McDermott Will & Emery launch new tax practice

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The Rome office of McDermott Will & Emery has announced the arrival of three new partners from the Rome and Milan offices of Trivoli & Associati law firm. Mario Martinelli, Andrea Tempestini and Carlo Paolella, all of whom are highly rated tax-consultants, will launch the new Italian Tax Department. The team will be led by Carlo Paolella, and will offer fiscal advice to Italian and international corporations. Some recent work highlights of the trio include assisting Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, a leading global investment bank in the acquisition of Piaggio, a top motor vehicle manufacturer and assisting Ducati and Luxottica, two major manufacturers with fiscal advice for their financing transactions and business restructuring.

The tax consultant additions bring the number of partners in Italy to seven, as they join the corporate team of Filippo Mazza, Marco Pessi, Carsten Steinhauer and the office head Massimo Trentino. The Firm also has U.S.-based lawyers who are part of the Firm’s Italian practice so that clients can have transatlantic advice when needed.

The Firm’s Rome office has had a busy 2006, assisting among others Munich Re in the merger of Unicredit/HVB, Dexia Crediop and Banca OPI in their structuring of financial derivatives, Barclays Global Investors in the listing of ETF in the Italian Stock Exchange and JH Partners on the Frette acquisition.

Firm Tax Department Chair, Michael Fayhee commented: “Our Tax Department is widely recognized and I am delighted our Italian corporate partners have been joined by such able tax practitioners as Carlo, Mario and Andrea. It enables us to provide our clients with even more comprehensive services.”

The Italian offices of McDermott opened in 2003. They provide a comprehensive range of legal services to a broad range of corporate, institutional, governmental and private clients. McDermott’s presence in Italy reflects the Firm’s commitment to provide superior client service in strategic locations across Europe and the United States. In conjunction with the Firm’s international offices, our Italian-based lawyers provide cost-effective business solutions to a wide range of clients.

Biographical Notes

Mario Martinelli has broad experience in advising medium and large corporations, both Italian and international, on virtually every aspect of Italian tax law, including tax planning, indirect taxes and tax litigation. He graduated from LUISS University, Rome, in 1993 and has been a member of the Rome Bar since 1997. He is a member of International Fiscal Association (IFA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and of the Chamber of Tax Lawyers of Rome. He has lectured on tax matters in several post-graduate courses, conferences and seminars.

Carlo Paolella has been a member of the Rome Association of Tax Consultant and Chartered Accountants since 1987. Already a partner of Trivoli & Associati, with which he started to collaborate in 1992, he started his career in 1986 in the ENI (Italian leading energy supply group) Tax Department, before joining Procter & Gamble where he was responsible for the tax management of Italian Group affiliates and rapidly passing to the Bruxelles European Headquarters. He advises medium and large corporations in a broad spectrum of tax matters, focusing on tax planning, both Italian and international, tax issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, financial products and investment funds. He is an IFA member, and a regular speaker in congresses, seminars and post-graduation courses.

Andrea Tempestini has been a member of the Rome Association of Tax Consultant and Chartered Accountants since 2000. His practice mainly focuses on tax issues relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He is well known in relation to his advice on tax matters, both Italian and international, involving financial instruments, investments in private equity funds and complex transactions relating to domestic and multinational groups restructuring, also with regard to the international accounting principles. He lectures in post-graduate courses, conferences and seminars and has drafted several publications on a number of reviews.

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