Our Firm assists clients on all aspects of M&A (domestic or international) and other corporate transactions, such as mergers and de-mergers, spin offs, insolvency and corporate restructurings, reorganizations, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Our clients belong inter alia to the following industries: automotive and components; chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices; environment; steel; tooling, materials technology, mining; fashion and luxury; travel and technology; food and beverages; real estate, engineering, design and construction; retail; cyber security; telecommunications; logistics/transport; semiconductors; shipping.

In recent years, we have reinforced our expertise and developed extensive experience in assisting clients in situations involving companies in distress, in particular with regard to the sale/lease of their businesses and assets.

Clients are assisted throughout the entire transaction: in planning financial and tax structures during negotiations and organizing due diligence processes, in drafting and negotiating agreements, including shareholders’ agreements and by-laws, as well as in pre-closing, closing and post-closing activities, drafting and filing notices with the Italian Competition Authority or EU Commission and participating in or coordinating antitrust filings in other jurisdictions.

Our M&A Team works closely with the Firm’s other practice areas, such as the Tax, Employment, IP Administrative & Public Law Teams, and the EU & Competition Team, in order to deliver to the client a seamless, fully integrated service.



Besides the significant cases of our M&A Team track record, our capacity to provide legal advice on a regular basis on commercial and corporate matters of all kinds to all our national and international clients, contributes to setting us apart from traditional Italian M&A boutiques, which do not tend to follow clients’ needs across the board after the transaction is finalized.



De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani’s ‘level of engagement and the empathy of its individuals are outstanding’. Marco Frazzica advised Outokumpu on the sale of an industrial complex in Italy and Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis is ‘exceptionally competent’. Other key contacts are founding partner Gianni Forlani, Barbara Calza, Claudio Corba Colombo and Cristina Fussi, along with Giuseppe Cristiano, Bridget Ellison and Andrew Paton”. Legal500

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani’s ‘responsive and supportive’ Marco Frazzica advised Volvo Group on the merger of Renault Trucks Italia into Volvo Group Italia. The team welcomed counsel Davide Gambillara, a former Armani Group general counsel, to its ranks, which also include the ‘wise and knowledgeable’ Barbara Calza, the ‘creative and practical’ Claudio Corba Colombo and the ‘reliable and pragmatic’ Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis. Other key contacts are Gianni Forlani, Cristina Fussi, Giuseppe Cristiano, Bridget Ellison and Andrew Paton”. Legal500

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani assisted Chinese Spark Machine Tools with its acquisition of Italian company, Colgar. In Milan, Gianni Forlani’s ‘experience is valuable’, Barbara Calza is ‘competent and accessible’, Cristina Fussi has ‘extremely sharp legal reasoning’, and Marco Frazzica has ‘a collaborative approach to problem-solving’. Bridget Ellison and Rome-based Andrew Paton are also key advisers”. Legal500

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani’s ‘support of clients is fantastic’. The team recently assisted Derichebourg Environnement with the reorganisation of eight Italian subsidiaries. In Milan, Barbara Calza is ‘always available’, Cristina Fussi is ‘very responsive and takes responsibility from the beginning’, and Gianni Forlani is also recommended. Other noteworthy advisers include Giuseppe Cristiano, ‘dedicated expert’ Marco Frazzica and Bridget Ellison, as well as Claudio Corba Colombo and Rome-based Andrew Paton”. Legal500

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani’s ‘response times are excellent’. The team assisted Dimoco Europe with the acquisition of Neomobile. In Milan, the ‘persistent and reliable’ Barbara Calza is recommended along with Marco Frazzica, who is ‘a responsive and supportive legal partner’; Gianni Forlani, Cristina Fussi, Giuseppe Cristiano, Bridget Ellison and Claudio Corba Colombo are also highly rated. Andrew Paton is a key figure in Rome”. Legal500