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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Laura Pierallini comes highly recommended for her excellence in aviation contentious matters. One peer remarks: “She is by some way the best-known aviation lawyer in Italy.”

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Laura Pierallini, founder and name partner of Studio Pierallini, spent several years in the legal department of Arthur Andersen and became managing partner of Coudert Brothers in Rome in 2001. She is professor of commercial law and the director of the Executive Master in Air Transport Law at the LUISS School of Law of Rome. Laura has practised aviation law since 1988, providing expert advice across the whole of the international aviation sector, including aircraft financing, M&A, antitrust and regulatory matters. 

What inspired you to specialise in aviation law?

When I was a young lawyer, I had the chance to follow a few aviation law cases that lead me to embark in a sector that, at the time, was very seldom understood. The margins of growth were huge, especially considering the tourism trends. Tourism and aviation are in fact two sectors I am very passionate about: on one side there is the acquisition aircraft, and litigation relating to various aircrafts, airports and authorities, and on the other hand, the travels and the tutelage of customers. My passions and my intuitions have over time proven to be successful, especially given the liberalisation of the ‘90s, where the aviation industry became highly dynamic and in great need of lawyers.

What has been your most interesting case to date, and why?

The achievement I am most proud of is having contributed to the creation of the first privately owned airline company in Italy. I believe this best represents my pioneering spirit as well as showcases, and makes, the many sacrifices I have made in the early years of my career worthwhile.

What are the greatest challenges that Italian aviation lawyers will face in the next five years?

The same challenges most aviation lawyers worldwide will face; a shift in the general functioning of aircraft and airports, a difference and possible increase in client complaints, and so forth. Overall, I think we will all have to be quick on our feet and tackle each new situation promptly.

How is increasing concern around the environmental impact of aviation affecting the nature of client demands?

Rather than client demands it is an issue the air carriers and governments are facing head on. There has been and will be a shift in the mechanics and technology of the aircrafts as well as greener options for passengers, and I look forward to seeing these changes and witness what they will entail.

What challenges does covid-19 pose to your work, and how are you tackling them?

The coronavirus pandemic has imposed on everyone a new way of thinking and of tackling of situations that had not been envisioned since the Second World War - given, as well, the utter difference in air traffic at the time. Lately the sector has been based on a structure that had not truly foreseen the effects of a global pandemic and its ramifications.  The most important thing now is to remain vigilant and up to date with the various countries’ regulations and entry restrictions. Airlines and airports are reacting properly and adopting efficient measures; however there is no doubt that in the next few years the sector will face significant impacts of the pandemic, in terms of number of passengers, and increase of formalities and associated costs.

As founder and managing partner of the firm, what are your priorities for its development over the next five years?

As lawyers I believe our priority will always be to ensure our clients be catered to in the most efficient and informed manner, and that carriers be both supported in their ventures and held accountable for their shortcomings. Our aim remains unchanged, perhaps simply within a larger range.

Where, in your opinion, does the future of the aviation sector lie? 

It lies in a more complex spectrum that perhaps was perceived, but definitely one that is both challenging and exciting. It is going to be boundless in possibilities, yet more controlled and more easily susceptible to changes, as we have all seen through the challenges posed by the pandemic.

You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

I have always believed in doing our best in whatever ventures we decide to embark on, so even though I’m happy about my “achievements”, I see it as the proper fulfilling of my passions and job. I would like to continue on this path in the coming future and face the changes in the sector head on.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The “excellent” Laura Pierallini is a big name in the European market who gains international recognition for her outstanding work in aviation contentious matters. 

Biography

Laura Pierallini is the founder and name partner of the Italian aviation law firm Studio Pierallini.

She spent several years in the legal and tax department of Arthur Andersen, and was the the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome (2001 to 2005).

She is a professor of commercial law, and director of the executive master’s degree in air transport law, at the LUISS School of Law of Rome.

Ms Pierallini has practised aviation law since 1988, providing expert advice to clients across the whole of the international aviation sector, including aircraft finance and leasing; antitrust and regulatory advice; litigation and dispute resolution; employment; and corporate issues. Her clientele includes Italian and foreign airlines, manufacturers, lessors, financiers, airports, handlers and travel agents.

Ms Pierallini was recognised in the aviation (regulatory) section of Thought Leaders – Global Elite (2018-2020), and is recommended as a leading lawyer in the regulatory, contentious and finance sub-chapters of the aviation section of WWL: Transport. She was named Best Aviation Lawyer for Italy at the 2020 Client Choice Awards, and has been consistently shortlisted for Best Aviation Lawyer at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2015 to 2019).

Ms Pierallini regularly attends and organises conferences on aviation, delivering speeches and moderating panels at various Italian and international symposia, in particular those organised by IATA, EALA, EAC, IBA, EBAA and LUISS.

She is a committee member of the European Air Law Association and a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association and the European Aviation Club.

She is the author of many national and international publications on aviation, tourism and commercial law.
Transport - Aviation Finance 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

The “experienced and knowledgeable” Laura Pierallini is a well-known figure in Italian aviation, applauded for her experience in acting for airlines, airports and travel agents.  

Biography

Laura Pierallini is the founder and name partner of the Italian aviation law firm Studio Pierallini.

She spent several years in the legal and tax department of Arthur Andersen, and was the the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome (2001 to 2005).

She is a professor of commercial law, and director of the executive master’s degree in air transport law, at the LUISS School of Law of Rome.

Ms Pierallini has practised aviation law since 1988, providing expert advice to clients across the whole of the international aviation sector, including aircraft finance and leasing; antitrust and regulatory advice; litigation and dispute resolution; employment; and corporate issues. Her clientele includes Italian and foreign airlines, manufacturers, lessors, financiers, airports, handlers and travel agents.

Ms Pierallini was recognised in the aviation (regulatory) section of Thought Leaders – Global Elite (2018-2020), and is recommended as a leading lawyer in the regulatory, contentious and finance sub-chapters of the aviation section of WWL: Transport. She was named Best Aviation Lawyer for Italy at the 2020 Client Choice Awards, and has been consistently shortlisted for Best Aviation Lawyer at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2015 to 2019).

Ms Pierallini regularly attends and organises conferences on aviation, delivering speeches and moderating panels at various Italian and international symposia, in particular those organised by IATA, EALA, EAC, IBA, EBAA and LUISS.

She is a committee member of the European Air Law Association and a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association and the European Aviation Club.

She is the author of many national and international publications on aviation, tourism and commercial law.
WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Laura Pierallini is recognised by respondents as one of the pre-eminent lawyers in the market and a go-to for a range of matters, including aircraft finance, regulation and disputes. 

Biography

Laura Pierallini is the founder and name partner of the Italian aviation law firm Studio Pierallini.

She spent several years in the legal and tax department of Arthur Andersen, and was the the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome (2001 to 2005).

She is a professor of commercial law, and director of the executive master’s degree in air transport law, at the LUISS School of Law of Rome.

Ms Pierallini has practised aviation law since 1988, providing expert advice to clients across the whole of the international aviation sector, including aircraft finance and leasing; antitrust and regulatory advice; litigation and dispute resolution; employment; and corporate issues. Her clientele includes Italian and foreign airlines, manufacturers, lessors, financiers, airports, handlers and travel agents.

Ms Pierallini was recognised in the aviation (regulatory) section of Thought Leaders – Global Elite (2018-2020), and is recommended as a leading lawyer in the regulatory, contentious and finance sub-chapters of the aviation section of WWL: Transport. She was named Best Aviation Lawyer for Italy at the 2020 Client Choice Awards, and has been consistently shortlisted for Best Aviation Lawyer at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2015 to 2019).

Ms Pierallini regularly attends and organises conferences on aviation, delivering speeches and moderating panels at various Italian and international symposia, in particular those organised by IATA, EALA, EAC, IBA, EBAA and LUISS.

She is a committee member of the European Air Law Association and a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association and the European Aviation Club.

She is the author of many national and international publications on aviation, tourism and commercial law.

National Leader

Italy - Transport - Aviation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Laura Pierallini is lauded as “an excellent aviation lawyer” and maintains her status as one of Italy’s most prominent authorities in the sector.

Biography

Laura Pierallini is the founder and name partner of the Italian aviation law firm Studio Pierallini.

She spent several years in the legal and tax department of Arthur Andersen, and was the the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome (2001 to 2005).

She is a professor of commercial law, and director of the executive master’s degree in air transport law, at the LUISS School of Law of Rome.

Ms Pierallini has practised aviation law since 1988, providing expert advice to clients across the whole of the international aviation sector, including aircraft finance and leasing; antitrust and regulatory advice; litigation and dispute resolution; employment; and corporate issues. Her clientele includes Italian and foreign airlines, manufacturers, lessors, financiers, airports, handlers and travel agents.

Ms Pierallini was recognised in the aviation (regulatory) section of Thought Leaders – Global Elite (2018-2020), and is recommended as a leading lawyer in the regulatory, contentious and finance sub-chapters of the aviation section of WWL: Transport. She was named Best Aviation Lawyer for Italy at the 2020 Client Choice Awards, and has been consistently shortlisted for Best Aviation Lawyer at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2015 to 2019).

Ms Pierallini regularly attends and organises conferences on aviation, delivering speeches and moderating panels at various Italian and international symposia, in particular those organised by IATA, EALA, EAC, IBA, EBAA and LUISS.

She is a committee member of the European Air Law Association and a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association and the European Aviation Club.

She is the author of many national and international publications on aviation, tourism and commercial law.

Awards won by Laura Pierallini

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