Cameron McKenna's CMS alliance has signed up an Italian member for the first time and Simmons & Simmons' Italian operation is sealing a merger in Padua.
Nineteen-partner Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni will join CMS on 1 February, giving the network seven members.
Adonnino - the product of a three-way merger two years ago - is a full-service firm with offices in Rome and Milan and is one of the few Italian firms with equal strengths in legal and tax consultancy.
Simmons is expanding its Italian presence by merging with a two-partner Paduan firm. Padua is seen as the third big Italian market due to its high concentration of entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises.