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Francesco Stella

Partner
Milan

Francesco Stella

Clients say 'Francesco is really reliable, business-minded and able to bring ideas for structuring the deal. He is dedicated, smart and does a high-quality job'. With this attitude and mind-set, for over 20 years, Francesco Stella has accompanied an impressive number of large international corporates and financial institutions in their M&A moves into the Italian market, and top Italian clients in their growth abroad through acquisitions and joint ventures. 

A passion for complex deals brought him to focus on regulated assets ranging from financial institutions to life science companies and energy businesses. Clients in these industries know they can rely on Francesco's sector knowledge, which is always coupled with his thoroughness, keen eye for detail and commitment to excellence. Francesco has been mentioned in all major legal directories for many years. From time to time, he likes to lecture on cutting-edge subjects at conferences and seminars.

Francesco is "appreciated for his global business view and negotiation skills".

Legal 500 EMEA 2016

Representative Experience

Advising BNPP Cardif and AGEAS on the setting up of a JV with UBI Banca, and their acquisition of a majority stake in UBI Assicurazioni

Assisting BNP Paribas Cardif in establishing a bancassurance joint venture with Banca delle Marche

Assisting Lehman Brothers (in administration) in the management, restructuring and disposal of all of its Italian assets in the real estate finance business

Advising Mapfre in the acquisition of the insurance company Direct Line Insurance from Direct Line Insurance Group PLC

Assisting Sorgenia in the disposal of all its wind farm pipeline in France, partly to Glennmont and partly to Investeole SA (Global EcoPower group)

Advising private equity fund Terra Firma on its acquisition of a portfolio of photovoltaic plants from Sorgenia

Advising Whitehall/Goldman Sachs on its hostile takeover bid for listed real estate funds Berenice and Tecla

Education and admissions

Education

  • Law Degree, Università Cattolica, Milan, 1992

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Milan

2016

Francesco is "appreciated for his global business view and negotiation skills".

Legal 500 EMEA

2016

"Technically speaking he's excellent and has great experience. He's very practical and gets to the heart of any question immediately".

Chambers Global

2015

Francesco has "impressive international M&A knowledge".

Legal 500 EMEA

2014

"Francesco Stella is a highly regarded player who continues to earn market recognition".

Chambers Europe

2014

"He is focused on what is important and doesn't waste time on trivial issues - he's extremely effective."

Chambers Global

2013

Francesco Stella is 'really reliable, business-minded and able to bring ideas for structuring the deal. He is dedicated, smart and does a high-quality job'.

Chambers Europe

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