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Firm

We are a young, dynamic & independent law firm

Strongly committed to understanding our clients’ business needs and ensuring their success in the environments they compete in, we provide counsel to domestic and international enterprises, private equity funds and investors, banks, alternative asset managers and other financial service providers, offering them a bespoke solution in all fields of business law.

Our core areas of practice are private equity and funds, corporate law and mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and financial services. Our practice range also covers most other fields of corporate and business law.

We believe that our collective perspectives in sophisticated financial marketplaces, including New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Zurich and Brussels, and our international approach to the practice of law, make us uniquely qualified to provide effective and superior advice to our clients.

Practice

From formation to exit

Our Private Equity and Funds practice encompasses assisting international investors and fund sponsors in connection with the structuring of onshore and offshore investment funds, international fundraising and financing activities as well as the structuring, maintenance and disposition of portfolio investments.

In a nutshell, we assist fund sponsor clients and their portfolio companies on all aspects of their investments, from the deal structuring to the implementation of the exit strategy.

Extraordinary transactions and corporate matters

Our Corporate Law and M&A practice encompasses assisting buyers, sellers and clients on strategy and structuring of acquisitions and dispositions, in connection with a wide range of domestic and cross-border deal and financing models.

We assist enterprises and financial institutions in all corporate extraordinary transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, public M&A transactions, public-to-private deals and equity financing.

And of course we also offer counsel in connection with ongoing corporate matters, the structuring of governance assets, regulatory requirements and antitrust issues.

Equity, debt and regulatory

Our Corporate Finance and Financial Services practice encompasses assisting alternative asset managers, banks, other financial intermediaries, underwriters and selling shareholders in transactional and advisory matters.

Our expertise covers a full range of areas including international offerings, issuance of various types of equity, debt and hybrid securities and regulatory matters in relation to asset managers and financial institutions.

Venture Capital is (ad)venture

We believe that tomorrow's successes depend on the foundations of today.

We gain particular satisfaction accompanying investment business projects, generating growth and value for our clients.

In addition to our venture capital onshore and offshore funds formation's practice, we assist investors, growing start-ups and other venture capital's players on their investment activities, the raising of capitals and the structuring of their relationships with counterparts.

We are proud to be in constant evolution

Business practice and its sectors are always expanding and meandering into novel directions. Each new sector grows from a tentative toddler to a swaggery teenager (and, sometimes, to a confident adult).

As expert counselors, we follow this development very closely and are excited by new challenges, regardless of whether this requires a further training effort on our part.

People

We are our firm

Giancarlo<br/> Capolino-Perlingieri
Milan

Giancarlo
Capolino-Perlingieri

Partner

BAR REGISTRATION
Italy, France

EDUCATION
Columbia University School of Law, Master of Laws, 1991
College of Europe, Post-Graduate Degree, Bruges, 1990
Naples University, Law Degree, summa cum laude, 1989

LANGUAGES
Italian, English, French

Prior to founding this law firm Giancarlo practiced at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton LLP (Paris 1993-1995; Brussels 1996-1998; Rome 1998-2001) and Debevoise and Plimpton LLP (London 2002-2005).

Giancarlo assists Italian and international clients (mainly private equity and hedge funds, corporate clients and financial institutions) on domestic and cross-border private M&A and joint ventures transactions, fund formation and fund investments (mainly in the private equity industry), securities and capital markets transactions, as well as all related matters.

Giancarlo has been involved in many leading transactions in Italy and Europe starting from the early '90s, including M&A transactions, public hostile takeovers, the first global initial public offering and dual listing in Italy and New York, the first (and landmark) global initial public offering and listing in Italy of a new economy business, as well as investments in, and fund raising of, a number of international private equity funds investing in Italy.

Notable Transactions
Maria Pia<br/> Carretta
Milan

Maria Pia
Carretta

Senior Associate
Senior Associate / mpcarretta@cp-dl.com

BAR REGISTRATION
Italy

EDUCATION
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Diplôme d'Etudes Spécialisées en Droit Européen, 2007
Bari University, Law Degree, summa cum laude, 2002

LANGUAGES
Italian, English, French

Maria Pia joined the firm in 2008 and her practice focuses primarily on corporate and financial matters and private equity transactions.

In particular, Maria Pia advises clients on national and cross-border mergers and acquisition, venture capital, joint ventures, corporate governance and commercial law matters.

Recent notable transactions in the M&A and corporate area include advising (i) a major pharmaceutical distribution company in the acquisition of a consortium of pharmacists; (ii) a major U.S. private equity fund sponsor in the acquisition of an Italian medical devices manufacturer; (iii) a major U.S. private equity fund sponsor in the underwriting of its investment in an online gaming company; and (iv) a leading U.S. private equity fund sponsor in the LBO acquisition of an online gaming company.

Donatella<br/> Gallazzi
Milan

Donatella
Gallazzi

Associate

BAR REGISTRATION
Enrolled at the Milan Trainee Ledger

EDUCATION
University of Milan, Law Degree, summa cum laude, 2017

LANGUAGES
Italian, English, French, Spanish

Donatella joined the firm in 2017, and her practice focuses primarly on corporate and financial matters.

Giovanni<br/> Marcon
Milan

Giovanni
Marcon

Associate
Associate / gmarcon@cp-dl.com

EDUCATION
University of Trento, Law Degree, summa cum laude, 2017

LANGUAGES
Italian, English

 

 

Giovanni joined the firm in 2017, and his practice focuses primarly on corporate and financial matters.

Dante Leone
Lugano

Dante Leone

Partner

BAR REGISTRATION
New York, Italy, Switzerland

EDUCATION
New York University School of Law, Master of Laws, graduate editor, 2000
University Institute of European Studies and ILO
International Training Center, post-graduate degree, honors, 1999
Milan Catholic University, Law Degree, summa cum laude, 1999

LANGUAGES
English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese

Prior to founding this law firm Dante practiced at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton LLP (Rome 2000-2001) and Debevoise and Plimpton LLP (London and Hong Kong 2002-2005).

Dante assists international clients on a variety of private equity and corporate finance matters, under E.U., Italian and U.S. law. In particular, Dante has a vast experience in assisting fund investors and fund sponsors (including private equity boutiques, major investment banks and financial institutions) in connection with the structuring of European, U.S. and offshore-based investment funds, the related international fund-raising and financing activities and the structuring, maintenance and disposition of portfolio investments.

Notable Transactions
Nicole Baer Leone
Lugano

Nicole Baer Leone

Partner

BAR REGISTRATION
Switzerland

EDUCATION
New York University School of Law, Master of Laws, 2000
Zurich University, Law Degree, 1994
 

LANGUAGES
German, English, Italian, French

Prior to founding the Lugano office of this law firm, Nicole practiced at the District Court and the District Attorney's Office of Zurich (1995-1996), an international corporate law firm in Zurich (1998-2002), a Swiss private bank in Hong Kong (2003-2005) and a leading corporate law firm in Lugano (2005-2006).

Nicole assists national and international clients on a variety of corporate and business law matters. In particular, she has a vast experience in assisting financial and industrial investors in domestic and cross-border M&A, funds, regulatory and tax matters.

Barbara<br/> Braghiroli
Lugano

Barbara
Braghiroli

Senior Associate
Senior Associate / bbraghiroli@cp-dl.com

BAR REGISTRATION
Italy, Switzerland

EDUCATION
Milan-Bicocca University, PhD in Criminal Procedure and Law of Evidence, 2009
Milan-Bicocca University, Law Degree, summa cum laude, 2005 

LANGUAGES
Italian, English

Barbara joined the firm in 2007 and her practice focuses primarily on corporate and financial matters, private equity and venture capital transactions.

In particular, Barbara assists fund investors and fund sponsors in connection with the structuring of domestic and cross-border investment funds and the structuring and disposition of portfolio investments and corporate governance matters.

Recent notable transactions in the fund structuring and formation areas include (i) the assistance of a leading European private equity sponsor in the structuring of a Luxembourg-based fund of funds with EUR 300 million of committed capital, and (ii) the assistance of several European private equity teams in the formation of pooled multiple-investment vehicles in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain and Portugal.

Alessandro<br/> Cerliani
Lugano

Alessandro
Cerliani

Associate

BAR REGISTRATION
Enrolled at the Milan Trainee Ledger

EDUCATION
Milan-Bicocca University, Law Degree, 2014

LANGUAGES
Italian, English, French

Alessandro joined the firm in 2014 and his practice focuses primarly on private equity and venture capital transactions and corporate and financial matters. 

Marcella<br/> Gigante
Lugano

Marcella
Gigante

Associate

BAR REGISTRATION
Enrolled at the Potenza Trainee Ledger

EDUCATION
Milan Catholic University, Law Degree, summa cum laude, 2017
27th Master in Business Law, BS Sole 24 ore, Milan, 2017

LANGUAGES
Italian, English

Marcella joined the firm in 2017 and her practice focuses primarly on private equity and venture capital transactions and corporate and financial matters.

Paola<br/> Marchelli
Lugano

Paola
Marchelli

Associate

BAR REGISTRATION
Enrolled at the Milan Trainee Ledger

EDUCATION
University of Insubria (Como), Law Degree, 2014

LANGUAGES
Italian, English, French, German

Paola joined the firm in 2014 and her practice focuses primarly on private equity and venture capital transactions and corporate and financial matters.

Nicola<br/> Rapaccini
Lugano

Nicola
Rapaccini

Senior Associate
Senior Associate / nrapaccini@cp-dl.com / Linkedin Nicola<br/> RapacciniLinkedin

BAR REGISTRATION
Italy, Switzerland

EDUCATION
"Premio Prof. Alberto Predieri" for the highest votes in the exam for the bar admission, Florence, 2012
Florence University, Law Degree, summa cum laude, 2007

LANGUAGES
Italian, English, French

Nicola joined the firm in 2008 and his practice focuses primarily on corporate and financial matters and private equity transactions.

In particular, Nicola assists fund investors and fund sponsors in connection with the structuring of domestic and cross-border investment funds as well as with portfolio investments and domestic and cross-border private M&A and joint ventures transactions.

Recent notable transactions in the fund structuring and formation area include the assistance of (i) a leading European private equity fund sponsor in the structuring of a Luxembourg-based fund of funds with EUR 300 million of committed capital and (ii) several European private equity teams in the formation of pooled multiple-investment vehicles in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain and Portugal.

Recent notable transactions in the M&A and corporate area include the assistance of (i) an Italian telecommunications company in several rounds of fund raising of more than EUR 300 million from European and U.S. private equity investors as well as in connection with the granting of long-term loan facilities by leading Italian and Chinese financial institutions of more than EUR 100 million and (ii) a leading European private equity group regarding the acquisition of an Australian logistics company and the acquisition of the business of a European producer of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products.

Jean Wu
Lugano

Jean Wu

Senior Associate
Senior Associate / jwu@cp-dl.com

BAR REGISTRATION
New York

EDUCATION
University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2002
Honors: Order of the Coif, American Jurisprudence Award
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Political Science & Ethnic Studies, 1996
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's list, California Alumni Scholar

LANGUAGES
English and Mandarin Chinese

Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Jean practiced law with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong 2004-2007), served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Robert R. Beezer of the 9th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals (2002-2003) and worked as an investment banking analyst for J.P. Morgan (1996-1998). 

Jean's corporate law experience has focused on capital markets and finance work, typically complex transactions involving cross-border elements, including large-cap initial public offerings and global debt offerings. Jean has also provided legal assistance on diverse corporate matters related to U.S. securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation, foreign investments in China and European private equity transactions.

Office

Come visit us

Our office is located in Milan at Via Quintino Sella 4, opposite the Castello Sforzesco and next to the artistic Brera neighborhood. The nearest underground stations are Lanza-Brera (located in the Green Line) and Cairoli (located on the Red Line).

A cab from the Central train station, Linate airport or Malpensa airport would take ca. 10 minutes, 20 minutes and 45 minutes, respectively.

CP-DL Capolino-Perlingieri & Leone

Via Quintino Sella 4
20121 Milan
tel. +39 02 8905 0320
fax +39 02 7005 27881
email: milancontact@cp-dl.com

Recruitment

We believe in meritocracy

Our legal and non-legal team members are recruited and rewarded based on their skills, experience and devotion to clients. We are constantly looking for new additions to our team. If you feel that our areas of practice and organizational features fit your career aspirations, please email your resumé to us (click here for our privacy policy) at:

milanrecruiting@cp-dl.com

Press

Publications, contributions, papers

Here is a small selection of our recent appearances in the specialized press and contributions to the development of international regulations:

March 2017

Private Equity (Fund Formation) - Italy

Getting the Deal Through

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March 2017

Private Equity (Transactions) - Italy

Getting the Deal Through

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October 2016

Blue Skye Acquires a Controlling Stake in John Richmond

Corriere della Sera - Flash News 24

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April 2016

Fund Management - Italy

Getting the Deal Through

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Leaders League 2016

Leaders League presents CP-DL

2016 Edition - International Corporate Finance

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Leaders League 2015

The Continental Market - CP-DL

Leaders League 2015 Top 100 Law Firms

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March 2015

Comments to the Discussion Paper on Share Classes of UCITS

ESMA - European Securities Market Authority

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March 2015

Fund Management - Italy

Getting the Deal Through

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September 2014

Commenti allo schema delle "Disposizioni di vigilanza per gli intermediari finanziari"

Banca d'Italia - Servizio Regolamentazione e Analisi Macroprudenziale

PDF
August 2014

Consultazione (i) sul Regolamento Congiunto Banca d'italia-Consob in materia di Organizzazione e Controlli degli Intermediari, (ii) sul Regolamento Intermediari e (iii) sul Regolamento Emittenti

CONSOB - Divisione Strategie Regolamentari

PDF
June 2014

Consultazione sullo schema di regolamento attuativo dell'articolo 39 del D. Lgs. 24 febbraio 1998 n. 58 (TUF)

Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze - Dipartimento del Tesoro

PDF
April 2014

The Swiss way to AIFMD

PEI - The Legal Special 2014

PDF
Le Società 2014

"Dilatazione del facere informativo del cliente ai sensi della normativa antiriciclaggio: tra esigenze di coerenza sistemica e obblighi di buona fede"

Le Società 10/2014

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January 2014

Commenti alle proposte di modifica delle "Disposizioni in Materia di Polititche e Prassi di Remunerazione e Incentivazione nelle Banche e nei Gruppi Bancari"

Banca d'Italia - Servizio Normativa e Politiche di Vigilanza; Divisione Normativa Primaria

PDF
April 2013

"Dangling a different kind of carrot"

PEI - Private Equity International Publication - Fund Structures 2013, A PEI Supplement

PDF
December 2012

Consultation on Guidelines on Remuneration Policies and Practices (MiFID)

ESMA - European Securities Market Authority

PDF|Link
September 2012

Comments to Draft Guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies under the AIFMD

ESMA - European Securities Market Authority

PDF|Link
April 2012

"Co-investing with fund sponsors"

PEI - Private Equity International Publication - Fund Structures 2012, A PEI Supplement

PDF
March 2012

Commenti allo schema delle "Disposizioni di vigilanza per gli intermediari finanziari"

Banca d'Italia - Servizio Normativa e Politiche di Vigilanza; Divisione Normativa Prudenziale

PDF
October 2011

Commenti allo schema di decreto legislativavo concernente ulteriori modifiche ed integrazioni al decreto legislativo 13 agosto 2010, n. 141, recante attuazione della direttiva 2008/48/CE relativa ai contratti di credito ai consumatori, nonché modifiche del titolo V del testo unico bancario in merito alla disciplina dei soggetti operanti nel settore finanziario, degli agenti in attività finanziaria e dei mediatori creditizi

Dipartimento del Tesoro - Regolamentazione e Policy del Settore Finanziario

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June 2011

Consultazione in materia di gestione collettiva del risparmio. Recepimento della Direttiva 2009/65/CE (UCITS IV) e ulteriori interventi di modifica

Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa - Regolamentazione

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June 2011

"Consultazione in materia di gestione collettiva del risparmio. Recepimento della Direttiva 2009/65/CE (UCITS IV) e ulteriori interventi di modifica"

Banca d'Italia - Servizio Normativa e Politiche di Vigilanza - Divisione Normativa Prudenziale

PDF
May 2011

Commenti alle Proposte di Modifica al Regolamento attuativo dell'articolo 37 del decreto legislativo 24 febbraio 1998, n. 58, concernente la determinazione dei criteri generali cui devono essere uniformati i fondi comuni di investimento

Dipartimento del Tesoro - Regolamentazione e Policy del Settore Finanziario

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May 2011

"Sgr? No grazie, troppo complicata"

Milano Finanza

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April 2011

"Investing under pressure"

PEI - Private Equity International Publication - Fund Structures 2011, A PEI Supplement

PDF
September 2010

Commenti alle Proposte di Modifiche al Regolamento Emittenti - Recepimento della Direttiva 2007/36/CE relativa all'esercizio di alcuni diritti degli azionisti in società quotate

Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa - Divisione Studi Giuridici

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PEI - Issue 9, 2010

"On core or anchor investors in private equity houses. Cash + Reputational Risk = Everlasting Privileges?"

PEI - Private Equity International Publication - Fund Structures 2010, Issue 9

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PEI - Issue 8, 2009

"What lies ahead"

PEI - Private Equity International Publication - Fund Structures 2009, Issue 8

PDF
November 2008

"Structuring successful secondaries"

PEI - Private Equity International Publication - The Private Equity Fundraising Compendium

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PEI - Issue 7, 2008

"Private Equity: a late Italian growth history"

PEI - Private Equity International Publication - Fund Structures 2008, Issue 7

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June 2007

"Placement agents cost, but add stamina to the fund raising"

Milano Finanza

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February 2007

"Funds' expenses, commissions and profits: this is how they are divvied up"

Milano Finanza

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January 2007

"New funds: beware of how the rules are written"

Milano Finanza

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December 2006

"The lawyers oversee the first steps of the fund"

Milano Finanza

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CP-DL Capolino-Perlingieri & Leone

Via Quintino Sella 4
20121 Milano
tel. +39 02 8905 0320
fax +39 02 7005 27881
IT P.IVA n. 05304960965
email: milancontact@cp-dl.com

Data Protection

Any personal data contained in the resumés sent to Capolino-Perlingieri & Leone shall be used for the sole purpose of the assessment of candidates’ profiles and their selection. Such data may be disclosed to the Capolino-Perlingieri & Leone team but may not be disclosed to any third parties. You can contact Capolino-Perlingieri & Leone at milanrecruiting@cp-dl.com or at the fax number +39 02 7005 27881 to check your personal data and to request that it be supplemented, updated or corrected, or to exercise any other rights provided for by section 7 of Legislative Decree no. 196/2003 (so-called Personal Data Protection Code).

In particular, your rights with respect to your personal data pursuant to the Personal Data Protection Code include the right: (i) to receive confirmation of the existence of any personal data relating to you, at any time; (ii) to be informed about the source of the data, purposes and methods of the processing, the rationale of any processing carried out through electronic means, the details of the data controller and of any data processors and the entities or categories of entities to which the personal data may be communicated or which may get to know such data; (iii) to obtain (a) the updating, rectification and integration of your personal data, (b) the cancellation, transformation into anonymous form or blocking of data that has been processed unlawfully, including data whose retention is unnecessary for the purposes for which it has been collected or subsequently processed, and (c) a certification to the effect that the operations described in the foregoing items (a) and (b) and their content have been notified to those entities to which the data has been communicated and/or distributed, unless this requirement proves impossible or involves an effort that is manifestly disproportionate to the right that should be protected; and (iv) to object, in whole or in part, on legitimate grounds, to the processing of your personal data, even though the data is consistent with the purpose of the collection.

In any event, should you send any sensitive data (concerning, in particular, your racial or ethnic origin, religious or other beliefs of a similar nature, political opinions, membership of political parties, trade unions, or other religious, philosophical, political or trade union associations or organizations, as well as information about physical or mental health or condition or sexual life), it shall be immediately deleted, unless you give your consent to the contrary. Lastly, we would like to remind you that your consent to the processing of your data as described in this form is mandatory for all purposes arising from contracts or by law, and your refusal to grant such consent may preclude the continuation of our relationship.