Giulio Palermo > Archipel > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

11 ruelle du Couchant
1207 Geneva

Work Department

  • International arbitration
  • Sports law
  • International contracts




Giulio Palermo is an arbitration specialist qualified in Switzerland, Italy and Spain

Over the past 10 years, Giulio has been involved in over fifty international arbitrations in English, Spanish, Italian and French administered by all major institutions (e.g. International Court of Arbitration, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, London Court of International Arbitration, Milan Chamber of Arbitration, etc.).

He mainly acts as counsel and also sits as an arbitrator (in matters including transnational sales contracts, shareholders’ agreements, agency, distribution and license agreements, joint ventures, post M&A disputes, construction, sport etc.) and he has been recently voted as the most highly regarded arbitration practitioner in Europe by Who’s Who Future Leaders. Clients and peers single him out as “an excellent lawyer with unquestionable advocacy skills” who “tackles complex issues with ease and is a pleasure to work with”.

Giulio also advises clients on contractual matters, pre-arbitration assessments, negotiations, mediations and arbitration-related court proceedings (e.g. set aside proceedings and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards).

He is also deeply involved in sports disputes. In his role as UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector, he represents UEFA in proceedings before its internal disciplinary and appeal bodies. He is also the President of the Commission for the Drafting of the Code of Best Practices in Sports Arbitration of the Spanish Club of Arbitration.

Before joining Archipel, Giulio practiced arbitration in Geneva with Lalive, in Madrid with Juan Fernández-Armesto and in Paris with the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He initially trained with Barbera & Associati in Rome practising domestic and cross border commercial litigation.


English, Italian, Spanish


  • President of the Commission for the Drafting of the Code of Best Practices in Sports Arbitration of the Spanish Club of Arbitration
  • Member of the Plenary of the Madrid International Arbitration Centre
  • President of Italian Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration
  • Former Co-Chair of the Spanish Club of Arbitration menos 40 (2017-2018)
  • Former Co-Chair of the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR (2015-2016)
  • Former Regional Representative of the Young Arbitrators Forum of ICC (2013-2016)


Giulio holds an LL.M in International Commercial Arbitration from Stockholm University and an LL.M in International Business Law from the Instituto de Empresa Law School in Madrid.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Archipel fields a diverse team that is highly experienced in working in foreign jurisdictions. Co-leading the group are Guillaume Tattevin, Giulio Palermo, and Laurence Ponty; Tattevin focuses on international contracts, and has niche expertise in sales and art law, while Palermo covers joint ventures, post-M&A disputes and sports law, and Ponty specialises in asset recovery and enforcement proceedings. Associate Panagiotis Kyriakou is also noted.