Roberto Casati’s practice focuses on securities, corporate, banking, EU and international business law. 

He has extensive experience in Italian and cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions as well as joint ventures, including several of the largest Italian M&A and joint venture deals. Roberto is also quite active in international arbitrations as counsel, arbitrator and expert. He has written and lectured extensively on EU and Italian law in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East.

Roberto joined the firm in 2004 as a partner. He previously was the Italian senior partner of Allen & Overy and one of three heads of that firm’s global corporate practice. From 1981 until 1998, he was co-founder and partner of Brosio, Casati e Associati (including a predecessor firm).

Notable Experience

  • Corrado Passera in connection with the envisaged acquisition, under his stewardship, of a controlling stake in Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.

  • The  board of directors of RCS Mediagroup, one of the world’s major multimedia publishing groups, in connection with the bid by Cairo Communications and the counter-bid by a consortium of investors.

  • HanesBrands in the acquisition of Champion Europe, which owns the trademarks for the Champion brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and in the add-on acquisition of Universo Sport.

  • Technogym in its listing and international public offering by Arle Capital Partners (formerly Candover Investment plc), Technogym’s minority shareholder, of Technogym’s ordinary shares pursuant to Arle Capital Partners Limited’s rights under its shareholders’ agreement.

  • Internazionale Holding S.r.l. in its exit from F.C. Internazionale Milano (Inter Milan) and negotiations with International Sports Capital.

  • Whirlpool Corporation in the acquisition of Indesit.

  • Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Banca Popolare di Milano in Anima Holding’s IPO and related shareholders agreements.

  • Falck Renewables in the sale of a 49 percent interest in six onshore wind farm projects in the UK to Copenhagen Infrastructure.

  • Alpha Associati in the sale of Rhiag-Inter Auto Parts Italia to Apax Partners.

  • F.C. Internazionale Milano, the top Italian soccer club also known as Inter Milan, and its majority shareholder Internazionale Holding in an investment transaction as a result of which International Sports Capital became the controlling shareholder of Inter with a 70 percent stake.

  • The controlling shareholders of Saras, the Italian oil company, in the sale of a stake to Rosneft and Saras in the ensuing tender offer by Rosneft.

  • Qatar Holding in its joint venture with Fondo Stategico Italiano.

  • Bavaria Yachtbau in the acquisition of Cantiere Del Pardo, the manufacturer of the Grand Soleil and Dufour sail yachts. 

  • Mediobanca in the purchase of an equity interest in Ferretti (the world’s largest luxury yacht maker) and, subsequently, Ferretti Holding in the sale of the group to SHIG-Weichai Group. 

  • Alpha and Investindustrial in the sale to LIXIL Corporation (controlled by JS Group Corporation) of Permasteelisa, one of the world’s leading building contractors.

  • Petronas in its €1.1 billion acquisition of FL Selenia.

  • The controlling shareholders in the sale of a minority interest in Technogym.

  • ABN AMRO in its €8.2 billion tender offer for all outstanding shares of Banca Antonveneta and HypoVereinsbank in the merger with UniCredito Italiano.

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SELECTED ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Board of Directors, Fondazione San Patrignano
  • Member, The Council for the United States and Italy
  • Advisory Board Member, European Institute at Columbia University