With the Italian economy struggling to recover from the global slowdown, there has been no real major change or significant growth in the local market ove rthe last 12 months. A prevailing trend sees clients moving away from local trademark boutiques in favour of full-service international firms; in the meantime, home-grown ensembles are scaling back their practices. However, this is a gradual transition: even the most senior figures remain highly active and esteemed, while younger boutiques such as IP Law Galli have risen to prominence and can now compete alongside heavyweights such as Hogan Lovells and Studio Legale Bird & Bird, particularly for domestic work. Trademark attorneys and attorneys at law remain divided, with different cultures and work specialisations characterising their respective practices; we have thus ranked law firms and firms of attorneys on separate tables.
At De Simone & Partners’ Rome office, Fabio Angelini has set up “a leading practice”. Praised for his “strategic insight and thorough management of IP assets”, Angelini is recognised as “a worthy adversary in disputes”. The eponymous Giovanni Casucci of Casucci Law Firm is “a brilliant lawyer”, who has earned a formidable reputation for his work with local businesses in Italy’s northeast region. Gian Paolo Di Santo chairs the IP department at Pavia e Ansaldo, devoting most of his time to contentious work; “he is truly excellent at what he does.” Riccardo Castiglioni is found at Castiglioni Bonelli Marchetti LeDivelec Studio Legale, a small firm that specialises in anticounterfeiting. He counts big-name global fashion brands among his loyal clientele, which describe him as “absolutely brilliant and the best choice for the toughest cases”. According to commentators, Giacomo Gualtieri of Studio Legale Bana is another strong anticounterfeiting player. Bonelli Erede Pappalardo’s Giovanni Guglielmetti successfully serves the trademark needs of some of the biggest national corporations. Daniela Mainini of Studio Legale Mainini e Associati joins Castiglioni and Gualtieri as a leader in anti-counterfeiting issues. Raffaello Nemni of Nemni IP Law Firm is placed in the same league, as is Davide Sangiorgio of Lunghini Sangiorgio Studio Legale Associato; “All are excellent at customs seizures and criminal actions relating to trademarks.”