Silvia Bortolotti

Main Focus

National and international commercial contracts, franchising and licensing contracts, distribution and agency contracts, civil and commercial law, antitrust and competition, e-commerce, private international law, cross border litigation, arbitration


Italian, English, French


University of Turin, Italy, J.D. 1995

Professional Experience

Partner with Studi legali Associati Buffa, Bortolotti & Mathis, Turin, Italy


Officer (Newsletter Editor) of the International Franchising Committee of the International Bar Association(IBA)
Advisor to several Italian associations: Assofranchising, Unioncamere Lombardia, Unione Industriali di Como, Promos (Camera di Commercio di Milano), Amaplast, UCIMUVice-President and Secretary General of the International Distribution Institute (IDI)
Member of the Commission on Commercial Law and Practice (CLP) of the International Chamber of Commerce (CCI)


“Encroachment in franchising: the application of the good faith principle by Italian courts”, in, September 3, 2023
Co-author of the book Contratti di distribuzione (Distribution contracts), Wolters Kluwer, 2022 (chapters on distribution and franchising)
Co-author of some ICC publications, including Using franchising to take your business international (2014), ICC Model International Franchising Contract (2016), ICC model contract on distributorship (2016), Retention of Title - A practical ICC guide to legislation in 37 countries (2018)


Frequent lecturer on the subject of international commercial contracts, commercial agency, distributorship, franchising and cross border trade during several international conferences (e.g. IDI Annual Conference 2023 and IBA Annual Conference Paris 2023
Acknowledged by Who's Who Legal as one of the most highly recommended franchise lawyers in Italy