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Zambelli & Partners

Emerging boutique



Launched in February 2022, the three-partner boutique led by managing partner Angelo Zambelli is already a go-to firm in Italy” for some clients.

The firm has become a key point of contact for major international advisers seeking assistance with matters in Italy.

In addition, the team is the Italian member of the L&E Global alliance, allowing it an international reach.

Alberto Testi is another name to note. 


The firms broad capabilities extend from policy drafting through to litigation, including stock option plans and other forms of employee incentives.

Notably, the team offers significant expertise in workforce restructuring and reduction plans. The firm’s strengths in this space were demonstrated in the advice led by partner Barbara Grasselli to Halldis in the context of its bankruptcy, impacting 50 members of staff.

Labour relations are another key area of activity. For example, a team led by Zambelli assisted Theramex in negotiations with its internal works council and external trade unions, including to establish a company-level collective agreement relating to performance bonuses.

Contentious work for the team includes advising household names, as well as senior executives, for which the group has experience at all levels of the judicial process, including before the Supreme Court. A standout example of work in this space was the instruction by L'Oréal Italia on a dispute after a commercial agent claimed damages for the alleged violation of exclusive rights.

Aside from employer-side representation, the firm is also able to act for senior executives. This ability was demonstrated in advice to a senior member of management at UniCredit on an exit package.

Profile provided by Zambelli & Partners

The Firm is led by Angelo Zambelli with a team of ten professionals in the Milan office and the possibility to operate in the entire Italian jurisdiction, as well as across the globe thanks to its partnership with L&E Global, the worldwide leader for cross-border labour and employment law services including more than 1.700 professionals, and assists Italian and international clients in the main areas of the law; it is well-known for its expertise and professionality given that it has been, for over 35 years, one of the recognised and most important players on the Italian labour and employment market.

The Firm has extensive experience on employment law, industrial relations and related litigation, and in-depth knowledge of the system of laws and regulations governing employment relationships.

The Firm’s professionals have extensive knowledge of the complexities of Italian law, its application under European Community law, and proven trial experience.

One of the Firm’s strengths is the possibility to operate internationally thanks also to the various languages spoken by its lawyers, such as Italian and English of course, but also French, Spanish, German and Japanese.

As consultant of industrial, financing and commercial companies and groups, the Firm gives on-going assistance in matters related to the management of human resources, employment relationships and employment related litigation.

The team has successfully addressed many legal disputes relating to all issues of employment law and has also effectively resolved numerous issues involving company reorganisations in the engineering, iron and steel, chemical and pharmaceutical, petrochemical, publishing, finance and banking sectors.

The team handles all issues pertaining to employment law, labour law and industrial relations, with emphasis on:

  • business relocation and related trade union procedures;
  • management of the executives' relationships (recruitment, performance, termination);
  • stock option plans;
  • personnel secondments in Italy and abroad;
  • employee transfers;
  • changes in job assignments and duties;
  • individual dismissals;
  • disciplinary procedures and sanctions;
  • internal reorganisation procedures relevant to work activities;
  • procedures for collective redundancies;
  • strikes;
  • unlawful trade-union conduct;
  • redundancy fund and related procedures;
  • collective works negotiations;
  • special contracts (part-time, job on call, apprenticeship, placement contracts, fix-term contracts, etc.), agency contracts and staff leasing contracts;
  • non-competition covenants and other similar clauses;
  • directors of companies (appointment, fees, revocation);
  • temporary management.

Furthermore, the lawyers of the Firm regularly contribute articles to many Italian newspapers and journals dedicated to employment law matters and publish various reference books as a further aid to businesses in preventing possible disputes.

Also, the lawyers of the Firm often speak at conferences organised by Il Sole 24 Ore, Synergia, Paradigma, Convenia, AGI, Italian Employment Lawyers Association (Avvocati Giuslavoristi Italiani), AIDP, Italian HR Managers Association (Associazione Italiana per la Direzione del Personale), EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association), ABA (American Bar Association), IBA (International Bar Association) and AELC (American Employment Law Council).

All of the Firm Partners are listed in some of the most important international legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500.

Moreover, as a further recognition of their expertise and professional value, the Firm and its lawyers are constantly named for awards by the local legal communities.


Phone - +39 02 02030830

Firm Address - Via San Damiano, 9, 20122 Milan, Italy


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