Paolo Grassi, Of Counsel
Paolo Grassi
Of Counsel
Tel: (212) 688-5151

Professional Profile

As part of his commercial legal practice, Mr. Grassi advises corporate clients and individuals on cross-border transactions, focusing on the needs of US investors wishing to transact business overseas as well as foreign firms looking at expanding their activities in the US. Leveraging the firm’s deep expertise in the establishment and management of US trusts, Mr. Grassi represents clients wishing to establish a presence in the US or to transfer to the US their existing overseas trusts. In addition, he complements his personal experience in real estate transactions with the resources the firm’s well established real estate legal team.

Mr. Grassi has three decades of multinational legal experience including over twenty years in-house for a global enterprise listed on the NYSE. He has a deep knowledge of overseas business practices, their legal systems and political environments and has an extensive first hand experience dealing with US and foreign authorities on behalf of a regulated industry. Over the years he has participated in large complex transactions in global markets, including Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and managed the establishment and licensing of start-up operations in Emerging Markets.

Mr. Grassi practices in the Common Law and the Civil Law systems, has two law degrees, two bar admissions (New York and Switzerland) and speaks four languages. He is a Trustee of Franklin University Switzerland, an educational institution accredited in the US and Switzerland, and serves as trustee or protector of private trusts.

Articles, Publications and Lectures

Argyle Conversation with Paolo Grassi, 5/2012

Letter of Credit Transactions: The Bank’s Position in Determining Documentary Compliance Under U.S., Swiss and German Law, VII Pace International Law Review 81, 1995.


LL.M, Fordham University, Banking, Corporate and Finance, 1992
JD, Cum Laude, University of Bern (Switzerland), 1987
Clerkship, District Court of Lugano – Switzerland, 1985

Bar Admissions

New York


Italian, French, German and Spanish