It’s a wrap for LegalCommunity Week: Finance, data, and a gala awards dinner

The fourth day—the final full day—of Legalcommunity Week in Milan began, appropriately enough for Italy’s business capital,  with a focus on finance with “Breakfast on Finance” at the Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners office in Piazza Belgioiso.

The first session began at 8.00 am with a face to face between Francesco Gianni, founding partner of the firm, and Maurizio Tamagnini, CEO of FSI, and was moderated by Laura Morelli, head of

Throughout the morning, starting at 9.15 am, at the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, the global scenario of the mergers and acquisitions market was discussed with the conference “International M & A” in collaboration with the Chiomenti law firm. Speeches by Francesco Tedeschini, senior partner of Chiomenti, and Nicola Di Molfetta, director of, opened the proceedings after introductory greetings by Aldo Scaringella, managing director of LC Publishing Group.

The first part of the event featured protagonists in the round table “M&A Warranty and Indemnity Insurance” moderated by Laura Morelli, journalist of, Vincenzo Aliotta, financial lines director of Aon, Giuseppe Catalano, company secretary and head of corporate affairs by Assicurazioni Generali, Michele Marocchino, managing director of Lazard, Massimiliano Nitti, partner of Chiomenti, Marco Radice Fossati, client relationship director of global solutions group by Willis Towers Watson, and Francesco Tronci, senior vice president of Investindustria.

After a short coffee break, the day continued with the second “Acquisition Finance’ round table, moderated by Anthony Paonita, journalist of Speakers included Fabio Bertoni, general counsel of the New Yorker, Gabriele Glavich, executive director of lending and structured finance of Mediobanca, Marco Paruzzolo, partner of Chiomenti, Marco Reggiani, general counsel of Snam, Fabio Sattin, executive chairman of Private Equity Partners, and Mahmoud Shaaraw, group legal director of Elsewedy Electric.

From 9.30 am SZA hosted, at its offices in Corso Italia, the “Conversation

on best practices and strategies to handle claims and win in Court.” the event was structured in three parts: a first tandem on the theme “Collaborating to win in the civil trial”, with the intervention of Giuseppe Di Masi, partner of SZA Studio Legale, and the testimony of Luca Del Soldato, legal affairs manager of the Lactalis Italia group.

Following, for the second part, Sofia Bargellini, partner of SZA Studio Legale, and Mirko Giuri, senior legal counsel of the Prada group, presented the discussion “A single act, all defenses: ‘full disclosure’ in the dispute of the work”.

The last part touched on the themes of the relationship with the public administration, with a debate on “David against Goliath: how to prevent the challenge to the public administration from being a Titanic undertaking”, in which Danilo Tassan Mazzocco, partner of SZA Studio Legale and Claudio Cordini, legal affairs director of the Suez Italia group. The event closed at around noon with a wine tasting.


In the afternoon, at the Stelline congress center, in the second round table, in collaboration with Panetta & Associati, there was talk of business and data. “The rules and the data market,” was the theme, with moderation by Vincenzo Tiani, EU affairs analyst of the Center for Democracy and Technology and Wired Italy. Participating were Roberta Quintavalle, data protection officer of Mediaset; Giovanni Cerutti, head of legal & compliance of Emea and senior vice president of NTT Data, Riccardo Masucci, global director privacy policy of Intel, Rocco Panetta, name partner of Panetta & Associati and country leader for Italy of IAPP, and Francesco Sacco, founding and managing partner professor strategy and entrepreneurship of the Bocconi University of Milan.

The day ended with a gala evening, which featured the Corporate Awards. At WJC Square, in Viale Achille Papa, after a welcome cocktail, law firms and lawyers were honored in numerous categories. A standing dinner, featuring a pair of oyster shuckers and a fresh mozzarella maker—yes, he made fresh globes of the cheese for everyone who asked for one–followed the awards. The night finally wound up around midnight.