Avv. Francesco Bentivegna

Avv. Francesco Bentivegna

Avv. Francesco Bentivegna

Studio Legale Lauro - Arbitrator

Profile: International lawyer, and arbitrator specialised in international energy transactions, with forty years of experience worldwide advising on the legal and strategic direction of the negotiations of major oil & gas agreements, the conduct of arbitrations involving States and International Oil Companies, and the settlement of disputes.

His background is that of a long and distinguished career acting as General Counsel representing various leading International Oil Companies. He has a profound understanding of the oil & gas industry from the negotiation phase to the management of the petroleum agreements, including the resolution of disputes, both commercial and investor state. This informs his work as arbitrator, including presiding arbitrator. He is particularly skilled at mediating settlements of highly complex disputes. He can also give expert assistance and evidence concerning oil & gas industry production sharing practices worldwide.

Academic: University of Palermo, Italy. Degree in Law. Thesis on “Succession to Multilateral Treaties”. Summa cum laude. Member of the Bar Association of Milan, Italy (Advocate).

Languages: English, Italian, French, Russian.

Career: After graduation, he moved to Milan where he was admitted to the superior school for diplomatic studies, practiced law and qualified as an advocate.

Awards, Recognitions and Memberships:

1980: Member of the Bar Association of Milan, Italy (Advocate).

1981: Diploma of the Academy of American and International Law, University of Texas at Dallas, USA.

2004: Award of a Pochetnaya Gramota (Certificate of Honour) and a medal by the president of KazMunay Gas, the Kazakh State Oil Company, to mark the 25th year of the discovery of the Karachaganak field.

2009: Award of a Certificate of Honour and a medal by the chairman of the KazEnergy Association of Petroleum Energy to mark the 110th year of the Kazakh Oil Industry.

2017: Award of a Medal by the Chairman of KazMunayGas, to mark the 20th year of the signing of Karachaganak and Kashagan Agreements.

2002: Member of the British-Kazakh Society.

2011: Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London.

2013: Knight of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Vienna, Austria.

2013: Member of the Russian and CIS arbitration network.

2013: Member of the British-Azeri Law Association.

2015: Member of the London Court of International Arbitration ( LCIA).

2017: Supporting Member of the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators Association).

2017: Member of the International Chamber  of Commerce (ICC).


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