Charles Bernardini concentrates on corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions. He also assists clients in procurement and economic incentive negotiations with U.S. state and local governments. He served for 12 years in elected office in Chicago, on the Chicago City Council and the Cook County Board. In 2014, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano conferred upon him the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
I focus my practice on two primary areas, stemming from my experience in corporate law and as an elected official in local government in Chicago.
I’ve represented clients ranging from large multinationals to small- and medium–sized businesses and from Maestro Andrea Bocelli to the Italian Consulate of Chicago (pro bono), on a wide variety of matters related to doing business in the United States, including:
I regularly advise U.S. and foreign companies in their procurement activities with Chicago and its related entities. I’ve also represented clients in obtaining economic incentives from local and state governments in many U.S. cities, counties and states for their manufacturing or commercial investments.
The strength of the US economy, the weak dollar, and the Trump Administration’s trade policy combine to make for a window of opportunity for Italian companies to establish production—or at least assembly and service—in the USA. This opportunity is enhanced by the competition between U.S. states, counties and cities, who offer economic incentives, including tax credits, grants, infrastructure and training, in return for commitments to create jobs.
La Gazzetta Di Parma | November 07, 2016
This Italian publication quotes Chicago M&A and corporate transactions partner Charles Bernardini discussing the U.S. presidential race. Charles discusses the closing efforts of the candidates in terms of getting voters to the polls and how that differs from Italy where everyone is registered automatically. The article refers to Charles' family roots in Emilia-Romagna and our firm’s Chicago office.
Fiscalità e Commercio Internazionale | October 01, 2016
Article by Charles Bernardini and Frank Emmons on sales tax and use tax issues facing foreign companies selling and installing manufacturing equipment in the United States.
Gazzetta di Parma | September 22, 2016
This article summarizes a seminar in Parma on exporting food products to the USA at which Charles Bernardini spoke.
Gazzetta di Parma | September 06, 2016
Partner Charles Bernardini is included in this article on a discussion of exporting food and beverage products to the United States.
DNAinfo: Chicago | March 28, 2016
Chicago partner Chuck Bernardini is quoted in this feature article discussing the issue of zoning and development in Chicago.
Il Bollettino dell'Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana | March 01, 2016
Partners Charles Bernardini and Kevin Shea co-authored this article discussing the refusal to testify by an Italian witness in U.S.-Italian cross-border commercial litigation. Click here to read the full article.
Crain's Chicago Business | February 22, 2016
Former Chicago alderman and Chicago partner Charles Bernardini is included in this column as representing Bombardier of Canada in a Chicago Transit Authority bid for 846 new rail cars.
Crain's Chicago Business | January 26, 2016
Chicago partner Charles Bernardini is quoted in this article highlighting the recent Italian American Chamber of Commerce Midwest event honoring Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO of Walgreen Boots Alliance.
Crain's Chicago Business | January 15, 2016
Chicago partner Chuck Bernardini is quoted throughout this column about renaming the Chicago Cultural Center after Lois Weisberg, as a tribute to Chicago’s former city cultural affairs chief who died last week.
La Gazzetta dello Sport | November 15, 2015
In this Italian sports business newspaper, this article notes that an Italian sports franchise is for sale. Chicago partner Chuck Bernardini has been has contacted to seek a buyer.
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois, B.S., Communications
Charles shares his thoughts on opportunities for Italian companies in the U.S. market.