AI Magazine Issue 1 2018

6 Acquisition International - Issue 1 2018 Studio Legale Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati (Ichino Brugnatelli) is a wide-ranging Italian law firm, holding an outstanding reputation. Manuela Grassi tells us more about the firm and herself, as she features in the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as Most Influential Woman in Banking Law 2017 within Italy. ased in Milan and founded in the second half of the 19th century, Ichino Brugnatelli assists a variety of clients, but mainly banks, financial institutions, pension funds, public companies, foreign and domestic corporations operating in different industries and sectors. Ichino Brugnatelli offers unparalleled multi- jurisdictional transactional, regulatory and advisory practices. Manuela is senior partner of Ichino Brugnatelli and has been since 2006. She started her career there in 1993, focusing on corporate and banking, with expertise in M&A and bankruptcy law, in addition to a wide experience in litigation and arbitration. Manuela has assisted large group companies in corporate governance matters. She is the author of several articles on corporate and bankruptcy law which have been published in leading legal magazines. Starting off, Manuela tells us a bit more about the firm and the type of work it does, describing the structure of the company, highlighting different departments and what transactions the team usually undertakes. “The firm is structured into two departments, each with its own organisation of dedicated teams and staff. The department headed by myself and Francesco Brugnatelli is focused in banking and commercial litigation (including the rights of individuals and inheritance cases), arbitration proceedings, corporate and commercial law including mergers and acquisitions and bankruptcy law. We handle a wide variety of financial contracts and structured transactions, insolvency proceedings, corporate crisis and reorganisations, compositions (both in-court and out-of-court), liabilities and claw-back actions. In 2017, the Company: Studio Legale Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati Contact: Manuela Grassi Contact Email: manuela. maria.clavarino@ Address: Via Lorenzo Mascheroni, 31, Milan, 20145, Italy Phone: 0039 02 481 932 49 Website: An Influential and Global Leader B 1712AI80 department won the award as Best Boutique Law Firm of the year in the banking area.” Researching every case and every client in-depth, the team at Ichino Brugnatelli analyse the client matter to gain a deep insight into every issue, operating with an innovative vision, and possessing a firm-wide dedication to professional development. Along with teamwork, these are all key features which characterise the identity of the firm. Staff have a first-class combination of thorough preparation and strong performance. Commenting on team members working towards achieving the same goals, Manuela outlines the overall mission of the practice, listing what steps the firm will take in order to fulfil its mission. She alludes to the bilingual nature of staff, which helps each member of the team to succeed in their quest to go one step further for the clients with whom they work with. “Firstly, the mission of our law firm is to cater to our clients’ needs and go the extra mile for them. In order to achieve this, we have set up wide professional teams, composed of highly qualified lawyers, fluent in English and French, meaning we are able to carry out sophisticated and complex deals, tailored to the best possible solution to the clients’ goals and to meet all deadlines. “Secondly, each team is usually led by a partner who is directly involved in all stages of the activity. The firm’s mission is to provide high quality, creative, and result-oriented legal teams to individuals and businesses, and serve as a primary resource and partner in all aspects of clients’ business growth and development. Also, we have acquired an in-depth expertise in international commercial agreements, public procurement issues and in the real estate sector. We strive to be always well informed on the recent amendments to law and jurisprudence. In this regard, our studies and essays are published by various journals and reviews, and we organise conferences on a regular basis.” Discussing what makes the firm unique, Manuela is keen to emphasise the high level of expertise and technical knowledge that each professional possesses. Building a formidable track record of successful transactional, contentious and regulatory advice across the spectrum of industry “...the mission of our law firm is to cater to our clients’ needs and go the extra mile for them. In order to achieve this, we have set up wide professional teams, composed of highly qualified lawyers...”