Giorgia Romitelli, an administrative law partner with DLA Piper in Milan, is facing a corruption trial on charges that she and a trio of other Italian lawyers engaged in fraud in order to bring the Expo 2015 trade fair to Milan next year.
An investigating judge in the northern Italian city ordered on June 23 that seven defendants—including Romitelli—face trial on Sept. 18 over allegations that they engaged in conspiracy, fraud and bid rigging in attempting to influence public tenders related to Expo 2015, according to reports by leading Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica, which were picked up on by U.K. legal publication The Lawyer.
Romitelli and at least 10 other other individuals were arrested on the charges earlier this year, which have been closely covered in the Italian press. The other defendants caught up in her case include lawyers Carmen Leo, Fabrizio Magri and Sergio De Sio, as well as prominent political and business leaders. The Financial Times and Reuters reported in May on the arrests and corruption problems plaguing Expo 2015, a part of the Universal Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair. Expo 2015 was awarded to Milan in March 2008. (Expo 2012 was held in Yeosu, South Korea.)
A DLA spokesman declined to comment on the charges against Romitelli and an auto-reply message for her email address at the firm states that she is out of the office with no access to email.
A year ago this month, DLA’s Milan office celebrated its 20th anniversary with an event at the Pinacoteca di Brera, a public gallery and museum. DLA picked up the office in 2003 by acquiring the local operations of now-defunct Coudert Brothers.
Legal Community, an Italian legal publication, recently reported that DLA had conducted an internal investigation for the country’s center-left political party, identifying certain problems with its finances.