Vania Petrella’s practice focuses mainly on Italian and international tax issues relating to capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, financial products, domestic and cross-border transactions and tax controversy matters with respect to which she advises a number of Italian and international clients, including multinational firms and financial institutions.

She also regularly advises on the tax implications of holding structures, reorganizations, joint ventures, partnerships, debt restructurings, employee incentive plans and deferred compensation arrangements.

Vania joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2006. She has been resident in the Rome office since 1999. Prior to that, she was resident in the Brussels and New York offices.

Notable Experience

  • The Hellenic Republic in connection with the restructuring of its private sector held bonds with approximately €206 billion face value through the largest ever bond exchange (PSI).

  • Sogefi and Saras in their financings by a pool of international and Italian banks.

  • WIND TELECOM in its combination with VimpelCom and in a series of multibillion-dollar financing transactions related to such combination.

  • First Reserve in its acquisition of a 45% interest in Ansaldo Energia.

  • Bavaria (a portfolio company of private equity funds Oaktree and Anchorage) in the acquisition of Cantiere del Pardo.

  • The Republic of Argentina and the Province of Buenos Aires in the Italian exchange offer relating to the defaulted bonds.

  • Accor and Edenred in the spin-off of Accor’s Services business. 

  • Acted as tax counsel to either the issuer or the underwriters in several capital markets transactions, including:

    -  Fiat and Fiat Finance’s GMTN programmes and multibillion-dollar notes offerings.

    -  Enel’s €8.0 billion rights offering and Eni’s notes issue.

    -  IPOs by Yoox, Prysmian, MolMed, Aeffe, Aicon, Gas Plus, Newron Pharmaceuticals and Poltrona Frau. 

  • Goldman Sachs and ArcelorMittal in executive compensation matters.

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Selected Activities

  • Lecturer, International Tax Law, University of Naples “Federico II”
  • Lecturer, Ethics and Tax Law, Lateran University