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De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Avvocato Michelangelo Cicogna, Milan, ITALY

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Avvocato Michelangelo Cicogna

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De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani

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Arbitration and ADR
Employment and Pensions

Fashion and Luxury
Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences


Michelangelo Cicogna is a partner at De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani since 2003.


He was previously at the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan and in a law firm specialised in white collar crimes.

Michelangelo’s practice over the last 20+ years has mainly focused on Arbitration and ADR, Litigation, Compliance and Employment law.

As far as Arbitration and ADR is concerned, Michelangelo has acted as counsel in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations mainly under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, the Madrid Arbitration Court, the Chamber of Arbitration of Bucharest, Vienna International Arbitration Center (VIAC), Lebanon Chamber of Arbitration and MKAS in Moscow, handling numerous complex arbitrations including multi-party disputes and parallel proceedings.

As arbitrator, he has served as chairman, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in a number of arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, Milan Chamber of Arbitration, DIS, Swiss Chambers of Commerce, PCA and the UNCITRAL rules as well as in ad hoc arbitrations.

His dispute resolution work predominantly relates to Construction or Infrastructure Projects, Energy, Insurance coverage issues, IT and TMT, Joint Ventures and Consortia, Fashion, M&A and general commercial and distribution matters.

He also regularly serves as mediator in international and domestic mediations.

Michelangelo’s practice also focuses on Compliance and anti-bribery law. He chairs the Supervisory Board for Compliance of several multinational groups (some of them listed at the NY and Milan stock Exchange). Michelangelo has been assisting his clients in various capacities in some of the most sensitive compliance investigations over the last decade and has structured compliance programs for multinational companies.

In the compliance sector his clients are active in the following industries: IT and TMT, Medical Devices, Temporary Work Agencies, IT and Consultancy servicies, Railways and Logistics, Automotive, Luxury and Retail.

On the employment law side, he advises companies on any aspect of employment law both on a transactional as well as litigation level. He has managed mass redundancy and reorganisation processes assisting major international groups.

Clients assisted on Employment matters are active, amongst others, in the following industries: Fashion and Luxury, IT and TMT, Automotive, Construction, Chemicals, Industrial products and equipment, Medical Devices, Entertainment Sports and Tourism.

He is member of the ICC commission on International Arbitration, former president of the AIJA international arbitration commission and vice-chair of the international arbitration committee of the American Bar Association’s international law section.
He is co-founder and co-chair of ArbIt, the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR.
He is a member of several ICC Consultative Task Force. He is co-chair of the Arbitration Study Group of ASLA, the association of major law firms in Italy.

Michelangelo is mentioned by his peers in the 2011 through 2018 Who’s Who Legal of international commercial arbitration as one of the leading practitioners in Italy. He is also mentioned in various legal directories.

Michelangelo Cicogna has written extensively on mediation and arbitration matters and is the co-author of one of the most widely used reference books for ADR practitioners in Italy. He frequently speaks at conferences on international arbitration and ADR (more than 150 so far).

Michelangelo lectures at Luigi Bocconi Milan University on Advocacy in International Arbitration.

He trains local judges on International arbitration matter as an International expert of IDLO (International Development Law Organisation).

He coaches the Luigi Bocconi Milan University team at the Willem Vis International Arbitration Moot in Vienna since its first participation in 2006.

He teaches at the Sports Law LL.M. in Zurich (Corruption in sports).

He has been teaching mediation and negotiation techniques (with more than 1,000 mediators trained).


Italian, English, French


Admitted to the Supreme Court
Admitted to the Italian Bar


Milan, Degree in Law, Milan Catholic University


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani’s ‘available and competent’ team, which counts commercial and IP litigation as well as arbitration as particular strengths, has ‘excellent dispute capabilities at an international level’ and ‘stands out for its professional and ethical approach with both clients and adversary parties’. Litigation expert Maria Cristina Franchini, mediator Giovanni de Berti and ‘excellent arbitratorMichelangelo Cicogna head the practice. David Maria Santoro successfully represented state electricity company Servizio Elettrico Nazionale in a claim against the Italian state related to the reimbursement of favourable energy tariffs to several radio and TV broadcasting companies. With respect to arbitration, the team is acting as co-counsel in an ICSID arbitration against the State of Kuwait.

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