email: flavio.ponzano@arblit.com
phone: + 39 02 8425 4810


  • Ph.D. in International Law (Catholic University of Milan, 2018)
  • Degree in Law (Catholic University of Milan, 2012)



  • Milan Bar (2015)



  • Italian, English, French (basic)

Flavio specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. He has acted as counsel, secretary or assistant to arbitral tribunals in several arbitrations conducted under various rules (ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules) and involving high-profile disputes in a large variety of industry sectors. His experience includes acting as counsel to photovoltaic investors in six proceedings brought against the Czech Republic under the Energy Charter Treaty and various intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. In 2018 Flavio spent a six-month secondment period working at the Paris arbitration boutique Betto Seraglini.


Praised by colleagues and clients, Flavio is recognized as “future leader” in arbitration (rankings Who’s Who Legal “Arbitration Future Leaders – Non Partners” for 2018 and 2019) and included among the notable Italian lawyers in this field (ranking Who’s Who Legal “Italy: Arbitration 2018”).

He holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the Catholic University of Milan, with a thesis on the res judicata effects of foreign judgments and international arbitral awards, and since 2013 assists Professor Radicati di Brozolo at his courses of Private International Law and Law of International Arbitration. Flavio is a member of the board of editors of Diritto del Commercio Internazionale. The Law of International Trade.


Flavio is member of the Executive Committee of AIA-ARBIT-40 (the Italian under 40 arbitration group).

In 2014 he took part in the International Academy for Arbitration Law in Paris and was awarded the Runner-up Prize for the Laureate of the Academy.

Before joining ARBLIT, Flavio was a trainee for a year in the corporate and M&A practice group of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo in Milan. Flavio graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of Milan in 2012 with a dissertation on multiparty arbitration. Before graduating he interned at the Milan office of Baker & McKenzie.

  • Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration)
  • The Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • La res judicata nell’arbitrato commerciale internazionale: note a margine della monografia di Silja Schaffstein, in Rivista dell’Arbitrato, 2017, 1, pp 181-190.
  • Representative Aspects of “Mass Claim” Proceedings in Investor-State Arbitration, in B. Hanotiau & E. A. Schwarz (eds.), Class and Group Actions in Arbitration, Dossiers – ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2016, pp 127-145 (with L. G. Radicati di Brozolo).
  • La giurisdizione ICSID rationae personae: il ritorno della dicotomia forma-sostanza in tema di nazionalità dell’investitore persona giuridica, comment to Venoklim Holding B.V. v. República Bolivariana de Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB/12/22, in Diritto del Commercio InternazionaleThe Law of International Trade, 2016, 2, pp 513-534.
  • Confidentiality within Arbitration, in E. Geisinger (ed.), Confidential and Restricted Access Information in International Arbitration, ASA Special Series No. 43, 2016, pp 1-20 (with L. G. Radicati di Brozolo).
  • Determinazione della legge applicabile alla convenzione arbitrale in assenza di scelta espressa delle parti, comment to FirstLink Investments Corp Ltd v GT Payment Pte Ltd and others [2014] SGHCR 12, in Rivista dell’Arbitrato, 2014, 4, pp 833-852.
  • Clausole arbitrali e clausole di elezione del foro: un’antinomia solo agli occhi dei ‘non reasonable observers’?, comment to British American Insurance (Kenya) Ltd v (1) Matelec SAL (2) Thika Power Ltd [2013] EWHC 3278 (Comm), in Diritto del Commercio Internazionale, 2014, 2, pp 508-519.
  • Bonelli Erede, Milan, February 20, 2019, “The Prague Rules: wind of change?
  • ICC YAF, CFA-40, PVYAP, Paris, July 5, 2018, “Career opportunities in International Arbitration
  • ARBLIT, Milan, November 10, 2017, “Res Judicata in International Arbitration
  • ICC YAF, Milan, April 8, 2016, “International Energy Investments and the ECT – a Focus on Investments in Renewables