Italy: Italian drive
The Italian legal market has always been a difficult battlefield for international law firms, with the country's independents dominating the local legal scene. And the past 18 months indicate that the recession has made it even harder for large Anglo-Saxon law firms to balance the books, with many firms having to take a long, hard look at their operations in the country. Many firms have seen a considerable reduction in terms of lawyer headcount and speculation is rife that some firms might pull out of the jurisdiction altogether.
Italy’s local firms continue to dominate the domestic scene as many of the international players scale back. Friederike Heine speaks with some of the native players
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