Grimaldi makes trio of lateral hires from local rivals

Italian firm Grimaldi Studio Legale has added three partners to its roster, including former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Davide D’Angelo.

D’Angelo joins Grimaldi from Pedersoli e Associati, having moved to the firm in 2011 when it merged with his boutique Marena D’Angelo & Fagotto (7 July 2011). He was previously a partner at A&O between 1998 and 2009.

Grimaldi has also hired Ughi e Nunziante partner Giovanni Bocciardo and CBA tax adviser Riccardo Salvatori as partners. Salvatori and Bocciardo will both be based in Rome, while D’Angelo will spend most of his time in Milan as well as working from London.

The hires strengthen Grimaldi’s corporate practices. D’Angelo brings experience advising on corporate and private equity houses on transactions in a range of sectors including TMT, pharmaceuticals, and luxury goods. Bocciardo advises on corporate and finance transactions while Salvatori’s expertise lies particularly in real estate and renewable energy and project finance.

The lateral hires follow Grimaldi’s launch in London last year through the hire of Ashurst partner Fabio Pizzocheri (12 May 2014). The firm also hired Norton Rose Fulbright partner Paolo Daviddi in October. 

Grimaldi has been steadily growing since its relaunch in 2012 and with the arrival of D’Angelo, Bocciardo and Salvatori will have 31 partners.

The firm, formerly known as Grimaldi e Associati, voted to disband at the end of 2011 after a number of departures (2 January 2012). A few months later Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Italian team joined name partner Vittorio Grimaldi to reform the firm as Grimaldi Studio Legale (15 May 2012) amid the US firm’s collapse (29 May 2012).

Partner and executive committee member Francesco Sciaudone said the latest hires were “only the first of a number of major developments that our firm is planning in 2015”.