Michele Bignami > ADVANT Nctm > Milan, Italy > Lawyer Profile

20121 MILAN

Work Department

Employment Law

Corporate & Commercial Law


Michele Bignami, Equity Partner at Nctm advises large multinational groups and local companies across a range of industries on employment and industrial relation matters.  He also advises on distribution cases, which for historic reasons in Italy these types of cases come within Italy’s  Labour law).
Michele regularly advises top-managers both during the negotiation of their employment agreement and in connection with the termination of their engagement.  He also has expertise in the M&A sector stemming from early in his career and is frequently involved in large transactional projects concerning labour restructuring procedures.
Michele leads employment-law focused groups, which include academics and business professionals, on the impact and potential risks which new technologies may pose in the workplace as it relates to employees and workplace policies and procedures.


2010-Present, Nctm Studio Legale, Equity partner;
1999-2010, Equity partner and co-founder of CBM & Partners – Studio Legale;
1987 -1998, Studio Legale Bignami, Equity partner and Founder;
1989 – 1996, Erede e Associati (now BE Bonelli Erede), associate;
1987-1988, Foster Wheeler Energy (UK) Ltd, assistant to General Counsel.


Italian, English, French.


IBA – International Bar Association – Employment and Industrial Relations Committee; Anti-discrimination Committee; Immigration Law Committee EELA – European Employment Lawyers Association AGI – Associazione Giuslavoristi Italiani (Italian Employment Lawyers’ Association); GIDP – Gruppo Intersettoriale Direttori del Personale; (HRM’s Group Association: Scientific Committee); AIDP – Associazione Italiana Direttori del Personale; QMC Alumni.


Master in Financial Statements (Part I), Bocconi University, 1991.

IPD in Intellectual Property, University of London, 1988.

Law Degree, fullbright, Università degli Studi di Milano, 1987.


Fascinated by Technology and Visual Arts, avid skier and golfer.  He is a voracious reader and enjoys a good read.

Lawyer Rankings

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods

ADVANT Nctm has a substantial track record in assisting companies operating in the luxury sector. The team assists with day-to-day legal matters, as well as M&A, listings, trade mark registrations, litigation, financings and cross-border taxation. Lorenzo Attolico acts on the IP aspects of fashion, new technologies, energy and virtual realities; Michele Bignami advises on the employment issues surrounding luxury goods; and Paolo Lazzarino assists with acquisitions of Italian brands.

Italy > Employment

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.