THE FIRM This firm remains a market leader for dispute resolution matters. It attracts a broad range of domestic and international clients, all of which appreciate its superb cross-border capabilities. The practice has extensive experience in litigation, with many of the team specialising in corporate and financial law. In addition, it excels in arbitration and is frequently present on international arbitrations involving multiple jurisdictions.
Sources say: "High-quality litigators with strong links to the academic world."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Franco Bonelli maintains his reputation as a remarkable litigator and is described as "a star in corporate work." Department head Vittorio Allavena receives similar praise for his knowledge of litigation relating to corporate and M&A transactions. Highly regarded international arbitrator Antonio Crivellaro specialises in disputes relating to procurement and construction projects. He serves as of counsel along with Giuseppe Sbisà, who is greatly experienced in both civil and commercial litigation. Giulio Ponzanelli is a further standout name at the firm. His expertise extends to tort liability, as well as commercial litigation. Laura Salvaneschi is noted for her excellent academic credentials and sharp negotiation skills.
THE FIRM This independent Italian firm continues to earn the respect of both peers and clients for its sterling work in dispute resolution. The full service team offers expertise in a wide range of corporate and commercial litigation across many sectors, including energy, real estate and banking. It is currently advising Telecom Italia on a dispute relating to a comparative advertising campaign. It is also representing British Gas in litigation concerning the construction of a regasification terminal at Brindisi, a case which illustrates the firm's capacity to assist international clients.
Sources say: "The service is always exceptional."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Giuseppe Lombardi is active on a number of high-profile mandates. Market sources praise his technical knowledge and regard him as "responsive, collaborative and adept at finding the best solutions for his clients."
THE FIRM The litigation group at this highly regarded firm continues to expand with the arrival of seven lawyers from Studio Grande Stevens. A number of internal promotions have also boosted the level of expertise in corporate, M&A, banking and real estate disputes. The group is particularly skilled in ADR and international arbitration.
Sources say: "The firm is driven by strong moral principles but it is also tough, which is a great asset in negotiations."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alessandro Pedersoli is praised for his in-depth technical knowledge in ADR and international arbitration. He is supported by a strong team of professionals, including Andrea Magliani, who has extensive experience in contract and bankruptcy litigation. Sources regard him as a "smart and pleasant individual who always offers high-quality advice." Clients describe Filippo Casò as "available and attentive" and appreciate his ability to provide innovative solutions. He frequently acts before civil courts and arbitration panels on high-profile cases. Valeria Mazzoletti is increasing her market visibility and continues to impress with her serious and diligent approach.
Since publication, Valeria Mazzoletti has joined d'Urso Gatti e Bianchi Studio Legale Associato
THE FIRM The dispute resolution team at this international firm has adapted exceedingly well to serving the Italian market. Sources assert that, whilst the team offers the personal approach of a boutique, it also has the cross-border capabilities of an international firm. This is reflected in the team's client base, which includes entities based in Latin America and Russia. In addition to its extensive international arbitration work, the team also represents large domestic companies in corporate and contract litigation matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department co-head Ferdinando Emanuele combines his linguistic skills with "a client-oriented approach and thorough knowledge of relevant business issues." William McGurn specialises in international litigation and arbitration. He has a huge amount of experience in this area as he is admitted to the Bar in both Paris and Washington, DC. Sources commend his exemplary negotiation skills combined with a keen ability to foster productive client relationships.
THE FIRM This 37-lawyer team continues to win high-profile mandates from both domestic and international clients, including Deutsche Bank, Solvay and Hewlett-Packard. The team's success is bolstered by the strength of the firm's corporate department, with which it frequently collaborates. It operates across a broad range of industries but has particular experience in litigation relating to the banking, finance and energy sectors.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Based in the Milan office, Enrico Castellani specialises in complex, large-scale litigation, often on behalf of financial institutions. He continues to represent ABN and HSBC on many matters arising from the Parmalat collapse. Sources describe him as "incredibly hard-working, responsive and a pleasure to work with." In Rome, Fabrizio Arossa retains his position as a well-regarded practitioner with notable experience in contentious matters. He recently represented Bayer in two appeals arising out of continuing antitrust litigation amongst several tyre manufacturers.
THE FIRM This prestigious Italian firm continues to make its presence felt in the market thanks to the volume of high-profile mandates it handles. It recently represented a leading telecoms company in a dispute relating to the termination of three lease and maintenance agreements. The 11-partner team continues to expand its skill set by hiring staff with expertise in a variety of fields, including IP, employment and tax litigation. The firm has offices across the globe, enabling it to represent clients in multiple jurisdictions.
Sources say: "Level of service and depth of knowledge are very important to us, and the team delivers on both counts."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gian Battista Origoni della Croce remains a "highly skilled litigator" with extensive knowledge of M&A transactions, joint ventures and insolvency proceedings. In the Padua office, Paolo Gnignati focuses on corporate disputes relating to restructurings and plays a prominent role in many of the firm's key deals. Described as "efficient and readily available to discuss queries," Alberto Nanni impresses sources with his deep knowledge of disputes involving bankruptcy and labour law. Federico Busatta is another valued member of the team with particular expertise in white-collar crime and compliance matters.
THE FIRM Market sources view this firm as progressive, dynamic and home to a number of talented young partners. The disputes team is renowned for its technical ability and sharp negotiation skills, and it assists financial institutions and industrial companies with a wide range of complex litigation. The team is currently defending a leading Italian bank in a class action relating to maximum overdraft charges. This is one of the first class actions of its kind in Italy and illustrates the firm's ability to work on cutting-edge cases. The group is also skilled in cross-border litigation, representing a mixture of domestic and international clients.
Sources say: "The team gives excellent advice and responds quickly."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Enrico Zattoni is described as "accessible and down-to-earth." He impresses clients with his deep knowledge of ADR and mediation practice. Qualified to practise in Italy and the USA, he is also experienced in international work.
THE FIRM The litigation team of this magic circle firm continues to win several high-profile mandates. Its strength lies in banking and finance litigation, although it also represents clients from several other sectors. The group is currently representing a leading international bank in litigation with the City of Milan relating to alleged damages suffered by entering into an unfairly priced derivatives agreement.
Sources say: "One of the best international outfits operating in Milan."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Massimo Greco continues to lead the litigation against the City of Milan, in addition to a variety of contentious matters arising from the Parmalat insolvency. "He researched and analysed our case thoroughly and provided sound, reliable advice throughout," states one interviewee. Pasquale Cardellicchio draws similar praise: "He goes above and beyond the call of duty and produces work of an outstanding quality." He is also notably experienced in white-collar crime issues.
THE FIRM Following various staff changes in recent years, this department has settled into a cohesive unit offering a full dispute resolution service. The group is active in a wide variety of industries, including banking, insurance and construction, and represents large international organisations in complex litigation. It enjoys growing prominence in employment law disputes and has also set up a specialist group dealing with white-collar crime due to an increased demand in this field.
Sources say: "The team takes the time to get to know its clients in order to offer business-oriented solutions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS At the team's helm is practice head Bruno Giuffré. Lauded for his "pragmatic and meticulous approach," he remains a key figure in this bright and enthusiastic team.
THE FIRM This team has made a considerable recent effort to broaden its dispute resolution practice. With the arrival of Massimiliano Marinozzi, the group now boasts a litigator with specific experience in the automotive sector. The team is also particularly active in banking, life sciences and IT litigation. The Hogan Lovells merger in 2010 further increased the team's global reach and enables it to successfully assist large international clients with multi-jurisdictional needs.
Sources say: "The team is knowledgeable, reactive and sensitive to its clients' business requirements."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Francesca Rolla focuses on class actions and product liability matters. One interviewee appreciates how "she has excellent technical ability combined with great flexibility."
THE FIRM The past twelve months have proved a challenging time for this firm, with the departure of a number of staff. In spite of this, the team retains an impressive client roster, assisting companies from the telecoms, banking and transport industries. It often works in conjunction with the firm's banking and corporate departments in order to provide an integrated approach. From its offices in Rome, Milan, Verona and London, the team divides its time more or less equally between international and domestic clients.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Maurizio Cimetti is the main practice contact. He specialises in M&A, contracts and bankruptcy law.
THE FIRM The firm may be smaller than some of its competitors, but clients maintain that the dispute resolution team is knowledgeable and particularly skilled in IP- and technology-related litigation. It continues to win mandates in the travel, media and fashion industries and has an increasingly strong reputation in these areas.
Sources say: "The team completely understood the issues at hand and suggested alternative solutions where necessary."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Micael Montinari leads the team in Rome and has particular experience in IP and media-related disputes and arbitrations.
THE FIRM Following a period of change, the dispute resolution practice at this international firm has regrouped and developed into a significant market presence. The team includes experts in white-collar crime, commercial and financial litigation, and clients range from domestic players to multinational companies. In a recent highlight, the group successfully represented a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in a product liability claim valued at EUR2 million.
Sources say: "One of the best firms I have used for dispute resolution matters."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Recent arrival Cristina Pagni specialises in banking and finance litigation and receives praise for her practical approach and strong negotiation skills.
of Ughi e Nunziante - Studio Legale is a renowned international arbitrator and continues to lend his considerable expertise to the firm in an of counsel capacity. Sergio Maria Carbone
of Studio Carbone is similarly recognised for his excellent arbitration skills on the domestic and international front. He is also active as a law professor at the University of Genoa. At Studio Galgano, Francesco Galgano
continues his successful collaboration with Dewey & LeBoeuf and, as a result, combines the flavour of a boutique with the global reach of an international firm. Riccardo Luzzatto
of Studio Dell'Avv Prof Riccardo Luzzatto runs a small boutique with just one other partner but is widely acknowledged as an "excellent practitioner." Giuseppe Portale
of Studio Legale Portale Visconti is acknowledged as an eminent law professor and acts as the editor of several high-profile legal publications. Pietro Trimarchi
combines a successful academic career as civil law professor at the University of Milan with his work as a respected sole practitioner. Matteo Rescigno
of Studio dell'avv. prof. Matteo Rescigno continues to make his presence felt in the market by engaging in high-profile litigation whilst simultaneously pursuing his academic career. Alessio Di Amato
of Astolfo Di Amato e Associati impresses clients with his dedication and intelligence. As one interviewee exclaims: "He's a remarkable lawyer. He maintains a strong presence on all files, makes a continuous effort and demonstrates a high level of technical skill."
At Withers, Riccardo Buizza
remains active in product liability litigation for domestic and international clients. Andrea Barenghi
of Barenghi & Associati is a new addition to the rankings following extensive positive feedback from clients. He is described as "technically skilled, pragmatic and efficient
" and is particularly experienced in IP litigation. Ilario Giangrossi
of Ashurst is commended as "a business-oriented negotiator who maintains good relations with both parties in a dispute."
He focuses on financial litigation, often involving cross-border elements. Vincenzo Mariconda
of Studio Mariconda maintains an excellent reputation as an international arbitrator whilst continuing his tenure as president of property company Risanamento. Stefano Mechelli
of McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato is admitted to the bar in New York, Rome, Hamburg and Valencia, bringing a wealth of international experience to the team. Clients rate him highly for his detailed knowledge of ADR arbitration issues.