Lorenzo Melchionda


  • He takes the lead in coordinating matters managed from the Dubai office and involving other BonelliErede offices and other law firms in African & Middle Eastern countries for cross-border matters as required. This ensure that our clients obtain the renowned high-standards quality services they expect from BonelliErede in Italy and elsewhere.
  • Previously held a similar role in Cairo coordinating all matters and involving our Egyptian partner, Bahaa-Eldin Law Office
  • International arbitration, with particular expertise in:
    • international investment law
    • public international law
    • international construction law
    • international litigation
    • third-party funding
  • Key sectors:
    • oil & gas
    • construction
    • sovereign debt restructuring
    • Russian and the Ukrainian market
    • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

– Foreign languages: English, French, and Spanish (working knowledge)


  • Member of the Africa Team
  • Member of the Construction & Engineering Focus Team
  • Member of the International Arbitration Focus Team
  • Member of the Third-party funding desk
  • Joined the firm in 2016
  • Worked as a senior associate at the Paris offices of a leading international law firm (2006-2016)
  • Worked for BonelliErede in Milan (2002-2005)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Rivista del Commercio Internazionale (The Law of International Trade)
  • Has widely authored various publications on international investment law and international arbitration
  • Guest lecturer at various master classes (New York University, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Polytechnic University of Turin) and speaker at conferences


  • Member of the Italian Bar
  • Member of the Paris Bar
  • Law degree from the University of Milan

Knowledge Sharing

The United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (“USMCA”)

With the conclusion of the ratification process, the United States Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA) is set to enter into force on July 1, 2020.  The USMCA, replacing the NAFTA, will notably limit the scope of using arbitration to resolve investment disputes to those concerning violation of …

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Achmea: the future of investment arbitration in Europe

The European Court of Justice’s controversial judgment in Achmea v Slovak Republic has cast serious doubt on the continued viability of arbitration under intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. In an interesting webinar available here, our four i …

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Third Party Funding: a useful tool to know in international arbitration

The funding of arbitration by a litigation funder on a non-recourse basis is a tool that can give companies access to massive amounts of capital and it can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the client. On 15 May 2018, BonelliErede held a seminar on TPF in international arbitration, d …

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Four new hires in Egypt to boost BonelliErede’s reach - 10 December 2018

Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede strengthens its Egyptian team in Cairo with the hire of four experienced lawyers: Mostafa Moussa, Mohamed Hossam El Ehwany, Ahmad Farghal and Nayera Sherif. Mostafa Moussa, 35, is an expert corporate, capital markets, banking and restructu …

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A new international practice and a new cooperation in Egypt to consolidate development in Africa and the Middle East - 30 June 2018

Angelino Alfano joins the Milan office of BonelliErede as Of Counsel for the new Public International Law & Economic Diplomacy Focus Team Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, former Egyptian deputy Prime Minister, will be managing the Egyptian law office that will cooperate with BonelliErede   BonelliEr …

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BonelliErede teams up with the Addis Ababa University School of Law for a cycle of lectures in International Arbitration - 28 April 2017

BonelliErede and The Addis Ababa University School of Law team up for the cycle of lectures: “Advanced intensive seminar in International Arbitration”. The cycle of lectures kicks off today at the Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa and will last until April, 30th. It aims to offer a …

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