Italian Desk Legal excellence between the UK and Italy


Shared history, culture and common creativity, the pursuit of innovation in research and technology and a commitment to performance – these are just a few of the things that connect the business worlds of both the UK and Italy.

Despite the pitfalls of Brexit, Italian entrepreneurs and British investors are working proactively to develop their businesses in the United Kingdom and Italy. To understand the most effective way to operate across both jurisdictions requires expert support – and that’s where our team can help.

gunnercooke's Italian desk comprises expert advisors who advise companies, banks, institutional and international investors, startups and high-net-worth individuals on their operations. The deal is led by Antonello Leogrande, a dual-qualified lawyer with vast experience in advising both UK companies on their Italian operations and Italian companies on trading in the UK. The team has specialist expertise in both the financial and regulatory environments of the Italian market.

We are proud to maintain close working links with the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the International Court of Arbitration.

Our work in Italian-UK law includes:

  •  Advising foreign companies and individuals investing in Italy as well as in the United Kingdom
  • Scouting, structuring and completing any type of investment and corporate transaction, including due diligence investigations, negotiations and regulatory compliance
  • Risk assessment and gap analysis in all forms of business
  • Corporate project strategy
  • JVs and international contract law
  • Company set-up and spin-out
  • Dispute avoidance and settlement
  • Debt recovery and insolvency

Who have our partners worked with?

  • Start-up, spin-off and spin-out companies
  • Private and public-owned entities
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Equity funds and philanthropic investors
  • Creative and out-of-the-box entrepreneurs
  • Companies and individuals
  • Private and institutional investors
  • Research, innovation and development hubs
  • Business-oriented academics and researchers

Key Contacts

Antonello Leogrande

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