Avv. Aldo Frignani


Firm: www.studiofrignani.com

Mail: aldo.frignani@studiofrignani.com

phone: +39 0116602302

Aldo Frignani

Main Focus

Commercial law, national and international distribution law, competition law and intellectual property law.

Among his skills:

Drafting and negotiation of distribution agreement (especially franchising); assistance and advice to national and international brands in the establishment and management of distribution networks in Italy and abroad (including advise on ongoing relationship with distributors/franchisees) and management of the related disputes;


Advising on competition law issues (both EU and Italy);


Italian, English, French and Spanish



University of Modena (J.D.1962)

Johns Hopkins University (1963)

Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé in Strasbourg (1963)

Admitted to the bar 1965


Professional Experience

Founder and partner of Frignani, Virano e Associati law firm, with offices in Turin, Milan, Rome, and Bologna

Professor of Private EU Law at the University of Turin

Member of the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C., faculty for the course on “EU Competition Law” at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London 2009

Visiting Professor or lecturer in various Universities worldwide


Memberships – Publications – Specialties

Advisor to the Italian Parliament for the preparation of the Italian law on franchising of 2004

Legal advisor to Associazione Italiana del Franchising (AIF) and member of the legal committee of the European Franchising Federation (EFF)

Member of the study group of UNIDROIT which drafted the Guide to International Master Franchising; member of the same Study Group of UNIDROIT for the Model Franchise Disclosure Law

Member of the ABA (American Bar Association), forum on franchising


Main publications on franchising

Chapter on Italy in M. Mendelsohn (editor), Franchising in Europe, London, 1992.

Franchising in Italy, in International Encyclopaedia of Franchising (edited by M. Mendelsohn), Kluwer, London, 1999.

Franchising. La nuova legge, Giappichelli, Turin, 2004.

Il contratto di franchising, orientamenti giurisprudenziali prima e dopo la legge 129 del 2004, Giuffrè, Milano, 2012

Author of Chapters on Italy in various ABA books (edited by Joyce Mazero, Andrew Loewinger, John Pratt).