Italy’s legal sphere has been buoyed by rebounding M&A and new work in energy, regulation and litigation. Toby Lewis examines the market trends

Activity levels in the Italian market are now rebounding, after a difficult period triggered by the financial crisis. The recovery is yet to be as robust as in some countries, but Italian lawyers sense their workload is picking up. Francesco Gianni, a founding partner of Italian leader Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, says: “The market is recovering, although not as quickly as in northern countries. Yet I spent the last weekend working day and night on a transaction – something which didn’t happen last year.”