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Studio Legale Mondini Rusconi

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Managing Partners: Paolo Flavio Mondini, Giorgio Rusconi
Senior Partners: Giacomo Bonelli, Anna Carabelli, Fabio Ghiretti, Silvia Mondini Vitiello, Francesco Rusconi, Luca Tiberi
Number of partners: 8
Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Established in 1969, the firm gradually acquired a large national and foreign clientele and expanded its links with major international law firms. Mondini Rusconi is known for its keen understanding of North American and European business, and offers a full range of legal services and counsel to companies worldwide. 10 Italian-admitted partners are supported by a broad team of associates.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Business Practice:
Mondini Rusconi advises foreign and domestic clients on general corporate matters daily and represents them as General Counsel in all aspects of their corporate life, as well as in disputes concerning corporate issues (e.g., directors’ liability). The firm also has extensive practice in M&A (strategic alliances, JVs, spin-offs, and transfers of shares, assets and going concerns) and venture capital/private equity transactions. The firm provides advice in commercial transactions of all kinds for a wide range of industries, frequently with a cross-border perspective, particularly in the negotiation and drafting of agency, franchising and distribution agreements; technology and trademark licences; outsourcing arrangements; and international sale and supply agreements.

Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment:
Mondini Rusconi provides counselling on all aspects of copyright, trademarks, industrial design, patents and domain names. Through its standing relationships with patent and trademark agents and lawyers worldwide the firm can assist clients in all registration matters competently and reliably on an international basis. The firm also advises on software and database protection and has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting trademark, IP and know-how licenses. Mondini Rusconi has acquired a strong reputation in the media and entertainment industry, assisting music, cinema, home video and publishing companies in litigation, anti-piracy programmes, and contract making.

IT, Internet & E-Commerce:
Mondini Rusconi has developed significant expertise in the fields of IT, telecommunications, new technologies and the internet, providing general advice on regulatory issues, consumer and data protection, content liability, IP and other e-commerce-related matters, and assistance in contract-making and litigation (particularly in the fight against online and video game piracy).

Advertising & Marketing:
Mondini Rusconi advises agencies, manufacturers and service providers on advertising laws and regulations, preliminarily reviewing campaigns/commercials to verify compliance with advertising and competition laws, and assisting clients before relevant authorities (SRO).

Real Estate:
Mondini Rusconi provides assistance in negotiating and drafting agreements for the sale and purchase, development, operation, leasing and financing of commercial and industrial real estate, including hotels and resorts, shopping centres and cinemas.

Competition & Antitrust:
Mondini Rusconi offers counselling and assistance on antitrust aspects in: M&A transactions; proceedings before national and EU antitrust authorities and advertising supervisory bodies; unfair competition; protection of industrial secrets; and non-competition agreements.

Labour & Social Security Matters:
The firm offers full legal assistance in labour and social security matters, including: redundancy procedures; employer’s liability; employment contracts; stock option plans; pensions; agency and brokerage agreements; and service contracts in general.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Mondini Rusconi has large and consolidated experience in defence and assistance before Italian and EU jurisdictions, as well as in arbitration proceedings (either as arbitrator or as Counsel) in Italy and abroad, including the enforcement of rulings and arbitral awards. Mondini Rusconi also assists its clients in defence before criminal courts in intellectual property matters, and counsels on alternative techniques of dispute resolution.

Food:
Mondini Rusconi developed outstanding expertise in assisting food businesses with Italian and EU food law on all aspects of the food-processing industry, ‘from the farm to the fork’, from animal feed to food for human consumption as well as dietary supplements, functional food and novel food providing legal assistance and consultancy also to food businesses operating worldwide through a network of food lawyers spread in about 50 jurisdictions.

Energy:
Mondini Rusconi provides legal counselling in the field of energy in most of its forms (electric power, natural gas, oil and renewable energy sources), assisting businesses in entering the Italian energy market, and corporate clients operating in the oil processing and distribution industry; drafting contracts for gas and electricity supply; and assisting clients on competition matters, dispute resolution and regulatory issues.

Criminal Corporate:
Mondini Rusconi provides specialised consultancy and assistance to individuals and corporations in connection with criminal offenses against property and the public administration, industrial accidents and safety at work, corporate and bankruptcy crimes, IP and tax crimes, so-called “231” administrative crimes under Italian legislation and environmental crimes and breach of building laws and regulations.

Investment Immigration:
Mondini Rusconi assists and provides legal services to foreign citizens and businesses that wish to invest in and move to Italy.

International Work:
All lawyers speak several languages and are particularly comfortable in assisting clients and conducting business in English. Mondini Rusconi maintains active collaborative relationships with several major US, European and Asian law firms, and is a member of various international associations. In addition, the firm has a Spanish desk (since 2007), a French desk (2008) and a German desk (2009).

Clients:
Mondini Rusconi assists domestic and international clients, some of whom have been with the firm for nearly 40 years, also in cross-border operations. To name but a few: a leading US entertainment and telecommunications multinational; a large European life insurer; a major sports footwear and apparel company; two of Italy’s largest publishing companies; a major fuel and energy multinational; an international video and cable company; a leading international recording company; a major cement group; several leading multi-national food producers and distributors.