Two new partners join BonelliErede’s international arbitration practice
25 July 2017

BonelliErede announces the strengthening of its international arbitration practice with the arrival of two partners on 1st September 2017: Laurence Shore and Andrea Carlevaris.

Laurence Shore has been a partner in the New York City office of Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was head of the public international law practice. He has an extensive experience as counsel in commercial and treaty arbitrations before institutions such as ICSID, the ICC, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and the Swiss Chambers, plus in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules. He has also been appointed as arbitrator by many of the same institutions. Laurence is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars, as well as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He will join Antonio Crivellaro in leading the firm’s international arbitration practice from Milan.

Andrea Carlevaris returns to BonelliErede (having been a partner from 2009 to 2012) after serving as Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris (the world’s leading institution for international arbitrations) for five years, from 2012 to 2017. As Secretary General from September 2012 to May 2017, Andrea Carlevaris oversaw over 800 new arbitrations every year and coordinated a team of over 100 people across three continents. Andrea, who has also acted as arbitrator over the years, will be based between the Paris office of Bredin Prat (a fellow member of the Best Friends network) and BonelliErede’s Milan office.

The two new partners will further strengthen BonelliErede’s arbitration team, which comprises over 20 professionals and includes 8 partners and 1 of counsel. Many of them have extensive experience and training in different legal areas. BonelliErede’s international arbitration practice draws on professionals’ expert knowledge of a wide range of matters with international aspects, such as procurement and construction, M&A disputes, joint ventures, corporate law, telecommunications, energy, commercial contracts and investor–State disputes.

Furthermore, many of the team are members of various bars and thus have in-depth knowledge of the legal systems across Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America the Middle East and Asia. This enables BonelliErede to represent clients in a wide range of jurisdictions.

The firm has several decades of unique experience in international arbitration and is also recognised as a pioneer and leader in the field due to its ability to develop innovative litigation strategies and legal principles – many of which have become established caselaw.

Laurence Shore comments as follows: “It is a great opportunity, and responsibility, to join the international arbitration practice that Antonio Crivellaro founded. BonelliErede’s determination to look forward and be among the leading commercial and investment treaty arbitration firms is so compelling that I have embraced a change in jurisdictions. It is also clear to me that Milan will continue to grow in importance not only as an arbitral seat, but also as a centre for advising clients on international dispute resolution. Of course there is no substitute for working with talented lawyers at a great law firm. Together with the partners and associates in the practice group – and, I am delighted to say, with Andrea Carlevaris, following his hugely successful tenure at the ICC – we plan to work on the most challenging cases and to commit everything we have to our clients”.

Andrea Carlevaris comments as follows: “It is a great honour and pleasure to return to the fold of this great firm and its international arbitration team – where I experienced great professional satisfaction and will be reunited with many friends. I am particularly pleased to be returning at such an exciting time for the practice – with the arrival of world-respected expert Larry Shore. I am confident that my presence also in Paris, where I gained unique experience as head of the Secretariat of the ICC Court, will contribute to further enhancing the firm’s international capabilities”.

“We are delighted with Laurence’s arrival and Andrea’s return,” commented Co-Managing Partners Stefano Simontacchi and Marcello Giustiniani, who went on to add: “their experience further reinforces our ability to offer clients an all-round service, including for international arbitration – which is particularly important and plays a synergic role in our continued internationalisation. We are one of the few firms in Italy to have a team entirely dedicated to this area”.