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BonelliErede is a popular address for clients in the financial services, TMT, energy, food and luxury goods 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 and the Ministry of Labour. Practice head Marcello Giustiniani is strongly recommended, as is Antonella Negri, who advised General Electric (GE) on employment-related matters concerning the sale of GE Capital Interbanca to Banca IFIS.

The ‘excellentLabLaw - Studio Legale is particularly well versed in employment litigation, industrial labour relations and M&A due diligence. Francesco Rotondi advised healthcare and infant care products manufacturer Artsana on labour aspects of the acquisition of the remaining 50% of shares of Prénatal Retail held by Giochi Preziosi. Luca Failla has a ‘creative and innovative approach’.

Boutique offering Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo stands out for its ‘mix of theoretical legal knowledge, close support and strategic approach’. Franco Toffoletto and Raffaele De Luca Tamajo advised Alitalia on employment law aspects of the client’s restructuring plan and Aldo Bottini assisted insurance group Ergo with the termination of collective secondments and personnel reduction. The ‘superbValeria Morosini and Emanuela Nespoli are also highly recommended.

Trifirò & Partners excels in assisting private and public sector entities, as well as managers and administrators, with the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including terminations, restructurings, trade union rights, contracts and due diligence. Founding partner Salvatore Trifirò is the name to note.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie’s ‘exceptional’ employment practice covers the whole range of employment matters including executives and directors-related matters, know-how protection, compliance and employee stock plans, as well as restructurings, business transfers, outsourcing transactions, trade union law and labour controversies. Massimiliano Biolchini, who assisted fashion brand Abercrombie & Fitch with a matter which saw the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) upholding the client’s right to terminate an on-call agreement with an employee, is ‘a guarantee’. Uberto Percivalle heads the team.

The ‘excellentBird & Bird’s key areas of advice include conduct and resolution of claims, employee incentives and benefits, labour-related aspects of M&A operations, outsourcing, restructuring, senior level appointments and trade secrets. Caterina Rucci, Amedeo Rampolla and senior associate Luigi Molteni are recommended.

DLA Piper’s employment team is co-headed by Rome-based Giampiero Falasca and the ‘very prepared and smart’ Fabrizio Morelli. Recent highlights include assistance to Italian Serie A club and listed company Juventus FC with its smart working project, and ongoing advice to fashion brand Hugo Boss on matters related to workforce management, including hiring and dismissals for reorganisation purposes.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners is a ‘great legal business partner’ for clients seeking assistance with employment issues. The practice advised Kairos Group on labour matters concerning the incorporation of Kairos Julius Baer Simin within Kairos Partners SGR, and assisted ArcelorMittal with labour issues related to its joint bid (with Italian steel group Marcegaglia) to acquire Italian steel plant Ilva. Practice head Paola Tradati, Rome-based Raffaella Betti Berutto and Cristina Capitanio are highly recommended.

Grimaldi SL LLP’s areas of expertise include business relocation and related trade union procedures, collective redundancies and individual dismissals, disciplinary procedures, stock option plans, personnel secondments and employee transfers, redundancy funds, collective negotiations, special contracts and temporary management. Practice head Angelo Zambelli is recommended.

Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati specialises in contentious matters related to individual or collective contract termination, wrongful termination, claims for higher positions, harassment cases, demotion and social security issues. The team is also adept at advising on pension funds, employment-related agreements and workplace regulations. Pietro Ichino is the key contact.

Legance - Avvocati Associati provides ‘very high-quality’ labour law services across a wide range of areas, including employment-related corporate, contractual, regulatory, tax and insolvency matters as well as in connection with restructurings and health and safety. The practice advised Intel on labour-related issues of the spin-off of its McAfee division, which involved more than 40 jurisdictions and 35,000 employees worldwide, and assisted Poste Italiane with the review of a phantom stock plan. Practice head Alberto Maggi and Tommaso Li Bassi are recommended.

Lexellent’s areas of expertise include discrimination matters, dismissals, HR management strategies and policies, industrial relations, labour litigation, social security, privacy, restructurings, trade union negotiations, transfer of business and workplace criminal law. Sergio Barozzi, who is ‘among the best employment lawyers in Italy’, has a ‘perfect command of employment law’. Giulietta Bergamaschi is also highly recommended.

Chiomenti Studio Legale focuses on workforce restructuring, new industrial relations arrangements, collective bargaining, senior managers’ and companies’ hiring/exit packages, labour litigation and welfare programmes. The group advised fashion brand Roberto Cavalli on a lay-off procedure and collective transfer of personnel, and has been assisting Etihad Airlines with employment matters following its investment deal and 49% acquisition of Alitalia in 2014. Annalisa Reale heads the practice and Emanuele Barberisalways finds a way to reach the same goal with different approaches’.

Clifford Chance advised Trinseo Italy, a subsidiary of multinational plastic and synthetic rubber manufacturer Trinseo Group, on the collective dismissal of all employees of its Livorno-based plant following the end of production activities, and assisted Banca IFIS with labour-related due diligence connected to its acquisition of GE Capital Interbanca from US company General Electric. Simonetta Candela is the key contact.

De Luca & Partners has a ‘very deep knowledge’ of employment law compliance and due diligence, employment, freelance and self-employment contracts, agency agreements, health and safety in the workplace, pensions and social security, data protection and immigration. Vittorio De Luca is recommended for his ‘international experience, knowledge and communication’ and Alberto De Luca, who assisted asset management company Aksia with labour law-related due diligence concerning its acquisition of CSS, is another name to note.

The ‘excellentDentons offers ‘high standards’ of service across the full spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, predominantly to clients from the financial services, TMT, technology, infrastructures, energy, retail and automotive sectors. Aldo Calza heads the practice and Iacopo Aliverti Piuri is ‘super-reliable and business oriented’. Davide Boffi joined from Ughi E Nunziante.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s areas of expertise include advising financial institutions as well as Italian and multinational companies on sensitive corporate governance matters, boardroom issues, mass redundancies, contentious matters and labour aspects of M&A transactions, corporate reorganisations and data protection law. BT Group, Danone and E.ON are notable clients. Luca Capone is the key contact.

Maresca Morrico Boccia & Associati has a consolidated reputation for its expertise in labour law, trade union law and social security. Arturo Maresca is the key contact.

Nctm Studio Legale gets a ‘high score’ for its ‘business-oriented approach’ and ‘industry knowledge’. Recent highlights include assisting Johnson & Johnson and Spanish gas and electricity company Gas Natural Fenosa with a number of employment and industrial relations matters. Nike and CAI-Alitalia are other notable clients. The ‘straight to the point, fast, effective and always credibleMichele Bignami is recommended.

Simmons & Simmons’ ‘proactive and engaged’ team advised pharmaceutical company Astellas on a major restructuring which entailed the dismantling of the client’s urology business in Italy and assisted Gansu Gangtai with employment matters related to a major M&A transaction in Italy. The ‘tremendously trustableDavide Sportelli heads the practice.

The ‘excellentAllen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato assisted Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Italia, the Group’s home video distribution business, with the reorganisation of its Italian company and the resulting workforce reduction. Counsel Livio Bossotto is strongly recommended.

The ‘very efficient and reliable’ boutique Boursier Niutta & Partners is well versed in all aspects of Italian labour law and has Telecom Italia, British American Tobacco and Enel among its long-term clients. Luca Garramone is ‘trustworthy, enthusiastic, creative and available whenever needed’ and Sergio Codella is another name to note.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani provides a ‘very high’ standard of service in matters related to individual and collective employment termination, labour litigation, business reorganisation, consultation and negotiation with trade unions, and due diligence. The client portfolio includes Ogletree Deakins, Nash and Smoak & Stewart. Guido Callegari is highly recommended.

Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners is ‘impressive’ for ‘response time, accuracy and depth of knowledge’. The practice advised Cerved Credit on labour-related matters connected to the extension of its long-term partnership agreement with BHW Sparkasse for the management of €1.5bn of sub-performing and non-performing loans. Clients ‘can always rely onLorenzo Cairo for the ‘most urgent and complex issues’.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s employment law expertise covers employers’ social security obligations, workplace health and safety and related companies’ liability, union relationships, immigration law and personnel’s IP rights. Eni and Hollister are key clients. Vittorio Moresco heads the practice and Rome-based counsel Francesca Lauro has ‘excellent legal skills’.

Studio Legale Stanchi e Associati is well versed in a number of labour law matters, including social security, industrial relations, privacy law and digital investigations. Andrea Stanchi is the key contact.

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