Eversheds' associated Italian law firm Piergrossi Villa Bianchini-Riccardi has merged with Benvenuto Barozzi Scherini
Benvenuto is a labour law boutique based in Milan. It has 11 fee-earners, which brings the number of lawyers at Piergrossi to 50, split between its offices in Rome and Milan.
Eversheds hopes that the creation of a labour law department at Piergrossi will reinforce the position of Eversheds' human resources group, which has more than 250 lawyers across Europe.
Piergrossi joined the Eversheds alliance a year ago and the two Italian firms entered into an alliance six months ago with the intention of merging.
Now completed, the merger reinforces Eversheds' Italian presence after it lost its original Italian office, part of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, to Landwell in 1998. The Frere Cholmeley relationship left Eversheds with a Paris practice and it also has European offices in Brussels, Copenhagen and Monaco, and an associated office in Bulgaria.