Skadden, Chiomenti instructed on Italy’s largest IPO of the year

Skadden, Chiomenti instructed on Italy’s largest IPO of the year” />Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has advised on Italy’s largest IPO of the year, despite not having an office in the country.

The firm teamed up with alliance partner Chiomenti Studio Legale to advise issuer Ansaldo, a railway-signalling manufacturer, on its €468m (£327.8m) offering.

Skadden, led by partner James Healy, advised on US and English law, with Chiomenti partner Enrico Giordano leading the firm’s team advising on the Italian law aspects of the deal.

Andrea Razeto, head of investor relations at Ansaldo, said: “Skadden supported us in all our activities on a very good level. There was no problem with not having an office in Italy.”

It is the first time Skadden has advised Ansaldo, although the firm has a longstanding relationship with its parent company, Finmeccanica, having advised on its purchase of Marconi Mobile Holdings for $615m (£351.1m) in 2002.

When Finmeccanica decided to sell a 60 per cent stake in Ansaldo, it opted again for the Skadden and Chiomenti partnership.

Investors scrambled for the 60 million shares, priced at €7.80 (£5.46), oversubscribing the deal by more than nine times.

Razeto said the deal’s popularity was down to Ansaldo’s reputation as a solid industrial company.

Clifford Chance bagged the US and English law mandate for underwriters Mediobanca, Banca di Credito Finanziario and Goldman Sachs, but was frozen out of the Italian aspects despite having offices in Milan, Rome and Padua. Partners Filippo Emanuele and Michael Dakin led the team.

Studio Associato Legale d’Urso Munari Gatti advised the banks on Italian law, led by partner Gian Giacomo Attolico Trivulzio.