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Irene Grassi



Irene has been a partner at the firm since 2020.

She mainly practices national and international commercial law, providing advice particularly to Italian and foreign companies when drafting, negotiating, and fulfilling commercial contracts, as well as managing any litigation. In this respect, she has gained considerable experience in the organization of distribution networks, with reference to contracts with commercial agents and distributors, aspects of national and European competition law, drafting general terms and conditions of sale, and individual operations in the supply or subcontracting of goods or services.

She provides assistance for Italian and foreign companies in corporate acquisitions, with a focus on foreign companies or groups operating on the Italian market. In addition, she has gained extensive experience in handling insolvency matters, with a predominant focus on creditor protection.

Irene handles litigation for Italian and foreign clients in civil and commercial matters on all levels of jurisdiction, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

She lectures on International Contract Law for the University of Bologna and is a frequent speaker at specialized conferences.


J.D., Università di Bologna, magna cum laude, 1989.

Erasmus, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon 1988–1989.

Ph.D. in European Community Law, University of Bologna, 1993.

Lecturer in International Trade Contracts for the Master Course for Business Lawyers, University of Bologna.

Certified Specialist in European Union Law, 2022.

Irene has been a member of the Bologna Bar since 1993 and is qualified for the Italian Supreme Court.


Irene is a member of several national and international associations, including the Camera degli Avvocati Internazionalisti, International Distribution Institute (IDI), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), LEGALMONDO, Avocats Conseils d’Entreprise (ACE), and the European Association of Private International Law (EAPIL).


Irene offers legal advice and assistance in Italian, English, French, and German.

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