Author: Avv. Michele Capecchi

Opening a business in Italy: the basics

A getting-started guide for foreign investors By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Can I do business in Italy from the U.S.? Can I sell my products in Italy? Should I set up a company in Italy? What type of company best suits my needs? Do I get a...

On civil unions and de facto couples

By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. On May 11, 2016, the Italian Parliament approved a law recognizing the civil unions of same-sex partners and specific rights to partners, regardless of their sexuality, who “live as a couple in a stable relationship” (known as De Facto Relationships, unioni di...

Getting Unhitched: Part 3

The Divorce Law after the "fast track" divorce reform of April 2015 and the Collaborative Divorce Procedure of 2014 By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. In this article, The Florentine’s legal columnist and international lawyer Michele Capecchi addresses many of the issues raised at the Round Table on Violence...

Getting Unhitched: Part 2

By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. In Italy, to get divorced (and therefore to be able to remarry) the couple must first be legally separated for at least 6 months, which involves a judge’s decision that formally states that the two persons, can live apart. “De facto...

Getting Unhitched: Part 1

International divorce law explained By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Statistics show that in Europe-and Italy, in particular-marriages between people of different nationalities are increasing. Accordingly, the number of international separations and divorces is also increasing. As you can imagine, this is not the happiest aspect of law...

Damages for ruined holidays: conditions and limitations

Know your rights after a ruined holiday By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. When summer ends the number of claims for damages caused by contractual breaches of tour operators and travel agents increases dramatically. These situations are referred to as “damages for ruined holidays”. Have you ever had a bad...

Italian measures to protect women: what’s in place?

What women in Florence should know about domestic violence By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. On International Women's Day (March 8), people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But gender equality is still far from being reached and so many women, on a...

Yes We Can!

Faster justice and better business in Italy By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Recently proposed legislation might make it more appealing for international investors to do business in Italy. The more favorable opportunity is part of the decreto liberalizzazioni, the deregulation measures introduced by the current technical government...

Pay What You Owe

Working in Italy? Pay your taxes! By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Now that the sun is finally shining and spring has arrived, how sad and boring (you may think) it is to discuss taxes. But believe me, an incomplete tax declaration could make your summer and fall...

So You Think You Can Drive

Driving in Italy, expat style By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Some of my American friends who have now lived in Florence for over two years told me recently that they wanted to rent a car to travel across Italy and Europe during their holidays. Everybody dreams about...