Roberto is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.He is experienced in dealing with commercial litigation and arbitration involving international and domestic contractual disputes, fraud and asset tracing, loan recoveries and debt collection. He leads the insolvency team, advising insolvency practitioners and directors of distressed companies, as well as creditors.
Roberto is experienced in High Court pre-action strategy, such as applying for and defending applications for worldwide freezing orders, through to enforcing judgments in the UK and abroad. His clients include Aston Martin Racing, Tamara Ecclestone-Rutland, Novak Djokovic, Troika Media Group, Elite World Group, Diesel, Liu Jo, and Duferco Participations. He also acted for Renault Sport SAS in the High Court litigation brought by HMRC against the Lotus F1 Team Limited, the successful conclusion of which allowed the acquisition of Lotus F1 Team Limited by Renault F1.
In terms of arbitration, Roberto has arbitrated cases both in the UK and abroad for international clients, including pursuant to the rules of the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL. He also has experience of enforcing arbitral awards in foreign jurisdictions pursuant to the New York Convention.
Roberto has experience assisting following collapses of tech businesses and other startups. He can also act during fire sales and administrations.
Roberto also has experience in advising in privacy and defamation matters. His cases include Elite Model Management (New York) & Elite Model Look (Paris) v BBC which at the time was the largest defamation action brought before the High Court in London. He negotiated the successful outcome of this action.
We are proud to deliver innovative new products to the defence industry, and sought a strong litigation firm when one of our key products came under threat from numerous imitations. Withers' team assisted us in successfully addressing these, as well as representing us in other significant disputes. The litigation team are skilled strategists with a grasp of the many aspects of a case, and provided us with first class service.
With the help of Withers, we have pursued the director of an insolvent company and have successfully obtained three freezing orders against assets in the hands of the director and third parties. Roberto has a wealth of experience in insolvency matters, and was able to put together an effective team in order to secure our position in circumstances where time was of the essence.
Withers has delivered positive results for us in three significant disputes resolved through arbitration. In each instance, the Withers team has delivered a great service along with a well-defined strategy for pursuing each matter.
Over the past decade I have worked closely with Roberto on a high value and ongoing matter relating to China. We have won two important claims in the case so far, and I highly recommend Roberto's steady and unwavering support in high stakes disputes.
Withers have a comprehensive understanding and experience of motorsports, in particular F1. We have relied on and appreciated their knowledge and their clear and pragmatic commercial advice on a wide variety of matters, in particular the complex project that relaunched Renault on the racing grid – our acquisition of Lotus F1 Team in December 2015. They have been instrumental in protecting our business interests and their professionalism, availability and attention to detail, as well as the quality and speed of response, have always impressed us.
We have benefitted from Withers' commercial expertise in the sports sector. Jeremy Wakeham and his team have also played an important role in advising on our new stadium and training ground plans, helping to inform and shape our successful strategy.
Roberto Moruzzi is hugely experienced and hard-working. He is very tenacious in an attractively understated way.
Roberto Moruzzi ‘has a good eye for what is really important’.
Me in a minute
I enjoy getting to learn about clients' businesses
I specialise in commercial dispute resolution, whether through the ambit of High Court litigation or international arbitration. My work is varied and often involves working with foreign lawyers, which I enjoy.I particularly enjoy getting to learn about clients' businesses and seeking to work out at an early stage the best strategy aimed at protecting the client's interests, whether that lies in seeking an early settlement of the dispute, or where that proves not to be achievable, optimising its position in any ensuing litigation. Even then, the overwhelming majority of my cases settle at some point and the key is to tee up the client to achieve the best possible outcome at the minimum risk and expense possible.
I have been fortunate over the years to have worked with interesting corporations such as Renault SAS, Renault Fomula1, Lotus F1 Team Limited, Queen's Park Rangers Football Club, State Bank of India, Elite Model Look SA (Paris), Vivienne Westwood Limited, Elite Model Management Limited (New York), the Duferco Group, Cipriani International SA but I also really enjoy working for small to medium enterprises as well as individuals. Indeed some of my most satisfying outcomes have involved achieving results for individuals, after having guided them through the rigours of dispute resolution.I am a trustee of Children of Fire International Limited which raises money to assist in the medical and educational needs of children who have been badly burned in shanty town fires in Africa.