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Taste of Italy 2 (Dea Capital) invests in Avantea. All the advisors


Milan, Feb. 23, 2024 – Taste of Italy 2, a private equity fund specializing in the agri-food sector managed by Dea Capital Alternative Funds sgr, has entered the share capital of Avantea, a company specializing in assisted reproduction services for competition horses. Upon completion of the transaction, the seller will remain in the share capital with a qualified minority stake.


Avantea’s founding partners and the Seller were assisted by Lca studio legale for all legal aspects, with a team coordinated by Roberto de Bonis and composed of Alberto Vaudano, Paolo Vitaloni, Francesco Caselli and Anna Paola Pasin for Corporate M&A aspects, Roberto Pellizzari and Matteo Esposito and Thomas Yang for Tax aspects, Davide Valli and Luca Liberti for Banking aspects, Giuseppe Bologna and Gabriele Calabrò for labor law aspects, Giulio Vecchi and Miriam Cugusi for IP aspects, and Andrea Carreri for Golden Power notification aspects. The firm Nexus lawyers and accountants handled the accounting and tax aspects, with a team consisting of Michele d’Apolito and Marco Martinenghi. Ubs acted as M&A advisor with a team coordinated by Tommaso Poletto and composed of Dino di Giovanni, Marco De Nicola, and Paolo Brillante. For the completion of the transaction Avantea was also assisted by At Kerney for the business vendor due diligence, with a team composed of Alessandro Condoluci and Edoardo Amadio.


The buyer was assisted by Advant Nctm for all legal aspects, with a team coordinated by Pietro Zanoni and composed of Filippo Ughi, Natali Prodan Milič and Achille Capocasale for Corporate M&A aspects, Bianca Macrina and Federico De Pascale for Banking aspects, Francesca Pittau for labor law aspects and Luigi Croce for real estate aspects, by the law firm Pavia e Ansaldo with Filippo Fioretti and Maria Rosaria Raspanti for aspects related to the Golden Power notification and by Russo De Rosa associati for all tax aspects of the transaction, with a team coordinated by Leo De Rosa and composed of Luigi Cecere and Alessandro Agresti. The buyer was also assisted by Fineurop Soditic as M&A advisor and debt advisor, Alvarez & Marsal for financial due diligence, Lifescience Consultants for the business due diligence, and Erm for the Esg due diligence.


Bper, through the corporate & investment banking department, as Mla and agent bank, supported the buyer by providing a loan to support the acquisition and was assisted by Legance with a team composed of Tommaso Bernasconi, Federico Liberali and Paolo Giulio Lessiani.