McDermott in Italian rift as Carnelutti merger falls apart

McDermott Will & Emery’s merger with Italian firm Carnelutti has failed, with the firms splitting just two years after their merger.

McDermott will keep the Rome office, while Carnelutti regains the independence it had for 100 years before the merger.

Massimo Trentino is to continue as McDermott’s Italian head, and the firm has expanded with the hire of two corporate partners from Wilkie Farr & Gallagher.

Filippo Mazza, who was managing partner of Wilkie’s Rome office, and Carsten Steinhauer are the two joining McDermott.

McDermott Chairman Harvey Freishtat said: “We look forward to continuing to grow our Italy practice and serving our Italy-based clients, as well as our other international clients with operations in Italy.”

Canelutti chair Marino Bastianini said: “Our firm had a 100-year-old tradition of independence and following two years of this exciting experience with McDermott, we plan to continue to grow as an independent firm.”