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Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Massimo has great knowledge of Italian law and a great ability in dealing with foreign laws"
"One of the most efficient and well-prepared arbitrators worldwide"
"The most prominent arbitrator in Italy"
"Massimo is an excellent professional, with large experience in international disputes, due to his background as professor"

Biography

Massimo Coccia holds a J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Rome-1 Law School (1981) and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Michigan Law School (1984), which he attended with a Fulbright Fellowship.

Massimo Coccia is founding partner of Coccia De Angelis Vecchio & Associati, an internationally oriented Italian law firm with offices in Rome and Milan. Massimo is also a tenured law professor, teaching European Competition Law at the University of Rome-1 and International Law at the University of Tuscia, and often publishing articles and speaking at symposia on issues of international arbitration and of sports law.

Massimo is intensively involved in international and national arbitration, particularly as an arbitrator (having sat in more than 300 arbitration proceedings) but also as a counsel. He chaired arbitrations and wrote awards in English, Spanish, French and Italian. Within commercial arbitration, Massimo has mostly dealt with construction matters and contractual disputes, also dealing sometimes with issues of corruption.  Within sports arbitration, since 1996 Massimo has been an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where he is one of the most experienced and esteemed arbitrators, having sat in many prominent cases, including at the Olympic Games of Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006 and London 2012.

He is Vice-President of the Italian Arbitration Association (AIA), Honorary President of the Italian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA), as well as a member of the “ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR” and of its Task Force on Corruption in International Arbitration. He is regularly listed in WWL for Arbitration and Sports/Entertainment.

Sports 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Massimo Coccia is widely regarded as “one of the best arbitrators in the world” and is hailed “the top sports lawyer in Italy and the most experienced”. 

Biography

Massimo Coccia holds a J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Rome-1 Law School (1981) and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Michigan Law School (1984), which he attended as a Fulbright Fellow.

Massimo is founding partner of Coccia De Angelis Vecchio & Associati, an internationally oriented Italian law firm with offices in Rome and Milan. Massimo is known worldwide for his impressive expertise in international and national sports law (he and his law firm being frequently retained as counsel by prominent professional clubs, leagues, athletes, agents and sports governing bodies from all over the world) and in commercial arbitration as arbitrator or counsel. He is also involved in regulatory matters (antitrust and energy) and entertainment law issues (cinema).

Since 1996, Massimo has been an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where he is one of the most experienced and esteemed arbitrators, having sat in more than 300 cases and drafted many awards in landmark cases. He has been a CAS arbitrator at the Olympic Games of Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006 and London 2012.

Massimo is a tenured law professor in Italy, teaching International Law at the Tuscia University of Viterbo and European Competition Law at the University of Rome-1 Law School. Massimo also frequently lectures in graduate courses and seminars on international and national sports law. He has published extensively on issues of sports law, international arbitration, international trade law and EU law, and is often invited to speak at symposia on those subjects.

National Leader

Italy - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Massimo Coccia is "a star arbitrator" hailed for his "great knowledge of Italian and foreign laws".

Biography

Massimo Coccia holds a JD degree cum laude from the Law School of the University of Rome 1 (1981) and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the prestigious University of Michigan Law School (1984), which he attended having obtained a Fulbright fellowship.

Massimo Coccia is founding partner of Coccia De Angelis Vecchio & Associati, an internationally oriented Italian law firm with offices in Rome and Milan. Massimo is also a tenured law professor, teaching International Law at the Tuscia University of Viterbo and European Competition Law at the University of Rome 1, and often publishing articles and speaking at symposia on issues of international arbitration.

As a practitioner, Massimo is mostly involved in international and national commercial arbitration, in international and national sports law, and in regulatory matters such as antitrust and energy.

With regard to international arbitration, Massimo has been frequently involved in commercial arbitration (both as an arbitrator and as a counsel) and in sports arbitration (mostly as an arbitrator). Within international commercial arbitration, Massimo has mostly dealt with construction matters and contractual disputes, also dealing sometimes with issues of corruption. Within sports arbitration, since 1996 Massimo has been an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where he is regarded as one of the most experienced arbitrators, having sat in more than 300 cases and drafted many awards in prominent cases, including at the Olympic Games (he was a CAS arbitrator at the Olympics Games of Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006 and London 2012).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Massimo Coccia at Coccia De Angelis Vecchio & Associati is a seasoned arbitrator praised for his “thorough analysis of complicated issues”, and widely renowned for his expertise in sports and entertainment issues.

Biography

Massimo Coccia holds a JD degree cum laude from the Law School of the University of Rome 1 (1981) and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Michigan Law School (1984), which he attended with a Fulbright fellowship.

Massimo is founding partner of Coccia De Angelis Vecchio & Associati, an internationally oriented Italian law firm with offices in Rome and Milan. Massimo is involved in international and national sports law, in international commercial arbitration both as an arbitrator and as a counsel, in regulatory matters such as antitrust and energy, and in entertainment issues related to cinema and TV. Within sports law he and his law firm are frequently retained as counsel by international and national federations, leagues, clubs, agents and athletes.

Since 1996, Massimo has been an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where he is regarded as one of the most experienced arbitrators, having sat in more than 300 cases and drafted many awards in prominent cases, having also been a CAS arbitrator at the Olympic Games of Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006 and London 2012.

Massimo is also a tenured law professor, teaching international law at the Tuscia University of Viterbo and European Competition Law at the University of Rome 1. Massimo also frequently teaches in graduate courses and seminars on international and national sports law. He has published extensively on issues of sports law, international arbitration, international trade law and EU law, and is often invited to speak at symposia on those subjects.

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