ITALY: If you can't beat them, join them
The influx of international firms into Italy posed a threat to the small domestic players that make up the bulk of the Italian legal market. But, as Jan Harvey explains, many have faced up to the challenge by mixing the traditional elements of Italian law with the best the Anglo-Saxon firms have to offer
Compared to the headlines generated last year by the firm’s woes in New York, the top brass at Clifford Chance must have been relieved that the departure of its joint Italian managing partner did not fill quite as many column inches in the world’s business press as the ‘padding’ scandal did.
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