Jones Day Milan in raid for A&O partner

Jones Day Milan in raid for A&O partner” />In a bid to ramp up its real estate and corporate capabilities in Italy, Jones Day has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Marini Giovanni from the magic circle firm’s Milan office.

Giovanni brings a number of ongoing deals to Jones Day, including transactions for key client ING Real Estate and a large matter for Fiera Milano, a listed Italian exhibition and conferences company.

Giovanni was a partner at Brosio Casati e Associati before it merged with A&O in 1998. Prior to that he worked at US firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering.

The partner in charge at Jones Day’s Milan office Philippe Billot said the hire was part of a drive to increase the firm’s presence in the Italian market.

The 20-lawyer Milan office of Jones Day was launched in 2001 with the hire of a team from boutique Macchi di Cellere e Gangemi and the transfer of two partners from other offices. However, it has not grown since that time.

Billot said the firm would continue to look for other laterals. He added that Rome might also be a possibility for the firm. “That’s something that we’ll be considering in due course,” he said.

Billot was transferred from Paris to take on the role of Italian managing partner in January 2004.

Giovanni declined to comment on the move.