Sandro de Bernardini focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate and corporate finance transactions.


Mr. de Bernardini has represented a variety of companies in several industries in connection with cross-border acquisitions and disposals, auction sales and multijurisdictional restructurings. Mr. de Bernardini also has worked for private equity firms, attending to all aspects of their business, from formation to portfolio acquisition and management to refinancing and exit.

In 2015, he was named by the Financial News as one of its 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Legal Services. Mr. de Bernardini also is a member of Skadden’s award-winning Italian desk, which has been recognized as Law Firm of the Year/Italy Desk for 2015 by Premio Le Fonti, Law Firm of the Year — Italian Commitment for 2015 by Legalcommunity, and Italy Desk of the Year by TopLegal for both 2014 and 2015.

Mr. de Bernardini’s recent assignments include advising:

  • Reichhold, Inc. in its merger with Polynt Group sarl. The newly formed company will be jointly owned by funds managed by Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. and Investindustrial;
  • LetterOne Energy in its:
    • US$725 million sale of DEA UK Holdings Limited to Ineos AG; and
    • US$1.6 billion acquisition of E.ON E&P Norge AS from E.ON Beteiligungen GmbH;
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in its acquisition of Amoun Pharmaceutical, an Egyptian pharmaceuticals company, from a pool of PE sellers for US$900 million;
  • Constellation Holdings S.C.A. in the acquisition of Coroin Limited (the holding vehicle of the Connaught, Berkeley and Claridge’s hotels) from Patrick McKillen and the Barclay brothers for an aggregate £1.3 billion;
  • F.I.L.A. (Fabbrica Italiana Lapis e Affini S.p.A.), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of drawing and coloring materials, in connection with its:
    • acquisition of Daler-Rowney Limited;
    • innovative merger with Space S.p.A., the first Italian law-governed SPAC listed on the Milan Stock Exchange; and
    • unilateral irrevocable offer to acquire Canson, a French manufacturer of fine art paper and related products, from the Hamelin Group;
  • Colony Capital Acquisitions in its:
    • US$220 million acquisition of a portfolio of 113 mixed residential and commercial properties from Intesa Sanpaol S.p.A.; and
    • US$177 million acquisition, along with a number of co-investors, of 14 high-end real estate properties in Rome from UniCredit S.p.A.;
  • Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. in connection with its US$3.3 billion acquisition of the 49 percent stake in Generali PPF Holding B.V., its joint venture with PPF Group, that Generali did not already own;
  • Permira Funds and the Marazzi Group SpA in Marazzi’s US$1.5 billion acquisition by Mohawk Industries, Inc.;
  • Outokumpu Oyj in its €2.8 billion acquisition of the Inoxum business unit from ThyssenKrupp AG and in the subsequent sale of ThyssenKrupp Acciai Speciali Terni and Outokumpu VDM GmbH to ThyssenKrupp AG;
  • Altimo (VimpelCom’s largest shareholder) in connection with its US$3.6 billion acquisition of the stake in VimpelCom Limited owned by Weather Investments’ original owner;
  • DENTSPLY International Inc., a dental product distributor and manufacturer, in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of AstraTech AB, a Sweden-based dental implant and urology devices manufacturer;
  • Dixy Group OSJC in its acquisition of JSC Victoria Group Company for RUR 25.6 billion (more than US$900 million) to form a leading grocery store operator in Russia;
  • Seat Pagine Gialle S.p.A., a publisher of business directories, in its €550 million (Rule 144A/Regulation S) high-yield offering of 10.5% senior secured notes due 2017 and, subsequently, its €200 million tap-issue; and
  • Nomura in its acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ European investment banking and equity trading assets.



  • Law Degree, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 2000


  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Milan, Italy


  • Italian
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

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