Legal Practice

Litigation

When litigation is an asset GDP is committed to achieve the goal.

Particularly noteworthy is the experience gained by the team dedicated to the representation and assistance in court in proceedings regarding:

  • Corporate, commercial and contractual litigation
  • Liability actions against members of administrative and control bodies of joint stock companies (both as claimant and defendants), also in the interest of auditing companies
  • Litigation in the energy sector
  • M&A litigation
  • Banking and finance litigation

GPD also has a recognized expertise in the representation and assistance of general contractors, fund management companies, banks, extraordinary administrations and public contracting authorities. A committed team of professionals provides assistance to clients in the sensitive pre-litigation phase in order to set the best strategies. The experience gained by the partners as members of Boards of Directors, Boards of Auditors, and as auditors of public and private companies, led to the strengthening of a solid knowledge of corporate law.

Arbitration and ADR

The Firm has gained significant experience in dispute resolution, relying on professionals highly specialized in arbitration and ADR. GPD managed disputes involving several jurisdictions, providing strategic advice on the most appropriate methods of dispute resolution, on the choice of applicable law and jurisdiction, as well as on national and international arbitral proceedings.

Our focus is on problem-solving, avoiding litigation wherever possible, by seeking a rapid and efficient resolution of disputes adopting negotiation and conciliation techniques, following the client at every stage and level.

GPD assists its Clients in ad hoc arbitrations as well as in those administered by the main Italian and foreign institutions of the sector (i.e. ICC, LCIA, ICCA, Chambers of Arbitration, Italian Arbitration Association, ANAC, ABF) and in arbitrations before the main international organizations in matters of investments between contracting States and citizens of other States. The Firm’s professionals are also frequently called upon to serve as arbitrators.

Arbitration disputes concerned joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, procurement and engineering contracts, energy, investments, intellectual property, telecommunications, distribution contracts and international trade.

Corporate Law

The activity is mainly focused on corporate transactions and is aimed at assisting Clients in M&A, corporate reorganizations, leases and disposals of companies, to optimize and reshape business management structures. 

GDP‘s professionals have solid expertise in start-up and venture capital matters, negotiating shareholder agreements, extraordinary transactions and executive management compensation plans.

GPD‘s professionals have gained valuable experience in M&A transactions, relocation of production and organizational efficiency, sale and purchase of shareholdings, also on behalf of private equity, asset management companies and investment funds, structured finance or sources of financing at regional, national and European level.

Administrative Law

The practice of administrative law is performed in favor of institutional Clients (Municipalities, Provinces, special public corporations, Regions, Universities, Operators under concession of public services, Operators in the transport sector) and private individuals. The developed capabilities concern environmental law, public procurement and services, construction and management concessions, appeals against administrative acts of urban planning, authorization and interdiction, anti-mafia interdiction measures, urban and landscape planning, energy law and renewable sources.

Antitrust

GPD provides assistance on antitrust law, advertising law and information law, representing Clients before the Italian Antitrust Authority, the European Commission, civil courts (also on cases regarding unfair competition) and administrative Courts (with regard to appeals against measures and sanctions issued by AGCM).

Banking and Financial Law

The experience gained has been recognized at national level with the appointment by the Bank of Italy of Prof. Andrea Gemma as a member of the Judging Panel of the Arbitro Bancario e Finanziario, established by the Supervisory Authority of the banking sector for the resolution of disputes. 

The dedicated team defends major credit institutions, banking foundations and financial institutions in matters related to banking contracts, financial law, leasing, factoring and market placement of banking and financial investment products.

Insurance Law

GDP assists insurance companies, intermediaries and brokers in regulatory matters and in their relationships with IVASS.

GDP represents in court primary insurance companies in the field of medmal, personal injury, catastrophic damages, professional liability. 

Some of GDP‘s partners have been appointed by IVASS as Extraordinary Commissioners, Liquidation Commissioners and Members of Supervisory Committees in extraordinary administration and compulsory administrative liquidation of insurance companies.

Bankruptcy law and debt restructuring

GPD assists its Clients in accessing bankruptcy and extraordinary procedures and offers advice in cases of acquisition of companies in crisis, companies and/or business units and in debt restructuring operations through agreements or reorganization plans.

The Firm’s professionals assisted Judicial Commissioners, Extraordinary Commissioners, Trustees and Liquidators in major bankruptcy procedures, providing assistance in the following activities:

  • assessment of liabilities status;
  • drafting of restructuring programs and/or creation of the business plan;
  • sale of assets and business units;
  • cognitive analysis of the company, recognition of the main assets and identification of inaccuracies in the financial statements and unrecorded liabilities;
  • definition of the analytical and estimative status of the assets.

GDP assists asset management companies, SPACs and VCCs in the management of OTPs and MPLs.

Labor Law

The firm provides advisory services in the establishment or termination of employment relationships, with particular attention to top management and executives.

GDP has significant experience building LTIs and complex cash & in-kind compensation systems.

We regularly handle transactions involving companies and branches as well as mobility and collective dismissal procedures. 

GDP regularly assists leading Italian and foreign groups in litigation. In this field, the team of professionals deals with actions against private companies and public administrations, regarding the claiming of salary treatments, salary indemnities, fixed-term contracts, with particular attention to seasonal workers, labor intermediation, recognition of subordinate employment relationships, project contracts, coordinated and continuous collaborations.