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Italian desk

Our Italian Desk assists international companies doing business in Italy as well as Italian companies seeking to establish, expand or consolidate their international activities across the European Union and globally.

With four Italian practitioners located in Brussels and a network of close relationships with industry focused and specialised law firms in Italy (La Scala) and globally, we assist international companies in understanding the complex nature of Italian legislation when setting up or conducting business in Italy. At the same time, we assist Italian companies in understanding and complying with European and international legislation when doing business outside Italy.  

One distinctive feature of the firm, which is reproduced in the Italian Desk, is our industry focus and practical, business oriented approach. We have a number of industry sector teams playing an active role in those industries. Working in this way allows us an increased client perspective and mutual understanding. 

Areas of particular expertise include chemicals, pesticides & biocides, life sciences & healthcare, banking and finance, M&A and corporatetransport, in particular aviation and rail, infrastructures and dispute resolution.

Our lawyers in the Italian Desk have particular expertise in assisting clients on:

  • business law matters relating to international agreements and commercial presence in Italy
  • regulatory compliance and consortia formation (including regulated sectors, such as REACH, pesticides, biocides, banking & finance, transport, telecoms, etc.) 
  • EU and competition law
  • product compliance and defense strategies (product approvals, recalls, environmental due diligence, etc.)
  • merger and acquisition and general corporate matters
  • banking and finance, including asset (aircraft and rolling stocks) and project finance
  • litigation and arbitration
  • transport (aviation and rail, infrastructures)

All members of the Italian Desk are trilingual (Italian/English/French).

The Italian Desk is headed by Claudio Mereu, who is admitted to practice in Italy and Belgium and regularly pleads in front of the European Court of Justice and Court of First Instance. 

For further information, please contact Claudio Mereu, head of Italian Desk.