Baker McKenzie announces the appointment of two new local partners, Serena Fantinelli and Eugenio Muschio. In addition, the round of promotions also includes the appointment of two new counsel, Mario Cigno and Davide Chiesa, and an of counsel, Miriam Allena.

Serena Fantinelli, a member of the Employment & Compensation Group, advises in the area of employment law on behalf of domestic and international clients, and related litigation. Serena is an experienced lawyer in the field of domestic and international transactions, business transfers, outsourcing procedures and redundancy procedures, as well as in advising on and handling employment contracts, particularly those of executives, and individual and collective dismissals, including union negotiations and procedures. Serena also assists clients in labor litigation.

Eugenio Muschio, a member of the Banking & Finance Group and head of the financial service regulation area of the Italian offices, has been working in the financial services, insurance and capital markets sectors for about 15 years. Eugenio regularly advises Italian and foreign banks, payment and electronic money institutions, financial intermediaries, insurance companies, SGRs and foreign asset managers, SIMs, payment circuits and financial companies in relation to all regulatory profiles. In particular, Eugenio has gained considerable experience in all aspects related to implementing regulatory provisions issued by the supervisory authorities, actively participating, among other things, in the definition of distribution schemes of regulated products and services, preparing internal policies (including on anti-money laundering, and Models 231), structuring transparency and control safeguards, mapping internal processes, inspection proceedings initiated by the supervisory authorities, establishment and offerings of investment funds (UCITS/AIF), as well as complex reorganizations of regulated entities, including across borders.
Eugenio also regularly advises both issuers and placers in connection with debt capital markets transactions (EMTN programs, standalone bond issues and liability management), and has participated in some of the most significant issues in the domestic and international markets.

Mario Cigno, a member of the Administrative Law Group, routinely advises in the environmental, energy, sustainability, healthcare and real estate sectors, conducting both out-of-court and in-court work. Mario regularly advises clients in connection with sustainability, ESG and circular economy projects, reclamation, remediation and/or redevelopment of production sites, as well as in the context of renewable energy investments and the transfer of contracts, licenses and concessions. Mario has also gained considerable experience with reference to the healthcare sector, in the context of which he advises on issues related to operational structures, relations with industry authorities, obtaining and/or transferring authorizations, as well as compliance with regulatory requirements.

Davide Chiesa, a member of the Tax Group, focuses on assisting domestic and international clients in tax structuring, corporate reorganizations and M&A transactions.
Davide also assists during tax audits and in complex alternative international tax dispute resolution procedures through conciliatory tools, such as APA and MAP. Davide is an expert in the main areas of tax law, including cross-border and domestic transactions, tax treaty enforcement and real estate taxation.

Miriam Allena, a member of the Administrative Law Group, practices both extrajudicial and judicial law in the areas of public contracts, environmental and energy law, urban planning law, and competition law. Miriam is an associate professor of administrative law at Bocconi University, where she teaches administrative law, public contract law, environmental law, global administrative law and ESG law. In 2018, she was unanimously elected to the position of professor of first chair of administrative law.
These promotions come amid the international appointments of 75 new partners and 41 lateral hires over the past year globally, a 23% increase over the previous year, demonstrating a clear and growing confidence in the Firm's continued success.

Francesco Pisciotta, managing partner of Baker McKenzie Italy, stated the following:

"Congratulations to all the newly elected members. These new promotions are a clear sign of the importance we attach to the career development of our best talents, in the wake of the Firm's long-term growth strategy. I wish them all my best wishes for even greater professional success at Baker McKenzie."

Today, Baker McKenzie, in its two offices in Milan and Rome, has more than 130 lawyers and chartered accountants, including 22 partners, three of counsel, 20 counsel and 80 associates.
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