Paul Hastings picks up former Dewey partner for Italian energy push

US firm Paul Hastings is set to hire former Dewey & LeBoeuf Italian energy star Lorenzo Parola in a boost for the firm’s corporate energy practice.


Parola, who is currently a partner at Grimaldi Studio Legale, the firm set up by the bulk of Dewey’s Italian offices, will join Paul Hastings in Milan in the near future. His appointment is still subject to a partner vote, said a firm spokesperson.

The appointment follows last year’s launch of a Houston office with an energy focus (24 April 2012). Paul Hastings has also been expanding its European transactional practice recently, bringing on board London partners Neil Hamilton from Clifford Chance in October (17 September 2012) and Ugo Giordano in the summer (3 July 2012).

Before the collapse of Dewey in May last year, Parola was co-head of the firm’s global renewable and clean energy sector group.

Meanwhile, fellow former Dewey partner Bruno Gattai, who headed the firm’s Italy practice, has quit Grimaldi to launch his own practice. Gattai set up Gattai Minoli & Partners in late 2012 with Luca Minoli, Nicola Brunetti, Gaetano Carrello and Stefano Catenacci, all previously equity partners at Dewey, and a further 30 lawyers.

The boutique focuses primarily on corporate work and has already scooped instructions on major deals including the recent €1.13bn disposal of data company Cerved from private equity houses Bain Capital and Clessidra.

Both Gattai and Parola joined Grimaldi when it launched in May after Dewey’s Italian team spun off to set up alone alongside Vittorio Grimaldi and Francesco Sciaudone (15 May 2012). Name partner Grimaldi and partner Sciaudone were previously partners at Grimaldi e Associati, which dissolved at the end of 2011 (2 January 2012).