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White & Case Expands Global Banking and M&A Practices with Addition of Two Partners in Milan

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Banking Practice and Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the addition of partners Andrea Novarese and Maria Cristina Storchi in Milan.

"Andrea and Maria Cristina have strong relationships with key Italian financial institutions and corporates across a range of industries," said White & Case partner Eric Leicht, Head of the Global Banking Practice. "Their practices have exciting synergies with our existing Italian client base and their substantial experience deepens the support our team in Milan provides to our clients."

White & Case partner John Reiss, Head of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, said: "Andrea and Maria Cristina represent our ongoing strategic global expansion, broadening the scope of the support we provide to our clients. White & Case has an excellent reputation in the Italian market as a leading advisor on M&A and finance transactions, and our ambition is to continue growing our role advising clients on their most important, complex, cross-border deals."

Novarese joins the Firm's Global Banking Practice. He advises commercial and investment banks, borrowers and issuers, financial institutions, blue chip companies, investment firms and manufacturing industry players, and has considerable experience across a range of transactions including banking, leveraged and acquisition finance, project finance, senior secured lending, restructuring and debt capital markets. Novarese joins White & Case from Latham & Watkins, where he was a partner and European Chair of the Automotive Industry Group, and brings more than 25 years of experience.

Storchi joins the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. She advises on large, cross-border and Italian mergers and acquisitions and restructuring transactions, with considerable experience advising listed companies, and focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, public tender and exchange offers, restructurings, general corporate matters, capital markets transactions and privatizations. She joins from Latham & Watkins, where she was a partner, and brings more than 25 years of experience.

Michael Immordino, White & Case Office Executive Partner in Milan, said: "Andrea and Maria Cristina are leading lawyers in the Italian market who add experience and depth to our bench in Milan. Their addition continues an exciting period of growth for the office over the past four years where our partner team has grown by seven through a mix of new partners joining and internal promotions."

Partner Oliver Brettle, a member of White & Case's global Executive Committee, said: "The arrival of Andrea and Maria Cristina is a further demonstration of our Firm's pursuit of its strategic goals as a global elite law firm, investing in key finance and M&A practices and further strengthening the support we offer to clients in the global financial institutions industry and global private equity industry."

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