“Loretta Malintoppi of 39 Essex Chambers regularly sits as an arbitrator in the Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions, where she impresses sources with her ‘fantastic grasp of the facts’ in her cases. One commentator appreciates the manner in which ‘she commands the room’, while another finds her to be ‘extremely diligent.’”
Chambers Global 2021
“One of her key strengths is her forensic ability to absorb all the details and then very quickly work out what the key issues in dispute are – she does not get lost in detail.“
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022
*Called 1987 (Rome Bar)
An Italian lawyer by training, Loretta has an LLM from Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC and is dually qualified, at the Rome and Paris Bars. Loretta has also been registered to practise in Singapore since 2012.
Prior to focusing on her career as arbitrator, Loretta acted for twenty-five years as counsel and advocate in international commercial arbitration with a major international law firm based in Paris. Her international commercial arbitration practice was particularly focused on infrastructure projects, oil and gas concessions, international sales contracts, disputes arising out of shareholders agreements, and construction projects under FIDIC contracts.
She sits as arbitrator in arbitrations under a variety of arbitration rules, including ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, LCIA, Milan Chamber of Arbitration (CAM) and DIAC. Aside from her native Italian, Loretta is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Loretta also regularly appears as counsel and advocate in State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice and in ad hoc inter-State arbitrations. She was a Member for Italy of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2000 to 2009 and a Vice-President of the ICC Court from 2009 until June 2015. Loretta was appointed to the Governing Board of ICCA on 1 April 2017 for a term of four years. She sits as a member of the CAM, the International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB International) and the ICC Institute of World Business Law. She is also a Member of the Governing Board for the Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and of the Advisory Board of the Investment Treaty Forum (ITF) of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).
In 2009 Loretta co-authored the second edition of Professor Schreuer’s The ICSID Convention – A Commentary and is one of the editors of the upcoming third edition of the same Commentary. She is also a co-editor of the handbook Investment Protection in Southeast Asia: A Country-by-Country Guide on Investment Laws and Bilateral Investment Treaties published in October 2016.
In 2021, Loretta won the prestigious Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Award for “Best prepared & most responsive arbitrator”
Chambers & Partners Global 2021 say “Loretta Malintoppi of 39 Essex Chambers regularly sits as an arbitrator in the Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions, where she impresses sources with her ‘fantastic grasp of the facts’ in her cases. One commentator appreciates the manner in which ‘she commands the room’, while another finds her to be ‘extremely diligent.’”
Loretta was admitted to the Rome Bar in 1987 and the Paris Bar in 1993.
Loretta‘s experience as arbitrator in international commercial arbitration, includes the following:
- Acting as Sole Arbitrator, presiding arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator in numerous international commercial arbitrations over the last thirty years under the following rules: International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”), London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”), Dubai International Arbitration Chamber (”DIAC”) and Milan Chamber of Arbitration (“CAM”). The cases concern disputes arising from a variety of international transactions (including construction contracts, infrastructure projects, international sale of goods, agency, oil and gas, shareholders’ agreements, and distribution), with particular regard to disputes involving States and State entities. Procedures conducted in English, French, Italian and Spanish;
Examples of cases as arbitrator in commercial arbitrations during the past three years include the following (given that the cases are not public, the names of the parties and the names of the cases have been omitted):
- President in an ICC case between six Hong Kong and Taiwan companies as claimants and two German companies as respondents regarding a settlement agreement and supply agreement for the sale and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products (applicable law: Republic of China (Taiwan) law);
- Sole Arbitrator in an ad hoc case (SIAC acting as fund-holder) between a Singapore company and two Indonesian companies regarding the supply of goods (applicable law: Singapore law);
- Co-arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration between two Eastern European companies concerning the supply of petroleum products (applicable law: English law);
- Co-arbitrator in an LCIA case between a Hong Kong company and a PRC company concerning the sale of crude oil (applicable law: English law);
- President in an ICC case between a Thai company and a Korean company regarding a project for the engineering, procurement and construction of a phenol and acetone plant (applicable law: Thai law);
- President in an ICC case between two UAE companies regarding a pipeline project (applicable law: UAE law);
- President in an ICC case between one Singapore company and six Korean companies as claimants and a Korean State-owned entity as respondent regarding a joint venture for the development of an urban construction project (applicable law: Korean law);
- Co-arbitrator in an ICC case between a Canadian company and two Eastern European State entities concerning onshore operations in oilfields (applicable law: English and Swiss law);
- Sole Arbitrator in an ad hoc case (SIAC acting as fund-holder) between three Indonesian companies (one claimant, two respondents) regarding the supply of pipelines (applicable law: Indonesian law);
- Co-arbitrator in an ICC case between two Eastern European companies and an Austrian company concerning a construction project (applicable law: English law);
- Co-arbitrator in a multi-party ICC arbitration concerning the termination of three connected agreements for procurement and manufacturing in the shipping industry (applicable law: Italian law);
- Sole Arbitrator in a SIAC case concerning a sales agreement between a Singaporean company and an Indian company (applicable law: Indian law).
Public International Law
Loretta’s experience as arbitrator in international investment arbitration is as follows:
- Co-Arbitrator in ICSID Case No. ARB/11/5;
- Co-Arbitrator in ICSID Case No. ARB/12/20;
- Co-Arbitrator in ICSID Cases No. ARB/14/6 and No. ARB/14/7;
- Co-Arbitrator in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/16;
- Co-Arbitrator in PCA Case 2016-11;
- Co-Arbitrator in ICSID Case No. ARB/18/7;
- President of the ad hoc Committee in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/18;
- President of the ad hoc Committee in ICSID Case No. ARB/12/33;
- Member of the ad hoc Committee in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/8;
- Co-Arbitrator in ICSID Case No. ARB/18/25;
- Co-Arbitrator in ICSID Case No. ARB/18/47;
- President of the Tribunal in PCA Case 2019-19;
- President of the Tribunal in ICSID Case No. ARB/18/44 (discontinued);
- Co-Arbitrator in PCA Case 2019-44;
- Co-Arbitrator in SCC Case V2019-088;
- Co-Arbitrator in PCA Case 2020-01;
- Co-arbitrator in PCA Cases 2020-53 and 2020-54;
- Co-arbitrator in PCA 2021-20;
- Co-arbitrator in PCA Case 2021-24;
- Co-arbitrator in ICSID Case No. ARB/30/37;
- President of the ad hoc Committee in ICSID case No. ARB/15/7.
Loretta also advises States and private entities on non-contentious matters of public international law and has represented States as counsel and advocate in numerous cases before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and in ad hoc arbitrations involving, inter alia, maritime and land boundary/sovereignty disputes, State responsibility, treaty interpretation, and international environmental law. Examples of cases include:
- Aerial Incident Case of 3 July 1988 (ICJ proceedings, Iran/USA)
- Oil Platforms Case (ICJ proceedings, Iran/USA, Preliminary Objection, 1996)
- Libya-Chad Land Boundary Case (ICJ proceedings, 1992)
- Indonesia-Malaysia Case Concerning sovereignty over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan (ICJ proceedings, 2002)
- Philippines Application to Intervene (ICJ proceedings, 2001)
- Yemen-Eritrea Island and Maritime Delimitation Arbitration (ad hoc Arbitration, 1999)
- Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission Proceedings (ad hoc Arbitration, 2002)
- Singapore-Malaysia Case concerning sovereignty over islands (ICJ proceedings, 2008)
- Romania-Ukraine Case concerning maritime delimitation in the Black Sea (ICJ proceedings, 2009)
- The Government of Sudan/The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (Abyei Arbitration) (ad hoc Arbitration, 2009)
- Case Concerning Aerial Herbicide Spraying (Ecuador-Colombia) (ICJ proceedings, discontinued 2013)
- Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v UAE) (ICJ proceedings, 2021)
- Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article II, Section 2, of the 1944 International Air Services Transit Agreement (Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar) (ICJ proceedings, 2020)
- Appeal relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article 84 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar) (ICJ proceedings, 2020).