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Labour & Employment - Italy

Essential labour and employment law expertise

Our  employment lawyers have extensive experience in the major areas of labour law and, and industry relations.

They assist the clients operating both nationally and internationally in their day-to-day operations, from managing the various phases of the labour relationships (drafting of employment contract and restrictive covenants, implementation of disciplinary and dismissal procedures) to handling union negotiations and litigation.

In Italy, our team has, in particular, developed considerable experience in dealing with sensitive and complex employment issues (such as redundancy situations and TUPE) resulting from the reorganisation process , and merger and acquisition (M&A) operations as well as from private equity investment.

Our legal advice on employment law covers:

  • The management of employment and independent relationships in all of its phases, from establishment and execution to termination
  • The management of the contractual aspects of employment relationships, with particular focus on the negotiation process related to incentive and retention plans, stock option and restrictive covenants applied to the Top Management
  • Management of  Industrial relations
  • Assistance in employment litigation and dispute resolution, both nationally and internationally, either by pursuing or defending litigation or arbitration proceedings

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Work highlights

Redundancy and termination of employment

We are experienced in advising employers on redundancy situations employees faced with redundancy, managing multiple redundancy scenarios and issues (individual and collective dismissal and temporary lay-off plans) within the context of reorganisations and TUPE transfers.

In particular, we assist national and foreign employers in the identification of the redundancy program to be implemented by providing valuation analysis on the viability of the operation and on the domestic employment protection law.  We advise the client in relation to negotiations with the unions council and local authorities during all the stages of the process.

Merger and Acquisition operations

We have expertise in advising the client on restructuring and reorganisation operations, whether through merger, acquisition or disposal, dealing with complex employment issues including the application of TUPE legislation, drafting and advising on warranties and indemnities in sale and purchase agreements and on subsequent Tribunal claims that have arisen from the operations.

Legal assistance for Top Management

We advise employers as well as senior executives, executive and non-executive directors and senior managers on dealing with their employment relationships, reviewing and negotiating new terms and conditions of their contracts, drafting incentive and retention plans as well as restrictive covenants and negotiating senior executive exits (good and bad leaver clauses).

"Andrea Nicodemi stands out for his strategic approach and strong client skills. He leads all of the firm's key assignments including restructurings, transactional activity, agency law and redundancies."

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