Clifford Chance’s Italian operation is facing another period of upheaval as a third of its Rome office prepares to leave.
Corporate experts Gian Luca Rabitti and Paolo Tommaso are understood to be in advanced talks with Chiomenti Studio Legale. However, at the time of going to press, no formal resignations had been tendered.
A Clifford Chance source said the pair was leaving amid disagreements over the firm’s Roman strategy.
The news comes after a period of relative stability in Clifford Chance’s Italian operation.
In 2002, Clifford Chance suffered the indignity of being evicted from its Rome premises by partner Vittorio Grimaldi, who quit the firm with four partners and 26 other lawyers. At the same time, two partners and 11 other staff walked out of the firm’s Milan office.
In January 2003, the firm watched as corporate star Luigi Chessa left just six months after being appointed joint managing partner with Nick Wrigley.
The departure of Rabitti and Tommaso would leave the Rome office with just four partners. Remaining are two securitisation partners and antitrust star Christoforo Osti. Corporate litigator Carmelo Alessio is retiring from the partnership next April.
Clifford Chance and Chiomenti declined to comment.