Italy

As the second-largest industrialised country in the European Union and an EU net contributor, Italy is one of the most important trading partners for German and European companies and vice versa. Luther’s experienced Italian team cooperates on all inbound and outbound activities with the Milan-based unyer member Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati.

Working closely with Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati, our Italian team advises German and international companies on how to expand their business activities in Italy and, vice versa, Italian companies on their business activities in Germany. With over 30 years of experience in dealing with German-Italian cross-border transactions, the team has a leading position in German-Italian legal transactions.

Through our joint network, we can provide you with comprehensive and forward-looking support with regard to all particularities of the Italian legal system. Our Italian team has an in-depth knowledge of the Italian language and culture. Several members of the team grew up bilingual or are authorised translators, so there are no language barriers or cultural barriers that could jeopardise the success of German-Italian cross-border projects.

The continuous exchange of professional and personal information among the lawyers involved in the two countries and, through unyer, also in further countries ensures efficient advice.

We provide all our advisory services in German, Italian and English.

Our range of advisory services

Inbound
  • Assisting Italian companies that wish to enter the German market
  • Assisting with the formation of subsidiaries and branches
  • Supporting clients during contract talks, the initiation of contracts and contract negotiations and advising them on the conclusion and implementation of contracts
  • Providing corporate law advice regarding all legal forms, including advising on liability issues and corporate compliance
  • Providing comprehensive assistance with M&A transactions and joint ventures
  • Advising on all aspects of project financing
  • Setting up and reviewing distribution systems, import, export, sales agency and distribution contracts, and general terms and conditions
  • Advising on all employment and social security law issues
  • Assisting with the implementation of real estate transactions, drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial leases
  • Providing advice on all matters relating to national and international tax law
  • Assisting with settlement negotiations and representing clients in court, arbitration and investment protection proceedings, including alternative dispute resolution, as well as providing prevention advice and risk management services
  • Assisting with restructurings and advising on insolvency law issues
Outbound
  • Advising our clients on their market entry in Italy
  • Project management in cross-border transactions jointly with our local partner law firms, with us acting as a single point of contact and coordinating the activities of our partner law firms and our own offices
  • Assisting with the formation of subsidiaries and branches
  • Supporting clients during contract talks, the initiation of contracts and contract negotiations and advising them on the conclusion and implementation of contracts
  • Providing corporate law advice regarding all legal forms, including advising on liability issues and corporate compliance
  • Providing comprehensive assistance with M&A transactions and joint ventures
  • Advising on all employment and social security law issues
  • Assisting with the implementation of real estate transactions
  • Advising on all aspects of Italian tax law
  • Assisting with settlement negotiations and representing clients in court and arbitration proceedings, including alternative dispute resolution

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Key Contact

Dr Eckart Petzold

Partner

T +49 211 5660 25065

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