One of Italy's top law firms by deal count

08 Jan 2018

Simmons & Simmons ranked among the top 20 law firms in Italy by deal count in the Mergermarket league tables

The firm has been named one of the top 20 law firms in Italy by deal count in the Mergermarket 2017 Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) league tables. The annual league tables have become an industry standard among investment professionals.

Mergermarket specialises in creating an information advantage for subscribers in markets ranging from M&A to Life Sciences. The organisation boasts the largest team of dedicated M&A journalists and analysis in the world. With reporters based in 67 locations across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Mergermarket offers the most comprehensive M&A intelligence service available today.

The Corporate & Commercial group at Simmons & Simmons in Italy saw a number of notable successes in 2017 with regards to M&A. Recent projects include, providing assistance to Gangtai Group, a leading, privately owned conglomerate from China, on the completion of its 85% stake acquisition of Buccellati. This acquisition was awarded the ‘Top investors in Italy transaction' at the China Awards 2017.

Other recent M&A work includes assisting PowerChina in the acquisition of the majority stake of the Geodata Group and SanPellegrino on the dismissals of water sources.

Commenting on the recent announcement and the 2018 market, Country Head and Corporate & Commercial National Practice Head for Italy, Andrea Accornero said: “I am very pleased that the work of the Corporate & Commercial group in Italy has been recognised by the Mergermarket league tables. This is also a good recognition of our constant workflow in M&A and Private Equity in the country.

Corporations and private equity houses foresee an acceleration of M&A activity in 2018, both in the number of deals and the size of those transactions. There is a marked increase in interest in global deals, with a rise in the number of acquirers looking to Asia (mainly China and Japan), Brazil, Italy, and Spain for acquisitions. We look forward to a promising year ahead.

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