Special reports: Italy/HR and training

Italian law firms spent the end of last year scrapping to get deals closed and 2009 has brought more uncomfortable news for M&A lawyers.


Special reports: Italy/HR and trainingPractice area: HR & Training

The first HR and Training special report outlines 10 steps that learning and development teams at law firms can use to maintain standards during the recession, such as cutting deals with suppliers and achieving realistic and measurable results.

The second article focuses on the legal secretary role, explaining how –  with the right support and training – the job can evolve to allow more exposure to clients, greater responsibility and more job satisfaction, benefiting the law firm and the employee in the process.

Regional: Italy

Italian law firms spent the end of last year scrapping to get deals closed and 2009 has brought more uncomfortable news for M&A lawyers. Many deals have stalled as financing is nearly impossible to find and banks are playing hard ball by requesting debt leverage ratios of above 50 per cent.

This article uncovers what firms, ranging in size from regional to national, are planning to do to survive the drought, and reveals plans by the larger firms to strengthen their international offices.