Avvocato Andrew G. Paton > De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani > Rome, Italy > Lawyer Profile

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani
00198 ROMA

Work Department

International Arbitration
Corporate and Commercial
Private Clients

Industrial Products and Equipment
Railways, Aviation and Logistics
Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences


Andrew G. Paton, an Australian national admitted to practice in Australia, England & Wales and Italy, joined the firm as a partner in 2009.


Throughout his legal career, Andrew has worked extensively in both common law and civil law jurisdictions. He brings his broad international experience to bear in three main areas: (i) international M&A, joint ventures and trade; (ii) international arbitration and cross-border litigation; (iii) international succession and private client work.

Before joining De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Andrew was Of counsel with the magic-circle law firm Allen & Overy and a founding partner of the boutique Italian law firm, Barenghi & Paton.

Andrew assists major international companies from common law backgrounds with their business projects and investments in Italy. He also assists Italian clients in their international and local business.

He has far reaching experience in negotiating and drafting international agreements in diverse industry sectors, including those of his long-standing corporate clients in the following areas: automated fare collection for city transit systems (Australia), renewable energy (Taiwan), industrial manufacturers (Italy) including white goods (Italy, China, New Zealand), petrochemical plants (EU), pharmaceutical and medical products (Italy, Taiwan), tourism and holiday resorts (UK), property investment (Australia), market research technology and analysis (USA), health research and diagnostic tools (Italy).

Andrew has been described in Legal 500 and in IAM 1000 as “one of the most in-demand technology transaction lawyers in Rome”.

In the area of international dispute resolution, Andrew has acted as lead counsel and co-counsel in complex cross-border matters before both arbitral tribunals and courts, achieving noteworthy successes including in complex jurisdictional challenges. He has developed skills in coordinating international teams of lawyers, witnesses and experts (engineers, forensic accountants) from different legal cultures, in both arbitration and court proceedings, several of which running in parallel.

More recently, Andrew has acted as a member of arbitration tribunals and as sole arbitrator in cross-border commercial disputes under the rules of several of the major international arbitration institutions.

In his private client practice, his work has been centred on international successions involving assets located in Italy. He deals on a regular basis with estate planning, will drafting in international estates, issues of applicable law, estate administration in different countries and related litigation.

Andrew is one of the founders of ArbIt (the leading Italian forum on international arbitration) and a member of the editorial board of Rivista dell’Arbitrato.

He is also a member of the following leading international legal and arbitration associations in Italy and abroad:

  • ICC Commission on Arbitration (member for Australia)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (FCIArb)
  • Fellow, Australian Council for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • Associazione Italiana dell’Arbitrato (AIA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Law Council of Australia, International Law Section.

Andrew is a frequent speaker at arbitration law conferences and has published commentaries on Italian developments in arbitration, succession and other international legal subjects.


English, Italian, French


Admitted as solicitor of Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
Admitted as solicitor of Supreme Court of England and Wales
Admitted to the Italian Bar


Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney, Australia
Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney, Australia
Italian law degree equivalency exams, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

Lawyer Rankings

Italy > Dispute resolution

At De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, litigation, arbitration and mediation are divided into three ad hoc sub-practices, respectively led by founding partner Maria Cristina Franchini, Michelangelo Cicogna and of counsel Giovanni de Berti. The specific teams are staffed by teams of professionals from the firm’s two Italian offices in Milan and Rome. The firm, which also has bases in Brussels and Moscow, combines international and cross-border litigation with private international law, advising clients on real estate and insolvency, IP and commercial matters, as well as product, medical and pharmaceutical liability. Andrew G. Paton is qualified in Australia, England and Wales and Italy.

London > Dispute resolution > Mediators

Andrew Paton – Independent Mediators 

As ‘master of his craft, who helps parties get deals done‘, Andrew Paton joined Independent Mediators as a full-time mediator in 2016; previously he worked as a mediator through Pinsent Masons LLP while practising as a solicitor. He is ‘one of the longest serving and most experienced mediators on the circuit, and his experience shows in the way he is able to cope with challenging situations and chart a way through them. He is very thorough but never loses sight of the wood for the trees – he keeps the parties focused on the bottom line‘. Paton has mediated over 1145 matters to date, with over half of his mediations in 2019 involving professional negligence claims relating to solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, insurance brokers, architects and other construction professionals.