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Paolo Michele Patocchi

Paolo Michele Patocchi

Patocchi & MarzoliniRue Pedro-Meylan 5GenevaGenevaSwitzerland1208

Thought Leader

Thought Leaders - Arbitration 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Paolo Michele Patocchi is "among the world's most creative and analytical minds in arbitration", say peers who add: "He is an exceptional talent and is very admired by all people that meet and/or work with him."

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 (Lalive & Budin in Geneva, 1982–1986; Pestalozzi, Gmür & Patry in Zurich, 1992–1994; and Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, 1994–1997) and at an international law firm in 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, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman in more than 230 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); and 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 has been a member of the executive board of the Swiss Arbitration Association (2001–2019).

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 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Paolo Michele Patocchi is well respected for his “outstanding legal knowledge and practice skills”, as well as his extensive experience advising on international arbitration and contract law.

Biography

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 international arbitrator in cases under various rules (DIAC, ICC, Milan Rules, SCAI, SIAC, SCC etc) in proceedings conducted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Michele completed his legal education in Geneva and obtained postgraduate degrees 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, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or president in more than 230 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 US and Venezuela).

Michele has written extensively on international arbitration. Having previously taught an introduction course to the Anglo-American legal tradition (Geneva University Law School; 1989–2006), Michele currently teaches a course on international arbitration at the Faculty of Law of Bilkent University, Ankara (2013–).

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