Andrea Pretti

Local Partner, Milan

Biography

Overview

Andrea Pretti is a local partner in the Milan office with more than 10 years of experience in the areas of public and private M&A, Private Equity and Corporate. 

CORPORATE M&A AND PRIVATE EQUITY

Andrea regularly assists Italian and international private equity sponsors, industrial clients and investment banks on cross-border and domestic transactions in a number of sectors - including pharmaceutical, financial services, technology, media, telecommunications, energy and oil & gas. He also provides assistance and advice on a variety of matters of general corporate and commercial law.

Andrea is recognized as a recommended lawyer in M&A by The Legal 500 2023 and as a notable practitioner in M&A by IFLR1000 2023.

Bars and Courts
Italian Bar
Education
Specialization Course for Corporate Legal Counsels
Bocconi University

Milan, Italy

Law Degree
Bocconi University

Milan, Italy

Languages
Italian
English

Experience

Private Equity

BC Partners and Bain Capital's €3.06 billion acquisition of Fedrigoni, 2022
Andrea advised BC Partners in connection with the €3.06 billion acquisition, together with Bain Capital, of Fedrigoni S.p.A., an Italy-based world leader in the production of value-added papers for luxury packaging and other creative solutions.

BC Partners' €2.1 billion acquisition of SOFIMA's shares, 2020
Andrea advised BC Partners in connection with the M&A, financing, capital markets and regulatory aspects of BC Partners' acquisition of an up to approximately 45 percent stake in SOFIMA, the holding company that controls IMA S.p.A., for a total value of almost €2.1 billion.

CVC's acquisition of the Recordati Group, 2018
Andrea advised an investment consortium led by CVC Capital Partners including PSP Investments and StepStone, in connection with the €3 billion acquisition from the Recordati family of the holding company that owns a 51.8 percent stake in the Italian pharmaceutical group Recordati.

Viacon International AB's acquisition of Tubosider France S.A.S., 2018
Andrea advised Viacon International AB in connection with the purchase of 60 percent of Tubosider France S.A.S. from Tubosider S.p.A.

Mercedes-Benz Italia S.p.A.'s sale to Merbag Holding AG, 2017
Andrea advised Mercedes-Benz Italia S.p.A. in connection with the sale of Mercedes-Benz Milano S.p.A., an Italian company active in the sector of the sale of motor vehicles, spare parts, accessories and related services, to Merbag Holding AG, a Swiss-based leading operator in the automotive sector.

Infracapital and InfraVia's acquisition of Gruppo Investimenti Portuali, 2017
Andrea advised Infracapital and InfraVia Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition of Gruppo Investimenti Portuali S.p.A., a leading container port operator in northern Italy holding majority and minority stakes in several container terminal concessions in major Italian ports.

Libero Acquisition's sale of WIS Telecom S.p.A. and WIS Telecom S.A., 2016
Andrea advised Libero Acquisition (Gruppo Orascom TMT Investments SARL) in connection with the sale of WIS Telecom S.p.A. and WIS Telecom S.A., to Unifi Holdings.

Italiaonline's sale of Europages, 2016
Andrea advised Italiaonline in connection with the sale of Europages. Italiaonline also renewed its commercial partnership with Europages by entering into a concession contract for the exclusive sale in Italy of Europages' products.

Cellnex Italia S.r.l.'s acquisition of CommsCon Italia S.r.l., 2016
Andrea advised Cellnex Italia S.r.l., part of the Spanish group Cellnex Telecom, European telecoms and wireless communications infrastructure leading operator, in connection with the acquisition of CommsCon Italia S.r.l., Italian company specialized in the design and implementation of GSM and UMTS.

Corporate and M&A

Eni's €4.9 billion acquisition of Neptune Energy Group, 2023
Andrea advised Eni S.p.A. in connection with its agreement to acquire Neptune Energy Group Limited, a leading independent exploration and production company with a portfolio of gas-oriented assets and operations in Western Europe, North Africa, Indonesia and Australia, for a total value of €4.9 billion.

Biomet's €46.6 million sale to PATRIZIA European Infrastructure Fund II, 2022
Andrea advised Ankorgaz, an industrial holding company specializing in infrastructure investments in the bioenergy and biofuels sector, and Walter Lagorio, an entrepreneur active in the Italian gas sector, in connection with the €46.6 million sale of Biomet S.p.A. to PATRIZIA European Infrastructure Fund II and the subsequent reinvestment by Ankorgaz.

I.M.A.'s increase in its stake in IMA Dairy & Food, 2022
Andrea advised I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A., one of the leading companies in the automated solutions for packaging industry, in connection with increasing its stake in IMA Dairy & Food Holding GmbH, a diversified packaging company based in Ranstadt, Germany.

Snatt Logistica on the sale to Hines, 2021
Andrea advised Snatt Logistica, a leader in logistics services for the fashion industry, and Log.Int S.r.l., Log.Int Real Estate and Log.Int 2 Real Estate, in connection with the sale to Hines, a leading real estate investor, of 20 Italian logistics assets located in Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy (Italy).

BC Partners and SOFIMA's €946 million MTO on IMA's shares, 2021
Andrea advised BC Partners and SOFIMA in connection with the mandatory tender offer on all the outstanding shares of IMA S.p.A. for a total value of approximately €946 million.

Takeda's divestments, 2019-20:
Andrea advised Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited in connection with the divestments of select OTC and prescription pharmaceutical products in multiple transactions, including:

  • the US$670 million divestment to Orifarm in Europe;
  • the US$825 million divestment to Hypera Pharma in Brazil, Mexico and certain other Latin American countries;
  • the US$660 million divestment to STADA in Russia, Georgia, and a number of countries from within the CIS; and
  • the US$200 million divestment to Acino in a number of EMEA countries.

Corporacion America Airports' sale of a 25 percent stake in Corporacion America Italia, 2018
Andrea advised Corporacion America Airports in connection with its sale of a 25 percent stake in its Italian subsidiary, Corporacion America Italia S.p.A., to an acquisition vehicle owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

Libero Acquisition's sale of its 70 percent interest in DADA, 2017
Andrea advised Libero Acquisition S.a.r.l. in connection with the sale of its approximately 70 percent interest in DADA S.p.A., a company listed on the STAR segment of the Italian stock exchange, to HgCapital Partners.
 

Awards and Recognition

Corporate and M&A
Recommended: The Legal 500 2023
Notable practitioner: IFLR1000 2023