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’s practice centers on international commercial and investor-state arbitration.  Fabio has appeared as counsel in several high-profile cases across a variety of sectors, including telecommunications, construction, steel industry, agency and M&A.  Fabio also regularly acts as administrative secretary to international arbitral tribunals in arbitration proceedings under different rules (ICC, UNCITRAL and Milan Chamber of Arbitration), and subject to a wide range of governing substantive and procedural laws (Italian, English, French, Polish, Albanian, Romanian laws as well as public international law).  Fabio has gained special expertise in multijurisdictional disputes, arbitral interim relief and arbitration-related proceedings before domestic courts. He also assists clients in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights.

Fabio’s articles on international arbitration are regularly published by the most prestigious academic reviews in the world, including Arbitration International.  In 2014, his article “The Emergency Arbitrator: a full-fledged arbitrator rendering an enforceable award?” was awarded an honourable mention in the context of the McGill University’s “Nappert Prize on International Arbitration”.

Fabio graduated summa cum laude in 2012 from Bocconi University School of Law, Milan. His graduate dissertation “Emergency Arbitration Procedures in International Commercial Arbitration” was awarded the “Daniele Padovani Prize” of the Italian Society of International and EU Law for the best graduate dissertation on private and procedural international law.  During university, Fabio participated in the Nineteenth Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot where his team, for which he was one of the oralists, ranked among the best 16 universities in the world at the oral phase and obtained an honourable mention for the Memorandum for Respondent.

Fabio is currently an LLM candidate at the University of Cambridge where he will be conducting research on the role of human rights in international commercial and investment arbitration, and he is also a teaching assistant at the Catholic University of Milan.

Prior to joining ARBLIT, Fabio was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s International Arbitration Group and worked in the Litigation and Corporate departments of Hogan Lovells in Milan.

A qualified attorney in Italy, Fabio speaks Italian and English fluently, and has basic knowledge of French, Spanish and Portuguese.

“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, forthcoming 2017.

“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.