It seems there’s never a dull moment in Italy at present, and the legal market is no different.

This year will be seen as one of shake-ups in the country, with the appearance of two new Italian firms affecting the strong domestic market.

Prior to 2008 the landscape of local firms was largely uneventful. For the past 10 years the leader table has been dominated by three players, with Bonelli Erede Pappalardo leading the way.

However, the first change in the past 12 months came in the form of Legance, a firm created when 85 lawyers departed from Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners to set up their own independent.

Meanwhile, eyebrows were raised most recently when Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati and Agnoli Bernardi e Associati merged in September to create a 150-lawyer firm.

This Italy Special Report looks at how these two firms, coupled with international expansion of Chiomenti Studio Legale, will affect the trio at the top of the Italian market.