Hogan Lovells Recruits Corporate Team in Milan

MILAN, 31 May 2012 - Hogan Lovells has recruited two corporate partners in Milan.  Luca Picone and Francesco Stella join Hogan Lovells from Linklaters on 1st June 2012. Their team also includes Of Counsel Luca Magrini.

Luca Picone has spent the last five years as a partner at Linklaters and the previous five years as a partner at Bonelli Erede Pappalardo. He advises on domestic and cross border M&A, reorganizations and joint ventures.

Francesco Stella has been a partner at Linklaters since February 2008 and was previously a partner at Gilberti, Pappalettera Triscornia & Associati, the leading private equity boutique in Italy. He advises on joint ventures, mergers and acquisition with a recent focus on financial institutions.

Andrew Skipper, global co-Head of Hogan Lovells' corporate practice, said:

“Both Luca and Francesco are senior practitioners with an excellent standing in the market as is evidenced by the legal directories.  Their team joining us is a welcome boost to our current corporate capabilities in a key European financial centre.”

Speaking on behalf of the new team, Luca Picone said:   

"Hogan Lovells’ full service capability in Italy represents a powerful cross selling tool for clients and the global platform that sits behind that is hugely attractive.  We look forward to working with our new colleagues to build one of the leading corporate practices in Italy."


Note to Editors

Recent quotes from Chambers and Legal 500

The "absolutely brilliant" Francesco Stella wins accolades for his standout client attention. "He is really helpful and explains the issues clearly," enthuses one source. Chambers Europe 2012, Corporate M&A

"Luca Picone often assists international financial institutions in both public and private M&A transactions. Sources appreciate his flexibility and calm manner during difficult situations". Chambers Europe 2012, Corporate M&A

"Well known in the private equity market, Luca Picone is unanimously praised for his excellent client care and technical prowess. Sources say he is "knowledgeable and fair in negotiations, as well as being pleasant to work with." He is also hailed for his strong commercial approach and ability to operate a tight-knit team.  Chambers Europe 2012, Private Equity

“Luca Picone ‘can manage complex transactions very effectively’, Francesco Stella is ‘a skilled negotiator and adviser’” Legal 500 2012, Corporate M&A.

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