We have extensive experience in corporate and commercial litigation, particularly in matters raising issues of civil, company, commercial, banking, financial and insolvency laws, as well as disputes in relation to product liability.
We assist major Italian and international clients in out of court settlements, legal proceedings before the Italian Courts and in the context of mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution.
Our client base of leading Italian and international corporates covers a broad range of sectors, including banking & finance, fashion, telecommunications & technology, digital & media, marketing and advertising, travel & leisure, healthcare, food, industrial manufacturing and telecommunications. In the area of corporate law, we are also active in assisting key leading individuals who (resulting from their office) are involved in complex legal proceedings, e.g. CEOs, CFOs, executives, statutory auditors, and managing directors).
Areas of practice
Our litigators have developed broad and specific expertise and provide legal advice and assistance in a wide range of proceedings, in particular in disputes in the following areas:
commercial contracts, including sale and supply agreements, distribution contracts and business promotion agreements (license, sale agency and franchising), building and sub-contracts, lease and lend agreements, joint ventures and other cooperative structures, assignments and transfers of businesses and going concerns;
fiduciary mandates and trusts (with a focus on execution of deeds of trust and asset distributions), as well as the laws of inheritance;
disputes in a corporate context, including challenges to ordinary and extraordinary resolutions of board and shareholder meetings, actions for corporate liability, proceedings alleging the abuse of a dominant position by majority shareholders to the detriment of the minority shareholders, as well as a variety of other disputes among shareholders or between the shareholders and the company, including in relation to share transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other transactions outside the ordinary course;
investment services (junk bonds, equity investments, customer portfolio management, derivatives, transaction and execution of investment and divestment transactions, on line trading and placement of financial instruments), policies insurance policies and financial instruments (unit and index linked), false prospectus liability, financial leasing, provision of banking services, usury, compound interest and other cases of applying passive interest, offences committed by members of the sales network (financial promoters, agents and brokers);
bankruptcy, composition with creditors, restructuring, compulsory liquidation and other insolvency procedures (including claw-back actions, compensation, restitution), voluntary arrangements with creditors, debts restructuring agreements;
arbitration proceedings and ADR, whether as counsel or arbitrators/panellists, and whether in ad hoc arbitration or in proceedings before Italian and international arbitration chambers (including the ICC);
assistance in proceedings involving liability for products in the relevant sector, including production of industrial, medicinal, and food and beverage products, as well as assisting the client with product recall and/or repair.