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Boursier Niutta & Partners
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Employment in Italy
Noted for its strength in depth, BonelliErede’s team is ‘professional and highly knowledgeable’ and is a popular choice for clients in a wide range of sectors seeking advice on M&A-related employment issues, employee protection, international employment law matters, workforce downsizing, collective redundancy procedures and consultations with trade unions. Marcello Giustiniani assisted Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena with the restrictions on executive remuneration arising from state aid regulations and advised Assicurazioni Generali on industrial relations with the European Works Council relating to several M&A transactions carried out across Europe. Antonella Negri is another key member of the practice.
LABLAW - Studio Legale has outstanding expertise in employment litigation, industrial labour relations, reorganisations and M&A transactions. Founding partner Francesco Rotondi acted for NH Italia regarding the implementation in Italy of organisational changes launched at a European level, resolving the relationship with some of the leading corporate management representatives. Co-founder Avv Luca Failla advised Italian fashion house Brioni on a reorganisation that led to the dismissal of more than 400 employees, including negotiations with the Ministry of Economic Development and trade union representatives. Other highlights include assisting Adecco with the employment aspects of the acquisition of two branches of IBM.
Boutique firm Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo’s sizeable team ‘sets itself apart in terms of innovation in the products it provides, but also in the internal management of the work’, ‘giving clear advice and strategy for every single case’. Franco Toffoletto ‘foresees where the market is going and proposes solutions on that basis’, as evidenced by his advice to an equipment manufacturer on the first edition of an automated online contract service created by the company for its clients. The ‘competent, reliable and responsive’ Emanuela Nespoli acted for Autogrill in negotiations with trade unions regarding the early retirement of up to 500 employees. Also highly recommended are Raffaele De Luca Tamajo, Aldo Bottini and Valeria Morosini.
Jointly headed by Uberto Percivalle and Massimiliano Biolchini, Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie is frequently involved in executives and directors-related matters, compliance, as well as in restructurings, business transfers, outsourcing transactions and trade union law. The team recently advised Stella McCartney on all employment activities related to the spin-off of its operations from the Kering Group and assisted Scripps Networks with the integration process in Italy following its acquisition by Discovery Communications. Other clients include Valeo, Borg Warner and Groupon.
DLA Piper’s areas of expertise includes collective dismissals, industrial relations, social security law issues related to M&A matters, reorganisations and employee transfers. Practice co-head Fabrizio Morelli advised HCL Technologies Italy on the transfer of employees from IBM and the drafting of settlement agreements; fellow co-head Giampiero Falasca assisted Pfizer with several employment-related matters, including designing an innovative welfare plan for employees. On the contentious side, the group is defending Almaviva against 1,000 claims filed by former employees following a large company restructuring and mass dismissal procedure.
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners has strong transactional and contentious capabilities. Cristina Capitanio is advising steel and mining company ArcelorMittal on employment-related matters following the acquisition of Ilva, including consultation procedures with unions, workforce structuring and outsourcing. Other highlights include assisting Convergys with strikes and handling individual and union claims to the Labour Court arising from the closure of its offices in Milan. Paola Tradati and Nicola Bonante left in March 2018 with four associates to join Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Studio Legale Associato; Alessandra Ferroni and Saverio Schiavone now lead the team, which also features Raffaella Betti Berutto.
Grimaldi Studio Legale specialises in advising clients in the private sector on trade unions relations, procedures for collective redundancies and individual dismissals, disciplinary procedures and employee transfers. Highly regarded practice head Angelo Zambelli assisted fashion company Boglioli with a collective dismissal procedure following the client's acquisition by private equity fund Phi Industrial from Wise. The group is also active in contentious matters; it is representing the former CEO of British Telecom Italia, Gianluca Cimini, in a dispute with the company following his dismissal for disciplinary reasons, and successfully defended Sirti against a claim filed by Fiom-Cgil regarding the early termination of the company-level agreement providing for the payment of a results bonus.
At Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati, Pietro Ichino is strongly recommended. The team focuses on litigation pertaining to individual or collective contract terminations, claims for higher positions, harassment cases, demotion and social security issues. Other areas of expertise include M&A-related labour due diligence, employment-related agreements, workplace regulations and advising on pension funds.
Traditionally focused on advising clients in the pharmaceutical, financial and manufacturing sectors, the team at Legance - Avvocati Associati provides ‘innovative advice that is tailored to meet the specific challenges of the client’ and is increasingly involved in all employment law matters in a variety of sectors. ‘Top lawyer’ Alberto Maggi is advising the government-appointed commissioners of Ilva on several industrial relations and employment issues arising from the extraordinary administration procedure, including the transfer of the business to AM Investco Italy. Other highlights include assisting pharmaceutical company MSD with a collective dismissal procedure and acting for Cisco System on the Italian employment law aspects arising from the acquisition of BroadSoft. Silvia Tozzoli and Tommaso Li Bassi, who adopts a ‘loyal and reliable approach', are also recommended.
Trifirò & Partners
With offices across Italy, Trifirò & Partners stands out for its expertise in all aspects of employment law, from the negotiation of contracts, dismissals, transfers of business and trade union law, to due diligence and representation in litigation. Founding partner Salvatore Trifirò is strongly recommended.
Bird & Bird provides ‘a great level of quality and professionalism’ in litigation, management of personnel, M&A operations, outsourcing and restructuring matters. Practice head Amedeo Rampolla advised a client on all issues related to the management of its personnel, from hiring to dismissals as well as handling negotiations and litigation, and assisted Mascaraplus Cosmetics with the process of changing its applicable collective bargaining agreements. Caterina Rucci left to join Fieldfisher Italy in January 2018.
The ‘available and trustworthy’ team at Chiomenti often acts for clients in the luxury goods sector, as evidenced by its advice to Ralph Lauren regarding the restructuring of its corporate functions following a large redundancy plan, and to Pomellato on the redefining of the wage treatment of management and employees, including negotiations with the union. Emanuele Barberis, who heads the practice, and Annalisa Reale are the key names to note.
Led by Simonetta Candela, Clifford Chance's team regularly advises clients on compliance and regulatory-related matters, including GDPR implementation, internal investigations, whistleblowing policies, remuneration policies in the banking and financial services sectors and employee claims. The team also assists international clients with the reorganisation of their business in anticipation of Brexit and with M&A-related employment issues.
De Luca & Partners is ‘very effective in understanding the business implications, drafting a solution and negotiating with counterparts’. Noted for its ‘in-depth knowledge of the Italian market’, the team, which is led by the ‘very competent’ Vittorio De Luca, specialises in employment law compliance and due diligence, freelance and self-employment contracts, agency agreements, health and safety in the workplace, pensions and social security, data protection and immigration. Alberto De Luca is another name to note.
Commended for its ‘reliability, availability, presence and business-oriented approach’, the team at Dentons has experience across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, predominantly advising clients from the financial services, TMT, healthcare, infrastructure, energy, retail and automotive sectors. Davide Boffi is the key name. Iacopo Aliverti Piuri joined Alteregal in April 2018 and former practice head Aldo Calza left to found his own employment boutique in March 2019.
Nctm Studio Legale’s ‘competent and skilled’ department includes practice head Michele Bignami and newly promoted partner Francesca Pittau. Recent highlights include assisting the Maersk Group with a collective dismissal procedure and with the dismissal of two country managers, defending CAI - Alitalia against 700 claims brought by transferred employees following a company restructuring, and acting for the Auchan Group on setting up a corporate welfare plan and in negotiations with trade unions.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons advises clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work, recently assisting NTT Data EMEA with the reorganisation of its upper senior management structure and acting for Decathlon in investigations and subsequent disciplinary procedures, as well as in several disputes regarding dismissals and transfers of employees. The ‘helpful, trustworthy and always available’ Davide Sportelli heads the team.
Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato
Noted for its ‘strong experience in dealing with large companies and organisations’, Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato is mainly involved in non-contentious work, from employment restructurings, contract negotiations, incentive plans and redundancy plans to employee issues arising from M&A transactions, investigations and data protection matters. Counsel Livio Bossotto advised Playtech on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of a 70% stake in the share capital of betting company Snaitech and assisted Antonio Giuffré with the negotiation of his exit from Giuffrè Editore following the acquisition of the company by Editions Lefebvre Sarrut.
With a ‘great track record of successful trials’ and 'a remarkable expertise in employment law’, Boursier Niutta & Partners has ‘the ability to put high technical skills at the service of the client’s needs’. Luca Garramone is highly regarded for his ‘great technical approach and experience, which enables him to find solutions to the most complex issues’, and the ‘very competent’ Sergio Codella has recently been promoted to partner. Carlo Boursier Niutta heads the team. Notable clients include British American Tobacco, A2A and Santen Italy.
De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani focuses on advising clients on individual and collective employment termination, labour litigation, industrial relations, business restructurings and due diligence. In recent highlights, practice head Guido Callegari advised Bob Martin on the closure of a factory and the collective dismissal of employees, and assisted Stanley International Betting with the negotiation of an employment contract with an Italian country manager.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Led by Luca Capone, the ‘strong and committed’ team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is ‘able to interpret legislative changes and provide solutions to effectively manage the workforce’. The group is particularly experienced in pensions and benefits matters, M&A transactions, outsourcing projects, individual and collective dismissals and investigations, and is also active in the resolution of employment disputes. Clients include BT, Danone, Burberry Italy Retail and Honeywell Technologies.
At Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners, the team is ‘able to combine the need to explore and analyse the law with the need to consider the real environment and constraints’. Lorenzo Cairo, who is ‘very attentive to business and able to find solutions in complex contexts’, advises clients such as CVC and Argenta on M&A-related matters and is also active in individual and collective dismissals procedures, restructurings, union relationships and employment litigation.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s areas of strength are industrial relations, dismissals, workplace health and safety and related companies’ liability, employers’ social security obligations and labour litigation. Notable clients include Hollister, Moleskine and Verbatim. Practice head Vittorio Moresco and Francesca Lauro are noted.
Maresca Morrico Boccia & Associati
With specific expertise in the digital and media sectors, Portolano Cavallo covers contentious and non-contentious M&A-related employment matters, dismissal proceedings and restructurings as well as social security and data protection issues. Practice head Andrea Gangemi, who was made partner in April 2018, attracts praise for his ‘excellent know how and competence’. Gaëlle Maisonneuve, formerly of counsel with the firm, moved to an in-house position.