Cristina Pagni

Partner | Milan

Cristina is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team

Her practice focuses predominantly on domestic and cross border commercial disputes, with extensive experience in financial services, insolvency and insurance litigation.

Cristina is a well-known figure in the Italian market, acting for financial institutions and corporate entities, as well as HNW families and individuals. She has a deep knowledge of the local judiciary and legal market combined with the skills to manage complex cross-border litigation and arbitration, and deal with the challenges such work can bring.

She has long been recognized by the Chambers & Partners Guide, describing her as being an important player in the market with a strong reputation for domestic and international litigation and arbitration and a top-notch experience in domestic and cross-border insurance, asset recovery and aviation litigation.

She is a frequent speaker at professional events on insurance and topical issues in managing complex litigation.

Cristina is member of the steering and the scientific committees of the International Association of Insurance Law (Associazione Internazionale di Diritto delle Assicurazioni – AIDA) and regularly serves as a member of arbitration panels including those of the main International Arbitration Chambers.

Cristina has been reconfirmed as Independent Director of De Longhi SpA. She has also been confirmed as President of the Independent Directors’ Committee and of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee and appointed Member of the Risk and Control, Corporate.


‘Cristina Pagni is a very talented dispute resolution attorney who is also a pleasure to work with. She has excellent project management skills and leverages associates as appropriate. She can be a very tough negotiator.’

Legal 500 Europe, 2020

‘Cristina Pagni has a prime background in civil law and particularly in litigation. She is very careful in managing every single detail and she is very transparent and clear when charging the client.’

Legal 500 Europe, 2020

‘Professionalism, competency with international cross-border legal and cultural issues and timely feedback and case management.’

Legal 500 Europe, 2020

‘Very committed and with a very fine technical background.’

Legal 500 Europe, 2020

‘Cristina Pagni has a more unique than rare ability to immediately grasp the critical point of the situation and immediately focus on the measures to be implemented. Meticulousness and accuracy, together with sagacity of the suggested strategies.’

Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

‘Cristina Pagni is a very first class and talented dispute resolution attorney who is also a pleasure to work with. She has a prime technical background, and she is very expert in litigation and arbitration. She is very committed and focused managing the case and leading the teams. She is also ready to take any opportunity to make settlements whenever it may be appropriate.’

Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

‘Cristina Pagni has gained experience and an ability to manage litigation and corporate matters that few professionals have in the Italian market.’

Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

Track record





Assisting a listed Norwegian Company and its Italian subsidiary against a Luxembourgian Company in arbitration proceedings under the Rules of the Arbitration Chamber in Milano: to have a multi-million stock purchase agreement annulled or terminated respectively due either fraud or breach. The underlying business was related to solar plants in the south of Italy.

Assisting Tozzi East LLC and Tozzi Sud SpA in arbitration proceedings against Tecnicas Reunidas SA and its Russian branch under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Tozzi did claim extra costs under a subcontract for electro-mechanical works at the Khaborovsk refinery (Russia).

Assisting Bank of New York Mellon in proceedings brought by SACE, Italy’s ECA before the Court of Rome. This litigation was related to the set off of some claims of BNYM for payment of insured amounts against on alleged credit of SACE.

Admitted to the Italian bar in 1981

Admitted to appear before the Corte di Cassazione (1995)

Author of “Le nuove norme di comportamento per il collegio sindacale delle società quotate”, published by Diritto, July 2018.

Author “La clausola di intrasmissibilità nelle polizze infortuni e malattia. Commento alla Lettera al mercato IVASS del 28 febbraio 2018”, published by Diritto, June 2018.

Author of “Le claims made e le Sezioni Unite: spunti operativi tra questioni risolte e questioni aperte”, published by Diritto, June 2016.


15 November 2018, Milan "La sentenza delle Sezioni Unite della cassazione sulla Claims Made: profili giuridici e scenari futuri", conference organized by Aida (International Association for Insurance Law).

21 October 2016, Milan, “The ‘claims made’ clause after the ruling of the United Sections of the Supreme Court judgment n. 9140/2016, conference organized by AIDA (International Association for Insurance Law)

7 July 2016, Milan, “The ‘claim made’ clauses – landing points after the United Sections of the Supreme Court judgment n. 9140/2016, conference organized by Diritto



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