Carabba Law Firm assists its clients, which include commercial and industrial companies, financial institutions, investment banks and private clients, in all areas of corporate law. Our services are tailored to the needs of individual clients and our professionals are committed to enduring traditions of innovation, responsiveness and client dedication.
The firm provides counsel and advice in practically every aspect of civil and commercial law related to the following practice areas: Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Tax, Labor, Litigation & Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications & Technology, Media, Sports & Entertainment, Antitrust & Competition, Administrative Law, and Real Estate. Our lawyers and tax professionals are organized within the various areas of specialization of the firm and work in teams in order to encourage the exchange of specialized knowledge across practice areas and guarantee qualified assistance in any field in the legal profession.
Our department regularly advises public administrative authorities and private companies in public contracts (for supply, services and public works), in project financing, in local public utilities and services (transportation, waste, gas, etc.), in drafting urban planning documents, in issuing and obtaining building licenses and work commencement notices, and in expropriation procedures. Legal assistance ranges from advice on administrative procedures (public tender, privatization, securitization, etc.) to legal representation in claims before administrative regional courts and the Council of State. This department works in close collaboration with others, especially real estate, telecommunications and energy, and also specializes in environmental issues and in health matters.
Our Antitrust & Competition practice provides highly specialized representation to clients across a broad spectrum of competition issues in the Italian and European markets. Legal services include merger notification to Italian and EU antitrust authorities. Our lawyers also advise on competition issues related to abuse of dominant position, restrictive agreements, cartels, transactions leading to concentration, price and distribution practices, manufacturing controls and misleading advertising. We represent clients in all court and other proceedings, especially before the European Commission and the Italian Antitrust Authority.
The firm assists numerous financial institutions and corporations in all aspects of banking, finance, securities, and capital market transactions. Assistance includes credit and loan transactions and related guarantees, financing for private equity and venture capital, acquisition and real estate financing, and assistance in simple and structured financing transactions, including securitizations. The firm has extensive experience in capital markets and has assisted Italian and non-Italian investors on all legal, regulatory, and tax questions regarding primary and secondary public offerings of financial instruments and options on Italian and non-Italian regulated markets, as well as regarding debt instruments such as corporate bonds, including convertible bonds.
The firm’s Corporate and M&A attorneys provide legal and tax assistance on complex negotiations and all kinds of corporate transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers, restructurings, spin-offs and joint ventures, and represent M&A participants in virtually all capacities. The corporate practice advises on all aspects of general corporate and commercial law, including contract drafting, company formations, assistance to company boards in fulfilling corporate governance duties and in relation to shareholders’ meetings and administrative and controlling entities. The firm also advises on the organization and structure of transactions, including coordinating and conducting legal and tax due diligence investigations, and drafting and revising agreements and shareholders’ pacts.
The firm’s Intellectual Property department has strong experience in intellectual and industrial property. The firm provides specialized assistance in registration and management of industrial property, transfer and licensing of trademarks, trade names and logos, as well as consulting in areas such as advertising, protection and management of personal data and trade secrets, software, databases, and intellectual property covered by copyright. The department provides full assistance and representation in litigation, both in and out of court, for protection of intellectual property rights against competitors and counterfeiters. In addition, the department has specialized knowledge in information technology and provides a wide range of services in electronic commerce and software, handling contracts and agreements relating to licensing and transfers. We work closely with our transactional and tax lawyers on the intersection of intellectual property and corporate issues, and are involved in negotiating and drafting franchising and merchandising agreements.
The firm provides legal assistance to important industrial and financial groups in human resources management and compliance with employment laws and regulations. The practice group assists its clients in the hiring, transfer, and international posting of employees and executives, in individual and collective dismissal procedures, in application of state-subsidized downsizing programs, in relations with trade unions and collective bargaining, in corporate restructuring and reorganization, in the definition of pay and benefits, in the drafting of stock option plans and incentive schemes, in pension and social security matters, and in labor disputes. The firm also offers a wide range of services in negotiation and drafting of consulting agreements of various types, employment agreements, and executive and director agreements, as well as stability, non-competition, and confidentiality agreements. The firm is one of the most well-known in Italy in labor litigation and boasts an excellent success record.
Our team of attorneys is well-positioned to represent hotel and restaurant companies in a number of markets and jurisdictions. We have extensive experience in the hotels and leisure sector, having advised owners, investors and operators in fields including hotels, restaurants, sports and leisure facilities and gaming. From transactions to litigation, labor and employment, and licensing concerns for business owners in the hospitality and leisure industry, our attorneys understand the complex and diverse practice areas and workplace issues which often confront hospitality companies.
The firm’s attorneys are highly specialized in Italian and international litigation and arbitration. Our litigators regularly represent Italian and multinational corporations before Italian courts with regard to business disputes in Italy, including intellectual property litigation, labor litigation, administrative litigation, and all types of contractual disputes. Our attorneys regularly appear before civil and administrative courts, including trial and appellate courts, as well as the Italian Supreme Court. We provide assistance on alternative techniques of dispute resolution, including assisted settlement negotiations and domestic and international arbitration, and we assist in the enforcement of foreign judgments and awards in Italy.
Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge in all areas of Italian and international broadcasting and media regulation. We counsel clients on issues ranging from general advice on the broadcasting and programming regulatory framework to commercial contracts such as disposal and acquisition of rights, production agreements, output deals, license agreements, copyright matters and transactions related to the convergence of media and network technologies such as digital terrestrial broadcasting. Our lawyers in the Media, Sports & Entertainment group represent several entertainment and sports talents and associations in relation to their personal services or endorsement agreements as well as in sponsorship and merchandising agreements and rights disposal.
Our Real Estate division advises Italian and foreign investors, real estate investment funds, users, owners, managers, developers and lenders in all legal and administrative aspects relating to real estate transactions. In particular, we advise on acquisitions, acquisition financing, related guarantee issues, and creation of real estate investment vehicles, in evaluation and resolution of real estate building and urban development problems, and in management of real estate assets as well as any regulatory, environmental or administrative issues that may arise. We have considerable experience in hotel and leisure development, real estate acquisition financing and have advised on securing facilities under Italian law, on complex securitized loan facility packages, on pledge and facility agreements and security packages, on share purchase agreements, and on the creation of special purchase vehicles.
The firm offers a full range of tax consulting services to Italian and international corporations as well as to individuals, both Italian residents and non-residents. Our professionals advise on matters concerning direct taxation for companies and for individuals, and indirect taxation such as VAT and government duties. We assist clients with their international tax needs, especially multinational corporate groups, and we provide tax planning services to corporations and individuals. Our professionals are also specialized in tax dispute resolution, both as litigators in court and before tax commissions of all levels and types, as well as before other authorities.
Our Telecommunications & Technology division advises on licensing, lobbying and regulatory matters, also giving contractual advice and handling negotiations in relation to network building, outsourcing, equipment and software supply, service provision and many other issues. Our lawyers have also developed specific skills on internet related issues and transactions, as well as all intellectual and industrial property matters. We have expertise in copyright and information technology issues, providing support for software license and maintenance agreements, telecommunications systems, data protection, and cross-border transfer of know-how and technology. We are well-versed in issues relating to capital markets and financing for start-ups in the technology sector.