Orrick raids Ernst & Young team for Milan launch

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has finally achieved its long-awaited Italian launch after hiring 23 lawyers, including three equity partners, from the Italian legal affiliate of Ernst & Young, Studio Legale Tributario.
The Milan office will be led by Alessandro De Nicola, previously national director of Ernst &Young’s legal arm in Italy.
Orrick Chairman & CEO Ralph Baxter said: “The opening of our Milan office is a vital step in Orrick's global strategy of establishing a presence in the world's centres of business and finance as we compete with the leading global law firms for complex, high-value, cross border engagements.”
The Milan launch follows Orrick’s first move into continental Europe in November 2002, when the firm merged with the Paris office of Watson, Farley & Williams.