Pietro Grassi is an associate based in the London office of Morrison & Foerster and is a member of the Litigation Group. He specializes in public international law, international dispute resolution, and global investigations.

Pietro advises on matters of public international law, international dispute resolution, and global investigations. In addition to his work with corporate clients, he is often engaged in pro bono litigation involving human rights issues.

Pietro has represented individuals, States, and global corporations on matters of public international law, and in investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations under major arbitration rules (e.g., ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, and SCC). He has also advised a range of organisations on internal corporate investigations and during prosecution by the Department of Justice of the United States (DOJ).

Before entering private practice, he worked at the European Union Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

Pietro received his LL.B. (Hons) from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He earned a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to complete part of his LL.B. at the University of Bologna. Pietro also holds a Certificate from The Hague Academy of International Law and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Pietro is admitted to practice in Brazil and Portugal and is registered as a European lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in England and Wales. He is fluent in Portuguese and Italian and speaks Spanish.

Representative Experience

International Commercial Arbitrations

A Mauritian consortium (English court proceedings in relation to an LCIA arbitration).
Advised a Mauritian consortium in relation to an LCIA arbitration and subsequent court proceedings in England relating to the acquisition of a Madagascan power company.

Asian shipbuilder v South American shipyard (ICC Arbitration).
Advised a South American shipyard in the settlement negotiations of an arbitration claim brought by one of the largest shipbuilders in the world.

Slovenian company v Croatian oil and gas company (LCIA Arbitration).
Represented Respondent in an international commercial arbitration concerning the supply of oil and gas products pursuant to a supply agreement.

Investor-State Arbitrations

Glass manufacturing company v Latin American State (ICSID Arbitrations).
Represented a glass manufacturing company in two ICSID arbitrations involving issues of expropriation related to two bottling plants in Latin America.

Western European investor v Eastern European State (SCC Arbitration).
Represented a Western European investor in an intra-EU bilateral investment treaty arbitration involving issues of expropriation in the banking sector of an Eastern European State.

Liquid gas supplier v Southern Asian State (UNCITRAL Arbitration) (Jurisdiction only).
Represented a liquid gas supplier in an investment treaty arbitration involving issues of interference in gas import operations in a Southern Asian State (jurisdiction phase only).

An U.S. multinational corporation.
Advised an U.S. multinational corporation on its rights under bilateral investment treaties in connection with a possible restructuring of its European businesses.

Global Investigations

U.S. Department of Justice FCPA Monitorship.
Member of the FCPA Monitorship Team appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to review compliance enhancements put in place by a major Latin American conglomerate accused of bribing foreign officials in more than ten countries.

Global FCPA Investigation.
Represented a worldwide management consulting firm in an internal investigation of potential FCPA violations in the Middle East.

Global Anti-Money Laundering Investigation.
Represented a worldwide management consulting firm in an internal investigation of potential anti-money laundering violations in a Southern Africa State.

International Compliance Reviews

International Compliance Review.
Assisted a global energy company with anti-bribery and anti-corruption due diligence in South America.

Class Actions

Murphy v Precision Castparts Corp. (No. 16-cv-00521; D. Or.).
Representing Precision Castparts Corp., a Fortune 500 manufacturer in the aerospace and defence industries, in a securities class action. Won dismissal of further disclosure request.

International Human Rights pro Bono

Human Rights Victim v A South American State (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).
Represented the victim in a case involving political persecution and violations of due process rights under the American Convention on Human Rights.

Health care provider v A State in Africa (Domestic courts of a state in Africa).
Representing a health care provider against an African state that issued a ban on its operations, which violates obligations assumed by that state under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other human rights treaties.

A State in Northeast Africa.
Advising an African state on electoral best practices in light of its public international law obligations.

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