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France-Italy Desk

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Italy and France are two key business partners. Flichy Grangé Avocats has developed a specialized legal expertise specifically designed to meet the needs of French and Italian business operators.

A joint Franco-Italian culture

For more than 10 years, numerous Italian companies and groups have relied on the expertise and know-how of the Italian Flichy Grangé Avocats team to assist them with regards to all of their legal matters related to employment law.

Flichy Grangé Avocats’ France-Italy Desk is made up of a team of lawyers, most of whom are of dual nationality, with legal qualifications in both French and Italian law or have been seconded within Italian law firms.

In addition to Italian and English language proficiency, the France-Italy Desk is familiar with the Italian economic and social environment and knows how to identify the expectations and needs of subsidiaries or branches based in France through close collaboration with the Italian-based management.

The France-Italy Desk also cultivates strong ties with Italian lawyers specialized in employment and other areas of the law, and can thus connect French companies with their Italian partners in order to provide them with high-quality advice and service. 


The France-Italy Desk advises and assists Italian companies and clients in the context of the development of their activities in France, including cross-border operations.

The specialised lawyers advise these Italian companies with regard to formalities pertaining to hiring employees in France, wide-scale or sensitive projects (transferring activities and employees, restructuring, redundancies, collective bargaining, high-risk litigation, etc.) as well as any and all issues related to the day-to-day management of the employment relationship (mobility, remuneration, working hours, remote working, social security, employment or commercial agent contract termination, etc.).

In addition, the France-Italy Desk places its experience and professional network at the service of Italian companies in order to help them identify useful contacts in the context of their establishment and the development of their operations in France (administrations, accounting firms, payroll service providers, etc.).

The lawyers dedicated to this desk defend the interests of Italian companies in the context of legal disputes before labour, commercial and criminal courts.

They regularly travel to Italy to work alongside the Italian companies they assist.

The desk’s lawyers’ dual culture allows them to respond effectively to Italian companies’ requests, to understand the specific challenges they face and their working methods in order to provide them with customized assistance in Italian, irrespective of the required degree of legal expertise.


Flichy Grangé Avocats’ experience in employment law in general, and in regard to advising Italian companies in particular, results in a distinctive business approach in all sectors of the economy.

Flichy Grangé Avocats’ France-Italy Desk assists Italian companies of all sizes and managers regarding their operations in France. These companies are players in a wide variety of fields, including:

•    fashion 
•    luxury goods 
•    the airline sector 
•    the industrial sector
•    the food sector 
•    cosmetics

Olivier Kress is the lead partner of the France-Italy Desk within Flichy Grangé Avocats. Olivier Kress is an Officer of the IBA’s (International Bar Association) Employment Law Committee as well as a member of both the EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association) and the ACE (Association des Conseils d'Entreprise). 

He is regularly invited by the AGI (Avvocati Giuslavoristi Italiani) and the Franco-Italian Chamber of Commerce to attend seminars and conferences.

His legal expertise is consistently recognized by the international legal directories Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers and Who's Who Legal.

Olivier holds a DEA in private law, a DESS in business law and a DJCE (specialization in labour law). He is fluent in both English and Italian and has extensive experience in international labour law.

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