Mauro Rubino-Sammartano


Juris Doctor, Catholic University of Milan (J.D., 1958)


Visiting Professor on commercial arbitration law at the University of Milan (1997-1998) and at the University of Padua (2003-2004 and 2005-2006)

Lecturer on international arbitration at the University of Padua (1987-1989)

            Organisation and teaching at courses on arbitration

            Regular lecturer on arbitration

Admittance at Bars as Counsel

Milan Bar (1961)

Italian Court of Cassation (1975)

Paris Bar (1986)

Associate Tenant of Littleton Chambers, London, as an international arbitrator

Honorary Member of the Istanbul and of the Sofia Bar

Arbitration Roles

Chartered Arbitrator, FCIArb

Chairman of the European Court of Arbitration

Chairman of the Mediation Centre of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East

Chairman of the International School of Arbitration and Mediation of the Mediterranean and the Middle East

He sits as chairman, or sole arbitrator, or member of arbitral tribunals in commercial and investment arbitrations.

Approach to Arbitration

His role as an arbitrator is focused on aiming to understand the parties by creating a constructive dialogue, on ensuring that they have the possibility to prove their case and on taking into account the need that the case be decided in a balanced way and in a short time.

Offices held

President, European Court of Arbitration

Honorary Investment Counsellor of Pakistan for Italy

Président d’Honneur, Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)

Chairman Emeritus, International Committee of the Milan Bar

Président d’Honneur, Association Internationale des Juristes de langue Italienne

Honorary President of the European Society for Construction Law 

Founder of the Italian Society for Construction Law

Co-Editor of Foro Padano

Council Member, International Bar Association (IBA)

Previous Offices

Recorder of Desio, 1964-1969

Deputy Judge (Court of Monza)

Honorary Consul in Milan of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Chairman of SBL’s International Sales and Related Commercial Transaction

SBL Council Member

Member, IBA Publication Committee

IBA Deputy Secretary General for Southern Europe (appointment not served, due to a simultaneous nomination as President of Union Internationale des Avocats, an office which has been held)

Chairman, The Mediterranean and Middle East Institute of Arbitration

President of the European Society for Construction Law

Chairman Emeritus, IBA’s International Construction Projects

Secretary-General Emeritus of the Federation of European Bars


Grand Cross (Order of the Merit, Portugal)

High Officer (Order of the Merit, Italy)

Cross of Honour (Order of St. Ramon, Spain)

Grand Silver Decoration of Honour (Austria)

Ordem del Derecho, Colombia

Practice Areas

Contract law

International arbitration and litigation


Mergers and acquisitions

Sales of goods

Major tort issues






International Arbitration: Law and Practice, Juris, 3nd ed. 2014

Appalti d’Opere e Contratti di Servizi (Construction Contracts and Contracts for Services), Cedam, 3rd Ed. 2006

Il Diritto dell’Arbitrato, (Arbitration Law), Cedam, 6th Ed. 2011

Arbitrato, Conciliazione e ADR” (Arbitration, Mediation and ADR), Zanichelli, Ed. 2009

Warranties in Cross Border Acquisitions”, (Gen. Ed.) Graham & Trottman, London, 1994

Public Policy in Transnational Relationships” (Co-Gen. Ed.) Kluwer, 1991

The Section on Italy of “Practitioner’s Handbook on International Arbitration, (Weigand Ed.) Oxford University Press, 2009

The Part on Civil Procedure in Italy of “World Litigation Law and Practice”, (Ed. Myrick) Matthew Bender, New York, 1985

Drafting and Enforcing Contracts in Civil and Common Law Jurisdiction” (Gen. Eds. K. Yelpaala, M. Rubino-Sammartano and D. Campbell) Kluwer, 1986

Bibliographical Dictionary of the Library of the Milan Bar”, Milan, Giuffré, 1970.


European Court of Arbitration’s Appellate Arbitral Proceedings, Getting the Deal Through – Arbitration 2017, 30

The Role of the Engineer – Myth and Reality, Transnational Dispute Management, 2017, Vol. 14, issue 2

The Arbitrator’s Pledge Launched by the European Court of Arbitration, ARIA, 2015, Vol. 26, no. 4, 599.

A Continuous Search for New Horizons, ARIA, 2012, Vol. 23, no. 2, 335

Investment Arbitration – Substantive and Procedural Issues in Investments, Yearbook on International Arbitration, Vol. II, 2012, Roth/Geistlinger (gen. ds.), NWV Vienna

Prejudging in international arbitration: danger or excuse?, Yearbook on International Arbitration, 2010,Vol. 1

The Procedural Rule: from instrument to obstacle to justice, Foro pad. 2010, 3

Third Generation Arbitration, The American Review of International Arbitration, 2010, Vol. 20, No. 4, 513.

The Fall of a Taboo – Review of the Merits of an Award by an Appellate Arbitration Panel and a Proposal for an International Appellate Court, J. Int. Arb. 2003, 20(4), 387-392

Substantive and procedural issues (and perspectives) in investment disputes, International Arbitration: Law and Practice, 2nd edition Kluwer, 2001

Performance Bonds” in “International Business Transactions”, (Eds. Campbell and Proksch), Kluwer, 1988

Lack of Conformity and Various Reliefs in Sales of Moveable Goods to Italy” in “Survey of the International Sale of Goods” (Eds. Campbell, Lafili and Gevurtz) Kluwer, 1985

Commercial Agency in Italy” in “Rights and Liabilities in Commercial Agency”, Kluwer 1984

Commentary in “Defects, Delay, Prices and Subcontracting in Civil Law”, in “Selected Problems of Construction Law: International Approach”, University Press, Fribourg, 1983

The Channel Tunnel and the Tronc Commun Doctrine, J. Intl. Arb., 1993, Vol. 10, No. 3

Amiable Compositeur (Joint Mandate to Settle) and Ex Bono et Aequo, J. Intl. Arb., 1992, Vol. 9, No. 1

Is Arbitration to Be Just a Luxury Clinic?, J. Intl. Arb., 1990, Vol. 7, No. 3

An International Arbitral Court of Appeal as an Alternative to Long Attacks and Recognition Proceedings, J. Intl. Arb. 1989, 181

International and Foreign Arbitration, J. Intl. Arb. 1988, Vol. 5, No. 3

Third Generation Arbitration. Appeals to a New Panel Within Arbitration Proceedings?, J. Intl. Arb. 1987, Vol. 4, No. 1

The Keban Arbitration, The Arbitration Journal, 1980, 241

The role of the Engineer, Myth and Reality, International Business Lawyer, 81 (1986)

The Civil Law Approach to Evidence, The Arbitration Journal, 331 (1983)

International Construction Agreements-Employer’s Breach and Consequent Right of the Contractor to Withhold Delivery on Site, Intl. Bus. Law., 1943 (1983)

International Construction Agreements, Extent of the Owner’s Interference and case Where the Agreement Become Null and Void, Intl. Bus. Law., 457 (1981)


Andreina Degli Esposti

Born in Bologna in June 1960, she graduated magna cum laude in Law from the University of Bologna in February 1984. She also studied at the University of Münster and was admitted to the bar in 1986. She has been involved in research and lecturing in the department of Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna and the departments of Administrative Law at the Universities of Milan and Pavia, publishing various essays and contributing entries to legal encyclopedias.

Throughout the course of her practice – which covers both judicial (predominantly before the Regional Administrative Tribunals and the Consiglio di Stato) and extrajudicial (stipulating agreements with Public Administrations and providing counsel in the administrative areas of M&A and joint ventures) work – she has gained expertise in the sectors of procurement (also concerning the German legal system), environment, telecommunications and town-planning. She also has extensive experience as a member of the Board of Arbitrators.

Currently, she is involved in the professional network of the online administrative law review “” and is a member of the Lombardy Association for Administrative Lawyers.

Chambers Europe and Legal 500 place her among the most prominent Italian lawyers in the field of public law.

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati:

At Studio Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati, our primary objective is to meet the growing demand for specialist advice from public and private clients operating in the various sectors governed by Administrative Law. Having provided legal counsel across all areas of our expertise over the years, our extensive judicial and extrajudicial experience has shaped the Studio as a key consultancy in the current legal framework. We operate within the ever-strengthening relationship between the Administrative and Civil law sectors, and specialise particularly in Corporate and Financial law. The importance of this relationship has now extended across both national and international markets, particularly due to the influence of key independent authorities that regulate areas such as antitrust material, the Stock Exchange and financial brokerage, as well as other entities operating in the field of public utilities (e.g. energy, water, telecommunications and transport).

The Firm’s practice covers all areas of Public Law, either in courts of law (besides before civil and administrative courts, also in criminal proceedings involving public aspects and before Corte di Conti) or extra-judicially. In particular, the Firm is specialized in: Public tenders and Project financing, Real estate and Building Regulation (Commerce, Industrial sites, Malls, Stores and Infrastructures), Environment, Mergers and Acquisitions (i.e. Due Diligence activity), Energy, Public Utilities, Independent Authorities,  Oil and Gas, Waste, Privatisation;

We consider one of our fundamental strengths to be our ability to continually update and evolve our practice in order to accommodate for a constantly developing legal system. The Studio’s dynamic structure means that our lawyers spread across Milan, Rome and Bologna can satisfy our clients’ every need quickly and efficiently.

The Firm is located also in Rome (00198, Via G. Caccini, 1, Tel.+39 06 48 90 67 66 – Fax +39 06 47 82 16 84) and in Bologna (40122, Galleria G. Marconi, 1, Tel.+39 051 23 11 56 – Fax +39 051 04 20 457).


Giancarlo Zoppini


  • Degree (cum laude) in Law (University of Bologna) 1991
  • Four-year degree from the Italian Tax Police Academy 1988


  • Admitted to the Italian Bar Association 1995
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court 2007
  • Italian Accountant Auditor (Revisore Contabile) 1996


  • Partner of Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati since 2000
  • Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati since 1993
  • Previous experience in another leading Italian tax firm
  • Tax police officer


  • Tax litigation and tax ruling, Corporate and M&A


  • Author of many articles published in the main Italian tax scholar magazines


  • Italian
  • English

Tax Litigation Practice:

The firm has a long standing and solid tradition of handling tax disputes both nationally and internationally.

All the firm’s lawyers and accountants participate in resolving tax controversies both during the audit process and in cases where litigation is unavoidable, such cases being handled by litigators who are tax lawyers, fully experienced in transactional planning as well as in litigation procedures, up to and including those heard before the Italian Supreme Court.


Eugenio Briguglio

Graduated in Law cum laude in 1984 at Messina University.

Enrolled in the Register of Lawyers since 1989, qualified for representation before the Supreme Court since 2001. Joined the firm in 1992, Partner since 1998.


Tax litigation. Assistance during the pre-litigation phase. Advice on direct and indirect taxation.

Appointed as “permanent visitor” in the tax committee of Confindustria (Italian entrepreneurs association) from 2012 to 2014.

Formerly honorary vice-prosecutor in Milan from 1989 until 1991.

Speaker in seminars, author of many articles and publications, teacher in post-graduation courses on tax matters.


Italian, English.


Salvatore Di Salvatore

Our Partners, starting from our founding partner, Mr. Salvatore di Salvatore, through our junior partners such as Ms. Silvia Verona and senior associates such as Mr. Luca Colageo offer experienced legal and tax advices and bring professional representation to your case. In court we are effective advocates, professional, elegant, and fair.

Copyright, Trademarks, Patents & Design:

ACCOMPLY provides advices on intellectual property law, focusing on Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and Design areas including professional services to private and public businesses for their intellectual property matter in Italy and worldwide. Our practice includes all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, design, including counselling, assignment and licensing providing a full range of contentious and non-contentious legal advice. We help our clients, register, protect and capitalize on their intellectual property. We work with our client to help them handle their acquisition of intellectual property rights and the enforcement of those rights. We advise on all aspects of branding from assisting at concept phase, copyright and database ownership as well as infringement matters. We also draft assignment and licensing agreements to support co-branding and similar ventures. Copyright protected works of authorship include literary works, motion pictures, musical works, sound recordings, software, data bases, architectural works, and drawings amongst others. Key services of ACCOMPLY include: Trademark, copyright and design protection advice, commercial advice including drafting commercial agreements. is dedicated to protecting the ideas and innovations that drive businesses around the worldwide. We also represent clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce and domain name.


ACCOMPLY is committed to constantly contribute to the actual success of individual clients and the related companies.

Our lawyers and tax advisors analyze a case and provide the tools necessary to achieve the specific goals, perfectly in line with the assignment.

With offices in New York, Milan, Rome, London and Paris, ACCOMPLY enjoys a privileged, solid network. We can work together with professional counselors of all the relevant industries throughout the world.


Luciano Castelli

Luciano has recently joined Sanzo e Associati Law Firm. A boutique law firm, made of 16 professionals, specialized in dispute resolution, company and bankruptcy law.

Luciano Castelli, previously the founding partner of Mariconda e Associati, has decades of experience in litigation, acquired assisting multinational and Italian companies, particularly in the civil and commercial law. He followed important national disputes and is often appointed arbitrator from colleagues both from institutional bodies (i.e. Milan Chamber of Arbitration and Order of Chartered Accountants of Milan).


Since September 2009, new private law at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan and, since December 2011, PhD student in Civil Procedural Law at the University of Milan. Before starting to work with the lawyer. prof. Vincenzo Mariconda in 2009, played his professional activities at Studio Legale Gramellini and Leonelli. He previously worked in the legal department and the department of asset management, division of South America, the Geneva office of Safdié Bank (formerly Bank Multi-Commercial). Since 2012, collaborates with the Group Ipsoa – Wolters Kluwer, the magazine online Contracts (Articles. 1719-1822) and has updated the Civil Code Commented by Guido Alpa and Vincenzo Mariconda (Articles. 2643-2807 ).

Education: University of Milan (JD), University of Finance Geneva – IFGP (Course of Finance), University of Milan (PhD student in procedural law Civil), University of Milan (Corso specialization in Financial Markets Law)


Raffaele G. Rizzi

Raffaele G. Rizzi is a co-founder of RDR law firm. Raffaele is qualified to practice in Italy, New York, England & Wales. 

Raffaele’s practice concentrates in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, finance and securities matters. Raffaele has advised purchasers and sellers in a wide variety of transactions, including private acquistions and divestitures, cross-border joint ventures and other strategic alliances. Raffaele also advises on a full range of corporate governance matters, including compliance with Italian corporate governance provisions and Consob/Bank of Italy regulations. Before founding RDR, Raffaele was Group General Counsel of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, managing 100 lawyers throughout the Group. Previously he was head of the Italian legal department at Credit Suisse and a partner of the law firm Baker & McKenzie.

Raffaele graduated summa cum laude from Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome (LUISS) and earned his LLM from George Washington University. In November 2011 Raffaele was awarded Best Banking Lawyer of the Year by Top Legal. He was also placed in the Top 10 Most Innovative Legal Teams in Europe by the Financial Times in 2010.

Raffaele has been a member on different Boards of Directors within the Monte dei Paschi Group, a member of the joint venture committee between Banca Monte dei Paschi and AXA, and President of the Board of Directors of Fabrica Sgr (one of the major real estate asset management companies). He is the author of several articles on specialised international law reviews, he has been a speaker in several Italian and international conferences.


Alessandro De Rosa


Spadafora De Rosa (October 2004 – Present) Naming and Founding Partner

Tonucci & Partners (November 2014 – Present) Partner

IRA – Italian Russian Association (February 2013 – Present) Vice President

MCDRM Sport Management (July 2013 – Present) President

YCCA – Yacht Club Cortina d’Ampezzo (March 2016 – Present) Vice President

Honors & Awards

GLOBAL LAW EXPERT for Real Estate in Italy – May 2016

REAL ESTATE LAWYER of the Year 2016 – Acq Legal Award – London – February 2016

REAL ESTATE LAWYER of the Year in Italy 2015 – Five Star Law – London – February 2015

MIGLIORE PROFESSIONISTA Settore Boutique d’Eccellenza 2014 Premio Internazionale Le Fonti – Milan – June 2014 – “For strong acceleration given to the process of creating a widespread international network for the benefit of its customers, with a marked vocation to emerging economies , in line with the pioneering spirit that has always characterized the boutique”

BEST LAWYER 2014 – IAIR AWARDS – October 2014 – Dubai “For strong acceleration given to the process of creating a widespread international network for the benefit of its customers, with a marked vocation to emerging economies , in line with the pioneering spirit that has always characterized the boutique and for the contribution to the merger between Tonucci and Spadafora De Rosa Law Firm”

Spadafora De Rosa Migliore Studio Legale 2013 – Premio Internazionale Le Fonti – Milan – June 2013 – ‘For the strengthening of the structure combined with the maintenance of the original flexibility ‘ , and the expansion of services available to its partners”

Spadafora De Rosa – Migliore Studio Legale 2012 – Premio Internazionale Le Fonti – Milan – June 2012 – “To be involved in a continuous growth becoming, for the pioneering spirit in communication and for the enthusiasm of young professionals who constantly supported with training and coaching , they are the mouthpiece of a completely innovative approach”

Spadafora De Rosa – Finalista – Premio Internazionale Le Fonti – Milan – June 2014

Spadafora De Rosa – Finalista – Top Legal Awards – October 2013

Spadafora De Rosa – Finalista – Top Legal Awards – October 2012


Stefano Sutti

Stefano Sutti was born in Milan, Italy, in 1960 and studied law (JD, 1983,cum laude; LLM, 1985) and business administration at the Catholic University of Milan. He is a member of the Bar of Milan and of the Italian Supreme Court Bar.

“In 1980 he started working as a paralegal for Studio Legale Sutti, one of the largest independent Italian law firms and the only large Italian firm with a strong focus on contentious and para-contentious work, which was founded in 1953 by Angelo Sutti, knight of the Italian Republic, in turn one of the top Italian litigators of his generation. An associate since 1984, Stefano Sutti became partner in 1989 and then managing partner in 1992, and promoted the establishment of the firm’s offices in London, Tokyo and Sofia.

His specialty is, and has always been, international disputes and complex corporate cases (especially M&A-related). However, recently Dr Sutti has been requested, often by domestic and foreign colleagues on behalf of their clients, to assist and to plead, in Italian, English and French, in all kinds of litigation, arbitration and mediation, namely in civil, commercial and criminal courts; in appeals; before tax, antitrust and trade authorities; before administrative, regulatory and disciplinary tribunals; and in mock trials for demonstrative or educational purposes.

A number of high-profile matters dealt with by Stefano Sutti that have obtained widespread media coverage have also involved the hi-tech sector. His reputation in this field was further confirmed a few years ago by the invitation to represent Italy in the EU Commission’s European Information Technology Conference 1996 in Brussels, where he participated in a successful demonstrative trial entitled Trading in Cyberspace: The Legal Frontier.Stefano Sutti is regularly recommended among Italian leading counsel by most independent sources, including: the Dispute Resolution Contacts Handbook, the prestigious Guide to Foreign Law Firms edited by the American Bar Association, and in the litigation section of European Legal Experts.

Dr Sutti and his dispute resolution team within Studio Legale Sutti are also consistently mentioned in Global Counsel 3000, Legal 500 in Europe, and the IFLR 1000, and were the official contributor for Italy to the International Law Office Arbitration Newsletter.

Besides his participation to the work of the relevant committees of AIJA, UAE, IBA and IPBA, Stefano Sutti is a professor of international litigation at the University of Padua, one of the oldest law schools in the world, is a member of the editorial board of The European Lawyer, and is the author of a large number of articles and essays, many of which deal with various aspects of civil litigation in Italy, trial and appeal strategy, comparative procedural law, and cybercrime.In spite of his substantial caseload, Dr Sutti also plays an active role in Studio Legale Sutti’s continuing education programmes aimed at developing the litigation and advocacy skills of its members (some of whom hold in turn academic positions in the fields of civil and criminal procedure).

These programmes include discussing subjects ranging from the Harvard risk tree analysis to Myamoto Musashi’s Book of the Five Rings, from neuro-linguistic programming to rhetoric to strategy to the theory of games.”


Nicola Fabiano

  • Mentioned in the official report on Privacy by Design presented at the 33rd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners
  • Privacy by Design Ambassador, recognised by the Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, to join a select group of privacy leaders recognized worldwide for their thought leadership.
  • President of the CINFOR (Centro per l’Informatica e l’Innovazione Forense – Centre for informatics and forensic innovation)
  • Member of the F.I.I.F. (Fondazione Italiana per l’Innovazione Forense – Italian Foundation for the Forensic Innovation) working group of the CNF (Consiglio Nazionale Forense – National Bar Council)
  • Security expert
  • Data protection and privacy expert
  • IT person in charge at Bar of Foggia
  • Thank-you and congratulations letter from the General Consulate of Serbia Republic in Bari, 2008
  • Counsel of Italian High Courts, 2006 – present
  • Founder of the STUDIO LEGALE FABIANO, 1994 – present
  • Qualified chartered Lawyer (Foggia Bar), Italy, 1993 – present
  • Lawyer who deals with Civil Law and Digital Law (new technologies, privacy and ICT law)
  • Auditor/Lead Auditor ISO/IEC 27001, Member of AIP (Associazione Informatici Professionisti)
  • Member of EMG (Member of the External Member Group) of the European project BUTLER
  • Member of the Advisory board of the EU BURBA Project
  • Member of IAPP –  “” International Association of Privacy Professional, 2011
  • Sector Director of the Italian Institute for Privacy (IIP-Istituto Italiano Privacy), 2009 – present
  • Member of the Council Internet of Things (“”, 2009- present
  • Member of AIP (Associazione Informatici Professionisti
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the Magazine ”  ““Diritto, Economia e Tecnologie della Privacy” by  ““Istituto Italiano per la Privacy.

Studio Legale Fabiano, has long been committed to privacy and the right of new technologies, is also involved in the activities – or out of court (counseling) – covering:

  • Privacy – the protection of personal dat
  • PEC – certified mail
  • Electronic signatures and digital signatures;
  • The electronic document and the digitization of documents;
  •  PCT – Civil Trial domain names;
  •  The juridical-legal issues related to the phenomenon of the Internet of Things (IoT).
  •  Cloud computing;
  •  UNI-ISO 27001 – Information Security (ISMS).

With specific regard to privacy, the consulting business is:

Audit at the customer (detection of the type of data processed and their treatment / storage sites – identification of the databases, the type of treatment – those involved in the treatment – groups of stakeholders – verification of the minimum security measures as provided by law – risk analysis);

editor of the documentation required by law

  • Privacy policy;
  • Manual of Policy;
  •  Information;
  •  Letters to a processor and letters of appointment of the controllers (internal and external) with what is B necessary for any system administrator;
  • Updating data.

Upgrade and advisory activities

  • Update of the relevant documentation;
  • Consulting for interventions with control authorities and for any further eventuality also contentious.

Studio Legale Fabiano:

Studio Legale Fabiano has been founded by lawyer Nicola Fabiano in 1994 and currently is based in Foggia in Via Dante Alighieri n. 5 and office in Rome (00136) Piazzale delle Medaglie d’Oro, 20. Nicola Fabiano is Civil Law Specialist and Counsel of the Italian High Courts. The professional activities (legal proceedings and within the framework of extrajudicial procedures) are conducted on the entire national territory and, where necessary, may seek the cooperation of other professionals and consultants.