In this edition of WWL: Italy, we feature a more than 200 firms, ranging from full-service outfits to specialised boutiques. However, almost a quarter of the total listings are achieved by five standout firms, which we profile here.
BonelliErede maintains its standing as one of Italy’s leading full-service powerhouses, securing an impressive 49 listings across 17 practice areas.
Dispute resolution is a key strength for the firm, achieving a total of 12 listings across our arbitration and litigation chapters. The team impresses with its expertise in a range of commercial disputes, with its lawyers earning plaudits for their top-tier work in both domestic and international proceedings.
Banking and finance emerges as another area of expertise for the firm, with six lawyers listed for their experience advising domestic and multinational clients on an array of transactional and regulatory matters.
The firm also excels in our labour, employment and benefits chapter, as well as our M&A and governance selection, achieving five listings apiece.
Standout names at the firm include Andrea Carlevaris and Laurence Shore, who are recognised as market leaders for their sterling work in arbitration. Alessandro Balp earns acclaim for his profound understanding of real estate law. Marcello Giustiniani and Antonella Negri are leading figures in the labour, employment and benefits sector.
The highly distinguished Chiomenti enjoys a strong presence in the Italian market. The firm consolidates its place as one of the leading firms in the country with impressive 34 listings in our research across 13 practice areas.
The firm demonstrates its expertise in M&A and governance with 10 leading practitioners recognised. The team has a wealth of experience assisting clients on significant public and private M&A transactions as well as complex merger processes, due diligence and liaising with regulatory authorities.
Banking and finance is another area in which the firm excels, with five notable individuals commended for their substantial expertise in assisting clients on the full suite of banking matters including structured finance, bonds, restructurings, acquisition and asset finance.
Notable individuals at the firm include Global Elite Thought Leader in corporate tax Raul-Angelo Papotti, who proves himself to be a standout expert in advisory matters. The firm’s go-to practitioners in M&A and governance includes Thought Leaders Michele Carpinelli, Filippo Modulo, Francesco Tedeschini and Carlo Croff.
Gianni & Origoni
Leading Italian firm Gianni & Origoni performs impressively in our research this year, proving the depth and breadth of its offering with 27 listings for its lawyers across 14 different practice areas.
Corporate transactions are an area of expertise for the firm, with five listings for its competition specialists and four listings for its M&A and corporate governance practitioners. Its competition expertise spans the full gamut of antitrust and compliance issues on the domestic and EU market, while the M&A practice encompasses complex cross-border transactions.
The firm is also accomplished in the energy sector, with three practitioners listed for their excellent work on a wide variety of transactional, regulatory and financing issues in the sector.
Standout names at the firm include Francesco Gianni, who is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader in M&A practice due to his formidable expertise in domestic and international transactions. Raffaella Betti Berutto is identified as a leader in labour and employment law given her skill advising clients on employment, industrial relations and restructuring matters.
Hogan Lovells continues to be a strong force in the Italian legal market, performing impressively in this year’s rankings with 16 listings across nine practice areas. With a presence in Rome and Milan, the firm is well established to advise on a wide range of commercial matters.
Hogan Lovells showcases its top-tier life sciences offering in this edition, with four outstanding lawyers recognised for their strategic counsel to clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors.
The firm is also recognised as a market leader in data issues, with three practitioners listed for their wealth of knowledge on domestic and European regulations, cloud computing and cross-border transfers of data.
Hogan Lovells is home to standout lawyers including Luigi Mansani, a market-leading IP and life sciences specialist who has amassed considerable experience on major transactions. Massimiliano Masnada is a seasoned data lawyer with a strong contentious practice, particularly in IT litigation.
Legance Avvocati Associati
Independent Italian firm Legance Avvocati Associati is a distinguished boutique firm with international reach, proving the quality of its corporate law offering with 16 listings across 10 different practice areas.
The energy sector is an area of strength for the firm, with three of its lawyers securing a listing for their work advising clients on a range of transactional, regulatory and financing issues.
This experience continues to show in the M&A and corporate governance group, with three practitioners also securing a listing for their excellent work on complex transactions and regulatory matters.
Labour, employment and benefits law is also an area the firm performs impressively in, as two practitioners receive a listing for advising domestic and international clients on employment contracts, pensions issues and labour relations briefs.
Standout practitioners at the firm include Filippo Troisi, who is recognised as a Thought Leader in M&A law thanks to his stellar work on large transactional matters. Cecilia Carrara also achieves the title of Thought Leader thanks to her international arbitration expertise as both counsel and arbitrator. Enzo Schiavello earns distinction for his top-tier private funds practice due to his skill with fund formation matters.