Lawyer Monthly - January 2024

About Danilo Cilia & Associati Law Firm The firm mainly focuses on legal advice and assistance in tax and customs crimes, bankruptcy, financial crimes, bribery, cybercrimes, HSE crimes, and administrative liability of corporations. During his career, Danilo has developed a deep and significant experience in criminal law cases, providing both out-of-court and judicial legal assistance, representing individuals and primary corporations, including multinationals, listed companies, and their management in numerous suitcases of national relevance. Danilo regularly provides advice regarding criminal law issues in M&A and extraordinary transactions, including debt restructuring. Danilo Cilia & Associati has been included in the partners list of “Il Sole 24 Ore”, the main Italian financial newspaper. He is the author of several articles on criminal law matters. Also, he participates as a speaker at numerous conferences (including the course for joining the special register of lawyers admitted to the Italian Supreme Court). Lastly, Danilo is a member of the Milan Criminal Chamber and of the Criminal Commission of the Milan Bar Association (in the field of “criminal trial and mass media”). What are the implications and main complexities concerning multijurisdictional internal investigations? Internal investigations allow companies not only to preserve documents and information in view of a trial but also to assess and identify an appropriate defence strategy. Internal investigations have been not common in Italy until recently, when they started to play a crucial role in mitigating the impact of a criminal investigation. Indeed, a timely internal investigation may allow a company to adopt remedial programmes, which are assessed by judicial authorities to reduce fines or avoid disqualifying measures. As per my experience, internal investigations are also used following modifications in top management, and then when new managers intend to investigate the performances of previous managers. How has white-collar assistance changed over the years? I have witnessed and experienced a significant transformation of the whitecollar practice in recent years. From a niche practice limited to criminal law boutiques, it has become a core area for many national and international multi-practice firms. Clients, in fact, often expect whitecollar lawyers to be specialised also in compliance and risk management, as well as to help them communicate strategically with all involved parties, including authorities, shareholders, employees and mass media. Nevertheless, despite the firepower of international multi-practice law firms, the quality of legal assistance that can be offered by boutiques remains, in my opinion, matchless. This implies, therefore, that whether me personally would need legal assistance in the mentioned field, I would have no hesitation in relying on a boutique specialised in white-collar crime. And I would say that for several reasons: relationship of trust, human proximity, dedication to the client, independence, and deep knowledge of the penal system. All those qualities make the service provided by a criminal law boutique incomparably more tailor-made than any other one. WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM 15

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