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Flavio Ponzano

email: flavio.ponzano@arblit.com
phone: + 39 02 8425 4810

  • Ph.D. in International Law (Catholic University of Milan, 2018)
  • Degree in Law (Catholic University of Milan, 2012)
  • Milan Bar (2015)
  • Italian; English; French (basic)


Flavio has advised clients primarily in construction and energy disputes, gaining specific expertise in the field of investment arbitration. He currently represents photovoltaic investors in several high-profile investment cases brought against the Czech Republic under the Energy Charter Treaty and various intra-EU Bilateral Investments Treaties. In addition to his counsel work, Flavio regularly serves as secretary or assistant to arbitral tribunals in proceedings conducted under a variety of rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL and Swiss Chambers) and involving disputes in different industry sectors. 

Flavio is recognized by Who's Who Legal rankings "Arbitration Future Leaders - Non-Partners" (2018 and 2019) and "Italy: Arbitration 2018".

Flavio holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the Catholic University of Milan, with a dissertation on the res judicata effects of foreign judgments and international arbitral awards. Since 2013 he is a research and teaching assistant at Professor Radicati’s courses of Private International Law, Law of International Arbitration and Transnational Commercial Law. He is the author of academic articles in the field of international arbitration. As of January 2016, he is a member of the board of editors of Diritto del Commercio Internazionale. The Law of International Trade.

Flavio is member of the Executive Committee of AIA-ARBIT-40 (the Italian under 40 arbitration group).

In 2016, together with Massimo Benedettelli and Michele Sabatini, Flavio authored the Italian Report for the research project of the International Bar Association “Comparative Study on ‘Arbitrability’ under the New York Convention”. In 2014, he took part in the International Academy for Arbitration Law held in Paris and was awarded the Runner-up Prize for the Laureate of the Academy based on the essay “The double requirement that the arbitrator be independent and impartial”.

Before joining ArbLit, Flavio was a trainee for a year in the corporate and M&A practice group of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo in Milan. Flavio graduated magna cum laude from the Law School of the Catholic University of Milan in 2012 with a dissertation on “Multiparty Arbitration”. Before graduating he interned at the Milan office of Baker & McKenzie (General Corporate and M&A practice group).


  • Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration)
  • The Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


  • La res judicata nell'arbitrato commerciale internazionale: note a margine della monografia di Silja Schaffstein, in Rivista dell'Arbitrato, 2017, 1, pp 181-190.
  • Representative Aspects of "Mass Claim" Proceedings in Investor-State Arbitration, in B. Hanotiau & E. A. Schwarz (eds.), Class and Group Actions in Arbitration, Dossiers – ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2016, pp 127-145 (with L. G. Radicati di Brozolo).
  • La giurisdizione ICSID rationae personae: il ritorno della dicotomia forma-sostanza in tema di nazionalità dell'investitore persona giuridica, comment to Venoklim Holding B.V. v. República Bolivariana de Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB/12/22, in Diritto del Commercio InternazionaleThe Law of International Trade, 2016, 2, pp 513-534.
  • Confidentiality within Arbitration, in E. Geisinger (ed.), Confidential and Restricted Access Information in International Arbitration, ASA Special Series No. 43, 2016, pp 1-20 (with L. G. Radicati di Brozolo).
  • Determinazione della legge applicabile alla convenzione arbitrale in assenza di scelta espressa delle parti, comment to FirstLink Investments Corp Ltd v GT Payment Pte Ltd and others [2014] SGHCR 12, in Rivista dell’Arbitrato, 2014, 4, pp 833-852.
  • Clausole arbitrali e clausole di elezione del foro: un’antinomia solo agli occhi dei ‘non reasonable observers’?, comment to British American Insurance (Kenya) Ltd v (1) Matelec SAL (2) Thika Power Ltd [2013] EWHC 3278 (Comm), in Diritto del Commercio Internazionale, 2014, 2, pp 508-519.


BonelliErede, Milan, February 20, 2019, "The Prague Rules: wind of change?"
ICC YAF, CFA-40, PVYAP, Paris, July 5, 2018, "Career opportunities in international arbitration"
ARBLIT, Milan, November 10, 2017, "Res judicata in international arbitration"

ICC YAF, Milan, April 8, 2016, "International Energy Investments and the ECT - a Focus on Investments in Renewables"


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