International law firm Lovells is expanding its international capital markets and securitisation practice with the establishment of a dedicated practice in Italy and the hire of Marco Lantelme from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Marco’s arrival as a partner based in the Milan office, on 1 July 2004, brings the firm’s international capital markets and securitisation practice to 13 partners and over 40 other fee earners.
Marco Lantelme is a dual qualified Italian avvocato and English solicitor. He qualified at Clifford Chance in London and has spent the last seven years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Milan. He has substantial experience in structured finance and securitisation, as well as debt and equity capital markets, including working for a number of major Italian banks and international investment banks, which are existing clients of Lovells.
Lovells’ capital markets and securitisation practice comprises 17 partners and over 40 other fee earners worldwide. The team advises on the full range of capital markets and derivatives products and transactions, including bond issues, medium term note (MTN) and commercial paper (CP) programmes, high yield bonds, convertibles, exchange traded derivatives and a variety of over-the-counter derivatives.
Lovells’ Italian practice was launched in October 2000 when the firm opened its offices in Milan and Rome with a total of around 25 people. It has since grown to nearly 110 people, including seven partners, 47 other fee earners and 30 support staff..
Commenting on Marco Lantelme’s election, David Hudd, head of Lovells’ international capital markets and securitisation practice, said:
“We have been successful in winning capital markets and securitisation work in Italy, but have long recognised the need for a dedicated partner in this jurisdiction. The recruitment of Marco presents an opportunity to establish a credible presence for Lovells in the second largest securitisation market in Europe after the UK.”
Marco Lantelme said:
“Developing a capital markets and securitisation practice is attractive to me – and for that practice to be part of a firm with the international reach of Lovells is even more appealing. Lovells has established one of the most credible practices in Europe for securitisations and repackagings and I look forward to joining their team.”