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One of the main Italian arbitration specialists, throughout his career Massimo has acted as counsel or sat as chairman, sole or party-appointed arbitrator in several international and domestic commercial arbitrations, and in investment arbitrations. The proceedings in which he has been involved have been seated in a variety of places, have featured procedural and substantive laws of different jurisdictions as well as public international law, and have been administered by the main arbitral institutions (including the ICC, the PCA, the SCC and the CAM). 

Since July 2018 he is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration. Until July 2018 Massimo led the Italian delegation to the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He is also a member of the Arbitration Council of ACIAM, Atlanta (GA).

Massimo is full professor (professore ordinario) of International Law at the University “Aldo Moro”, Bari. He has been invited by The Hague Academy of International Law to give a course in its 2022 Winter session. Throughout his academic career Massimo also taught Private International Law, International Economic Law, EU Law and European Commercial Law.

A graduate in law and in political sciences at the University “Aldo Moro”, Bari, he also holds a LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. degree from the European University Institute.

Massimo is the author of the first treatise on international arbitration in Italy ever published in English.  He is also the co-editor of the Commentario breve al diritto dell’arbitrato, a book widely used by Italian arbitration practitioners, which has now come to its 2nd edition.

Massimo has joined Arblit in October 2014, after having been for 13 years a partner of Freshfields, where he practiced in the International Arbitration and in the Corporate groups.

He started his professional practice in 1986 at the Legal Department of ENI, where he gained experience in the energy sector. In 1990 he joined as an associate Chiomenti Studio Legale, where he was made a partner in 1996.

He has extensively written on international arbitration law, conflict-of-laws, EU law and human rights law.

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