New Linklaters hire named joint boss in Italy

Linklaters has named a new hire as its co-managing partner for Italy, with former Pedersoli partner Andrea Arosio assuming the role.

Arosio, a banking and finance partner, joined the firm just two months ago from Italian independent Pedersoli, together with capital markets partner Dario Longo (see The Lawyer, 15 February).

Arosio and Longo moved to Pedersoli from Allen & Overy in February 2005, where they had developed respected practices advising banking clients such as Banca Intesa and Unicredit.

Arosio will share the leadership of the region with partner Sarosh Mewawalla, who was caretaking Linklaters’ Italian capability from the time of the split with Gianni Origoni Grippo in April 2004 until the magic circle firm decided to step up its ambitions on the peninsular in 2007.

Since the beginning of the year, it has raided Allen & Overy for a partner and two associates, poached Arosio and Longo from Pedersoli, and moved into a bigger office on via Santa Margherita in Milan. More lateral hires are expected.