Angelo Zambelli


Grimaldi Studio Legale
Corso Europa 12
20122 Milan

Tel: +39 0230309390


Angelo Zambelli is a partner, member of the Executive Committee and head of the Employment and Industrial Relations Department of the Firm.

Mr Zambelli amassed an outstanding reputation in employment and labour law, industrial relations and issues relating to agency contracts and labour law disputes. He has acquired in-depth knowledge in the planning and implementation of extraordinary finance operations and restructuring plans, including the reorganisation and downsizing of the Italian subsidiaries of local and international groups. Mr Zambelli works side by side with clients advising them on handling complicated industrial relations matters and often represents companies during negotiations.

After earning his JD magna cum laude at the Università degli Studi of Milan in 1987, Mr Zambelli became a member of the Milan Bar Association in 1992. Since 2004, he is qualified to plead before the higher courts as well as the Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione).

Mr Zambelli is also a member of AGI (Associazione Giuslavoristi Italiani), AIDP (Associazione Italiana per la Direzione del Personale), EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association), ABA (American Bar Association) and IBA (International Bar Association). He is the sole representant for Italy for ELA (Employment Law Alliance).

He is an established lecturer at many conferences organised by Il Sole 24 Ore, Synergia, AIDP, AGI, EELA, IBA, ELA  and ABA.

Prior to joining Grimaldi Studio Legale, Mr Zambelli was a founding member and managing partner of LabLaw Studio Legale. He had also been partner at the law firms McDermott Will & Emery/Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato and Toffoletto e Soci.

Mr Zambelli is ranked among the top 30 leader Lawyers in Italy, according to Legalcommunity and GQ – magazine published by Condé Nast – which have listed professionals who stand out for managerial skills, strategic vision and media impact.

He won the award for Best Lawyer of the Year at the Legalcommunity Labour Awards 2017, 2015 and 2014 editions, as well as the award for Best Lawyer of the Year for Industrial and Trade Unions (2012 and 2013 editions). Mr Zambelli received the Le Fonti award as Employment Lawyer of the Year 2018.

According to a Survey made by Legalcommunity, it has resulted that since the last four years Mr. Zambelli is one of the four/five employment lawyers to have been classified as a “Star” in the Labour market in Italy, being one of the lawyers who has obtained the highest number of positive comments and referrals from important stakeholders in the market, including competitors.

In 2018, Who’s Who Legal has included Mr Zambelli among the four “Most Highly Regarded” lawyers on the Italian territory with regard to Labour, Employment & Benefits.

The firm has extensive experience on employment law, industrial relations and related litigation, as well as in-depth knowledge of the system of laws and regulations governing employment relationships.

As trusted advisor to industrial, financing and commercial companies and groups, the Employment Law and Industrial Relations Department provides on-going assistance in matters related to the management of human resources, employment relationships and employment-related litigation.

The firm has successfully addressed many legal disputes relating to all issues of employment law and also effectively resolved numerous issues involving company reorganisations in the engineering, iron and steel, chemical and pharmaceutical, petrochemical, publishing, finance and banking sectors.

The department has been awarded as Best Practice Restructuring (2018) and as Law Firm of the Year – Labour Restructuring (2016) at the Legalcommunity Labour Awards.

Grimaldi Studio Legale has been one of the most significant law firms in the Italian legal scenario for over 20 years, initially as the Italian partner of the firm Clifford Chance and subsequently as an independent law firm.

Situated in Milan, Rome, Brussels, London, New York, Bari and Lugano, with 36 partners and more than 150 highly qualified lawyers and trainees, the Firm is a leader in the legal services marketplace.

Sources “can only say good things” about Angelo Zambelli, who continues to be lauded for being an “excellent employment lawyer.” Interviewees also note that he is “a great guy“. Market commentators note that the firm is “well known for employment“. One client highlights that working with them is always a “good experience.
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