"He is a brilliant arbitrator"
"Michele is a specialist within the field"
"He is the future of investment arbitration"
"Michele is a thought leader in the field of public international law"
"Michele effortlessly navigates through complex technical issues relating to investment arbitration"
Michele Potestà is an attorney at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, where he practices international commercial and investment arbitration.
Over the past 10 years, Michele has participated in over 30 international arbitrations as counsel, arbitrator and secretary of the tribunal, under all major arbitral rules (ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCAI, CAM, DIAC, Danish Institute of Arbitration, and others), in disputes governed by various procedural and substantive laws (Swiss, Italian, French, Spanish, Danish, Panamanian, Venezuelan, U.A.E., Kazakhstani and others).
Michele has specific experience in disputes relating to energy and natural resources (oil, gas, mining, renewable energies), pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, banking and finance, shareholders disputes, real estate and construction, aviation, and IT, among others.
Michele has sat as sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in multi-million disputes under the ICC, DIAC, Danish Institute of Arbitration and Swiss Rules and is listed in the arbitral panels of VIAC, LCIA, SIAC, AIAC, and Delos.
In 2020, Michele was named the most highly regarded individual in Europe by Who’s Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders (Non-Partners). He is widely recognized for his expertise in investment treaty arbitration and regularly advises sovereign states on their foreign investment policies.
Michele is also adjunct professor at the Geneva LLM in international dispute settlement (MIDS), where he teaches investment treaty arbitration. He holds leadership positions in a number of arbitration associations and frequently speaks at arbitration conferences.
An Italian national, Michele is qualified to practise law in Italy and registered with the Geneva bar (foreign lawyers’ section). He holds a PhD, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees, from the University of Milan.
Michele speaks English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.