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WE mind YOUr business

Based in Genoa with international footprints in Germany and Cyprus, with over 60 years experience, industry knowledge and global market connections, Piccinini & Partners brings enduring value to client relationships.

Our Sectors

Over the past 65 years, we have developed significant experience in the Italian and international insurance and shipping markets, which we assist with the energy, drive and determination necessary to deliver the relevant service.

We are based in Genoa, with offices in Germany (Hamburg) and Cyprus (Nicosia) and currently advise in the Italian, German, English and Cypriot jurisdictions. We maintain a strong network of specialised lawyers in a number of key jurisdictions, which allows us to effectively assist our clients in any cross-border elements of their dispute.

We practice in the insurance, marine, commercial and private wealth sectors.


Piccinini & Partners | Law Office - Insurance

Insurance law and insurance litigation have always been the core expertise of our Practice. We have the capacity to adjust claims, manage bordereaux, audit claims books, draft policy wordings, and dispute coverage issues either out of court, in court, by way of arbitration or ADR.

We are regularly appointed by Lloyd’s underwriters and insurance companies to handle claims across every line of insurance and reinsurance business, from the smallest claim to the largest and most complex loss.

We cover a wide range of professionals’ liability, medical malpractice, D&O, employer liability and accidents at work. In the specialty sector, we have consolidated our advising, drafting and dispute resolution capacity on trade credit insurance, cyber and cash in transit.


Piccinini & Partners | Law Office - Marine

Our Shipping Practice focuses not only on shipping, transport, and marine insurance disputes where we advise shipowners and charterers on b/l, charter party and contractual disputes; we regularly act for P&I Clubs in relation to a wide range of claims; we represent insurers in both cargo and hull related claims assisting them in pursuing their subrogated recoveries but also on the complete noncontentious and advisory side of the industry.

We assist owners, financing institutions such as banks, private equity and investors, shipyards, ship managers other consultants and market participants with regard to all aspects of this sector such as new-building contracts, sale and purchase transactions, finance, registry work, corporate such as assisting in reorganisation, restructuring as well as m&a and company formation and all related contractual commercial aspects of this sector.


Piccinini & Partners | Law Office - SME

Commercial agreements are the life-blood of any successful business. From interpreting clauses in an existing contract to drafting and negotiating the terms of business of an agency or distribution or supply agreement, we work alongside our clients to ensure they achieve their strategic and commercial objectives.

We understand the importance of commercial drivers, and will work to create a mutually beneficial partnership, supporting your business’s long-term success.

Results-driven, we want to add value, as well as giving value for money. The team undertakes commercial work for Italian and international Clients including international quoted and private companies, insurance companies, healthcare organizations, owner-managed businesses, partnerships and sole traders.

private wealth

Piccinini & Partners | Law Office - Private Wealth

The cooperation with our partners in Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland and the rest of the world has helped us to expand our core advising capacity to assist high networth individuals with regard to private aviation and super/mega yacht work including but not limited to building contracts, finance, sale & purchase, registry work and all related transactional work such as insurance, charter agreements, management agreements but also regarding other high valuable assets and collectibles like fine art and automobiles.

Through this work we have a growing client base in the yachting, aviation and high valuable collectives cluster surrounding the core clients. As such we also advise insurers, brokers, managers and consultants in this field.


  • Litigation
  • Advisory
  • Regulatory
  • Policy Drafting

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MARINE Practices

  • Shipping and Transport Law
  • Marine Insurance
  • Transactional
  • Regulatory

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SME Practices

  • Corporate
  • General Commercial
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Directors Liability

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  • Yachts and Superyachts
  • Private Aviation
  • High-Value Collectibles
  • Real Estate

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Our Clients want a level of legal advice and assistance that really stands out from the rest. This is what we are committed to.

No matter where you are based, whether you are a big company or a growing start-up or a private individual: we do what we say we are going to do, on time and within budget, every time.

Piccinini & Partners | Law Office - Michelangelo Piccinini

Senior Partner
Insurance & Marine Sectors

T +39 010 582 455
M +39 348 228 3081


Michel’Angelo Piccinini is an Italian-qualified lawyer and Senior Partner of Piccinini & Partners. With a wide experience in both the shipping and the insurance international markets, he regularly advises major Lloyd’s underwriters, shipowners and brokers on both marine and non-marine insurance disputes.

Michel’Angelo moved to London in 1994 practising insurance and shipping law in a P&I Club, in a City Law Firm and in a Shipping Line. In 1997 he joined Piccinini & Associati becoming partner in 2000 and managing partner in 2001.

In 2009 he set up the temporary P&P Swiss Desk in Lugano where he resided until 2021; back in Genoa he now chairs P&P working both in the firm’s insurance, shipping and private wealth practices.

Piccinini & Partners | Law Office - Thomas Schwenke

Partner | Head of Hamburg Desk
Marine & Private Wealth Sectors

T +39 010 582 455
M +49 173 6222 100 


Thomas’ focus is on ship financing, ship building contracts, yachts and yachting, private aviation, sale and purchase and all ancillary matters including the structuring of his clients envisaged transactions and corporate law.

Thomas regularly advises shipping companies, ship management companies, ship yards, banks, private equity, leasing companies and high net worth individuals as well as charterers and brokers.

He received his degree and post-graduate training in Kiel, Schleswig, Hamburg and London. Before the establishment of Schwenke & Partner in 2000, Thomas was employed by and later a partner of leading maritime law firms in the City of London and in Hamburg and was subsequently a partner in a further leading international law firm.

Regardless of his other commitments he accepted an associated partnership with Piccinini & Associati in 2010 strengthening the cooperation between him and Michel’Angelo Piccinini and in 2015 entered Piccinini & Partners partnership.