Angelo Zambelli | Founder & Managing Partner | Zambelli & Partners

Angelo Zambelli


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Angelo Zambelli, Founding and Managing Partner of the firm, is a leading expert in employment law, labour law and industrial relations, as well as in all related labour disputes. He has in-depth experience in the planning and concrete implementation of extraordinary finance operations and restructuring, reorganisation and downsizing plans of companies belonging to national and international groups.
He works closely with the client, assisting it in the complex activities of managing labour relations and often representing it at the negotiating table.

After graduating in Law magna cum laude from the University of Milan in 1987, he qualified to practice law in Italy in 1992, admitted to practice law before the Italian Supreme Court since 2004 and is a member of the Milan Bar Association.

He is also a member of AGI (Italian Employment Lawyers Association), AIDP (Italian Association for Personnel Management), EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association) as well as of ABA (American Bar Association), IBA (International Bar Association) and AELC (American Employment Law Council).

He regularly participates, as a speaker or lecturer, in numerous conferences or courses organised by Il Sole 24 Ore, Synergia, AIDP, AGI, EELA, ABA, IBA, and AELC.

He speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.


Chambers Europe
Angelo Zambelli has been ranked in Band 1 for Employment Law practice since 18 years. Sources describe Angelo Zambelli as «incredibly skilled and extremely tough: he drives the process forward with his focused and results-oriented attitude» and also as «a fantastic lawyer who is of a very high quality». Clients praise his «long-term vision and business acumen», adding: «aside from his legal skill, he offers a strategy on how to approach any single matter». Always referring to him, clients say: “With extensive knowledge of company reorganisation and downsizing, he advises clients on industrial relations matters as well as representing them in negotiations. He also has a wealth of experience representing leading corporates in litigation relating to breaches of non-competition obligations and unfair dismissals”.

The Legal 500
Angelo Zambelli has been included for years in the Hall of Fame of The Legal 500 and is described as: “undoubtedly a recognised and well-known professional in the national legal community, who unlike others has a strong strategic vision and distinctive standing in the field of operational relations”.

Who’s Who Legal
WWL defines Angelo Zambelli as “A pre-eminent name in the Italian labour, employment and benefits market and boasts outstanding experience relating to agency agreements and restructuring. He sits among the very elite of labour and employment specialists in Italy and is praised for his «speediness, efficiency and straightforward approach»”. In particular, Angelo Zambelli is quoted as “a greatly respected figure in the region whom sources praise for his «capacity for understanding the issue and risks, reformulating the problem and finding solutions with a minimum of risk to reach the goals»” and “very flexible, efficient and highly competent and «the absolute best» in the country”. Moreover, hi is referred as “highly esteemed for his efficiency in dealing with highly complex workplace problems and his strong business acumen” and, with specific reference to the field and Pensions & Benefits, he is considered as a professional “with a stellar reputation” and he is described as “one of the very top practitioners in the field and «the best» for pensions and employment law, a standout in the Italian market, noted as an expert negotiator when it comes to benefits and compensation packages”.

Best Lawyers
Angelo Zambelli has been recognised every year since 2010 among The Best Lawyers in Italy for the Labour and Employment Law practice.

Leaders League
Zambelli & Partners with its Managing Partner Angelo Zambelli has been ranked as Excellent Firm for the following categories Italy – Labor & Employment Advisory 2024 and Italy – Labor & Employment Litigation 2024

TopLegal Awards 2023
The Firm received the TopLegal Award “Firm of the Year Labor Litigation” in 2023. The reasons of the jury: “Zambelli & Partners provided assistance to two major Italian companies in the delicate issue of difference in salary brought by employees in various Courts in Italy. It impressed the entire jury for the economic impact and the transversality of the issue for many industrial entities.”

Labour Awards 2023
Angelo Zambelli has been awarded with the Labour Award “Thought Leadership” in 2023.

Labour Awards 2022
Angelo Zambelli has been awarded with the Labour Award “Best Lawyer of the Year for Top Management” in 2022. The jury chose him because “His all-round vision of the matter allows him to manage flawlessly all kind of sensitive negotiations with top managers of the companies”.

Labour Awards 2021
Angelo Zambelli was awarded at the 2021 Labour Awards as the “Industrial Relations Lawyer of the Year”.
The jury’s motivations: “One of the most experienced and respected professionals in the field of industrial relations. He is capable of providing top-level assistance owing to a very high level of legal expertise and great experience in particularly complex transactions”.

Fonti Awards 2021
Angelo Zambelli was awarded at Le Fonti Award as “Employment Lawyer of the Year”. The reasons of the jury: “For confirming his role as the most accredited Italian labour lawyer, in the elite of the brightest and most competent all-around Italian lawyers. For his direct approach to clients and his ability to manage the most complex industrial and trade union relations, also dealing with the reorganisation plans of national and international companies”.

Legalcommunity / GQ
Angelo Zambelli is ranked among the top 30 leaders Lawyers in Italy, developed by Legalcommunity and GQ – magazine published by Condé Nast – which has listed professionals who stand out for managerial skills, strategic vision and media impact.

Top Legal listed the Team among the leaders in Italy in the field of Employment Law. TopLegal writes about Angelo Zambelli: “Clients describe him as proactive, unexceptionable in terms of timeliness and technical level, attentive to clients’ needs and an expert in company mechanisms”.

Labour Awards 2020
Angelo Zambelli received the “Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” award at the Labour Awards 2020. He was described by the jury as “a labour lawyer with a strong specialisation in corporate restructuring and reorganisation. During the research period, the team he led recorded over 25% of its activity in this area”.

Labour Awards 2019
The Labour Law and Industrial Relations Team was honoured at the Labour Awards 2019.
According to the jury, “the team led by Angelo Zambelli stands out for its strong skills and the completeness of its service. In the field of labour restructuring, it is an important reference point: they always know how to mediate with due flexibility between the needs and requests of all parties involved”.

Literary Award “Il Lavoro fra le Righe” (Work Between the Lines)
Angelo Zambelli received the first prize “Il Lavoro fra le Righe” (Work Between the Lines), literary award in the section “Manuali di Diritto” (Handbooks of Law), awarded by the Provincial Order of Labour Consultants of Milan on 21 June 2019 on the occasion of the Festival of Work, for the five-volume series “Crisi Aziendale e Rapporto di Lavoro” (Company Crisis and Employment Relationship) published by Il Sole 24 Ore in 2018. The publication was judged “interesting because it deals with the issue of corporate crisis with a focus on the employment relationship, analysing the complicated facets that emerge at such junctures. A complete work from several points of view: adherence to the theme indicated, discursive but with punctual normative references, attention to details and a writing that never becomes too technical make the book didactically effective, a source of consultation necessary for daily work” (Il Sole 24 Ore – Awards to authors).

Labour Awards 2018
The Team received a special mention from AIDP – Gruppo Regionale Lombardia for being the “Best Practice Restructuring” at the Labour Awards 2018. The professionals it involves were defined “of the highest level, in particular with reference to corporate restructuring, also at a cross-border level. Long-standing experience, technical and juridical compentence and great attention to details”.

Le Fonti Awards 2018
Angelo Zambelli received the award as “Employment Lawyer of the Year” at the Le Fonti Awards in 2018.
The jury’s motivations: “for being an expression of contemporary labour law, capable of excelling in all subjects of employment law, from industrial relations to litigation up to collaboration in the drafting of national collective agreements” as well as “for assisting the main Italian and multinational industrial groups ever overlooking the publishing activity”.

Labour Awards 2014 – 2015 – 2017
Angelo Zambelli was awarded ‘Best Lawyer of the Year’ at the Labour Awards in 2017, 2015 and 2014. “Excellent in negotiations, very effective dialectic. Top for advice and top management but also strong litigator skills” say of him the clients who voted him Lawyer of the Year in 2017.

Labour Awards 2012 -2013
Angelo Zambelli received the “Best Lawyer of the Year for Industrial and Trade Union Relations” award in 2013 and 2012.

Training and Academic Activity

  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court, 2004
  • Admitted to practice law in Italy, 1992
  • Degree in Law (magna cum laude) from the University of Milan, 1987