MDM Law and Tax Firm assists and supports clients in the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, both nationally and internationally, with appropriate language and technical legal skills. The main goal is to develop a system of rules and commercial strategies, helping to reduce, or even avoid, the onset of legal disputes over time.
More specifically, the firm has gained solid experience in the fields of:
- distribution contracts
- franchise agreements
- purchasing and sales contracts
- transportation and logistics contracts
- consultancy contracts
- contracts for the sale and rental of companies, branches, local units, and sales departments
- sureties and other guarantees
- agency agreements
- service contracts
- supply and subcontracting contracts
In the field of company law, MDM provides its Italian and international clients with a wide range of services and counsel in commercial law and, more specifically, company law, both during the set-up and the variuos stages of ordinary and extraordinary management, mergers and total or partial incorporations. Examples of such services include:
- initial studies to identify the rules of the relevant sector
- identification of the type of company best suited to the client's needs
- drafting of articles of association and shareholder agreements
- the establishment of branches and representation offices for foreign companies in Italy
- capital transactions, the structuring and drafting of stock option plans, assistance in relations among shareholders, and between the company and its shareholders or directors.
MDM has relevant experience in legal assistance to leading banks and Insurance companies, particularly in the organisation process for the recovery of large volumes of bad debts.
Over the years, the team has implemented its structure, providing it with high-performance media management IT systems, enabling fast and accurate processing of individual positions, also with regard to legal deadlines, such as prescription and limitation.
The firm is able to follow debt recovery activities at all stages, from the stage of court notice to compliance, up to the judicial phase, now mostly through electronic processes, as well as enforcement, assisted by a network of external correspondents located throughout Italy and abroad. In order to minimise the business risk associated with an insolvent portfolio and to find practical solutions to the benefit of clients, in this context, MDM professionals perform timely analyses of all the legal and opportunity issues related to the relationships underlying receivables that result in debt situations. Read more
MDM's professionals have specific experience in relation to this pioneering and cross-sector field, which covers both civil and criminal law, having recently set up a team dedicated to the study of legal issues related to the following phases: design, production, distribution, promotion and protection of brands in regard to fashion, design and luxury goods.
MDM associates take care of this matter in regard to consultancy, as well as training.
The Firm has indeed worked with some of the most prestigious schools of Italian fashion, such as Polimoda and FDI, organising special programmes and conducting specific research. In relation to the Florence Chamber of Commerce, MDM Law and Tax Firm has also distinguished itself by providing support services and information to the department that deals with startuppers who wish to start their own businesses, are interested in the best possible protection of their inventions or are engaged in the launch of creative ideas.
The consultancy activities in the fashion, design and luxury goods industries focus on giving clients adequate legal protection of their creativity and innovation, the key drivers for companies operating in this industry, which have distinguished themselves in international markets as ambassadors of Italian style.
The services offered by MDM's professionals are as prompt as possible, considering the pace of the market and the short lifecycle of product-creation. The specific services include:
• Advice and assistance to start-ups
• National and international contracts
• Management of litigation
• Internationalisation of business
• Protection of intellectual property
• Non-disclosure agreements to protect confidentiality
• Counterfeiting and unfair competition
• Customs protection Read more
By its very nature, the Firm is constantly immersed in disputes involving players of different nationalities, often with visions and modus operandi that are very different from one another.
Internationally, MDM has developed over the years a very effective approach to the assignments it receives, working towards narrowing the gap between professionals and clients, and between the parties involved, moving the issues, where necessary, to the offices of corporate clients. This is an area in which it's key to pay the maximum attention to the composition of differences, especially as these are mainly cultural.
The firm offers its support and advice, also by analysing economic and legal instruments, as well as the most appropriate Community law rules, to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in the process of internationalisation. Over the years, MDM has been providing assistance to the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Milan and the US Consulate in Florence, in the management of disputes to be resolved between parties of different nationalities.
MDM addresses these positions by identifying the parties’ interests in the light of their respective National legislation and EU regulations, considering the growing involvement of the European Union in its member States’ commercial and economic matters. Read more
The specialist legal and out of court consultancy provided by MDM Law and Tax Firm in the field of labour law is centred on the management of human resources.
The expertise developed over the years in solving recurring issues in the business environment allows the Firm to operate through a careful coordination of multiple profiles of legislation on labour law.
The firm provides appropriate assistance in the drafting of employment contracts, assisting companies in the formulation and drafting of particularly delicate clauses, such as non-competition agreements, non-disclosure, secrecy and stability. In addition to overall support, it helps clients on an ongoing basis in the daily management of employment relationships, giving advice on the methods for applying disciplinary sanctions, business trips and transfers, changes in duties or other working conditions. It leads the entire process of terminating work relationships, both for individual and collective dismissals. Read more
The MDM team that deals with litigation has a long and proven track record in the management of civil cases at every stage and grade, as well as being up-to-date on the current procedures for alternative, out of court dispute resolutions, other than the traditional ones, such as arbitration and mediation. Read more
The lawyers of MDM Law and Tax Firm have solid experience in dealing with integrated logistics and transport, both in court and out of court, providing assistance and advice over many years to businesses and institutions in respect of this area of the law, as well as regarding carrier liability, also contributing where necessary to consequent criminal profiling.
This activity is performed in many different ways, with involvement and coaching by professionals, who now follow a consolidated modus operandi, getting involved in the specific management processes of the client, in order to define and propose sustainable and profitable "bespoke" solutions.
Through a preliminary and careful analysis of needs, activities and risks, MDM works in logistics and transport in a particularly involved manner, in order to offer its clients practical support for the optimisation of complex distribution processes and to improve workflow management from production to delivery. Read more
Over the years, MDM has acquired considerable expertise in real estate and is able to provide assistance and advice – mostly integrated with tax issues – to Italian and international investors, builders and operators, in development transactions and in the phases of authorisation, construction, sales, management and sale of commercial, residential, industrial, and above all tourism real estate.
In particular, MDM Law and Tax Firm advises clients on real estate issues in relation to:
- examination and study of the applicable legislation
- establishment and management of temporary groupings of companies, joint ventures and consortia
- negotiation of leases, property and facility management, sale and rental of business units, agencies, brokerage and procurement
- due diligence activities aimed at the evaluation of property development and sales transactions
- general assistance at all stages of real estate negotiation
- property disputes before civil and administrative courts, at every stage and level of legal proceedings.
After the introduction of Italian legislative Decree 179/2012, as amended, relating to hi-tech and innovative start-ups, MDM Law and Tax Firm has significantly expanded its services in relation to legal and tax advice and assistance in this particular sector of the market, which is currently seeing substantial growth.
The Firm offers qualified support to start-ups and assists in their development, through the identification and implementation of all legislation dedicated to this type of company, both in relation to labour and tax law.
It can guide its clients right from the deployment phase, recommending the best and most convenient corporate structure with reference to the specific statutory exemptions that the legislation of the sector in question provides. Read more
Knowing that the offenses covered by trade provisions are now an important part of criminal litigation, MDM has developed a fruitful collaboration with qualified professionals, in order to protect its clients' interests also in this context.
A significant increase in the number of "crimes" regards typical indictments of the corporate world, largely due to the increasing sophistication of complex, global business transactions.
In Italy, following the introduction of of legal persons' liabilty for acts constitutive of certain crimes committed by collaborators of enterprises (Italian Legislative Decree 231/01), companies may also be prosecuted for criminal offences, with the consequent risk of being subject to precautionary measures, sanctions and fines that may be significant.
The rules governing legal persons' liability is also closely connected with planned legislation on safety at work (Legislative Decree 81/2008). Especially for companies subject to the verification of injuries due to the nature of their business, it is important to be able to count on competent and timely assistance, and to find the appropriate solutions in this sensitive area of the law. Read more