Gianni & Origoni

Rome Office

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Managing Partners: Antonio Auricchio and Rosario Zaccà
Number of partners: 112
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 326
Languages: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Gianni & Origoni is an award-winning business law firm providing legal advice in all areas of commercial law. Established in 1988, the international firm to date comprises more than 430 highly specialised lawyers based in Italy (Rome, Milan, Padua, Bologna and Turin) and abroad (Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, New York and Shanghai).

Main Areas of Practice:  

Gianni & Origoni boasts Italy’s leading mergers and acquisitions practice according to major league tables. The firm has advised on most of the largest domestic and international acquisitions in Italy involving leading businesses and is involved in some of the Italian government’s largest privatisation projects. The team also boasts Italy’s most extensive experience and knowledge pool in all aspects of private equity and venture capital work.

Antitrust & Regulatory:
The firm was a pioneer in creating a department specialising in Italian antitrust and is regarded as one of the Italian market leaders in this field. The firm represents clients in major proceedings before both the European Commission and the Italian antitrust authorities.

Art Law:
Collectors, investors, Italian and overseas companies and institutions will find expert, reliable and accessible legal and tax advice at the firm’s art law department.

Banking & Finance:
The banking team provides advice on the full spectrum of financial issues, including advising investment funds, industrial clients, banks and financial institutions with respect to financing agreements, syndicated loans, guarantee agreements and other financing transactions.

Data Protection:
The team boasts over ten years of experience in the area of data protection, having been launched as a specialised team with the passage and entry into force of the first data protection law in 1996.

Energy & Infrastructure:
The firm has developed considerable expertise in these areas and advises several leading overseas and Italian independent energy companies. Work categories include project finance, infrastructure projects, distribution, regulatory compliance, licensing, concession and bidding agreements, along with the purchase and the development of green and brown field projects.

The firm’s lawyers advise on authorisation procedures and regulatory matters, litigation and negotiations in the environmental and energy sectors. They assist Italian and international clients on regulatory compliance and liability issues in relation to waste management, air and water pollution, health and safety and land contamination under both Italian and EU law.

Financial Markets:
The firm assists issuers, sellers and underwriters on IPO’s and other equity offerings, including debentures, convertible and exchangeable bonds etc., throughout Italy and the Euromarkets. The team also advises on tender offers involving both public and other companies, structured securities and bonds, derivatives and on hedging and speculative strategies.

The team assists clients in the acquisition of participations in insurance companies, insurance intermediation, as well as incidental regulatory issues, with particular reference to product and distribution aspects, relations with the Insurance Regulatory Authority (‘IVASS’) and assistance in procedures before the Italian Antitrust Authority.

Intellectual Property & IT:
The firm acts for several companies on intellectual property and IT issues such as IP protection and litigation involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, advertising and unfair competition.

Given the extended scope of Italian law in this area, the firm has historically had a significant labour practice. The firm advises several industrial and financial groups as well as medium-sized businesses on handling the management of human resources and recurring employment issues.

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm’s advocates appear in major civil and administrative litigation in courts throughout Italy and before the country’s Supreme Court (Cassazione). They also represent clients or act as arbitrators in major international arbitrations, including ICC proceedings. Since 2008 the firm has broadened its services and offers clients assistance in white-collar crime.

Public Law & Tenders:
The firm handles issues involving public law and relating to tenders for supplies and services, transportation, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, power, environment, trade, tourism, utilities, competition and health care.

Real Estate:
The firm has developed unique expertise in real estate transactions working in multi-disciplinary teams. With an integrated network of leading individuals, it has both the resources and the know-how to successfully handle all aspects of a real estate transaction, however complex.

Reorganisation & Insolvency:
The firm represents debtors and creditors in reorganisation cases as well as other matters and transactions arising out of insolvency proceedings. It also represents investment funds and other investors in acquisitions and turnaround transactions of financially troubled companies.

Shipping, Aviation & Transportation:
The firm is in the forefront in assisting and supporting its clients in all matters regarding Italian, EU and international shipping and transportation (sea and air), in both the contentious and non-contentious arenas. Tax: The firm has specialists in the tax aspects of corporate and commercial transactions such as M&A, joint ventures, capital markets and structured finance, EU tax, transfer pricing and tax litigation.

Telecommunications & Media:
The firm represents clients in the creation of joint ventures and in large acquisitions and has developed special expertise in the field of transactions between privately-owned corporations and local government administrations.

Wealth & Trust
The firm’s department focuses primarily on serving the needs of private clients (individuals and their families) both directly and through intermediaries (banks, fiduciary and asset management companies, family offices etc.) who assist them in managing their wealth.

On the Global Stage:
The firm is active on the global stage through its foreign offices, dedicated desks (Africa, China, India, Korea, Luxembourg, Russia, Turkey) and its international network.