Managing Partner: Luca Arnaboldi
Number of partners: 40
Number of lawyers: 120
Carnelutti Law Firm is one of the best known corporate law firms in the Italian market, specialising in all areas of business law, with a strong international orientation.
The firm represents major Italian and international commercial and industrial groups, banking and financial institutions, investment funds and insurance companies.
The firm’s expertise is recognised by the national and international legal markets. Its area and the specialiation in targeted practice areas provides Carnelutti Law Firm professionals with a level of experience and sophistication hardly found at most law firms.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate, M&A & Private Equity:
The firm’s corporate and M&A attorneys provide assistance on complex negotiations and all kinds of corporate transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, mergers, restructurings, spin-offs and joint ventures, and represent M&A participants in virtually all capacities. The practice advises on all aspects of general corporate and commercial law. The practice lawyers also advise on the organisation and structure of transactions, including coordinating and conducting legal and tax due diligence investigations, and drafting and revising agreements and shareholders’ agreements.
The firm’s professionals dealing with private equity have a long and distinguished record in working with some of the main Italian and international players in the field and in assisting institutional and professional investors in capital market transactions, its advice covering both legal and tax issues in a fully integrated way.
The litigation professionals have significant experience in a wide variety of types of litigation and with all kinds of ordinary and special procedures as per the Italian civil code and the laws governing single areas, as well as in assisting clients in every aspect of litigation management, from pre-trial phases to forced execution of judgments obtained, and in every phase and type of negotiation and settlement.
The tax department offers a full range of tax services both to companies (Italian and international) and to individuals (residents and non-residents) on domestic and international tax, regulatory tax matters, including all aspects of corporate law. Carnelutti’s professionals advise and provide solutions in the areas of direct taxation (on corporations and individuals), and indirect taxation such as VAT and registry taxes, together with international tax matters with particular focus on the tax issues facing multinational groups, as well as tax planning services for companies and individuals. Members of the tax team also specialize in tax dispute resolution before the competent authorities, and in litigation before tax tribunals (‘commissioni tributarie’) of all types and at all levels.
The labour law team, staffed by highly qualified and experienced lawyers, provides its expertise in human resources management and compliance with employment laws and regulations to leading multinational groups and companies operating in manufacturing, services, publishing, banking and financial industries. This broad client base, along with an in-depth expertise, gives Carnelutti’s labour law practice a cutting edge across the complete spectrum of labour and employment law, enabling its lawyers to advise its clients on Italian employment and labour law, social security law, relations with trade unions and related litigation.
Banking & Finance:
The firm’s specialists’ have expertise which encompass acquisition finance, corporate finance, real estate finance, restructuring, financial services and related regulatory issues.
The high skill levels of Carnelutti’s team have been honed and further refined on complex transactions such as advising banks and domestic and international investment companies in structuring and negotiating financing agreements and related security packages in the context of LBO structures and with respect to syndicated loans, in particular as part of the financing of acquisitions.
The firm provides specialist advice and assistance in regard to the protection and registration of the appropriate rights, consultancy and litigation services where those rights need to be defended or competitors’ claims need to be challenged. All matters concerning the registration and the management of intellectual property assets, the transfer and licensing of trademarks, trade names and logos, as well as advertising, protection and management of personal data and trade secrets, software, databases, and copyright are within the scope of Carnelutti’s expertise. T
he members of Carnelutti’s IP team can provide comprehensive assistance and representation in both litigation and out of court handling of disputes concerning infringement and/or counterfeiting. In addition, the department has a strong practice in the field of information technology and provides a wide range of services in electronic commerce and software, handling contracts and agreements relating to licensing and transfers.
The firm advises Italian and foreign investors, real estate investment funds, users, owners, managers, developers and lenders in all legal and administrative aspects relating to real estate transactions. In particular, the real estate lawyers advise on acquisitions, acquisition financing, related guarantee issues, and creation of real estate investment vehicles, in evaluation and resolution of real estate, building and urban development problems, and in management of real estate assets as well as any regulatory or administrative issues that may arise.
The firm’s media advisors counsel clients on issues ranging from general advice on the broadcasting and programming regulatory framework to commercial contracts such as disposal and acquisition of rights, production agreements, output deals, license agreements, copyright matters and transactions related to the convergence of media and network technologies such as digital terrestrial broadcasting.
In the administrative law area, Carnelutti has a practice group of highly specialised and skilled professionals. The firm’s lawyers are able to respond rapidly to clients’ needs with expert, practical and thorough assistance of the highest standards, whatever type of client: state-run companies, public authorities and agencies, domestic and overseas companies, banks, other financial institutions or investment funds. Services range from advice on administrative procedures through to legal proceedings before administrative courts (Regional Administrative Court and Council of State) and representation before arbitration panels.