Market entry

Portolano Cavallo helps foreign clients in navigating the challenges to enter the Italian market. While we are active in virtually all industries, our team members have unique track record in advising clients in the Digital, Media & Technology, Life Sciences and Fashion & Luxury sectors.

Our firm has been designed with a focus to support foreign clients doing business in Italy; and we strive to deliver first-class client service tailored to the needs of foreign clients.

We offer a complete suite of market entry services, and when needed, we can act as a “one stop shop” coordinating a team of trusted advisors that goes beyond lawyers and includes accountants, bankers, real estate brokers and other professionals needed for a smooth entry in the Italian market.

Our team, with the support of this network of trusted professionals, provides key market entry services, including:

With offices in Milan and Rome, and lawyers licensed in the whole country, we can support your business everywhere in Italy. From our New York City office, our team bridges the time difference with Europe and effectively support North American clients expanding in Italy.

French desk

Portolano Cavallo maintains one of the largest French Desk in the Italian market. A team of multidisciplinary French speaking lawyers has been supporting for more than a decade French speaking clients doing business in Italy.


Our Market Entry Guide and Q&A Guide to corporate governance law in Italy, are designed to steer and support companies looking to expand in the Italian market. The aim of the Guides is to provide practical answers to the most frequently asked questions foreign clients have when looking to enter the Italian market. The information in the Guides are accurate as of the date of their publication (respectively September 22, 2022 and October 1, 2022). As laws change frequently, they should not be relied upon as legal advice.


Click the button below to contact our experts, Barbara Corsetti and Yan Pecoraro, to discuss your needs for entering into the Italian market.



Online resources

Over the years, the Firm has worked on the documents listed below in order to support clients to incorporate an Italian limited liability company (S.r.l.)/branch:

How to set up an S.r.l.:

  • Description of the procedure
  • Memo on Italian Corporations
  • Pre-incorporation checklist
  • Draft by-laws

How to open a branch:

  • Description of the procedure
  • Pre-incorporation checklist

We leave them available for download, hoping they will be useful.

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