Linklaters commits to Italy with London secondee programme

Linklaters is preparing to welcome lawyers on secondment from its Milan and Rome offices for the first time in London as the firm’s Italian expansion gathers momentum.

The firm did have secondees from Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners while the two firms were alliance partners, but has never sent lawyers from its own offices in Italy to London.

Italy co-managing partner Sarosh Mewawalla said: “We’ll be sending Italian associates to London; it’s our intention to do that with all our offices. It’s the first time that we’ll be doing that here.

“Before, the reality was that a number of people we had in the Italian offices were secondees.”

This year Linklaters has almost tripled its presence on the peninsula, hiring respected banking and finance partners Andrea Arosio and Dario Longo from Pedersoli e Associati and Davide Mencacci from Allen & Overy.

As part of the expansion the firm has moved into new offices in Milan, growing from 300 square metres to 1,600 square metres, and made Andrea Arosio and Mewawalla joint managing partners for the region.

The alliance between Gianni and Linklaters ended in 2004, leaving the UK firm with a skeleton team in Italy.