Firms To Watch: Employment

After Giuseppe Bulgarini d'Elci joined from Carnelutti in May 2021, Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley Williams started an employment practice, focusing on workforce restructurings, collective agreements and trade union negotiations.

Employment in Italy

BonelliErede

BonelliErede has a solid position at the top of the employment law market. The team stands out for advising on the full spectrum of matters, including judicial representation and cross-border cases, and for the good reputation of its partners. Widely recognised Marcello Giustiniani heads the team and often leads on matters in connection to senior management remuneration, reorganisations and mass redundancies. Marco Maniscalco, who leads the sports law focus team, concentrates his practice on trade union matters. Among others, Antonella Negri focuses on social security litigation, particularly in the healthcare, life sciences, and insurance sectors. Associate Stefano Calabria has particular expertise in top managers’ remuneration and incentive plans and employee’s international mobility.

Practice head(s):

Marcello Giustiniani

Other key lawyers:

Vittorio Pomarici; Alessia Varesi; Martino Ranieri; Arianna Colombo

Testimonials

‘The BonelliErede team has been well known for 25 years and they deeply know the organisation and the governance of their clients’ companies. The team helps excellently in labour matters.’

‘Vittorio Pomarici is smart, efficient and a problem solver. Alessia Varesi is always available on a daily basis. Martino Ranieri is a true expert in litigation.’

‘The team’s uniqueness lies in their ability to be a very large and structured law firm with all kinds of skills, and at the same time to offer a service that can make the client feel supported without depersonalizing the relationship.’

‘Arianna Colombo: high competence and absolute willingness to assist every day.’

‘Exceptional quality standards.’

‘Preparation, availability.’

Key clients

Accenture

Aon Italia

Atlantia

Assicurazioni Generali

Gucci

Humanitas

Kering Italia

Leonardo

LVMH

Nexi

Saras

UniCredit

Zambon

Work highlights

  • Advising various clients in the amendment of their remuneration policies following the adoption of the rules of the EU Shareholder Rights Directive II and the new Consob Regulations and the adoption of recommendations regarding dividends distribution and variable remuneration in the context of Covid-19 emergency.
  • Advising various clients in relation to the implementation of new protocols to contain the risk of contagion, to set up new procedure for a gradual reopening of the company offices, to organise Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and all the legal issues related to the Covid-19 emergency.
  • Advised UniCredit in relation to the negotiation of the terms and condition of the CEO’s exit agreement and the appointment of the new CEO.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides leading employment law advice and representation across all labour, social security, and trade union matters. The management of collective dismissals, international industrial relations and all aspects relating to M&A transactions distinguish the firm. The practice houses high-calibre professionals, including practice heads Giampiero Falasca, who stands out among other matters for his engagement in publishing about employment law in different Italian newspapers, and ‘highly recommended’ Fabrizio Morelli. Federico Strada is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Giampiero Falasca; Fabrizio Morelli

Other key lawyers:

Federico Strada

Testimonials

‘Ability to interpret customer needs and to provide complete and effective solutions. The presence of experienced professionals from different disciplines allows us to offer integrated and qualified consultancy. The firm’s organizational structure is innovative. These are not consultants who intervene when necessary, but real partners who support you in business development’

‘Competence, availability, reliability, team spirit and empathy are the characteristics that distinguish DLA professionals.’

‘DLA are more pragmatic than other well-known firms in Italy and provide more succinct advice, always keeping the global nature of our business in mind. They have offered good value for money.’

‘Federico Strada makes himself available for calls at short notice (including out of hours where necessary), meaning he is easy to reach for urgent queries and gives helpful, succinct and pragmatic advice on the spot. He has good industry knowledge, plenty of global experience which shows in his advice and he resources the team with Associates where appropriate.’

‘Competence and availability are the strengths.’

‘Federico Strada: a partner, whose availability, flexibility, commercial approach and competence are appreciated.’

‘A very supportive team who help us achieve our goals by offering high level of consultancy and legal know-how.’

‘High sense of commitment and Fabrizio Morelli is very highly recommended.’

Key clients

Warner Bros

Lidl

Computer Associates

HCL Technologies

Uber

Adobe

Juventus

Valentino

Emirates

Almaviva

Hard Rock Café

Newell Group

Levi Strauss

Work highlights

  • Assistance to Just Eat for the union agreement to hire 4,000 riders.
  • Provided  New mauritius Hotels Limited with extrajudicial assistance, covering the company’s requests for assistance in labour law, tax and criminal matters.

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance – Avvocati Associati is among the main employment law advisors to many Italian and international companies, who mostly benefit from the firm’s multi-practice approach, encompassing corporate, regulatory, tax, health and safety and IP advice. Labour aspects of M&A transactions are central to the team and an area of great activity in the past year; it is among practice head Alberto Maggi‘s core specialisms. Silvia Tozzoli  especially stands out when acting on major reorganizations or implementation of innovative business models. Elena Ryolo is also highly recognised, in particular in connection to trade union consultations and the use of State welfare, redundancy and unemployment programs.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Maggi

Other key lawyers:

Silvia Tozzoli; Tommaso Li Bassi; Elena Ryolo

Testimonials

‘The answers are always complete and given on time. The firm has always shown great professionalism.’

‘Listening skills, immediate understanding of problems and identification of risks. Great punctuality and willingness to respect the timing of the projects assigned with professionalism and competence. In general, the product of the team’s work is always complete and accurate, hardly need a second interaction to refine or complete content, with great benefit for the timely resolution of the legal issues submitted to them.’

‘Elena Ryolo, Senior Counsel. A technically very prepared lawyer with great understanding of the psychological and motivational aspects of labour law issues, and a remarkable vision of the practical implications of legal decisions. Daniele Dellacasa, Managing Associate. A lover of labour law, always up-to-date and able to offer important contributions in decision-making processes.’

‘Tommaso Li Bassi is able to identify solid solutions for critical situations.’

‘Pragmatic legal advice – it’s not just a description about what the Italian law says, but spot on pragmatic advice to take into account the specific context/industry’

‘The overall work of the team is excellent, and each single component considered individually demonstrates a very high level of customer orientation in terms of understanding the needs, willingness to give maximum support in evaluating alternative solutions, timeliness and dedication.’

‘Excellence in service, maximum professionalism and absolute availability in understanding the customer’s needs.’

‘Elena Ryolo combines an extremely deep technical knowledge with a high degree of practicality.’

Key clients

3M

A2A

Algonquin

Ambarella

Amplifon

Avis Budget

Bain Capital

Banca Farmafactoring

Bang & Olufsen

Bayer

BeiGene (Ltd)

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

CommScope

Credito Lombardo Veneto

Cutler & Gross

Daikin Applied Europe

Dana Holding Corporation and Dana Italia

Darag

Diageo Italia S.p.A.

De’ Longhi

Eni S.p.A.

F2i

Feltrinelli

Henkel

ILVA

Kemet Group

Lesaffre Italia

Legal & General Investment Management

Leonardo S.p.A.

Lutech

Maire Tecnimont

Mars

MBDA Italia S.p.A.

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Microsoft

Miroglio Group

Nexi

Parmalat

Olon (Fidia pharma group)

Perrigo

Poste Italiane

Prometeon

Rheinmetall

Safilo

Schneider Electric

Semitec

Shire International GmbH

Snam

SOBI (Swedish Orphan Biovitrum)

Sogeaal

Sonatrach

STMicroelectronics

Sumo Logic

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Group

UniCredit

Tyvak

William Blain International

Wise SGR S.p.A.

Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo

Highly reputed Franco Toffoletto and Raffaele De Luca Tamajo jointly head up the team at boutique firm Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo. The practice has a great national presence (which was enhanced in January 2021 though the opening of a new office in Bari led by Serena Botta), combined with international capabilities thanks to the membership to the international employment law network Ius Laboris, which is ‘highly appreciated’ by clients. Emanuela Nespoli specialises in the compensation and benefits aspect of employment law. Lorenzo Gelmi  is noted for his activity relating to commercial agency agreements and the management of collective redundancies and reorganizations.

Practice head(s):

Franco Toffoletto; Raffaele De Luca Tamajo

Other key lawyers:

Lorenzo Gelmi

Testimonials

‘Attention to the customer and promptness in providing support during the main regulatory updates. The quality of the services offered by the firm though the “Ius laboris” network is highly appreciated.’

‘Ornella Patanè and Stefano De Luca Tamajo: ability to interact in a personalized way with the client.’

‘Deep scientific knowledge, team with complete areas of specialization, immediate availability for direct contact, outstanding technology, completeness of opinions, international profile, perfect alignment with business needs. Overall, there are no possible comparisons with any other labour law firm in Italy’.

‘High scientific level, personal flexibility, 24/7 availability. Franco Toffoletto, Emanuela Nespoli, Laura Mancini are resolutive.’

‘Lorenzo Gelmi: a champion! Competence, speed, practical solution orientation and not theoretical dissertations.’

‘Aldo Palumbo I have been working with the lawyer Palumbo for years and I appreciate his skills, reliability and availability. Each operation conducted together has been a success. Reactivity in assistance and ability to accompany the customer in choices and operations. Avv. Alessia Barbante, I have known Alessia since her debut in the studio. Today for me he is an essential point of reference both alongside the lawyer Palumbo and independently. Prepared, reliable and always available to accompany the customer in critical situations, competent and prepared. lately also in the management of agency contracts.’

‘Technology combined with important knowledge and skills, proactivity and excellent customer service. They have specialists for every area, I found webinars indispensable and of great support, still these “on line ” meetings are a tool for updating and addressing issues and opportunities offered by the legislation.’

‘Knowledge, skills, interpersonal skills and empathy, willingness to listen, ability and willingness to create a partnership, unlimited availability. Annarita Ammirati distinguishes herself in guaranteeing an excellent service.’

 

Work highlights

  • Advised an international company for a collective redundancy procedure due to a significant closure of business.
  • Assisting Allianz during the acquisition of the damages business of Aviva Italia.
  • Assisted Cattolica Assicurazioni for the entire employment due diligence in relation to the reserve capital increase of Cattolica Assicurzioni.

Chiomenti

At Chiomenti, the employment team is well-known for working in strict collaboration with the M&A department in highly complex operations, including restructurings and reorganisations. Moreover, the department focuses on all aspects of employment law, industrial relations and social security, both national and international matters. Emanuele Barberis leads the team and is highly reputed in the market. He is particularly recognised for acting for the Milan Fashion Chamber. Annalisa Reale  is 'an exceptional lawyer' who concentrates on restructuring transaction for retail and fashion brands.

Practice head(s):

Emanuele Barberis

Other key lawyers:

Annalisa Reale

Testimonials

‘The composition of the team is based on the principle of skills first and foremost. The team has excellent respect for gender diversity. T The answers to every question are very fast. The availability of the various team members is high. Invoicing is the last step in a transparent process: from the framework agreement that sets the proposed activities and the relative hourly fee, up to the final count based on the involvement actually had by individual professionals. Billing times and related payments are very flexible to meet the needs of the customer.’

‘High competence, agility and availability. They are able to quickly form an adequate team by involving other competent professionals in the field (eg: taxation, corporate, etc.)’

‘Annalisa Reale is an exceptional lawyer, with in-depth knowledge, practical approach and tending to quick solutions. Immediate availability and great mediation and negotiation skills.’

‘Annalisa Reale: excellence, seriousness, availability, strong negotiating skills’

‘A team of truly exceptional, competent, fast and flexible professionals. A studio that stands out by far for professionalism and courtesy.’

‘Great professional and human level, always very balanced and focus on supporting the company with a complete and excellent level service. Fast, very competent it is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Flexibility, availability and problem solving.’

‘Assertiveness, charisma and customer focus’

Key clients

Gianni Versace

Michael Kors

Missoni

Ralph Lauren

Swarovski

Dolce & Gabbana

BMW Bank

Roberto Cavalli

Cavotec Specimas

Sparkasse

Ermenegildo Zegna

Agnona

Pomellato

CAP Holding

De Agostini Group/ Dea Capital Group

QVC

Bain & Co

DNV

BNP Paribas

Investindustrial

Quattroerre SGR

Italiaonline

Porsche Fortress

Fondo Strategico Italiano/Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Prada

Volkswagen Group Italia

Allianz

Edison

Fondo HIG

CBRE

Volskbank

Visa

Credit Agricole

Mediolanum

BPER

Unipol Sai

Starbucks

Loro Piana

Day

Canon

U.S. Department of Justice

Sergio Rossi

Torre Sgr

Alten Group

ANIA

Trussardi

Jacuzzi

Air France

Anacap Investment Fund

Faro Technologies

Kairos

Melia Hotels

Konsgberg

Zurich

TXT

Schlumberger Group

SICIS

Intrum

Porsche Italia

Work highlights

  • Advising Michael Kors and Gianni Versace in relation to a restructuring process at national level for the improvement of efficiency and innovation of its internal structure and in particular of the different divisions of the Company, as well as its personnel.
  • Advising Alphabet Fleet Management in relation to the decision to leave the office in Rome and aggregate all the functions at the Milan office moving the entire personnel to such office during the more difficult period of the Covid pandemic situation in Italy.
  • Advising Trussardi following the acquisition of the company by a restructuring/private equity fund.

Gianni & Origoni

Gianni & Origoni has a standalone employment practice with notable breadth of scope. Alongside relevant expertise in industrial and trade union relations as well as other advisory matters and disputes, the team also offers advice in criminal law, health and safety, administrative liability of entities, compliance and international mobility matters. Alessandra Ferroni and Saverio Schiavone lead the practice from Milan and Rome, respectively; the former focuses on restructuring and reorganization, outsourcing and top management remuneration packages, the latter is known for acting in a number of sectors, including  automotive, financial markets and sport. Counsel Giampietro Castano stands out for his activity managing industrial relations and as a member of the focus group for extraordinary transactions and business crises.

Practice head(s):

Alessandra Ferroni; Saverio Schiavone

Other key lawyers:

Emanuele Panattoni; Raffaella Betti Berutto

Testimonials

‘Integration between team members, widespread professional competence and prompt responses to the customer.’

‘Saverio Schiavone is the absolute best in the personalized support to the client’s needs in relation to restructuring projects. The firm’s resources are unparalleled in Italy. I also appreciated the professionalism and kindness of the lawyer Veruska Crucitti is very well-prepared.’

‘Emanuele Panattoni:always available, fast, prepared and very appreciated by the business sector.’

‘Extreme attention to the customer and willingness to adapt to difficult needs.’

‘Punctuality, professionalism, ability to understand the customer’s specificities.’

‘Ability to identify practical and feasible solutions. Constant assistance both in presence and remotely, with particular attention to costs.’

‘Clarity in the relationship and the assumption of uncommon responsibilities by the partner and the team.’

‘Raffaella Betti Berutto and her team are very knowledgeable and responsive and able to deliver results of highest quality.’

Key clients

ABB

Amadori

ArcelorMittal

Arvedi Group

Belmond

Bridgestone

Celgene

Docebo Inc.

Dover Corporation

ENiProgetti – ENI SpA

Federazione Italiana Tennis (FIT)

Ferrero

Herbalife

Hitachi Industrial Engineering

Invisalign

Lear Corporation

Lindt & Sprungli

Marriott

Mizuho Bank

Novomatic

Philips

Safilo

Santander Consumer Bank

Takeda Italia

Tamoil Italia S.p.A.

Vueling Airlines

Yamaha Motor Europe NV

Work highlights

  • Advising ENI Progetti and ENI in reviewing the complex health and safety system adopted in Italy with a view to rolling out the same model to foreign subsidiaries (UK, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Mozambico).
  • Assistance to the Italian Tennis Federation and its group companies in implementing certain specific social shock absorbers issued in connection with the pandemic event (COVID-19).
  • Assistance to Safilo in all labour matters related to the sale of the business branch of the Martignacco production site (situated in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia) to iVision Tech.

Grimaldi Studio Legale

Grimaldi Studio Legale has a well-known employment and industrial relations department, which mainly provides advice in the fields of restructuring, downsizing and union relationship management (especially in case of transactions) and representation in disputes at senior management level. The leading team comprises Barbara Grasselli, who is ‘always of great support, reliable and with a strategic vision’, Angelo Zambelli, whose ‘executive profile’ helps him when ‘managing relationships at top levels’, and unions and social security expert Alberto Testi.

Practice head(s):

Angelo Zambelli; Barbara Grasselli; Alberto Testi

Testimonials

‘Efficiency, competence, internationality and approach to social issues such as diversity.’

‘High customer orientation, flexibility, and a sense of urgency. Availability and response at any time, understanding of the business’.

‘They have shown particular excellence in the executive sector and in the ability to close disputes’.

‘Angelo Zambelli certainly has an executive profile, functional to managing relationships at top levels. Barbara Grasselli is a tireless professional, devoted to the client and capable of resolving difficult disputes in the short term’.

‘Timing and pro activity’.

‘Enthusiasm and passion’.

‘Angelo Zambelli is an excellent partner and knows how to find innovative solutions that meet the customer’s objectives and the company’s strategies. Barbara Grasselli always of great support, reliable and with a strategic vision.’

Key clients

Piaggio & C. S.p.A.

MHPS Italia S.r.l. (Konecranes Group)

Nokia Solutions and Networks Italia S.p.A.

L’Oréal Italia S.p.A.

The Royal Bank of Scotland

ENI S.p.A.

Alibaba

UBS Europe SE – Succursale Italia

Sirti S.p.A.

Brevi Milano S.p.A.

Gilead Sciences S.r.l.

Stiga S.p.A.

Recordati Industria Chimica e Farmaceutica S.p.A.

Wittur Holding Gmbh

Astrazeneca S.p.A.

Theramex HQ UK Limited / Theramex Italy S.r.l.

Curium Pharma Group

Cerved Group S.p.A.

Carestream Health Italia S.r.l.

Fincantieri S.p.A.

MNS Limited Liability Company

Boglioli S.p.A.

Havas Media S.r.l.

Prealpi S.p.A. – Industria Casearia

Galileo Global Education Italia

Work highlights

  • Providing legal assistance to Wittur Holding Gmbh in the planning and implementation of a reorganization plan within its Italian subsidiary, which entailed the recourse to social tools for more than 200 employees and it is planned to lead to the collective relocation of more than 100 employees.
  • Providing legal assistance to UBS Europe SE in the several litigations which have been triggered by such bank against those former client advisors who had breached their non-competition and non-solicitation obligations.
  • Providing legal assistance to Sirti S.p.A. in the litigations brought by overall 639 employees who are claiming for the payment of a collective performance bonus: so far, all their claims have been fully rejected by the labour courts.

LABLAW - Studio Legale

LABLAW – Studio Legale is a broad and widely recognised employment law boutique with great local presence through eleven office locations across Italy, while an international network is also available thanks to international desks and an alliance with Deloitte Legal Italy -Società tra Avvocati a r.l.. Francesco Rotondi and his team had a particularly busy year assisting with restructuring agreements, union negotiations and disputes. The team’s expertise also include sport law through a dedicated sport practice, also managed by Rotondi. Michela Bani  and Angelo Quarto are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Rotondi

Other key lawyers:

Michela Bani; Laura Cinicola; Simone Carrà

Testimonials

‘Angelo Quarto is calm and rational in every issue he tackles.’

‘A guideline at national level in dealing in advance with the trends and needs of the world of employment. High-profile contributions.’

‘Francesco Rotondi and Angelo Quarto have created networks at an Italian and international level. The quality of the service offered, their ability to influence doctrinal orientations and their proactivity in knowing how to anticipate phenomena and trends in the world of work are almost unique in the Italian panorama.’

‘Lablaw’s team is competent, and is able to provide immediate support even in case of needs that go beyond the strict labour law skills and get deep into a business’s reality. This is a huge plus because it always suggests the most appropriate strategy for their structure and also shortens the response times relating to the exposure of the need.’

‘The availability and timeliness in the response (especially Michela Bani’s) is unparalleled. It really makes a difference, as does its practicality and authority.’

‘The best quality is that they are truly a team: if one of the members is engaged in a hearing and fails, rightly, to answer via email or phone, there is always another professional who already knows the company reality so the intervention is direct and precise, without wasting precious time.’

‘Alessandro Paone and Michela Bani are unique professionals who, in addition to being available 24 hours a day, are able to give practical solutions that allow the company to intervene quickly and efficiently’.

‘Francesco Rotondi – understanding of business as a true partner, strong leadership. Alessandro Paone – exceptional in customer care and teamwork with always timely and effective solutions’.

Key clients

GKN Automotive Group

Contship Italia S.p.A.

Powertrain S.p.A.

Giuseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company S.p.A.

Manpower S.p.A.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems Italia S.p.A.

Ovb Consulenza Patrimoniale S.r.l.

Pierburg Pump Technology GmbH

Polymer S.r.l.

Deloitte Consulting S.r.l.

Estée Lauder S.r.l.

Mercateo Italia S.r.l.

ATAC S.p.A.

Gimel S.r.l.

Invitalia S.p.A.

Romeo Gestioni S.p.A.

MD S.p.A.

Rotolito S.p.A.

ICS International School

Elpe Global Logistic Service S.p.A.

Kimbo S.p.A.

Citizen of Humanity S.r.l.

Gruppo Antolin Italia Srl

Italia Emergency

Romeo Gestioni S.p.A.

2Watch S.r.l.

Alpitel S.p.A.

Buzzoole S.r.l.

Smet S.p.A.

Wurth S.r.l.

HimCo S.p.A.

SNAM S.p.A.

Getra Power S.p.A.

Bosch Group S.p.A

Jil Sander S.p.A.

Société Générale SA

Discovery Italia S.r.l.

Ferrero S.p.A.

Autogrill S.p.A.

Sirti S.p.A.

Randstad S.p.A.

Sky Italia S.r.l.

TechnoGym S.p.A.

Artsana S.p.A.

Dussmann Service S.r.l.

Everli S.p.A.

Satispay S.p.A.

Brunswick Corporation

Fitch Ratings

Agos Ducato S.p.A.

Tecnologie Diesel S.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Bari S.p.A.

Fairconnect S.p.A.

H.I.G. Avara Acquisition, Inc.

Fedrigoni S.p.A.

GDM S.p.A.

Gabetti Property Solutions S.p.A.

Prenatal Retail Group S.p.A.

Teamsystem S.p.A.

Swisslog Healthcare Italy

Work highlights

  • Assisting GKN in the industrial relations and labour procedure aimed at the shut-down of its plant and related facilities in Florence, making redundant all the workforce (approx. 430 employees).
  • Representing Manpower S.p.A. in a dispute regarding the request for annulment of measures issued by INPS, insofar as they did not provide for application of the contribution relief in favour of Employment Agencies with registered offices in Northern Italy that supply their own workers to users with offices in Southern Italy.
  • Assisted Sky Italia in the implementation of the Group reorganisation process with an impact on a number of resources equal to 3,000, to be accompanied by the exit by 2023.

ADVANT Nctm

ADVANT Nctm has an independent employment and industrial relations department with a notable reputation for handling terminations, negotiations and, in collaboration with the M&A department, also bankruptcies and restructurings. Disputes are also among the team's strengths, especially representing top managers. Michele Bignami the key figure in the team and handles incentives, employment issues connected to restructuring, trade union relations and collective contracts and dismissals. Managing associates Chiara Zecchetto and Daniele Fumagalli received praise.

Practice head(s):

Michele Bignami

Other key lawyers:

Chiara Zecchetto; Roberta Russo; Dario Clementi

Testimonials

‘Ability to understand and correctly interpret the needs of the clients. Ability to find solutions to complex problems’.

‘Competence, corporate mindset, professionalism, availability.’

‘Michele Bignami: excellent competence and availability. Chiara Zecchetto: professional, helpful, precise and reliable’.

‘Professionalism and competence are the strengths of Nctm combined with the ability to immerse themselves in the context and assist, advise and address the decision-making process of companies in the best possible way. All these characteristics make Nctm an excellence in the field of labour / trade union law.’

‘Michele Bignami and his team have the ability to provide timely and all-round professional support, involving the other departments of the Firm where necessary.’

‘Knowledge of the retail sector. Good coordination with other practices when needed’.

‘Extensive expertise in various areas of labour law, ability to seek and reach practical solutions in a short time’.

‘Michele Bignami and Daniele Fumagalli provide continuous support and show great competence and availability. Ability to understand customer needs and provide custom solutions. Trust and ability to relate to the legal Corporate function, facilitating the management of problems.’

Key clients

Maersk Group

Elior Group

AirItaly

Ceva Group

ZF

Mango

GFK Group

Air China

Unieuro

Warstila

Maersk Group

Elior Group

AirItaly

Ceva Group

ZF

Mango

GFK Group

Air China

Unieuro

Warstila

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Elior Group in relation to a significant number of complex employment litigations spread through the Italian Territory as well as to the managing of the activities through the Covid 19 pandemic and the crisis of business catering industry.
  • Assisting Unieuro S.p.A. in relation to the consequent need to rationalise, within its expansion program based on the several acquisitions of competitors, its presence in the Italian territory by closing units that were overlapping or located in non-profitable areas.
  • Assisting Amutec S.r.l. in relation to the add-on of SCAE Europe Scarl.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie provides the full range of employment law services, including in collaboration with the firm’s tax, data privacy, IP, litigation and corporate practices. The department runs a Covid-19 taskforce with specific regard to employment-related matters, in particular in connection to remote working, vaccination at the workplace, emergency legislation and restructuring plans. Massimiliano Biolchini and heads a ‘great, responsive and professional’ team. Since publication, Uberto Percivalle left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Biolchini

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Vicoli

Testimonials

‘Great, responsive and professional team.’

‘The team is proactive in providing information.’

‘Great combination between local law knowledge and experience on Italian day to day business life.’

Key clients

Whirlpool EMEA

GlaxosmithKlein (GSK)

Ecolab

Cameron

Clear Channel

Schlumberger

Emilio Pucci (LVMH)

Oracle

Guccio Gucci

Nike

GAP

Abercrombie & Fitch

Becton Dickinson Company

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s Italian office provides local expertise, paired with access to a strong, global network. The team is therefore able to assist leading companies on all employment issues in connection to corporate transactions, trade unions and industrial relations. Simonetta Candela leads the team and focuses her practice on remuneration and regulatory aspects in the credit and financial sector, restructuring processes and litigation. She is assisted by associate Marina Mobiglia

Practice head(s):

Simonetta Candela

Other key lawyers:

Marina Mobiglia

Key clients

Kidiliz

Partners Group

Daikin

Fondo Italiano di Investimento

AMCO

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Kidiliz Group in a “redressement judiciaire” procedure opened by the Commercial Court of Paris.
  • Advised Partners Group on the acquisition of a significant equity stake (49%) in Telepass S.p.A..
  • Assisted a large-scale retail channel n front of the Court of Appeal of Naples in the litigation proceedings brought by 193 former employees of the store for the purpose of challenging the transfer of the business.

De Luca & Partners

Boutique firm De Luca & Partners provides a full-service employment service. Its reorganisation and restructuring capabilities particularly stand out, as does the integrated HR offering, provided through a fully owned, integrated company. Managing partner and employment head is ‘top-tier’ litigator Vittorio De Luca, whose practice is concentrated around corporations and private equity funds. Alberto De Luca  advises on all aspects of employment, trade union and agency matters. Further names include Roberta Padula and Elena Cannone.

Practice head(s):

Vittorio De Luca

Other key lawyers:

Alberto De Luca

Testimonials

‘The strength and key capabilities of Studio De Luca & Partners are to provide an agile, timely, precise and tailor-made legal service with a flexible and sensitive approach. Unlike other law firms, Studio De Luca & Partners has the ability to create a 360 ° strategic partnership with the company by providing not only legal support but also a complete administrative and bureaucratic service with an experienced team always at available for any business need.’

‘The team of Studio De Luca & Partners stands out for its competence, connection and collaboration. Vittorio De Luca is dynamic, always updated and ready to seize the opportunities linked to the change of rules, technologies and languages. His considerable experience and professionalism make him an indispensable partner for solving problems and disputes by opting for the best strategy aimed at avoiding the time and costs of proceedings, issues that are always very important for companies. Alberto De Luca: great knowledge of the subject, combined with a pragmatic approach always in the best interest of the customer.’

‘It’s a firm specializing in Labor Law at 360 degrees and constitutes a reservoir of very professional and efficient legal and operational competence. It knows how to be a strategic partner, which in my opinion is quite rare in the sector. They are able to be very useful in the planning phase of restructuring plans, as well as a fundamental partner in the event of a dispute.’

‘Vittorio De Luca is a rare professional in his sector, since he combines economic skills with those of law. I appreciate in him the frankness and the ability to be very lucid in the negotiation phase, knowing how far you can go and when you have reached the breaking point. His great experience makes him invaluable in the analysis of the problem, of the strengths and weaknesses and of the action plan. Pleasant to work with him. Elena Cannone is resilience made person, always available and with great attention to the customer.’

‘Alberto De Luca combines a very high professional quality with empathic skills towards both customers and uncommon colleagues. The calm but still strongly oriented approach to practical problem solving represents a significant added value for customers.’

‘The professionals of the Firm have an extreme attention to the client both in professional and human terms. Working with the lawyer Vittorio De Luca is a privilege, his curriculum is a guarantee on the result you want to achieve. I appreciate the preparation, the seriousness, the punctuality and the empathy. Compared to other firms, De Luca & Partner has never disappointed and a strong point is certainly the transversality of the service offered also through its partners.’

‘The firm operates a “personal” approach in the sense that it enters and deepens the customer’s business history’.

‘Strong specialization and great experience. Habit of managing extremely complex operations and ability to carry out real advisory to the highest management of the company. Integration with the most modern technologies at all levels, from document management to the great speed and effectiveness with which they managed an office in full lockdown during the Covid pandemic. Large independent studio to which you can turn in total serenity if you need high-level support completely dedicated to the client without any suspicion of conflicts of interest.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted Platinum Equity LCC on labour and employment aspects of acquisitions of group of companies such as De Wave, operating in cruise ships and yacht interior outfitting and Farense Vini, operating in wine industry.
  • Assisted Pillarstone Italy on labour and employment aspects of acquisitions of group of companies such as Manucor, operating in BOPP films manufacturing, Raimbow and Bluwater, operating in the leisure and wellness sector.
  • Assisted Shell within an international reorganization process.   4. Client: Jindal Group – Treofan Alberto De Luca and De Luca & Partners’s team, have assisted Jindal Group within the frame of critical union confrontation before the Ministry of the Economic development and local Institutions.

Dentons

Davide Boffi heads up Dentons‘ employment team, which is known for its involvement in restructuring projects, trade union negotiations and agency relationship advice. Boffi is particularly known for his activity in all three areas, both in and out of court. Luca De Menech shows ‘strong commitment’ in connection to bankruptcy procedures and corporate reorganization cases.

Practice head(s):

Davide Boffi

Other key lawyers:

Luca De Menech

Testimonials

‘The quality of the service provided by De Menech is of the highest level in terms of preparation and responsiveness.’

‘Luca De Menech has always been characterized by  the will to deepen every aspect of the business and to find efficient practical solutions to the problems presented.’

Key clients

Goldoni

Arbos

Celanese

Work highlights

  • Assisting Goldoni/Arbos Group in the employment aspects related to the complex composition with creditors procedure, approved by the Court of Modena on July, 1 2021.
  • Assisting Celanese Group in relation to the Employment Law aspects connected to the sale of its Ferrara Marconi compounding operations to Benvic Group and to the creation of Celanese’s European Compounding Centre of Excellence in Forlì and the consolidation of activities hitherto carried out at other sites.
  • Assisting IKAV with the Employment law aspects related to its investment in the construction of nine gas power plants developed by Metaenergia for the Italian peak capacity market.

Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati

Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati is particularly known for providing clients with dedicated advice through ah-hoc teams. Distinguished Pietro Ichino leads the practice, which also includes ‘reliable, pragmatic, fast and solid’ Luca Daffra .

Practice head(s):

Pietro Ichino

Other key lawyers:

Luca Daffra

Testimonials

‘Good availability, ability to listen and the willingness to make the regulatory scenario clear, in terms of risks and in the evaluation of the solutions adopted.’

‘Luca Daffra is a solid reference point. Reliable, pragmatic, fast and solid are the first adjectives that come to my mind when thinking about the level of service he consistently guarantees.’

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons‘ employment team includes practice head Davide Sportelli, who is praised for his ‘competence and availability’, and of counsel Emanuela Boca, described as ‘precise and unstoppable’. The duo cover restructurings, negotiations of senior exits, workplace investigations and day-to-day advice on contracts, employee relations and compliance. Clients include major Italian names from the fashion industry as well as international companies, drawn from the firm’s global network.

Practice head(s):

Davide Sportelli

Other key lawyers:

Emanuela Boca

Testimonials

‘Ability to get to know the internal organization of their clients’ companies in depth. Thanks to this knowledge, they are able, on many occasions, to anticipate their needs and suggest optimal solutions for solving various problems.’

‘Davide Sportelli is a serious and extremely well-trained professional who has the gift, far from being taken for granted, of putting the interlocutor at ease and creating a relationship of trust. Emanuela Boca is a professional who is particularly fond of D&I issues, for which she spends herself with great passion.’

‘Ability to relate to the language of companies, establishing a true partnership. It does not have the classic supplier-customer approach and instead manages to enter into an understanding of business dynamics and offer solutions suited to the context. Has introduced a very clear quotation and billing process and offers a very interesting webinar service on international labour law issues.’

‘All team members are competent and reliable, they are pleasant and helpful people. Davide Sportelli, competence and availability. Manuela Boca, precise and unstoppable.’

‘Always commercial and practical in approach to finding workable solutions in difficult situations. A true partner on all matters. It is always an enjoyable experience working with the employment team in Milan.’

Key clients

Giorgio Armani S.p.A.

LVMH Italia S.p.A. – Divisione Sephora

Essilor International

Kairos Partners Sgr

Jefferies GmbH

XL Catlin

Ninety One

Biomasse Italia S.p.A.

Balt

EP Produzione Spa

Moodys’

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato

Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato's employment law team is singled out for acting in tight collaboration with the firm's corporate department. The team includes practice head Livio Bossotto and senior associates Giorgia Giorgetti and Claudio Chiarella, who often act in employment aspects of corporate reorganisation and restructuring processes, M&A transactions and trade union negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Livio Bossotto

Other key lawyers:

Giorgia Giorgetti; Claudio Chiarella

Testimonials

‘The A&O Team is able to communicate with international clients in their native languages and effectively explain Italian laws. Livio Bossotto’s team is able to respond to the most varied requests, which is a big plus.’

‘Livio Bossotto answers questions in real time, is reliable and involves his collaborators according to clients’ needs.’

‘The team is very responsive and collaborative and work with you as opposed to for you. They are particularly impressive when being asked to present opinions directly to the client, and very good at handling the client and conveying a confident message.’

‘They are precise, fast, and explain well the legal requirements to business people. Good ability to interact at the highest level of the organisation. Good interoperability within the team in case of absence. Compared to competitors, they don’t overbook in terms of number of hours and prices, which is not often the case.’

‘Excellent level of all the individuals met. Livio Bossotto is an excellent business, who has the ability to act as a trusted advisory. Compared to other competitors, he is not only flagging risks but also finding solutions.’

‘Livio Bossotto: personality and competence out of the ordinary. Giorgia Giorgetti: great dedication to practice and professionalism.’

‘They are always very helpful and responsive, and it has been a pleasure working with them. What I appreciate the most about them is that they are obviously very knowledgeable about local Italian law, but also clearly very experienced with working with international clients, and they have always seemed equally proficient working in either Italian or English, which is extremely challenging.’

‘Livio Bossotto and Claudio Chiarella have always been extremely helpful and responsive, and their work has always been impeccable. They are also always very responsive to our concerns and preferences, and are willing to provide creative and flexible solutions that best fit cleints’ needs.’

Key clients

BCS

Berkshire Hathaway

EG Group Italia

Euronext

Inspired Education Group

Jump Trading

LF S.p.A.

La Galvanina

MSCI

RBC

Rheinmetall

Saxo Bank

Scalapay Limited

TE Connectivity Italia

The Space Cinema

Voestalpine HPM Italia S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva on the employment law aspects of the disposal of its insurance business in Italy, one of the most significant M&A deals in the Italian insurance sector in recent years.
  • Advising La Galvanina S.p.A. on employment law, assisting the client in relation to several aspects regarding the administration and organisation of employees and relationships with works’ councils and trade unions. In particular, we are advising on the negotiation of second level contracts in the group’s various plants located in the Emilia Romagna and Marche regions.
  • Advising 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.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird‘s employment practice is particularly appreciated for its strong cross-border service, which benefits from the firm’s established international network to provide assistance in connection with HR services, hirings and dismissals, litigation and trade union negotiations. Employment aspects of corporate transactions and workplace investigations are also part of the wide offering. Amedeo Rampolla stands out for his advice relating to hiring, dismissal and disciplinary procedures, industrial and trade union relations as well as for his contentious practice. He co-leads the team together with Cristiano Pambianchi.

Practice head(s):

Amedeo Rampolla; Cristiano Pambianchi

Testimonials

‘The firm stands out for its high-level technical expertise, real worldwide coverage and a friendly and harmonious way of working with the customer.’

‘Outstanding timeliness and speed of response at any time of the day. High professionalism and technical competence. Continuous updating.’

‘The team is made up of valid professionals.’

‘They deliver advice that’s clear for non-lawyers.’

Daverio & Florio Studio Legale

Daverio & Florio Studio Legale is described as a ‘leading employment practice in Italy’ with skills ‘of the highest level’ in particular in the healthcare and banking sectors. The latter belongs to Salvatore Florio‘s specialisms, while his counterpart Fabrizio Daverio  specialises in general labour and social security law matters. Litigator Bernardina Calafiori is highly reputed. Stefano Piroso and associate Anna Cozzi  stand out.

Practice head(s):

Fabrizio Daverio; Salvatore Florio; Bernardina Calafiori

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Piroso; Anna Cozzi

Testimonials

‘Bernardina Calafiori, Anna Cozzi, Graziana Alo’ are all brilliant, incredibly knowledgeable, commercially minded and responsive.’

‘Very knowledgeable advisors who are always respectful and fast delivering.’

‘Bernardina Califiori has very business-focused mindset, high availability, ad-hoc fast guidance if needed and always works with clients with a lot of empathy.’

‘Within the Firm there is a team made up of highly specialized professionals in the field of Labor Law. They provide wide-ranging assistance, both in and out of court. The team has shown particular attention to the customer in the management of each case, addressing it with particular analyticity, timeliness and seriousness.’

‘Founding partners Fabrizio Daverio, Salvatore Florio and Bernardina Calafiori confirm themselves as professionals of the highest standing, who are personally dedicated to the management of the numerous practices that the firm deals with. This commitment and dedication constitute the peculiarity of this study. The professionals stand out for their ability to understand the client’s needs and thus create a strong relationship of trust. Among these are Antonella Lo Sinno, Stefano Piroso and Graziana Alò.’

‘Good reaction speed in focusing on the problem promptness in providing answers to the questions posed ability to better advise the customer trying to find practical solutions, minimizing risks.’

‘Boutique of highly qualified specialists. Very good market presence, also very well-connected internationally. Fast response, very hands-on. Particularly noteworthy is also the pronounced commitment to the interests of the client.’

‘Bernardina Calafiori is very experienced and creative. Anna Cozzi is also an excellent professional, smart and focused. Graziana Alo is also a top-notch lawyer who can handle very complicated issues.’

Gattai, Minoli, Partners

Gattai, Minoli, Partners‘ employment department primarily provides advice in connection to restructuring, transfer of business and hiring and terminations, as well as related litigation. Heading up the practice is Lorenzo Cairo, who set up a sub-practice specialised in labour matters with aspects of health and safety and data protection. Associates Francesco D’Avanzo and Federica Ferretti receive praise.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Cairo

Other key lawyers:

Francesco D’Avanzo; Federica Ferretti; Umberto Villa

Testimonials

‘Exceptional team with top level skills.’

‘What makes this study excellent is the availability of consultants and the speed with which they provide opinions even in very challenging times. Each opinion is well argued and enriched with connections to the reference context and possible impacts also on other trade union and business issues.’

‘Preparation, punctuality and strong customer orientation’

‘High level of professionalism, reactivity often higher than that of the same colleagues, considerable availability, total transparency in invoicing and ability to manage all aspects of labour law, from the development of templates for communications to staff up to the conduct of trade union negotiations’.

‘Understanding of the business model, proximity to the customer and proposal of solutions inclusive of business needs’.

‘Lorenzo Cairo, Federica Ferretti and Umberto Villa: professionalism and understanding of the business context; high flexibility and availability.’

‘Gattai, Minoli, Partners is always ready and quick to provide accurate and detailed support, immersed in the specific reality of the business. Lorenzo Cairo, Federica Ferretti and Umberto Villa are always extremely punctual and timely in their analyses, even when – as often happens – they are asked for a reply at very short notice. Their speed is never at the expense of quality, which is always of the highest level. The team is very skilled in meeting the needs of a multinational group, both by adapting the support to an audience not accustomed to Italian law, and by demonstrating flexibility in the approach with corporate bureaucracy. Invoicing always transparent and in line with what has been agreed.’

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici

Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici‘s employment team is jointly led by greatly appreciated Paola Tradati and Nicola Bonante, who are described as ‘the best lawyers in Italy in the field of labour law’. The team’s offering spans from day-to-day advisory work to assisting companies in complex disputes, while also including restructurings, collective dismissals and transfers of business. Pietro Scianna is a ‘profound connoisseurs of labour law and know how to provide prompt and very timely assistance.’

Practice head(s):

Paola Tradati; Nicola Bonante

Other key lawyers:

Pietro Scianna

Testimonials

‘Availability and flexibility are indispensable requirements, especially in unstructured and unpredictable contexts such as the pandemic one. Expertise and speed of response complete the picture’.

‘Pietro Scianna and Paola Tradati are profound connoisseurs of labour law and know how to provide prompt and very timely assistance.’

‘Flexibility, creativity and speed in solving complex situations. Nicola Bonante and Paola Tradati are the best lawyers in Italy in the field of labour law. In addition to having an extraordinary professionalism and competence that have allowed them to become a point of reference in their context, they have an approach of great proximity to the customer that leads you to consider them a partner and not just consultants.’

‘The labour law team of the firm, in addition to a proven remarkable preparation, has shown great empathy towards the problems presented, managing to understand not only the needs but also the “environmental” situations and conditions, thus managing to propose from time to time in turn the most appropriate solution.’

‘Nicola Bonante: firm point of reference, capable of grasping the criticalities of every situation, even those not directly identified. Pietro Scianna: great professionalism able to deal with the issues that are submitted to him with methods and times consistent with expectations.’

‘Pietro Scianna is among the most available and prepared lawyers, able to connect different branches of law, and available to meet the client’s requests by thinking “out of the box”.’

‘Competence. Professionalism. Attention’.

Key clients

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.

Bottega Veneta

CEME

Coccinelle

Deko Srl

Doctolib S.r.l.

Eden Viaggi

ETRO S.p.A.

Forgital

Golden Goose

Kimbo caffè S.p.A.

L’Oréal

LivaNova Group

Moncler

NB Aurora

New Guards Group Holding S.r.l.

Safilo

Sorin Group Italia

Target Sinergie

Work highlights

  • Assisting fashion company Moncler in the context of the acquisition of 100% of the sportswear company Stone Island.
  • Assisting fashion company ETRO in relation to complex consultancy projects and litigation matters.
  • Assisting the Liva Nova Group with unions negotiation in the context of the transfer of two different business branches from global medical technology company LivaNova, affecting over 600 people operating within the company.

LCA Studio Legale

LCA Studio Legale advises in all main aspects of employment law, while also providing complementary services, including representation in relation to matters bordering with other areas of law, for example the management of employees’ IP rights deriving from the filing of corporate patents. The team is jointly led by Ranieri  Romani, who is particularly appreciated for his ‘solid and punctual support on all the complex and constantly evolving issues of personnel management’, and advisor and litigator Giuseppe Bologna.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe Bologna; Ranieri Romani

Testimonials

‘Ability to understand business needs as a whole beyond the specifics of individual requests.’

‘Effective and fluid communication.’

‘Professional but personal approach.’

‘Willingness to offer solutions close to the clients’ industry, showing adaptability to the context.’

Ranieri Romani guarantees solid and punctual support on all the complex and constantly evolving issues of personnel management. He is always available, polite and to the point.’

Key clients

Dedar S.p.A.

Marcegaglia Group

Bouvard Group

Microsoft S.r.l.

Mylan S.p.A.

Bonduelle

H-Farm S.p.A.

eBay

EdiliziAcrobatica S.p.A.

Eurovita S.p.A.

Informatica Software Italia

Altilia S.r.l.

ASR Moda International S.r.l.

Paref Group

Zagato

Taxfix Italia Stprl

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Italy S.r.l.

Geveko Markings Italy S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Eurovita S.p.A. and Pramerica Life S.p.A. in drafting new remuneration policies for Executives as per the new IVASS Regulation.
  • Assisting Microsoft S.r.l. in several employment matters: drafting Smart Working agreements and policies; drafting individual non-competition agreements for all Executives of the company; drafting Covid-19 Security Law policies; managing various cases against employees that challenged dismissal.
  • Assisting Geveko Markings Italy S.r.l. with the dismissal for objective reasons of all its employees in the context of liquidation of the company, a process started when dismissals were blocked due to Covid-19 emergency.

Lexellent

Employment law boutique Lexellent focuses on advising corporate clients on the full spectrum of employment law, with particular emphasis on occupational safety, an area of great activity during the Covid-19 pandemic, and equal opportunities. In the latter area, the firm stands out for providing training courses for in-house lawyers and HR managers, among other initiatives.  Giulietta Bergamaschi heads the team and concentrates on discrimination cases, among others. Hulla Bisonni and Alessia Gagliano were promoted to partners in April 2021, when the team also welcomed the arrival of Giulia Camilli from Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Practice head(s):

Giulietta Bergamaschi

Key clients

ePrice

Canon

Fastweb

BIC Italia

Christies

Despar

Compo

IHI Charging Systems International S.p.A.

SAES Getter S.p.A.

Banca Popolare di Sondrio

Work highlights

  • Assisting Terminale GNL Adriatico in connection with the Company’s extensive restructuring plan, which involved the relocation of some corporate departments and personnel working in them from Milan to Rovigo.
  • Providing ongoing consultancy to Fastweb on health and safety and environmental protection.
  • Providing assistance to Wolters Kluwer in connection with early retirement agreements for 44 employees in Milan, Rome, Turin and Padua.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a significant track record in labour disputes, especially in connection to disciplinary and grievance matters, while also providing assistance during multi-jurisdictional reorganisations and transactions. Attilio Pavone heads up the team and often acts on cases in collaboration with the firm’s corporate and banking departments, with the assistance of associate Irene Bega and senior associate Boris Martella, who joined the firm in January 2021 from Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Attilio Pavone

Testimonials

‘Fast and with high skills in the sector. Excellent knowledge of clients’ businesses.’

‘Attilio Pavone makes the difference. He is a high-level expert on the subject and a connoisseur of the specific sector. Quick, helpful and attentive to details’.

Work highlights

  • Advised Coca Cola HBC on employment law matters related to the acquisition of a minority stake in a leading Italian coffee producer, Casa del Caffè Vergnano SpA. O
  • Advised ESI SpA on employment and labour law issues relating to the initial public offering of its ordinary shares and warrants on AIM Italia.
  • Advised Blackstone Industrial Holdings Ltd on employment and labour law issues relating to the legal due diligence for the drafting and negotiation of all the agreements relating to the entry of the Client into the corporate capital of Compression Service Technology – CST S.r.l. (CST).

Osborne Clarke

Employment is a key area for Osborne Clarke, globally and in Italy. The department’s cross-border work is particularly appreciated, especially concerning restructurings for multinational clients. Recently, the firms was able to add UCI Cinemas, leading Italian banks and global entities, including Sony and Just Eat to its client portfolio. Practice head Stefano Lava ‘is excellent, authoritative and highly responsive’. Giuliana Caira is very thorough and meticulous in her advice.’

Practice head(s):

Stefano Lava

Other key lawyers:

Cristina del Pezzo di Caianello; Giuliana Caira

Testimonials

‘Commitment, competence and reactivity, especially Cristina del Pezzo di Caianello.’

‘The firm is multidisciplinary, therefore it is able to offer 360-degree advice. In particular, the labour law department guarantees complete, timely and punctual support, aimed at resolving the issues submitted. Furthermore, the human-relational aspect of relations with the customer is always taken care of.’

‘Stefano Lava deserves special mention: a complete professional, skilled and always available, he guarantees continuous customer assistance while maintaining the level of service offered constantly high’.

‘Maximum willingness to compare and share ideas and strategies with an informal approach. In particular, Stefano Lava is an always available and collaborative point of reference.’

‘This firm can offer valid all-round support thanks to the fact that all professionals of the various disciplines are prepared, available and communicate with each other.’

‘The team is very joined up and responsive. They provide, clear, client-friendly advice and do not waste time/costs on finding “solutions” which are not possible under Italian law.’

‘Stefano Lava is excellent, very authoritative and responsive in his advice. Giuliana Caira is very thorough and meticulous in her advice.’

‘Great organizational skills of the work process. Absolute understanding of the customer’s problems combined with an extreme approach aimed at the result. You never get the impression that the firm wants to do what is best for the firm’s business, but what is best for the client. Great meeting management.’

Key clients

Just Eat S.r.l (now Just Eat Takeaway.com)

CREDEM – Banca Credito Emiliano S.p.A Group / Banca Euromobiliare S.p.A

Sony / ATV Music Publishing

Tata Motors Ltd.

Brooks Sports S.r.l.

ENGIE EPS Italia S.r.l

Comune di Sanremo

UCI Italia S.p.A.

Grifols Italia S.p.A.

Cisalpina Tours S.p.A.

Lojack Italia S.r.l.

Kyriba Group

Quest Software Group

Antylia S.r.l (ex- Cole Parmer)

Open Text S.r.l.

Pometon S.p.A.

Spiketrap Inc.

SDM S.r.l (Kalamp Group)

Bluefield Services Limited

PADI EMEA

GetYourGuide Italy S.r.l.

Rotork Controls Ltd.

Lysander Associates Ltd.

Binda Italia S.r.l.

Integral Ad Science (IAS) / Admantx S.p.A.

Momentive Performance Materials Specialties s.r.l

Premier Research Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Just-Eat, a global online food order and delivery services provider, on all its Italian employment law issues, and in particular the rules affecting the Italian gig economy in a case that has become known in the media as “Deliverygate”.
  • Advising ENGIE EPS, the technological division of global utilities giant, ENGIE, on a variety of employment matters including in connection with its innovative new e-mobility business.

Pavia e Ansaldo

Pavia e Ansaldo demonstrates great capability to act in a vast range of labour law matters. The team’s most recent and most significant cases include the representation of a number of US multinationals regarding a breach of social security contributions cap regulations. The case is handled by practice head Enrico Del Guerra, who, together with associate Francesco Vitella, is considered by clients ‘a business partner rather than a consultant.’ Valentina Simonelli and Enrico Banchero are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Enrico Del Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Vitella;Valentina Simonelli; Enrico Banchero

Testimonials

‘Ability to understand the organizational context and the needs of clients, and to provide effective and timely solutions.’

‘Enrico Del Guerra is a very reliable partner, capable of quickly understanding the need or problem represented, fast, precise and pragmatic in providing advice and the recommended solution.’

‘Ability to act as a partner of the client and not as a simple external consultant. This allows P&A to help provide the client with an overview of the topic being analysed.’

‘Enrico Del Guerra and Francesco Vitella are more business partners than consultants.’

Key clients

RTA S.p.A.

Ansett Aviation Italy S.p.A.

Alice + Olivia Italia S.r.l

Carra Mangimi S.p.A.

Fluidra S.p.A.

Granarolo S.p.A.

Isoclima S.p.A.

Kofax S.p.A.

Lactalis S.p.A.

Laramis Group

Lectra Italia S.p.A.

McKinsey Italia & Co. Inc.

SDA Bocconi School of Management

Krones AG

Specialisterne S.r.l.

Stahl Italy S.p.A.

Standard & Poor’s CMSI S.r.l.

Trenitalia S.p.A. (Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato)

UPMC Italy S.r.l.

Eurofirms Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre Italy, Kofax and McKinsey in defence of claims from INPS (National Institute for Social Security) regarding breach of social security contributions cap regulations relating to several years of unpaid social security contributions from 2015-20.
  • Advising Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi – SDA on contracts governing the creation of products central to its on demand online programmes.
  • Advised Eurofirms Group on preparation of temporary employment agreements and supply agreements with external clients as well as its establishment of an international branch in Italy.

Reilly & Tesoro

Reilly & Tesoro is a young firm in the Italian employment law panorama and was able to quickly build up a strong reputation as an Italian international boutique, representing international companies listed on the UK and New York Stock Exchange. This was possible, among other reasons, thanks to the bilingual abilities of founding partners Sharon Reilly and Marco Tesoro as well as Reilly's dual qualifications in the UK and Italy. Senior associate Chiara Perrone completes the team.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Reilly; Marco Tesoro

Other key lawyers:

Chiara Perrone

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, combined with outstanding attention to the client and niche expertise across Italy and the UK.’

‘Sharon Reilly is wonderful to work with. She is very knowledgeable, dedicated and has a keen sense of humour. An all around outstanding professional.’

‘Reilly & Tesoro are indispensable in providing legal advice on Italian law matters. Advice is professional, thorough, and they are very responsive to clients’ requirements.’

‘Sharon Reilly is fantastic. Her advice is always prompt, thorough and pragmatic. As she is dual-qualified and bilingual, she is uniquely able to ‘translate’ and explain Italian employment law so that UK clients can understand their obligations in respect to Italian law.’

‘The team at Reilly & Tesoro are as good as it gets. They provide fantastic commercial advice, and are super responsive. They translate local law issues in a clear way that is so user-friendly.’

‘Sharon Reilly is always available to answer quick queries and deal with big projects. She is a great person to have on your team and a trusted adviser. Marco Tesoro is also great support and offers practical and timely advice.’

‘Sharon and Marco are both a delight to work with. As well as being extremely engaging and friendly, they both bring a strong intellectual and analytical approach to their work. Their commercial understanding is excellent.’

‘Extremely thorough and logical in approach. Always tries to be transparent on fees. Very good at advising English in-house lawyers!’

Key clients

Verifone inc.

Broadcom inc

Hays plc

Sepura ltd

Sr group

Neogen corporation

Alaro srl (campergeneral advisory)

Jacobs engineering group inc.

Alliance pharma ltd

Sr group ltd.

Esp global services ltd.

Camper (alaro srl)

Sepura ltd

Idera inc (kiuwan software)

Change.org

Zeeco inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended Devere Goup in court against a claim filed by a former employee related to salary differences the company had allegedly applied wrongly by applying an unlawful NCBA (national collective bargaining agreement) to the employment relationship.
  • Advised Camper Alaro on day-to-day HR matters relating to its Italian operations, from hiring and firing, to disciplinary processes, individual transfer of employees, change to working times, company policies, garden leave, GDPR, annual leave and maternity leave. Also represented the client in a litigation brought by a former employee who claimed to have been unfairly dismissed.
  • Assisting SR GROUP in applying for the Italian furlough schemes during the Covid pandemic and in following health and safety protocols put in place, as well as defending the company in Court against a claim for constructive dismissal, discrimination, demotion and breach of furlough rules, filed by a former employee.

UnioLex - Stucchi & Partners

UnioLex – Stucchi & Partners focuses on assisting multinational players, with an emphasis on banks, in the full range of employment law matters. The team also stands out for the high-level representation in employment disputes, with an excellent track record in cases involving breach of collective agreements in particular. Practice head Olimpio Stucchi is highly appreciated by the market, as are Paola Gobbi, who focuses on collective dismissals and stock option plans among other areas, and Andrea Savoia, who mainly acts for top executives and local and international corporations.

Practice head(s):

Olimpio Stucchi

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Savoia;

Testimonials

‘Uniolex follows a “single face to the customer” approach, meaning, that clients have one person to contact for their requests. The billing is transparent.’

‘Andrea Savoia is always reachable and also takes care of administrative procedures.’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Nexans Group

Esaote Group

BCube Group

Puig Group

CIRFood

Roland Berger

RS Electrocomponents

Arkofarm Srl

Laboratoires Arkopharma S.a.S.

Ersel Bank

Mondialpol Milano S.p.A.

Laboratoires D’Uriage

MIP-Politecnico di Milano

Flossbach von Storch

Legacoop Lombardia

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Polihub

Fondazione di Carità Arti e Mestieri

Garbe Industrial Real Estate GmbH

Premier Tech Systems and Automation B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised a global cargo and industrial services group in the design and implementation of a new governance structure, including the termination of the group CEO in 25 companies, the study of a possible liability action against the same and the setup of a new matrix of powers.
  • Advised a foreign top-tier firm in a global advisory to develop an ambitious business model simplification plan for an industrial world’s leading group, including transfer of businesses and downsizings in Italy and across the world.
  • Advised a multinational logistic group, in a global insourcing process involving several crucial production sites and including tens of issues regarding employment, industrial relations and service contracts matters.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani provides day to day employment law advice. The team includes practice head Guido Callegari, Gaspare Roma, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, and associate Isabella Basilico. The lawyers are described by clients as ‘go-to-professionals for employment law advice’, with particular emphasis on matters relating to HR management, social security and work safety.

Practice head(s):

Guido Callegari

Other key lawyers:

Gaspare Roma; Isabella Basilico

Testimonials

‘Excellent lawyers with a good understanding of the clients’ business needs.’

‘In addition to the quality of the work of the employment law team, Guido Gallegari, Gaspare Roma and Isabella Basilico are a pleasure to work with. Accessible and quick.’

‘Very flexible and clear communication.’

‘Guido Callegari and Gaspare Roma are both very communicative and provide clear advice. The go-to-lawyers for employment law advice.’

‘Lucidity, precision and speed in the path to define the theme.’

‘Professionalism, punctuality, promptness’

‘Gaspare Roma is a unique professional and person. He is able to understand the needs of his clients and to address them promptly.’

‘Availability and professionalism, understanding the customer’s needs.’

Key clients

Amik Italia S.p.a.

Ball

Baralan

Believe Digital

Biocure Srl

Cargo plus

Cial – consorzio imballaggi alluminio

Dnp Photomask Europe Spa

Dunlop conveyor belting

Eascon

Henry Schein

 

G&w electric

Information resources S.r.l.

Inter cars Italia S.r.l. (inter cars group) an italian company distributing automotive Spare parts

John wiley & sons

Kodak alaris

Laffort

Liberty motors s.a.

Liebot italia S.r.l. (liebot group)

Linxens

Ogletree, deakins, nash, smoak & stewart, pc

Rolex sa and rolex italia Spa

Stanley international betting group

Toi toi italia S.r.l. (adco group)

Universal leaf tobacco international, inc.

Urban science

Work highlights

  • Assisting Cargo Plus Srl in its acquisition by Emirates, leading airline from UAE, involving the transfer of 26 employees, hard and lengthy consultation with the Trade Unions and the integration of the personnel.
  • Advising Believe Digital in relation to the change of the organization of the local subsidiary involving the termination of the former CEO and the appointment of a new one, the entering into of contracts of employment with top manager and making corporate arrangement as appropriate in order to ensure the regular running of the company.
  • Advising Inter Cars Italia in the reorganization of its Italian activities, including the closing down of the warehouse of the Company in Milan, the termination of the employment of all the employees attached to the warehouse, the opening of a new warehouse in Venice, the hiring of the employees for the new warehouse, the termination of some agency agreements and the reorganization of the office workforce of the company.

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

After practice head Luca Failla joined Deloitte Legal Italy -Società tra Avvocati a r.l. from LABLAW – Studio Legale in October 2020, together with Marcello Buzzini and Giulia Leardi, the team continued its expansion with the arrival of Andrea Bonanni Caione from LBC Lamparelli Bonanni Caione & Partners and Alessandra Maniglio from MGMP e Associati in April and June 2021, respectively. The team is noted for its cross/border capabilities in connection to reorganisations and international mobility projects.

Practice head(s):

Luca Failla

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Bonanni Caione; Marcello Buzzini

Testimonials

‘Extremely competent team in the field of labour law; punctuality in the fulfilment of the mandates and the promptness in constant support to the customer. The use of electronic invoicing has contributed to the facilitation of administrative relations.’

‘The professionals of the team, and in particular the lawyer Andrea Bonanni Caione, provide an excellent service in the field of labour law. The competence and attention to detail combined with courtesy, kindness and cordiality make the Attorney Caione a professional of absolute importance in his sector.’

‘The Deloitte Legal Team presents the very important feature of understanding the client and situations. The support is not simply technical / consultative, but directly applicable in real contexts. The support is punctual and precise and manages to transmit the necessary security even in the most complex situations, including those that arise in court. Compared to other firms we have collaborated with, the Deloitte Legal team also has a solid structure capable of providing ready support at any time to any need.’

‘Availability, preparation, but above all knowledge of the clients’ company and the ability to bring advice to the most concrete and operational levels of the day by day. The collaboration with them (and in particular Marcello Buzzini) is highly satisfactory.’

‘Luca Failla is an excellent lawyer with experience in both advisory and litigation.’

‘Luca Failla and Marcello Buzzini are very prepared and have a pragmatic attitude.’

‘Multidisciplinary, internatioanl team, which not only deals with strictly labour law issues but also with foreign taxation and social security matters.’

Key clients

NUXE

Adecco

Ikea

Lavazza

Eni

Zalando

Brembo

Volvo

Honda

La Perla fashion

K&L Gates

The labour and industrial relationships team at K&L Gates is particularly known for taking up employment law matters related to personnel management, both over crisis situations and in ordinary contexts. The offering portfolio also includes restructurings and reorganisations, redundancy plans and trade unions relationships. The practice is particularly strong in the technology, tourism, logistics and environment sectors. Roberto Podda is described as ‘a remarkable lawyer with an extensive network’.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Podda

Testimonials

‘K&L Gates Milano team is made of lawyers and well-organized paralegals capable of thinking outside the box and still give highly professional and constructive input. Flexible and structured, the team is an asset to any business looking for legal opinion on local issues with an eye to the global environment and market trends. Roberto Podda is a remarkable lawyer who focuses on the issue without missing the human aspects. He has an extensive network that he is able to activate in a number of occasions.’

‘The K&L Gates Team is very approachable, they understand clients problems/topics very fast and align immediately the necessary team of professionals to deal with it. During the process, they remain flexible and work closely with the client together on the topic. Roberto Podda is very reactive, respects times and deadlines and provides options during the process and guides the client through it. This combined work dedication with strong work ethics deserve the highest rating.’

‘Roberto Podda is always available, communicates well both in Italian and English, knows his field very well and always provides alternative options underlying the key pros and cons of each one.’

‘The team is very flexible and easily adapts to the needs of the group, meeting expectations. Furthermore, the team is made up of very competent and always up-to-date lawyers, who provide “quality products” at absolutely competitive fees.’

‘The Firm has the ability to understand and experience the business context, to understand its processes and to suggest the appropriate changes to bring the company to the expected result.’

‘Roberto Podda and his team are always present, where “present ” means not only available but also ready to answer any question and to suggest appropriate solutions, especially in case of litigation, judicial and / or extrajudicial.’

‘Incredibly reactive, excellent contact and follow-up. They are available at short notice and also able to put one in touch with additional external parties to support with specific issues.’

‘Roberto Podda is extremely responsive, diligent and creative in his ability to develop solutions to clients’ problems. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Slim Fusina Rolling S.r.l.

Mangiarotti (an Italian Westinghouse company)

Sanda Vadò S.r.l.

StatPro Italy (a Confluence company)

Navico and C-Map Italy (Navico companies)

Voss Fluid

Slim Fusina Rolling

3D Systems Italia Srl

Hornschuch Italia Srl (a company belonging to Continental group company)

Red Hat Italia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Voss Fluid in the process of closing-down of a plant located in Lombardy.
  • Assisted Slim Fusina Rolling S.r.l. in non-adverse labor law advice. Continuous assistance in out-of-court employment matters.
  • Assisting Fiocchi Munizioni S.p.A. in non-adverse labour matters, including the drafting and implementation of corporate policy regarding smart working and home working.

Littler Mendelson

Littler Mendelson is among the latest entries into the Italian employment market of the latest years, but was guaranteed a significant head start thanks to the firm’s vast global network, which brought a number of Fortune 500 companies to the team, among other smaller-sized and start-up clients, seeking assistance in connection to labour and employment matters in Italy. Litigators and founding and managing partners Carlo Majer and Edgardo Ratti co-lead the team: Majer excels in international consultancy and industrial relations policies; Ratti in restructurings, reorganizations and trade union negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Majer; Edgardo Ratti

Testimonials

‘The team works quickly and without complications. The billing is comprehensible and without problems.’

‘Nicola Comelli and Carlo Majer provide precise and practical answers.’

‘Proactive / synergistic team and always available. Timely collaboration is the distinctive feature.’

‘Edgardo Ratti is very well-prepared and always up to date on new regulations. Ability to frame the point with speed and clarity and give immediate feedback.’

‘Carlo Majer is extremely competent, has an extremely calm style and focused on the maximum possible benefit for the client. A true business partner rather than just a supporting figure.’

Key clients

Esprinet S.p.A.

Comdata S.p.A.

InvestiRE sgr S.p.A.

Celly S.p.A.

Harman International Industries – a Samsung Company

GLS General Logistics Systems Italy S.p.A

RepTrak S.p.A.

Jakala S.p.A.

Arthrex S.p.A.

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Consorzio Atlante

Work highlights

  • Assisted Investire SGR in the acquisition of a large real estate asset. Littler took care of the contractual labour aspects and the transfer of the employment contracts of the buildings’ doormen.
  • Assisted Esprinet S.p.A in all the labour law issues related to the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Dacom S.p.A. and 100% of the share capital of IdMaint S.r.l.
  • Assisting Comdata in a dispute pending in front of various courts. The dispute is a consequence of the transfer of the customer care business, between Wind Tre S.p.A. and Comdata S.p.A. The litigation has been filed by more than 300 employees challenging the transfer in five different courts.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati‘s employment team is active in a number of industry sectors and focuses on negotiations of contracts, agreements and remuneration policies, M&A due diligence, dismissals and disputes, which are led by renowned professionals within the litigation team. Practice head Alessandro De Palma is supported by associate Cesare De Falco: both are described as ‘proactive professionals, always focused on understanding the customer’s needs, and providing tailor-made solutions.’

Practice head(s):

Alessandro De Palma

Other key lawyers:

Cesare De Falco

Testimonials

‘Team of close-knit professionals, all prepared and with great experience. Attentive to customer needs, the team provides support in various issues in the field of labour law (including those of more complex management and analysis) and focuses on the impact of the different approaches proposed, while offering innovative solutions.’

‘Alessandro De Palma and Cesare De Falco are both proactive professionals, always focused on understanding the customer’s needs, and providing tailor-made solutions.’

‘Willingness to fully understand the problem’

‘Availability, competence, flexibility, pragmatism, competence.’

Key clients

Ingenico Italia S.p.A.

Nomura Financial Products Europe GmbH, Italian branch

EquensWorldline

Accenture S.p.A.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

Mayhoola for InvestmentsLLC

Fielmann S.r.l.

Alten S.p.A.

Moschino S.p.A.

Egon Zehnder International S.p.A.

Antares Vision S.p.A.

Irideos S.p.A.

Maxi Zoo Italia S.p.A.

Gattinoni & Co. S.r.l.

9Hotel Collection

Unicalce S.p.A.

ItaliaOnline S.p.A.

Neo Apotek S.r.l.

Avara Pharmaceutical S.p.A.

Giuseppe Zanotti S.p.A.

Vrent S.p.A.

Atotech Italia S.r.l.

IMCD Italia S.p.A.

Fairone S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Irideos S.p.A. in the context of one recent M&A transaction related to the merger by incorporation of two subsidiaries into the parent company, including the consultation and negotiation procedures with the trade unions concerning the collective transfer of the relevant employees (around 180 employees) to Irideos S.p.A.
  • Advised Forall Confenzioni S.p.A. on the separation agreement with the former Chief Executive Officer and the engagement of the new Chief Executive Officer.
  • Assisted Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the management of a significant number of employment and labour issues, including the labour aspects involved in the Covid-19 emergency (smart working, safety protocols, etc.).

Pedersoli Studio Legale

Pedersoli Studio Legale‘s firm-wide focus on litigation is also reflected within the employment law department, which is primarily involved in representing clients during disputes on behalf of employers or to the benefit of executives. The team’s expertise includes claims against dismissals, damages, anti-union conduct and wages. The out-of-court offering includes management of employment relationships, transactions and redundancies. Moreover, Francesco Simoneschi, who acts as practice head, is an expert in restructurings in the banking and finance, TMT, healthcare and energy sectors. Senior associate Andrea Scarpellini ‘is excellent, proactive and hard-working.’

Practice head(s):

Francesco Simoneschi

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Scarpellini; Alessandro Tufani; Alessandro Crosta

Testimonials

‘The law firm offers high-level legal assistance in litigation matters.’

‘Andrea Scarpellini has an excellent relationship with all customers.’

‘Availability, competence, professionalism, clarity.’

‘Francesco Simoneschi is very professional and helpful. He knows how to listen and has the ability to interact in an always polite way with his client and the counterpart. It has never been perceived by the counterpart as an “obstacle” but rather always ready to find the best solution in respect of the parties.’

‘Very pragmatic approach to the various issues, it makes the comparison very linear and clear.’

‘Andrea Scarpellini is able to combine high competence and knowledge of the subject with deep knowledge of the functioning of organizations.’

‘Proactive, hard-working team who provides great support on cross-border matters.’

‘Andrea Scarpellini is excellent, wins the trust of clients, proactive and hardworking.’

Key clients

Houlihan Lokey

Primetals Technologies Italy

Siemens Healthcare

AIG Europe S.A. Rappresentanza Generale per l’Italia

Fondo Strategico Italiano

Pozzoli

THUN

Groupon

Gemmo

AECOM URS Italia

Intesa San Paolo Vita

Prosus

Campari Group

Gyrus Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisting FSI and all the shareholding banks in the labour aspects in connection with the agreement for the sale to ION of their respective equity stakes in Cedacri, a leading Italian operator of core banking software and IT services for banks and financial institutions.
  • Assisting the Intesa Sanpaolo Group in the labour aspects in connection with the acquisition by Intesa Sanpaolo Vita of a controlling interest of RBM Assicurazione Salute, third operator in Italy in the health insurance market.
  • Assisting THUN in the labour aspects in connection with the acquisition of 100% of Unitable, a company with consolidated experience in the sector of tableware and furnishing accessories.

Portolano Cavallo

Practice head Andrea Gangemi and associate Tabita Costantino make up Portolano Cavallo‘s employment team, which represents a number of top  players in different markets. The duo have particular niche expertise of the media, digital and entertainment sectors, where they provide advice in connection to collective agreements, social security and contracts.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Gangemi

Other key lawyers:

Tabita Costantino

Testimonials

‘Andrea Gangemi has great knowledge of employment law and is always happy to help with client questions. He is available to us on short notice and has a strong practical skills.’