Andrew Garnett Paton is a partner of the Italian firm De Berti Jacchia. Andrew has been admitted to practise law in Italy, Australia and England and Wales, and has been based in Italy for the past 25 years. He specialises in cross-border commercial transactions and in international commercial arbitration. He previously practised as a solicitor in Sydney, Australia.

Andrew has almost 30 years’ experience acting as counsel and co-counsel in international commercial arbitrations in the transactional and construction fields. He has also been appointed arbitrator on panels and as sole arbitrator in numerous arbitrations under the rules of the main arbitration institutions including the ICC and the Milan Arbitration Chamber. Andrew also has in-depth transactional experience in technology outsourcing, joint ventures, licensing, distribution, agency and other forms of collaboration between businesses from diverse legal cultures. He has led teams of lawyers on major international projects in the automated fare collection, white-goods manufacturing, automobile and medical services industries, and has also worked extensively in other business sectors.

Andrew is on the panel of a number of leading arbitral institutions. He became fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1991 and is also a fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, a member of the arbitration committee of the International Bar Association, a member of the editorial committee of Rivista dell’Arbitrato, and a co-founder and former co-chair of ArbIt, the Italian Forum for International Arbitration. He regularly publishes articles and country reports in international law texts and journals, including on arbitration. He is bilingual in English and Italian.