Bonelli Erede Pappalardo is one of the leading Italian firms for EU law and public international work. Its arbitration practice is led by Antonio Crivellaro and Luca Radicati di Brozolo.
The group has built a reputation for its work on behalf of construction companies – it obtained a US$6 million ICSID award on behalf of Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem in a case against Bangladesh in 2009. The client was awarded approximately half the value of its original claim, but it was noted that this was a significant recovery in a long-running dispute. The case was also the first time an international arbitration tribunal had found a state liable for the acts of one of its judges.
More recently, the firm won an award on liability for another Italian construction firm, Tecnimont, in its dispute with Greek contractors over a “chemical plank” in Thessaloniki. The tribunal has yet to issue an award on damages.
In 2010, Radicati di Brozolo, already a member of the ICC Court, was appointed to chair the International Bar Association’s subcommittee on the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. In the summer he was also chosen by the European Commission as one of 16 experts called upon to consider whether arbitration should continue to be exempt from the Brussels I Regulation.