Gianni expands domestic empire with Bologna office

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners is expanding its domestic coverage with a new office in Bologna, as it continues to negotiate its future relationship with Linklaters.
Discussions over future cooperation between Linklaters and its Italian ally are ongoing in the run-up to the final winding down of the Linklaters & Alliance structure this summer.
With no further deals to broker following the decision of De Brauw Blackstone & Westbroek to call off its merger talks with Linklaters, the alliance structure has now ceased to serve its original purpose. Gianni Origoni has always been unwilling to enter formal merger negotiations with Linklaters.
A spokesperson for Gianni Origoni said that the firms would continue to work together, but would be starting a new type of cooperation. An association is one likely solution to the problem.
In the meantime, Gianni Origoni is continuing to drive forward its domestic growth, hiring a team of six lawyers from Ernst & Young’s associated firm, Studio Legale Tributario, to open in Bologna this month. Pietro Buccarelli and Federico Dettori will lead on the ground.
The main driver behind the move is to bring Gianni Origoni closer to key clients in the Emilia Romagna region, such as Ferrari and food group Barilla. The office will be coordinated from Rome by Renato Giallombardo, who is particularly close to Ferrari and one of Gianni Origoni’s senior partners, Cesare Vento.
The new office will target growing demand in the area for advice on acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investments, stock exchange listings, private equity and venture capital. The firm has been advising Barilla on its E1.8bn (£1.17bn) acquisition of German baker Kamps, which has just been cleared by the European Commission.
Managing partner Francesco Gianni said: “The opening of the Bologna office is part of our strategy aimed at expanding the firm in Italy in order to further strengthen our leading position in what is our most important market.”