Cecilia Carrara has significant experience in the field of national and international, commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, both institutional and ad hoc, acting as counsel and as arbitrator. She further represents international and Italian companies in arbitration-related proceedings in front of the national courts, such as recognition and enforcement proceedings of arbitral awards. Cecilia has been admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court.
Cecilia also focuses on mergers & acquisitions, extraordinary corporate transactions and commercial contracts, mainly representing foreign clients investing in Italy. In particular, Cecilia is responsible for the Legance German desk, having a specific focus on German speaking countries and Eastern Europe.
Cecilia coordinates the corporate social activities of the Firm.
Cecilia is a member of the Steering Committee of the Pledge and the IBA Task Force in charge of reviewing the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration. She is co-founder of ArbIt (the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR) and member of its Advisory Board. Cecilia is also member of the board of directors of AIA (Associazione Italiana per l’Arbitrato).
She has been a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from July 2015 until January 2020, of the Board Council of ICC Italy from January 2018 until May 2019, co-chair of the arbitration working group of ASLA (the Association of Italian Law Firms) from January 2014 to November 2019 and Vice Chair of the Host Committee of the IBA Annual Conference held in Rome in October 2018. She has also been a member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings and of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes.
Cecilia is also a member of DIS and has been in charge of reviewing the translation into Italian of the new DIS Rules as well as the update of the translation into German of the new Rules of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration. As from May 2020 she is member of the PROLAW advisory board (Rule of Law for Development Program – Loyola University Chicago School of Law).
Cecilia Carrara is mentioned in several international publications as follows: “Cecilia is very proactive and is able to provide sophisticated advice at short notice“, “an extremely able lawyer and arbitrator“, “she’s highly intelligent and good to work with, with a broad legal knowledge” (WWL 2021), “a practitioner to admire” and “a great lawyer“, “very diligent in arbitration proceedings, with deep experience in post-M&A disputes” (WWL 2020), “an experienced international arbitration specialist” (Chambers and Partners 2020), “she is excellent” (Chambers and Partners 2019), “able to quickly grasp the issues and is a very intelligent lawyer who has in-depth knowledge of international arbitration” (Chambers and Partners 2018); “pleasure to work with”, “highly recommended both as counsel and arbitrator” (WWL 2018).
In 2019 Cecilia has been ranked by Leaders League in Excellent Tier, for the area Litigation & Arbitration-Commercial Litigation – Italy Law Firm. Cecilia Carrara was identified by Global Arbitration Review and Who’s Who Legal 2018 as one of the world’s leading commercial arbitration experts.