is us

about us

We are a highly specialised Legal Partnership working in the areas of administrative, antitrust and regulatory, commercial and corporate law, sectors in which we have achieved a positioning of excellence in more than twenty-five years’ practice.


From the initial focus of judicial and extrajudicial administrative law, which enabled the Firm to make a leading contribution to the reform of Italy’s public administration which began in the late Nineties, we have expanded and evolved our areas of expertise over the years to include antitrust and regulatory law and, more recently, corporate law, commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as topics related to European Union law.

However, our approach to the profession has not changed: we aim to provide legal advice with the added value of a strategic vision, to guide Clients towards the best legal solutions, chosen for the achievement of business objectives.

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the history

our milestone

Damiano Lipani founded Lipani & Partners in Rome. The firm specialised in administrative law, with a focus on public and private tenders for the provision of services, works and goods. He brought with him experience gained first with the Arthur Andersen network and then as General Counsel of a major ICT multinational.

Within the programme for the rationalisation of Italy’s public expenditure, the 2000 budget assigned Consip S.p.A., a publicly owned company contracted to manage the IT system of the Italian General Accounts Office, the additional role of procurement centre for central and local government.

As single legal advisor, the Firm oversaw the start-up, consolidation and development of this organisation until 2014, from strategy definition to the regulatory approach and operating model, through to the relative implementation and performance.

At the same time, the Firm gradually expanded its structure and areas of expertise.

In 2004, the Firm began to provide advice for the planning and operation of Innovazione Italia, the new government body established to support businesses.

At the same time, it also became involved with the first trials in the state-funded digitalisation of the electoral process and electronic voting.

The Firm advised and supported the project for the nationalisation of the voluntary and enforced collection of State and local authority revenues, helping to design the structure of the new model and to launch the Equitalia organisation.

In the same years, the Firm assisted Capitalia in the rationalisation and reorganisation of the Group’s subsidiaries and the management of the relative property portfolio.

In 2008 a large number of lawyers specialising in administrative law joined the Firm, which expanded further in size and moved to via Vittoria Colonna 40, in a monumental building next door to the Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome.

Antonio Catricalà – formerly State Attorney, a member of the Council of State, Chairman of the Italian Competition and Antitrust Authority and General Secretary and Under-Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and holder of other institutional, government and academic posts – joined the Firm, enabling it to expand its work in antitrust, competition and consumer law. The Firm changed its name to Lipani Catricalà & Partners.

A new office was opened across the road from the Stock Exchange in Milan, in addition to the Rome headquarters next door to the Supreme Court of Cassation. These two locations fittingly represented the Firm’s two core focuses, Law and Business, as it expanded and consolidated its presence in northern Italy.

The Covid-19 pandemic provided the opportunity for rethinking the Firm’s organisation in line not only with historic horizontal practices but also on the basis of the vertical industries which it serves.

Emerging from the pandemic, the Firm reinforced the sector of commercial and corporate law and the relative litigation, preparing it to offer an immediate response to the demands of the rebirth of businesses hard hit by the Covid shutdown.

We are playing a key role in projects for the construction of strategic infrastructure of national interest and in projects financed by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) and the National Complementary Investments Plan (PNC), as well as by structural funds.

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