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Milano, 20121

Located in the heart of the city close to the famous Duomo di Milano, our Milan office was opened in 2012.Recognized as a world fashion and design capital, Milan is also the Italian economic and financial center. It is the seat of the Italian stock exchange and a major center for financial services and business, including textiles, industrial tools, machinery, and publishing.

The lawyers in our Milan office work seamlessly across the firm’s global platform to provide advice to clients in complex business transactions, corporate restructuring, and commercial disputes, and to assist Italian clients in establishing businesses throughout the world. The distinctive features of our legal services are innovation and project management, combined with high partner involvement.

Our Milan full-service team focuses on all main subjects of business law. Our multidisciplinary team advises public and private companies, shareholders, and directors on a broad spectrum of issues. Our practices include Corporate, Real Estate, Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources, Investment Funds, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Tax, Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Public Policy and Law. Our office represents a variety of clients, including leading multinational and Italian corporations, growth and middle-market companies in every major industry, investment banks, funds, financial investors, and family-owned and medium-sized Italian companies and also start-up and scale-up companies, in a wide and diversified range of corporate transactions.

  • In 2020 and 2021, the Chambers & Partners Europe guide recognized our firm among leaders in Italy in the practice areas of Corporate and M&A and Real Estate.
  • In 2020 and 2021, the Chambers & Partners Global guide recognized our firm among leaders in Italy in the practice area of Corporate and M&A.
  • In 2020 and 2021, Legal 500 EMEA ranked our firm among leaders in Italy in the practice areas of Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds, Real Estate and Construction, Restructuring and Insolvency, Energy, Employment, Banking and Finance (both borrower and lender side), and Tax.
  • In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Forbes Italia included K&L Gates Milan office in the “100 Professionals 2021,” selecting the best 100 companies in the legal and consulting sector.
  • In 2021, MilanoFinanza issued its ranking through a paper edition for the most recognized firm and lawyers in Italy called “Legal Awards 2021 K&L Gates Milan office was ranked as “Elite” in Non-Performing Loans, “Best” in Competition Law, Employment Law, Investment Fund, Real Estate and Real Estate financing. “Selected” in Energy & Infrastructures, Finance, M&A Mid Market, M&A Small, Cap, M&A tax advisory, Public Law, Restructuring & Insolvency. 
  • In 2020 and 2021, Il Sole 24Ore included K&L Gates Milan office among the best law firms in Italy, with a special mention for Real Estate and Litigation.
  • In 2020 and 2021, TopLegal included K&L Gates Milan office in the “TopLegal 40 Index”, i.e. the index prepared by Top Legal, one of Italy’s two main legal magazines, to rank the first 40 firms “for higher density of excellence” in the Italian legal market.

Handling fund work for many of the best-known alternative investment fund (AIF) managers, sponsors, and investors, K&L Gates' Milan asset management and investment funds team is headed by the 'very dedicated' Giovanni Meschia. Representative work includes structuring and setting up investment funds across a range of areas, such as private equity, venture capital, private debt and loan origination, unlikely to pay and non-performing loans, as well as real estate and social housing.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Francesco Sanna frequently represents multinational investment and real estate companies on a broad range of real estate mandates including asset sales and purchases. One client values his "great experience and deep preparation," as well as his "directness in providing advice, good understanding of the matters and creativity in finding solutions."

Paolo Rusconi advises both borrowers and creditors on debt restructuring mandates, including pre-insolvency agreements and out-of-court procedures. One client highlights him as "friendly and positively client-oriented."

Vittorio Salvadori di Wiesenhoff provides tax assistance to leading international banks, investment funds and real estate companies. He handles the tax aspects of both transactional and regulatory mandates.

Often handles transactions arising in the energy, manufacturing and distribution fields. Workload covers acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and governance matters. Benefits from an extensive network of offices around the world assisting with cross-border mandates.

One client remarks on Giampaolo Salsi 's "excellent counsel and great availability; he is always on top of all matters and issues, with remarkable business acumen and a proactive approach to problem solving." He frequently handles M&A transactions for local and multinational companies, as well as providing advice on corporate governance.

Pasquale Marini advises investors on acquisitions and corporate governance matters. One client notes his technical skills in dealing with cross-border M&A and his solution-oriented approach.

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