Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Attilio Ferrari of our member firm, Corrado Ferrari Mainieri Pedeferri e soci Law Firm in Italy!
In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We are an Italian medium size law firm providing clients (mainly companies, but also private clients) with high quality and tailor-made legal assistance.
Who would be your typical client?
Medium size companies, based Italy and abroad, which – also with your legal assistance and co-operation – want to grow.
What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That they will find a dedicated lawyer and a team who will cooperate with them in a timely manner, are ready to understand their needs and to share their goals and challenges as an effective legal partner.
What has been your most challenging case? Why?
One of the most challenging cases was probably when advising a foreign client in the acquisition process as a new main industrial shareholder in one of the Italian privatizations. It was challenging because of the complexity of the transaction and the general context: the seller was a huge public company, there was the internal frontline with other shareholders participating in our NewCo (Italian and foreigners, industrial and investment banks), the external frontline with other bidders, the seller, trade unions, public opinion and political background, etc. All main Italian law firms were involved and the entire transaction took us almost one year to be successfully completed.
What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
There are many, but anytime I receive a request for legal assistance from someone who was a counterparty in the past, I know we did a good job.
What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Family, family, family (and some sport, when children sleep…)!
What would surprise people most about you?
My novels drawer!
What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
The first ILN meeting in Philadelphia, in 2005. I immediately realized that the ILN was something different compared to all other lawyers’ networks or conferences I experienced before. The motto “Where lawyers become friends!” is well deserved and completely true.
What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
If I wasn't a lawyer, I probably would have become an entrepreneur (looking for legal assistance all around the world through the ILN!).
If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
At least a movie should be a daydream, and it can be far away from reality: therefore I would say: Brad Pitt!
How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who tried to make a little difference in favor of people around him.