Davide Sportelli



T +39 02 725051
M +39 33 56329630

General Experience

Davide heads the Italian employment practice from our Milan office. He advises local and multinational clients on contentious and non contentious employment law cases. He assists his clients on all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring strategies and negotiations, day to day human resources matters through to managing grievances and disciplinary procedures. Davide also advises financial institutions in particular on remuneration strategies and rules further to continuing developments at European level.

Davide has considerable experience of advising on complex negotiations relating to the dismissal of executives and upper management (including board members) and on individual and collective dismissals in Italy in general. He advises on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, transfers, outsourcings and restructurings, including industrial relations and trade union consultation.

Davide has a strong focus on training and regularly updates clients on employment law developments happening in Italy. That includes hosting tailored training events for clients in addition to overseeing specific training workshops.

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Recent Work
  • advising an international investment bank on termination agreements for executives and employees including negotiating and drawing up all settlement agreements
  • advising a leading luxury goods company on a regular basis in relation to a range of employment law issues such as dismissals, non compete arrangements, implementing group policies and TUPE related matters
  • advising a global insurance provider on the company's reorganisation in Italy and the related redundancy arrangements implemented
  • advising a world leading plastics manufacturer on restructuring certain of its operations in Italy which entailed trade union involvement and negotiating and drafting individual settlement agreements.

Davide was admitted to the Italian bar in 1998. He joined Simmons & Simmons in 2001 and was made partner in 2010. In 2006 he was seconded to our London office, where he developed close working relationships with the UK legal teams at a number of banking clients, international hoteliers, domestic and multinational companies and organisations. During the secondment Davide also focused on further integrating the Italian employment team's international work with that of the other offices in the Simmons & Simmons network.