WWL’s latest guide to Italy covers the leading lawyers across 24 areas of law. Practitioners from 198 firms are recommended this year, but six prominent firms account for more than a quarter of all listings. These firms are profiled here.
BonelliErede is a legal powerhouse in the Italian market, as showcased this year with an impressive 48 listings in total across 17 different practice areas.
The firm distinguishes itself in international arbitration, with its six lawyers accruing listings for their skill and experience acting as counsel, arbitrator and co-chair in a variety of commercial and investor-state arbitrations under several different institutional rules.
M&A and governance is another area of expertise for the firm, with seven lawyers securing a listing in our corresponding chapter for their sought after abilities in mergers, demergers, cross-border transactions, finance structuring and divestitures, and corporate governance issues.
The firm also impresses in the labour, employment and benefits field, with five lawyers listed this year for the strength and depth of their practice in contentious and non-contentious matters, including contractual disputes, collective actions and corporate restructurings.
Standout names at the firm include Andrea Carlevaris, Antonio Crivellaro and Laurence Shore, who all rank as leading names for dispute resolution in Italy. Alessandro Balp is a leading light in real estate and construction law, while Antonella Negri and Marcello Giustiniani are identified as prominent names in Italy’s labour and employment market. Giovanni Guglielmetti is a go-to name for complex IP matters.
Chiomenti is a prominent full-service law firm in the Italian market. This year it performs exceedingly well in our research with an impressive 35 practitioners recognised across 15 chapters.
The firm showcases its top-tier M&A and governance offering in this edition, with 10 outstanding lawyers recognised for their excellent undertaking of the structuring of transactions, due diligence and other aspects of high-value M&A.
Chiomenti also excels in banking and finance, with four lawyers commended for their excellent proficiency in a range of matters including project finance, export finance, structured finance and bonds.
Corporate tax is further area in which the firm shines with three lawyers highlighted for their deep expertise in tax aspects of a range of transactions including real estate, transfer pricing and private equity.
Key individuals at the firm include Umberto Borzi, a pre-eminent lawyer in the real estate sector; Enrico Giordan, who is recognised as a leading light for banking and finance matters; Michele Carpinelli, a market-leading specialist in public and private M&A transactions; and Francesco Tedeschini, who is acclaimed for deep knowledge of corporate law.
Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners enjoys a strong presence in the Italian legal market with five offices across Italy. Its practitioners have expertise in a wide range of fields, as reflected by our research this year where the firm receives 27 listings across 14 practice areas.
The firm sees five lawyers listed for their excellence in competition law and are commended for their top-tier assistance of matters before the Italian Competition Authority, as well as European and national courts.
The firm also excels when it comes to M&A and corporate governance, with five lawyers recognised for their strong expertise in handling significant and complex domestic and international deals. Energy law is further area in which the firm performs well, with three of its lawyers highlighted for their in-depth knowledge of regulation, transactions and disputes across the sector.
Eminent individuals at the firm include Antonella Capria, a leading light in environmental law. Piero Fattori is recognised for his strong expertise in competition matters, while Francesco Gianni is highly regarded for his top-tier work on complex M&A transactions. Rita Gismondi is a go-to name for complex restructuring and insolvency proceedings.
International full-service firm Hogan Lovells shines in the Italian market with 14 of its lawyers achieving a listing across eight different practice areas in this edition.
The firm distinguishes itself in life sciences with four lawyers commended for their experience and expertise in transactional, regulatory, product liability and litigious matters across the sector.
Data and intellectual property matters are also areas of strength for the firm, with two lawyers listed in each respective area. This shows the firm is well placed to advise clients on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property issues and a variety of data matters including privacy and protection, compliance and IT law.
The firm also wins recognition for its accomplished insurance and reinsurance group, with two lawyers recognised this year for their excellence in transactional and regulatory matters, as well as liability and coverage disputes.
Standout names at the firm include Christian Di Mauro and Riccardo Fruscalzo, who achieve international recognition for their strong life science expertise. Jeffrey Greenbaum is widely commended for his top-notch insurance and reinsurance practice.
Legance Avvocati Associati is a standout in the Italian market, and showcases its strengths across a wide range of legal matters in this edition with a total of 16 lawyers listed across 10 practice areas.
This year, three lawyers are recognised as leading individuals for their extensive expertise in M&A and governance matters spanning high-value M&A transactions, joint-venture transactions and equity offerings.
The firm also excels in the energy sector and gains three listings in our corresponding chapter for their impressive knowledge of transactions, projects, regulation and disputes across the sector.
The firm is home to several lawyers who are highly respected in their fields. They include Alberto Giampieri, a leader in corporate finance matters; Filippo Troisi, recognised as one of the foremost practitioners in M&A and governance; and Monica Colombera, widely respected for her profound knowledge of the energy sector.
The highly distinguished Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale enjoys a strong presence in the Italian market. The firm consolidates its place among the leading law firms in the country with a total of 13 listings in our research this year, across six practice areas.
The firm demonstrates its strong expertise in data law with four leading practitioners recognised for their excellence spanning data protection and compliance, big data, cloud computing and information governance.
Life sciences is another area in which the firm shines, with three notable individuals commended for their know-how in handling the gamut of contentious and regulatory matters across a range of areas including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, cosmetics and medical devices.
The firm also sees three of its M&A and governance specialists listed this year for their experience and knowledge of complex M&A transactions and joint ventures.
Notable individuals at the firm include Laura Liguori and Ernesto Apa, leading lights in the Italian market for data law. Francesco Portolano and Manuela Cavallo rank among the foremost M&A and governance lawyers in the country. Elisa Stefanini comes highly recommended for her tremendous knowledge of compliance and regulatory matters relating to the life sciences industry.