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Paolo Michele Patocchi

Paolo Michele Patocchi

Patocchi & MarzoliniRue Pedro-Meylan 5GenevaSwitzerland1208
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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Paolo Michele Patocchi is noted for his "professionalism and unparalleled knowledge" by peers. Sources are left "impressed by his huge experience and mastery of the facts" as well as his "great sense of strategy".

Biography

Dr Paolo Michele Patocchi is one of the founding partners of Patocchi & Marzolini, the law firm specialising in international arbitration and litigation established with Paolo Marzolini on 1 January 2014. Michele acts as counsel representing clients in international arbitration and sits as an arbitrator in a number of jurisdictions under various arbitration rules, in cases conducted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, as well as in ICSID proceedings.

Michele completed his graduate and postgraduate studies in Geneva (lic iur, 1977; LLM, 1980; PhD, 1983), The Hague (Academy of International Law, diploma, private international law, 1982) and London (LLM, 1987). He has worked in major law firms in Switzerland (Geneva, 1982–1986 and 1994–1997; and Zurich, 1992–1994) and in an international law firm in London (1989–1991). As a partner, he has led the arbitration practice group of a national Swiss law firm (1997-2013).

Michele has been involved as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman in more than 220 arbitrations to date, chiefly relating to joint ventures and R&D agreements, construction (combined-cycle power stations, roads, etc), turnkey contracts, licensing (especially in the pharmaceutical and the fashion industries), disputes involving states (state contracts, privatisation and expropriation), price reviews in long-term GSAs, banking and finance disputes, sports and sponsoring disputes. Aside from Swiss law and international law, Michele has had practical experience in a number of other systems of law, including those of Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, China, Egypt, England and Wales, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, the Netherlands, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the US and Venezuela.

Michele has been a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (2013–2016). He has been a non-resident member of the arbitration committee of the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan (2005–2011), a member of the arbitration committees (supervisory bodies and appointing authorities) of a number of Swiss Chambers of Commerce (Geneva, 1999–2002; Lugano, 1997–2007) as well as the first president of the national arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004–2006), in charge of ruling, among other things, on challenges of arbitrators. He is a member of the executive board of the Swiss Arbitration Association.

Michele has written extensively on international arbitration; he has co-authored one commentary on the New York Convention and one on the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration.

Michele has been a lecturer at the Geneva University Faculty of Law (introduction to the Anglo-American legal tradition, 1989–2006) and is currently teaching at the faculty of law of the İD Bilkent University (2013–).

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Paolo Michele Patocchi gains emphatic recognition from peers this year as “one of the best names in the market”. He is highlighted for “his huge experience in arbitration and mastery of the law, as well as his great sense of strategy”.

Biography

Dr Paolo Michele Patocchi is one of the founding partners of Patocchi & Marzolini, the law firm specialising in international arbitration and litigation established with Paolo Marzolini on 1 January 2014. Michele acts as counsel representing clients in international arbitration and sits as an arbitrator in a number of jurisdictions under various arbitration rules, in cases conducted in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as in ICSID proceedings.

Michele completed his graduate and postgraduate studies in Geneva (lic iur, 1977; LLM, 1980; PhD, 1983), The Hague (Academy of International Law, diploma, private international law, 1982) and London (LLM, 1987). He has worked in major law firms in Switzerland (Geneva, 1982–1986 and 1994–1997; and Zurich, 1992–1994) and in an international law firm in London (1989–1991). As a partner, he has led the arbitration practice group of a national Swiss law firm (1997–2013).

Michele has been involved as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman in more than 220 arbitrations to date, chiefly relating to joint ventures and R&D agreements, construction (combined-cycle power stations, roads, etc), turnkey contracts, licensing (especially in the pharmaceutical and the fashion industries), disputes involving states (state contracts, privatisation and expropriation), price reviews in long-term GSAs, banking and finance disputes, sports and sponsoring disputes. Aside from Swiss law and international law, Michele has had practical experience in a number of other systems of law, including those of Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, China, Egypt, England and Wales, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, the Netherlands, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the US and Venezuela.

Michele has been a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution (2013–2016). He has been a non-resident member of the arbitration committee of the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan (2005–2011), a member of the arbitration committees (supervisory bodies and appointing authorities) of a number of Swiss Chambers of Commerce (Geneva, 1999–2002; Lugano, 1997–2007) as well as the first president of the national arbitration committee and special committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004–2006), in charge of ruling, among other things, on challenges of arbitrators. He is a member of the executive board of the Swiss Arbitration Association.

Michele has written extensively on international arbitration; he has co-authored one commentary on the New York Convention and one on the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration.

Michele has been a lecturer at the Geneva University Faculty of Law (introduction to the Anglo- American legal tradition, 1989–2006) and is currently teaching at the Faculty of Law of the İD Bilkent University (2013–).

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