Italy: Arbitration 2018

Our research into the arbitration market in Italy sees 33 practitioners highlighted for their exceptional work in the field. The individuals in the list below act as both counsel and arbitrators, with wide-ranging familiarity across a range of industries.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Luca Radicati di Brozolo ARBLIT - Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli Torsello, Milan
2. Laurence Shore BonelliErede, Milan
3. Andrea Carlevaris BonelliErede, Milan
4. Cecilia Carrara Legance Avvocati Associati, Rome
5. Antonio Crivellaro BonelliErede, Milan

BonelliErede is one of Italy’s top firms and is home to some of the most highly regarded names in the market. Four individuals from the firm are highlighted in our guide this year.
Laurence Shore is an exceptional practitioner and a pre-eminent individual both globally and in Italy. One of the most highly regarded lawyers in the space; he is widely recognised as “a very experienced counsel” and “a big name in international arbitration”. Industries with which he is particularly familiar include energy, telecommunications and healthcare.
Andrea Carlevaris ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research and is described by one source as “the best in Italy”. He is noted by market players as having “a great deal of experience in international commercial arbitration”.
Antonio Crivellaro offers clients extensive expertise in matters relating to international trade and foreign investment and is “very experienced as both counsel and arbitrator”. He is praised as “a true expert in international construction disputes”.
Paolo Di Giovanni is a great talent recognised for his enviable practice that offers clients specialist experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

ARBLIT - Radicati Di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli Torsello has an impressive reputation in the arbitration market both in Italy and internationally, with four of its top-tier practitioners listed in our guide this year.
Luca Radicati di Brozolo is described by sources as “very competent and extremely balanced” and “a dream arbitrator”. He has an excellent reputation in the Italian market for his “insightful, value-adding work” and is “very well known for investment disputes”.
Michele Sabatini has “a great problem-solving attitude” with “the capacity to understand complex technicalities” in an industry. He has “real knowledge of international arbitration dynamics” and is known to be “very good at making decisions” and “someone who clients like very much”.
Massimo Benedettelli is “a fantastic counsel and very balanced arbitrator” according to market commentators who “would recommend him as both arbitrator and counsel”. His strong expertise spans the energy, real estate and infrastructure sectors.
Flavio Ponzano has “a sharp mind and strong common sense,” according to respondents, who praise him as “a respected and in-demand international arbitrator”. He is “very active in construction and investment disputes” and is noted to be “much appreciated by peers internationally”.

Legance Avvocati Associati’s Cecilia Carrara is “a major figure in international arbitration in Italy” according to market players. She is “one of the best,” according to sources, who are “very impressed by her”. She offers clients extensive experience in matters relating to mergers and acquisitions as well as climate change disputes.

“One of the best names in Italy”, Piero Bernardini of Ughi E Nunziante Studio Legale is “an extremely famous jurist”. He has extensive experience in the energy sector, having previously worked as legal director of ENI. He has additional insight into matters relating to mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Stefano Azzali is a pre-eminent name in Italy and is highly thought of by sources. He has extensive experience as an arbitrator, working within numerous of arbitral institutions around the globe.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Studio Legale’s Michelangelo Cicogna is “an excellent practitioner” according to respondents who give him high praise in our research this year. He speaks both English and French and frequently works with multinational companies from a range of sectors, including telecommunications, IT and infrastructure.
Founding partner Giovanni De Berti has a formidable reputation in the Italian market with over 40 years’ experience in the field. His impressive practice provides insight into matters including construction, mergers and acquisitions and media.

Independent practitioner Giorgio Sacerdoti is a renowned figure in the market who garners respect from peers who note that he is “excellent for investment disputes”.

Andrea Giardina is an independent practitioner who is praised as “one of the godfathers of international arbitration in Italy”. He is “one of the most well-known arbitrators” in the field with experience in aviation, foreign investment and competition matters.

Independent practitioner Ugo Draetta is noted by commentators to be “an important arbitrator in the field of international arbitration”. He has over 50 years’ experience working on a range of matters including construction, competition, intellectual property and telecommunications disputes.

Lawfed BRSA’s Mauro Rubino-Sammartano is a highly respected name in the field of international arbitration. He offers clients specialist insight into construction matters, and boasts exceptional experience on large projects such as dams and nationwide road construction.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s Ferdinando Emanuele is “the best counsel and the complete package” according to one respondent this year. He has a top-tier practice for which sources state that “the quality of his work is outstanding”. Aviation, banking and telecommunications are all industries in which he is noted to be “extremely good”.

Studio Prof. Luigi Fumagalli’s Luigi Fumagalli is “an excellent and experienced arbitrator” who is noted by market commentators to have a “strong reputation in arbitration both in Italy and internationally”. He has over 35 years of experience and is praised by sources for his “specialist knowledge of sports law”.

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