Last Updated June 21, 2019

Law and Practice

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CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni is unique in its composition, which combines extensive local and international expertise in order to assist clients with all types of cross-border issues. The Italian corporate team (with offices in Milan and Rome) comprises over 30 professionals and is best known for its knowledge leadership, especially in the energy, life sciences, automotive and media sectors. It has strength in mid-market deals, with a number of long-term clients in this area. Recent highlight deals include international transactions concerning Total, including assisting Total Marketing Services SA and ERG Spa with the sale of TotalERG Spa to API Spa (Anonima Petroli Italiana S.p.A) and providing assistance to Moneygram with respect to restructuring after Brexit. The firm also concluded several high-value deals in 2018, with clients including NMS Group, Telit, and Cuki. It covers all corporate-related practice areas.

Directors may also incur criminal and administrative liability.

Specifically, administrative fines may be imposed on directors for several omissions, including, for instance:

  • failure or hindrance of the exercise of control pursuant to Article 2625(1) ICC;
  • failure to file of documents with the Chamber of Commerce within the statutory deadlines;
  • failure to call the quotaholders' meeting when it is requested by the law or the bylaws; and/or
  • lack of communication of particular information (including for example registered seat, competent Chamber of Commerce, number of enrolments at the Chamber of Commerce, etc) in the company’s correspondence.

In addition, directors may also be considered personally criminally liable for specific offences, eg, false company communications, corruption, unlawful transactions on quotas, unlawful distribution of profits and reserves, fraudulent bankruptcy, death or personal injury in lack of adoption of measures to protect safety at workplace, unlawful treatment of data or environmental pollution.

Criminal liability is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Public Prosecutor, who relies on the company’s excerpts, organisational chart, board of directors’ minutes, legal documents and actual conduct of the parties involved.

CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni

Galleria Passarella 1
20122 Milan
Italy

+39 02 89 28 38 00

+39 02 48 01 29 14

daniela.murer@cms-aacs.com www.cms.law
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CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni is unique in its composition, which combines extensive local and international expertise in order to assist clients with all types of cross-border issues. The Italian corporate team (with offices in Milan and Rome) comprises over 30 professionals and is best known for its knowledge leadership, especially in the energy, life sciences, automotive and media sectors. It has strength in mid-market deals, with a number of long-term clients in this area. Recent highlight deals include international transactions concerning Total, including assisting Total Marketing Services SA and ERG Spa with the sale of TotalERG Spa to API Spa (Anonima Petroli Italiana S.p.A) and providing assistance to Moneygram with respect to restructuring after Brexit. The firm also concluded several high-value deals in 2018, with clients including NMS Group, Telit, and Cuki. It covers all corporate-related practice areas.

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