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Laura Pierallini

Laura Pierallini

Studio PieralliniViale Liegi 28RomeItaly00198
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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Biography

Laura Pierallini, founder and name partner of the firm, spent several years in the legal and tax department of Arthur Andersen Worldwide and, from 2001 to 2005, was the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome. She is a professor of commercial law and air law at the LUISS University of Rome. Ms Pierallini has practised aviation law since 1988, providing expert advice to clients across the whole of the international aviation sector, including M&A transactions, aircraft finance and leasing, litigation and dispute resolution, employment and corporate matters.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A LEGAL CAREER?

I have always believed that the legal profession is able to create a stimulating intellectual environment and that the key role of the business is customer service. It may sound like a cliché, but the main reasons I chose this career are that it allows me to help people and offers lifelong learning.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE AVIATION FIELD?

I love to have a global overview and a dynamic legal landscape. The aviation field allows me to constantly grow, dealing with cross-border transactions that involve colleagues and clients from all over the world.

WHAT DO CLIENTS LOOK FOR IN AN EFFECTIVE AVIATION LAWYER?

In my legal career, I have understood that one of the most important things is to know your own clients’ business in depth. Everyone is different and if you do not know their business deeply you cannot help them. My clients look to a wide range of skills. They need someone to make sure all details are considered and to advise them about the potential legal and regulatory risks of taking a specific business strategy. Our firm offers a complete range of legal assistance to the commercial, business and private aviation industry, including airlines, operators, lessors, banks, financiers, owners, aircraft dealers, manufacturers, maintenance providers, airports, ground handlers and travel agents. Our services include aircraft finance, lease and acquisition, regulatory, contentious, M&A, corporate and commercial, employment, tenders and procurement, insurance, tax and customs.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SET UP YOUR OWN FIRM?

I knew that this was my world, and having my own firm makes me independent in how I handle the legal profession, making each day unique and creating an enjoyable and fulfilling work experience.

AS HEAD OF THE PRACTICE GROUP, WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN PRIORITIES FOR ITS DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

In the future, we will be devoted to assisting clients in respect of all diverse practice areas that may have an impact on their business, with the main focus on new challenges potentially arising from corporate compliance (eg, anti-bribery and corruption, code of ethics, self-cleaning), privacy and cybersecurity.

HOW DOES STUDIO PIERALLINI DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM THE COMPETITION?

We have a strong background of more than 30 years of legal and regulatory advice focused on the aviation industry, which gives us the instruments to figure out how a client’s business may evolve every day towards new challenges in an extremely competitive environment. Studio Pierallini is commonly recommended as a leading aviation law firm worldwide and it is regularly named “Italian aviation law firm of the year” by the sector’s most important publications and networks.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO START THEIR OWN FIRM?

I would recommend they are ready to assume new responsibilities, face new challenges, handle human resources fairly and master new technologies properly.

WHERE, IN YOUR OPINION, DOES THE FUTURE OF THE PRACTICE AREA LIE?

There are several interesting practice areas that are developing very fast and may even increase more over the next few years. For instance, I think about corporate compliance, cybersecurity, data privacy, environmental changes, drones, airport competition and more.

Global Leader

Aviation - Contentious 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Laura Pierallini enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the most prominent aviation lawyers in the Italian market. She is recognised for her top-tier representation of clients in the field, including airlines, handles and financiers, and offers comprehensive aviation expertise.

Biography

Laura Pierallini, founder and name partner of Studio Pierallini, spent years at the legal and tax department of Arthur Andersen and was the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome. She is professor of commercial and air law at LUISS University of Rome.

She has practised aviation law since 1988, offering a complete range of assistance to airlines, lessors, financiers, manufacturers, airports, handlers and travel agents, including aircraft financing, regulatory, contentious, insurance, tax, labour, customs and corporate.

She has assisted IPOs of Italian airlines and M&A of domestic airlines by foreign airlines, and has advised airlines and airport handlers in restructuring as well as in bankruptcy and insolvency procedures.

Ms Pierallini organises and attends many conferences on aviation, delivering speeches and moderating panels at various Italian and international symposia, including those organised by IATA, EALA and EAC.

She is named as leading aviation lawyer by several guides including Expert Guides – Aviation Lawyers, Expert Guides – Best of the Best, Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500.

The firm has been named Aviation Law Firm of the Year by ACQ, Intercontinental Finance, Global Law Experts and Finance Monthly.

She is author of many publications in aviation, tourism and commercial law. Her contributions and published articles include: the Italian chapters of Getting the Deal Through: Air Transport and Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing; International Law Office: Aviation; Airfinance Annual; Aircraft Finance and Aircraft Liens; The International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law; Practical Law Guide to Aviation Finance; “EC Regulation No 261/2004: Passengers' right to compensation in case of flight delay – Looking for a fair balance of interests. The role of the European Court of Justice and the risk to waste a chance of reform”, Liber Amicorum John Balfour; and Air Passenger Rights, Ten Years On (Michal Bobek and Jeremias Prassl).

Laura Pierallini 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 was shortlisted for the Best Aviation Lawyer Award at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2015–2018) and recognised as Thought Leader in aviation by Who’s Who Legal: Expert Guide (2018).

Aviation - Finance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Laura Pierallini enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the most prominent aviation lawyers in the Italian market. She is recognised for her top-tier representation of clients in the field, including airlines, handles and financiers, and offers comprehensive aviation expertise.

Biography

Laura Pierallini, founder and name partner of Studio Pierallini, spent years at the legal and tax department of Arthur Andersen and was the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome. She is professor of commercial and air law at LUISS University of Rome.

She has practised aviation law since 1988, offering a complete range of assistance to airlines, lessors, financiers, manufacturers, airports, handlers and travel agents, including aircraft financing, regulatory, contentious, insurance, tax, labour, customs and corporate.

She has assisted IPOs of Italian airlines and M&A of domestic airlines by foreign airlines, and has advised airlines and airport handlers in restructuring as well as in bankruptcy and insolvency procedures.

Ms Pierallini organises and attends many conferences on aviation, delivering speeches and moderating panels at various Italian and international symposia, including those organised by IATA, EALA and EAC.

She is named as leading aviation lawyer by several guides including Expert Guides – Aviation Lawyers, Expert Guides – Best of the Best, Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500.

The firm has been named Aviation Law Firm of the Year by ACQ, Intercontinental Finance, Global Law Experts and Finance Monthly.

She is author of many publications in aviation, tourism and commercial law. Her contributions and published articles include: the Italian chapters of Getting the Deal Through: Air Transport and Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing; International Law Office: Aviation; Airfinance Annual; Aircraft Finance and Aircraft Liens; The International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law; Practical Law Guide to Aviation Finance; “EC Regulation No 261/2004: Passengers' right to compensation in case of flight delay – Looking for a fair balance of interests. The role of the European Court of Justice and the risk to waste a chance of reform”, Liber Amicorum John Balfour; and Air Passenger Rights, Ten Years On (Michal Bobek and Jeremias Prassl).

Laura Pierallini 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 was shortlisted for the Best Aviation Lawyer Award at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2015–2018) and recognised as Thought Leader in aviation by Who’s Who Legal: Expert Guide (2018).

Aviation - Regulatory 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Laura Pierallini enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the most prominent aviation lawyers in the Italian market. She is recognised for her top-tier representation of clients in the field, including airlines, handles and financiers, and offers comprehensive aviation expertise.

Biography

Laura Pierallini, founder and name partner of Studio Pierallini, spent years at the legal and tax department of Arthur Andersen and was the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome. She is professor of commercial and air law at LUISS University of Rome.

She has practised aviation law since 1988, offering a complete range of assistance to airlines, lessors, financiers, manufacturers, airports, handlers and travel agents, including aircraft financing, regulatory, contentious, insurance, tax, labour, customs and corporate.

She has assisted IPOs of Italian airlines and M&A of domestic airlines by foreign airlines, and has advised airlines and airport handlers in restructuring as well as in bankruptcy and insolvency procedures.

Ms Pierallini organises and attends many conferences on aviation, delivering speeches and moderating panels at various Italian and international symposia, including those organised by IATA, EALA and EAC.

She is named as leading aviation lawyer by several guides including Expert Guides – Aviation Lawyers, Expert Guides – Best of the Best, Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500.

The firm has been named Aviation Law Firm of the Year by ACQ, Intercontinental Finance, Global Law Experts and Finance Monthly.

She is author of many publications in aviation, tourism and commercial law. Her contributions and published articles include: the Italian chapters of Getting the Deal Through: Air Transport and Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing; International Law Office: Aviation; Airfinance Annual; Aircraft Finance and Aircraft Liens; The International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law; Practical Law Guide to Aviation Finance; “EC Regulation No 261/2004: Passengers' right to compensation in case of flight delay – Looking for a fair balance of interests. The role of the European Court of Justice and the risk to waste a chance of reform”, Liber Amicorum John Balfour; and Air Passenger Rights, Ten Years On (Michal Bobek and Jeremias Prassl).

Laura Pierallini 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 was shortlisted for the Best Aviation Lawyer Award at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2015–2018) and recognised as Thought Leader in aviation by Who’s Who Legal: Expert Guide (2018).

National Leader

Italy - Aviation

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Laura Pierallini is a seasoned expert in a wide array of aviation matters and is praised by clients who note that she is “very quick in responding” and add, “She provides clear answers and has a commercial approach.”

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 the Arthur Andersen, after which she was the managing partner of the international law firm Coudert Brothers in Rome (2001–2005).

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

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.

Ms. Pierallini has been repeatedly shortlisted as Best Aviation Lawyer by the Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2015–2019), and recognised as Thought Leader for aviation by Who’s Who Legal (2018–2019).

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

Awards won by Laura Pierallini

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