Willkie opened offices in Italy* in 2000 in Milan and Rome, and is now a leading law firm with more than 30 attorneys offering a broad spectrum of legal services to international and domestic clients. Our practices combine international business experience with our knowledge of local and European Union laws and regulations. The practices focus on private equity, M&A (including acquisition finance), capital markets and securities law, energy, and telecommunications and information technology. In addition to our corporate M&A and capital markets experience, we provide the full range of legal services in tax law, antitrust and competition regulation, financial and insurance markets regulation, and litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Willkie attorneys in Italy are known for providing counsel, that covers all relevant legal aspects of a transaction, but also incorporates a unique business vision helping to meet the overall strategy of the deal. The firm is especially known for its ability to integrate technical experience and creative business strategies. Our lawyers are skilled at adapting innovative business solutions to the Italian legal environment, while considering international and European Community law implications for our clients. Our international reach and local market experience has allowed us to develop an unparalleled practice in financial markets while offering clients cutting edge solutions to most of their legal and tax needs. For example, our representation of such high-profile clients like Merck, Deutsche Bank, ERGO reinsurance, Teksid Aluminum, Electricite de France (EDF) and Italenergia is a testament to our commitment to providing multijurisdictional legal advice to our clients to support their long-term legal needs and multifaceted business requirements. Furthermore, as a result of working with these companies, we have gained reputable experience and strong qualifications in many industries including insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy and utilities sectors.
All lawyers in Willkie’s Italian offices have worked and studied abroad, many at prestigious universities and are fluent in English, French and German and are qualified to practice in Italy, Australia, France, Germany and the United States. Among the offices’ many strengths is our ability to draw on the resources of the global firm to complement our local experience. Since we assist clients on deals that span multiple jurisdictions, we work seamlessly with Willkie attorneys in other offices throughout Europe and the United States, utilizing the global knowledge network of the firm to provide the highest quality legal counsel to our clients. We work as a team to deliver consistent, high-quality legal services.
Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity
Willkie’s Italian lawyers have built solid qualifications in advising on sales of private companies to financial and strategic buyers. We also regularly represent clients in public acquisition and sales, asset acquisitions, sales and divestitures, and financings related to buyouts.
The firm has played a primary role in some of the most important Italian capital market transactions and acquisitions over the past few years, and has assisted Italian funds and companies, both listed and non-listed, in Italy and abroad.
Our Italian team offers significant experience in handling a variety of litigation matters, including local arbitrations and mediations.
Italy’s Willkie attorneys have significant experience in national and cross-border tax matters. Our team is also highly skilled in advising on matters related to complex double taxation treaties, tax structuring, VAT and transfer-pricing.
* Studio Legale Delfino e Associati, operating in Italy, is affiliated with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.