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Biography

Fabio has vast experience as counsel in international arbitration, having represented Italian and foreign clients across a variety of sectors (such as telecommunications, construction, energy, defence and insurance), under all major arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and Milan Chamber of Arbitration), and subject to a wide range of governing laws (Italian, English, French, Swiss, Polish, Greek, Albanian, Romanian laws as well as public international law). 

Fabio’s recent experience as arbitration counsel includes: successfully representing the Mexican subsidiary of a prominent Italian steel-making group in an ICC arbitration relating to an accident at one of the world’s largest iron production plants (amount in dispute € 70 million); successfully defending four European energy companies in a post-M&A ICC arbitration brought against them by a U.S. multinational group (amount in dispute € 14 million); representing a leading German multinational group active in the defense sector in multibillion ICC proceedings brought against it by a European State.

Fabio also acts as counsel in commercial and arbitration-related cases before Italian courts, having developed an expertise for injunctive relief, the challenge of arbitrators and post-award proceedings. Moreover, besides his counsel work, he also acts as administrative secretary or assistant to the arbitral tribunal in high-profile international arbitrations, including under the ICSID Rules.

Fabio has published articles on international arbitration with the most prestigious academic reviews (see, most recently, “The Applicability of Human Rights Law in International Investment Disputes” published in ICSID Review (Oxford University Press), Vol. 34(1) 2019, 136–155). In 2014, his article “The Emergency Arbitrator: a full-fledged arbitrator rendering an enforceable award?” was named a runner-up prize for McGill University’s Nappert Prize on International Arbitration, and, in 2012, his graduate dissertation was awarded the Padovani prize by the Italian Society of International and European Law.

Fabio studied law at Bocconi University and holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge. Before joining ArbLit, he was a member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s International Arbitration Group and, prior to that, of Hogan Lovell’s M&A department in Milan.  He is fluent in English, and reads French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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