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The firm is a Boutique of excellence made up of high-level lawyers specialised in navigation and transport law and logistics and intermodality law, and of accountants specialised in tax, fiscal and customs matters related to the transport and logistics sector.

The company is a well-established leader on a national level and has been named winner of the Best Law Company, Shipping Sector, several times for the excellent quality of consultation services and legal advice it provides to companies and Institutes, and for the importance of mandates received.

Massimiliano Grimaldi, founding partner, was named winner of the PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR award in the TRANSPORT category at the TOP LEGAL INDUSTRY AWARDS 2020, a competition organised by TOP LEGAL according to precise and rigorous criteria aimed at evaluating the use of resources to benefit the client, the innovation of services, specific knowledge of the sector and the activity and solutions provided to the client.

In 2018, Massimiliano Grimaldi was recognised as Legal expert with high level of specialisation by the Transport Regulation Authority, and in 2017 he was named winner of the Lawyer of the Year (Boutique of excellence) Transport Law award in the LE FONTI AWARDS, a famous event that awards professional excellence in the market of legal services in Milan and which is also sponsored by the European Commission.

The company’s areas of excellence include maritime law and insurance, infrastructure and transport law, logistics and intermodality law, transport law for inland waterways and tidal waters, shipping finance, commercial port law, tourist port law, yachting law (yachts and superyachts), railway law, highway law, offshore oil & gas operations, concessions, administrative law, European Union law, competition law, Antitrust and State Aid, techniques for drawing up legislation and parliamentary law, tax, fiscal and customs law.


Furthermore, the company works in the field of offshore activities, providing advice and assistance for the granting of prospection and research permits as well as concessions to cultivate hydrocarbons in territorial waters and the continental shelf.

The advice and assistance available to the client are enhanced by the many years of experience that Massimiliano Grimaldi, founding partner, gained at the Legal Office of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport as representative of the maritime and inland navigation sector, by his ongoing scientific activity as well as the twenty years’ experience acquired in his previous occupation as senior officer of the Port Authority with special regard to the tasks covered by office manager legal affairs of the general command of the port authority and of harbour master. These are factors that give the company significant added value and make it unique on the national and international market of legal services, where it is recognised as having a position of excellence.

Massimiliano Grimaldi, named winner of the LAWYER OF THE YEAR (Boutique of excellence) – TRANSPORT LAW award in the LE FONTI AWARDS 2017, is visiting professor of Yachting Law at the University of Genoa, Economics Department, and is president of the Italian Association of Inland Navigation Law and a member of the editing board of the magazines Il Diritto marittimo and Lextrasporti.

He is also a member of the Legal Committee of the International Association The Rhine Ships Register (IVR) based in Rotterdam, as well as member of the Italian Association of Maritime Law and of the International Propeller Club Port of Genoa.

Massimiliano Grimaldi is the author of numerous publications and articles and regularly participates in national and international conventions as a speaker.


The clientele of the company is usually made up of shipbuilders, inland waterways shipbuilders, shipbuilding associations, harbour terminalisti, companies that carry out technical nautical services, companies promoting infrastructures and logistics services, of goods and passenger transport in the field of development of national and EU projects, banks, tourist port licensees, marinas and mooring points, associations of the nautical industry, yacht and superyacht owners, hotel facilities and beach facilities, railway companies, leading national and foreign groups in the highway transport sector, public companies, regions and local bodies.

The firm, which has boasted a vast scientific library since 1989, has established contacts with parliamentary bodies, with the ministerial and regional structures related to the matters in which it is specialised, as well as regular contacts with the competent Directorates of the European Commission.

Collaboration with the firm is often requested by other important legal firms.



“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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