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Francesco Adami


​Francesco Adami (1963) joined Van Berings as a Partner in 2017, after having been Partner at Palmer (Milan, 2006-2017) and Local Partner at Baker McKenzie (Milan, 1991-2006).

Practice Focus

Corporate & Securities Law

Francesco Adami regularly represents domestic and multinational acquirers, targets and private equity funds in a large number of mergers, acquisitions, takeovers (negotiated and contested), leveraged buyouts, spin-offs and joint ventures. He also counsels clients on a broad range of corporate and business-related matters, including directors’ duties and responsibilities and other aspects of corporate governance, disclosure issues and corporate compliance matters.

Strategic Sourcing & Commercial Contracts

Francesco Adami also combines sector knowledge and technical expertise to assist domestic and international Clients in negotiating a wide array of commercial contracts helping them to manage their existing or future commercial relationships, including logistics outsourcing agreement, private and public procurement, general T&Cs, distribution, commercial agency, marketing & franchising arrangements, manufacturing agreements, IP-license agreements, e-commerce, digital marketing & digital advertising, development & collaboration agreements, sponsorship, entertainment & events production.

Employment Law

Francesco Adami regularly advises domestic and international employers on sophisticated employment matters and has extensive experience in assisting Clients to conduct internal investigations, create compensation programs, negotiate employment and separation agreements, develop and prepare employee policy manuals, codes of conduct and shop disciplinary codes, negotiate secondary collective bargaining agreements and shop agreements, plan and implement collective dismissal procedures.

He has broad experience in steering clients through major business reorganizations and advising on the design and implementation of M&A, insolvency or outsourcing related redundancy programs.


Francesco Adami has substantial transactional involvement in various industries, including “Manufacturing & Industrial”, “Mining & Metals”, “Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare & Medical Devices”, “Post, Logistics & Transportation”, “Consumer Goods & Retail”, “Chemical”, “Fashion & Luxury”, “Media, Sport & Entertainment”.


  • Italy (1991)


  • University of Padua School of Law (Padua - Italy) (J.D.) (1987)
  • University of Saarland (Saarbrücken - Germany) („Zertifikat über europäischen Studien“) (1987-1988)
  • Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) - Recipient “Carlo Manzoni International Tax Law Award” (1988)
  • University of Saarland (Saarbrücken - Germany) (Research Fellow) (1988-1989)
  • Keio University (Tokyo - Japan) (Research Fellow) (1989)


  • English
  • German
  • Italian

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Venice Bar Association
  • IFA - International Fiscal Association
  • AILOG - Italian Association for Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • AHK - German-Italian Chamber of Commerce
  • SWISS Chamber - Swiss-Italian Chamber of Commerce


  • La disciplina fiscale dei prezzi di trasferimento (The Tax Treatment of Transfer Prices)

    Milan, 1989.

  • "Open price" Contracts in the United Nations Convention for the International Sale of Goods

    ​in : International Business Law Journal, 1989, (2), pp. 103 - 120.

  • Kokusai teki dosan urikai suru Wien soyaku daigogo so tekiyo no hoteki kanten ("open-price keiyaku") / Legal Aspects of the application of Article 55 of the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods

    ​in : Hogaku Kenkyu, Tokyo, 1990, (63), Vol. 10, pp. 49 - 66.

  • La procedura amichevole nelle convenzioni bilaterali contro le doppie imposizioni

    ​in : Rivista di Diritto Tributario (Tax Law Review), 1992, (6), pp. 349 – 412.