About us

Who we are

Pandolfini Law Firm was founded in 1996  by Avv. Valerio Pandolfini as a high quality, boutique law firm to service the specialized needs of franchise clients. Over the years, we have represented hundreds of franchise clients, including public and private franchisors, franchisees, Master Franchisees, area developers, franchise brokers.

 

We are specialized for over twenty years in legal advice and legal training in franchising. Our extensive experience in franchise and business law make us the leaders in the Italian legal arena for franchisors.

 

We have long standing experience and expertise in providing advice to franchisors for all legal aspects related to the start-up, management and development of their franchise, in Italy and abroad. We also have established experience in providing legal training and education on all relevant franchising legal issues.

 

We have worked with franchisors of all sizes in a wide range of retail and service industries, including food&beverage, real estate, retail, educational services, senior care services, cosmetics, fashion accessories, hotels and hospitality providers, and many others.

Our mission

Pandolfini Law Firm was founded in 1996  by Avv. Valerio Pandolfini as a high quality, boutique law firm to service the specialized needs of franchise clients. Over the years, we have represented hundreds of franchise clients, including public and private franchisors, franchisees, Master Franchisees, area developers, franchise brokers.

We are specialized for over twenty years in legal advice and legal training in franchising. Our extensive experience in franchise and business law make us the leaders in the Italian legal arena for franchisors.

 

We have long standing experience and expertise in providing advice to franchisors for all legal aspects related to the start-up, management and development of their franchise, in Italy and abroad. We also have established experience in providing legal training and education on all relevant franchising legal issues.

 

We have worked with franchisors of all sizes in a wide range of retail and service industries, including food&beverage, real estate, retail, educational services, senior care services, cosmetics, fashion accessories, hotels and hospitality providers, and many others.

Our method

We make use of innovative technologies, in order to provide our Clients with fast and efficient responses. As a result of the Internet and other technological advances, we are able to efficiently and effectively work with clients all over the world.

 

Our advice is aimed at ensuring stability of the franchisors’ business strategies. Particular attention is paid to the prevention and minimization of risks and disputes, through the supervision of the business sector and company specifications and careful planning of regulatory and contractual aspects.  Where disputes do arise, we promote the various forms of ADR, such as mediation and arbitration, to avoid the complexity and length of ordinary legal proceedings in Italy.

 

Thanks to consolidated relationships with external professionals having expertise in various franchising areas (marketing, finance, tax), we are able to provide our Clients with a real multidisciplinary advice in the franchising context. We have a unique extensive network of franchising experts.

Avv. Valerio Pandolfini

Founder of the Pandolfini Law Firm, Valerio Pandolfini is member of the Italian Bar Association and of Assofranchising, the main franchising association in Italy. He is also representative of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Dubai (EAU).

 

Avv. Pandolfini is specialized since 1993 in the area of franchising and business law.  He started his legal career working in large law firms in Milan, such as Gianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners and Deloitte, before deciding to set up this boutique law firm. He has been teaching for many years in the area of international business law for public and private universities, such as the New York University and the European School of Economics. He has been serving for many years as a mediator, arbitrator and expert witness in many franchise cases. He is salso author of many books and articles on franchising and business law.

 

In his professional practice he has been advising and representing many types of franchise businesses, covering a compendium of franchise issues. But his counsel to clients goes beyond his widely recognized technical expertise in franchising. With life lessons learned from assisting  franchise networks over several decades, he is able to provide his clients with unique insights and  perspectives on the Italian franchise market.

 

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