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Francesco Anglani¬†is the head of the luxury sector team at¬†BonelliErede, which provides the full spectrum of advice to its clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. Recent highlights include¬†Claudio Tesauro¬†and others acting as global antitrust counsel to Luxottica Group on its ‚ā¨50bn merger with Essilor, and also advising the same client on the competition aspects of its ‚ā¨140m acquisition of Barberini. On the contentious side,¬†Andrea Silvestri¬†successfully represented some of the managers of an Italian luxury jewellery and accessories brand at the Court of Rome in a case involving allegations of tax evasion. The firm's other matters involve areas such as corporate governance, compliance, leasing contracts and outsourcing.¬†Giovanni Guglielmetti¬†is the name to note for IP issues.

Chiomenti's Emanuele Barberis heads up the luxury sector team, whose expertise includes corporate and M&A, commercial contracts, IP, tax and employment. Reflective of the firm's first-rate reputation, Annalisa Reale and senior associate Paolo Carbone assisted Swarovski with the employment aspects of its reorganisation, while tax partner Massimo Antonini advised B&B Italia on a merger leveraged buyout. Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Roberto Cavalli are among other notable clients. Filippo Modulo, Stefano Mazzotti and Massimiliano Nitti are also recommended, along with practice head Emanuele Barberis.

The fashion, retail and design group at DLA Piper is 'always available, very professional and has excellent knowledge of the industry'. Davide Rossetti and associate Elena Varese jointly lead the team, for whom the mainstays of the practice are matters involving areas such as corporate, employment, real estate, litigation and IP. A major highlight saw the firm successfully represent Franklin & Marshall in a trade mark dispute against Franklin & Marshall College. Varese and Giulio Coraggio are 'ideal to work with from a business point of view'. The group has undergone significant expansion at associate level.

Pavia e Ansaldo's professionals have 'an excellent knowledge of fashion business issues', and the firm has a strong flow of work thanks to its practice area strengths in corporate, IP, consumer protection and dispute resolution, among others. Recent highlights include successfully acting for Ralph Lauren in cross-border trade mark infringement litigation against Harvey Miller Polo Club. Calvin Klein and The Sonnabend Collection Foundation are among other notable clients. Gian Paolo Di Santo and Mia Rinetti jointly lead the team. Adriano Villa and Mario Abate head the Japan and US desks respectively.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's Leah Dunlop and Antonio Di Pasquale were the lead advisers to JAB Luxury on the disposal of a controlling stake in Swiss luxury fashion company Bally to Shandong Ruyi Investment Holdings. In another matter, Luigi Mansani, senior associate Maria Luce Piattelli and associate Maria Luigia Franceschelli are currently advising Poltrona Frau on the worldwide management of its IP portfolio. Elsewhere, clients count on the firm's strengths in real estate and dispute resolution, among other areas. Giovanni Ghirardi and counsel Andrea Atteritano are also recommended.

PEDERSOLI STUDIO LEGALE serves as a one-stop shop for advice in the luxury sector, with clients turning to the firm for advice on corporate, banking and finance, restructurings, capital markets transactions and litigation. A highlight involved assisting the Buccellati family with the renegotiation of employment agreements as part of the sale of Buccellati Holding Italia to Gangtai Group. Antonio Pedersoli and Andrea de’ Mozzi are key contacts.

Bird & Bird's 'outstanding' luxury goods practice group provides 'practical advice' and'solves even the most complex problems'. The 'remarkable' Massimiliano Mostardini, Giovanni Galimberti and Stefano Silvestri are joint heads of the team. Also noted are Arturo Leone and counsel Federico Marini-Balestra.

Deloitte Legal ‚Äď Studio Associato's¬†work in the luxury goods sector forms a¬†key part of its¬†IP practice, and the firm recently strengthened its offering in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters¬†by hiring¬†Ida Palombella¬†and associate Federica Caretta¬†from¬†Withers Studio Legale.¬†The firm recently assisted¬†The¬†National Chamber of Italian Fashion with all¬†IP issues¬†associated with¬†its organisation of The Green Carpet Fashion Awards.

The cross-practice group at Nctm Studio Legale handles both contentious and non-contentious work for its luxury goods clients, which include names such as LVMH and Gucci. Recent highlights include assisting American street-wear brand Supreme with a number of anti-counterfeiting judicial actions. Paolo Montironi is the head of the team. Pietro Zanoni and Michele Motta are also recommended.

Orsingher Ortu ‚Äď Avvocati Associati is¬†highly regarded¬†for its coverage of the gamut of issues impacting the¬†fashion, jewellery, automotive, cosmetics and furnishings industries.¬†Its team is assisting¬†Ferrari with its brand protection, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting activities worldwide. Pierfrancesco Giustiniani¬†is a key contact.

Davide Sportelli, Dario Spinella¬†and¬†Davide D‚ÄôAffronto¬†head the fashion, luxury and consumer goods department at¬†Simmons & Simmons. The 'effective, timely and careful' team operates primarily in the areas of¬†corporate and M&A, banking and finance, and employment. A highlight involved advising Chinese conglomerate Gangtai Group on its¬†‚ā¨230m acquisition of an 85% stake in¬†Buccellati.

IP specialist Trevisan & Cuonzo assists clients in the luxury goods industry with undertaking anti-counterfeiting activities, trade mark and design litigation, commercial contracts and selective distribution systems. Recent work includes representing a German multinational automotive company in litigation against an Italian company over alleged infringements of the client's trade marks and designs. Julia Holden and Lia Puntieri are the names to note.

Major highlights for¬†Withers Studio Legale¬†included assisting the French luxury fashion house¬†Balmain with setting up an Italian subsidiary, and also¬†negotiating a lease contract for its new boutique in Milan. Managing partner¬†Roberta Crivellaro¬†'focuses on the end goals of the business'. Also recommended is¬†associate Mattia Biasi, who¬†is 'hardworking, pragmatic and incredibly bright'.¬†Former head of team Ida Palombella¬†and associate Federica Caretta¬†departed for¬†Deloitte Legal ‚Äď Studio Associato¬†in July 2018. Crivallero and¬†Anthony Indaimo¬†are the practice heads.

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