The Firm was established in 1974 by founding partners Vincenzo Massabò and Francesco Siccardi. The partnership has since grown steadily becoming Siccardi & C. in 1986 and Siccardi Bregante & C. in 1994 and expanding its practice in response to the new or changed needs of its Clients.

The Firm presently consists of six partners, six associates and two trainee lawyers. It offers Clients a wide range of legal services, guaranteeing a tailor-made assistance focused on the special needs of each Client and aiming at swiftly reaching the practical goal pursued avoiding litigation when this is not strictly necessary or too expensive. Being persuaded that the best results are obtained working as a team the Firm’s lawyers are keen on constantly liaising with Clients to understand their needs and aims and teaming up with technical consultants who may become involved in the handling of technical issues in a well-integrated and coordinated fashion.

Its organization allows the Firm to adapt to any Clients’ need offering them, by a careful and transparent allocation of resources, quality assistance at competitive costs. When managing complex and high-profile matters the firm provides assistance to Clients trhough efficient teams of lawyers and it counts on a network of selected correspondents abroad in order to deal with disputes pending in other jurisdictions or with transnational transactions.

Confident of its 40 year experience in the national and international market and taking advantage of the continuous and constant updating of its professional knowledge Siccardi Bregante & C. steps forward as a reference point for all players who – in shipping and related matters – seek quality assistance for the pragmatic solution of their legal needs.

The members of the Firm, often together with their Clients, promote charity activities to raise funds in support of charity institutions and medical assistance and research.


One of Italy’s leading law firms on the international shipping scene since the Seventies’.

Our people

Over the years new generations of younger lawyers has joined the founding partners. This allows the Firm to offer its Clients – at the same time – not only experience and continuity but also a rational allocation of resources aiming at containing costs.

Francesco Siccardi
Corrado Bregante
Roberto Bassi
Angelo Merialdi
Pietro Dagnino
Francesca Ronco
Fabio Pieroni
Roberta Genisio
Enrico Ottonello
Francesca Barisione
Fabio Cerasuolo

Siccardi Bregante & C. offers a full range of shipping law services, both contentious and non contentious.

Our practice

Since its establishment Siccardi Bregante & C. has been offering a wide range of shipping law services, both contentious and non-contentious. The Firm has, over the years, expanded its practice to related matters to include general transportation, logistics and non-marine insurance law.

The Firms’ practice areas include:

  • marine environment: international, European and national legislation concerning marine pollution, operational and accidental pollution from ships, waste disposal
  • arbitration and domestic arbitration: international, ICC and national arbitration
  • marine insurance and reinsurance: hull, cargo, P&I, insurance brokering
  • non-marine insurance and reinsurance: aviation, large industrial risks
  • certification in marine and industrial fields: classification societies, Recognised Organizations, certification systems for industry and pleasure yachts
  • international trade and commodities: sale-purchase contracts, letters of credit, performance bonds
  • ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding and ship conversion, ship finance and other shipping contracts: shipbuilding contracts, MOAs, ship sale and purchase contracts, ship finance contracts and related instruments, change of flag procedures, ship management, agency contracts, brokering contracts
  • pleasure yachts: yacht construction and sale-purchase contracts, chartering contracts, leasing, casualties, mooring contracts and contracts for sale-purchase/concession of mooring places in marinas
  • commercial and company law: joint ventures, transfers of business, domestic and transboundary insolvency
  • logistics: forwarding contracts, storage contracts, terminal contracts
  • maritime safety: international, European and domestic legislation, relationships between Recognised Organizations and Flag Administrations, Port State Control practices
  • maritime casualties: collision, sinking, grounding, salvage, fires, piracy
  • passengers carriage by sea and air: accidents to passengers and their luggage, disputes concerning package tour contracts and tour operators
  • carriage of goods by sea and shipping contracts: bills of lading, general average, charterparties, contracts of affreightment
  • carriage of goods by air, road and rail: domestic and international carriage, Montreal Conventions and related European legislations, CMR, COTIF-CIM

The Firm has handled several cases which have been landmark cases in the history of shipping casualties, among which: The Achille Lauro, The Patmos, The Haven, The Agip Abruzzo, The Erika, The Front Comor, The Costa Concordia.


Feel free to contact us for any further information.

I - 16121 Genova
Via XX Settembre 37/6
tel +39 010 543951 - fax +39 010 590033

I - 20122 Milano
piazza E. Duse, 1
tel +39 02 76340372


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