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Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP

8 PLACE D'IÉNA, 75116 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 55 73 40 00
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Fax +33 1 55 73 40 11
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www.eversheds-sutherland.fr

David Sellers

Tel:
Work +33 1 55 73 40 00
Email:
Eversheds Sutherland

Work Department

  • Commercial litigation
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • International arbitration
  • Investment treaty arbitration
  • Public International Law

Position

Partner

Career

David is a partner in our International Arbitration Group and is the head of our Oil and Gas practice. He is based in Paris. David specialises in both contentious and non-contentious upstream and downstream oil and gas work and energy projects and has extensive experience in infrastructure projects, including public private partnerships and concessions.

David has over 25 years of experience advising on international commercial arbitration and investment treaty matters. He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in over 75 commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as in a range of related proceedings. He is the former UK member of the ICC Court of Arbitration.

David also has wide experience in public international law matters, including work as counsel on several cases before the International Court of Justice.

David’s clients include States, major oil companies and multinationals. He has particular experience in the Middle East and North and Sub-Saharan Africa and is a regular speaker on investment issues in these regions. He has also published numerous articles and has co-authored the following books: Business Law in Africa: OHADA and the Harmonisation Process and Libya: A Guide to Commercial Law, Banking Law and Accounting, which have been translated into several languages including Chinese and Arabic.


France

Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP ‘manages very complex, long-running cases with good co-ordination and keeps on top of a wide range of often-changing information’. The 16-lawyer Paris practice is managing a high-profile Iranian investment arbitration caseload and is also regularly instructed to advise on international Iranian sanctions. The team is also acting in diverse commercial arbitrations relating to Africa and the Middle East, including a large amount of work in the energy and oil and gas sectors. The practice is co-headed by David Sellers, who ‘demonstrates deep knowledge of the energy sector, the ability to think through the commercial aspects of legal matters, and strong command of details’, and Wesley Pydiamah, who is ‘always helpful and business savvy’. Also recommended are counsels Nanette Pilkington and Athina Fouchard, who is ‘very responsive and provides high-quality work’.

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: energy

Within: Industry focus: energy

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP's team has ‘a sophisticated and in-depth knowledge of the energy industry’. The ‘proactive and hands-on’ team is, according to one client, ‘really patient and knows how to handle working with a West African government and proactively proposed solutions’. It is involved in several of Africa’s largest hydro and solar projects acting for state entities or sponsors. The practice also advises on solar and nuclear projects in France. ING Bank, Trinasolar and Greenwish Partners are clients. The ‘excellent, bright and committed’ practice co-head Boris Martor has ‘in-depth knowledge across sectors in Africa and a very strong track record and experience that creates added value and makes transactions happen’. The firm also has strong contentious and non-contentious oil and gas and natural resources expertise and is a top choice for energy companies undertaking projects in Iran. Practice co-head David Sellers has ‘deep knowledge, the ability to think through the commercial aspects of legal matters, and a strong command of details, and also maintains good professional relationships’. Also involved are environment expert Louis-Narito Harada and banking and finance partner Sophie Perus.

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Iran

Foreign law firms

Within: Foreign law firms

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP is instructed in relation to sanctions law, market entries and exits, distribution agreements, tax structuring, joint venture arrangements and arbitration. Key figures in the team include Paris-based David S Sellers and Atousa Mahmoudpour, who heads the Iran desk from the firm's Dubai office. Mahmoudpour was promoted to principal associate in May 2018 and acts for clients in various sectors including the food, shipping, pharmaceuticals and electronics industries. The firm also has experience in the energy, textile, construction and infrastructure industries.

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Libya

Other firms with active Libya practices include the following

Within: Other firms with active Libya practices include the following

Paris-based David Sellers heads Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP’s oil and gas practice. The team handles contentious and non-contentious oil and gas work, energy projects and infrastructure projects, with a focus on the Middle East and North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Of counsel Nanette Pilkington is another name to note.

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