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Federica Barbero

Employment Counsel, Milan

“I am an employment lawyer, advising on both non-contentious and contentious employment issues and offering technically proficient, highly responsive and commercially oriented advice to corporates and top-level executives.”


Education and qualifications


Federica is head of the firm’s Italian Employment practice. She is experienced in all aspects of employment law, primarily focusing on senior managers’ employment contracts and terminations, retention arrangements, remuneration structures, works councils and unions’ relations and collective redundancy procedures. She also advises on transaction-related employment aspects, including mergers and acquisitions, business transfers and corporate restructurings.

Federica has advised on employment issues in many major deals and stand-alone employment matters. These include advising:

  • Novartis International on a global service agreement with ISS Global for facilities management services at Novartis’s sites
  • United Technologies on the global employment-law following its acquisition of the Riello Group
  • the top management of Gianni Versace on the structuring and negotiation of an investment plan
  • Ovartis International on all the union processes arising from the acquisition of the oncological division from GlaxoSmithKline and the sale of its vaccines division to GlaxoSmithKline
  • Pal Zileri fashion brand in relation to the reorganization of its manufacturing division
  • Azimut-Benetti Group in relation to the engagement of the new General Manager

In addition, Federica led on an initiative to create Link to The Future, a project providing practical legal training to some of Italy's most innovative start-ups.

Federica regularly lectures and presents at conferences on employment-economic related themes. She is also the author and co-author of several articles on labour law.

Education and qualifications

Federica studied law at the University of Turin.

She speaks Italian and English.