Francesco Grassetti is a partner of the firm with a broad experience in the regulatory and legal advice to the aviation sector. Francesco is enrolled at the Bar Association of Rome and, before joining Studio Pierallini in 2011, he worked for reputable commercial law firms in the United States and Italy.
He assists clients in connection with purchase, sale, leasing and financing transactions of commercial aircraft and helicopters, including single aircraft and multi-aircraft portfolios. He also focuses his practice on the business and private jet market, providing a broad range of assistance to the industry (mainly to banks, lessors, owners, operators and manufacturers), such as structuring and finalising cross-border deals, perfection of securities over aircraft and engines, filings with civil aviation authorities and the international registry under the Cape Town Convention, advice on aircraft operation and management, enforcement issues and local taxes.
In addition, Francesco provides airlines, business operators and other players of the aviation sector with a variety of support services, dealing on a regular basis with the negotiation and finalisation of sector contracts (transport, charter, dry-lease and wet-lease, management, maintenance, ground handling, supply, licensing, consulting) and regulatory advice in respect of the Italian jurisdiction and the European Union (authorisations and licences, traffic rights, slots, competition, data privacy, consumer protection).
Furthermore, he advises clients in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, including relations with customers, suppliers and business partners, legal compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, preparation of all types of commercial agreements, acquisition and management of assets, production and distribution issues.
Francesco is a regular attendee at aviation conferences worldwide and contributes to international publications on aviation law.