egal Real Estate Expertise Combined With International Experience

Our legal team is comprised of experienced lawyers who complement each other’s skills and experience, and who ultimately provide our clients with in-depth knowledge of the residential and commercial real estate industry when purchasing Italian property. We are particularly adept at conducting real estate transactions that have a cross-border component.

Our team is fluent in Italian, English, Russian and Spanish and our offices are located in both California and central Italy, allowing our services to be available across all time zones and to assist our clients with legal matters in markets that are unfamiliar to them.

reliminary Consultation
We provide a preliminary consultation with an expert in Italian real estate law who is fluent in English or in our other languages. The consultation is designed to answer any initial questions or concerns that you have and to understand which type of service you need in order to achieve your end goal.

our Privacy and Care Are Our Priorities
Our clients’s privacy is of upmost importance when conducting international transactions. Therefore, from the moment they contact us we commit ourselves to the highest level of care and consideration. Furthermore, we ensure that we fully understand the legal system in our clients’ country of origin in order to act on our clients’ behalf to the best of our abilities.

Meet Our Team

Fabrizio Permunian


Fabrizio is a businessman and a dynamic leader who lives in Italy. Fabrizio is an expert in the Italian real estate market and business success and is a frequent guest speaker on talk shows. He also features in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles about real estate in Italy.

Marco Permunian


Marco received his law degree from the University of Ferrara, Italy. He focuses on all facets of Italian real estate, tax and immigration law. He is fluent in English and Spanish. Prior to joining the company, Marco worked in New York with firms specializing in domestic and cross-border real estate transactions, commercial, intellectual property, immigration and entertainment law matters. He has also worked for one of the main realtors in New York City.

Andrea Permunian


Andrea is an Italian lawyer who has embraced the challenge of cross-border litigation and transactions throughout his career. He has been admitted to the Italian bar and he practices before Italian courts. Andrea graduated from the University of Ferrara, Italy, and he specializes in real estate law, corporate law, family law and international cross-border real estate transactions. Andrea is fluent in English.

Linda Balboni


Linda graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Ferrara in 2016. She then obtained a master’s degree in Foreign Languages, with a specialization in Legal Translation in 2018.

After graduating, Linda became interested in the real estate sector and she took a number of highly specialized courses in business administration, digital marketing, human resources, neuro linguistic programming, problem solving, taxation and property valuation and management, and design. The skills she gained allowed her to work in one of the most prestigious international real estate firms in Italy and to participate in a number of conferences and workshops in various countries.

In 2019 Linda worked in a luxury real estate firm in Italy as a sales director for the region of Veneto.

She has been working with Fabrizio Permunian, Managing Director of Italian Real Estate Lawyers, since 2020. Her role is to assist clients throughout the entire purchasing process and to provide both legal and technical support.

Linda is fluent in English and Spanish.

Emma Piva


Emma Piva obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Languages, Civilizations and Language Sciences at Ca’ Foscari-University of Venice in 2019. She then continued her studies at the same university where she obtained a Master’s degree in Comparative International Relations in 2021 and where she broadened her knowledge in management by attending a specialization course in Global Marketing and Communication.

During her studies, Emma had the chance to participate in several cultural exchanges and language internships in France, Germany, Belgium and Turkey.

Previous work experiences in the tourism field and as an event organizer allowed her to develop specific skills to meet Italian and foreign customers’ needs and to comply with their requests.

As part of the team of Italian Real Estate Lawyers, Emma provides assistance as well as technical and legal support to clients who are interested in buying, selling or renting properties in Italy. She also deals with communications between the client and third-party professionals who are involved in the process.

She speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French fluently.

Georgiana Burdea


Georgiana graduated in Digital Marketing. She has a solid background in sales, IT and customer care for both national and international clients and is an expert in Post-Sales Consulting.

Her role at Italian Real Estate Lawyers is to facilitate the process after the sale or rental of a property by liaising between professionals and local authorities. Georgiana provides a wide range of services concerning utilities, taxes, renovation works, opening bank accounts and insurance, to name a few. She is a precise and goal-oriented professional who is passionate about providing the best service possible to her clients.

She speaks Italian, English and Romanian fluently.

Elena Benetti


In 2018, Elena obtained a degree in Translation at the University “Scuola Superiore per Mediatori Linguistici” in Padua. She then obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Pescara in 2021, where she specialized in legal, medical, technical and web translation. During her studies, she attended various seminars in the fields of translation and interpreting.

She has been working for Italian Real Estate Lawyers since 2021. Her role is to assist clients throughout the entire purchasing process and thanks to her solid skills, she manages all communications between the clients and the various Italian professionals who are involved in the purchase process in Italy. Elena has excellent problem solving skills and she efficiently meets and satisfies all clients’ needs.

Elena is fluent in Italian, English and German.

Gaia Procopio


Gaia completed her studies in Law at the University of Ferrara in 2015 and shortly after graduating she worked for a well-established law firm. She then worked in a public notary office, which helped her to gain a precious insight into real estate law. Having specialized in this field, Gaia went on to work as an advisor for a construction company and as a legal consultant for several businesses.

Her academic and professional background make her a valuable team member at Italian Real Estate Lawyers, where she assists clients in all the stages of the purchase process and where she also provides legal advice and support to IREL’s team of attorneys. Gaia communicates with all the parties involved in the purchasing process and she addresses any issues quickly and effectively.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing sports and she is also a qualified fencing referee in international tournaments.

Gaia speaks Italian, English and Spanish.

Camilla Boldrin


Camilla moved to the United Kingdom to pursue her university studies in 2016 and she obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of York. After working in the entertainment industry for a year and learning how to produce content for an international audience, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Performance Design at the University of Leeds. After graduating, she worked for an international proofreading and translation company and thus gained extensive experience in the field of communication and translation.

As part of the team at Italian Real Estate Lawyers, Camilla provides all-round assistance to foreign clients who wish to purchase a house in Italy and she takes care of all the aspects from A to Z. Her diverse professional background, as well as her communication skills and cross-cultural mindset allow her to meet the needs of clients who are based anywhere in the world. Camilla also collaborates with the marketing team in order to develop content for IREL’s website and social media platforms.

Camilla speaks Italian, English and Spanish.

Giulia Zanirato


Giulia graduated from the University of Padua in 2022 where she obtained her BA in Economic Law. During her studies, Giulia successfully completed a professional training course in Foreign Trade and she also participated in an academic and professional exchange program at the University of Valencia, Spain.

Due to her previous work experience in foreign trade both in Italy and abroad, Giulia has developed solid management and customer service skills.
Her role at Italian Real Estate Lawyers is to assist clients in every step of the purchasing process and to provide both legal and technical support to the team.
In addition to this, Giulia helps clients to rent property in Italy if they decide to apply for Italian citizenship through ICA, a branch of IREL which focuses on helping individuals with Italian descent apply for citizenship.

Giulia speaks Italian, English and Spanish.

Rosanna Balan


Rosanna holds a dual certificate in Foreign Languages from France and Italy, and she specialized in Economics and Business Management. She uncovered a passion for real estate, which she pursued by working for a nationwide advisory firm as a Judicial Auction Consultant by mediating between the Courthouse and investors across Northern Italy. Furthermore, she followed bankruptcy proceedings and assisted discouraged customers during “full and final settlements” by effectively negotiating out of foreclosures.

As a part of the team at Italian Real Estate Lawyers, Rosanna extends meaningful insight to clients interested in investing in real estate through auctions. She also provides all-around assistance during the purchase process in the free market. Thanks to her extensive experience working in goal-oriented environments, she developed outstanding problem-solving skills.

Rosanna speaks Italian, English, Romanian, and French fluently.

Mina Di Natale


Mina received her Bachelor’s degree in Design and Decoration from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari in 2017. She then continued her studies at the same university where, during 2019, she obtained the certification required for teaching, and in February 2020, she received her master’s degree in Visual Design and Decoration. She enriched her knowledge by following short courses in Social Media Marketing in 2017 and then Administrative Clerk in 2020.

During her student years, she worked as an administrative clerk at some automotive companies.

She also worked as a teacher of Art History, Visual Art and Design for three years in high school. She developed a variety of skills, including public relations, public speaking, persuasive communication, negotiation, attention to detail and active listening.

At Italian Real Estate Lawyers, she provides post-sales services, which include a wider range of tasks, all devoted in helping clients settling in their new property in Italy. In fact, she manages utility payments, negotiating the best deals and providing any assistance to clients.

She is fluent in Italian and English, and she is proficient in computer and graphic design skills.

Lisa Baracco


In 2018, Lisa graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Tourism Design and Management from the University of Padua. During her studies, her love for tourism and admiration for various Italian cities grew, especially with the influence of her Art History classes.

Following graduation, Lisa ventured into education, teaching elementary and middle school students Italian, History, and Geography. Her time spent with children honed her listening and organizational skills, making her a caring and attentive mentor to her students. This experience also nurtured her keen attention to detail and exceptional interpersonal abilities.

Her remarkable ability to connect with people led her to her current position as a post-sales assistant at IREL since March 2023. In this role, Lisa facilitates processes after property sales or rentals by liaising with professionals and relevant authorities. She is an expert on Italy’s legislation and focuses on various services. Some include handling utilities, local taxes, renovations, bank accounts, and home insurance. She is dedicated to providing the best service to her clients, always approaching them with kindness and empathy and fulfilling their every request with precision and determination.

Fluent in Italian, French, and English, Lisa’s language skills further enhance her ability to effectively communicate and cater to her client’s needs.

Federica Mei


After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Sciences and Technologies for the Cultural Heritage at The University of Ferrara, Italy, in 2015, Federica’s passion for the arts led her to pursue further studies in New York City. There, she obtained a Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market at Christie’s Education in 2016, followed by a MA in Arts Administration at Baruch College (City University of New York) in 2019. These programs enriched her knowledge in management, marketing, and communication within the arts field.

While in the United States, Federica gained invaluable experience interning and working with various arts organizations, ranging from small non-profit institutions to large corporate companies.

As an integral part of the Italian Real Estate Lawyers team, Federica takes charge of organizing the company’s communications, managing social media platforms, and curating content for the online blog. Furthermore, she liaises with magazines and other organizations to promote the business internationally, cementing its presence in the global market.

With fluency in Italian, English, and Spanish, Federica’s multilingual proficiency further enhances her ability to navigate the art and real estate realms with finesse and precision. Her passion for the arts and astute communication skills make her an invaluable asset to the team and clients.

Joanna Zotti


Born and raised in New Jersey, USA, Joanna brings an American perspective to the IREL team.

She studied at Rutgers University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Italian, which laid the foundation for a lifelong passion for the arts and the rich heritage of Italy.
In 2020, Joanna was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, enabling her to conduct art historical research at the renowned University of Bologna.

Following this experience, Joanna went on to earn a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Bologna.

Today, as a Public Relations Specialist, Joanna utilizes communication skills and a deep understanding of Italian culture to bridge the gap between international clients and the world of Italian real estate. Her commitment to delivering exceptional service and fostering meaningful connections makes her an invaluable asset to the team.

When she’s not at work, you can often find Joanna enjoying long walks in nature or delighting in the company of a four-legged friend.

Mary Ann Alibin Tomis


A creative spirit with an analytical edge, Mary Ann thrives on curiosity, tackling new challenges with enthusiasm each day. Growing up between the Philippines and Italy, Mary Ann effortlessly navigates multicultural and dynamic environments, contributing positively to team dynamics with empathy and autonomy.
Fueled by a lifelong passion for understanding diverse cultures, Mary Ann spent academic years immersed in the tourism field, serving as a tour guide for the FAI association in Naples, the city where she was born and raised. Mary Ann then went on to earn a degree in Languages, Literature, and Comparative Cultures from the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” specializing in English and Japanese culture. After this, she went on to complete a master’s in American Languages and Literatures, specializing in Literary translation. This journey cultivated skills in editorial translation, marketing, communication, and script translation.
Transitioning into the commercial realm, Mary Ann excels in customer communication, problem-solving, and meticulous attention to detail. Beyond the professional sphere, she expresses a love for art in various forms, from amateur photography to drawing and calligraphy. A true adventurer, Mary Ann finds inspiration in travel and exploration, feeding the flames of her adventurous spirit.

Sharon Messina


Sharon completed her studies in foreign languages and cultures for international communication at the University of Ferrara. As a student, she was fortunate to receive a scholarship that enabled her to pursue her studies at colleges in various countries, including England, France, Austria, and Germany. These experiences broadened her horizons and provided her with a global perspective.

Prior to joining the IREL team, Sharon worked as an English teacher in Italy and Côte d’Azur, France. This role meant that Sharon also became proficient in French and further advanced her English. She also gained valuable experience in international communication. It is through her professional background that she developed a keen interest in helping others, a passion that she brings to her work at IREL.

Sharon’s role at IREL is to create unique German content, such as social media posts and videos, to engage with prospective German owners of Italian property. She also oversees the legalization and translation processes.

Sharon is fluent in Italian, English, French, and German.

Ana Echimenco


Ana was born in Moldova and moved to Italy when she was eight years old. She holds dual Italian and Moldovan citizenship. She obtained a BA degree in foreign languages and literature from the University of Ferrara, Italy. After spending her year abroad at the University of Regensburg, Germany, Ana also became fluent in German.

Prior to joining IREL Ana lived in England where she worked for a firm specializing in immigration law. Driven by her interest in this area, she then decided to join IREL where she assists foreign clients throughout the process of acquiring property in Italy. In particular, she specializes in working with German clients by utilizing her linguistic skills to create original content in German for IREL’s social media platform. In this way, she engages with prospective clients by informing them of all the wonderful offerings in the Italian real estate sector.

In her free time, Ana loves going to the gym, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is fluent in Italian, Romanian, English, and German.

Nicole Cernoia


Nicole graduated in languages for international trade at the University of Verona and decided to continue her career with a master’s degree in languages for business communication at the same university, currently ongoing.

Her passion for languages, namely English, French, and German, comes from the many trips and experiences abroad, such as stays in England and France for long periods of time. They allowed her, in fact, to get in touch with different cultures and to find in the “language” a common means of communication to connect people apparently very different from each other. She also has strong empathy and listening skills that makes it suitable for contact with customers.

At IREL, she puts her German language skills to use, translating texts from Italian into German and recording videos to present the company and its offerings to the public.

Silvia Passarotto


Since 2019 Silvia has been working with IREL by translating legal deeds into English and German, assisting in coordinating video recordings and social media posts for German customers, and also translating key texts.

In 2004, she obtained her master’s degree in foreign languages and literature. She majored in English, German, and French and obtained excellent academic results thanks to her passion for languages.

Silvia worked in a N.A.T.O. base in Northern Italy for nine years; she was the executive secretary for international relations for the rector of the University of Ferrara for five years; and she has worked as a judicial police officer of the court, the prosecutor’s office, and the law enforcement department in Ferrara, Italy, since 2005.

Silvia lived in London, Frankfurt am Main, Heidelberg, Canton, and Dubai. These experiences allowed her to grow both personally and professionally. She loves sports, traveling, and hi-tech.

Silvia is fluent in English, German, and French.

Raffaella Zerbinato


Raffaella is a highly experienced executive assistant having worked for many years in Italian Real Estate. She is highly dedicated and works tirelessly to meet our clients’ needs. Raffaella speaks English and French.

Erika Bongiovanni


Erika graduated in foreign languages, literatures and intercultural studies from the University of Florence. She then obtained a master’s degree in specialized translation and conference interpreting at University of Trieste, where she specialized in legal, medical, technical and literary translation and developed professional skills in interpreting.

During her studies, Erika took part in an internship for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and, after graduation, she worked as an interpreter for hospital facilities in Venice, which allowed her to acquire deep knowledge in the field of medical translation and interpreting.

Today, she is part of IREL’s translations team where she works with German clients as a translator and interpreter. She also assists with translating paperwork and website content.

Erika studied and lived in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and France, and she speaks fluent Italian, English, German, French, and Arabic.