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International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is delighted to announce the arrival of one of the best known corporate teams in Italy. The new arrivals, comprised of three partners, Giancarlo Castorino, Ettore Scandale and Emidio Cacciapuoti, accompanied by a team of 4 counsel and 10 fee earners, significantly strengthen the Firm’s Italian capabilities in the area of transactions.

The team joins from the Milan office of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM). Giancarlo Castorino had been that office’s Managing Partner, succeeding Ettore Scandale who previously held the role.

Ira J. Coleman, chairman of McDermott, said, “This group is a great addition to McDermott as we extend and deepen our relationships with both local and global clients as a leading firm in the Italian corporate and financial market.”

“The team’s skillset is principally focused on private equity, M&A, banking and finance, and fund formation, in domestic as well as cross-border transactions. This expertise is fully in line with our strategic plan for further expanding our global Corporate & Transactional practice,” added Harris C. Siskind, Global Head of McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional Practice Group.

The new, bolstered McDermott office will comprise 9 partners, 6 counsel, 15 associates and 8 trainees.

“We are very excited to welcome Giancarlo, Ettore and Emidio to the McDermott network”, said Carlo Maria Paolella, head of the Firm’s Italian practice. “The arrival of the new team will help establish critical mass in Milan and instantly double the size of our local operations. Furthermore, they bring with them the knowledge, expertise and reputation of a highly regarded group, which has a solid reputation in the European market. McDermott’s strong corporate and financial transactions presence in Paris, London, Germany, the United States and China will lead to new synergies and exciting opportunities within our international platform as we continue to deliver leading-edge service for our clients.”

Giancarlo Castorino specializes in banking and finance law, with a particular focus on real estate, property finance, acquisition finance and restructuring. He has assisted numerous major Italian and foreign banks and large companies in relation to a wide range of structured finance transactions. He has also been involved in complex acquisitions and disposals of distressed claims portfolios.

Ettore Scandale specializes in corporate law with a special focus on private equity. He advises national and international corporations, investment funds, financial institutions, family offices across a wide range of sectors, including private equity, financial services, healthcare and life sciences. He also advises on portfolio management, financing and exit strategies.

Emidio Cacciapuoti specializes in regulatory aspects of funds and private equity fund structures and carried-interest plans, including taxation. He also deals with tax issues related to financing and securitisation transactions. His clients include domestic and international companies, private equity houses, financial services companies and family offices across a variety of sectors.

McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional Practice represents business interests around the world, from global corporations and industry-leading companies to privately funded and entrepreneurial driven enterprises, private equity sponsors and the financial institutions that support them. McDermott consistently ranks in the leading league tables, including Mergermarket, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and PitchBook. The Corporate & Transactional Practice Group was named “Team of the Year” for Middle Market M&A/Buyouts by The Legal 500 and is highly ranked by Chambers in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.