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Studio Legale Padovan

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Chairman & Managing Partner: Marco Padovan
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 22
Languages: Bosnian, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish

Based in Italy, with offices in Milan and Rome, Studio Legale Padovan was founded in 2002. A boutique firm, it is recognised in Italy and internationally for its high calibre work in a number of areas. Our work ranges from substantial domestic and international infrastructure and real estate projects, international economic sanctions and export control, and international trade and customs matters, to banking and finance, M&A, commercial contracts, litigation and arbitration.

Banking & Finance:

1 partner, 2 fee earners.
The firm has impressive experience in the field of export credit and regularly represents clients in export-finance related negotiations with banks, including those related to buyer credit and shipping transactions. It also has a strong track record in construction financing and considerable expertise in relation to first demand bank guarantees, including performance and advance payment bonds. Other key areas include advising on interbank operations, such as syndicated loans and related security arrangements, asset-based lending, refinancing, leasing, factoring and asset-backed/securitisation transactions involving multilateral banks. The firm handles a significant number of securities transactions and assists clients with all contractual, corporate and regulatory matters connected with the issuance and placement of shares, bonds and warrants, including EMTN programs. This includes providing assistance with all contractual and regulatory aspects of the placement of securities, including in relation to transparency and market abuse issues. Lawyers at the firm have also advised banks and other financial institutions, including domestic and foreign funds, on reporting requirements to the Bank of Italy and other regulatory authorities.
Contact: José Alvarez de Cienfuegos
Tel: 0039 02 4814994
Email: [email protected]

2 partners, 10 fee earners
Studio Legale Padovan is well known for its role on major international infrastructure projects, ranging from large-scale transport initiatives and highways projects across Europe to energy sector work, including renewables projects. It also handles significant national and international social infrastructure and sports sector projects across the EMEA region. Recent highlights include advising on hydroelectric and motorway projects in Eastern Europe, a PPP hospital development in Asia, and a sports stadium in the Middle East. Another key area is significant real estate development projects in the Italian market. Clients include major global contractors and the firm advises on a wide range of complex construction and development projects. In particular, the team has specialist experience in the development of shopping centres, business premises, residential property and sports facilities. It regularly advises on construction contracts based on internationally accepted standard forms such as FIDIC, JCT and ICE, has been a FIDIC Affiliate Member since 2012, and is a full member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF). The firm also boasts considerable experience in public procurement, regularly assisting in relation to public tenders and contracts. 
Contact: Marco Padovan
Tel: 0039 02 4814994
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
1 partner, 2 fee earners
Studio Legale Padovan is well known as a leading commercial firm with a particularly strong practice in the areas of domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate finance and company and commercial law. The firm’s activities include advising on significant corporate matters, including business transfer agreements, share sales and purchases, and joint venture arrangements. The team’s expertise also encompasses drafting and negotiating a wide range of national and international commercial contracts, such as distribution and agency agreements, supply contracts, franchising and licensing agreements, and business leases. As well as substantial corporate and commercial matters, the firm regularly advises clients in the context of business insolvencies in the Italian market.
Contact: Michele Bonomini
Tel: 0039 02 4814994
Email: [email protected]

Export Control & International Economic Sanctions:
2 partners, 9 fee earners based in Milan and Rome
An acknowledged leader in the field of international trade, Studio Legale Padovan’s specialist team handles an extensive range of export control and economic sanctions matters. This includes advising on screening third parties, due diligence on dual use, controlled and military goods compliance, and drafting internal policies for global businesses. The firm also handles criminal and administrative proceedings arising out of violations of export control and international sanctions law. Clients include numerous globally-significant businesses with operations in high risk markets, such as Iran and the Russian Federation. Recent highlights include advising one of Italy’s largest banks on its compliance policy in the context of EU and US law on international economic sanctions; advising a manufacturer on whether claiming a payment from an EU and US-blacklisted Russian counterparty complied with EU and US restrictive measures; advising a leading pharmaceuticals client on issues raised by EU sanctions against Crimea; assisting a supplier in proceedings before the US Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control; due diligence on Iran and Russia-based companies in the context of restrictions under EU, UN and US rules; advising a manufacturer on technical requirements under Regulation (CE) 428/2009 and the Italian and EU list of defence-related products; and assisting high-profile clients in relation to Iran-related sanctions, further to the withdrawal of the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. 
Contact: Marco Zinzani
Tel: 0039 02 4814994
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
1 partner, 2 fee earners
Domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration are other areas where the firm’s track record speaks for itself. Over the last two years the team assisted a major Italian construction company involved in ICC arbitration proceedings worth many millions of euros. Further highlights include acting for a world-famous architect in proceedings relating to a payment allegedly due under a consultancy agreement. Studio Legale Padovan also assists clients with urgent measure proceedings under article 700 of the Code of Civil Procedure. As well as achieving some notable successes through the courts, we regularly help our clients achieve successful out-of-court settlements in financial, commercial and civil law issues.
Contact: Renato Costagliola
Tel: 0039 02 4814994
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance
Corporate & M&A
Export Control & International Economic Sanctions
International Trade & Customs’ Law
Anti-Money Laundering Legislation
Litigation & Arbitration

Foro Buonaparte 54, 20121 Milan
Tel: +39 024814994  Fax: +39 0243981694
Email: [email protected]

Via Firenze 32, 00184 Roma
Tel: +39 0681153882 ext. #436 / #433
Email: [email protected]