Dr Paolo Michele Patocchi is one of the founding partners of Patocchi & Marzolini, a law firm specialising in international arbitration and litigation established with Paolo Marzolini on 1 January 2014. Michele acts as counsel representing clients in international arbitration and sits as an arbitrator in a number of European jurisdictions under various arbitration rules, in cases conducted in English, French, German or Italian, as well as in ICSID proceedings. Michele is able to follow argument and evidence in a number of other languages without interpretation, including Spanish and Portuguese.
Michele completed his graduate and postgraduate studies in Geneva (lic iur, 1977; LLM, 1980; PhD, 1983), The Hague (Academy of International Law, diploma, private international law, 1982) and London (LLM, 1987). He has worked in major law firms in Switzerland (Geneva, 1982–1986 and 1994–1997; and Zurich, 1992–1994) and in an international law firm in London (1989–1991). As a partner, he has led the arbitration practice group of a national Swiss law firm (1997-2013).
Michele has been involved as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman in more than 210 arbitrations to date, chiefly relating to joint ventures and R&D agreements, construction (combined-cycle power stations, roads, etc), turnkey contracts, licensing (especially in the pharmaceutical and the fashion industries), disputes involving States (State contracts, privatisation and expropriation), price reviews in long-term GSAs, banking and finance disputes, sports and sponsoring disputes. Aside from Swiss law and international law, Michele has had practical experience in a number of other systems of law, including those of Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Egypt, England and Wales, France, Germany, Hungary, Kuwait, Italy, Peru, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the US.
Michele has been a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (2013–2016). He has been a non-resident member of the arbitration committee of the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan (2005–2011), a member of the arbitration committees (supervisory bodies and appointing authorities) of a number of Swiss Chambers of Commerce (Geneva, 1999–2002; Lugano, 1997–2007) as well as the first president of the national arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004–2006), in charge of ruling, among other things, on challenges of arbitrators. He is a member of the executive board of the Swiss Arbitration Association.
Michele has written extensively on international arbitration; he has co-authored one commentary on the New York Convention and one on the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration and is now the general co-editor of The Swiss International Arbitration Law Reports and The Swiss International Sports Arbitration Reports (Juris).
Michele has been a lecturer at the Geneva University Faculty of Law (Introduction to the Anglo-American legal tradition, 1989–2006) and is teaching at the İD Bilkent Faculty of Law (International Arbitration, as part of the lecture on international business transactions, 2013–).
WWL says: Effusive sources describe the "outstanding" Paolo Michele Patocchi as “one of the best arbitrators in the country".
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