Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
We are an award-winning global law firm, with integrated practice area teams providing expert legal advice on all areas of commercial law.

With more than 260 lawyers based in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Padua, Turin, Brussels, London and New York, we are one of the largest Italian firms and are widely recognised as a key player in international and domestic practice.

In 2006, in recognition of our success in multiple jurisdictions, we scooped numerous prestigious awards. It is worth mentioning the IFLR Awards which named us "Italy Law Firm of the Year" and the International Law Office Client Choice Awards which honoured us as best Italian law firm according to clients.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners' legal expertise spans 16 practice areas.

We represent a broad spectrum of clients, from small companies to large corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities. Our clients benefit from the legal talents and skills of our professionals, and from their understanding of the clients' business.

To find out more, please choose from the list of our practice areas below:Administrative Law and TendersGianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners offers a wide range of advice within the framework of administrative law.

We, in co-operation with our other practice groups, handle issues involving public law and relating to tenders for supplies and services, transportation, telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, power, environment, trade, tourism, utilities, competition and health-care.

We also provide advice with regard to tenders and licences with local public administrations, including the preparation of all deeds and documents (calls for tenders, regulations, specifications, etc.), as well as the creation of legal structures (consortia, joint-ventures) in order to take part in tenders and to complete the project.

Furthermore, we assist public companies or companies managing public services in privatisations and/or listing on the Stock Exchange and support our clients in all stages of administrative litigation before the competent administrative authorities.

Antitrust and RegulatoryGianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners has an extensive expertise in competition and antitrust practice. It is regarded as one of the Italian market leaders in this field, featuring within the "elite" practices in the prestigious Global Competition Review 100 again for 2007.

Our lawyers assist clients with respect to mergers, abuses of dominant positions, and restrictive agreements. They have specific experience in the co-ordination of cross-border transactions involving different jurisdictions, in representing clients in proceedings before the European Commission and the Italian antitrust authorities and in appeals to the European courts and the Italian administrative tribunals. We also have extensive experience in devising and implementing compliance programs. In addition, we have developed an expertise in other areas of Community law, in particular regarding the application of state aid and of public procurement legislation.

Our lawyers are also retained by clients that need complying with regulation in public utility services like electricity, gas and communications. We advise clients by assessing the impact of regulation on their business initiatives and represent them before the Italian authorities and the administrative tribunals which review their decisions.

The opening of the Brussels office has widened our reach and help us serve our clients more efficiently. The office is headed by Mario Todino, former official of the Directorate General for Competition of the EC Commission, with over 15 years of experience in the field of EC merger control law and practice.

Banking, Finance and Capital MarketsGianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners’ banking, finance and capital markets practice area has seen significant growth in the past few years.

Our banking and finance practice includes advising of banks and financial institutions with respect to financing agreements, syndicated loans, guarantee agreements and other financing transactions.

We also draft and negotiate documentation, deliver opinions and devise sophisticated legal structures with respect to a wide variety of banking and financial transactions, such as domestic and international syndicated loan agreements, security packages, letters of credit, project and structured finance transactions, and securitisation.

Our experience and track record make us one of the leading firms in the capital markets sector. We counsel issuers, sellers and underwriters involved in initial and secondary public offerings of equity securities, in rights offerings and listing procedures with the Italian exchanges, and advise issuers and underwriters in transactions involving the offering of debentures, convertible and exchangeable bonds and other financial instruments, both in Italy and in the Euromarket.

Our capital markets practice includes providing assistance with respect to tender offers involving public and non-public companies, on the structuring and launch of structured securities, derivative warrants and structured bonds, and on hedging and speculative strategies, drafting agreements, confirmations and other ISDA related documentation.

Corporate and CommercialGianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners has an extensive practice representing Italian and foreign clients in all their general corporate and commercial matters.

We represent and advise our clients on the formation and structuring of business activities in Italy and abroad, and assist numerous foreign clients in the establishment and operation of activities in Italy. We also draft and negotiate commercial agreements, including supply, agency, distribution and manufacturing agreements.

Our goal is to establish a long-standing relationship with our clients. This enables us to obtain a profound understanding of our clients’ business which results in cost-benefits and more effective legal representation.

EnvironmentalEnvironmental issues have become crucial in the development of international businesses and a key aspect of any acquisition of industrial operations. At Gianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners our lawyers are well-equipped to counsel our clients in recognising and overcoming these issues.

We assist our clients in all environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions, such as pre-acquisition due diligence, negotiation of the environmental-related clauses in the acquisition agreements and post-closing introduction of environmental compliance and auditing programs. We also provide many clients general advice on compliance with all environmental laws relating to waste disposal, water discharge, air emissions, hazardous substances and specialised business areas, such as electromagnetic pollution.

Our services include advice to clients on environmental permitting issues relating to project finance transactions, green-field development projects and, in general, new initiatives in industrial fields, including environmental impact assessment procedures. We also assist our clients, through a team of specialised lawyers, in administrative, civil and criminal litigation encompassing an assortment of environmental matters.

Financial Services and InsuranceGianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners represents a number of leading global financial services firms, including domestic and foreign banks, financial institutions and investment firms with respect to their Italian and foreign operations.

We advise clients on their day-to-day business activities, providing significant support in developing high-profile compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Our assistance includes the drafting and negotiation of agreements, and the management of disputes in which a sophisticated legal expertise is required.

In the asset management sector we assist clients in the structuring of management companies and investment funds (including mutual funds, umbrella funds, closed-end funds and real estate funds), global asset management players in the registration of their EU UCITS in Italy and in the related marketing activities, and banks and investment firms in the provision of individual asset management services and private banking operations. We also provide assistance in the establishment of financial institutions, investment firms, and banks.

We have a significant experience in the private equity and venture capital sector, where we provide a highly sophisticated and integrated service covering corporate, regulatory and tax aspects.

We also assist some of the largest insurance companies in setting up their Italian operations, acquiring control of major Italian insurance companies, complying with insurance laws and regulations, and establishing their structured-finance operations.

Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-CommerceGianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners provides a broad range of expertise in the industrial law sector, with an emphasis on patents and trademarks, unfair competition, trade secrets, and technology transfer.

To meet the demand for legal services in this field, we have devoted a group of professionals to copyright and information technology issues who provide support for software licence and maintenance agreements, telecommunications systems, data protection, cross-border transfer, electronic payment systems and digital signatures.

We have developed a specific expertise in the Internet and the use of new technologies, both for common legal advice and for start-ups, in venture capitals and in listing companies operating in the new economy on the Stock Exchange. We also assist our clients with all issues related to e-commerce.

We have also developed a strong practice in the emerging biotechnology sector. We currently assist an increasing number of clients engaged in scientific research activit

practice areas

Administrative LawAntitrust and Trade RegulationArbitrationAviation LawBanking LawCommunications and MediaCorporate LawEnergyEnergy RegulationEnvironmental LawFinanceInformation TechnologyInsuranceIntellectual PropertyIntellectual Property LicensingLabor and EmploymentLitigationMergers and Acquisitions and DivestituresReal EstateRegulatory LawShippingTaxationTransportationTrusts and EstatesWhite Collar Crime

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