Recognized as a world fashion and design capital, Milan is also Italy’s economic and financial center. It is the seat of the Italian stock exchange and a major center for financial services and business, including textiles, industrial tools, machinery, and publishing. The lawyers in our Milan office work seamlessly across the firm’s global platform to provide advice to clients in complex business transactions, corporate restructuring and commercial disputes and assist Italian clients in establishing businesses throughout the world.
Our Milan corporate team advises public and private companies, shareholders and directors on a broad spectrum of issues, including corporate governance, compliance with regulatory matters and advising international companies in setting up businesses in Italy. The office represents family-owned and medium-sized Italian companies as well as international industrial companies, investment banks and private equity funds in a range of M&A and private equity transactions. The commercial team has developed extensive capabilities in project financing and PPP transactions, as well as in drafting and negotiating construction and commercial contracts and handling related claims.
The Milan office assists real estate funds and companies in the acquisition and sale of real estate assets, assisting throughout the negotiation process, structuring of the deal and drafting of sale and purchase contracts, facility management and lease agreements. The real estate team also assists engineering and project management companies in the implementation of development and requalification projects relating to commercial and residential buildings, infrastructures and industrial facilities. Our assistance typically involves the drafting and negotiating of the required construction contracts (whether public or private) and ancillary agreements.
The bankruptcy and restructuring team advises liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy, as well as companies interested in purchasing assets in bankruptcy proceedings. Additionally, our lawyers assist clients in the preparation, negotiation and implementation of corporate and debt restructuring plans.
The office provides legal advice to domestic and international clients in intellectual property, copyright and information technology matters. The office has specific experience in the protection and transfer of intellectual property rights, with particular reference to trademarks, domain names, designs, patents, trade secrets, know-how, image rights and software. Our lawyers assist clients on unfair competition matters and advertising law, as well as in e-commerce, consumer protection and data protection law. In particular, our office provides assistance in drafting and negotiating acquisition, license, distribution, advertising, sponsorship and technology transfer agreements.
The office also has significant experience assisting financial institutions and clients that operate in the financial services industry, with respect to M&A transactions, ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements and contentious matters, concerning derivative contracts and other financial products.
In addition, the office works with clients in litigation proceedings related to breach of fiduciary duty, validity of resolutions taken at shareholder or director meetings and compliance with shareholder agreements. The team has broad experience working with European, U.S., and Asian clients in matters before Italian courts, as well as assisting Italian clients in a variety of domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
Our public law department offers comprehensive assistance on a number of regulatory and administrative law matters, including public procurement, environmental law and town-planning.
Our tax lawyers advise clients on all tax aspects connected to corporate, banking and finance and real estate transactions. A key focus of the tax practise in the Milan office is on banking, structured finance transactions, securitizations, purchases of non-performing loans by foreign investors, Italian financial transaction tax, domestic and cross-border financing and taxation of financial instruments. The tax team also works with the corporate/M&A department on corporate taxations, structuring domestic and cross-border acquisitions for both strategic and private equity investors. In real estate matters, the team advises on the acquisition of immovable properties through real estate funds or corporate vehicles and connected financing.
Our labor and employment team is specialized in labor law and relationships with trade unions. The team mainly assists employers with, and supports clients in, legal issues related to personnel management, both in crisis situations and in the management of employment relationships. Our lawyers provide assistance in restructuring and reorganizing corporate charts through the management of collective dismissal procedures and the drafting of voluntary redundancy plans. We provide assistance to clients throughout the various phases of the procedures for access to social security benefits (redundancy public funds and solidarity contracts). Moreover, our lawyers assist clients in dealing with trade unions, both within the context of trade union information and consultation procedures. Our team has extensive experience in drafting labor contracts, corporate codes of conduct and employers policies, as well as incentive plans for employees and managers (including MBO and stock option plans).