Giulio Palermo



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Giulio Palermo is an arbitration specialist qualified in Switzerland, Italy and Spain

Over the past 10 years, Giulio has been involved in over forty international arbitrations in English, Spanish, Italian and French administered by all major institutions (e.g. International Court of Arbitration, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution, Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, London Court of International Arbitration, Milan Chamber of Arbitration, etc.). He mainly acts as counsel and also sits as an arbitrator (in matters including transnational sales contracts, shareholders’ agreements, agency, distribution and license agreements, joint ventures, post M&A disputes, construction, sport etc.) and is recognized among the most leading individuals in International Arbitration by Who’s Who Future Leaders. Clients and peers single him out as “an excellent lawyer with unquestionable advocacy skills” who “tackles complex issues with ease and is a pleasure to work with”.

Giulio also advises clients on contractual matters, pre-arbitration assessments, negotiations, mediations and arbitration-related court proceedings (e.g. set aside proceedings and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards).

He is also deeply involved in sports disputes, with a specific focus on match-fixing. In his role as UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector, he represents UEFA in proceedings before its internal disciplinary and appeal bodies.

Giulio has published extensively on arbitration and is often called as a speaker in seminars dealing with international dispute resolution. He is an active member of several professional associations (e.g. current President of the Italian Chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje, Swiss National Representative of the IBA Young Lawyers' Committee, former co-chair of the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR and of the Club Español del Arbitraje-40).

Before joining Archipel, Giulio practiced arbitration in Geneva with Lalive, in Madrid with Juan Fernández-Armesto and in Paris with the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He initially trained with Barbera & Associati in Rome practising domestic and cross border commercial litigation.

He holds an LL.M in International Commercial Arbitration from Stockholm University and an LL.M in International Business Law from the Instituto de Empresa Law School in Madrid.


Practice areas

  • International Arbitration
  • Sports Law
  • International Contracts

Recent experiences

  • President of an arbitral tribunal in an ICC arbitration between a south European company and an east European state-owned company
  • Counsel of a national sport federation in a CAS arbitration against a regional confederation
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a north European company and an African company
  • Sole arbitrator in a Swiss Rules arbitration between a Swiss company and an Asian company
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a Swiss company and a Spanish company under the rules of the Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid under Spanish law
  • Counsel of a national sport federation in a CAS arbitration against a regional confederation
  • Lead counsel of a Balkan individual in a Swiss rules and Swiss law arbitration against a Northern European multinational concerning an agency agreement
  • Counsel of a politically-exposed person in a criminal international judicial assistance matter between several South American countries and Switzerland
  • Counsel of a North African company in an ICC arbitration against a Scandinavian multinational, under Finnish law, concerning a distribution agreement
  • Advising several international sporting federations on recasting their arbitral dispute settlement mechanisms

Recent publications

  • The Evolution of CAS Jurisprudence on Match Fixing (CAS Bulletin 2/2018)
  • Rechazado nuevo ataque contra el TAS (Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, Wolters Kluwer, volume 32, 2018)
  • Why ‘national platforms’ are the cornerstone in the fight against match-fixing in sport: the Macolin Convention (LawInSport, 18 June 2018)
  • Independence of CAS vis-à-vis its Funders and Repeat Users of its Services (Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 25 May 2018)
  • Lodi non definitivi e i provvedimenti cautelari dell’ordinamento svizzero (Pacini Giuridica, Atti del Quarto Rapporto annuale sull’Arbitrato, 2018)
  • The Future of Cross-Border Disputes Settlement: Back to Litigation? (“40 under 40 International Arbitration”, 2018 - Carlos González-Bueno Catalán de Ocón; Dykinson)
  • TAS: aún en vilo tras la saga Pechstein (Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, Wolters Kluwer, volume 27, 2016)
  • Court of Justice of the European Union. Case C-536/13. Judgement of 13 may 2015. Gazprom OAO v. Lietuvos Respublika. Anti-Suit Injunction Issued by Arbitral Tribunal. European Union Member State Court. Council Regulation nº 44/2001 is not binding to Arbitral Tribunals (Revista Brasilera de Arbitragen, Wolters Kluwer, volume 51, 2016)
  • Il Principio di mutual trust: ultimo baluardo della comunitarizzazione dell’arbitrato commerciale? (Rivista dell’Arbitrato, Anno XXV Fasc. 4-2015, Giuffrè Editore)
  • The Interface Between The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and the New York Convention of 1958 (Latin American Journal of International Trade Law, N° 1, Volume 3, 2015)
  • Judicial Review of Arbitrators’ Fees - A Swiss law perspective (ASA Bull. 3/2014)

Recent conferences

  • The Arbitrator as a Dispute Manager (Belgrade, 5 April 2019)
  • Manejo eficaz de arbitrajes internacionales ¿Cuáles son las mejores prácticas? (San José, 26 February 2019)
  • Selected issues of Swiss law in International Sport Arbitration (Tirana, 18 January 2019)
  • Arbitration in the Digital Age (Mokra Gora, 30 November 2018)
  • Costs in International Arbitration (Rome, 7 October 2018)
  • The Fundamentals of International Legal Business Practice (Rome, 6 October 2018)
  • Enforcement of arbitral awards world-wide (Rome, 28 September 2018)
  • From Dispute Boards to “Arbitraggio”: A Comparative Analysis of Quasi-Arbitration Tools (Rome, 27 June 2018)
  • La mediación dentro del arbitraje (Madrid, 11 Junio 2018)
  • Las cláusulas escalonadas: Problemas juridiccionales y de admisibilidad (San Josè, 8 March 2018)
  • Responsabilità civile degli arbitri in diritto svizzero (Paris, 25 January 2018)
  • El árbitro como mediador (Madrid, 14 Dec 2017)
  • V Seminar of the Italian Chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje - "Dabo tibi ius: El proceso decisorio en el arbitraje internacional" (Naples, 6 Oct 2017)
  • Selected Issues of Sports Arbitration (Rome, 22 Sept 2017)
  • Shaping the future of dispute resolution & improving access to justice (Florence, 9 June 2017)
  • Quarto rapporto annuale sull’ arbitrato (Rome, 29 May 2017)
  • Security for Costs - Perspectives from Europe and Latin America (Vienne, 10 Apr 2017)
  • 13th Annual ICDR Y&I Coffee House Debate (Vienne, 9 Apr 2017)
  • Belgrade Arbitration Conference (Belgrade, 31 Mar 2017)

Professional affiliations

  • President of Italian Chapter of Club Español de Arbitraje
  • Co-Chair of Club Español de Arbitraje menos 40
  • Swiss National Representative of the IBA Young Lawyers' Committee
  • Co-Chair of the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR (2015-2016)
  • Regional Representative of the Young Arbitrators Forum of ICC (2013-2016)