Firm profile submitted by Dardani Studio Legale
Based in Genoa and Milan, Dardani Studio Legale is an international boutique law firm that gathers a team of advocates specialised in maritime and international trade law, dealing with a broad range of commercial, corporate, ship finance and competition matters.
The firm originates from the expertise of the founding partner Maurizio Dardani, who is recognised as one of the major experts in the field and it consists of four additional partners, Luca Di Marco, Marco Manzone, Lawrence Dardani and Brian Dardani.
Luca Di Marco is the reference point for clients who need assistance in litigation cases, with a particular emphasis on disputes relevant to charter parties, bills of lading and precautionary measures such as arrest of ship or liens, as well as on issues relating to insurance, freight forwarding, ship agency and carriage of goods by road.
Marco Manzone, who is also qualified as solicitor of England & Wales, represents clients in commodity and international sale disputes. He also represents charterers in contractual disputes with owners. Marco regularly advises clients in complex ship finance operations.
Lawrence Dardani, who is also a qualified barrister, is the preferred choice for owners and P and I Clubs in handling disputes and in advising on issues subject to both English and Italian law and jurisdiction.
Brian Dardani, who divides his time between the Genoa and the Milan office, has brought into the firm his experience in corporate and finance law acquired during his previous stay in one of the most reputable Milan based international law firm. During the last few years the firm has strengthened its link with London Chambers of barristers, by handling complex arbitrations in shipping and international trade matters.
Main areas of practice:
Dardani Studio Legale assists clients in all shipping matters, including both dry and wet issues. The firm regularly advises Italian and foreign clients in transactions involving all kinds of shipping contracts: in particular, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding contracts, charterparties, bills of lading, salvage and complex matters of ship financing are among the areas of the firm’s expertise. Clients include Owners, Charterers and P&I Clubs.
Commodities– International Trade:
The firm assists clients in disputes involving international sale of goods and commodities both in Court and in arbitration in London. Clients include coal and chemical traders, as well as traders of other commodities.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The lawyers of Dardani Studio Legale are daily in Court facing litigation at all levels of jurisdiction and they regularly handle complex disputes in Arbitration.
Maurizio Dardani, in particular, beyond serving as Counsel to the parties in litigations, is also frequently appointed as Arbitrator.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
Marine insurance is one of the key areas of assistance of the firm. The firm has been active in major marine casualties happened in Italy in the last years, assisting the ship-owners in all relevant legal issues.
Corporate / Finance:
Activities of Dardani Studio Legale include typical corporate and finance issues, such as organisation of groups of companies and corporate governance. The firm is particularly active in corporate related shipping matters.
The firm is frequently appointed as maritime advisor in debt restructuring operations and insolvency proceedings of ship owning companies involving cross border issues.
The firm applies its well established experience in the shipping industry to the Offshore market, coupling its maritime background with the technical aspects of the Offshore contracts.
Internationals Road Carriers are among the clients who normally appoint Dardani Studio Legale for any matters related to the law of transport by road.
Dardani Studio Legale regularly advises yachting companies in the conclusion of shipbuilding and sale and purchase contracts. It receives appointments from foreign financial institutions, who are active in the Italian yacht market, by advising also in the field of VAT applicability and by assisting in registration matters. The firm is also regularly appointed by Italian shipyards who are active in new constructions and repairs. The assistance includes the drafting of tailored contractual clauses and the handling of litigation.
Labour Law/Personal Injury:
The firm has grown expertise in the field of labour law and personal injury, by advising Clients in any kind of personal injury litigations which involve crewmembers and personnel on board the ships.