Santocchini, Michele

Michele Santocchini

Partner
Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie

Biography

Michele Santocchini joined Baker McKenzie's Rome office as counsel in 2013. A certified public accountant, he is knowledgeable in international tax planning, including supply chain restructuring, cross-border reorganization and acquisitions, financial restructuring and transfer pricing.

Mr. Santocchini also has vast experience in M&A matters, such as acquisition structuring, merger reorganizations and leveraged buyout. He has made several presentations on tax matters in events organized by the Rome CPA’s Association, and also lectures on advanced tax law at the University La Sapienza of Rome.

Practice Focus

Mr. Santocchini's practice focuses on international tax planning. He advises multinational and Italian companies with respect to cross-border transactions, international and local tax planning and tax litigation.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Representing a US-based pharmaceutical group in a dispute valued at EUR72 million, relevant to the re-characterization of the Italian affiliate, operating as limited risk distributor of an Irish principal, as PE of this latter entity.
  • Representing a US-based pharmaceutical group in a dispute valued at EUR40 million over three tax periods, relevant to the disallowance of management fees.
  • Representing one of the largest brewers in South Africa in a dispute valued at EUR5 million, arising from a transfer pricing adjustment on a contract manufacturing agreement.
  • Representing one of the largest entertainment US-based groups in a dispute valued at EUR2 million, arising from a transfer pricing adjustment on a copyright license agreement.

Admissions

  • Italy (2001)

Education

  • University La Sapienza of Rome (J.D.) (1995)

Languages

  • English
  • Italian