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Gianni Origoni & Partners is set to become Linklaters & Alliance’s long-sought after Italian member this Friday (16 July).The Italian firm, with offices in Rome and Milan, will enter as a full member and follow the same timetable as the other firms for the integration of its partnership into a single equity pool. Gianni Origoni is the second firm to sign up to the alliance since its launch in November last year and brings the total number of member firms to seven. In May, Luxembourg firm Loesch & Wolter signed up to Linklaters’ project.Gianni Origoni is a 120-fee earner firm best known in Italy for its strong M&A, banking and finance departments and has some recognition for its developing project finance department. The Italian addition has come at a good time for Linklaters. Lawyers in Italy report a boom in M&A activity, along with a continued stream of privatisations. Competition is also hotting up. Another alliance, involving Pavia e Ansaldo and, among others, the French firm Moquet Borde & Associes, was formed in May.Allen & Overy, Freshfields and Clifford Chance are also looking to strengthen their offices in Italy. It is understood Linklaters is now concentrating on finding a member in Spain and that two Austrian firms have approached the alliance with a view to joining. Linklaters previously talked to rival Italian firm Chiomenti Studio Legale, which decided to stay independent.

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