Boies Schiller Flexner in Rome

Boies Schiller Flexner Opens New Office in Rome

4 December 2023


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December 1, 2023: Boies Schiller Flexner today announced that the firm has opened an office in Rome, with Natalia Bagnato and Simone Grassi joining as partners.

The Rome office is the firm’s second within the European Union and arrives two years after the firm launched BSF Italy in Milan. The addition of partners Natalia Bagnato and Simone Grassi, along with three associates, strengthens the firm’s capabilities in handling complex commercial disputes, advising high-net-worth individuals, and providing ESG-related services.

“As the nation’s capital, Rome provides important access to government institutions in Italy that are critical to foreign investors and multinational companies doing business or investing in Italy,” said Italian co-administrative partner Luigi M. Macioce. “Our goal is to become the go-to firm for those types of clients. Adding a Roman presence to our established and growing Milan office gives us a clear advantage in being ‘closer,’ not only to our clients’ international businesses but also to the interests of family offices, estates, and high-net-worth individuals who are looking more and more to establish an Italian presence or grow their existing one.”

Italian co-administrative partner Alessia Allegretti added “Natalia and Simone reflect the kind of opportunistic, organic growth we hope to maintain. Their combined experience strengthens our offering for high-net-worth individuals and international companies with interests in Italy on issues involving complex disputes and ESG, which has rapidly become a crucial factor in international transactions and business challenges and where we anticipate playing a leading role in the market.” Natalia’s practice focuses on the full spectrum of ESG issues, including sustainable finance, reporting, compliance, and integration of ESG factors into corporate governance. She led the ESG team at her previous firm. Simone advises both private clients and businesses on civil and commercial disputes. He also assists prominent Italian families on trust and estate planning and

litigation. In addition to the two partners, Guido M. Tancredi, Andrea Preziosi and Marianna Peroni will join the firm as associates.

“When we launched BSF Italy, we were focused on two goals: creating a clear pathway into the EU for the firm’s clients post-Brexit and collaborating with our Italian colleagues to provide U.S. and cross-border disputes support for clients,” said Managing Partners Sigrid McCawley, Matthew L. Schwartz, and Alan Vickery. “The new Rome office demonstrates the success we’ve had in Italy and represents the next step in expanding our international platform to meet client demand. We’re thrilled to welcome Natalia and Simone to the firm.”

“We approach ESG-related issues with our clients by aiming to become a strategic partner to investors and multinational companies, working with them to implement ESG policies and achieve market best practices across their operations, because that ultimately drives greater value for their businesses. I look forward to partnering with my U.S. and U.K. colleagues, who are doing important work in this area,” said Natalia Bagnato.

“As a litigator, I feel privileged to join one of the most recognized global litigation powerhouses, and I look forward to building on that reputation. I am confident that the opportunity to work together with my U.S. and U.K. colleagues on increasingly sophisticated and complex cross-border litigation will bring even more value to the firm’s current and potential clients,” said Simone Grassi.

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