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Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has recruited the former head of legal and senior vice-president at Italian technology company Finmeccanica to spearhead its debut in Turin.
Moreno Martini joined Gianni from Finmeccanica last month. Based initially in the firm’s Rome office, Martini has been charged with building its fledgling Turin practice.
The office will be Gianni’s eighth after Bologna, Milan, Naples, Padua and Rome, London and New York, and is expected to open in the spring. It will focus on corporate and M&A work, servicing industrial clients in Turin and Genoa. The firm aims to have five lawyers in Turin by the end of the year.
Prior to joining Finmeccanica, Martini was a corporate M&A expert at Rossotto & Partners, which later became Hammonds-Rossotto. Martini will be replaced at Finmeccanica by his deputy Mario Orlando.
Gianni has long enjoyed close ties with Finmeccanica, advising on its 2003 E1.6bn (£1.1bn) acquisition of the aviation arm of Fiat, among other major deals. However, Finmeccanica has also instructed a raft of other firms including Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton – through iconic corporate partner Roberto Cassati – and Simmons & Simmons.
Turin has a rich and long-established industrial pedigree. Companies in electronics, engineering, food, printing and publishing, rubber, steel and textiles also have a strong presence in Turin.
Gianni managing partner Francesco Gianni said: “We believe it’s very important to be where dynamic and fast-growing businesses are. Turin and Genoa in particular are playing increasingly crucial roles in the Italian economy.”