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Massimo Benedettelli

Massimo Benedettelli


Massimo joined ArbLit as a partner in October 2014. He is full professor at the department of law of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, where he holds the chair of international law. A tenured professor of law since 1994, throughout his academic career he has also taught private international law, international economic law, EU law and European commercial law.

From 2001 until June 2014, Massimo was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and a member of both the international arbitration group and the corporate practice group. At Freshfields he also sat for six years on the Partners Recommendation Committee, the firm’s body charged with the task of proposing the election to the partnership of associates and lateral hires.

Massimo started his professional practice in 1986 at the legal department of ENI SpA, where he gained experience in the energy sector, being involved in the negotiations of various joint ventures and construction projects, as well as in international arbitrations. In 1990 he joined as an associate Chiomenti Studio Legale, one of the most prestigious Italian firms, where he was a partner from 1996 until November 2001, when he left the firm to join Freshfields.

As one of Italy’s main arbitration specialists, throughout his career, Massimo has acted as counsel or sat as chairman, and sole or party-appointed arbitrator in several international and domestic arbitrations. His experience includes acting in proceedings under the ICC Rules, the UNCITRAL Rules and the Arbitration Rules of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations in connection with an array of matters such as EPC construction contracts, post-M&A disputes, joint ventures, energy, telecommunications, intellectual property and international investments. The arbitrations in which he has been involved have been seated in a variety of places and featured procedural and substantive laws of different jurisdictions, as well as public international law.

As a recognised scholar, Massimo is the author of one book and various articles published on the most prestigious Italian and international law reviews, and is the co-editor of an authoritative commentary on arbitration law and practice in Italy, focusing on international arbitration law, private international law, European law, public international law and international company law.