Michelangelo Cicogna


T. +39 02 72554.1


Via San Paolo, 7
20121 – MILAN

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 25 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, LCIA, DIS, Swiss Chambers of Commerce, PCA and the UNCITRAL rules as well as in ad hoc arbitrations.

He has been involved, in different capacities, in over 150 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.

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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, Officer of IBA Arbitration Committee and Co-chair of the Sub-committee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, 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 former co-chair of ArbIt, the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR.
He is a member of several ICC Consultative Task Force. He is past 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 Who’s Who Legal of international commercial arbitration as Global Thought Leader and as one of the leading practitioners in Italy. He is also mentioned in various other 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).

Michelangelo is ranked by Chambers 2023 in Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators.

Areas of expertise

Admitted to the Supreme Court

Admitted to the Italian Bar


Milan, Degree in Law, Milan Catholic University


Italian, English, French, Spanish