Patrizio Messina and Italy Finance Team Recognized With Legalcommunity Awards


Our Italian Structured Finance team took home two top prizes at the 2018 Legalcommunity Finance Awards, held last week in Milan.

Lawyer of the Year – Structured Finance

Congratulations to Patrizio Messina on being named Structured Finance Lawyer of the Year.

Patrizio was highlighted for being “extremely proactive toward clients” and offering them “great availability and business flexibility.” This is Patrizio’s second Lawyer of the Year award, having been named Debt Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year in 2015.

Finance Deal of the Year – Project FINO

Additionally, our Italian team was recognized with a Deal of the Year award for their work on one of the largest NPL securitizations in Europe: a €17.7 billion NPL securitization known as “Project FINO.” Our team advised Fortress Investment Group as notes subscriber and was led by Patrizio and included Gianrico Giannesi, Simone Lucatello and Antonio Zaffina. The transaction was among the most important NPL deals of 2017, garnered significant international scrutiny and has been hailed as a systemic deal for the entire Italian banking industry.

Legalcommunity is the leading Italian legal publication. More than 700 people – including lawyers, financial advisors, bankers and members of the media – gathered at the event to celebrate lawyers and law firms for their expertise in the finance sector. Winners were selected by a jury of leaders from top Italian financial institutions.

These awards follow Orrick being named Italy’s Energy Firm of the Year during Legalcommunity’s Energy Awards 2018 event in January; NPLs Firm of the Year in both 2016 and 2017; and Project Finance Firm of the Year in 2014.