DLA Piper has raided Simmons & Simmons’ Rome office for a 17-lawyer team, including four partners.
The partners leaving Simmons are Italian head of corporate Antonio Lombardo, projects chief Rodolfo Errore and corporate partners Ernesto Apuzzo and Francesco Aleandri.
The new hires will join an existing DLA Piper team of 13 fee-earners, including eight partners, in the Italian capital. In total, the firm has more than 100 lawyers practising in Italy, headed by regional managing partner Federico Sutti.
The departures leave Simmons with 11 partners in Rome and just one in its corporate team.
Sutti said: “The arrival of Nino, Francesco, Rodolfo, Ernesto and their colleagues is an important step towards our vision to be one the leading players in the Italian market.
Sutti said the additional lawyers would complement DLA Piper’s existing capabilities in the areas of corporate, restructuring, capital markets and project finance.