The World Bank rates Italy at 65 in its rankings for ‘ease of doing business’ but with some of the EU’s top companies based there and a government keen to modernise, there are considerable opportunities for businesses.

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Our specialist Italian team works with a small number of hand-chosen, trusted Italian law firms to present fast, decisive legal solutions.  We act for UK and global organisations working or seeking to work within Italy, as well as Italian organisations with plans to establish or expand in the UK and EU.

We provide specialist knowledge across the firm’s business sector teams, in particular working with the insurance, technology, retail and manufacturing sectors.  Our work includes mergers & acquisitions, private equity & venture capital, corporate tax, contracts & agreements, employment law, cross border insurance claims, real estate and EU & regulatory law.

We can help you to make smarter decisions.  We’re focused on reducing risk as well as understanding your cultural, legal and commercial needs.  We’re committed to achieving your commercial goals. 

Examples of our work include acting for a number of US and UK clients in the acquisition of a variety of Italian engineering groups, over several years; the acquisition of a high-tech battery and UPS Italian manufacturer for a US quoted company (including advice on Italian merger control); the acquisition of a producer of gears and pumps for a UK quoted company; TV and media sourcing commercial licensing agreements in Italy; real estate investments both into and from Italy; sensitive corporate tax investigation of a US group by Italian tax authorities; advising on insurance coverage issues in respect of casualty and property losses in Italy and Sicily. 

Some of our experts

John Groome

Partner - Head of Global Casualty & Property

I am a Partner in the Insurance team and head of the Global Casualty & Property group.

Jonathan Branton

Partner - Head of EU/Competition

I lead the firm in EU/Competition issues, specialising in behavioural antitrust, merger control, public procurement and State aid, and all related issues of public funding, including the UK’s Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and ESIF. I also head up the firm’s Brussels office and the firm’s cross-discipline Central and Local Government sector group.