Giorgio Sacerdoti has more than 30 years of professional experience in international commercial and investment arbitration, predominantly as an independent arbitrator based in Milan, where he also acts as counsel to Eversheds. He frequently acts as chairman or party-appointed arbitrator in ICC, LCIA, SCC and ad hoc (UNCITRAL) arbitrations. His experience covers international contracts (sale of goods, plants supply, BOT), distribution, acquisitions and joint ventures, intellectual property and construction, involving a variety of countries and legislations. He is a member of the LCIA, Milan’s Club of Arbitrators and of the SIAC (Singapore) Users’ Council. He is also on the list of arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen arbitration centres.
Professor Sacerdoti, who is member of the Italian Bar, is at ease with civil and common law proceedings and substantive law, being a JD (Milan) and LLM (Columbia Law School) graduate.
He is on the ICSID official arbitrators list and has been appointed as chair or member of arbitral tribunals in a number of sensitive investment arbitrations under the BITs of Argentina, Cyprus, France, Greece, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Spain, Turkey, the USA and the UK and under the ECT.
Giorgio Sacerdoti brings to arbitration – specifically investment arbitration – his unique experience as an international adjudicator, having served from 2001 to 2009 as the European judge at the seven-member Appellate Body of the WTO (chairman 2006–2007), where he participated in deciding almost 50 interstate trade disputes. Previously, as vice president of the OECD working group on bribery in international business transactions, he was one of the drafters of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention of 1997. Professor Sacerdoti is a prolific author in his fields and teaches currently arbitration and international trade and investment law as a senior professor at Bocconi University in Milan.
A native Italian and French speaker, he is an accomplished linguist with fluency in English and German. He also conducts arbitration in Spanish.
WWL says: Giorgio Sacerdoti has vast experience in international arbitration and is "a seasoned professional who knows the intricacies of arbitration".
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