Enzo Schiavello

Titles: Senior Partner, Partner
Office: Milan
Languages: English, French, Italian

Enzo Schiavello has a corporate and M&A background. He focuses on the structuring and establishment of alternative investment schemes for domestic and international clients, with particular emphasis on private equity and real estate funds. His expertise ranges from the formation and restructuring of licensed investment managers to the set up of corporate and contractual structures in Italy and other EU jurisdictions including funds of funds, co-investment funds, infrastructure funds, NPL funds, SICAFs, structured products providing exposure to private equity as an underlying asset class and various arrangements for the distribution of carried interest among managers. He also assists clients with respect to restructuring of fund and other GP-led deals.

He is a Member of AIFI – Italian Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital – and of the Invest Europe Legal & Regulatory Committee.

Enzo Schiavello is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the sector “Private Equity: Fund Formation”; they state: “Enzo delivers excellent quality. He is very precise, very detailed and very knowledgeable“, “he remains one of the best funds lawyer in Italy” and “he brings unparalleled knowledge of the market, any time we need advice on funds or regulatory matters” (2024), “Enzo Schiavello’s commercial know-how enables the client to have a clear vision of the deal“, “he is a prepared and a sophisticated lawyer” and “Enzo is recognised as one of the best in this space. He is able to deal with domestic and international firms” (2023), “he provides strong support in all phases of fundraising. He is very clever and well known in the industry” (2022), “the most experienced person” (2020), “he is the greatest authority in fund formation, he knows the international markets very well” (2019), “he is a lawyer whose experience is unique in the Italian market”, “he has extensive knowledge of private equity law” (2018), “accurate and precise” (2017), “a towering figure in the Italian fund formation arena” (2015), “a top-notch lawyer for fund structuring mandates in Italy” (2014), recognised for “his work in fund formation and commended for his in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters” (2013), “he instils confidence thanks to his very reasonable advice” (2012) and clients prise him for his “strong economic background which enables him to understand any financial issue and successfully find a solution” (2011).

He is also ranked in the Hall of Fame by The Legal 500 in the Investment Funds sector and mentioned as follows: “Enzo has very strong knowledge of the industry” (2024), “Enzo is a pioneer in the Italian funds industry” and “he is probably the go-to lawyer for the funds industry in Italy, with longstanding experience – he is someone who has seen it all and knows the regulations and approach of the regulators inside out” (2023), “is a very valid person professionally and a great connoisseur of the technicalities of investment funds”, “I have collaborated with Enzo Schiavello and Barbara Sancisi, both highly professional professionals. I appreciated their in-depth analysis of the documents, experience in dealing with complex and non-standard structures, and management of negotiations with the counterparty” (2022), “The firm is at the top of this sector in Italy, particularly because of the longstanding expertise of Enzo Schiavello and his team”, “Enzo Schiavello has over 20 years’ fund formation experience, which certainly distinguishes Legance in this area”, “Enzo Schiavello has the technical skills to assist managers in all stages of setting up and placing alternative funds. His skills also extend to in-depth knowledge of the Italian and foreign institutional investment landscape, negotiation techniques, management regulations and side letters” (2021). In addition, he is mentioned in the Fund Formation ranking by Leaders League in the “Leading” tier.

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