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Chiara Cilento

Chiara Cilento


Chiara is an associate at Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP specializing in international arbitration.



Chiara has experience over a number of industries including oil and gas, energy, financial services, and telecommunications. She has represented clients in institutional and ad hoc proceedings under many of the principal sets of arbitration rules, including those of the ICC, AAA, LCIA and UNCITRAL.

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Chiara worked in the dispute resolution group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she specialized in complex litigation and arbitration. In addition to working as counsel, Chiara has also been appointed administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals. 

Chiara's experience includes:

  • representing a global minerals and chemicals company in UNCITRAL investor-state arbitration
  • successfully representing a Brazilian company in a multi-million dollar dispute against a PLSV company in Brazil, administered according to the AAA/ICDR Rules. Governing law Florida law and Miami seat
  • representing a confidential client in an ICC arbitration in connection with a complex renewable energy construction project in the US
  • representing an aviation company in an ad hoc arbitration*
  • advising an energy company on an investment claim under the Energy Charter Treaty*
  • representing a telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration*

*This list includes experience prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills


Chiara has native proficiency of Italian and English, is fluent in Spanish and French, and is proficient in reading Portuguese. 

Chiara is admitted to practice law in Italy and is also admitted to the New York Bar and in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Chiara obtained her LLM from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and received the Parker School Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law. She earned her law degree from Bocconi University Law School in Milan, where she participated to an exchange program through the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She also completed the Arbitration Academy from Milan Chamber of Arbitration, and received a diploma in Comparative Law from the Université de Strasbourg in France.

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