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Roberto Podda

Partner
+39.02.3030.291
Fax +39.02.3030.2933
Roberto Podda is a partner in the firm’s Milan office. He focuses his practice on labor and employment matters with broad experience representing multinational companies and large Italian industrial groups in union negotiations, business restructurings, lay-offs, disciplinary measures and employment disputes.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Roberto Podda was a Partner of another law firm in Milan.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Association of the Italian Employment Lawyers (AGI)
  • Member, European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
  • Member, Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker at the Mid-Year Conference of the New Jersey Bar Association in November 2013 (“The Italian Job: a look at employers’ and workers’ rights in Italy and the United States”)
  • Speaker at the Associazione Italiana Giuristi d’Impresa conference in May 2014 (“The
    relationship between in-house and external legal counsel in the international environment”)
  • Speaker at Grande Stevens conference in June 2015 (“The reform of the Italian labour law”)
  • Speaker at “Il Sole 24 Ore” conference in Ferrara, December 2015 (“The reform of the Italian labour law”)
  • Speaker at “Il Sole 24 Ore” conference in Padua, March 2016 (“The reform of the Italian
    labour law”)
  • Speaker at “Il Sole 24 Ore” conference in Lecco, March 2016 (“The reform of the Italian labour law”)
  • Author of “Reforming of the Italian labour market: the road to flexibility” in ELA Briefing, July 2015
  • Collective dismissal and shut down of a plant belonging to a group operating in the automotive business (2016 - current)
  • Transfer of a branch of undertakings (real estate) (2015)
  • Restructuring of a branch of undertakings belonging to a group operating in the industry sector; management of redundancies (2016 - current)
  • Commercial Joint Venture Agreement with two companies operating in the industry sector (2015)
  • Assistance in the establishment of a NewCo belonging to a main group operating in the food & beverages sector; assistance in the execution of the employment agreements with top managers and related incentive schemes
  • Restructuring of a group operating in the industry sector and related assistance for the execution of shareholders’ agreements (2016 - current)
  • Assistance of a top manager within the context of the termination of the employment relationship with the employer (Dino Boffo against the companies belonging to Conferenza Episcopale Italiana) (2015)
  • Restructuring of a company having as its object the credits recovery through call center and related assistance (i) in a significant number of labour litigation; (ii) in a number of information and consultation procedures with trade unions (2013 - 2016)
  • Establishment of a NewCo operating in the food & beverages sector and related assistance in the start-up; drafting and execution of shareholders’ agreements (2015); further assistance for the mutual termination of shareholders’ agreements and in the layout of the new governance (2016)
  • Assistance to a main Italian group operating in the automotive sector for the settlement of a significant real estate litigation (2013)
  • Assistance to an international investment fund within the context of the acquisition of real estate assets (2014)
  • Assistance to a major Italian company operating in the publishing sector within the context of the acquisition of a branch of undertakings belonging to Disney (2015) (M&A and employment aspects) (2014)
  • Assistance to a Italian major football team within the context of a litigation established by an English major football team before the Arbitration Panel of FIFA and involving employment topics (2012)
  • Assistance to a multinational group operating in the publishing sector within the context of the closing down of the Italian operations (2012 - 2015)
  • Restructuring of a group of companies operating in the brokerage sector and assistance in related agreement with the trade unions and the employees (2015)
  • Continuous assistance to an international group managing an Italian shopping mall (litigation, commercial agreements, employment) (2012 - 2016)
  • Assistance to a Russian investment fund in the acquisition of a shopping mall located near Turin (2012)
  • Continuous assistance to the Italian subsidiary of Swiss Post (employment and commercial agreements (2012 - 2016)
  • Continuous assistance to an international group of companies managing luxury hotels in Italy (corporate, employment) (2013 - 2016)
  • Continuous assistance to the Italian subsidiary of a group having its mother company in Spain and operating in the production and commercialization of pet foods (employment) (2013 - 2016)