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Charles Adams

Charles Adams

Partner, Regional Managing Partner for Continental Europe

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Partner, Regional Managing Partner for Continental Europe
Charles Adams

Charles Adams is Regional Managing Partner for Continental Europe and Co-Head of Finance & Capital Markets in Italy. He is a dual qualified avvocato (Italy) and solicitor (England & Wales) who is widely recognised as one of Italy's leading banking and finance lawyers.

Charles has advised banks and borrowers on some of the most significant syndicated loans, leveraged and project finance transactions in the Italian market over the past 20 years. He also advises clients on major Italian restructurings and insolvencies and is active in the Energy sector, having advised on some of Italy's landmark infrastructure and project financings and more recently on renewables transactions.

  • Investec in relation to the financing for the development of several portfolios of photovoltaic power plants in Italy.
  • BNP Paribas in relation to the €102 million financing of two wind farms in the municipalities of Scampitella and Vallesaccarda.
  • Syndicate of banks in relation to the €130 million credit facility in favour of Avio.
  • ChemChina in relation to the negotiation and finalisation of a €6.8 billion acquisition financing package underwritten by JP Morgan to fund the acquisition of a 26.2% stake in Pirelli and the consequent tender offer for up to 100% of the shares in Pirelli.
  • BNP Paribas in relation to the amendment of the senior facility agreement between Giochi Preziosi and Artsana for the establishment of a new portfolio of shopping centres for children.
  • Pirelli in relation to the underwriting of a new revolving and term loan multi-currency facility worth a total of €1 billion.
  • The arranging banks on the EUR€1.25 billlion financing for World Duty Free Group SAU
  • The coordinating committee on the restructuring of Seat Pagine Gialle
  • Assicurazioni Generali on its EUR€1.8 billion programme of bilateral facilities
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Career and qualifications

  • Oxford University (BA Hons, Jurisprudence) 1990
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1992
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1994
  • Clifford Chance Rome 1994
  • Clifford Chance Milan since 1999
  • Partner since 2000
  • Admitted as an avvocato in Italy 2005
  • Managing Partner, Italy 2007
  • Co-Head of Finance & Capital Markets, Italy 2018
  • Regional Managing Partner, Continental Europe 2018

Awards and citations

  • "A very well-known lawyer in the Italian banking industry." He is praised for being "outstanding, both technically and commercially, with very strong negotiation skills."
    Chambers Global & Europe 2018: Banking & Finance – Italy
  • An "excellent lawyer."
    Chambers Europe 2018: Restructuring & Insolvency – Italy
  • #1 Banking & Finance – Foreign Experts – UK
  • #1 Banking & Finance – Foreign Experts – Italy
    Chambers Global 2018
  • #2 Banking & Finance
    Chambers Global & Europe 2018
  • #4 Restructuring & Insolvency
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Mentioned in Banking & Finance – Borrower side; Banking & Finance – Lender or Arranger side
    Legal500 2017
  • Leading Lawyer in Banking, Project Finance and Restructuring
    IFLR1000 2017
  • "He is the best lawyer for structuring LBOs" and "he has a good track record and is able to immediately provide a range of solutions."
    Chambers Global & Europe 2017: Banking & Finance – Italy
  • "He's very charismatic, is able to find the correct solution to the problem and is very experienced."
    Chambers Europe 2017: Restructuring & Insolvency – Italy
  • "If he is on the deal, it will succeed."
    Chambers Global & Europe 2016: Banking & Finance – Italy 
  • "A very experienced, pragmatic lawyer."
    Chambers Europe 2016: Restructuring & Insolvency – Italy  

Top Legal Awards

  • Best Italian Finance Lawyer 2012
  • Best Italian Managing Partner 2011
  • Best Italian Banking Lawyer 2008 and 2010