Ferdinando Emanuele’s practice focuses on national and international litigation and arbitration, specifically with regard to civil, commercial and competition law.

He has defended many Italian and foreign companies in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. Ferdinando is considered to be one of the leading Italian practitioners in multi-plaintiff and class actions litigations. He has also acted as presiding arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and sole arbitrator appointed by the ICC, the Milan Chamber of National and International Arbitration, the Rome Bar Council and the President of the Rome Tribunal.

Ferdinando joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2007. He worked in the Brussels office through 1999 and was based in the London office from 2001 through 2002. 

Notable Experience

  • ABN AMRO in civil and administrative proceedings, the successful conclusion of which enabled the bank to gain control of Banca Antonveneta - marking the first acquisition of an Italian bank by a foreign bank. 

  • Several foreign sovereign states before Italian courts, most notably Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior - Bancomext (a Mexican financial institution) in various proceedings against entities controlled by the government of the Republic of Cuba, as well as the Republic of Argentina in cases brought by holders of Argentine bonds to obtain reimbursement of invested capital and payment of interest. These culminated in a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Italy (Corte di Cassazione), which held that Italian courts lack jurisdiction to adjudicate challenges to Argentina’s payment moratorium and debt restructuring program.

  • ETI (a company of the Telecom Italia Group) in a successful UNCITRAL arbitration against Bolivia for breach of the Netherlands-Bolivia bilateral investment treaty.

  • SKY Italia in winning an ICC arbitration instituted by Mediaset seeking compensation for alleged breach of commitments to the European Commission made by The News Corporation (the dispute was related to the acquisition by SKY Italia of the broadcasting rights to the 2010 FIFA World Cup).

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SELECTED ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Rome Bar Council (Consiglio dell’Ordine degli Avvocati), 2004-2006 
  • Member, several committees, National Bar Association (Consiglio Nazionale Forense) 
  • Founder, ISSA-Istituto Superiore di Studi per l’Arbitrato and ArbIt, the Italian Forum for International Arbitration and ADR
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Board Member, Italian Arbitration Association (AIA)

Publications

  • The application of the 2014 LCIA Rules to Arbitral Proceedings Seated in Italy,” The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, 2015 (co-author: M. Molfa)
  • Selected Issues on International Arbitration: The Italian perspective,” Thomson Reuters, 2014 (co-author M. Molfa).
  • Parallel State Court and Arbitral Proceedings: The Italian Perspective,” Global Legal Insight, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, 2013 (co-author M. Molfa).
  • EU Merger Remedy Arbitration: Key Features and Strategic Issues in Light of the First Reported Arbitral Award,” The International Business Law Journal, 2013 (co-authors P. D’Elia and M. Molfa).
  • “Arbitration Versus Litigation,” FinancierWorldwide.com, 2013 (co-author M. Molfa).
  • “Evidence in International Arbitration: The Italian Perspective,” The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, 2013 (co-author M. Molfa).
  • “The Law of International Commercial Arbitration in Italy,” in Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en Europa (Aspectos Actuales y Regímenes Jurídicos), Estudio Mario Castillo Freyre, 2013 (co-author F.Gesualdi).
  • Recent Developments in the Challenge of Arbitral Awards Under Italian Law,” IBA Arbitration News (co-author M. Molfa), 65-68, International Bar Association, February 2013.
  • Challenge of Arbitral Awards: The Italian Perspective,” The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review (co-author M. Molfa), 1-6, Global Arbitration Review, 2013.
  • Institutional Arbitration: The Italian Perspective,” Global Legal Insights: Litigation & Dispute Resolution First Edition (co-author M. Molfa), 170-179, Global Legal Group, 2012.
  • Multiparty Arbitrations: The Italian Perspective,” The European & Middle Eastern Arbitration Review 2012 (co-author M. Molfa), 64-69, Global Arbitration Review, 2012.
  • Court Assistance in the Taking of Evidence in Arbitral Proceedings: The Italian Perspective,” The International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Law Guide 2011 (co-author M. Molfa), 27, Global Business Magazine, 2011.
  • Arbitral Interim Measures in International Arbitration: The Italian Perspective,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review 2011, 57-60. Global Arbitration Review, 2011.
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Class and Group Actions,” Global Legal Group, 2009 (co-author M. Molfa).
  • Class Actions 2009: Italy,” The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Competition Litigation, 81-87. Global Legal Group, London, 2008.
  • “Legalizzazione di atti pubblici stranieri,” in Dizionario di Diritto Privato, Giuffré, in corso di pubblicazione.
  • “La responsabilità civile in materia antitrust (art. 33, comma 2, L. 10.10.1190 n. 287),” in Codice Ipertestuale della Responsabilità Civile (con M. Siragusa e M. D’Ostuni), Kluwer, 2008.
  • “Giurisprudenza e dottrina: prima lettura del Decreto Legislativo n. 5/2003: il nuovo processo societario,” in Temi Romana, 2002, fasc. 2-3, pp. 132 e ss.
  • “La riforma della giurisdizione del giudice italiano nei confronti dello straniero,” in Temi Romana, 1998, fasc. 2, pp. 574 e ss.
  • “Osservazioni sugli aiuti di stato nel diritto comunitario e sui relativi orientamenti giurisprudenziali: il ruolo dei giudici nazionali nell’applicazione dell’art. 93, par. 3, del trattato CE,” in Temi Romana, 1998, fasc. 1, pp. 33 e ss.
  • Monografia intitolata “Definizione, individuazione e funzionamento dell’ordine pubblico nel diritto internazionale privato,” Ed. Quasar, Roma, 1996.
  • “Prime riflessioni sul concetto di ordine pubblico nella legge di riforma del diritto internazionale privato italiano,” in Il Diritto di famiglia e delle persone, 1996, fasc. 1., pt. 2, pp. 326 e ss.
  • “Sui contratti conclusi dai consumatori nella convenzione di Roma del 1980 sulla legge applicabile alle obbligazioni contrattuali,” in Giustizia Civile, 1996, fasc. 1, pt. 2, pp. 19 e ss.
  • “Il riconoscimento dei provvedimenti stranieri di adozione: interpretazioni giurisprudenziali e profili comparatistici,” in Il Diritto di famiglia e delle persone, 1996, fasc. 3, pt. 2, pp. 1184 e ss.
  • “Nuove prospettive in tema di adozione del single,” nota a Corte di Appello di Roma – Sezione minorenni affari civili – Decreto 18-28 Novembre 1994 n. 279, in Il Diritto di famiglia e delle persone, 1995, fasc. 2, pp. 527 e ss.
  • “Aspetti innovativi della convenzione di Roma del 1980 sulla legge applicabile alle obbligazioni contrattuali e problemi legati alla pratica applicazione delle sue principali norme ad opera dei giudici nazionali,” in Foro Padano, 1994, fasc. 2, pp. 53 e ss.
  • “Il collegamento più stretto nel diritto internazionale privato dei contratti” (Pubblicazioni dell’Istituto di Diritto Internazionale dell’Università di Roma, Giuffré, Milano, 1991), in Foro Padano, 1993, fasc. 2, pp. 31 e ss.
  • “Responsabilità del produttore e diritto internazionale privato,” Cedam, Padova, 1991, in Rivista di Diritto dell’Impresa, 1992, fasc. 2, pp. 453 e ss.

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