Maurizio Dardani, born in Genoa on 23rd April 1949, began his professional career in 1975 and progressively specialized in maritime law and international trade law, and is now considered one of the top experts in the field.
After having resigned from the law firm Balestra, Kielland, Dardani of which he was a partner, on 2004 he established Genoa Chambers, structure of cooperation among independent professionals, and on 2012 he established Dardani Studio Legale gathering a team of lawyers around himself.
He has handled difficult disputes as litigation lawyer, in Court and in Arbitration, in the areas of charterparties, shipbuilding, sale and purchase contracts and marine insurance, collision and salvage, oil pollution, and many of his cases have been reported. Beyond serving as Counsel to the parties in litigations, he is also frequently appointed as Arbitrator.
He regularly advises Italian and foreign shipowners particularly in transactions of ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding contracts, as well as in complex matters of ship financing which require expertise in different legislations.
He delivers lectures at conferences and has been referred to in many legal publications in the matter of carriage of goods by sea, laytime and demurrage, ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding contracts.
He is a member of the Genoa Bar and admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court. He is member of the executive committee of the Italian Association of Maritime Law. He speaks Italian, English and French.
Shipping Law Practice:
Maritime law, the law of transportation and the law of international trade are the core of our professional activity.
We deal with any kind of dispute, from the carriage of goods by sea to the charterparties, from the ship sale and purchase to the shipbuilding contracts, from the international sale of goods to the documentary credits and the relevant guarantees.
We appear as advocates in Court and arbitration.
We are able to give immediate assistance to Clients in any cautionary proceedings, as the arrest of ship or the lien on cargo.
We regularly provide assistance to Clients in any emergency situation, like salvage of vessel and cargo, collision, oil pollution and any insurance matter.
Our experience includes counseling and assisting Clients during contractual negotiations, in cross-border transactions, particularly with regard to the shipbuilding contracts, the ship sale and purchase and the ship financing.
We approach negotiations side by side with our Clients through all stages, including structuring of the transactions, preparation of documentation, transaction implementation and closing.
Our expertise extends, with the same care and attention, also to areas which are collateral and parallel to shipping. In particular our day by day practice involves commercial and corporate law, business transactions and competition law.