Ottavia Alfano and team join Molinari Agostinelli

The seasoned partner leaves respected tax boutique Di Tanno Associati to set up a tax practice at the corporate and finance firm.

Posted Wednesday, November 24th 2021
Ottavia Alfano and team join Molinari Agostinelli

Prominent tax expert Ottavia Alfano has left tax boutique Di Tanno Associati to become an equity partner at Molinari Agostinelli.

Joined by five professionals, including salary partner Antonio Cuoco, Alfano will be setting up a tax practice at her new firm, a potent corporate and finance boutique that has, of late, been strategically expanding. Before name partner Riccardo Agostinelli and his team arrived in June, Molinari e Associati – as the firm was known before his arrival – counted 12 partners. Now, with the two latest arrivals, its partner count has risen to 18.

The fact that the firm has welcomed a tax partner will not be a surprise to anyone who has been following the firm’s recent pronouncements. “We are currently in the process of insourcing a tax practice so we can offer our clients tax services in-house,” name partner Ugo Molinari told Leaders League in an exclusive interview only earlier this month. “Tax is a crucial element of any sophisticated deal, so to be in a position to offer this service to our fund clients is crucial for a dealmaking advisor.”

Neither is it a surprise that the firm has welcomed this particular partner – after all, in Riccardo Agostinelli, the firm found one of the Italian market’s most recognized finance lawyers. It follows that its next strategic hire would be a partner commanding similar levels of respect in her field.

Until her move, Alfano was head of the Milan office of Di Tanno Associati, one of Italy’s most prominent tax boutiques, where she had a strong line in transactional tax matters as well as being proficient in international tax and tax litigation. Among her clients were IGI Investimenti Sei and IdeA Capital Alternative Funds; she also assisted coffee machine manufacturer Evoca with the tax aspects of its €550 million bond issuance.

Molinari Agostinelli – a firm that specializes in extraordinary transactions – seems to be a fitting home for Alfano, given her expertise in transactional tax. Likewise, Alfano provides Molinari Agostinelli with an additional advantage, bringing an important skillset complementary to the firm’s core corporate and finance capabilities while still allowing the firm to remain true to its elite boutique model.

Alongside Alfano and Cuoco, associates Matteo Mairone, Luca Bocchetti and Luca Ruggieri are joining the firm. They are supported by trainee Filippo Mariani.