Partner Christian Patelmo Contact

Christian Patelmo is a partner in CARNELUTTI Law Firm. He is a member of the Firm’s dispute resolution department and he focuses on complex commercial and corporate litigations and arbitrations, both in the domestic and in the international arena.

Christian is also part of the restructuring and insolvency department of the Firm, where he boasts his expertise in insolvency-related litigations and along the broad spectrum of voluntary and judicial restructuring procedures.

His professional career began in 2001 in a major London-city international law firm. He subsequently joined top-tier Italian law firms, where he nourished his deep knowledge of commercial and corporate litigations and insolvency procedures, thanks to the assistance provided in the energy and infrastructures, real estate, food, pharma & biotech, gaming and fashion sectors as well as in the financial and private equity market. He became a partner of an Italian major litigation firm in 2015 and joined our Firm at the beginning of 2018.

Christian Patelmo was named as a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer in 2024.

Christian obtained his honours law degree in 2000 from the Catholic University of Milan. He holds a Master in International and Community Law from the Institute for International Politics Studies (ISPI) – Milan (2001) and an LL.M. degree with honours from the University of Michigan Law School - Ann Arbor (2008).

He has been a member of the Italian Bar since 2004 and has held rights of audience/representation before the Italian High Court since 2023.

Of Italian mother tongue, Christian speaks English and French.

“Christian Patelmo is a skilled litigator. Very technical but with a high understanding of the business his clients are in.”

Legal 500, 2024

  • Advising a US upstream oil group in the voluntary debt restructuring procedure of its Italian company operating on-shore oil drilling permits in Sicily and gas drilling permits in Emilia Romagna, including the settlement of a multi-millionaire New-York-based ICC arbitration brought against the client.
  • Advising a world-wide leader renewable energy group in several voluntary or judicial Italian insolvency procedures involving its suppliers of PV plants equipment and services, both under a creditor-side perspective and in the ongoing relationships with such suppliers during the course of the procedures.
  • Advising a Swiss leader in the commercialization and transport of crude oil, biofuels, natural gas and LNG, in the “regulated negotiation of the crisis” pre-insolvency procedure started by one of its Italian energy trading counterparty and the negotiation of debt restructuring agreement with other main financial and commercial creditors.
  • Advising the State appointed commissioners of a major Italian airline in the extraordinary administration procedure.
  • Representing a leading Italian real estate company in a litigation relating to the preliminary sale and purchase agreement for a land parcel included in a requalification plan approved by the Municipality of Milan.
  • Representing an Italian banking group in an arbitration before the International Court of Arbitration relating to the purchase of an asset management company from a Swiss private bank.
  • Representing one of the leading Italian concessionaires for gaming and betting in several related pieces of litigation arising out of the mass distribution of Jackpot winnings throughout the entire Italian territory due to a malfunctioning of the related IT-platform as well as in the litigation against the US-based supplier of the defaulting IT-platform.
  • Representing a world-wide leading fashion group in two parallel arbitrations before the London Court of International Arbitration resulting from a transaction for the transfer of a business division to a UK private equity fund.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Aerolinee Itavia S.p.A. in Extraordinary Administration (past).
  • Member of the Board of Statutory Auditors of Secofind SIM S.p.A. (past).

The Social and Psycological Underpinning of Commercial Arbitration in Europe

October 24, 2019
Christian Patelmo took part to the interviews held at the Milan Chamber of Arbitration for the project “The social and Psycological Underpinning of Commercial Arbitration in Europe”. This study aims to generate greater understanding of arbitration as an alternative system of dispute resolution, is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and is coordinated by Mr. Tony Cole of the University of Leichster Law School (United Kingdom).  

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