On September 1, 2003, the international law firms of McDermott, Will & Emery and Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato signed an agreement to combine their practices. As a result of this agreement McDermott, Will & Emery will now have 14 offices around the world with five
European offices, in Dusseldorf, London, Milan, Munich and Rome.
In Italy, the firm will operate under the name McDermott, Will & Emery/Carnelutti Studio
Legale Associato. Carnelutti’s 100+ year tradition of excellence offers
clients access to a full service practice in Italy and further anchors
McDermott, Will & Emery in the European and Italian markets.
Luca Arnaboldi, Carnelutti’s Managing Partner, will serve as Partner-in-
Charge of Italy; and Marino Bastianini, Carnelutti’s Chairman, will serve as
“We are delighted to start in Italy with Carnelutti and its outstanding
team of professionals,” commented McDermott, Will & Emery Chairman Larry
Gerber. “We will continue to expand our capabilities to support our clients
in Europe and elsewhere.”
“Our firms are similar. Both are renowned for traditions of excellence
rooted in their long and prestigious histories. Both are innovative. Both
are distinguished by their attention to client service,” said Mr. Arnaboldi.
“Geographically, our firms fit together perfectly.”
McDermott, Will & Emery and Carnelutti are among the most established law
firms in their respective markets. McDermott clients include more than 50% of
the Fortune 500, more than 45% of the Fortune Globe 500 and more than 25% of
Forbes’ Largest Private Companies. Carnelutti has advised on many of the
largest cross-border transactions in Italy in recent years, distinguishing
itself as the most internationally-minded among independent Italian law firms.
“We are very proud to join McDermott. We have found in McDermott a
partner that shares our values of legal excellence and superior client
service,” commented Mr. Bastianini.
“A top-tier presence in Italy is an important strategic move that
strengthens McDermott’s position in Europe and advances the Firm’s ability to
provide outstanding service to its clients,” commented Alan Olson, McDermott’s