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Angelo Zambelli

Angelo Zambelli

Grimaldi Studio LegaleCorso Europa No. 12MilanItaly20122
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WWL Ranking: Recommended

Biography

Angelo Zambelli is a co-managing partner; executive committee member; and head of the employment and industrial relations department of Grimaldi Studio Legale. He has an outstanding reputation in employment law and industrial relations. This is due to his in-depth knowledge, and his ability to plan and implement extraordinary finance operations, restructuring plans and collective redundancies, and to advise in employment-related litigation.

What motivated you to specialise in labour and employment law?

My father was an entrepreneur, active in the metalworker sector, and he would have liked me to be his successor. However, I wanted to become a lawyer. I decided to become a labour and employment lawyer for two main reasons. First, when I had to study for my employment law exam at university, I found it extremely interesting. (In the end, I got a degree cum laude with the professor suggesting I write a final thesis on this topic.) Second, I thought this was the practice closest to my father’s business and legal needs.

What qualities make a good labour and employment lawyer?

A good labour and employment lawyer must have sound experience in litigation. A labour lawyer is prevented from being a good one until he or she has accrued significant experience in employment-related litigation – thus, in Italy, dealing with local labour courts and the Italian Supreme Court on a day-to-day basis.

An employment lawyer is even prevented from giving good out-of-court legal advice until he or she has accrued an in-depth knowledge of the labour courts’ best practices, in addition to the widest knowledge of Italian employment laws.

How do you see your practice developing over the next five years?

I bet that, in the next five years, both employment-related litigation and market demand for legal advice on labour issues will significantly and quickly increase.

This is for two main reasons.

First, we are globally facing a situation that is widely acknowledged to be uncertain –this is the case from both an economic and a political standpoint. Employment and labour law actually qualifies as a “countercyclical” practice.

Second, over the past six months, new law regulations have come into force in Italy and a ruling has also been issued by the Italian Constitutional Court. Both of these resulted in most of the labour reforms of the past five years – which were aimed at setting forth more flexible employment law provisions – being completely cancelled. Therefore, employers now have to deal with constraints, and so they need professional advice on this.

What makes Grimaldi Studio Legale stand out from its competitors in the market?

The employment and industrial relations department of Grimaldi Studio Legale, which I’m proud to lead, is one in a million!

Members of the department have accrued over 30 years of international experience, and/or have a strong practice in the domestic labour courts.

The department is an Italian institution but also an independent one; therefore, we can offer the best professional advice to both international corporations and domestic companies.

An additional strength is our deep cohesiveness.

What are the most significant trends you are seeing in the practice area at the moment?

I feel there is increasing attention paid to company welfare and whistle-blowing. This in line with EU trends, as whistle-blowing will shortly be regulated at an EU level.

Moreover, as I’ve already pointed out, there will be a strong increase in employment-related litigation as a result of the recent law regulations, which have both reintroduced constraints on employers using flexible contract patterns (eg, fixed-term employment agreements and staff-leasing contracts) and improved protections that unlawfully dismissed employees are entitled to.

What is the most interesting case you have been a part of?

The Alitalia deal, for sure (Alitalia is the flag carrier for Italy).

Over a very short term (only four months!) we – as legal advisers to the newco – had to hire approximately 12,000 employees and manage negotiations relating to company-level bargaining agreements. This involved dealing with 11 trade unions/works councils (which included trade representatives of pilots, stewards and ground personnel). This all happened within a context whereby the “oldco” was definitively distressed.

In my opinion, this deal was the one with the biggest ever impact on Italian industrial relations. And it is still going today… It is a never-ending story.

Looking back over your career, what has been your proudest achievement to date?

How fast I reached some professional goals I set for myself at the very beginning of my career. I was appointed partner of a well-known law firm, with a long tradition in Italy, when I was only 32 years old; only a few years on, I’ve established my own law firm. I’ve been named Employment Lawyer of the Year four times in the past five years (namely, in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018).

What advice would you give to someone looking to start out in labour and employment law?

Go abroad. Travel, as long as you are young and not yet bound by family or other huge responsibilities; discover the world, experience new cultures and learn other languages.

And keep studying employment and labour law!

Global Leader

Labour & Employment

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

 Angelo Zambelli is a greatly respected figure in the region whom sources praise for his "capacity for understanding the issues and risks, reformulating the problem and finding solutions with a minimum of risk to reach the goals".

Biography

Angelo Zambelli is co-managing partner, member of the executive committee and head of the employment and industrial relations department of Grimaldi Studio Legale.

He amassed an outstanding reputation in employment and labour law, industrial relations and issues relating to agency contracts and labour litigation. He has acquired in-depth knowledge in the planning and implementation of extraordinary finance operations and restructuring plans, including the reorganisation and downsizing of either domestic companies or the Italian subsidiaries of international groups. Angelo works side by side with clients advising them on handling complicated industrial relations matters and often represents companies during negotiations.

After earning his JD magna cum laude at the University of Milan in 1987, he became a member of the Italian Bar Association in 1992. Since 2004, he has the right of audience before the Italian Supreme Court.

He is an established lecturer at many conferences organised by Il Sole 24 Ore, AIDP (Italian Association of Personnel Management), AGI (Associazione Giuslavoristi Italiani; Italian Labour Lawyers Association), EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association), IBA (International Bar Association), ELA (Employment Law Alliance) and ABA (American Bar Association).

He's the exclusive Italian representative for ELA and member of AGI, AIDP, EELA, IBA and ABA. He's also member of the main international legal directories.

Angelo is author of several books on employment law and trade union issues, the latest of which are Manuale di Diritto del Lavoro (Employment and Labour Law Handbook) (630 pages) - Il Sole 24 Ore, 2019; Crisi Aziendale e Rapporto di Lavoro (Company Crisis and Employment Relationship) (Collection of five books; 1,070 pages) - Il Sole 24 Ore, 2018, which – on June 21, 2019 – has been awarded as the Best Book on Employment Law by the Labour Consultants Association of Milan; International Labour and Employment Compliance Handbook (Italian Section) (98 pages) - IBA and Wolters Kluwer, sixth edition (2018), fifth edition (2017) and fourth edition (2016).

He has been ranked among the top 30 leader lawyers in Italy, according to Legalcommunity and GQ magazine published by Condé - which have listed professionals who stand out for managerial skills, strategic vision and media impact.

He won the award for Best Lawyer of the Year at the Legalcommunity Labour Awards in 2017, 2015 and 2014, as well as the award for Best Lawyer of the Year for Industrial Relations and Trade Unions in 2012 and 2013. Angelo has received the Le Fonti award as Employment Lawyer of the Year 2018.

In addition, his department has been awarded as Best Practice Restructuring (2018) and as Law Firm of the Year - Labour Restructuring (2016) at the Legalcommunity Labour Awards. It has also recently received the award as Law Firm of the Year at the Le Fonti Labour Awards 2019.

According to a survey made by Legalcommunity, Angelo is one of the five employment lawyers to have been classified as a "star" in the Italian labour market in the last four/five years, having been one of the lawyers who obtained the highest number of positive comments and referrals from important stakeholders in the market, including competitors.

In 2018, Who's Who Legal included Angelo among the four "Most Highly Regarded" lawyers in Italy with regard to labour, employment and benefits.

Pensions & Benefits

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

 Angelo Zambelli is a top-tier labour and employment lawyer. Sources identify his "problem solving, ability to manage different parties and his knowledge of the social law in Italy" as particular strengths of his practice.

Biography

Angelo Zambelli is co-managing partner, member of the executive committee and head of the employment and industrial relations department of Grimaldi Studio Legale.

He amassed an outstanding reputation in employment and labour law, industrial relations and issues relating to agency contracts and labour litigation. He has acquired in-depth knowledge in the planning and implementation of extraordinary finance operations and restructuring plans, including the reorganisation and downsizing of either domestic companies or the Italian subsidiaries of international groups. Angelo works side by side with clients advising them on handling complicated industrial relations matters and often represents companies during negotiations.

After earning his JD magna cum laude at the University of Milan in 1987, he became a member of the Italian Bar Association in 1992. Since 2004, he has the right of audience before the Italian Supreme Court.

He is an established lecturer at many conferences organised by Il Sole 24 Ore, AIDP (Italian Association of Personnel Management), AGI (Associazione Giuslavoristi Italiani; Italian Labour Lawyers Association), EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association), IBA (International Bar Association), ELA (Employment Law Alliance) and ABA (American Bar Association).

He's the exclusive Italian representative for ELA and member of AGI, AIDP, EELA, IBA and ABA. He's also member of the main international legal directories.

Angelo is author of several books on employment law and trade union issues, the latest of which are Manuale di Diritto del Lavoro (Employment and Labour Law Handbook) (630 pages) - Il Sole 24 Ore, 2019; Crisi Aziendale e Rapporto di Lavoro (Company Crisis and Employment Relationship) (Collection of five books; 1,070 pages) - Il Sole 24 Ore, 2018, which – on June 21, 2019 – has been awarded as the Best Book on Employment Law by the Labour Consultants Association of Milan; International Labour and Employment Compliance Handbook (Italian Section) (98 pages) - IBA and Wolters Kluwer, sixth edition (2018), fifth edition (2017) and fourth edition (2016).

He has been ranked among the top 30 leader lawyers in Italy, according to Legalcommunity and GQ magazine published by Condé - which have listed professionals who stand out for managerial skills, strategic vision and media impact.

He won the award for Best Lawyer of the Year at the Legalcommunity Labour Awards in 2017, 2015 and 2014, as well as the award for Best Lawyer of the Year for Industrial Relations and Trade Unions in 2012 and 2013. Angelo has received the Le Fonti award as Employment Lawyer of the Year 2018.

In addition, his department has been awarded as Best Practice Restructuring (2018) and as Law Firm of the Year - Labour Restructuring (2016) at the Legalcommunity Labour Awards. It has also recently received the award as Law Firm of the Year at the Le Fonti Labour Awards 2019.

According to a survey made by Legalcommunity, Angelo is one of the five employment lawyers to have been classified as a "star" in the Italian labour market in the last four/five years, having been one of the lawyers who obtained the highest number of positive comments and referrals from important stakeholders in the market, including competitors.

In 2018, Who's Who Legal included Angelo among the four "Most Highly Regarded" lawyers in Italy with regard to labour, employment and benefits.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Angelo Zambelli sits among the very elite labour and employment specialists in Italy this year, and is praised for his “speediness, efficiency and straightforward approach”.

Biography

Angelo Zambelli is co-managing partner, member of the executive committee and head of the employment and industrial relations department of Grimaldi Studio Legale.

He amassed an outstanding reputation in employment and labour law, industrial relations and issues relating to agency contracts and labour litigation. He has acquired in-depth knowledge in the planning and implementation of extraordinary finance operations and restructuring plans, including the reorganisation and downsizing of either domestic companies or the Italian subsidiaries of international groups. Angelo works side by side with clients advising them on handling complicated industrial relations matters and often represents companies during negotiations.

After earning his JD magna cum laude at the University of Milan in 1987, he became a member of the Italian Bar Association in 1992. Since 2004, he has the right of audience before the Italian Supreme Court.

He is an established lecturer at many conferences organised by Il Sole 24 Ore, AIDP (Italian Association of Personnel Management), AGI (Associazione Giuslavoristi Italiani; Italian Labour Lawyers Association), EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association), IBA (International Bar Association), ELA (Employment Law Alliance) and ABA (American Bar Association).

He’s the exclusive Italian representative for ELA and member of AGI, AIDP, EELA, IBA and ABA. He’s also member of the main international legal directories.

Angelo is author of several books on employment law and trade union issues, the latest of which are Manuale di Diritto del Lavoro (Employment and Labour Law Handbook) (630 pages) - Il Sole 24 Ore, 2019; Crisi Aziendale e Rapporto di Lavoro (Company Crisis and Employment Relationship) (Collection of five books; 1,070 pages) - Il Sole 24 Ore, 2018; International Labour and Employment Compliance Handbook (Italian Section) (98 pages) - IBA and Wolters Kluwer, sixth edition (2018), fifth edition (2017) and fourth edition (2016).

He has been ranked among the top 30 leader lawyers in Italy, according to Legalcommunity and GQ magazine published by Condé – which have listed professionals who stand out for managerial skills, strategic vision and media impact.

He won the award for Best Lawyer of the Year at the Legalcommunity Labour Awards in 2017, 2015 and 2014, as well as the award for Best Lawyer of the Year for Industrial Relations and Trade Unions in 2012 and 2013. Angelo has received the Le Fonti award as Employment Lawyer of the Year 2018.

In addition, his department has been awarded as Best Practice Restructuring (2018) and as Law Firm of the Year – Labour Restructuring (2016) at the Legalcommunity Labour Awards. It has also recently received the award as Law Firm of the Year at the Le Fonti Labour Awards 2019.

According to a survey made by Legalcommunity, Angelo is one of the five employment lawyers to have been classified as a “star” in the Italian labour market in the last four/five years, having been one of the lawyers who obtained the highest number of positive comments and referrals from important stakeholders in the market, including competitors.

In 2018, Who’s Who Legal included Angelo among the four “Most Highly Regarded” lawyers in Italy with regard to labour, employment and benefits.

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