Bird & Bird strengthens its International Corporate practice, appointing partner Arturo Meglio and three additional hires in Italy

18 February 2010

Bird & Bird Milan is pleased to announce the appointment of partner Arturo Meglio and three new hires in the International Corporate Practice, building both its Merger & Acquisitions and Equity Capital Markets teams.

Arturo joins Bird & Bird’s International Corporate practice from SJ Berwin in Milan and will focus on M&A, working from both the firm’s Milan and Rome offices.  Arturo regularly assists private and public companies, as well as private equity funds and financial institutions on a number of domestic and international M&A and private equity transactions including multi-jurisdictional securitization transactions across different asset classes.

Also joining from SJ Berwin are Lorenzo Fratantoni as a Senior Associate and Alfonso Artesi as a Junior Associate.  Both Lorenzo and Alfonso worked closely with Arturo at SJ Berwin and have been involved in recent transactions such as Anika Therapeutics Inc recent 100% acquisition of Fidia Advanced Biopolymers Srl for US $34 million.  Bird & Bird Milan’s Corporate Practice has also appointed Linda Pietrostefani as a Senior Associate in its Equity Capital Markets team. Linda joins from Clifford Chance, where she was focused on equity capital market transactions, and previously, at Bonelli Erede Pappalardo.

Alberto Salvadè, Head of Corporate, Bird & Bird Milan commented: “The addition of these four new hires in Italy further strengthens and supports the positive growth of our Corporate practice. Given the increasing positive trend in Italy towards an improving mid-cap market, we are well placed with our strong M&A and ECM teams to service our clients’ needs.”

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