Clairfield International partners gather in Milan


Clairfield International held its most recent partner meeting in Milan on May 24-25, 2018, organized by the local Italian partner K Finance. Partners and colleagues from 22 countries gathered both for presentations from experts in the financial community on the sector’s most pressing issues and for discussing internal best practices and evaluating outlooks. The sessions included diverse topics from a range of speakers:

  • Andrea Marinoni, senior partner at Roland Berger, looked at Navigating complexity: why it is important to look at the future.
  • Paolo Carcano, a lawyer and director at PwC, addressed GDPR – the day after.
  • Marco Strini, PEMA practice leader at Marsh, spoke on Insurance in the M&A process.
  • Kenjiro Harada, director and head of the M&A unit of the London corporate advisory office of MUFG Bank, talked about Business opportunities in Japan.

Training sessions were held for the Clairfield Academy, the next generation of Clairfield leaders. These young people participated in workshops on documentation, negotiation, and sector research including a session on comparative regional trends in private company M&A led by Fabio Fauceglia, partner at Shearman & Sterling.

The meeting, sponsored by Intralinks, a company leader in information sharing technology for the global financial, dealmaking and capital markets communities, was capped by a reception for over 250 Clairfield partners, clients, and friends in the garden of the Sheraton Diana Majestic with a welcome by Filippo Guicciardi and Giuseppe R. Grasso, partners of Clairfield Italy and hosts of the meeting, and some words on international M&A from Clairfield partners Sharon Doyle of Australia, Thierry Chetrit of France, and Bo Briggs of the USA, as well as a speech by Alexander Klemm, chairman of Clairfield International. The speakers were introduced by Mariangela Pira, a renowned financial journalist and television personality from SKY TG24.

“We were pleased to welcome our partners to Milan and focus our attention on Italian M&A. It is shaping up to be a landmark year for activity with announced transactions totaling EUR 35 billion year-to-date,” says Filippo Guicciardi, partner of Clairfield Italy and CFO of Clairfield International. “We have a full pipeline of transactions with our international colleagues. Judging by the numbers of mandates under discussion and ideas shared, the meeting was a resounding success.

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