Corporate & Commercial Law

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Corporate & Commercial Law

Our corporate and commercial lawyers provides legal advice, practical guidance and assistance on doing business in Italy. We assist foreign companies to establish a business presence in Italy, including legal advice, documentation guidance and practical assistance for incorporation and registration in Italy. As an additional service, we provide legal advice and practical assistance on immigration matters for entrepreneurs intending to set up or invest in a business or an innovative startup, to obtain a permit which allows them to work and live in Italy. We provide assistances for foreign companies also with commercial matters, including negotiations, drafting and review of contracts and agreements associated with commercial activities in Italy. Furthermore, we assist our client on real estate transactions from preliminary negotiations to the closing, of any kind of real estate properties both residential and commercial/industrial.

As an additional service, our team can conduct an preliminary due diligence research on Italian corporate on its financial situation and current operating conditions, to help foreign companies to have a thorough understanding of their Italian suppliers, agents or distributors, or business partners.

If you require further information or assistance, please complete the online enquiry form here or email us at: mm@mazzeschi.it

Incorporation and registration

We can assist foreign companies in structuring and establishing business presence in Italy. Our service includes legal advice, drafting deed of incorporation and other necessary documentations, providing guidance and practical assistance for company registration in Italy. Here below some common types of companies in Italy which we can assist:

Public Limited Companies by Shares (Società per Azioni, S.p.A) is the most common business form for companies with significant investments. Registered capital must be more than € 50,000.00. The bylaws can provide for different types of shares.

Any material decision regarding the company must be approved by the shareholders’ meeting, which must be convened at least once a year to approve the company’s financials.

Foreign investors wishing to set up a business in Italy may start by establishing a limited liability company (società a responsabilità limitata, S.r.l.). It is a Limited Liability Entity which benefits of a complete limitation of liability of the quota holders for company obligations.

It has lower capital requirements (minimum registered capital is € 10,000.00) and quota-holders have more freedom in setting up the rules for its functioning, management and organization.

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Benefit corporations (Società Benefit, S.B.) are for-profit companies that – in addition, to maximize shareholder’s value and profits – undertake to expand their purpose to explicitly include the creation of public benefit and the commitment to carry out their activities in a responsible, sustainable and transparent way, in favor of persons, communities, and environment.

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Subsidiary company(Sede Secondaria) is understood as the company whose full or partial controlling interest is held by another company.

Branch(Filiale) implies an establishment set up to by parent company, to perform the same business operations, at different location.

Representative office (Ufficio di Rappresentanza) is the simplest business structure available to a foreign company to establish a presence in Italy.

Foreign companies often use a Representative Office to conduct market research before making a decision to establish a branch or a subsidiary. Rep Office cannot execute commercial or financial transactions of any kind; nor can it act as an agent or distributor of a foreign company.

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Immigration services for Entrepreneurs & Startups

As an add-on to our incorporation and registration service, we provide legal advice and practical assistance on immigration matters for entrepreneurs intending to set up or invest in a business or an innovative startup, to obtain a permit which allows them to work and live in Italy.

The “start-up visa” is aimed to non-EU nationals intending to set up an innovative start-up business (companies must meet the conditions set forth by law 221/2012) or to join an already established startup Company.

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With few exceptions, Italy allows foreigners to register a new ordinary company entirely owned by foreign individuals or companies. If the company is adequately funded, it can hire immediately non- EU highly skilled workers, without need of hiring a certain number of local workers.

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The type and number of self-employment (lavoro autonomo) authorizations available to non-EU nationals are set by means of the quota decree. Not all self-employment categories are available each year.

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Commercial contracts and agreements

We can provide assistances for foreign companies on drafting and review of contracts and agreements associated with commercial activities in Italy. We also provide legal assistance with negotiations with Italian suppliers, agents or distributors, or resolving commercial disputes.

We can provide assistances for foreign companies on drafting and review of contracts and agreements associated with commercial activities in Italy.

Purchase real estate

We assist our client on real estate transactions from preliminary negotiations to the closing, of any kind of real estate properties both residential and commercial/industrial.

As a general rule, Italian law permits the purchase of real estate by foreigners. However, can be a few exceptions for foreigners coming from “sensitive” countries or countries that do not grant reciprocity rights to Italian citizens, which shall be examined on a case-by-case basis.

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Preliminary due diligence research

Our team can proceed an preliminary due diligence research on Italian corporate on its financial situation and current operating conditions, to help foreign companies to have a thorough understanding of their Italian suppliers, agents or distributors, or business partners.

Our team can make a summary report of company’s current operation situation with key information in the latest company registration report (Visura Ordinaria). To help foreign companies to have a basic understanding the of their Italian business partners in a glance.
Our team can make a summary report of company’s complete operation situation with key information in the updated historical company registration report (Visura Storica) which include all changes in the past. To help foreign companies to a thorough understanding the of their Italian suppliers, agents or distributors, or business partners.
Our team can make a summary of company’s financial situation with key information in the balance sheet of last financial year. To help foreign companies to understanding the financial situation of their Italian business partners in a glance.
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Mazzeschi S.r.l. Project co-financed under Tuscany POR FESR 2014-2020
  • Consultation of immigration to Italy

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    Permits and visa for transfering to Italy

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    Request Italian citizenship

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    assistance for establishing a company in Italy

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    practical procedures of obtaining italian citizenship

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    practical procedures of immigration to Italy

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    practical procedures of Italian work permits and work visa

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    business immigration and corporate immigration to Italy