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The firm mainly operates with regard to the administrative profiles of the offshore oil & gas operations subject and excels, in particular, in the knowledge and management of public procedures to obtain licences, and/or research permits or concessions for cultivation of liquid and gas hydrocarbons in the sea or unique title to be issued according to the legislative decree of 25 November 1996, no. 625, and subsequent modifications, and article 38, paragraph 5, of the decree-law dated 12 September 2014, no. 133, converted, with modifications, of the law dated 11 November 2014, no. 164.

The current legislation states that the licence can be issued, following evaluation of any competing applications, exclusively if the applicant adequately shows they possess the requisites of a general nature, technical, financial, economic and organisational capacities, and gives adequate guarantee for the plans submitted. These are incredibly important aspects and need to be constructed and proved efficiently, as the ‘suitability’ of the proof plays a crucial role in obtaining the licence.

The firm provides advice and legal assistance, also judiciary, regarding the aspects outlined above in order to obtain the licence and with regard to the matters related to it: payment of fees; any extension of the licence; transfer of licence; cases of forfeiture or withdrawal of the licence.

The firm is also highly specialised in the subject of maritime transport of dangerous goods and shipping safety, as well as in the subject of coastal deposits.

Massimiliano Grimaldi and Francesca D’Orsi were invited to participate, as experts, in the OFFSHORE MEDITERRANEAN CONFERENCE 2015 – OMC 2015 – where they gave a speech entitled “Directive 2013/30/EU on safety of offshore oil and gas operations: legal aspects and implications” in the Special Session Offshore Regulations and Technologies: 5 years after Macondo.

Massimiliano dealt with the theme of technical and operative capacity of the candidate in obtaining the licence in the light of important changes introduced by the directive EU/2013/30 on the subject of safety of operations, while Francesca analysed the changes in terms of insurance and responsibility.

The firm’s clientele is mainly made up of businesses and public authorities.




“Professionalism and a great deal of expertise in a personalised relationship based on trust and striving to get a result together.”

Sograf srl
Railway company


“The Associazione Italiana Armatori Trasporto Passeggeri [Italian Association of Owners of Passenger Transport Vessels] bears witness to the professionalism and competence of Studio Grimaldi.

It is purely due to the high level of competence, authority and strategic vision of Massimiliano Grimaldi that the Association has managed to be hugely successful and gain recognition in the maritime field over the last few years.”


Associazione Italiana Armatori Trasporto Passeggeri


“We would like to point out the significant satisfaction of Ucina Confindustria Nautica with the advice and legal assistance received from the lawyer Massimiliano Grimaldi in the Yachting sector.

The lawyer Massimiliano Grimaldi assisted Ucina in negotiating very important legal and economic matters for the industry, first and foremost the reform of the yachting code, not only supplying top-level legal preparation, but also supporting Ucina in selecting the best strategies.”


Ucina Confindustria Nautica



“We are very happy to have avv. Massimiliano Grimaldi as our legal expert in Italy.

It was a great help to be able to rely on his great expertise and experience.

We are happy to have a reliable and proactive legal partner like him on our side”


Unlim AG
Logistics operator, Basel, Switzerland



“We asked avv. Massimiliano Grimaldi for legal assistance following the occurrence of some problems concerning the state property concession we hold in the port of Marina di Carrara.

We are fully satisfied with his precious and decisive intervention.

He was able to identify the focus of the problem with promptness and preparation, following the case with care and dedication, managing to positively combine public needs and our operational needs, typical of a shipyard”


O.r.n.i.c. S.r.l.
Shipyard, Marina di Carrara


“Thanks to the great competence and forward thinking of the lawyer Massimiliano Grimaldi, we were able to continue conducting our business, overcoming a particularly difficult time.”


Yacht Broker srl
Manager of tourist ports


“With the forward thinking and professionalism of lawyer Massimiliano Grimaldi, we found in Studio Grimaldi great assistance and support in negotiations and selection of sustainable solutions regarding the complex issue of state property concessions of the companies of Saint Mark Square in Venice, coming to the elaboration and promotion of rules for amendment of the national legislation to protect the companies and obtain results. Thank you.”


Veneziana Retail srl and Committee of Ancient Crafts of Venice


“We would like to point out the Genoese company Grimaldi Studio Legale in relation to the expert advice and legal assistance provided to Actv Spa regarding navigation safety and professional certification of on-board personnel.

In particular, lawyer Massimiliano Grimaldi assisted our company in the introduction, in the legislation of a special law that will allow a simplified framework regarding navigation in local public transport service in the protected waters of the lagoon of Venice to be received by the institution.

The above-mentioned collaboration fully satisfied our expectations, at the same time allowing us to appreciate the professionalism, competence and helpfulness of the lawyer Massimiliano Grimaldi.”


ACTV Venezia Spa



“Avv. Massimiliano Grimaldi is a highly trained lawyer and immediately gave us confidence.

We appreciated his clarity and competence given by his evident knowledge of the subject of state property concessions and thanks to his work we were able to preserve our historic store in Piazza San Marco”


Ravagnan Art Gallery
Venice, Piazza San Marco 

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