Firms To Watch: Employment

Andersen in Italy is led by Uberto Percivalle and assists national and international clients on all aspects or employment law, including the management of employment relations, contract-drafting and M&A-related transactions.
Led by Valentina Pomares and Marcello Floris, Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale offers a comprehensive legal service to all manner of clients, including HR advice, transactional support and senior management dismissals.
The multilingual employment practice at Ughi E Nunziante, headed by Federico Torzo, is well-adapted to assist on labour law matters involving cross-border issues, as well as those in Italy.

Employment in Italy


BonelliErede advises clients in a wide range of circumstances in which employment issues may arise, including advising on employment aspects of M&A transactions, transfers of undertakings, collective dismissal procedures and consultations with labour unions. Executive compensation is another area of expertise. The team is led by Marcello Giustiniani, who specialises in matters concerning senior managers. Within the team, Antonella Negri is skilled in employment matters regarding industrial relations and social issues. Also of note is senior associate Stefano Calabria.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Giustiniani

Other key lawyers:

Antonella Negri; Stefano Calabria

Key clients


AC Milan


Assicurazioni Generali

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena









Loro Piana




Poste Italiane





DLA Piper

DLA Piper assists its clients with labour, social security and trade union matters both in and out of court. The firm is experienced in managing reorganisation and restructuring processes, collective dismissals, industrial relations and disciplinary procedures for global and national entities. Fabrizio Morelli, who heads the employment department, is seasoned in labour law issues related to large M&A operations. Giampiero Falasca advises clients on contentious matters, trade union relations and social security law. Also of note is Federico Strada, who specialises in employment law within the aviation, insurance, food and oil & gas sectors. In July 2023, Antonella Del Greco was promoted to legal director.

Practice head(s):

Fabrizio Morelli

Other key lawyers:

Giampiereo Falasca; Federico Strada


‘DLA has a great capacity for innovation and collaboration.’

‘The team members stand out for great cooperation and competence. In particular, Giampiero Falasca combines, in addition to great competence, remarkable flexibility and innovation.’

‘Agile, responsive and highly commercial team.’

‘Federico Strada is a highly trusted advisor who deftly navigates clients out of some tricky and complex situations. He is highly responsive and gives clear, pragmatic and commercial advice. He’s an extremely skilled negotiator and a dab hand at managing union relations.’

‘The law firm has a very practical approach that allows all problems to be resolved completely and without wasting time.’

‘The lawyers know the market very well and go straight to the solution of the problem.’

‘They are exceptional.’

‘Pasquale Siciliani is the best.’

Key clients

Warner Bros


Just Eat

World Courier




Sassuolo Calcio

Palermo Spa




Hard Rock Café

Digital Platforms

Levi Strauss

Dyson Technology


Work highlights

  • Assisted Sassuolo Calcio in negotiations carried out by the participating football teams in the Women’s Football League to draft the first national collective labour agreement for professional female footballers.

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati assists notable Italian and multinational entities on all aspects of employment law across industries and business sectors. The firm is regularly instructed to carry out multi-jurisdictional surveys and opinions. In addition, the firm is deeply familiar with employment issues arising in connection to M&A operations and reorganisation or downsizing processes. Managing partner Alberto Maggi  practice which includes Elena Ryolo, who assists in major industrial disputes and innovative start-ups, and Marco D’Agostini, experienced in M&A-related employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Maggi

Other key lawyers:

Elena Ryolo; Marco D’Agostini


‘Legance exhibits a valuable forward-thinking approach, making them a preferred choice for labor advice in Italy and abroad. They are willing to tailor solutions to align with a company’s culture and goals.’

‘Silvia Tozzoli stands out for her depth of knowledge in labour law. She is able to demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the complexities unique to companies with a workforce sitting in different jurisdictions, enabling you to navigate intricate issues seamlessly.’

‘Able to understand the business’s needs, on top of having high level technical knowledge.’

‘Alberto Maggi himself makes the difference.’

‘Excellent cooperation and very effective.’

‘Great knowledge and capacity to advise client.’

‘Their capability to provide consultancy to foreign people who don’t know the Italian legal framework is appreciated.’

‘Legance covers whatever is needed in whatever domain in real time.’

Key clients



Acciaierie d’Italia

Alia Servizi Ambientali




APCO World Wide

Arthur J. Gallagher

AS Roma

Avis Budget

Bain Capital


Bang & Olufsen


BeiGene (Ltd)

Bending Spoons

Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A.

Caleffi S.p.A.

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Cattolica Assicurazioni

CDP Immobiliare

Celli Group

Centric Software


Cisco Systems

Comdata Group



Credito Lombardo Veneto

Cutler & Gross

Daikin Applied Europe

Dana Holding Corporation and Dana Italia


De’ Longhi

Delta Tech (Toray Industries)

DI Capital Partners


Eni S.p.A.

Eqt Partners

Farmacie Italiane



Genui GmbH

Grimaldi Lines

Gruppo BWT

Gruppo Ryoma


H.I.G Capital


Kemet Group

Latteria Montello S.p.A.

Lesaffre Italia

Legal & General Investment Management

Leonardo S.p.A.


Maire Tecnimont


MBDA Italia S.p.A.

MAW Men at Work

Merck Sharp & Dohme


Miroglio Group

Museo Egizio di Torino





Ostello Bello


Poste Italiane



Sacco System


San Raffaele University

Schneider Electric






Sumo Logic

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Group



Università commerciale “Luigi Bocconi”


William Blain International

Wise SGR S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised RedBird Capital Partners Management LLC in the acquisition of AC Milan from Rossoneri Sport Investment Luxembourg, including on the employment-related aspects.
  • Advised BFF Bank S.p.A. in drafting a stock option plan characterized by innovative features, including exercise of the option without any cash outlay for the beneficiary.
  • Advised Amplifon in a multi-jurisdiction project for the international mobility of hearing care professionals involving 13 jurisdictions, delivering outcome to client through an original and easy-to-read format.

Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo

Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo advises major corporations on organisation reviews, union agreements and high-profile director disputes. The firm is a member of the Ius Laboris alliance, the largest international alliance of employment law firms, allowing it to draw on expertise for multi-jurisdictional mandates. The practice is led by managing partner Franco Toffoletto, who has experience in international employment matters, and Raffaele De Luca Tamajo, who advises employers on employment, labour and social security law. Within the team, Emanuela Nespoli specialises in restructuring, agency contracts and litigation connected to employment matters. In January 2023, Chiara Torino and Andrea Morone left for Grimaldi Alliance and DWF respectively, with Giovanni Morpurgo joining from Grimaldi in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Franco Toffoletto; Raffaele De Luca Tamajo

Other key lawyers:

Emanuela Nespoli


‘Lea Rossi is top in strategic thinking.’

‘Customer-oriented and result-oriented. Able to find solutions and identify risks.’

‘Regarding Massimo Dramis and Patrizia D’Ercole, competence, timely response and accuracy are certainly differentiating characteristics combined with an innovative spirit and understanding of business and needs.’

‘Supportive and helpful in finding innovative solutions according to business needs.’

‘The team is extremely well structured providing 360° labour law counseling, and working with specific professionals for specific topics, which allows very precise and quick feedback on the most complex matters.’

‘Extremely professional with a multidisciplinary approach. Empathetic and competent.’

‘Franco Toffoletto is a professional with solid, multidisciplinary experience and a concrete approach to each specific case. He is able to solve complex issues very quickly.’

‘Stefano De Luca Tamajo is extremely fast and flexible in examining the problems. He combines great competence with fast results.’

Key clients




AS Roma

Work highlights

  • Advised Reworld Media for the employment law aspects and the trade union information and consultation procedure for the acquisition of the publications Grazia, Icon and Flair from Mondadori.
  • Successfully advised AS Roma in an appeal court case concerning the termination of its former sports director.


Chiomenti supports Italian and foreign entities with a wide variety of employment law service on standalone matters and in connection with the firm’s transactional work. The firm is experienced in assisting clients with industrial relations and social security. It focuses on employment matters related to restructurings and reorganisations, internal policy advice, collective agreement negotiations and drafting employment contracts. Emanuele Barberis heads the practice and specialises in employment matters relating to the fashion and retail industries. Within the practice, Annalisa Reale is recognised for her employment advice connected to complex restructurings. In late 2023, Valeria De Lucia was made partner.

Practice head(s):

Emanuele Barberis

Other key lawyers:

Annalisa Reale


‘Emanuele Barberis is certainly the go-to-person when it comes to employment. He and his team have provided our firm best-in class support.’

‘High professional advice; prepared and always up-to-date with knowledge of employment legislation.’

‘The team provides great support but above all a pragmatic and hands-on approach. Propose innovations even beyond the purely legal sphere.’

‘Emanuele Barberis is key professional in the organisation.’

‘Chiomenti’s team of labor law specialists are able to best interpret needs and transpose them into legal documents as best as possible.’

‘The team is competent, reliable and effective. They really meet client’s expectation reducing redundancies and unexpected costs.’

‘They are very skilled at helping businesses find effective legal solutions.’

Key clients

Gianni Versace

Michael Kors


Ralph Lauren


Dolce & Gabbana

BMW Bank

Roberto Cavalli

Ermenegildo Zegna


De Agostini Group

Dea Capital Group


Bain & Co


BNP Paribas


Quattroerre SGR


Fondo Strategico Italiano

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti


Volkswagen Group Italia



Fondo HIG




Credit Agricole



Unipol Sai


Loro Piana


Sergio Rossi

Alten Group



Air France

Anacap Investment Fund

Faro Technologies


Melia Hotels




Schlumberger Group

Merriot Hotels



Breitling Italia


Salvatore Ferragamo


D-Link Corporation

Vialto Partners

De Luca & Partners

Full-service employment boutique De Luca & Partners advises its notable domestic and international clients on day-to-day employment matters and issue-specific matters regarding transactions and disputes. The firm is particularly skilled in assisting clients on the employment law aspects of corporate and M&A transactions. Managing partner Vittorio De Luca leads the practice and advises a range of businesses in cross-border employment matters. Within the team, Stefania Raviele is noted for her work on union negotiation matters and Alessandra Zilla is noted for her advice on reorganisations, restructurings and M&A-related employment due diligence. In June 2023, Valentino Biasi was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Vittorio De Luca

Other key lawyers:

Stefania Raviele; Alessandra Zilla


‘Great and very competent team with an extremely proactive approach.’

‘Vittorio De Luca is a unique professional, with outstanding experience, assisting the client in a supportive, proactive and very professional way.’

‘The practice is very skilled with a tailor-made approach.’

‘De Luca & Partners team is very well prepared and supportive a customer needs.’

‘Collaborative, professional, skilled and strongly knowledgeable.’

‘Vittorio De Luca is really a master in the employment field, any litigation involving him has a strong likelihood of success.’

‘This firm is one of the most skilled and senior in Italy with reference to all matters pertaining labour and employment.’

‘Strong sense of ownership, drive for results and focus on excellence in supporting clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Aksìa Group


Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.

Capital Com SV Investments Limited

DeA Capital Alternative Funds

Emerson Electric Co


Golden Goose


Haworth Inc

Kervis SGR S.p.A.


Mozzate Nonwovens



Russell Reynolds Associates

Star Capital

Sunset & Vine Productions Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised one of Emerson Electric Co’s Italian subsidiaries with implementing a significant social plan for a plant closure, involving industrial and institutional relations.
  • Assisted DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR with the acquisition of Costa Edutainment and its subsidiaries, Opera Laboratori Fiorentini and Sillabe.
  • Acted for Golden Goose on employment matters concerning the transfer of a business unit from Italian Fashion Team S.r.l. to a new company owned by Golden Goose.

Gianni & Origoni

Gianni & Origoni represents multinational and domestic clients across industries and sectors. The firm assists with industrial relations, litigation, regulation and compliance, M&A-related employment issues and restructuring matters. The firm maintains offices across jurisdictions enhancing its assistance on cross-border matters. Alessandra Ferroni, an expert in industrial relations and top management matters, and Saverio Schiavone, an expert in restructuring processes and HR management, lead the practice team. Matteo Fusillo left the firm in early 2024.

Practice head(s):

Alessandra Ferroni; Saverio Schiavone


‘Raffaella Betti is amazing. She is so knowledgeable. ’

‘One of the best employment law team in Italy: innovative, very competent and high quality standards in the documentation produced.’

‘Emanuele Panattoni and his team are very solid from a technical point of view and very smart in rapidly finding effective solutions, able to satisfy the customer’s needs.’

‘This team is extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Raffaella Betti is a beacon of Italian labour and employment law and one of the most consistent and reliable Italian lawyers.’

‘Emanuele Panattoni analyses issues from a broad point of view and is able to provide solutions that are the most effective.’

‘Saverio Schiavone has a very broad understanding and knowledge of the employment coupled with a very deep know-how in other technical fields as well as an extremely good business sense and a refined comprehension of corporate dynamics.’

Key clients



Aurora Recovery Capital




Arvedi Group







Docebo Inc.

Dover Corporation

EniProgetti – ENI SpA


Federazione Italiana Tennis



Hitachi Industrial Engineering


Lear Corporation

Lindt & Sprungli


Mizuho Bank





Santander Consumer Bank

Takeda Italia

Tamoil Italia S.p.A.

Vueling Airlines

Yamaha Motor Europe NV

Mercedes Benz

Proxima Informatica


Openjobmetis S.p.a.

Bottega Veneta


Audemars Piguet

Nomad Foods – Findus




Louis Berger

Work highlights

  • Reviewed and validated the contractual and procedural aspects as well as the delegation of powers within the HSE compliance and management system adopted by ENI, the global oil and gas supermajor, in Italy and in 14 jurisdictions with a view to subsequently applying the same organizational and compliance model to all existing subsidiaries.
  • Assisted Crionet, the local consultants specialized in developing and maintaining software platforms, in relation to the sale of a majority stake to White Bridge Investments S.p.A., the Italy based private equity and venture capital firm.
  • Assisted Star7 in the corporate lease agreements with Consulting Automotive Aerospace Railway (CAAR), including project contracts for large customers in the Automotive, Defence, and Agriculture sectors, and the employment contracts of approximately 320 employees.

LABLAW - Studio Legale

An employment law boutique with offices across Italy, including a Bari office opened in April 2023, LABLAW - Studio Legale advises major national and international companies in all their employment and labour law matters. The firm is seasoned in issues surrounding social security and union disputes, as well as issues that may arise in connection with restructurings, redundancies and M&A matters. Francesco Rotondi is noted for employment work surrounding reorganisations and restructurings. Michela Bani has particular expertise in the management of relationships with executives. Laura Cinicola left the firm in February 2023. In April 2023, Marci Pati Clausi was promoted to partner and Pierluigi Quaranta joined the firm.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Rotondi; Michela Bani; Alessandro Paone; Angelo Quarto; Marco Pati Clausi; Pietro Speziale; Pierluigi Quaranta


‘Very dynamic team, always professionally updated.’

‘Strong technical skills and business-oriented, their team is able to suggest pragmatic solutions. Attention to detail and continuous deepening of knowledge regarding regulations are distinctive features of the law firm.’

‘Michela Bani has an excellent understanding of a business’s needs and a high level of competence.’

‘High levels of competence, support among all offices, unique point of contact for all matters and high levels of flexibility and collaboration.’

‘Michela Bani is a lawyer who always pursues the goal by taking the initiative.’

‘Alessandro Paone knows the business world and can combine regulatory expertise with practical application.’

‘Competent on the law and knowledgeable on what is best practice.’

‘Very well prepared.’

Key clients

Comcast Corporation


Gruppo Sesa

TE Connectivity

Coffee Holding

Eataly S.p.A.

Morgan Carbon Italia S.r.l.

We Build S.p.A.

Daroma S.p.A.

L Catterton Italy Advisors Srl

Zeus Industrial Products (Ireland) LTD

Italtel S.p.A.

Alpla S.p.A.

IMI Critical Engineering S.p.A.

Manpower S.p.A.

Prénatal Group

MD S.p.A.

ICS International School

Citizen of Humanity S.r.l.

Gruppo Antolin Italia S.r.l.

Romeo Gestioni S.p.A.

2Watch S.r.l.

Alpitel S.p.A.

Buzzoole S.r.l.

Wuerth Elektronik Italia S.r..

HimCo S.p.A.

Getra Power S.p.A.

Bosch Group S.p.A

Jil Sander S.p.A.

Discovery Italia S.r.l.

Ferrero S.p.A.

Autogrill S.p.A.

Sirti S.p.A.

Sky Italia S.r.l.

TechnoGym S.p.A.

Artsana S.p.A.

Dussmann Service S.r.l.

Brunswick Corporation

Agos Ducato S.p.A.

Tecnologie Diesel S.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Bari S.p.A.

Fairconnect S.p.A.

GDM S.r.l.

Gabetti Property Solutions S.p.A.

Enterprise Ireland

Mott McDonald

NH Italia S.p.a.

Work highlights

  • Advised High Italian Manufacturing, a leading luxury group specializing in the manufacture and distribution of exclusive designer and contemporary brands, in separating its industrial and commercial businesses and assigning them to two different companies.
  • Advising and assisting the extraordinary administration of BLUTEC S.p.A. in AS, in which the entire workforce (900 employees) was saved.
  • Assisting Discovery Italia S.r.l. in the cross-border deal which caused the inclusion of the latter and of the others Italian companies within the newly formed Warner Bros. Group.


ADVANT Nctm advises major multinational clients, including but by no means limited to major airline companies, on a range of employment law matters. The firm is skilled in sensitive termination matters and related settlement negotiations to avoid litigation. It also regularly provides ongoing advice on the management of employment relations. The deployment is led by Michele Bignami who specialises on employment issues connected to restructuring, trade union relations and dismissals. Within the team, Roberta Russo is recognised for her advice on employment matters in M&A transactions and corporate restructuring exercises.

Practice head(s):

Michele Bignami

Other key lawyers:

Roberta Russo


‘Extremely competent and the able to assess risk.’

‘The level of service is always precise, reliable and absolutely professional.’

‘The people at NCTM really make the difference, first and foremost, by listening and paying attention to the customer at all levels.’

‘Knowledge of the underlying matters, proactive approach and availability to find solutions providing clear level of risks are the main strengths and key capabilities.’

‘Michele Bignani, together with his team, provides an excellent legal service, demonstrating a deep knowledge of both employment legislation and the Italian trade sector.’

‘Skilled and able to have knowledge of the group, its policies and related goals in order to offer tailored legal advice. Clearly communicates the level of risks connected to solutions provided.’

Key clients

Kyndryll Group

Elior Group



ZF Automotive

CAI – Alitalia

Maersk Group

Accor Hotel Group

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie covers a broad range of employment related matters, from the ordinary to the complex. The firm utilises its multi-disciplinary offices across the globe to draw the requisite expertise for each of its clients matters. The employment practice is headed by Massimiliano Biolchini, who focuses his practice on assisting global businesses in reorganisations, industrial relations and litigation. Serena Fantinelli is experienced in HR issues related to domestic and must-jurisdictional transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Biolchini

Other key lawyers:

Serena Fantinelli


‘The team does an outstanding job in guiding clients through Italian labour law, doing accurate calculations and keeping them informed throughout the process. They also provide advice and handle personal insecurities in difficult times with utmost professionalism and in a kind and friendly manner.’

‘Vincenzo Di Gennaro is a sharp professional and is very sensitive to client needs.’

‘Massimiliano Biolchini and Cristina Brevi have been both outstanding. They are not only knowledgeable but also approachable and clearly mark the top of labour lawyers.’

Key clients

Whirlpool Corporation

Becton Dickinson


Clear Channel International

Richemont Group


Gruppo Feltrinelli

Emilio Pucci


Bacardi Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Whirlpool Corporation in the disposal of the greater part of their EMEA industrial footprint in all employment and corporate re-organisation, involving several business transfers and consultations with European Works Council and local unions in 30 countries across EMEA.
  • Assisted Becton Dickinson Italia SpA with the shut-down of their offices in Rome with collective transfer of 50 employees from Rome to Milan.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird acts for clients on contentious and non-contentious, domestic and international employment law matters. The firm is experienced in hiring and disciplinary procedures, incentives plans and disputes as well as individual and collective dismissals. The practice is headed by HR management expert Amedeo Rampolla and Cristiano Pambianchi, who advises on daily employment matters as well as on dismissals and employment litigation and arbitration. In May 2023, Daphne Diorio Borri was promoted to counsel within the practice.

Practice head(s):

Amedeo Rampolla; Cristiano Pambianchi

Other key lawyers:

Daphne Diorio Borri


‘Highly competent.’

‘Fantastic business knowledge.’

‘Cristiano Pambianchi is responsive, pragmatic and takes time to understand the business.’

Work highlights

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance advises on the traditional aspects of employment law as well as a range of specialist areas, including ESG issues, equalities matters, internal investigations, data privacy and corporate governance. The firm also assists in management contract negotiations and employee incentive plan discussions. Simonetta Candela is the head of the firm’s Italian employment law department; she is experienced in employment law matters related to corporate law, restructuring processes and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Simonetta Candela


‘Clifford Chance’s labour team is a true business partner which handles disputes with employees and HR issues in Italy.’

‘The Italian labour team at Clifford Chance has a thorough understanding of industry sectors and business models.’

‘Clifford Chance’s attorneys consistently produce top-notch work and always anticipate your needs.’

‘The team’s leading figure is Simonetta Candela, who is well-known for her success in labour lawsuits and defence procedures. She is a top expert in labour law in Italy.’

Key clients

Daikin Applied Europe S.p.A.


Work highlights

  • Advised a global leader in IT infrastructure to set and implement its strategy of full return to office after the COVID-19 emergency in many European jurisdiction, coordinating cross border the offices of Clifford Chance and the external referral firms.
  • Advised and assisted a leading international beverage company in internal investigations and in the consequent disciplinary procedure and termination of contract with a manager and with a sales agent, in analysing the position of other employees and suppliers, and in negotiating final out-of court settlements of the claims.
  • Advising and assisting a major international retail group in extraordinary transactions, collective dismissal procedures and strategic litigation with employment authorities and with a former manager.


Dentons boasts a strong employment practice, advising on employment, labour, social security and trade union matters. The practice assists international clients on restructurings and reorganisations, industrial relations and agency relationships. The firm, with locations across the globe, is well-adapted to support its clients on cross-border matters. Davide Boffi is the employment practice head, providing assistance on domestic and international employment matters. He is experienced in trade union negotiations, corporate restructurings, individual and collective dismissals, and M&A-related employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Davide Boffi


‘Luca De Menech has outstanding client orientation and timeliness in responding to urgent and delicate requests.’

‘High level collaboration on different areas: legal & compliance, HR, administration & finance.’

‘Dentons is a very reliable partner. Professionalism, availability and a sense of urgency make them a strategic stakeholder for legal compliance.’

‘Davide Boffi is really competent in all employment matters with an international approach who can help in addressing the strategy in complex international organisations where the countries impacted could be more than one.’

‘Luca De Menech always assures the company through his great professionalism, preparation and understanding of the business.’

‘Not only are they notable subject experts, who are used to explaining the legal framework of reference in a comprehensive way, but they  also help the client in finding practical and compliant solutions.’

‘They are a real global organization, which can support Italian clients in communicating/explaining local legal matters to top managers and other internal stakeholder based abroad. They are the best for multinational companies.’

Key clients



Caixa Bank





Morato Group

Work highlights

  • Advising CaixaBank on the employment aspects related to the opening of its first Italian branch in Milan and assisting in obtaining the banking licence that will enable CaixaBank to manage clients locally and directly offer a wide range of financial and banking services.
  • Assisting Celanese Corporation, a company active in the chemical and specialty materials sector, in the employment aspects related to the transfer of its thermoplastic co-polyester (TPC) and hotmelt polyester business, including the Ferrara Donegani unit and all related assets to Taro Plast, a plastic compounding company based in Soragna (PR).
  • Advising Saipem, a world leading company in the oil and gas services industry, providing engineering, construction, and drilling of onshore and offshore projects, on the employment aspects related to the corporate reorganisation for the sale of the company’s entire onshore drilling division to KCA Deutag.

FAILLA & Partners

Taking on four new associates in 2023, employment boutique FAILLA & Partners aids companies in contentious and non-contentious matters related to acquisitions, agency agreements, disciplinary procedures, dismissals, social security, reorganisations and industrial relations. In particular, the firm has increased its expertise in internal investigations on matters ranging from allegations of sexual misconduct to employment contract breaches. Founding member and managing partner Luca Failla is noted for his management of sensitive reorganisations and restructuring projects on the national and international stage. Within the team, Marcello Buzzini is noted for his assistance in employment-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Luca Failla; Marcello Buzzini; Elisabetta Cassaneti; Claudia Marasciuolo; Paola Salazar


‘Exceptional knowledge, associated with a long and successful experience, as well as an innate capability of the founder to share solutions in an easy way.’

‘Responsive, competent and accurate.’

‘Well-rounded lawyers, able to work with international clients.’

‘The team is very competent and well-organised in order to provide the client with a wide range of services. The consultancy is precise and open to any kind of discussion. Every component of the team is very business oriented and is capable of connecting legal aspects to the corporate needs.’

‘The founder Luca Failla is an outstanding professional. His attention to all details, and meticoulous approach to the facts, along with a long legal experience in the labour world and the capability to reassure his clients make you feel him more as a colleague than a consultant ’

Key clients





La Perla






International School Florence

Riva Acciaio

Feltrinelli Publishing Group

Elior Group

Acqua & Sapone

Alfa Laval

Chaberton Human Resources Services


Alfa Laval

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici advises clients of all sizes on employment law matters across industries, such as fashion, logistics, financial services, food & beverages and insurance. The team is equipped to assist on complex litigation, industrial relations and restructurings as easily as it assists on day-to-day advisory matters. The practice is led by Paola Tradati, who focuses on restructuring processes and collective dismissals, and Nicola Bonante, who specialises on industrial relations. In April 2023, Pietro Scianna left the firm for Osborne Clarke.

Practice head(s):

Paola Tradati; Nicola Bonante


‘Paola Tradati is exceptionally talented. He is a sharp, direct and well prepared professional.

‘Nicola Bonante’s professionalism and clear communication make him a valuable asset to any organization. He is truly exceptional in every way.’

‘A team of very responsible, helpful and competent people like no other.’

‘The labour team, both senior and younger lawyers, has a high level of competence and an excellent knowledge of the sector.’

 ‘The employment practice’s exceptional legal expertise, coupled with their creativity and unwavering commitment to timely work, sets them apart in the legal industry.’

‘A multidisciplinary firm capable of assisting the client in detail without losing sight of the overall strategy and the priority objectives to be achieved.’

‘Nicola Bonante and Paola Tradati demonstrate in all issues regarding labour law, a high level of competency, professionality, view of the market and comparison with eventual competitors in the same sector. They have an excellent negotiation capability, very pragmatic, in order to meet the goals agreed with the client and in its interest.’

Key clients

Timac Agro Italia S.p.A.

L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.

Toscana Gomma S.p.A.

Olmo Giuseppe S.p.A.

Inaz S.r.l.

Coesia Group

Kryalos SGR

A2A Group

Helena Rubinstein S.p.A.

Gefin Real Estate S.p.A.

Tep Renawables S.r.l.

Target Sinergie S.r.l.

Benasedo S.p.A.

Deko S.r.l.

Cheil Italia S.r.l.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke maintains a concentrated practice of lawyers with experience in handling reorganisations and restructurings, as well as employment litigation. The firm’s global coverage ensures a seamless cross-border service for major, multinational, employment matters. It is also well-equipped to handle labour issues arising in the technology sector. Pietro Scianna, who joined the firm in April 2023 from Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici, heads the employment practice and handles personnel management to the labour law aspects of corporate transactions. Stefano Lava left the practice for Simmons & Simmons in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Scianna


‘Pietro Scianna is shows exceptional care and diligence when dealing with clients. He’s practical and yet provides all necessary background for a client to make a decision.’

‘Competent, transparent and very professional. They are able to give legal advice always within the client’s business context and always give clients the view of pros and cons of their choices.’

‘Giuliana Caira is very professional, and demonstrates a very business-minded attitude, looking and suggesting pragmatic solutions, in a very timely manner.’

‘They give clients the ability to understand the legal aspects of situations, securing the business and decisions by alerting clients when there are potential dangers.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, always looking for the most appropriate response to the customer’s needs. Ready to check and share legislative updates and to find new and fast solutions’

‘Giuliana Caira does her best to find solutions, so her answers guarantee care and precision.’

Key clients

AIG Europe S.A.

Air Canada

Avalara Inc.

Binda Italia S.r.l.

Coccinelle S.p.A.

Corcym S.r.l.

Diageo Italia S.p.A.

Doctolib S.r.l.

Euroapi Italy S.r.l.

Foresight Group S.r.l.

Grifols Italia S.p.A.

Immofinanz AG

Ivalua S.r.l.

Mandarina Duck S.p.A.

Manucor S.p.A.

Milkrite Interpuls Holding

NHOA Energy S.r.l.

Open Text S.r.l.

Pometon S.p.A.

Premier Research Group S.r.l.

SDM S.r.l.

Sony Music Publishing

Sony Music Entertainment Italy

UCI Italia S.p.A.

United Airlines Inc.

Wex Europe Limited

Wipro Technologies Gmbh

Work highlights

  • Providing legal counsel on labour law to Diageo Group, from day-to-day advice to complex litigation.
  • Advising AIG Europe on compliance with international policies and acquiring appropriate authorisation for software and tools from relevant labour offices.
  • Providing extensive employment law advisory services to United Cinemas International, including on remote labour law training and the labour law aspects of the restitution of a cinema building.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons advises on all matters that may arise in an employment law context, such as labour issues related to major restructurings, senior management exits, internal investigations, litigation and the management of relations with employees. The firm’s international presence and multi-practice nature enables it to provide a full-coverage service complemented by its local knowledge and expertise. Davide Sportelli heads the practice and personally handles individual and collective dismissals as well as employment issues in corporate transactions. Counsel Emanuela Boca is highly experienced in employment law matters, industrial relations, and related litigation while Stefano Lava, who joined from Osborne Clarke in April 2023, specialises in the full spectrum of employment law.

Practice head(s):

Davide Sportelli

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Lava; Emanuela Boca


‘They are pragmatic and extremely commercial.’

‘Responsive, down-to-earth team, extremely competent.’

‘Simmons employment team is really a business partner, with deep knowledge of client’s business and very pragmatical. This makes a real difference compared with other firms.’

Key clients

Giorgio Armani S.p.A.

Giorgio Armani Retail S.r.l. and its branches across the world

Giorgio Armani Operations

LVMH Group including:

LVMH Italia S.p.A.

Sephora Italia S.r.l.

Louis Vuitton Italia S.r.l.

Celine Italia S.r.l.

LVMH Profumi e Cosmetici Italia S.r.l.

Acqua di Parma S.r.l.

Sephora France SAS

The Capital Market Company


ION Trading

F2i SGR S.p.A.





FTI Consulting

EP Produzione

Aurel BGC




Renato Menegatti

Angelo Gordon



Credito Emiliano S.p.A.

Credem Euromobiliare Private Banking S.p.A.

Credem Private Equity S.G.R. S.p.A.

We Are Social S.r.l.

Zambelli & Partners

Zambelli & Partners assists domestic companies and subsidiaries of international groups in restructurings and downsizings. The firm is also well acquainted with trade union law matters, including relationship management with unions, and employment litigation involving senior management. The practice is led by founding and managing partner Angelo Zambelli, reputed for his expertise in planning and implementing extraordinary finance operations and restructuring plans. Barbara Grasselli, within the practice, is known for her advice on personnel restructuring plans for Italian and foreign companies.

Practice head(s):

Angelo Zambelli

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Grasselli; Alberto Testi


‘Always on fire! Innovative, responsible and professional.’

‘Angelo Zambelli is an exceptional employment lawyer.’

‘The legal team is very client-oriented, accessible and practical.’

‘Angelo Zambelli is very skilled and extremely tough: he drives the process forward with his focused and results-oriented attitude.’

‘Zambelli & Partners provides excellent advice on Italian employment law, and their employment litigation capacities are exceptional. They are expert, responsive, pragmatic, and they can translate civil law employment principles for American lawyers.’

‘Barbara Grasselli and her team are practical and pragmatic with their advice, providing a service that works well with the level of support needed. They are always friendly and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank S.p.A.

Autostrada del Brennero S.p.A.

Pietro Fiorentini S.p.A.

Guy Carpenter (Marsh & McLennan Group)

Ubisoft Italia S.p.A.

Roberto Tascione

Piaggio & C. S.p.A.

L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.

ENI S.p.A.

UBS Europe SE – Succursale Italia

Stiga S.p.A.

Astrazeneca S.p.A.

Theramex HQ UK Limited

Theramex Italy S.r.l.

China Construction Bank (Europe) S.A.

Mutares Italy S.r.l.

NatWest Group

Atos Italia S.p.A.

Pillarstone Italy S.p.A.

Unicalce S.p.A.

Kardex Italia S.p.A.

Fincantieri S.p.A.

Sophos Limited

Korian Group

Sherwin-Williams Group

Cerved Group

Cloud Software Operations

Banca Widiba S.p.A.

Terna S.p.A.

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato maintains a robust employment and labour practice in Italy with a strong cross-border element. On the employment side, the firm advises on matters relating to restructurings and reorganisations, redundancies, sensitive investigations as well as trade union law. The firm is also well-versed in disputes over trade secrets. Livio Bossotto heads the practice advising on individual dismissals, agency agreements and cross-border employee transfers for major corporations and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Livio Bossotto

Other key lawyers:

Giorgia Giorgetti; Claudio Chiarella


‘Livio Bossotto is star, capable of handling complex transactions and advice on highly technical matters and supported by an excellent team.’

Key clients


Edmond de Rothschild


International School of Europe

La Galvanina


The Riverside Company

Algebris Investments



Work highlights

  • Advised global infrastructure investment company EQT Infrastructure on the employment law aspects of the acquisition of a 60-percent stake in newly created company, which will own and operate the Italian telecom provider, Wind Tre’s mobile and fixed network.
  • Advising several major Italian companies active in different industry sectors (including food & beverage, fashion and transport) in relation to the multi-jurisdictional review of their whistleblowing and compliance systems further to the new EU Directive on Whistleblowing issued in February 2023.
  • Providing day-by-day consultancy and advice in Italy to our new client, the International School of Europe (Inspired Education Group), a leading global premium schools group with an international network of over 64 schools across five continents.

Daverio & Florio Studio Legale

Daverio & Florio Studio Legale boasts a broad employment practice, covering all aspects of labour and social security law. Its specialisations include advising on employment contracts, disciplinary proceedings, individual and collective dismissals, restructurings, health and safety and pensions. Within the team, Fabrizio Daverio is noted for his M&A-related employment advice, and Salvatore Florio regularly acts on employment matters within the banking sector, including assisting in negotiations with trade unions.


Practice head(s):

Fabrizio Daverio; Salvatore Florio; Bernardina Calafiori; Teresa Florio


‘Very strong team with ability to respond to urgent queries a deep knowledge of Italian employment law.’

‘Spectacularly good employment law team. Incredibly focused and dedicated to their clients.

‘Bernardina Calafiori is a stand out leader – very knowledgeable, responsive and very commercial.’

LCA Studio Legale

LCA Studio Legale maintains a wide scope of practice in its employment department, advising on disputes, recruitment drives, employment agreement negotiations, transfers of undertakings, restructuring processes, trade union relations and social security. In addition, the firm is experienced in assisting leading companies in the employment matters relating to complex M&A transactions. The firm is led by Giuseppe Bologna, who advises on personnel management and employment disputes, and Ranieri Romani, who focuses on collective dismissals and transfers of undertakings.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe Bologna; Ranieri Romani


‘Gabriele Calbrò highly prepared and very strong in arranging cases.’

‘Ranieri Romani is an outstanding lawyer and business oriented.’

‘Collaborative, communicative and update regularly.’

‘Ranieri Romani is very clear about the options one can make and the difficulties it can take to act in certain circumstances.’

‘The team is always available, ready to address critical matters in a quick and efficient way.’

Key clients

Bulgari Hotel

Dole Italia S.p.A.

GamaLife – Companhia de Seguros de Vida


Shareholders of Wisycom S.r.l. (“Wisycom”)

Microsoft S.r.l.

Planckian S.r.l.



The Thinking Traveller

We Are Social

Zed Milano s.r.l.


Work highlights

  • Advising GamaLife throughout the successful trade union consultation procedure for the transfer of employees as part of the client’s €128 million acquisition of a business unit from Zurich Investments Life.
  • Assisted Dole Italia S.p.A. in redefining the company’s organizational chart in the field of occupational safety.
  • Advised Ivory Corporation throughout the entire transfer of undertakings procedure and in the negotiations with the employees in relation to the sale of 100% of its subsidiary, Quickly Group S.r.l., and of the business unit of its subsidiary, Quickly Logistics S.r.l., to Italian subsidiaries of the Bertelsmann group.


Recently expanding its practice with a new office in Bergamo, Lexellent advises its clients across the gamut of the employment field, including assisting on reorganisations, HR management and trade union negotiations as well as day-to-day advisory work. The practice is led by managing partner Giulietta Bergamaschi who advises on personnel management, trade union negotiations and management plans. In May 2023, Matteo Luzzana and Martina Rovetta joined the firm as partner and of counsel respectively.

Practice head(s):

Giulietta Bergamaschi

Littler Mendelson

Littler Mendelson advises major multinational businesses across the whole spectrum of employment law, such as litigation and arbitration, restructurings and reorganisations, remuneration policies and transferring of business. The firm operates domestically and internationally, with experience assessing global corporate policies and collective dismissals. The practice is led by Carlo Majer, who focuses on industrial relations, restructurings and reorganisations, and Edgardo Ratti, who focuses on industrial relations and employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Majer; Edgardo Ratti


‘Prepared and constantly up-to-date on legislation from all members of the team.’

‘Carlo Majer stands out for his extreme preparation added to his experience in multinational corporate contexts, differentiating himself for his effective analysis of local needs compared with the needs of corporate policies.’

‘Dedicated service and attentive to detail, as well as a knowledge of the corporate environment represented valuable individual features in Littler Mendelsson.’

Key clients

Comdata S.p.A.

ENI S.p.A.

Lincoln Electric





Tier Mobility

Work highlights

  • Providing assistance to Comdata in a complex multi-party dispute pending in front of various courts.
  • Advised NASDAQ-listed Lincoln Electric Group on all Italian law aspects of the implementation of a European Works Council within the Group, covering 13 European countries.
  • Advising Omnipresent on all Italian law aspects of its international expansion.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is seasoned in providing advice on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The firm assists domestic and international clients from across industries and focuses its practice on disputes, industrial relations, commercial agency agreements and social security matters. Attilio Pavone is the firm’s head of practice with expertise in corporate restructurings, larger-scale redundancies and individual dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Attilio Pavone

Other key lawyers:

Boris Martella


‘Highly professional team personalised service with an optimal solution.’

‘Boris Martella is a highly professional lawyer with maximum flexibility.’

Key clients

Agos Ducato


B-Team Consulting

CPI Hotel Italy

Dulevo International


Havea Italia




Trane Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Dulevo International S.p.A. on the drafting and negotiations with the relevant territorial and company labor union organizations of an important second-level company bargaining agreement.
  • Advised Trane Technologies, part of the Ingersoll-Rand Company, on employment law aspects of the acquisition of 100 percent of MTA, an Italian-based manufacturer and distributor of sustainable solutions in industrial process cooling, air conditioning and air treatment.
  • Advised Conning Holdings Limited and its shareholder, Cathay Life Insurance Co., Ltd, on employment law issues relating to Conning’s acquisition by Generali Investment Holdings S.p.A., the asset management arm of Italian insurer, Generali Group.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati’s employment department is experienced in advising major national and international clients on matters ranging across employment law. The firm handles employment matters in all major industries within Italy, including food, IT, banking and finance, chemicals, travel and leisure, retail and real estate. Alessandro De Palma  and Luca Garramone lead the employment practice, which also contains Cesare De Falco, noted for his advisory work on relationship management with top managers, corporate crises, mass redundancies and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro De Palma; Luca Garramone

Other key lawyers:

Cesare De Falco


‘Commercial, true partners, technical legal advice and transparent.’

‘Luca Garramone is clear, commercial and pragmatic in advising.’

‘High professionalism, dedication and commitment.’

‘Alessandro De Palma is competent, enthusiastic and a prepared leader.’

Key clients

Prada S.p.A.

MM S.p.A.

Bper Banca S.p.A.

Ingenico Italia S.p.A.

Neo Apotek S.p.A.

A2A S.p.A.

Esperis S.p.A.

Transcom Worldwide Italy S.p.A.

Nomura Financial Products Europe GmbH, Italian branch

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Mayhoola for InvestmentsLLC

Persado Italia S.r.l.

Fielmann S.r.l.

Aeffe S.p.A.

Alten Italia S.p.A.

Irideos S.p.A.

Gattinoni & Co. S.r.l.

Avara Pharmaceutical S.p.A.

Vrent S.p.A.

IMCD Italia S.p.A.

Health Italia S.p.A.

Acropolis S.p.A. (Jumeirah Group)

Canali S.p.A.

La Fourchette (Italy) S.r.l.

Fondazione Telethon

Eurpack Giustini Sacchetti S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a claim against A2A S.p.A. by which the Court ascertained that the suspension of employees based on Covid-19 restrictions was lawful as the relevant regulations were constitutional.
  • Advised Nine Trees Group S.p.A. on complex employment-related aspects of the sale of 100 % of the share capital of Fabbrica Italiana Sintetici S.p.A. including the vendor due diligence and transfer of personnel (including executives).
  • Negotiated with trade unions for De Sanctis Costruzioni S.p.A. over certain collective bargaining agreements at company level, regarding various aspect of the company’s worksites.

Pavia e Ansaldo

The employment team at Pavia e Ansaldo, which regularly assists in employment-related litigation and transaction matters, is led by Enrico Del Guerra, an expert in Italian health and safety regulations and the termination of agency relationships. The firm’s clients come from a range of industries, including construction, fashion, HR and education. Enrico Banchero is noted for his expertise in agency agreements whilst Valentina Simonelli is recognised for her work on M&A-related employment assistance.

Practice head(s):

Enrico Del Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Enrico Banchero; Valentina Simonelli

Key clients

RTA S.p.A.

Alice + Olivia Italia S.r.l

Granarolo S.p.A.

Isoclima S.p.A.

Kofax S.p.A.

Lectra Italia S.p.A.

McKinsey Italia & Co. Inc.

SDA Bocconi School of Management

Standard & Poor’s CMSI S.r.l.

UPMC Italy S.r.l.


PedersoliGattai is well-versed in advising clients on employment matters across an array of industries in Italy, including energy, retail, pharmaceuticals, fashion and automotives. The firm regularly assists multinational corporations on international matters. Its employment focuses are restructuring, senior management dismissals, disciplinary procedures, transfers of undertakings and labour relations. Lorenzo Cairo advises across the spectrum of employment law. Francesco Simoneschi advises national and international clients on industrial relations, reorganisations and restructurings. Within the team, Alessandro Crosta is noted for his litigation and general employment law assistance.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Cairo; Francesco Simoneschi

Other key lawyers:

Alessandro Crosta; Francesco D’Avanzo, Federica Ferretti, Umberto Villa; Andrea Scarpellini


‘Most valuable characteristics full understanding of company needs and strong support to find the proper solution quickness of the answer in case of specific urgency deep knowledge of the content’

‘Francesco D’Avanzo is very skilled with HR matters and in negotiation with trade unions. He is always provides accurate and detailed support.’

‘High specialisation, willing to serve the client and support pragmatically.’

Key clients


Sofinnova Group

Sofinnova Partners

Cotonificio Albini


Majorel Italy







Zurich Italy Bank

Kryalos SGR

Work highlights

  • Advised IQVIA Group in negotiating a company-based collective agreement for fixed-term employment contracts up to 24 months under new regulations.
  • Assisted Sofinnova Group in implementing a well-structured “smart working” programme, enabling employees to work remotely or at the office as needed, allowing the company to manage extraordinary events.

Tesoro & Partners – Employment Law Firm

Employment boutique Tesoro & Partners – Employment Law Firm assists a broad range of clients on domestic and international employment matters. The firm regularly advises on cross-border matters and consistently provides comprehensive ongoing advice to major corporations, such as advising on recruitment, dismissals, disciplinary processes and internal policy changes. The practice is led by Marco Tesoro who is noted for his support in trade union relations matters as well as disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marco Tesoro

Key clients

Verifone Italia S.r.l.

U.C. Sampdoria S.p.A.

Neogen Corporation


Jacobs Engineering Group

Zeeco Europe

Alaro (Camper)

Alliance Pharma

Work highlights

  • Assisted DQG S.r.l. with the sale process of the acquisition of DQG S.r.l. by Sciuker Frames for €13 million plus 120,000 Sciuker shares, reviewing the employment due diligence process and liaising with all the employment matters raised by Sciuker’s advisors.
  • Assisted Clessidra with the employment law elements of the acquisition of Everton, a leading company in the production of tea and infusions.

UnioLex - Stucchi & Partners

UnioLex - Stucchi & Partners advises major multinational corporations on employment matters, providing assistance on all aspects of employment law, including litigation, collective agreements, industrial relations, competition matters, data processing and whistle-blowing. Head of practice Olimpio Stucchi is well-versed in handling employment matters across industries, such as insurance, banking fashion, manufacturing, retail and tourism. Paola Gobbi and Andrea Savoia also head the practice and boast broad expertise in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Olimpio Stucchi; Paola Gobbi; Andrea Savoia


‘Great technical preparation in multiple areas, prompt answers and diligent approach to problems. They are very efficient and effective.’

‘UNIOLEX means professionalism.’

‘They are very professional and really focused in understanding clients’ needs, giving the correct advice for the decisions to be taken.’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Nexans Group

Esaote Group

BCube Group


Roland Berger

LDC-Louis Dreyfus Company

Ersel Bank

Mondialpol Group

Laboratoires D’Uriage

MIP-Politecnico di Milano

Polimi Graduate School of Business

Istituto Marangoni

Flossbach von Storch

Legacoop Lombardia

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano


Fondazione di Carità Arti e Mestieri

emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KgaA

Kyowa Hakko Bio Italia

Zeus Capital Asset Management

Made Scarl

Work highlights

  • Provides strategic advice to a leader in high voltage and special cables, in the reorganization project Electrify the Future related to the new business of electrification, with consequent downsizing in traditional carbon areas and oil and gas.
  • Assisting an company operating in the logistics sector, in a complex dispute against two former directors and employees for unlawful competition includes parasitism and diversion of employees, with a multimillion compensation action.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani assists clients in employment matters across industries, including in aviation, automotive, energy, cereals, oil and gas, fashion, pharmaceuticals and publishing. The firm is experienced in providing day-to-day employment as advice as well as advising on collective and individual dismissals, litigation, M&A-related employment matters and reorganisations. Guido Callegari leads the employment practice with a personal focus on industrial relations, litigation, senior management relations and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Guido Callegari

Other key lawyers:

Isabella Basilico


‘Guido Callegari’s level of experience is remarkable. His depth of knowledge in the legal field is apparent, and it provides a sense of assurance that clients’ legal matters are in capable hands.’

‘Isabella Basilico stands out for her meticulous attention to detail and dedication to comprehensive research. She leaves no stone unturned, ensuring that every aspect of clients’ cases is thoroughly examined.’

‘The teams are extremely helpful, are able to understand matters and deal with all things with professionalism and punctuality.’

Key clients



Biocure SRL

Circana S.R.L.

Dental Trey S.R.L.

DNP Photomask Europe SpA

Dunlop Conveyor Belting

Dyna Brains


Emtransit S.R.L.

Erbsloeh Geisenheim GMBH

Free Energy Group


G&W Electric

Henry Schein

Husco International

Information Resources S.R.L.

Inter Cars Italia S.R.L. (Inter Cars Group)


Lamothe Abiet Sas


Liberty Motors S.A.

Liebot Italia S.R.L. (Liebot Group)

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials S.r.l.

Nextenergy Group


Riskpoint A/S

Rolex Sa And Rolex Italia SpA

Stanley International Betting Group

Tier Mobility

Universal Leaf Tobacco International, INC.

Urban Science

WC Loc Italia S.R.L.

Work highlights

  • Advised the G&W connection with the dissolution and closing down of the operations of their Italian subsidiary G&W S.R.L.
  • Advising Henry Schein Group in connection with the move of its warehouse from the area of Milan to Piacenza, involving the move of around 15 employees of the company.
  • Advised and assisted the Ball and the Italian subsidiary Ball Beverage Packaging Italia Srl, located in Nogara (Verona), in connection with the bankruptcy of its provider of logistic services.

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is well-practiced in assisting major corporate and financial, Italian clients across the gamut of employment law. The firm has appeared before Italy’s highest appellate court in connection with labour disputes and is experienced in handling the employment and social security aspects of extraordinary administration procedures. The practice is led by Patrizio Bernardo who maintains broad employment expertise.

Practice head(s):

Patrizio Bernardo


‘ The firm takes a holistic approach with its clients. It looks at all aspects of how an issue will impact the overall business.’

‘The individuals are very well educated in their subject area and can answer most questions immediately.’

Key clients

Acciaierie Venete S.p.A.

Borbonese S.p.A.

Dainese S.p.A.

Ceva Logistics Italia S.r.l.

hGears Padova S.p.A.

Lago S.p.A.

Napo Therapeutics S.p.A.

AFV Acciaierie Beltrame S.p.A.

Spreafico Francesco e F.lli S.p.A.

Synextra S.p.A.

Preca Brummel S.p.A.

Westport Fuel Systems Italia S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Richemont Italia Holding S.p.A., the Italian subsidiary of one of the most remarkable luxury goods holding company (Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A.), in the acquisition of a controlling stake in Gianvito Rossi S.r.l., a well renowned Italian shoemaking Maison.
  • Assisted IKEA Italia, the Italian arm of the leading Sweden-based home furnishings retailer in the first phase of their complex redefinition and renegotiation of the contract for logistics services at their warehouse in Piacenza.
  • Assisting Acciaierie Venete S.p.A. with day-to-day consultancy services as well as with court litigation.

Deloitte Legal Italy -Società tra Avvocati a r.l.

Deloitte Legal Italy -Società tra Avvocati a r.l. assists national and multinational clients in employment matters across a range of industries, including logistics, transportation, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and food and beverage. The firm is primed to assist on cross-border as part of the broader Deloitte Legal global network. Alessandra Maniglio, who heads the employment and benefits practice, is deeply familiar health and safety regulations for workplaces. In June 2023, Pietro Venerando retired from the practice whilst Stefano Miniati was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Alessandra Maniglio


‘What makes them unique is the ability to understand and cope with the business needs of the marketing technology industry, which is pretty new and challenging from a legal perspective.’

‘Above all the open-mindedness and passion commit to support our challenges. Then surely even the ability to adapt and exploit the most of each and any situation.’

‘Andrea Bonanni Caione is a very competent labour lawyer with a deep knowledge of labour law.’

‘They are very efficient, proactive, competent and professional. They have a new approach, similar to an in-house office of a company and also digitally oriented.’

‘Andrea Bonanni is competent every time.’

‘The team is made up of professionals with specific and differing skills allowing clients to deal with every legal issue.’

Key clients

MAW Group

Optima S.p.a.

Contactlab S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised Contactlab S.r.l. on the transition from an Industry Telecommunication CBA to the Tertiary NCBA, negotiating a full harmonization agreement with unions.


EY TAX & LAW ITALY provides its clients day-to-day advice on employment matters as well as litigation and transaction-specific employment support. The firm is experienced with disciplinary procedures, health and safety, dismissals, industrial relations, compensation, agency contracts and collective agreements. Managing partner and head of practice Stefania Radoccia is well-versed in restructuring, reorganisation and M&A-related employment matters. Maria Teresa Ianella advises on M&A-related employment matters and industrial relations. Matteo Fusillo was a new arrival in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Stefania Radoccia

Other key lawyers:

Maria Teresa Ianella; Matteo Fusillo


‘The advice is always flawless from a technical point of view and leads clients to make the correct choices and decisions.’

‘Tamborini Matteo and Goggi Chiara always operate with great competence.’

Key clients

Gate Gourmet Italia S.r.l.


Pernod Ricard


Patricia Urquiola Spa

Alviero Martini

Smith + Nephew



Grimaldi Alliance

Grimaldi Alliance is adept at advising clients on a broad range of employment matters, such as restructurings and downsizings, collective dismissals, industrial relations and litigation relating to senior management. Enrico Enrico Boursier Niutta is noted for his work advising national and international clients on trade union and employment matters. In January 2023, Giovanni Morpurgo left for, and Chiara Torino joined from, Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo.

Practice head(s):

Enrico Boursier Niutta; Maddalena Boffoli; Antonio Armentano; Federico D’Aiuto; Patrizio Maria Raimondi

Other key lawyers:

Chiara Torino


‘Strong knowledge of the M&A and energy market.’

‘Daniela Fioretti is a very strong professional, with strong technical knowledge and commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Trelleborg Wheel Systems Italia S.p.A.

Terna S.p.A.

British American Tobacco S.p.A.

Angelini Pharma S.p.A.

Landi Renzo

TIM S.p.A.

Cotral S.p.A.

Prometeon Tyre Group s.r.l.

Enel Group

Dicofarm S.p.A.

Atac S.p.A.

Open Fiber S.p.A.

Unirelab S.r.l.

Gruppo Biancamano S.p.A.

Interflora Italia S.p.A.

Snaitech S.p.A.

Barents Reinsurance SA

Dsquared2 S.p.A.

Isaia e Isaia S.p.A.

RATP Dev Italia S.r.l.

Key2people Executive Search Srl

Work highlights

  • Assistance to Gori S.p.A. in the drafting of latest individual/corporate agreement concerning remote working, which allowed the company to become a landmark for all other companies in the area of the Campania Region.
  • Assistance to Tim S.p.A. in the drafting of agency agreements with TIM Business Partners, development of existing agency relationships and legal advice on related indemnity and termination fees.
  • Assistance to Gruppo Biancamano S.p.A. in extraordinary administration in union negotiations for the transfer of employees following the corporate transfer, which resulted in savings for the procedure bodies and the preservation of employees’ rights.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates regularly advises employers on matters relating to personnel management, both on a day-to-day and a situation-specific basis. The firm is well-versed in employment and labour issues across industries, including technology, tourism, digital media, pharmaceuticals, logistics and transportation. Roberto Podda is the head of the labour, employment and workplace safety department - he routinely advises multinational corporations and national industrial groups on all aspects of employment law matters.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Podda


‘Good advice on Italian labour law & complex procedures by people who know their business and are responsive when needed.’

‘Roberto Podda and his team’s quality of service and response time is consistent. He is a lawyer who listens to the client and adapts to circumstances.’

‘The K&L Gates employment team in Italy is very knowledgeable in their subject matter. They are reactive and do a good job of helping international companies navigate the complexities of Italian law in this area.’

‘Roberto Podda has great skill as an attorney and an advisor.’

Key clients


Sanda Vadò S.r.l.

StatPro Italy

Voss Fluid

Quickparts Srl

Red Hat Italia

TraceLink Inc.

Flir Systems Srl

Stilo Srl

Lamaro SpA

LabCorp., Inc

Baschieri & Pellagri SpA

Fiocchi Munizioni SpA

Dematic GmbH

New Crazy Colors Srl

Bertone Design Group

AVM Gestioni Sgr SpA

Augusta Ratio Group

Industrie Saleri Italo SpA

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cestaro Rossi in a legal opinion on secondment according to French labor law and Italian labor law.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe frequently assists with domestic and cross-border employment matters, whether contentious or non-contentious. The firm is particularly skilled in advising on matters relating to M&A transactions, industrial relations, employee incentives, collective dismissals, agency agreements and litigation. Mario Scofferi heads the practice whilst advising on the management of employment relations and agency relationships.

Practice head(s):

Mario Scofferi


‘The team is extremely competent about employment law matters. They are also able to show you all alternatives, make a precise risk assessment and advice on the best solution.’

‘Mario Scofferi and his team are really outstanding.’

‘Always prepared, up-to-date and proactive.’

‘The legal team in Orrick is able to go deep into any aspect of a problem, showing to the customer all the risks and opportunities, suggesting possible courses of action.’

Key clients

Be Power S.p.A.

Banca Carige S.p.A.

Renovars S.p.A.



Farmacosmo S.r.l.

LBO France Gestion SAS

Kantar group and Xtel S.r.l.

Jaquar and Company Private Ltd.

Lifebrain S.r.L.

Bianalisi S.p.A.


BPER Banca S.p.A.

Pearson Education Resources Italy S.r.L.

Work highlights

  • Assisted the BPER Group with all labour aspect of its strategic partnership with the Gardant Group for the management of impaired loans originated by the BPER Banca Group and the sale of certain impaired loan portfolios to AMCO and companies controlled by Elliott funds.
  • Assisted Chromavis S.p.A. on the structuring of all labour agreements and policies related to the creation of a new legal entity, which also involved implementing second-level agreements to be negotiated with the unions.

Portolano Cavallo

Portolano Cavallo is familiar with employment law matters across industries, with a particular strength in the digital and media sectors. The firm is expert in issues relating to special collective agreements, social security and changes connected to technology in the workplace. Andrea Gangemi is the head of practice and specialises in employment contracts for senior management, consultation agreements, incentives and dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Gangemi


‘Portolano’s employment team are collaborative and reliably responsive.’

‘Andrea Gangemi is a valued partner for all matters concerning Italy.’

‘Andrea Gangemi is super responsive and commercial in his approach. He has a thorough knowledge of the law and gives the answers without burdening clients with too much legal detail.’

Work highlights

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters for its clients. The firm’s scope of practice is wide, covering industrial relations, individual and collective dismissals, restructurings, M&A-related transactions, disciplinary procedures and senior management agreements. Its clientele includes major national and multinational corporations. The practice is led by Giuseppe Bulgarini d’Elci who regularly advises across the spectrum of labour and trade union law.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe Bulgarini d’Elci


‘High professionalism and wide expertise in the whole team.’

‘Trusted, prepared lawyers giving prompt feedback.’

Key clients

Statkraft Italia S.r.l.

Triumph International Rome S.p.A.

Fratelli Branca Distillerie S.p.A.

FleetCor Technologies Group

Do&Co Group

Gènèrale pour l’Enfant – GPE (SM Italia – Du Pareil au Même)

Conceria di Cuneo S.r.l.

Louisiane S.p.A.

Atelier HCI S.r.l.

Bormioli Luigi S.p.A.

La Tecnica di Preti Giorgio e Fratelli S.n.c.

Labeyrie Fine Foods S.a.s.

Logista Italia S.p.A.

Norwegian Air Resources Limited

Enplus Italia S.r.l.

Deca Italia S.r.l.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems Italia S.p.A.

Pini Group S.r.l.

Pini Group S.A.

Gelati Menne S.r.l.

Mariotti S.r.l.

Poste Italiane S.p.A.

Florens Asset Management (Italy) S.r.l.

Eurovision Italy S.r.l.

Elements S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised Fratelli Branca Distillerie S.p.A. in the negotiation and drafting of five collective company agreements aimed at overcoming a stratification of over 80 years of company agreements on various issues impacting in various areas the management of staff.
  • Advised Statkraft Italia S.r.l., the Italian wing of Norwegian renewable energy producer Statkraft Group, on a flexible working agreement negotiated with the trade union Fisascat-Cisl.
  • Advised PINI GROUP S.A., Swiss company in the field of infrastructure design and underground works, in a procedure for the acquisition of a business from a bankrupt company, Geodata S.p.A., whose complexity lay in agreeing with the trade unions the transfer of a number of employees lower than that employed on the company site to be acquired.

SZA Studio Legale

SZA Studio Legale focuses its employment practice on four key issue-types: dismissals, health and safety, employment litigation and transfers of undertakings. The firm is also growing its gender equality and ESG expertise which are two burgeoning employment law areas within Italy. In addition, the firm regularly advises national and international clients in labour litigation and industrial relations. Luca Borghi leads the practice with particular skill in assisting public organisations.

Practice head(s):

Luca Borghi


‘A close-knit team attentive to customer needs.’

‘Luca Borghi and Roberta del Bianco are precise, punctual, competent, flexible and able to listen and understand the overall context in which the customer’s needs are framed.’

‘The strength of the team at the SZA firm is certainly its great ability to collaborate.’

Key clients

Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente

Lario Reti Holding Spa

Water Alliance

Alfa srl

SEI Toscana S.r.l.


Milano Serravalle Milano Tangenziali Spa

Fondazione Cineteca Italiana


Comune di Sedriano

Neutalia S.r.l.

Asl Valle d’Aosta

Asl 4 Regione Liguria

Fondazione MBBM

Comune di Seregno

Comune di Jerago con Orago

Work highlights

  • Assisted Agesp, Amga and Cap Holding on the acquisition of ACCAM which manages a waste-to-energy plant.
  • Assisted Bassetto, a private family company, with the closure of their historic construction company.
  • Assisted Aler Bergamo with the dismissal for just cause of the anti-corruption and transparency manager.