Italien

Based in Milan and Rome, our Italian team works with leading multinationals, financial institutions and investors, many of them listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, as well as successful SMEs, that play a key role in driving the Italian economy. We provide support on cross-practice, cross-border, corporate, M&A, private equity, compliance, and finance transactions as well as defending clients with their disputes, both in and out of court, and particularly in the technology, energy and infrastructure and finance sectors.

Finance

Orrick has one of the largest teams in Italy focused exclusively on finance. The team assists major banks, funds and large corporates on the biggest and most high-profile Italian and European finance deals including securitisations, NPEs, covered bonds, debt capital markets, acquisition finance, lending and project finance. The team has the best NPL track record in Southern Europe, having completed approximately €100 billion in aggregate deal value across Italy, Greece and Portugal, and includes English and US qualified lawyers able to advise our Italian clients on international products as well as help steer our international clients through the Italian market. Our bespoke advisory assistance also offers regulatory expertise on domestic and international tax aspects of financial transactions allowing us to provide clients with valuable commercial advice. We develop innovative techniques in structuring and implementing both debt restructuring and investment transactions using the full panoply of restructuring tools offered by Italian bankruptcy law to create value for clients interested in investing in financially distressed companies or assets.

Energy and Infrastructure

Our Italian team is at the forefront of the Italian Energy and Infrastructure market, designing and implementing first-of-a-kind market-leading transactions with sponsors, investors and energy operators, as well as international banks that are routinely active in energy and infrastructure financings. We provide expertise in M&A and JV agreements within the energy market (in particular renewable energy), project development (including unsubsidised projects) and contracts (including EPC, O&M as well as PPAs), financing/refinancing of existing renewable energy portfolios, green bonds and project finance. We offer transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution assistance, including international arbitration.  Our team advised on the first-of-its-kind securitization of performing and non-performing energy credits, on the first ever financing in Italy of an unsubsidised photovoltaic plant and on the first long-term PPA for a fully unsubsidized solar PV portfolio in Italy.

Technology and Fintech

As the most dominant tech law firm in Europe (No.1 by deal volume PitchBook), Orrick offers a comprehensive platform for the tech community – from early-stage innovative disruptors to multinational leaders. Our Italian tech team advises start-ups with new technology platforms, VC funds investing in tech companies, as well as Corporate VCs in their tech investments. We assisted the first Italian venture capital fund specialized in the space economy and provide cross-jurisdictional assistance on early and late-stage financings, flips and M&A with experts on intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity and tax.

Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Orrick’s Corporate team advises leading Italian and multinational companies on national and cross-border acquisitions, divestments, mergers, and de-mergers. We provide domestic and global funds with legal assistance relating to investment and divestment transactions. Our teams also work alongside SMEs, helping their businesses grow in Italy and abroad, using a distinctive combination of local insight and global reach across Europe, the U.S. and Asia, covering the full spectrum of governance, commercial, employment, and IP issues that they face.

Compliance and Privacy

Our highly specialised compliance team works with a multidisciplinary approach to help clients comply with all applicable laws and regulations in each jurisdiction they have business in. We are the firm of choice for matters connected with Legislative Decree no. 231/01, the Italian regulation that rules the liability of legal entities for certain types of crimes (which includes, among others, corruption, market abuse, money laundering, cybercrimes...). We also cover internal investigations, criminal law, privacy and data protection, corporate and commercial law, tax and product liability, providing preventative measures as well as dealing with incidents, investigations and trials.

  • Administrative Law

    We advise on public works tenders, supplies and services, public works concessions and public services of local entities also representing clients in judiciary activities before the Italian Regional Administrative Courts, the Council of State, the Court of Auditors and the European Court of Justice.

    Antitrust and Competition

    Orrick’s Italian Antitrust and Competition practice represents Italian and international players across a large range of industries, with a specific focus in the energy, life sciences and transportation sectors, where the team was involved in some of the most prominent antitrust cases of the past decade in Italy. Our lawyers assist clients in connection with the application of EU and Italian competition rules in the context of strategic transactions as well as before the EU courts and Italian civil and administrative courts, the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority. The team has also extensive experience in unfair commercial practices

    Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution

    We regularly represent clients in cross border and domestic litigation and our International Arbitration practice represents clients around the world in complex, high-value, cross-border disputes, involving multinationals, corporations, private individuals and sovereign states, appearing before all major arbitral institutions and acting under all leading sets of rules including ICC, ICDR, Milan Chamber, LCIA, ICSID, ECT and DIS. We advise on contractual risks and represent clients’ interests during the entire dispute resolution process, pre-litigation, mediation, arbitration, setting aside motions, and enforcement of arbitral awards.

    Real Estate

    Orrick’s real estate practice represents top-end Italian and international clients in their strategic real estate investments, financings, developments and operations. The team handles market-leading matters, including sophisticated multi-stage sale-and-leaseback deals, complex mortgage-backed financings, also related to high-profile venues located in historic buildings in Italy, high-end commercial property leasing transactions, sale and purchase of assets across different classes, as well as redevelopment projects.

    White Collar Criminal Defense

    The White Collar Criminal Defense team has extensive experience on white-collar crime and offers all-around assistance to clients in the assessment of criminal risks in complex transactions, the implementation of compliance programs as well as crisis management support. We assist clients on internal investigations – both domestic and cross-border – featuring teams with expertise in different areas of law and jurisdictions, who provide a broad and comprehensive view on any case. The team have experience in defending both individuals and corporates with criminal proceedings in courts, as well as in enforcement proceedings before Italian regulators.  

    Innovation

    In accordance with the firm’s commitment to innovation, we have developed first-of-its-kind technology-based services including:

    • DPO Center - an AI-based platform (in Italian and applying Italian law – a unicum in the Italian legal market) to support DPO in carrying out monitoring of activities and planning of audits.
    • Easy2Check – a fully customizable platform created by Orrick to support clients’ compliance officers to monitor the effective implementation and updating of compliance programs
    • MrOwhistle - a web-based whistleblower platform that allows employees to submit detailed reports on offences or irregularities, while guaranteeing the confidentiality of the identity of the whistleblower, in compliance with Italian Law no. 179 on whistleblowing.

    Pro Bono - Supporting access to justice for everyone

    Our commitment to the community is reflected in our consistent pro bono program. Orrick strategically allocates its pro bono resources to ensure maximum impact for the client and the community. Our lawyers provide dedicated support to pro-bono associations, organizations, foundations and institutes in diverse causes with tangible results—including high-profile immigration disputes, civil rights litigation and grassroots global development.  

    Among our projects, we can proudly mention the legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in collaboration with the “Opera Salesiana del Sacro Cuore” in Rome, the launch of the "Greece Collaborative" project in collaboration with 4 other international firms and 2 NGOs with the aim of providing legal assistance to refugees in Lesbo, and the support to the Territorial Commission on the screening of applications for international protection, aiding the asylum applicant and, when necessary, pleading before the Special Section Court.