The manufacturing industry is one of the great vital forces in the Italian economy and a jewel in the country’s crown. Its most notable leading players are the automotive, design, luxury & beauty and food & beverage sectors, and for companies operating in those fields it is more important than ever to work with partners capable of best handling all their problems in such a way as to support their innovation and growth. In so far as concerns legal matters, every industry has its own specific critical issues that our firm knows well and has been dealing with for decades. In matters ranging from collective agreements at company and individual level, the determination of new salary and welfare systems, reorganization and restructuring, through to unfair competition, we act to safeguard companies, enhance their distinctiveness and their know-how and defend their value both in Italy and abroad.
New relationships and production set-ups
We are well known in Italy for having assisted major companies in the automotive sector for years. More specifically, our recent activity has been mainly concerned with the exit of leading players in the industry from trade associations and the provision of concurrent assistance in drawing up and negotiating a new national collective bargaining agreement and also establishing a new system of industrial relations. We have also handled all the litigation of a trade union nature that has ensued from those operations.
Reorganization and safety protection
We have assisted major companies in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sector in important disputes concerning relations with their sales representatives and agents and in conducting reorganization processes and have also taken part in negotiations with the trade unions. We have furthermore provided consulting services concerning the drafting of safety procedures and regulations in view of the hazardous nature of their operations and been heavily involved in assisting in the drafting of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses/agreements.
At the service of the best of Italian food and beverage products
The food & beverage sector is becoming increasingly more important in the Italian economy, with the development of new businesses focusing on sourcing and providing the best products available in the food & beverage market. In that scenario, we provide assistance in organizing new sales networks that are operated both directly and through agents and suited to sustain and foster start-ups and the growth of producers already established as market leaders, as well as new undertakings in the catering field. We also handle matters concerning procedures that serve to guarantee compliance with the rules on protecting food safety in compliance with the HACCP standards, in terms of the production, storage and serving of food and beverages, with the objective of assuring their safety and hygiene and edibility.
New rules to encourage the development and movement of staff and employees
Our clients include some of the biggest firms in the building and infrastructure construction sector, to which we provide advisory services and represent their interests both in and out of court. The most important matters we have recently handled regard both individual and collective company regulations governing work carried out abroad (on major construction sites), applicable to both technical/office and management staff. We also handle disputes concerning various matters, including working hours, safety and the succession of procurement contracts and are often asked to provide our advice on the movement of highly qualified managers and the regulation of non-compete and job stability agreements between companies and directors.
Contributing to the success of the Made in Italy brand
We have always been the legal advisor to major companies in this sector. More specifically, we assist firms engaged in the production, sale and promotion of fashion and cosmetic products in all aspects of their operations. On several occasions the legal strategies we have put in place have become “textbook”, ranging from matters concerning ENPALS [National Insurance and Welfare Board for Workers in the Entertainment Industry] contributions in the 1990s through to the critical issues raised in connection with claims for payments from sales networks. In those latter cases the matters we dealt with concerned large numbers of (merit-based, proceeds-based, indirect) payments that often failed to meet the conditions imposed by the collective bargaining agreement for the trade sector (“AEC”) and statutory rules. We also assist operators in the retail trade in all matters, such as claims asserting the subordinate nature of employment, managing holiday entitlements, planning shifts, employers’ inspections and other situations connected with the performance of employment agreements and their termination.