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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Cecilia Carrara is "a practitioner to admire" and "a great lawyer", according to respondents who say she is "very diligent in arbitration proceedings, with deep experience in post-M&A disputes".


Cecilia Carrara is a partner of Legance and has a significant experience in the field of national and international, commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, both institutional and ad hoc, acting as counsel and arbitrator. She further represents international and Italian companies in arbitration- related proceedings in front of the national courts, such as recognition and enforcement proceedings of arbitral awards. Cecilia has been admitted to practise before the Italian Supreme Court.

Cecilia also focuses on mergers and acquisitions, extraordinary corporate transactions and commercial contracts. She is responsible for the Legance German desk, with a specific focus on German-speaking countries and Eastern Europe.

She is pro bono partner at Legance coordinating the corporate social activities of the firm.

She is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (for both the three-year period 2015–2018 and 2018–2021) and of the ICC task force on emergency arbitrator proceedings; the ICC task force on arbitration of climate change related disputes; the steering committee of the Pledge and the IBA task force in charge of reviewing the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration. She is co-founder of Arbit (the Italian forum of arbitration practitioners), member of the council of AIA (Associazione Italiana per l’Arbitrato). She is also a member of DIS and has been in charge of reviewing the translation into Italian of the new DIS Rules as well as the update of the translation into German of the new Rules of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration.

She has also been member of the board council of ICC Italy (January 2018–May 2019), co-chair of the arbitration working group of ASLA (the Association of Italian Law Firms) from (January 2019–November 2019) vice chair of the host committee of the IBA Annual Conference held in Rome in October 2018.

Cecilia Carrara is recommended in several international publications. "She is excellent", says Chambers and Partners (2019). She was identified by Global Arbitration Review and WWL 2018 as one of the world's leading commercial arbitration experts.

She has been listed in the 2017 edition of WWL: Arbitration as one of the world's leading arbitration specialists; and in the 2015 and 2016 editions as one of the world's leading commercial arbitration experts.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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