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Zini & Associates, the Italian and US law firm which spun out of Pavia e Ansaldo in January, is opening a new office in Rome this week.
The office will open with four lawyers, led by the firm's latest hire Roberto Sparano, who is a specialist in competition, antitrust, and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). Sparano joined Zini & Associates in May from the Italian national regulatory authority for telecommunications and media. He was previously a member of Gian Paolo Zini's team at Pavia e Ansaldo. Zini launched Zini & Associates in January after 18 years with Pavia. He took Pavia's New York liaison office Agnoli Bernardi Zini into the new firm (The Lawyer, 4 December 2000). Zini's new firm has grown rapidly to a staff of 74 lawyers and tax professionals, including eight partners who are equally split between Italy and the US. A Rome office was always part of the firm's business plan, but the expansion has come sooner than expected. It will service existing clients as well as targeting new work. Zini is also looking at other jurisdictions. He said: "Latin America is a big focus. We're focusing on certain markets where there is a strong Italian presence. We have hired US, Brazilian and Argentinian lawyers. We're working in North America, South America, Asia and of course Europe." Zini & Associates' specialisms include national and cross-border M&A, corporate finance, capital markets, structured finance, tax, real estate, TMT, antitrust and intellectual property. At the time of its launch, Zini said that the new firm would work with Pavia, but last week Zini said the two firms are not working together. "We've a good relationship on a personal level, but we're not working together," he said.