Firm Profile > De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani > Milan, Italy

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani
20121 MILANO

Dispute resolution Tier 3

At De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, litigation, arbitration and mediation are divided into three ad hoc sub-practices, respectively led by founding partner Maria Cristina Franchini, Michelangelo Cicogna and of counsel Giovanni de Berti. The specific teams are staffed by teams of professionals from the firm's two Italian offices in Milan and Rome. The firm, which also has bases in Brussels and Moscow, combines international and cross-border litigation with private international law, advising clients on real estate and insolvency, IP and commercial matters, as well as product, medical and pharmaceutical liability. Andrew G. Paton is qualified in Australia, England and Wales and Italy.

Practice head(s):

Maria Cristina Franchini; Michelangelo Cicogna; Giovanni De Berti


‘Incredible professionality and knowledge of all matters’

‘Michelangelo Cicogna is a very good lawyer; very keen on arbitration, very good arbitrator and totally independent, even when he is party-appointed’

‘The different teams of this practice are the best mix of competence, creativity and helpfulness’

‘Roberto Jacchia has vast knowledge. Michelangelo Cicogna is a perfect negotiator. All the partners can easily deal with international issues, no matter what language they have to use.’

‘Dispute lawyers on an international level’

‘Michelangelo Cigogna – extremely knowledgeable, a pleasure to work with’

Key clients


Arup Italia Srl

Culligan italiana Spa


Enel servizio elettrico Spa


Sace Fct Spa

Tia Tirana International Airport Shpk

Vix Technology Group

Volvo Group Italia Spa


Intellectual property Tier 3

Full-service firm De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani has a strong record of work on patent disputes for clients in the pharmaceutical industry, and has particular expertise in conflict prevention strategies. The department is praised for being 'very thorough on patent matters.' Co-founding partner Roberto A. Jacchia, who is based in Milan, works with litigator and life sciences expert David Maria Santoro in Rome, who deals with product liability issues for pharma companies. The team, which also has clients in the luxury space, has an established relationship with the Russian IP law firm YUS.

Practice head(s):

Roberto A. Jacchia


The firm has an excellent IP team and the overall level of service is very good.’

‘Their service is first class and they are very competent, knowledgeable and very prompt in providing answers.’

‘A strong team with a wide range of legal expertise. Highly experienced in the vagaries of the Italian legal system and willing to challenge the status quo to achieve results.’

‘Roberto Jacchia is an intellectually astute lawyer who has wide experience of the Italian legal system. He is able to produce complex legal submissions effectively. He is ably assisted by the very capable Silvia Doria.’

Key clients

Ali Spa

Alliance Laundry

Alma Lasers Italia srl



Campagnola e fedeli

Cisalfa sport Spa

Comenda Ali Spa

Culligan Group

Culligan italiana Spa

C&f srl: 2013


Glaxosmithkline Group and Glaxo Smith Kline Italia

Ht srl



Lesaffre srl

Merck Sharp & Dohme, Merck & co

Metaswitch Network

Openjobmetis Spa

Rivolta & Carmignani

Rizzani De Eccher

Rolex SA and Rolex Italia Spa

Samsung Electronics Italia

Site ground

Staedtler Mars GmbH & Co Kg

TAT Tessitura Automatica Tavernerio Spa

Werner & Mertz Professional srl

Werner & Mertz GmbH

Administrative and public law Tier 4

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani has particular experience handling urban and town planning issues, pharmaceutical and life sciences regulatory work, as well as public procurement and public concessions. The department is headed by Antonella Terranova, who handles administrative matters, tenders and public procurement issues. Fabio Ferraro has been able to draw on his 'high level of specialisation' in betting and gaming law to handle a number of contentious and non-contentious matters for Stanley Betting Group.

Practice head(s):

Antonella Terranova


Efficient and perfect on every occasion (also in complex situations and emergencies).’

Maximum availability of professionals and specialisation in the sector that is difficult to find elsewhere.

Key clients

Stanley International Betting

Protex Italia



Employment Tier 4

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani's employment team is primarily engaged in advisory work relating to social security, tax and job safety matters. Restructuring and reorganisations also represent a significant part of the team's efforts, alongside litigation and trade union relations. Practice head Guido Callegari receives impressive feedback for his work on the employment aspects of M&A deals and his advice to senior management figures.

Practice head(s):

Guido Callegari


‘Very pragmatic, commercial and responsive team.’

‘Their responsiveness and client care sensitivity makes them stand out.’

‘Very responsive and easy to approach. ‘

‘Guido Callegari: impressive knowledge of employment law. Knows exactly what to do. Gaspare Rome: very quick and easy to work with.’

‘The practice is full of great, very professional and polite, cooperative and helpful people. They always do their best to find the best solution and they have the ability to understand our perspective and to be open to discuss different solutions.’

‘A great team, always available, outgoing and solution-oriented.’

‘Guido Callegari is a delight to work with. Great knowledge and always willing to give an extra effort to find the best solution.’

‘The capability of the firm to offer a full-range service, with high international credibility allowing multinationals to trust their advice’

‘An outstanding set of technical skills and in-depth preparation paired with humility. Deep empathy and availability, allowing a trustworthy and durable professional relationship. ‘

Key clients

Amik Italia S.p.a


Biocure Srl

Bob Martin UK

Cial – Consorzio imballaggi alluminio

Dnp Photomask Europe Spa

Dunlop Conveyor Belting


Erogasmet group

Henry Schein

Inter Cars Italia S.r.l. (inter cars group)

John Wiley & sons

Kodak Alaris


Liberty Motors s.a.


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, pc

Rolex SA and Rolex Italia Spa

Stanley International Betting

Urban science

Vivescia group

Vix technology group

EU and competition law Tier 4

The EU and competition law practice at De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani is singled out for its 'incredible professionality' in relation to issues of discrimination, freedoms of establishment, competition, state aid and antitrust damages. In Milan, founding partner Roberto A. Jacchia combines his IP expertise with competition law; Antonella Terranova, in charge of the firm's Rome office, is 'a secure point of reference' for merger filings, abuse of dominance and regulation; Fabio Ferraro is a key member of her team. After twenty years at the firm, Irene Picciano left for Portolano Cavallo in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Roberto A. Jacchia; Antonella Terranova


Availability at any time’

‘Fabio Ferraro is always able to convey new and surprising points of view in the relation between domestic cases and European law by identifying those that can be considered precedents before the European Court.’

Key clients




Eec Clean Energy SRL

Renault Trucks

Rizzani de Eccher

Stanley International Betting

Urban Science

Volvo Trucks

Tax Tier 4

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani has broadened its activities in an effort towards becoming a full-service tax practice. Meanwhile, it remains well known for transfer pricing and permanent establishment tax issues. Its sector expertise includes luxury, automotive, food, banking and gambling, in addition to hi-tech and start-ups' digitalised businesses. The firm also has a robust litigation practice. Massimiliano Gazzo is a national and international tax specialist, and Tiziana Zona is a transfer pricing expert.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Gazzo; Tiziana Zona


This is a professional and  business-oriented team.

Key clients

De Rigo Group


Stanley International Betting



TDV Industries





Global Blue

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani advises on commercial agreements with customers, suppliers, distributors and franchisees. The team is best known for M&A, spin offs, corporate restructurings, reorganisations, and joint ventures. It is also one of the few Italian law firms to have had a Moscow office for over 20 years. Marco Frazzica is an automotive and steel industry specialist; Gianni Forlani handles corporate law and M&A at domestic and international levels; and Cristina Fussi has special expertise in cross-border distressed M&A.

Practice head(s):

Marco Frazzica; Gianni Forlani; Barbara Calza; Claudio Corba Colombo; Cristina Fussi; Bridget Ellison; Andrew Paton; Armando Ambrosio; Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis; Davide Gambillara


Clients appreciate the co-operation with the M&A team due to its high levels of responsiveness and ability to understand clients’ needs and sensitivity, notwithstanding foreign expectations and different legal cultures.

This is a very friendly and approachable firm that openly discusses the billing approach and the people to be assigned to matters. The whole process is very transparent.

A good level of service and good knowledge of clients’ business and company culture. Response times are also accurate.

This is a strong team, very professional and very client oriented, with work concluded successfully to everyone’s benefit.

Cristina Fussi is highly engaged and committed to clients’ expectations. She is also extremely confident and shows clear leadership with respect to the entrusted matters.

Marco Frazzica is a responsive and supportive legal partner.

Key clients

TDV Industries

AB Volvo Group


Sandvik Group





Dai Nippon Printing


Real estate and construction Tier 5

Founding partner Gianni Forlani heads up De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani's wide real estate offering, which includes well regarded lawyers such as Rome office head Antonella Terranova. The practice, which encompasses regulatory and town planning work, also handles M&A, financing and leasing matters.

Practice head(s):

Gianni Forlani

Key clients

Algardi Immobiliare Srl

Ice snei Spa

Ikea retail/property

Inter IKEA Group


Rolex Italia Spa

Sandvik group

Sts Alpresor ab

Our clients can count on more than 80 professionals
We are:

We have forged over the years close relationship with first class law firms virtually all over the world to assure optimal standards, speed of response and quality.

We regularly enlist the support of leading professors and academics, as special counsels and expert witnesses. A number of our partners have teaching and academic assignments, are legal authors and serve in scientific and editorial committees.

Our operative seats are our own stand-alone offices
Our Italian offices are located in Milan and Rome and we have been having for decades fully operative offices in Brussels and Moscow.

We are now also offering a dedicated US desk in Los Angeles.

We all can speak and work fluently in Italian, English and French and frequently use German, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

We are an international, full service Italian law Firm
Our Firm traditionally engages in international and European commercial work in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Our expertise embraces almost all the areas of law
Over the years, we have developed a deep knowledge of more than 30 industrial sectors.

We advise a large number of domestic and foreign clients.

A significant part of them are multinational companies ranking among the 500 largest companies worldwide (Fortune Global 500) besides a large number of Italian SMEs.

Photo Name Position Profile
Avvocato Armando Ambrosio  photo Avvocato Armando Ambrosio Armando Ambrosio is the resident partner of the Moscow office and Head…
Avvocato Giovanna Bagnardi  photo Avvocato Giovanna Bagnardi Giovanna Bagnardi is a partner of De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani.
Avvocato Matteo Biondetti  photo Avvocato Matteo Biondetti Matteo Biondetti is a partner at De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani.
Avvocato Guido Callegari  photo Avvocato Guido Callegari Guido Callegari is the leading partner of the employment and pension practice…
Avvocato Barbara Calza  photo Avvocato Barbara Calza Barbara Calza is since year 2000 a partner at De Berti Jacchia…
Avvocato Federica Castioni  photo Avvocato Federica Castioni Federica Castioni joined the firm since 1982 and became partner in 1991.
Avvocato Michelangelo Cicogna  photo Avvocato Michelangelo Cicogna Michelangelo Cicogna is a partner at De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani since…
Avvocato Claudio Corba Colombo  photo Avvocato Claudio Corba Colombo Claudio Corba Colombo started his professional career at the Milan office of…
Avvocato Silvia Doria  photo Avvocato Silvia Doria Silvia Doria joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in…
 Bridget Ellison  photo Bridget Ellison After qualifying as a Notary Public in London, Bridget Ellison joined De…
Avvocato Gianni Forlani  photo Avvocato Gianni Forlani Gianni Forlani is a co-founding partner of De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani…
Avvocato Maria Cristina Franchini  photo Avvocato Maria Cristina Franchini Maria Cristina Franchini is a co-founding partner of De Berti Jacchia Franchini…
Avvocato Marco Frazzica  photo Avvocato Marco Frazzica Marco Frazzica, partner of De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani since 2005.
Avvocato Cristina Fussi  photo Avvocato Cristina Fussi Cristina Fussi is since year 2000 a partner at De Berti Jacchia…
Dott Massimiliano Gazzo  photo Dott Massimiliano Gazzo Massimiliano Gazzo is since year 2005 the leading partner of the tax…
Avvocato Elena M. Granatello  photo Avvocato Elena M. Granatello Elena Granatello joined De Berti Jacchia Franchini in 2017.
Avvocato Roberto A. Jacchia  photo Avvocato Roberto A. Jacchia Roberto A. Jacchia, co-founding partner of De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, leads…
Avvocato Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis  photo Avvocato Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis joined De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani in 2017.
Dott ssa Tiziana Zona  photo Dott ssa Tiziana Zona Tiziana Zona joined the firm in 2003 and is partner at De…
Number of lawyers : 80
at this office : 47
Contact : Gianni Forlani (
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Rome