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Corporate & Business Law

A compact, precise, and fierce team for the defence of your enterprise

Increasing complexity of the competitive environment and increasingly tight timescale require companies to respond quickly, precisely and punctually. This is exactly what we offer.

The customer and his needs for constructive forms of assistance are the focus of the Department.

We are proud to be part of a boutique, our support is intended to be precise, accurate in the analysis of details, result-oriented, with customised solutions.

Our team structure is lean and compact, our human relations simple and straightforward.

This allows us to follow the companies personally, providing highly professional and personalised support, designed around the customer.

We like to see ourselves as the right-hand man of the entrepreneur and management, including of course the in-house lawyers. We operate nationally and internationally through a network of law firms with a similar approach to our own.

Our extensive experience makes us aggressive and strong in commercial and corporate law matters. We have also developed expertise in other more specialised areas.

We assist companies in ordinary and extraordinary transactions with experience in M&A and corporate crisis.

The fact that some members come from the Legal Departments of large industrial groups facilitates a proactive and concrete approach, close to business operations and aware of the risks involved. For this reason, the Department is willing to provide its own resources for secondment experiences in client companies.

We support our clients in every decision-making process, giving priority to avoiding litigation and disputes in order to quickly reach a settlement of the parties' interests.

Nevertheless, we offer valuable assistance in litigation at national and international level, when objectively unavoidable, for all areas in which the Department operates.

We follow large and medium-sized Italian companies and large industrial groups, both Italian and foreign.

We always provide a balanced assessment of the time and costs involved in providing assistance and the likelihood of success in litigation.

Through the Country Desks, we provide specialised assistance to Chinese and Polish companies and on all issues concerning Corporate and Business Law.

The Department acts in full cooperation with other Departments of the Firm (IP-Life Sciences), thus ensuring that the result of the consultancy is in line with the applicable rules on industrial property, competition, privacy, finance, as well as fully compliant with the rules of ethics.

Corporate & Business Law Sections

We assist Italian and foreign clients in the drafting, negotiation and execution of contracts, both nationally and internationally.

For corporate contracting, we operate inter alia for the following types of contracts:

  • ontracting, outsourcing;
  • agency, distribution, franchising;
  • research and development, production, supply;
  • subcontracting and contract manufacturing;
  • rental, leasing, commercial lease;
  • industrial property licensing, technology transfer;
  • advertising, sponsorship, endorsements;
  • copyright contracts, releases for image rights
  • transport and logistics sector agreements;
  • sale;
  • agri-food sector contracts
We offer assistance and advice in corporate matters, including in the following areas:
  • incorporation of companies (including the choice of business structure);
  • organisation and re-organisation of corporate groups;
  • preparation and amendment of articles of association and shareholders' agreements;
  • definition of the governance of companies and groups, including issues of conferred powers and delegation of functions;
  • carrying out ordinary social activities also with specialist support;
  • managing meetings of company assemblies and boards of directors, for the effective and efficient functioning of the company;
  • management of advertising requirements at every stage;
  • giving opinions on commercial and corporate matters;
  • legal advice for innovative start-ups.
We assist medium-sized and large Italian and foreign companies in their domestic and cross-border extraordinary transactions by providing assistance for:
  • transactions involving the sale and acquisition of shareholdings, companies or business units;
  • contributions of companies and assets;
  • corporate mergers and divisions;
  • leverage buy-outs;
  • capital increases and reductions;
  • investment agreements;
  • corporate restructuring and/or reorganisation processes.
The lawyers in the Corporate Law team take care of and coordinate the following activities, among others:
  • negotiation and preparation of confidentiality agreements, letters of intent or memoranda of understanding, process letters or equivalent pre-negotiation documents;
  • due diligence-disclosure letters;
  • negotiation and preparation of both main and ancillary or related contracts and their annexes, including shareholders' agreements, interim contracts, licences;
  • preparation of related resolutions of the shareholders' and board meetings, etc.;
  • analysis of labour law aspects;
  • communication to the competent competition and market authorities when necessary;
  • execution of these transactions in the signing and closing phases.

The Corporate Department assists its clients in debt restructuring operations and in extrajudicial and judicial procedures in the field of insolvency (reorganisation plans, preventive and bankruptcy agreements, extraordinary administrations, bankruptcy).

The Department also deals with debt recovery in a systematic and structured manner, based on criteria of speed, concreteness and practicality.

Specialist Areas

The social and economic importance of this sector in Italy is undisputed. The Department has equipped itself with professionals with in-depth knowledge of the sector's often peculiar and specialised issues, including crisis management.

The firm's professionals have extensive experience in corporate liability and compliance matters, including in the structuring of organisational and compliance models or through participation in supervisory bodies, including at international level.

We offer assistance and consultancy, both to companies and individuals, on various aspects of the world of information both off-line and on-line, having in our team experienced and well-known professionals in the field of information law thanks to numerous publications on the subject and participation in conferences, seminars, lectures and training of journalists and operators in the world of information.

In particular, in addition to dealing with the civil law aspects of defamation, in its various judicial and extrajudicial meanings of the right to report news, criticism, investigative journalism, fake news, hate speech, removal of defamatory reviews or comments posted online, preventive advice on journalistic investigations and investigative books, etc., we also follow the protection of web reputation, image rights, privacy, right to be forgotten, name and personal identity, copyright and protection of digital copyright. Finally, we also deal with journalistic deontology and journalistic work.

We offer our assistance and judicial and extrajudicial consultancy to national, independent and international film, theatre and music production companies, to authors and other operators in the sector for all copyright management activities, including on-line, contracts, licences and disclaimers relating to image rights and privacy and the marketing of works of art. We also follow the world of entertainment and fashion, contracts with testimonials, influencers and, more generally, everything related to the promotion of brands and image on social networks.

We offer our assistance and advice to athletes, sports federations, sponsors, in the professional and amateur world, being able to count on the cooperation of one of the greatest experts in sports law. In particular, we are able to offer assistance on contracts for the sale and purchase of the right to the performance of athletes, financing and investments related to the world of sport, sports employment contracts and management of labour law issues related to sports operators and related regulations (FIGC, UEFA and FIFA); relations with agents and institutions and authorities in the sector; exploitation of image rights, sponsorship contracts, representation, promo-advertising licenses, management of television and intellectual property rights (IP rights filing and protection, entertainment rights, merchandising, ambush marketing, management of litigation related to such rights), production and supply contracts, franchising, sponsorships, brand management, including regulatory assistance related to transnational contracts; statutes of sports associations and clubs and sports activities (memberships, affiliations, subscriptions, insurance coverage); management of the construction of sports infrastructures; safe opening of sports facilities, including related protocols to manage the Covid-19 epidemiological emergency; immigration law related to sports, both for professional teams and athletes; production of sports apparel and equipment; auditing and best practice manuals, compliance and prevention of money laundering; dispute resolution, litigation, arbitration and other sports jurisdictions both domestic and international.

Finally, we assist leading players in the world of so-called "eSports", i.e. the playing of video games at an organized and professional competitive level.

A team of professionals in areas related to sports law, intellectual property, competition, commercial, labour, administrative, litigation and arbitration, enables us to offer our clients a complete multidisciplinary assistance.

We are part of the international association Global Sports Law Group. Some of our professionals are part of the "Sports Law and Sporting Events" Commission of the Milan Bar Association and in this capacity organize/participate in conferences and seminars on sports law.

Litigation

In all the above matters, on which it provides wide-ranging advice, the Department guarantees full assistance for any litigation in Italy or - making use of its network of offices - abroad, at any level of jurisdiction and also in the precautionary phase, before the Ordinary, Special or EU Magistrates' Courts, including in relation to: pre-contractual, contractual and non-contractual liability; corporate litigation; litigation arising from business crises; debt recovery. Other Departments of the Firm may be joined for litigation relating to other areas of business interest (e.g. IP).

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