Roberto Bonsignore is a partner based in the Milan office.
Mr. Bonsignore’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and restructuring.
Since 2012, Mr. Bonsignore has been assisting the Italian Ministry of Economic Development in connection with major reforms of bankruptcy laws; the aim of such reforms is to modernize the restructuring procedures of insolvent Italian companies.
He recently advised, among others: Avenue Capital and GoldenTree in connection with the acquisition of a controlling stake in insolvent yellow pages company Seat Pagine Gialle through in-court debt/equity swap proceedings; PE fund Neuberger Berman in the acquisition of Bruno Magli’s brands in the context of a concordato preventivo
proceeding; Whirlpool in the acquisition of Indesit; Fintech and BTG Pactual funds in the acquisition of a 6.5% stake in Banca MPS from Fondazione MPS; the senior bondholders in connection with the debt restructuring of Seat Pagine Gialle and Seat’s in-court restructuring through a composition with creditors; sovereign fund Qatar Holding in its €2 billion joint venture with Fondo Strategico Italiano to form the “IQ Made in Italy Investment Company”; A2A in the non-proportional demerger of Edipower; A2A and Delmi in a transaction involving the sale and purchase of equity investments in Edison and Edipower; Sixty in one of the first compositions with creditors under the recently reformed Italian bankruptcy law. He also assisted PE fund TPG in its investment in the Italian online gaming service provider Microgame; PE funds Oaktree and Anchorage in the acquisition of Cantiere Del Pardo in the context of an in-court insolvency reorganization procedure and Cantiere Del Pardo Holdings in connection with the sale of its business and the restructuring of its debt in the context of an in-court concordato preventivo
proceeding; Eni in the sale of its stakes in the German gas pipeline TENP and the Swiss gas pipeline Transitgas to Fluxys G, and in the sale of its stake in the Austrian gas pipeline TAG to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. In addition, He represented AEM in its €9 billion merger with ASM Brescia, creating A2A, Italy’s largest local utility and second-largest electricity company; subsequently, he advised A2A in several domestic and cross-border projects.
Mr. Bonsignore is distinguished as a leading Corporate/M&A, Restructuring/Insolvency, Banking & Finance and Private Equity lawyer by Chambers Global
and Chambers Europe.
He is also distinguished as a leading Private Equity professional by Chambers Europe
Mr. Bonsignore joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2005. He worked in the Brussels office until August 1998, when he moved to the Rome office. He was based in the New York office in 2000 and 2001. He received a law degree with honors from the University of Turin in 1993 and an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 1995. Before joining the firm, he worked in Philadelphia at the Mattioni Law Offices from 1993 to 1994, and in Turin at the law office of Marco Weigmann from 1995 to 1996. He has also collaborated with Prof. Rodolfo Sacco of the University of Turin.
Mr. Bonsignore is a member of the Rome Bar since 1996 and of the New York Bar since 1997. He is a native Italian speaker and is fluent in English.