Italy: Independence day
When Gianni Origoni linked up with international powerhouse Linklaters in 1999, Italian firms were facing a battle for survival from the UK invasion. Five years later, with the market moving into a new phase of strong domestic growth, the firm has broken new ground again by dumping its alliance and going it alone. Antony Collins reports
On 2 April, 2004, as the two firms’ five-year association drew to the end of its official term, one of the worst kept secrets in the European legal market was finally made official: Italian leader Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners was never – ever – going to merge with UK giant Linklaters.
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