Team/Francesca Riccio

Francesca Riccio graduated in Law from the Bocconi University in December 2016. During her studies, Francesca attended the Exchange Program at the University of Exeter in the UK. She began her career in 2017 career with the Italian law firm Giovanardi Pototschnig & Associati, and joined Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati in September 2020. Francesca’s practice covers a broad range of civil, commercial, corporate and finance litigation matters. In the context of contentious and arbitration proceedings, she assists primary national and international companies and financial institutions. She was admitted to practice in 2019 and speaks English.

PRACTICE AREA

Litigation and ADR

We have extensive experience in corporate and commercial litigation, particularly in matters raising issues of civil, company, commercial, banking, financial and insolvency laws, as well as disputes in relation to product liability. We assist major Italian and international clients in out of court settlements, legal proceedings before the Italian Courts and in the context of mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution. Our client base of leading Italian and international corporates covers a broad range of sectors, including banking & finance, fashion, telecommunications & technology, digital & media, marketing and advertising, travel & leisure, healthcare, food, industrial manufacturing and telecommunications. In the area of corporate law, we are also active in assisting key leading individuals who (resulting from their office) are involved in complex legal proceedings, e.g. CEOs, CFOs, executives, statutory auditors, and managing directors). [open_background background_title="Areas of practice" background_sub_title="Our litigators have developed broad and specific expertise and provide legal advice and assistance in a wide range of proceedings, in particular in disputes in the following areas: "][/open_background] [text_boxed_cento text_content="commercial contracts, including sale and supply agreements, distribution contracts and business promotion agreements (license, sale agency and franchising), building and sub-contracts, lease and lend agreements, joint ventures and other cooperative structures, assignments and transfers of businesses and going concerns;"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="fiduciary mandates and trusts (with a focus on execution of deeds of trust and asset distributions), as well as the laws of inheritance;"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="disputes in a corporate context, including challenges to ordinary and extraordinary resolutions of board and shareholder meetings, actions for corporate liability, proceedings alleging the abuse of a dominant position by majority shareholders to the detriment of the minority shareholders, as well as a variety of other disputes among shareholders or between the shareholders and the company, including in relation to share transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other transactions outside the ordinary course;"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="investment services (junk bonds, equity investments, customer portfolio management, derivatives, transaction and execution of investment and divestment transactions, on line trading and placement of financial instruments), policies insurance policies and financial instruments (unit and index linked), false prospectus liability, financial leasing, provision of banking services, usury, compound interest and other cases of applying passive interest, offences committed by members of the sales network (financial promoters, agents and brokers);"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="bankruptcy, composition with creditors, restructuring, compulsory liquidation and other insolvency procedures (including claw-back actions, compensation, restitution), voluntary arrangements with creditors, debts restructuring agreements;"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="arbitration proceedings and ADR, whether as counsel or arbitrators/panellists, and whether in ad hoc arbitration or in proceedings before Italian and international arbitration chambers (including the ICC);"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="assistance in proceedings involving liability for products in the relevant sector, including production of industrial, medicinal, and food and beverage products, as well as assisting the client with product recall and/or repair."][/text_boxed_cento] [close_background][/close_background]

PRACTICE AREA

Restructuring & Insolvency

Our firm specialises in the areas of debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings, protecting assets as well as businesses and and their asset values. The department assists leading Italian and international corporates and groups of companies, financial institutions, investment funds and receivers in complex reorganisations and financial restructuring, including litigation proceedings and judicial disputes related those proceedings, as well as in the context of acquisitions related to distressed assets and “special situations”. [open_background background_title="Areas of activity" background_sub_title="The department has developed a number of specific areas of focus and primarily offers advice and assistance in the following areas:"][/open_background] [text_boxed_cento text_content="negotiation and drafting of agreements for the restructuring of corporate debt, including by way of certified recovery plans (“piani attestati di risanamento”), debt restructuring agreements (“accordi di ristrutturazione del debito”), standstill agreements and in connection with reorganisation procedures (“concordati preventivi”);"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="assistance in commencing insolvency and reorganization proceedings and in all judicial phases of the concordato preventivo and of the process for validation of the agreement for restructuring of debt (accordi di ristrutturazione del debito);"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="assistance and advice in extraordinary transactions involving companies in financial distress, including in the context of insolvency proceedings in relation to both corporates and financial creditors, as well as to potential investors, including the transfer of holdings, businesses, assets, credits, (including in bulk, capital increases, mergers, divisions and transformations of companies; financial structuring, negotiation and implementation of loans, including in the context of debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings;"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="assistance in bankruptcy proceedings, extraordinary administrations (“amministrazioni straordinarie”), compulsory administrative liquidations (“liquidazioni coatte amministrative”), concordati preventivi and bankruptcy agreements (“concordati fallimentari”);"][/text_boxed_cento] [text_boxed_cento text_content="assistance and advice on labour law issues that may arise in relation to the composition of the business crisis and insolvency procedures, as well as to extraordinary transactions involving companies in crisis or subject to insolvency procedures."][/text_boxed_cento]

francesca.riccio@orsingher.com