Gabriele Bricchi graduated with a degree in law from the University of Rome in 1989. In 1993, he received a diploma from the School of Law, King's College London in English and EC law. In 1993 and 1994, he worked in London with two large, prestigious English law firms. He was admitted to the Bar in 1989 (local) and in 1993 (Italy).
He is a partner of the Milan Office of Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati and has been practising aviation law since 1989.
Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati was established in the 1970's as a partnership by a group of specialists who had been engaged for a number of years in providing tax and legal services to medium and large companies and multinational groups. The firm has grown steadily over the years, and has continually sought to reinforce its multi-disciplinary approach by creating specialised centres of excellence.
The firm provides tax consultancy (in relation to tax compliance, national and international tax planning, transfer pricing, VAT, litigation, expatriates, etc.), legal consultancy (in relation to mergers and acquisitions, private equity and banking and financial matters, including all regulatory aspects, corporate law, commercial law, aviation law, employment law, information technology law, copyright law, civil litigation, family law, etc.), as well as corporate finance consultancy (debt restructuring, consolidation plans, company valuations, etc.).
Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati is composed of over 600 professionals, many of whom participated in some of Italy's most significant corporate and financing operations over the past decade. The firm has ten offices in Italy (Milan, Rome, Turin, Padua, Bologna, Brescia, Naples, Verona, Parma and Florence), independent offices in London and China (Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong), an Indian and a Russian Desk.
Gabriele Bricchi mainly focuses on aviation liability and insurance and has worked on most of the largest aviation losses of the last 20 years involving Italian passengers.
In addition, he has done extensive contractual, regulatory and antitrust work, including consumer protection issues, on aviation matters including the acquisition of a medium-sized Italian airline from a large foreign carrier, a joint venture agreement between a large Italian airline and one of the world's leading airlines, and the setting up of a local airline under a franchise agreement with one of the world's leading airlines.
He regularly works on aircraft financing matters and on repossessions.
He is the author of the Italian section of Aircraft Finance and Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights, both edited by Sweet & Maxwell, and of Aircraft Repossession and Enforcement, edited by Wolters Kluwer. He has also written numerous articles in specialist magazines.
He regularly attends international aviation law conferences.
Italian Supreme Court on Art. 33 of Montreal Convention. Jurisdiction criteria under EC261/2004 and air carrier general terms and conditionsThe Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione) has recently ruled on the jurisdiction criteria to apply in judicial claims brought by passengers against airlines, claiming damages for denied boarding, flight cancellation, delay, etc. under EC Regulation 261/2004, even in case the air carrier...
Supreme Court decision on the passenger burden of the proof The recent practice of Italian Justice of PeaceThe Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione) has recently ruled on the burden of the proof applicable to both Montreal Convention 1999 and to the EC Regulation 261/2004 claims for denied boarding, flight cancellation and delay