email: fabio.santacroce@arblit.com
phone: +39 02 8425 4810 


  • Degree in Law (Bocconi University, Milan, 2012)
  • LL.M. (University of Cambridge, 2018)



  • Milan Bar



  • Italian, English, French (reading and listening), Spanish (reading and listening), Portuguese (reading and listening)

Fabio has vast experience as counsel in international arbitration, having represented Italian and foreign clients across a variety of sectors (such as telecommunications, construction, energy, defence and insurance), under all major arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and Milan Chamber of Arbitration), and subject to a wide range of governing laws (Italian, English, French, Swiss, Polish, Greek, Albanian, Romanian laws as well as public international law). Fabio has been named a “Rising Star” in dispute resolution by The Legal 500 (The Legal 500, EMEA, Dispute Resolution), with a market source saying that “few in Italy know how to cross-examine a witness like” he does. Who’s Who Legal recognizes him as a “Future Leader” in international arbitration (Who’s Who Legal “Arbitration Future Leaders – Non Partners”), and as a notable Italian lawyer in that field (Who’s Who Legal “Italy: Arbitration”), with clients and peers describing him as an “excellent lawyer”.


Fabio’s recent experience as arbitration counsel includes:

  • successfully representing the Mexican subsidiary of a prominent Italian steel-making group in an ICC arbitration relating to an accident at one of the world’s largest iron production plants (amount in dispute € 70 million);
  • successfully defending four European energy companies in a post-M&A ICC arbitration brought against them by a U.S. multinational group (amount in dispute € 14 million);
  • representing a leading German multinational group active in the defense sector in multibillion ICC proceedings brought against it by a European State.


Fabio also acts as counsel in commercial and arbitration-related cases before Italian courts, having developed an expertise for injunctive relief, the challenge of arbitrators and post-award proceedings. Moreover, besides his counsel work, he also acts as administrative secretary or assistant to the arbitral tribunal in high-profile international arbitrations, including under the ICSID Rules.


Fabio has published articles on international arbitration with the most prestigious academic reviews (see, most recently, “The Applicability of Human Rights Law in International Investment Disputes” published in ICSID Review (Oxford University Press), Vol. 34(1) 2019, 136–155). In 2014, his article “The Emergency Arbitrator: a full-fledged arbitrator rendering an enforceable award?” was named a runner-up prize for McGill University’s Nappert Prize on International Arbitration, and, in 2012, his graduate dissertation was awarded the Padovani prize by the Italian Society of International and European Law.


Fabio studied law at Bocconi University and holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge. Before joining ArbLit, he was a member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s International Arbitration Group and, prior to that, of Hogan Lovell’s M&A department in Milan.  He is fluent in English, and reads French, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Milan Bar (year of call: 2015)
  • Young ICCA
  • Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA)
  • Bocconi Students Advocacy & Litigation
  • “Human Rights in International Arbitration” (Oxford University Press), Co-author with Massimo Benedettelli, forthcoming;
  • “The Applicability of Human Rights Law in International Investment Disputes” in ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal (Oxford University Press), Vol. 34(1) 2019, 136–155.
  • “Navigating the troubled waters between jurisdiction and admissibility: an analysis of which law should govern characterization of preliminary issues in international arbitration”, in Arbitration International (Oxford University Press), Vol. 33(4) 2017, 539–570.
  • “The emergency arbitrator: a full-fledged arbitrator rendering an enforceable decision?”, in Arbitration International, Vol.31(2) 2015, 283-312.
  • “Efficacia ed eseguibilità delle decisioni dell’emergency arbitrator negli Stati Uniti”, Diritto del Commercio Internazionale, 2014, 2.
  • CEA, AIA-Arbit Below 40, Rovereto, October 4, 2019, “Tempora Mutantur: International Arbitration in Europe
  • ICC YAF, Milan, December 11, 2018, Human Rights in International Arbitration
  • Cambridge University, March 3, 2018, “Cambridge Arbitration Day” (co-organizer)