Gianni Origoni joins rivals in Shanghai

Italian heavyweight Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners is launching an office in Shanghai in its first international expansion for four years. The Shanghai office is Gianni Origoni’s eleventh office globally, and its second in Asia. It launched in Hong Kong in 2014 and signed a formal alliance agreement with Chinese firm Han Kun Law […]

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Would Brexit mean the end of the Unified Patent Court?

The Unitary European Patent system aims to support innovation by cutting red tape, costs and save time by automatically validating a single patent in all EU countries that have ratified the Unified Patent Court treaty and which have at the same time adhered to the UE regulation on the European unitary patent.

European independents branch out with foreign offices

Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach, Germany’s GSK Stockmann & Kollegen and Italian firm Pavia e Ansaldo have all announced the launch of new offices in neighbouring European jurisdictions. Arendt opened a representative office in Paris at the start of the year, becoming the first Luxembourg firm to have a presence in the French capital. The […]

Credit Suisse drafts in Clifford Chance on money laundering probe

Credit Suisse has instructed Clifford Chance on a major investigation by the Italian authorities over allegations of money laundering and tax evasion. The Swiss bank could face penalties including fines or suspension of business in Italy if the allegations are proven. News of the probe, run by prosecutors in Milan, surfaced in the Italian media […]

Italy’s Gattai Minoli launches London office

Italian firm Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners has announced the launch of a representative office in London. The firm has relocated corporate and real estate partner Cataldo Piccarreta to London to lead the new base in Mayfair. Associates Matilde Vergallo and Maria Pia Palma will support Piccarretta, joining from rival Italian firms CBA and Legance […]

Italy’s Bonelli Erede hires nine A&O lawyers in City finance boost

Slaughter and May best friend Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has hired Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Italian senior partner Massimiliano Danusso and eight other lawyers in a boost to its City banking offering. Danusso will take over as managing partner of Bonelli’s London office from Andrea Carta Mantiglia and the team will be headquartered in London, although […]

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Italy’s Carnelutti launches in New York through joint venture

Italian firm Carnelutti Studio Legale has forged a joint venture association with New York firm Altieri Esposito & Minoli to open in the US. The joint venture will operate as AEM Carnelutti Law Firm and will offer legal services to US investors in Italy and to Italian businesses in the US, particularly in the real […]

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DLA moves to strengthen Italy with nine-strong Ashurst team

DLA Piper has added a team of nine to its Italian restructuring and litigation teams, just a week after losing three partners to Dentons in Milan. The team is led by restructuring partner Francesco de Gennaro. Ashurst counsel Luca Magrini and Alessandro Lanzi are both joining DLA as partners and the group includes two senior […]