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Over 20 years, Allen & Overy has evolved as one of Italy’s premier legal practices. Based in Milan and Rome, our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of the local market and can draw on the resources and skills of an integrated worldwide network.
The organisation of our two Italian offices divides its activity into five main areas: Banking & Finance, Corporate, International Capital Markets (ICM), Litigation & Arbitration and Tax.
Our lawyers are capable of providing clients with a broad range of legal services related to Italian, English, American and European law.
Corporate and M&A
Corporate clients need lawyers with technical expertise and a practical approach to meet the demands of the evolving global marketplace. The Italian Corporate and Commercial teams' diverse expertise and cross-border experience covers a wide range of issues specific to various industry sectors.
Our corporate and commercial expertise continues to grow as a result of close working relationships with key domestic and international clients. Dedicated teams have been appointed to provide specialised assistance in areas such as M&A, corporate finance, energy, environmental and administrative law, and competition law.
Employment and Benefits
Employment issues in Italy are usually intricate and it is important for employers to be aware of their duties and obligations as failure to comply with these can cause remarkable liabilities.
Advising in this field demands services of outstanding quality and lawyers who thrive on complexity and innovation. We pride ourselves on bring experts in all areas of employment and benefits law (including the share and option plans and executives' incentive schemes).
A&O is at the heart of the world's banking and financial markets. Our clients entrust us with the full range of their transactions as an acknowledgement of the depth and extent of our proven track record.
80 members of our Italian team are involved in first-level deals, including capital market transactions, property finance, acquisition finance, securitisation, structured finance and derivative transactions. Few practices can match the quality of our people, the breadth of our client base, our global reach and our top-tier position across the full range of financial products.
Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution
Whatever the dispute, whatever the solution, A&O's Italian litigators operate as effective dispute advisors in the modern business environment. We believe that litigation is not the only means of resolving disputes. We work with our clients to resolve issues efficiently and effectively while pursuing and protecting their interests.
Our Italian litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice routinely handles top-level cases and is well-recognised in Italy and throughout Europe. Although Italian litigation procedures are conservative, we encourage creative and novel approaches to complex issues.
The Italian real estate market has grown rapidly and is predicted to become one of the most attractive to European investors. The development of new structures and vehicles and the sophistication of financing techniques requires highly-specialised lawyers who provide a comprehensive service.
Our team can advise on all aspects related to real estate transactions, including corporate, administrative, environmental, finance and tax issues, by drawing on the combined expertise of our practice groups and international network. We pride ourselves on the breadth of our expertise and our first class track record.
Allen & Overy has specialised administrative lawyers in all Italian offices who possess a strong understanding of administrative procedures and recognise the different approaches and strategies required to deal with public law issues.
We can also count on a dedicated environmental team since this area of law has become an increasingly important field in Italy that permeates many other business areas. Our teams can anticipate potential issues and prepare suitable strategies for dealing with Italian regulations providing clear and structured advice.
With the Italian tax system subject to continuous revisions, financial institutions and MNEs are all in need of up to date information and reliable tax advice. That makes tax experts of fundamental importance to firms.
Our experts have deep knowledge of Italian tax issues, and are specialised in structuring innovative solutions to complex problems. As a multi-jurisdictional tax advisory service, we occupy a prominent position in this expanding field and offer a comprehensive service at international level through our Italian and foreign offices.
Our Global US Practice assists Italian-based clients interested in the US market or wishing to expand their business to the US (namely with respect to the US capital markets). With US lawyers resident in Italy, the Italian offices provide in-depth advice on the intricacies of the US legal system to Italian and other European clients. The team provides guidance in identifying potential issues and our detailed knowledge of the workings of the system allows us to present our clients with innovative options.
Our Milan and Rome offices offer an open, friendly and "keen to help" environment will help you adapt to the Italian work culture.
The Milan office is situated in the business and fashion district, near the Duomo, the world's largest Gothic cathedral. In a short walk you could reach the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade, the Theatre La Scala, the 15th century Sforzesco Castle's Museum of Historic Art and the Gallery of Modern Art. The Pinacoteca di Brera and the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (which is home to Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper) are also close to the office.
The Rome office is located in the landmark building of Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, in the heart of the city close to Piazza Navona and The Vatican.
Both offices host a Christmas gathering for all staff and employees and often organize drinks and team gatherings, off-site events and sport sponsored tournaments.
Learning and development
The A&O Business School will provide you with the commercial and personal skills that you need to navigate through an ever-changing business landscape. We offer exceptional professional and personal development, training, mentoring and practical support – all of which will allow you to progress in your career.
The A&O Business School offers a variety of excellent courses relevant to your career stage, with an emphasis on practical skills and business insight, to complement our advanced legal knowledge training. The school also offers a unique opportunity to interact with, and learn from experts, peers and partners and gain valuable insights from the world of business. From cutting-edge content to world-class coaches, our partners work on the design of the courses and act as faculty members to share their experience and expertise.
The A&O Leadership Centre equips our partners with the leadership skills to inspire others, encourage innovation and develop strong and enduring relationships with our clients. The Centre offers a combination of programmes, master classes, personal coaching, mentoring and access to relevant experience and opportunities, so you can tailor your personal development to your own needs and aspirations.
We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.
The Italian offices offer a range of benefits including holiday allowance, profit share bonus, pro bono, career development and flexibility in the workplace.
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