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Livio Bossotto


Livio is Head of Italy Employment & Benefits.

He specialises in employment law, advising major corporates and financial institutions on both contentious and non-contentious matters including individual dismissals, termination of executives' contracts, agency agreements, expatriation procedures and secondments as well as company restructurings, mass layoff and reorganisations processes. Livio has worked in Italy and abroad on employment issues connected to due diligence activities, private equity deals, joint-ventures and commercial agreements. He is a member of the European Lawyers Association (EELA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Italian Employment Lawyers Association (AGI).

Livio has been awarded “Labour Lawyer of the Year 2021 – Thought Leadership”, “Best Practice 2020 – Advisory” as well as “Labour Lawyer of the Year 2016 – Rising Star” at the annual Italian Legalcommunity Awards. 


Representative matters

Ball Corporation, a supplier of metal packaging to the beverage, food, personal care and household products industries, in relation to its restructuring process, including the closure of its Italian facility located in San Martino Sulla Marruccina (near Chieti) and the related dismissal of 70 employees.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Italia, the home video distribution business of the Twentieth Century Fox Group, in relation to the reorganisation of the Italian company and the resulting workforce reduction.

EG Group on the employment related aspects of its acquisition of the going concern consisting of approx. 1,200 Esso branded service stations located throughout Italy from Esso Italiana, an ExxonMobil Group company. Through this acquisition, EG Group will enter the Italian market for the first time.

ESAB Saldatura, an international company active in the welding consumable and equipment sector, on the employment law aspects connected to the transfer of the Welding business branch as a going concern from Sandvik Italia. The local Italian purchase was part of a global transaction under which ESAB purchased the welding wire business from Sandvik Materials Technology.

Pro bono

Advising the human rights charity Save the Children on domestic legislation.

Advising the human rights charity Hope and Homes for Children on international and domestic legislation.

Published Work

  • Several Articles in OGL, Guida al Lavoro
  • Several Articles in Quotidiano Giuridico
  • Contribution to the 3rd edition of a publication about bankruptcy and insolvency, In Pratica, Wolters Kluwer
  • Italian chapter of the "GIR: Data Privacy and Transfer in Investigations" (2020)

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest speaker in various seminars organised by Paradigma

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • EELA
  • AGI
  • IBA
Livio is very fast and able to catch the most important things in a case. He is able to easily get in touch with the client, even if it is a very strong and demanding one. Livio has done a great job coordinating the A&O team to meet clients' needs for a wide variety of legal issued.
Chambers Europe 2023 (Employment and Benefits, Italy)
Livio Bossotto answers questions in real time, is reliable and involves his collaborators according to clients' needs.
Legal500 2022 (Employment and Benefits: Italy)


  • Labour Lawyer of the Year -  Thought Leadership, 2021
  • Best Practice Advisory, Legalcommunity Labour Awards, 2020
  • Labour Lawyer of the Year - Rising Star, Legalcommunity Labour Awards, 2016



Admitted as avvocato, Italy, 2005


Summer School Beijing-London School of Economics, 2007

J.D, Università degli Studi di Torino, 2001


Italian, French, English, Spanish
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.