Studio Legale Lauro > Naples, Italy > Firm Profile

Studio Legale Lauro
80134 NAPLES

Italy > Naples: leading firms Tier 2

Boutique firm Studio Legale Lauro is recognised for its strong international activity, especially in arbitration procedures. The team deals with all aspects of maritime law and the shipping industry, assisting owners and charterers as well as banks and financial institutions in cross-border transactions. Name partner Francesco Lauro is a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Lauro


‘Studio Legale Lauro is a perfect team, with a very modern practice. Members of the law firm are also very reactive. Working with them is a pleasure.’

‘Very qualified and reactive. Their assistance is always very helpful.’

‘The partners, associates and of counsels are highly qualified professionals.’

‘Francesco Lauro inspires his team to be one of the top 5 maritime law firms in Europe, and the best in Italy.’

‘Francesco Lauro has a super knowledge of the market, his client and is excellent at cutting a good deal.’

‘They have an excellent group of people who provide a comprehensive service.’

‘Francesco Lauro is the sole name partner and very much the leading figure at the firm. However, he has a team of able and competent assistants.’

‘Francesco Lauro is probably the leading maritime law firm in Naples and one of the leading maritime firms in Italy.’

Key clients

Allianz SA

All Seas

Atlantic Container Lines


Carmelo Noli

China P&I

Charlotte Selmer LLP





Hafnia Advpkaten

Hellenic Carriers



Grimaldi Euromed

Grimaldi Deep Sea

Grimaldi Group

Greta Selmer

Kastro Sifnos Maritime Company

ING Bank

Jadranski Pomorski Servis

Malta Motorways of the Seas


Minoan Lines

MS Amlin


Nicolas & Associés

Nordic Hull Club

North of England P&I

Oskar Wehr

Paloma SA

P.L. Ferrari

Richemont Delviso

Rimorchiatori Spezzini


SCAFI – Società di Navigazione


Steamship Mutuals


The Standard P&I Club

The West of England

Ehlermann Rinfleisch Gadow LLP

Work highlights

  • Representing Grimaldi Deep Sea in the negotiation of new building contracts for 6 CON-RO vessels with Hyundai Shipyard Korea.
  • Representing Finnlines in the negotiation of a EUR 300M contract with Jinling Shipyard China.
  • Representing Greta Selmer – Charlotte Selmer in an appeal before the Italian supreme court in respect of title to sue against auditors.

The firm: Established in 1993 in Naples, Studio Legale Lauro is an Italian law firm  providing a wide range of legal services in maritime, commercial and international law matters to the global maritime business sector and industries. The firm consistently deals with all aspects relating to the shipping industry, assisting owners, charterers, P&I clubs, marine underwriters, banks and financial institutions in various fields: ship and other asset arrest, charterparties and bills of lading disputes, shipbuilding contracts, collisions, salvage, marine pollution, international trade and commodity trading, cross-border transactions, loan agreements, as well as criminal and labor law.

Having strong relationship with leading shipowners and financial institutions, the firm has developed significant expertise in M&A operations, joint-venture agreements, insurance, taxation, bankruptcy proceedings, corporate matters, administrative regulations and competition law.

Since 2010, Studio Legale Lauro hosts many of the world major shipping sector players at “Shipping & the Law”,, the yearly conference held in Naples, to discuss the current hottest shipping industry topics.

Studio Legale Lauro
80134 Napoli, Via Cardinale Guglielmo Sanfelice, 8
00186 Roma, via dei Coronari, 222
Tel: +39 081 5800199 – +39 081 5800195
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Shipping & the Law

Founder & Managing Partner SLL Francesco S. 081 5800199 - +39 081 5800195
CoFounder Lawyer SLL Ernesto 081 5800199 - +39 081 5800195
Lawyer SLL Giannicola 081 5800199 - +39 081 5800195
Lawyer SLL Giuseppe De 081 5800199 - +39 081 5800195
Lawyer SLL Anna 081 5800199 - +39 081 5800195
Trainee Lawyer SLL Valentina 081 5800199 - +39 081 5800195
Lawyer SLL Vittorio La 081 5800199 - +39 081 5800195
Chief Marketing Officer and Strategist SLL Maria Elisabetta 081 5800199 - +39 081 5800195
of Counsel SLL Francesco Bentivegna
of Counsel SLL Arturo Capasso
QC of Counsel SLL Mark Clough
QC of Counsel SLL Roderick Cordara
of Counsel SLL Aniello Cuomo
of Counsel SLL Michele Di Fiore
of Counsel SLL Biagio Grasso
of Counsel SLL Carlo Iannello
of Counsel SLL Mans Jacobsson
of Counsel SLL Giulio Maggiore
of Counsel SLL Nicola Tremante
of Counsel SLL Yugui Wang
English (fluent)
Chinese (Mandarin)

Francesco S. Lauro, Managing Partner

Managing Partner, Francesco S. Lauro explains how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Studio Legale Lauro from its competitors?

There is a phrase which expresses the way we act: “Less is more”. In other words, we always tend towards efficiency and precision. Our clients are generally big companies and very busy people who do not have the time to read very long advices full of caveats or long engagement letters. Our aim is to achieve the best interests for our clients, full stop! We are not interested at all in billing a lot of hours and consider that the legal cost of cases should never be disproportioned in respect of the benefits granted by the legal assistance. If we can close a deal or a litigation in a favorable, simple and quick, way we always do it. Our aim is to achieve the best result for our clients and limit their costs, risks and time is of essence.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

I believe that the fall outs of the coronavirus will feature during the next 12 months in many ways. There are and there will be lot of opportunities for new deals and acquisitions for our clients who are generally strong and successful companies but also a lot of litigations, good faith and force majeure cases, bankruptcy proceedings. Also, the necessary state aids and loans to sustain the economy should be granted to the parties who deserve them and should not be a competition distortion.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We are trying to innovate constantly, but if you ask me to indicate just one thing I would mention the recent recruitment Marilisa Varrone as our Chief Marketing Officer and Strategist. Marilisa worked with me after she graduated more than 20 years ago when I was the President of Naples Port Authority and helped me to put together a strategic think tank with young bright professionals and academics that had an important role in a very productive presidency and after other interesting experiences is now back supporting us.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Right now, I am answering this interview from my home from where I am connected worldwide through the internet and the most advance conference office. I always considered that a good business lawyer should be h24 available to answer the phone and be able to leave, with a small suitecase, towards any destination in the next hour, however now that this is not possible we can appreciate the benefits of the most updated communication technology.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

First of all, if I am what I am as a lawyer this is mainly due to my clients who taught me what their businesses are and to understand what they need from their lawyer. If you want to be of use to your clients, you must understand exactly what their business interest are, both in the short and the long term. Then obviously you have also to try to establish a good empathy with them, intervene at the right time and always offer practicable, discriminatory solutions. I think we do that SLL.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

As I said above, in my opinion clients like that their lawyers understand them, their strategic priorities and interest. They are also interested in the firm being well organised and able to furnish them with the best possible assistance. It is difficult to speak about the future at these challenging times and after the Corona Virus epidemic break out, I would be very happy if the trend which brought us to handle so important and interesting cases and matters could continue and in the meantime we would have succeeded in the large majority of them.