Paolo Bertoli’s practice focuses on arbitration and litigation.

Paolo has participated in numerous international and domestic arbitrations involving complex commercial disputes and public international law issues, and in commercial, securities and antitrust litigation in a variety of Italian courts. He also has acted as arbitrator under the Milan Chamber of Arbitration Rules.

Paolo is Professor of International law at the University of Insubria (Como) and is widely published in major Italian and foreign law reviews on various aspects of public and private international law and international civil procedure.

Paolo joined the firm in 2005 and became a senior attorney in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at the firm of Montanari e Associati in Milan.

Notable Experience

  • Telecom Italia S.p.A. and Telecom Italia International N.V. in successfully defending an ICC arbitration involving a dispute under a settlement agreement resolving a previous contest for control of a Brazilian company.

  • The Republic of Argentina in its highly publicized defense against claims by bondholders under the Argentina-Italy bilateral investment treaty relating to Argentina’s sovereign debt at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

  • Snam in obtaining important decisions by various Italian courts ordering several Italian companies, operating in the regulated gas market, in disputes that arose in connection with the provision by Snam Rete Gas of the gas transportation and balancing service.

  • Abengoa Solar España in defending claims by One Consulting to enjoin preexisting international arbitration proceedings between the parties.

  • Abengoa Solar España before the Court of Appeal of Palermo in obtaining the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award rendered against One Consulting S.r.l. related to the termination of a framework agreement for the development of photovoltaic projects in Italy.

  • HSBC Holdings plc companies and several other entities in the successful defense against all damages claims brought by Independent Global Managers SGR (IGM) in connection with HSBC’s role as custodian for Thema International Fund, representing the first Italian decision on the Bernie Madoff case and one of the few Italian decisions on prospectus liability.

  • The Milan Chamber of Commerce and Promos in the project aimed at establishing the “EUROMED Center for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,” aimed at establishing a successful partnership between public and private entities in the Euro-Mediterranean Region in order to create and strengthen economic and financial relationships with MSMEs and encourage the growth and development of MSMEs in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.

  • Del Monte Group in connection with trademark infringement and unfair competition matters, including in a successful interim proceedings brought before the Tribunal of Milan by Simba S.p.A., the exclusive distributor of Del Monte-branded fruit in Italy and the Mediterranean area, regarding parallel sales of Del Monte products under a different brand.

  • 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, Editorial Board, Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale
  • Member, Italian Society of International Law
  • Visiting Scholar, Columbia University School of Law, 2008
  • Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg (Germany), 2005
  • Visiting Researcher, Court of Justice of the European Communities, 2004

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