Legalcommunity Week 2022. The diary of the third day 

Legalcommunity Week is back. The 2022 edition of the event that brings together the Italian and international legal community will be held at the Principe di Savoia hotel in Milan from 13 to 17 June.  

This year’s program is very rich, with over twenty appointments including conferences, round tables and conversations between the protagonists and stakeholders of today’s legal market. Also back this year, in addition to the usual networking cocktails at  the end of the day, the very popular return of the Corporate Run and the Corporate Music Contest. Finally, the appointment with the Legalcommunity Corporate Awards is inevitable, the event in which all the law firms and professionals who have distinguished themselves in the work carried out in the last 12 months will be awarded.  

The return of the Corporate Run, the non-competitive 7km race along the Naviglio Grande, has given the opportunity to the willing professionals of the legal community to  start “on the right foot” the third day of Legalcommunity Week 2022. 

The race was non-competitive, but it is fair to give credit to the two lawyers who completed it first. They are Eugenio Sabino di Chiomenti (in the photo above, left) among the men and Mara Boffa of the IFBT studio (in the photo above, in the center) among the women.

The work continued as usual at the Principe di Savoia hotel. The title of the morning conference, focused on the latest developments concerning the capital markets sector, was “Tender offers in Italy between change of control and delisting of public companies“. To introduce the theme, an opening speech by Marco Maugeri, partner of Chiomenti; followed by the round table “The bidder’s perspective: the preparation and launch of the offer“, which hosted the interventions of Michele Croci, managing director of JP Morgan;  Isabel Fernandes, head of legal at Grupo Visabeira;  Luca Masotto, associate of Chiomenti, part of the Fdis team led by partner Giulio Napolitano;  Umberto Simonelli, chief legal and corporate affairs officer of Brembo; and Carlo Andrea Volpe, co-head of investment banking at Equita. Moderation, Nicola di Molfetta, group editor-in-chief of LC Publishing. 

Following a quick coffee break, the second roundtable of the conference analyzed, after the role of the bidder, that of the target companies: “The target’s perspective: fiduciary duties, passivity rule and the role of independent directors“. All with the help of the interventions of Irving Bellotti, global partner of Rothschild & Co, Laura Ciambellotti, chair of the committee for related party transactions of Cattolica Assicurazioni;  Agostino Nuzzolo, general counsel of TIM; and Marco Paesotto, managing director of Goldman Sachs, moderated by Marco Maugeri, partner of Chiomenti. 

9:30 also marked the beginning of a conversation around arbitration, in the round table titled “Italy’s appeal in the international arbitration market – what’s new after the recent legislation changes?”, With Giovanni Foti, partner of Accuracy, moderating the interventions by Stefano Azzali, general director of Arbitration Chamber of Milan; Barbara Benzoni, Eni’s head of legal, international mid-downstream and chemical activities; Fabio Fagioli, group general counsel of Maire Tecnimont; Luis Graça Rodrigues, Indra’s head of legal Italy; and Francesca Salerno, head of Enel’s significant litigations group. 

At 11:15 it was the turn of the round table “Esg factors and 231 organizational model“, in which Giuseppe Salemme, journalist of Legalcommunity, moderated a round table introduced by a speech by Vera Palea, professor of finance and business reporting in the department of economics and statistics of the University of Turin. Subsequently, to discuss the possible repercussions in terms of administrative and criminal liability of the integration of ESG aspects into corporate strategies, a panel composed of: Simone Davini, head of legal & corporate affairs of Crédit Agricole CIB Italy;  Gianluca Delbarba, chairman of the board of directors of Acque Bresciane;  Francesco Inturri, partner of Andersen;  Silvia Mazza, key accounts director of Elibra; and Luca Rigotti, partner of Andersen. 

Two appointments in the afternoon. The first was a focus on emerging markets: “Emerging markets: m&a and innovative financing – The new entry strategy for European countries”. The dedicated round table was moderated by Massimo Zaurrini, editor-in-chief of Info Africa and Africa and Business, and hosted the contributions of Eugenio Bettella, founding partner of Bergs & More;  Mario Bruni, managing director head of mid corporate at Sace;  Rita Ricciardi, founding partner of Bergs & More; and Antony Riungu, of counsel of Bergs & More. 

Afterwards, a two-part round table entitled “Improving performance through inclusion and workforce empowerment“. The first session wanted to explain to the audience of the Legalcommunity Week “Why inclusion fuels better performance“. The interventions of Alessandra Bini, senior counsel EMEA litigation at IBM;  Licia Ciocca, head of inclusion, diversity and social at Banco Bpm;  Tessa Lee, partner of Linklaters Italy;  Roberto Zecchino, deputy general manager & vice president human resources of Bosch South Europe, were moderated by Francesco Bonaduce, journalist of Inhousecommunity. 

Francesco Bonaduce of Inhousecommunity also had the task of managing the debate in the second session, titled “How flexibility encourages innovation and workforce engagement“, which was attended by Andrea Arosio, managing partner of Linklaters Italy;  Antonio Corda, legal affairs & compliance director of Vodafone;  Claudia Ricchetti, general counsel and secretary of the board of atlantia; and Laura Segni, general counsel of IMI Corporate & Investment Banking. 

The evening of the third day of the Legalcommunity Week started with the “HR cocktail” organized by the Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo studio at the Brera International Center, which hosted the presentation of the Best 50 HR List 2022 by Inhousecommunity. 

And it ended between guitars, beer and rock and roll: the Corporate Music Contest is back at Fabrique, an event that saw 14 bands formed by lawyers and professionals of the legal community propose their best covers of rock songs.   

For Legalcommunity week Diary click here