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Italian Practice

LeClairRyan’s Italian practice offers clients the talents of a multidisciplinary team of attorneys and professionals with significant experience across industries. We provide legal and business counsel to Italian companies and individuals conducting business in the United States and to American companies and individuals in their business endeavors in Italy. Our Italian speaking professionals possess a deep-rooted understanding of the legal, commercial and cultural differences between the United States and Italy as well as the dynamics of each client’s business to ensure their success.

We counsel clients in corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, finance, real estate, commercial litigation, tax, intellectual property, labor and employment, government contracts and other commercial matters. LeClairRyan also enjoys strong relationships with key commercial and financial institutions as well as federal, state and regional governmental agencies. We are experienced in representing clients in many industries, including aviation, automotive, financial services, fashion and retail, manufacturing, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, commercial lending, information technology, insurance, sports, telecommunications, technology, biotechnology and energy.

Our distinctive strengths include:

  • Entry and growth in the U.S. market
  • Company formation and strategic planning
  • Cross border transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and dispositions of assets of businesses
  • Tax and corporate structuring of investments into Italy or in the U.S.
  • Capital markets
  • Labor relations and employee benefits
  • Automotive finance
  • Aviation law
  • Healthcare regulatory compliance
  • Immigration law
  • Manufacturing, distribution, licensing and franchising
  • Sale and purchase of real estate and leasing of retail stores, showrooms, offices and restaurants
  • Construction and environmental
  • Technology and other intellectual property transfers involving Italy and Italian entities
  • Litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related compliance and enforcement issues
  • Government relations and regulatory matters

When advising U.S. companies investing and conducting business in Italy, we work closely with leading law firms in Italy with which we have longstanding and trustworthy working relationships to ensure that all matters are handled in a cost-effective and efficient manner. In addition, members of our team are active in organizations promoting trade and commerce and cultural relations between the United States and Italy, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy for the State of New York and the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in New York City.