partners, 5 fee earners
The firm advises on a wide range of IP-related matters, including trademarks, patents, copyright, data protection and privacy. The team is particularly knowledgeable on the pharmaceutical and media sector, and has considerable experience working side-by-side with the competition law department on unfair competition and advertisement cases.
Contact: Luigi Fontanesi
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
2 partners, 6 fee earners 
The real estate department has just grown with the arrival of experienced professionals from another leading law firm. Lawyers of the team advise clients on real estate deals from inception all the way through the actual sale and are able to rely on an impressive track record.
Contact: Federico Barbara
Email: [email protected]

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