Listening closely to our clients’ needs, heeding their concerns and understanding their goals lie at the heart of our M&A practice.

And this brings instant advantages: lower consultancy costs, more efficient process management, and excellent timekeeping. All this goes hand-in-hand with our top-notch standards – the reason we continue to be the market leaders.

We will support you with dedicated teams who can handle every aspect of your transaction whatever the timeframe and work hand in hand with your people. We can handle, in addition to environmental and tax issues, any regulatory and public authorisation matters and the most complex compliance matters, including extra-territorial application of foreign laws.

With us, any company or large group – be it Italian, foreign or multinational – acquiring a company or business in Italy can be sure of the highest standards of service. As can a private equity firm for its investment and divestment transactions. Italian entrepreneurs looking to sell their companies can be equally confident of maximising the value of the sale whilst minimising every possible risk. We provide advice on the acquisition and sale of shares, companies and business lines, as well as on the establishment of joint ventures. You can rely on us when your M&A deal involves contributions, demergers, mergers, spin-offs and/or restructuring the target company’s governance. For listed companies, we also oversee operations involving all aspects of potential takeover bids, managing the process from start to finish, including liaising with the regulator and all other parties involved. We offer you all our experience no matter what route your M&A deal takes.

Thanks to our sector specialised focus teams, we have unrivalled experience in regulated and industrial sectors, as well as in real estate and infrastructures. We are also leaders in the energy sector – oil & gas (upstream and downstream), electricity, and renewables.


Here’s what sets us apart

  • We helped shape the form of Italian M&A contracts as they stand today. Our handling of the most prominent domestic and cross-border deals has helped us achieve an unprecedented series of successes
  • Our experience in the field is backed by the academic work of 15 partners, enabling us to provide innovative solutions for even the most complex deals. It’s therefore no coincidence that our creative solutions fast become market benchmarks
  • Our technical expertise is boosted by the knowledge of our sector specialised focus teams

Case Studies

LBOs (mergers) and deductibility of interest expenses: interesting developments with Italian Supreme Court decision of July 2018

On July 2018 the Italian Supreme Court stated that A limited company may deduct interest expenses without assessing whether they are connected to the business activity. This Circular is relevant for all the private equity firms, as it seems to protect newcos (and/or the company resulting fr …

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Investing in non-core infrastructures

Funds and other investors are hunting for opportunities off the most beaten tracks. Non-core infrastructures seem to be the latest gold mine, but what are they? Hospitals and private clinics, data centres, car parks, schools, etc. Our Energy and Infrastructure Focus Team teamed up with Inspi …

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BonelliErede expands its partnership: six new partners announced - 19 December 2022

On 17 December, BonelliErede’s partners’ meeting approved the promotion to partner of six of the firm’s managing associates: Livia Cocca, Francesco Casamassa, Gianpaolo Ciervo, Daniele Gambirasio, Giulio Mazzotti and Giovanni Minuto. Livia Cocca joined BonelliErede’s Milan office in 200 …

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BonelliErede is again the only Italian firm in the Mainland Europe Law Firm Brand Index - 11 April 2022

For the fourth year in a row, BonelliErede is the only Italian firm in Thomson Reuters’ Mainland Europe Law Firm Brand Index. The index ranks law firms based on brand awareness, the propensity of businesses to entrust them with legal matters and their expertise and experience in M&A, liti …

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BonelliErede makes up three partners - 13 December 2021

BonelliErede’s partners’ meeting on Saturday, 11 December approved the promotion to partner of Enrico Chieppa, Giorgio Frasca and Federica Munno, the former a senior counsel and the latter managing associates of the firm. Enrico Chieppa joined BonelliErede in 2005 and is based in Milan. He …

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