Based in Milan and Rome, our Italian team works with leading multinationals, financial institutions, Italian and international investors and startups to identify legal solutions to guide strategic business decisions. We provide support on cross-practice, cross-border tech, finance, corporate, M&A and private equity transactions as well as compliance and regulatory matters. We also defend clients with disputes in and out of court.


Orrick has one of the largest teams in Italy focused exclusively on finance. The team assists major banks, funds and large corporate clients on the biggest and most high-profile Italian and European finance deals, including securitisations, NPEs, covered bonds, debt capital markets, acquisition finance, lending and project finance. The team has the best NPL track record in Southern Europe, having completed approximately €100 billion in deals involving NPL and UTP loans across Italy, Greece and other countries in Europe. Our team includes English and U.S.-qualified lawyers able to advise clients on international products as well as help steer our international clients through the Italian market. Our bespoke advisory assistance offers regulatory expertise on domestic and international tax aspects of financial transactions, allowing us to provide clients with valuable commercial advice. We develop innovative techniques in structuring and implementing debt restructuring and investment transactions using the full range of restructuring tools offered by Italian bankruptcy law to create value for clients interested in investing in financially distressed companies or assets.

Technology and Fintech

As the most dominant tech law firm in Europe (No.1 by deal volume PitchBook), Orrick offers a comprehensive platform for the tech community – from early-stage innovative disruptors to multinational leaders. Our Italian tech team advises startups with new technology platforms, VC funds investing in tech companies and corporate VCs in their tech investments. We assisted the first Italian venture capital fund specialized in the space economy and provide cross-jurisdictional assistance on early and late-stage financings, flips and M&A deals, with strategic advisors on intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity and tax.

Energy and Infrastructure

Our Italian team provide expertise in M&A and joint venture agreements within the energy market (renewables and traditional energy), green bonds and project finance. We offer transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution assistance.

Our team advised on the first-of-a-kind alliance between a leading electric company in Europe and a leading car manufacturer for the deployment of high-power points of charge throughout Italy.  The transaction represents a key development for the e-mobility sector in Italy and contributes to sustainable mobility. Our team also represented multi-utility and electric companies in green bonds, multi-billion sustainability-linked bonds and EMTN programs. We also have experience in advising on finance transactions in the emerging African off-grid energy sector.

Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Orrick’s Corporate team advises leading Italian and multinational companies on national and cross-border acquisitions, divestments, mergers and de-mergers. We provide domestic and global funds with legal assistance relating to investment and divestment transactions. Our teams help businesses grow in Italy and abroad, using a distinctive combination of local insight and global reach across Europe, the U.S. and Asia to cover the full spectrum of governance, commercial, employment and IP issues they face.

Compliance and Privacy

Our highly specialised compliance team takes a multidisciplinary approach to help clients comply with all applicable laws and regulations in each jurisdiction where they operate. We are the firm of choice for matters connected with Legislative Decree no. 231/01, the Italian regulation that governs the liability of legal entities for certain types of crimes, including corruption, market abuse, money laundering and cybercrimes. We also cover internal investigations, criminal law, privacy and data protection, corporate and commercial law, tax and product liability, providing preventative measures as well as dealing with incidents, investigations and trials.

  • Administrative Law

    We advise private and public companies, corporations and public administrations on public law regulatory and litigation matters. Our team assists clients in all aspects of administrative law, especially in public contracts, urban planning and real estate, electronic communications, energy, aerospace and defense, life sciences, transportation and infrastructure, regulated services and also in litigation before Administrative Judge, Constitutional and European Court.

    Antitrust and Competition

    Orrick’s Italian Antitrust and Competition practice represents Italian and international players across a large range of industries, with a specific focus in the energy, life sciences and transportation sectors, where the team was involved in some of the most prominent antitrust cases of the past decade in Italy. Our lawyers assist clients in the application of EU and Italian competition rules in strategic transactions as well as before the EU courts and Italian civil and administrative courts, the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority. The team has also extensive experience in unfair commercial practices.

    Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution

    We regularly represent clients in cross-border and domestic litigation and our International Arbitration practice represents clients around the world in complex, high-value, cross-border disputes, involving multinationals, corporations, private individuals and sovereign states, appearing before all major arbitral institutions and acting under all leading sets of rules including ICC, ICDR, Milan Chamber, LCIA, ICSID, ECT and DIS. We advise on contractual risks and represent clients’ interests during the entire dispute resolution process, pre-litigation, mediation, arbitration, setting aside motions, and enforcement of arbitral awards.

    White Collar Criminal Defense

    The White Collar Criminal Defense team has extensive experience on white collar crime and offers all-around assistance to clients in the assessment of criminal risks in complex transactions, the implementation of compliance programs as well as crisis management support. We assist clients on internal investigations – domestic and cross-border – featuring teams with expertise in different areas of law and jurisdictions to provide a broad and comprehensive view on any case. The team has experience defending individuals and corporate clients with criminal proceedings in courts, as well as in enforcement proceedings before Italian regulators.  


    In accordance with the firm’s commitment to innovation, we have developed first-of-its-kind technology-based services including:

    • DPO Center – An AI-based platform (in Italian and applying Italian law – unique in the Italian legal market) to support DPO in monitoring activities and planning audits.
    • Easy2Check – a fully customizable platform created by Orrick to support clients’ compliance officers to monitor the effective implementation and updating of compliance programs
    • MrOwhistle – A web-based whistleblower platform that allows employees to submit detailed reports on offences or irregularities, while guaranteeing confidentiality of the whistleblower in compliance with Italian Law no. 179 on whistleblowing.

    Pro Bono - Supporting access to justice for everyone

    Our commitment to the community is reflected in our consistent pro bono program. Orrick strategically allocates its pro bono resources to ensure maximum impact for the client and the community. Our lawyers provide dedicated support to pro-bono associations, organizations, foundations and institutes in diverse causes with tangible results—including high-profile immigration disputes, civil rights litigation and grassroots global development.

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