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Acquisition of Medcenter Container Terminal minority stake

August 2015: MGMP assists Contship Italia Gate (Contship Group) in the acquisition from APM Terminals BV of the minority stake of MCT, the company managing the container terminal of Gioia Tauro, the main transshipment hub in the Mediterranean Sea. Francesco Munari follows this operation as MGMP reference senior partner, assisted by Matteo Rossini, associate.

State aids in the airport sector

Claim against SEA and the Municipality of Milan
May 21, 2015: MGMP serves a writ of summons against SEA S.p.A. and the Municipality of Milan, claiming damages for € 93 million. The claim is filed on behalf of ATA Handling (a former ground handling operator based at the Milan Linate and Malpensa airports). Plaintiff argues that the State aids (totally € 380 million) granted by SEA (the public-owned operator of the Milan Linate and Malpensa airports) to its subsidiary SEA Handling (ground handling operator at the same airports), procured an undue economic advantage to the latter, seriously affecting the economic results and activity of ATA Handling. This is the first private enforcement Italian case against the authorities who granted illegal State aids.

Strategic cooperation in the Iranian ports sector

April 2015: MGMP is appointed as legal advisor of Contship Italia/Eurogate in complex negotiations with Sina Port and Maritime Company (SPMCO), the largest port operator in Iran, controlled by Bonyad Mostazafan Foundation. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the parties sets out a strategic cooperation between the two groups for ports and logistics development in Iran, starting from the ports currently managed by SPMCO. The MOU will be implemented with further agreements presently under negotiation. For this operation MGMP reference senior partner is Francesco Munari, assisted by Alessandro Dona, associate.

64 institutional investors against Saipem

28 April 2015: MGMP is representing 64 institutional investors assisted by Deminor Recovery Services and acting against Saipem, an Italian oil and gas industry contractor. The plaintiffs are claiming €174 million in damages. The plaintiffs argue that Saipem overstated its profits between 13 February 2012 and 14 June 2013. As a consequence, the investors made purchases of Saipem shares during this period at inflated prices. This is the first major Italian case on earnings restatements.
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Technical nautical services and maintenance of safety in port waters

7 April 2015: the Regional Adminstrative Court of Catania dismisses two claims filed by the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCM) for the acknowledgment of the right of a shipping company to provide itself the universal pilotage and mooring services in the Port of Messina.
MGMP are the lawyers of the national associations representing the pilots (Federazione Italiana dei Piloti dei Porti) and the mooring groups (Associazione Nazionale Gruppi Ormeggiatori e Barcaioli dei Porti Italiani).

Agreement for GF Group debt restructuring

27 March 2015: GF Group's debt restructuring agreement signed and now waiting for Court approval. MGMP legal advisors of GF Group together with Giliberti Pappalettera Triscornia e Associati.