SJ Berwin moves into Italy

Alberto Morano, a private equity lawyer in Italy for the past 15 years, is to head up SJ Berwin’s new Italian offices.

European corporate law firm SJ Berwin is to open offices in Italy, headed up by Italian buyout and acquisition finance specialist Alberto Morano

The two offices, based in Milan and Turin, will officially be opened for business on Monday 5 December. Morano will spearhead Italian operations from the Milan office.  

Morano: more Italian hires are imminent

Morano joins SJ Berwin as a partner and will work alongside Massimo Chaia, Arturo Meglio and Fabio Cigna. According to the firm, the team has expertise in private equity, M&A, acquisition finance, real estate, corporate and labour law. It added that it will be expanded to include EU and competition law in the near future.

Morano was in-house counsel at Citibank in Milan from 1987 to 1990. In 1990, he founded Studio Legale Morano e Associati and subsequently joined New York-headquartered global law firm White & Case in October 2004. He joined SJ Berwin in November 2005.

Morano told PEO that he has worked with CVC Capital Partners in Italy for more than 10 years, and also has relationships with 3i and Doughty Hanson, amongst others.

Several more appointments to the Milan and Turin offices are expected in the next month, added Morano.

Jonathan Blake, SJ Berwin’s head of European corporate finance and private equity, said in a statement: “An Italian office will be a major part of our European law firm strategy. The office will focus on private equity buyouts and M&A in the Italian marketplace. Alberto and his colleagues are well known in the Italian market and work with very high quality clients.”

Founded in 1982, SJ Berwin also has offices in London, Paris, Madrid, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Brussels. The opening of the Milan and Turin operations brings the number of partners across the combined European business to 143.