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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......

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 rel...

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 M...

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,...

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 separat...

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 refer...

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....

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 decret...

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 mak...

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 holid...

Guide to buying your dream house in Italy

Investing in Real Estate Italian Markets without unpleasant surprises By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. A little villa in the countryside? An apartment in the city? A charming house in a medieval town? The real estate ads are irresistible. Ho...

Remembering Ashley Olsen one year later

By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Today is the anniversary of the death of Ashley Olsen, who was brutally murdered in her Oltrarno flat in the early hours of January 8, 2016. On December 22, 2016, in less than one year, the Italian legal ...

The IVIE Tax

The new law on declaring real estate abroad By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. This spring, I wrote an article about the new property tax owed by the owners of real estate property in Italy, called the Imposta Municipale Unica (IMU; see TF 166...

A Guide to the IMU Tax

How to calculate Italy’s new property tax By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Notwithstanding the global economic crisis, for many people, investing in ‘bricks and mortar’ was one of the most attractive forms of investment, especially...

Let’s Talk about (self-employment) Visas: Part 3

By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Recently, I was asked by a reader how to go about applying for a self-employment visa in Italy. According to the rules of Italian immigration law, citizens coming from countries outside the European Union who...

Let’s Talk About Visas: Part 2

Starting a Business in Italy By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Many foreigners have brilliant business plans and are willing to invest time and money in lucrative ideas in Italy. Some would like to start an import/export business in food, fas...

Let’s Talk About Visas: Part 1

By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. Many foreign friends and clients ask my advice on moving their professional or private lives to Italy. Many have had friends whose ‘uncle got all the documents he needed in one month.’ What I normally...

Can you trademark a tweet?

Safeguard your creativity with copyright By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. In my two previous articles on intellectual property (http://www.capecchilegal.com/protecting-intellectual-property/ and http://www.capecchilegal.com/who-owns-the-ha...

Who owns the hashtags?

By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. In the March issue of The Florentine, I outlined the key means of protecting your business’s intellectual property (see the article here). Here, I discuss a specific aspect of safeguarding your business...

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Taking care of what makes your business or brand unique By Avv. Michele Capecchi, LL.M. A remarkable number of promising students attend Florence’s fashion and design schools, and many of them decide to launch their business ideas in Tusc...

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