Chairman: Vincenzo De Luca
Managing Partner: Vittorio De Luca
Number of partners: 4 Number of lawyers: 10
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
The Law firm De Luca & Partners is specialised in Employment Law and carries out its consultation, assistance activity, including for all aspects of litigation management for national and multinational companies from all commodity sectors. The Firm offers its clients more than 200 years of combined experience for cases involving agency law and trade union law. Thanks to its in-depth knowledge of laws and practices, as well as its capacity to simply and clearly explain the rules (which are often complex) of Italian employment law, the Firm frequently handles cross-border transactions involving multiple jurisdictions and provides advise to headquarters, legal affairs directors and human resource managers working outside of Italy. De Luca & Partners, at present composed of 20 professionals, was founded in 1976 by the current Senior Partner, Vincenzo De Luca. The Firm relies on a solid network of counterparts for transactions requiring activity in Italy or the world. De Luca & Partners also invests in researching and disseminating Employment Law material and for this reason collaborates with Il Sole 24 Ore and with the main employment law journals. Its partners and associates are often invited as speakers at training courses, workshops and seminars. The firm organised a convention on the labour reform in March 2015, coordinated by the Moderator Maria Carla De Cesari (Journalist, Il Sole 24 Ore), with the participation of well-known speakers: Giampietro Castano (Crisis Unit Coordinator, Italian Ministry for Economic Development), Marco Bentivogli (National General Secretary, FIM CISL Unions), Massimo Bottelli (Director Assolombarda, Lombardy Employers Association). More than 180 attendees, including foreign nationals, who were offered a simultaneous interpretation service.
Main Areas of Practice:
Employment & Labour
Industrial Relations & Restructurings
M&A & Corporate
Labour Dispute Resolution/Litigation
Specialisation, knowledge, continuous improvement, commitment, transparency, independence, proactivity and innovation. These are Studio De Luca’s values leading day-to-day activity. In 2014, the lawyers of the Firm provided advice and assistance to over 400 companies. Clients are either large, or medium and small sized Italian and foreign companies from a variety of business industries such as: banking, chemical, design, fashion, furniture, insurance, metal mechanical, retail, etc. Typically, De Luca & Partners advises international corporations in every single step of the set up of their operations in Italy, as well as in their day to day activity, reorganisation and even closure. De Luca & Partners, due to the skills in assisting foreign investors in M&A transactions and start-ups, is:
■The Strategic Partner of Invest in Lombardy (www.investinlombardy.com)
■Sustaining Member of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy (www.britchamitaly.com)
■Partner of Easy Business in Milan (www.ebmilan.com)
De Luca & Partners is continuous Partner for:
■National and International Law firms
■Private Equity companies and Investment Funds
in complex M&A and restructuring transactions during the acquisition, restructuring and disposal phases of investments in companies operating in Italy.
The partners and associates of the Firm provide services in the following four areas of practice:
Employment & Labour:
The lawyers of the Firm regularly advice corporations and institutions in any and all the issues they face in their day-to-day activity, in order to allow them to concentrate on their core businesses and achieve their targets. The firm normally assists its clients in ordinary issues as well as:
■Non compete agreements
■Stock option plans
Industrial Relations & Restructurings:
Due to the specific expertise of the founder and to the skills of its team, the Firm, since its foundation, has always been regularly involved in reorganisations and restructurings, including trade unions negotiations. The Firm’s experience in restructuring, industrial relations and social shock absorbers is well recognised and for this reason, since 2012, De Luca & Partners was for a long time the exclusive official advisor for officers of Lombardy Labour Authorities (ARIFL) the competent public office for trade union procedures concerning collective lay-offs, collective redundancy plans and other social shock absorber procedures.
Employment within Corporate & M&A:
De Luca & Partners also works closely with a number of Law Firms – and occasionally even for law firms having an employment law department – Private Equity Companies and Investment Funds where it is typically involved in managing labour aspects of M&A corporate transactions and restructuring of work organisations.
Labour & Dispute Resolution:
Partners and Associates of the Firm are always committed to achieving Clients’ goals, preventing litigation when opportune, though a track record of successful trials that is a point of pride for De Luca & Partners. In the period 2013-2014, De Luca & Partners “successfully won 85% of the cases sponsored”, on average. Such outstanding results were confirmed by a specific analysis carried out by the company RSM Independent Auditors and Accounting Organization S.p.A. During 2014, the partners and Associates of De Luca & Partners were retained to deal with more than 150 individual employment disputes.