Roberto Padova is a graduate of the University of Rome, where he specialized in European legal studies.
He is a partner of the Rome office of Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati and his areas of expertise are aviation law, M&A, and joint ventures. He has been practising aviation law since 1988. He worked as representative in Italy of a prestigious London based UK law firm from 1992 to 1998.
Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati was established in the 1970's as a partnership by a group of specialists who provided tax and legal services to medium and large-sized companies and multinational groups. The firm has grown steadily over the years, and has continually sought to reinforce its multidisciplinary approach by creating specialized centers 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.
Roberto Padova is a member of the International Bar Association, Aeronautical Law Committee, American Bar Association, Aircraft Finance and Contract Division. He is the author of various articles published in specialist reviews such as Air and Space Law Review. He is also a speaker at seminars on developments in European and domestic air law.
Roberto Padova regularly provides assistance to foreign flag carriers and private airlines in both judicial and contractual matters. Over the years, he has developed specific expertise in the areas of antitrust issues, airport handling contracts, slot allocation and fare approval filings, GSA agreements, and Civil Aviation Authority procedures.
Assisted by his team, he is regularly involved in airline passenger litigation, aircraft financing matters, and negotiations and drafting contractual documents related to international joint ventures and acquisitions.
He has been acting as co-adviser to the EU on air law legislation in Italy.
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