Dentons has hired 21 lawyers in Italy and launched a Milan office with a number of lawyers from DLA Piper and a local employment boutique that was comprised of former DLA Piper lawyers.
Seven of the lawyers will join Dentons as partners, with four coming directly from DLA Piper, and three others from the Italian employment law boutique, HELP — The Employment Law Plant.
Leading the new office is Federico Sutti, who joins from DLA Piper. Sutti is the former managing partner for Italy at DLA Piper, as well as its managing director for Europe and Africa, Dentons said in announcing the hires.
“We met with other law firm leaders, who described what they wanted to do in Italy, and they said, ‘We want to be like Federico,’” said Dentons Chairman Joe Andrew, in an interview. “The obvious question was, why go with a firm who wants to be like Federico Sutti when we could have Federico Sutti?”
Sutti, who becomes managing partner of Dentons’ Milan office, advises Italian and international clients on real estate matters, including the acquisition of assets and complex developments, according to an archived version of his DLA Piper profile.
Specifically, the profile said that he has advised financial institutions in some of the most significant development projects in Italy, including Citylife and Varesine.
Bruno Giuffré and Wolf Michael Kühne, managing partners of DLA Piper in Italy, said in a statement: "We thank Federico for the commitment he has demonstrated over the years and for his important contribution to the development of the firm. We wish Federico all the best for the future.”
Andrew said that Dentons had looked to open an Italian office because “it’s the largest market that we are not in in Europe” and is “the third largest market in the Eurozone.”
Elliott Portnoy, CEO of Dentons, said that he doesn’t expect the 21-lawyer office to be the “ending point” in Italy and wants further growth in the coming weeks. He declined to disclose financial details about the acquisition, other than to say: “The client following will bring a strong, competitive and important presence in Italy.”
Below is a full list of the partners who are joining, as per the Dentons press release.
- Federico Suttijoins from DLA Piper. He advises Italian and international clients in the acquisition of real estate assets as well as on complex developments. During 16 years as Managing Partner for Italy he helped DLA to become the largest international firm in the country. He has also served as DLA Piper’s Managing Director for Europe and Africa and was a member of the firm’s Global and International Board.
- Aldo Calza joinsfrom HELP – The Employment Law Plant, the leading Italian employment law boutique he founded after leaving DLA Piper. He is ranked as a “leading individual” by bothChambersandThe Legal 500.
- Pier Francesco Faggianojoins from DLA Piper. A corporate partner focusing on private equity, M&A and joint ventures, his clients include Italian and pan-European investment funds, financial institutions and Italian and multinational industrial groups.
- Matteo Falcionejoins from DLA Piper. He is ranked by bothChambersandThe Legal 500as one of the most reputable energy lawyers in Italy.
- Maria Sole Insingajoins from DLA Piper. She focuses on real estate, assisting leading Italian and international real estate investors in relation to asset and share deals, spin-off transactions and joint ventures.
- Iacopo Aliverti Piurijoins from HELP – The Employment Law Plant. He practices exclusively in employment, industrial relations, pensions and social security law.
- Federico Vanettijoins from DLA Piper. A real estate partner, he is one of Italy’s most reputable lawyers in environmental, regulatory and planning matters.