Roberto Bonsignore’s practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.

Roberto joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2005. He worked in the Brussels office until August 1998, when he moved to the Rome office. He was based in the New York office in 2000 and 2001. Before joining Cleary, Roberto worked in Philadelphia at the Mattioni Law Offices from 1993 to 1994, and in Turin at the law office of Marco Weigmann from 1995 to 1996. He has also collaborated with Prof. Rodolfo Sacco of the University of Turin.

Notable Experience

  • D’Ieteren in the acquisition of a 41 percent stake in Moleskine and subsequent  mandatory tender offer.

  • Snam in the separation of its gas distribution business Italgas through a partial proportional demerger.

  • ArcelorMittal in the joint bid with Marcegaglia for the steelmaking group Ilva.

  • Whirlpool in the acquisition of a controlling stake in Indesit and subsequent mandatory tender offer.

  • Avenue Capital and GoldenTree in connection with the acquisition of a controlling stake in insolvent listed yellow pages company Seat Pagine Gialle through in-court debt/equity swap proceedings.

  • Neuberger Berman in the acquisition of Bruno Magli’s brands in the context of a concordato preventivo proceeding.

  • Fintech and BTG Pactual funds in the acquisition of a 6.5 percent stake in Banca MPS from Fondazione MPS.

  • The senior bondholders in connection with the debt restructuring of Seat Pagine Gialle and Seat’s in-court restructuring through a composition with creditors.

  • A2A in several corporate and M&A projects, including: the sale to EDF of a controlling stake in listed company Edison and A2A’s simultaneous purchase from Edison and Alpiq of a controlling stake in Edipower; the nonproportional demerger of  Edipower; A2A’s acquisition of a 44 percent stake in the state-controlled listed Montenegrin energy company EPCG; the demerger of Endesa Italia (now E.ON Produzione); and AEM in its €9 billion merger with ASM Brescia (creating A2A).

  • Qatar Holding in its joint venture with Fondo Strategico Italiano to form the “IQ Made in Italy Investment Company.”

  • Cantiere Del Pardo in connection with the sale of its business and the restructuring of its debt in the context of in-court concordato preventivo proceedings.

  • Miss Sixty in one of the first compositions with creditors under the reformed Italian bankruptcy law.

  • Oaktree and Anchorage in the acquisition of Cantiere Del Pardo in the context of in-court concordato preventivo proceedings.

  • TPG in its investment in the Italian online gaming service provider Microgame.

  • Eni in the sale of its stakes in the German gas pipeline TENP and the Swiss gas pipeline Transitgas to Fluxys G, and in the sale of its stake in the Austrian gas pipeline TAG to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

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