Leonardo Graffi | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Leonardo Graffi

Local Partner, Milan

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Overview

Leonardo Graffi is recognized as a highly regarded corporate and M&A lawyer and also has extensive experience in the private equity sector. He regularly advises clients on the full spectrum of M&A transactions including joint ventures, cross-border and Italian public and private M&A deals.

In addition, Leonardo has advised strategic and private equity clients on several acquisitions/disposals of companies and businesses operating in a wide range of sectors, including banking, insurance, automotive, aviation, pharmaceutical and energy.

He is frequently called upon to work with companies and investment banks, especially in connection with complex, international M&A and securities transactions.

His practice also covers commercial contracts, sanctions and golden power regulations.

Bars and Courts

  • Rome Bar
  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, University of Bologna
  • LLM, Harvard Law School, Gammon Fellow

Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • Russian

Experience

De'Longhi Industrial S.A. on the sale of DeLclima S.p.A. to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, 2015

De'Longhi Industrial S.A. on the €508 million sale of 74.97% of the share capital of DeLclima S.p.A., a listed Italian company active in the manufacturing and sale of chillers and heat pumps, to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

I.M.A. and GIMA on the acquisition of 100% of Komax Systems Rockford and 76% of Komax Systems Malaysia, 2016

I.M.A. - Industria Macchine Automatiche and its subsidiary GIMA on the acquisition of 100% of Komax Systems Rockford and 76% of Komax Systems Malaysia, companies based in Switzerland, the United States and Malaysia.

Cellnex Italia S.r.l. on the acquisition of CommsCon Italia S.r.l., 2016

Cellnex Italia S.r.l., part of the Spanish group Cellnex Telecom - European telecoms and wireless communications infrastructure leading operator -, on the acquisition of CommsCon Italia S.r.l., Italian company specialized in the design and implementation of GSM and UMTS.

DentalPro on the acquisition of the dental clinics group Giovanni Bona and Dentadent, 2016

DentalPro, controlled by the private equity fund Summit Partners, on the (i) acquisition of the dental clinics group Giovanni Bona, controlled by AB Holding S.p.A.; and (ii) the acquisition of the dental clinics group Dentadent, controlled by GIP Invest S.r.l.

Huvepharma on the acquisition of a Sanofi S.A.'s business unit, 2016

Huvepharma on the acquisition of a business unit of the French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi S.A.

Smartbox on the acquisition of Emozione3, 2016

Smartbox, the creator of the gift box concept, on the acquisition of Emozione3, a company belonging to Wish Days S.r.l. Group.

Wilmar on the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture with ERCA, 2016

Wilmar Group, a leading agribusiness group based in Singapore, on the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture with ERCA Group.

Cinven on the sale of part of Avio's business to General Electric

Cinven on the US $4.3 billion sale of Avio's Italy-based civil and military aircraft aviation propulsion components and systems business, to General Electric.

Capita Asset Services on the sale of shares in the company to Formation Capital

Capita Asset Services as special servicer, on the approximately £478 million sale to Formation Capital of shares in the company, and all subsidiaries, which owns almost 300 former Southern Cross UK care homes.

State Street on the acquisition of Intesa Sanpaolo's securities services business

State Street Corporation on the US$1.87 billion cash acquisition of Intesa Sanpaolo's securities services business, which included the merger by incorporation of Intesa Sanpaolo Bank.

Publications

  • Inadempimenti e vizi di conformità nel diritto della vendita internazionale, Contratto e Impresa/ Europa, p. 345., 2013
  • La Special Purpose Acquisition Company, Giurisprudenza commerciale, vol. III, pp. 445-463., 2010
  • Spunti in tema di costituzione di fondi di private equity e attività di fund raising nell'ordinamento giuridico statunitense, Contratto e impresa/ Europa, p. 1041 ss., 2008
  • Securing Harmonized Effects of Arbitration Agreements Under the New York Convention, in Houston Journal of International Law 2006, Houston Journal of International Law, p. 663 ss.
  • Case Law on the Concept of "Fundamental Breach" in the Vienna Sales Convention, Revue de droit des affaires internationales / International Business Law Journal, pp. 338-349., 2003