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Dr Paolo Michele Patocchi is one of the founding partners of Patocchi & Marzolini, the international arbitration boutique established in 2014 in Geneva. Michele acts as counsel and sits as an arbitrator in cases under various rules (DIAC, ICC, ICSID, Milan Rules, SCAI, SIAC, SCC etc.) in proceedings conducted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Michele completed his legal education in Geneva and post-graduated in The Hague and London. He has worked in major law firms in Switzerland (Lalive & Budin, 1982–1986; Pestalozzi, Gmür & Patry, 1992-1994; and Lenz & Staehelin, 1994-1997) and London (Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, 1989–1991). As a partner, he has led the arbitration practice group of a national Swiss law firm (Lenz & Staehelin, 1997–2013).

Michele has been involved as counsel or arbitrator in more than 240 arbitrations to date, relating mainly to joint ventures and R&D agreements, construction, licensing (especially in the pharmaceutical industry), disputes involving States (including in ICSID proceedings), price reviews in long-term GSAs and post-M&A disputes. Aside from Swiss law and international law, Michele has had practical experience in other systems of law (Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, China, Egypt, England and Wales, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, the Netherlands, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the U.S. and Venezuela).

Michele has written extensively on international arbitration. After teaching the Introduction to the Anglo-American legal tradition (Geneva University Law School; 1989–2006), Michele has been teaching a course on International arbitration at the Faculty of Law of İ. D. Bilkent University, Ankara (2013–).

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