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Christian Moretti, co-chair of the firm’s International Group, has extensive experience advising domestic, multinational companies and private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and cross-border corporate and commercial transactions.

Christian practiced for several years at AmLaw 50 law firms and served in a general counsel in-house position before joining Schnader. In the course of his career, Christian has helped structure, negotiate and complete more than $25 billion worth of M&A and other transactions, both domestic and cross-border. In 2017 and 2018, he was recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the leading practitioners in New York for cross-border M&A in the middle market.

In addition, since 2001, Christian has served as primary outside legal counsel in the U.S. for several Italian and other foreign businesses and government agencies. In such a role, Christian directly handles day-to-day transactional and commercial matters, such as leases, licenses, technology, joint venture, joint development, collaboration, distribution and supply agreements, and general corporate advisory matters. In addition, Christian has developed a unique expertise in maximizing Schnader’s national footprint and middle market practice depth to successfully and cost-efficiently manage for his clients a variety of regulatory and litigation matters. For example, in 2019 Christian successfully managed in collaboration with Schnader’s attorneys several complex commercial litigations; an international arbitration; multiple employment-related lawsuits and disputes; bankruptcy-related advice and proceedings; OFAC, FATCA, FCPA, AML, Proposition 65 and other compliance matters; and privacy, social media and marketing, and intellectual property matters. 

Christian often speaks at and participates in industry conferences and seminars and represents clients in a wide range of industries, including banking and finance, real estate and hospitality, food and beverage, fashion, life sciences, medical devices and health care, new media and technology, manufacturing, automotive, energy, and education.

Christian currently serves as a permanent member of the Board of Advisors of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association, having served as its President, First-Vice President and Director for several years.

Community & Pro Bono

  • La Fondazione NY, Friends of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York Inc., Founding Member, Director & Secretary
  • Venetian Community of New York Inc., Director & Secretary
  • Friends of Telethon Foundation, Inc., Director & Secretary

Education

  • University of Padua School of LawJ.D.1997
  • Columbia University School of LawLL.M.2001

Languages

  • Italian

Bar Admissions

  • Italy, 2000
  • New York, 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • Columbia Law School Association, Inc. – Permanent Advisor (current); President (2010-2012), Vice President (2006-2010); Director (2004-2006)
  • American Bar Association, M&A Section
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2004-2007, Member, Committee on International Trade)
  • International Bar Association, M&A, Close Corporations and International Sales sections

Other Distinctions

  • Legal 500, Recommended for Mergers & Acquisitions (Middle Market), 2018 and 2017
  • 2013 Super Lawyers – “Rising Star”

Representative Matters

M&A – Middle Market:

  • A national railway company in connection with its acquisition of a majority interest in the leading distributors of European train tickets and rail passes worldwide, in a transaction valued at approximately $100 million.
  • A global energy company in its acquisition of certain compressed natural gas stations located in Colorado from a local energy company.
  • A wholly-owned subsidiary of a state-owned energy conglomerate in China in connection with its sale of a portfolio of a photovoltaic projects to a California publicly-listed company.
  • A British private equity firm in its acquisition of the business of the U.S. assets of a global plastic fabricating company.
  • CNL Retirement Properties, Inc. in its acquisition by Health Care Property Investors, Inc. (cash and stock merger – approx. $5.2 billion).
  • Godwin Pumps of America Inc. and certain affiliates in the sale of their business to ITT Corp. (stock purchase – approx. $585 million).
  • Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. (AMEX: WTT) in its disposition of substantially all assets of Willtek Communications GmbH to Aeroflex Incorporated.
  • Represented consortium of funds led by Starwood Capital Group, L.P. in connection with bid to acquire Extended Stay Hotels, Inc. and its debtor affiliates through sponsored Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.
  • Xtellus, Inc. in its acquisition by Oclaro Inc. (Nasdaq: OCLR) (cash and stock merger).
  • RFX Acquisition LLC in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Sports Entertainment Enterprises, Inc. and entities that control the commercial utilization of the name, image, and likeness of Elvis Presley.
  • The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in connection with its acquisition by Harrah’s Entertainment, including the restructuring of the outstanding debt and other arrangements.

M&A – Italian Strategic Buyers:

  • An international manufacturer of protective coatings for components used in industrial gas turbines and its U.S. subsidiary in their acquisition of 100% of the membership interests of a provider of services to medical original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
  • An Italian pharmaceutical company in multiple acquisitions of drug products and related intellectual property rights divested by U.S. Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies.
  • An Italian private equity fund in its acquisition of the business of a packaging company serving the glass and beverage industry.
  • An Italian mobile refrigeration company serving the hospitality industry in its acquisition of the business of a U.S. company specializing in luxury appliances and brands.
  • An Italian plastic fabrication company in connection with its acquisition of a U.S. belting company.
  • An Italian property management company in connection with its acquisition of certain U.S. and Mexican companies in the plastic strapping manufacturing industry.
  • An Italian health care and medical device company in its acquisition of the assets of certain European companies and their U.S. subsidiaries, which produce medical devices and high precision plastic solutions.
  • A leading Italian company in the fastening system industry in its acquisition of a North American engineered fastener company and related acquisition financing transaction.
  • An Italian private equity fund in its acquisition of an Italian glass industry company and its U.S. subsidiaries.
  • Bracco Imaging S.p.A. in its purchase of E-Z-EM, Inc. (Nasdaq: EZEM) (cash merger – approx. $240 million).
  • BravoSolution S.p.A. in its purchase of Verticalnet. Inc. (Nasdaq: VERT) (cash merger).
  • Bracco AMT, Inc. in its convertible preferred investment in HLT, Inc. with option to purchase.
  • Fontana Finanziaria S.p.A. in its purchase of large-diameter industrial fastener business of Lake Erie Products from TriMas Corporation (asset purchase).
  • Italcementi S.p.A./ Essroc Cement Corp. in their acquisition of the businesses of Arrow Concrete Company and Crider and Shockey, Incorporated (stock and asset purchases) and Riverton Investment Corp (stock merger).

Real Estate:

  • Represented an Italian family office and its U.S. affiliates in connection with multiple real estate acquisition and development transactions in New York and California, including purchase and sales of portfolio properties, formation of joint ventures with developers and investors, related management arrangements, financing arrangements, construction loans, refinancings, and regulatory compliance.
  • An Italian investment fund in connection with corporate, real estate and fund formation matters related to the set-up of a €300M investment vehicle to finance the acquisition and development of U.S. real estate properties, including co-investment and advisory agreements, operating agreements and development agreements with U.S. partners and advisors.
  • A U.S. real estate investment firm in connection with a joint venture with a real estate holding company to raise investment capital for senior and mezzanine loans and other lending facilities to fund the acquisition and development of real estate projects located in New York.
  • A real estate holding company in connection with senior and mezzanine loans to fund the recapitalization of development sites in central Manhattan, including participation and subparticipation agreements with foreign investors.
  • A real estate investment and development company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in connection with fund formation matters and offering materials related to the formation of a $150 million fund focused on the acquisition and development of hospitality and mixed properties.
  • Represented entities affiliated with a U.S. commercial window installation company and a Turkish façade specialist company to set up a joint venture and enter into ancillary agreements to jointly engage in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of metal and glass façade envelopes and related products for use in the construction industry.
  • Represented certain retail and other clients, including companies affiliated with leading Italian brands in connection with office and store leases and related construction matters.
  • The Related Companies, L.P. in connection with (i) the investment of a combined $1.4 billion of equity and debt by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., MSD Capital (Michael Dell’s investment firm), Mubadala Development Co. (the investment arm of Abu Dhabi) and Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian company and (ii) its $1 billion acquisition of the Snowmass Ski Resort in Colorado.
  • Credit Suisse Management, LLC and a consortium of investors including, among others, entities affiliated with Credit Suisse, Africa Israel Investments, Steve Witkoff, Giuseppe Cipriani and Edge Group, LLC in connection with a $724 million transaction involving the acquisition of a 60.5 acre parcel of land adjacent to the existing Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • The Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort Casino in connection with an $820 million refinancing, including restructuring of existing corporate equity and indebtedness (including warrants) and coordination of intellectual property and Nevada gaming issues, ownership re-structuring and related cash management arrangements.
  • GFI Capital Resources Group in connection with the buyout and refinancing of an interest in CityView Apartments, a portfolio of 4,938 residential units in Houston, Texas.
  • The Denihan Hospitality Group and affiliated entities that own the James and Affinia Hotels brands, in connection with the refinancing of existing mortgages and mezzanine debts and related corporate restructuring.
  • The Gale Company and SL Green Realty Corp. in a $545 million real estate transaction involving the sale of ownership interests in a 20 property office portfolio located in New Jersey; and a related transaction involving the sale of The Gale Services Co., LLC and Gale Construction Services, LLC to Mack-Cali Realty LP and affiliates.

Other:

  • A French bank and its U.S. affiliates in connection with various corporate matters arising from its participation in certain joint ventures focused on the development of two blockchain platforms and applications, respectively known as “R3 Ledger” and “Digital Train Chair”.
  • A Florida corporation in connection with U.S. securities and other regulatory matters arising from the company’s listing on the Milan Stock Exchange and related pre-listing reorganization involving the contribution of stock and assets to a Dutch entity.
  • A global technology company in a reorganization transaction, including a spin-off of non-strategic assets and a share exchange with existing stockholders, and several convertible notes and securities offerings.
  • A U.S. eyewear manufacturer and its Italian parent company in a joint venture and other contractual arrangements with a Canadian company and a Chinese company, in connection with the development of an innovative eyewear equipped with brain-sensing technology.
  • An Italian global banking and financial services company in connection with a corporate loan to fund the acquisition from an Italian private equity fund, of the business of an Italian industrial equipment manufacturer and its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries.
  • An Italian bank in connection with various asset-lending transactions and mortgage assignments and other U.S. matters arising under a cross-border securitization transaction.
  • A British private equity fund in connection with U.S. securities, regulatory and tax matters arising from the IPO on the Amsterdam stock exchange of a Connecticut-based biotechnology company, and related pre-IPO corporate transactions, including conversion of multiple series of preferred stock held by foreign investors.
  • Advised the Italian Treasury on General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) violations and other unfair foreign practices.
  • Advised the Italian Treasury on the applicability of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade to foreign procedures for approval and development of drug and drug ingredients.
  • Advised the Italian government in connection with Iraq procurement contracts administered by the US Agency for International Development.