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Giovanni Meschia

Partner
+39.02.3030.291
Fax +39.02.3030.2933

Giovanni Meschia is a partner in the firm’s Milan office where he is a member of the Investment Management practice group. His practice focuses on transactional private equity and fund formation across a wide variety of industry sectors.

Mr. Meschia assists domestic and international fund managers in structuring and setting up private equity, private debt, real estate and venture capital alternative investment schemes, including corporate and contractual structures, funds of funds, and parallel funds, and related carried interest vehicles and arrangements. He also advises them on the legal and regulatory framework of their day-to-day activities.

In addition, Mr. Meschia assists sponsors and institutional investors in their investments in alternative investment schemes in both primary and secondary markets, as well as in performing co-investment transactions alongside the funds they are invested in.

Mr. Meschia also has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border private equity transactions, assisting funds in the structuring, negotiation, and execution of their investment and divestment transactions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Meschia practiced with prominent Italian and International law firms in Milan.

Achievements

  • Recommended in Legal 500, 2017 (for investment funds)
  • Advised an Italian fund manager in connection with the structuring and set-up of a new domestic private equity fund, including negotiations with the European Investment Fund and other first closing investors.
  • Advised an Italian fund manager in connection with the structuring and set-up of a new domestic venture capital fund, including negotiations with Fondo Italiano d’Investimento and other first closing investors.
  • Advised an Italian fund manager in connection with restructuring of a domestic private debt and loan-originating fund, in view of an investment by the European Investment Fund.
  • Advised an Italian fund manager in connection with the structuring and set-up of a domestic private equity fund operating as a parallel investment vehicle.
  • Advised a UK fund manager in connection with the structuring and set-up of an Italian private debt and loan-originating fund, to be managed under the EU passport through a newly established Italian branch.
  • Advised an Italian funds of funds manager in connection with the drafting of a full suite of master fund documentation to be submitted to a number of domestic fund managers for the launch of their private debt and loan-originating funds.
  • Advised an Italian funds of funds manager in connection with a number of investments in domestic private equity funds, venture capital funds, and private debt and loan-originating funds, including on a co-investment basis with the European Investment Fund.
  • Advised an Italian pension fund in connection with an investment in a domestic private debt fund of funds.
  • Advised a Swiss investment advisor in connection with a number of investments in first tier domestic private equity funds, in both primary and secondary markets.
  • Advised an Italian funds of funds manager in connection with a number of investments in first tier international private equity and private equity real estate investment schemes, mainly located in the United States.
  • Advised a Swiss investment advisor in connection with an investment in a Luxembourg private equity fund set up as a société d’investissement en capital à risque (SICAR) supervised by the CSSF.
  • Advised an international financial institution in connection with the structuring and set-up of a Western Balkans investment platform set up as a Luxembourg société d’investissement à capital variable (SICAV) fonds d’investissement spécialisé (SIF), supervised by the CSSF.
  • Advised a US asset manager in the restructuring of a Luxembourg private debt fund set up as a société d’investissement à capital variable (SICAV) fonds d’investissement spécialisé (SIF), supervised by the CSSF.
  • Advised a Swiss investment advisor in connection with a preferred equity investment in an Italian company, alongside a Luxembourg private equity fund.
  • Advised a Swiss investment advisor in connection with a private equity co-investment in an Italian company, alongside a domestic private equity fund.
  • Advised an Italian pension fund in connection with the drafting, negotiation and execution of a number of management agreements with first tier international investment firms.