Domenico Di Pietro
Domenico Di Pietro is a GST LLP Partner based in Miami and London. He has practiced international commercial and investment arbitration with leading international firms for nearly 25 years in jurisdictions as diverse as Italy, England & Wales, Japan and the United States. He has acted as counsel in over 100 international arbitrations relating to a broad variety of industries under the aegis of more than fifteen different arbitral institutions worldwide, including ICC, ICSID, ad hoc (mostly under UNCITRAL Rules), HKIAC, LMAA, Milan Chamber, Vilnius Chamber, Madrid Chamber, Swiss Chambers, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Court of Arbitration for Sports, in addition to serving as an arbitrator himself. His areas of specialization include energy, foreign investment and joint ventures, international arbitration, oil and gas, sports and construction.
He has been involved with several groundbreaking commercial arbitrations, including a case dealing with the enforcement of undertakings for the clearance of antitrust regulations in Europe (Merger Control), as well as complex disputes in the defense sector ranging from the breach of contracts for the production of warships to the development of sophisticated detection radars. He was involved in possibly the first case dealing with the use of orbital satellite slots, as well as the circulation and certification of energy from renewable resources throughout Europe. Additionally, Di Pietro has spearheaded cases dealing with the annulment of arbitral awards in investment arbitration and the settlement of investment disputes brought for the alleged breach of BITs in relation to international bonds.
Di Pietro has written and lectured extensively in the field of international arbitration. Among his more than 50 publications on international arbitration are “Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements and International Arbitral Awards” from The New York Convention of 1958 in Practice, Cameron May Publishers 2008, London (Co-editor with Prof. Emmanuel Gaillard) and “Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards” from The New York Arbitration Convention of 1958, Cameron May Publishers 2001, London (Co-authored with Dr. Martin Platte). His publications have been referenced by leading courts in common and civil law jurisdictions to settle proceedings relating to the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.
His past academic appointments include lecturer at University of Rome, a Co-Directorship of the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration at Roma Tre and Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law at New York University School of Law.
He is co-founder of ARBIT, the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR, and he was the first Italian national to be admitted as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, City of London. His additional affiliations include the American Board of Trial Advocates, International Arbitration Institute, Cyprus Eurasia Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Center (CEDRAC) and Panel of Arbitrators, Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration.
Energoalians TOB v. Republic of Moldova, This investor-state dispute relates to shareholding claims in an electricity production company arising out of an arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty. GST LLP is representing Moldova.
Confidential, Counsel to Claimant in a dispute between two international broadcasting companies arising out of the alleged breach of undertakings to the European Commission in order to obtain clearance of EU merger proceedings.
Italian Olympic Committee & Spanish Olympic Committee v. International Sailing Federation, Counsel for Claimants in a dispute relating to the exercise of discretionary powers and the applicable rules by the ISAF International Jury with regard the disqualification of a team.
Author, The Controversial Role of Dissenting Opinions In International Arbitral Awards, The Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law, Transnational Notes, Reflections on Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law, October 2011.
Author, Applicable Law Under Article 42 of the ICSID Convention, The Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law, Transnational Notes, Reflections on Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law, October 2011.
Co-Author, The Definition of Investor in Investment Treaty Arbitration, Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy, Julien Chaisse editor, 2020.
Co-Author, International Investment Arbitration in a Nutshell, Chapter: "Introduction to the Umbrella Clause". Editors Franco Ferrari and Bryan King, 2020.
Author, General Interests of the Host States in International Investment Law, Chapter: "Italy's treaty practice and case law: what balance between investors' protection and general interests of states?". Editors Giorgio Sacerdoti with Pia Acconci, Mara Valenti, Anna De Luca and Federico Ortino, 2014.
Author, The Use of Precedents in ICSID Arbitration. Regularity or Certainty?, International Arbitration Law Review (Int.A.L.R. 3 2007).
Queen Mary College University of London, LL.M.
University of Rome “La Sapienza”, J.D.