Dispute resolution

In the summer of 2019, BonelliErede merged with Lombardi e Associati. This merger combines two of Italy’s leading Independent law firms, which will undoubtedly strengthen the position of the firm in the Italian market.  

The Lombardi professionals that joined Bonelli include litigation partners Giuseppe Lombardi, Renato Bocca, Filippo Rossi and Lazare Vittone, corporate partners Niccolò Baccetti, Johannes Karner, Stefano Nanni Costa and Federico Vermicelli; and banking partner Mara Fittipaldi. 70 other professionals joined the partners to Bonelli. International arbitration is a key area of work for the firm.  

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Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati

Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati has three partners and five lawyers in the dispute resolution team. Marisa Pappalardo and Roberto Donnini lead the dispute resolution team.

The firm advise clients in financial disputes, corporate and commercial disputes and disputes concerning IP rights infringements. Key clients for the firm include Hitachi Rail, Dubai Aerospace enterprise and Basic Italia.

The firm's case highlights remain confidential.


Chiomenti is a well-established and notable firm in Italy. The firm secures a tier 1 firm in the Italian market for its work in disputes. The firm has a key focus in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. Key industry sectors for the firm include banking, construction and materials energy and real estate.  

Silvio Martuccelli heads the firms dispute resolution department. Luca Ferrari and Andrea Bernava are key partners in the disputes department. 

In a class action case, the firm are representing a client claiming compensation for damages allegedly arising from a purported cartel in the sector of car financing services sanctioned by the Italian Competition Authority.  

The firm are representing a client in a real estate case concerning a breach of contract in relation to a preliminary agreement for the sale of a real estate property.

Client feedback 2020

“Excellent overall assessment. Strengths: Technical legal skills, Responsiveness” - Construction

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is recognised for its antitrust and competition work. The firm operates out of offices in Rome and Milan.  

Ferdinando Emanuele is head of the dispute resolution department. The dispute resolution team has two partners, two counsel, one senior attorney, and 11 associates. The firm regularly advise clients before the civil and administrative courts in antitrust and regulatory issues. 

The firm advised Football Club Internazionale Milano in civil and sports proceedings in an attempt to have INTER’s 2005-2006 Serie A League Championship title revoked. 

Another case saw the firm represent Credit Suisse before the court of Milan for alleged liability claims.

Watson Farley & Williams

Watson Farley & Williams has offices in Milan and Rome and practices all aspects of dispute resolution. Elvezio Santarelli heads the dispute resolution department.  

The team note their sector specialisms as energy, finance, transport and real estate and key clients for the firm include 333 Solar, Wise Energy and Jiangsu Zongyi Co.  

The firm’s casework highlights their strengths in the energy sector. The firm advised Belenergia, a Luxembourg solar energy company in international arbitration proceedings before ICSID Arbitration in a damages case arising from breach of the Energy Charter Treaty.  

Another case highlight saw the firm advise a group of over 50 companies in the renewable energy sector in administrative law proceedings to obtain the revocation of Law Decree 91/2014. The proceedings took place before the Italian Administrative Courts.