One of Italy's top law firms by deal count

18 Jul 2018

The firm has been named one of the top sixteen law firms in Italy by deal count in the Mergermarket Global & Regional M&A Report H1 2018. This commendable ranking marks the second consecutive year the firm has been featured on the league tables.

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 analysts in the world. Over the years, Mergermarket’s biannual league tables have become an industry standard among investment professionals.

The Corporate & Commercial group at Simmons & Simmons in Italy saw a number of notable successes in 2018 with regards to M&A. Recent deals include, providing assistance in the acquisition of joint control of Alpitour for family office.

Other recent M&A work includes assisting the vendors on the sale of Dynamic Technologies to the American private equity fund Ardian North America. The recent ranking is another triumph for the firm’s Italian office who have won a number of awards over the past year, to include:

  • “Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year” at the TopLegal Industry Awards 2018
  • Gangtai’s acquisition of Buccellati “Top investors in Italy transaction” award at the China Awards 2017
  • “Debt Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year” prize at the Legalcommunity Finance Awards 2017
  • Pedemontana Veneta “Europe Transport Deal of the Year” at the PFI Europe Awards 2017 and “Europe Roads Deal of the Year” at the IJGlobal Awards 2018.

Commenting on the recent announcement, country head and corporate & commercial national practice head for Italy, Andrea Accornero said: “The market has reached the highest post-crisis value considering the aggregate amount of deals globally and I am confident to predict a steady 2018 across the final half of the year. This can only be good news for top ranked M&A teams like us. Undoubtedly this is a challenging market but we see our leading position reflected in an increase in the number of transactions with which we have successfully assisted.

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