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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Launched at the end of 2021, MGC Arbitration should quickly become one of the market’s strongest references among independent firms. The boutique was founded by several key names in the field in Alexis Mourre, Elena Gutiérrez García de Cortázar, Valentine Chessa and Eléonore Caroit. Hervé Le Lay joined in 2022.
Pinsent Masons LLP‘s Paris-based practice is now headed by Florian Quintard, who was promoted to partner in 2022. The Paris team frequently collaborates with practitioners from the firm’s Singapore and London offices to handle ICC construction disputes globally. The group also gained Gaëlle Filhol in early 2023.
Signature Litigation AARPI hired Flore Poloni  as a partner in 2020 from August Debouzy to launch the firm’s practice. The team has strong potential and acts for leading French companies and various international groups in ICC and award exequatur cases spanning mining, corporate and construction issues, among others.
TALMA Dispute Resolution was launched by Alexandre Reynaud, who was previously with Betto Perben Pradel Filhol, in Spring 2022, who was joined later that year by Marina Matousekova from CastaldiPartners. The newly created firm represents several prominent clients in commercial arbitration and award exequatur cases.

Dispute resolution: International arbitration in France

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP is a go-to firm for Europe-related renewable energy investment disputes and the Paris office is a popular choice to represent investors in disputes against Spain, where it frequently cooperates with the firm’s Madrid office. Headed by Marie Stoyanov, the team also handles oil and gas and renewables construction cases in relation to various countries, notably Morocco. The Paris team, which regularly combines forces with colleagues in Dubai, London and Brussels, is also active in various other fields including aviation, telecoms and construction. It was recently retained by a South Asian state to handle a telecoms investment dispute. The team acts for state entities and private companies, including several of France’s blue-chip corporations, in investment and commercial arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Marie Stoyanov


‘Very professional. Available. Real expertise in international arbitration’

‘Marie Stoyanov is a remarkable lawyer.’

Key clients




The Kingdom of Morocco

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates


Work highlights

  • Acting for  international investors in different claims under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) against the Kingdom of Spain, relating to investments which they made in renewable energy plants in Spain.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Morocco in investment treaty ICSID claims brought by Corral Morocco Holdings AB, under the Sweden-Morocco bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an investment treaty claim brought by a Turkish company under ICSID (under the Turkey-Saudi Arabia bilateral investment treaty).

Asafo & Co.

Asafo & Co.’s arbitration practice reflects the firm’s strong focus on African activities. The team stands out for its ability to combine strong UK and French legal expertise, through practice head, English barrister and French avocat Jacob Grierson and very promising counsel Thomas Granier, who both also regularly act as arbitrators. The practice handles a strong commercial arbitration caseload, acting for state entities and investors alike in various areas (especially in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors). The team can also act before French and UK judicial courts (recently handling a case before the UK’s highest appeals court) and is also well equipped to act in investment and treaty-related disputes, benefiting from Isabelle Rouche's public international law and sovereign issues expertise. She acts in arbitration disputes and also represents African states before the international law courts in several maritime and terrestrial boundaries disputes. The practice also handles non-African work and it was recently involved in a challenging case concerning a high-profile energy plant project undertaken that raised severe corruption allegations.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Grierson

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Rouche; Thomas Granier; Emmanuel Avramesco


‘Thomas Granier demonstrates highly appreciated availability and in-depth knowledge of arbitration procedures.’

‘Jacob Grierson, acting as an arbitrator, is very organised, well prepared and conducts hearings in a business-like but friendly manner.’

Key clients

Republic of Gabon

Republic of Congo

Republic of Madagascar


Work highlights

  • Representing Alphamix before the Privy Council against an instrument of the Mauritian State to reinstate an arbitral award on the construction of the “Rivière du Rempart market”, annulled by the Supreme Court of Mauritius.
  • Representing the Republic of Gabon in its dispute against the Republic of Equatorial Guinea relating to sovereignty over the M’Banié Islands and the delimitation of the maritime boundary between the two states.
  • Representing the Republic of Madagascar in an ICSID arbitration arising from the withdrawal of a telecoms operator license in Madagascar

Ashurst LLP

Emmanuelle Cabrol leads the team at Ashurst LLP, which recently gained new ICC mandates from several leading French companies as well as international corporations. The practice is often retained to handle nuclear equipment construction-related cases, particularly for key client Areva. The Paris team, which frequently works alongside its London colleagues, also regularly handles energy-related cases, including acting in a major renewables energy case. The practice also manages disputes in other fields besides energy, and often acts in matters relating to Africa and Europe.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Cabrol


‘The team led by Emmanuelle Cabrol has extensive expertise in arbitration, and is able to adapt to the technical and internal complexity of cases’.

‘Emmanuelle Cabrol has extensive experience and expertise in arbitration and is involved alongside her team in cases.’

‘Emmanuelle Cabrol is an exceptional lawyer, very rigorous and very convincing.’

Key clients

Republic of Benin


Sunny Hill


Work highlights

  • Represented Areva in two major ICC arbitrations against EDF in the nuclear sector.
  • Representing a foreign investor in a large dispute against a North-African state-owned company, arising from the wrongful termination of its interest in a world-class project.
  • Representing a leading international group in a strategic arbitration against a state-owned North African company related to the termination of an infrastructure project.

Audit Duprey Fekl

Boutique firm Audit Duprey Fekl has a strong team that is retained by major companies. The firm handles commercial and investment disputes concerning a wide range of matters including corporate, energy and natural resources. It has recently been retained to handle a large mandate concerning Congolese oil fields. The team also regularly handles award exequatur cases before French courts. The practice is co-headed by Pierre Duprey, Mathias Audit and Matthias Fekl who are all regularly appointed as arbitrators in ICC and AFA disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Duprey; Mathias Audit; Matthias Fekl


‘Pierre Duprey is knowledgeable and always responsive on critical matters. He is well supported by his team. The firm is good value for money.’

‘Pierre Duprey is clear and concise and capable of discussing complex matters in both French and English.’

Key clients

Joint Venture Copri and Aktor

World Natural Resources

Republic of Senegal

Work highlights

  • Representing World Natural Resources in ICSID proceedings in relation to a large oil field in the Republic of Congo.
  • Obtained the dismissal by the Paris Court of Appeal of a motion to set aside a USD 44 million ICC award rendered in favour of Copri Construction and Aktor against an Albanian State-entity in a dispute concerning a mountain highway project.
  • Representing the Republic of Senegal in set aside proceedings before French courts pertaining to a EUR 243 million UNCITRAL award obtained by French Senegalese businessman Ibrahim Aboukhalil.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy

Practice head(s):

Marie Danis; Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc

Other key lawyers:

Marie Valentini; Karol Bucki


‘In-depth knowledge of commercial law and issues facing large groups. Leading French lawyers with an exceptional level of English. They who know French law perfectly and are strongly involved in the evolution of the law. Super premises where you can hold an arbitration very comfortably. Their tech tools allow very efficient collaboration and are well suited to handling complex files with voluminous documents. Very modern approach to invoicing, with a perfect understanding of how budgets work in large companies’

‘Marie Danis is a very intelligent, tenacious, strategic and pleasant lawyer – it is very pleasant to work with such an efficient person. She also has an incredible network. Marie Valentini is perfectly bilingual (French / English) which is very useful in international disputes. She is curious, very attentive to detail, diligent and very intelligent. The firm has an excellent ability to adapt the size of its team to the needs of each case’

‘Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc is excellent, professional, intelligent and cooperative.’

‘Strong ability to adapt its team according to the technical specificities of a file, in a very short time’

‘Speed of execution and clear and useful advice.’

‘Marie Danis is a leading lawyer, available, efficient and involved. She is an excellent arbitrator, already recognized in the field.’


Key clients

Albanian Road Authority

Tetronics International Limited

United Mining Supply|Specter Aviation Limited

Alteo Gardanne

Work highlights

  • Representing two entities of a global group in two ICC arbitration proceedings initiated by commercial agents.
  • Representing Tetronics in annulment proceedings initiated by Blue Oak Arkansas before the International Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeals challenging an ICC award issued in April 2020.

Baker McKenzie

Practice head(s):

Eric Borysewicz

Other key lawyers:

Karim Boulmelh


‘Accessibility, large network, good knowledge of the aeronautics and defense field.’

‘Katia Boneva-Desmicht shows strength, dynamism and persuasion. Karim Boulmehl demonstrates calm and precision.’

Key clients

MM. Jorge HEEMSEN and Enrique HEEMSEN

Mr Norland Suzor

SBEC Systems Limited (SBEC)

Compagnie d’Electricité du Sénégal (CES)

Work highlights

  • Representing MM. Heemsen in proceedings led against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to set aside an investment arbitral award rendered on 29 October 2019 by an arbitral tribunal concerning expropriation acts.
  • Acting for Norland Suzor and his investment company, SBEC, in ICSID claims lodged against the Republic of Senegal under the Mauritius – Senegal Bilateral Investment Treaty
  • Acted for CES in two parallel ICC arbitration proceedings in Paris with Senegal and Senegalese state electricity company Senelec regarding unpaid invoices.

Betto Perben Pradel Filhol

Betto Perben Pradel Filhol has strong know-how in the field of international commercial arbitration and represents several top companies from the aeronautics industry, often dealing with supply, commercial contract and licence issues. The firm also has a strong presence in Africa and recently defended state-owned Gabon Oil Company in a major case. It is also acting on behalf of Sergei Pugachev in a multibillion-dollar arbitration case against Russia. It also handles award exequatur and mediation procedures. The practice is led by Jean-Georges Betto, who also takes on cases as arbitrator, and Dominique Perben, who contributes in the mediation field. Gaëlle Filhol departed to Pinsent Masons LLP in early 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Georges Betto; Dominique Perben

Key clients

Sergei Pugachev

Frank Timis


Safran Group

Work highlights

  • Representing the state-owned Gabon Oil Company in an ICC arbitration (seat in Paris) regarding Cost Oil Recovery.
  • Representing Sergei Pugachev in a multibillion-arbitration case against Russia on the basis of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between France and Russia.
  • Representing the Accor Group in a dispute against the Republic of Togo in relation to a lease contract on one of Togo’s main hotels.

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat has a well established activity in the field of investment arbitration, advising a number of longstanding clients including states and investors and attracting new mandates in relation to the Middle East and Europe. The caseload spans energy, telecoms and infrastructure, among other areas. In recent years, the team has also expanded its client base among French CAC 40 and large corporations, in relation to commercial arbitration particularly relating to corporate law issues and has increased its involvement in exequatur cases where it has strong experience at managing matters involving states. The practice is co-headed by the highly experienced Raëd FathallahJosé María Pérez and Tim Portwood, who in addition to acting as counsel, also all sit as arbitrators, and recently promoted partners Marina Weiss and Laura Fadlallah. Shane Daly was promoted to counsel in 2022. Louis-Christophe Delanoy retired.

Practice head(s):

Raëd Fathallah; José María Pérez; Tim Portwood; Marina Weiss; Laura Fadlallah

Other key lawyers:

Shane Daly


‘The Bredin Prat Arbitration team is both innovative and dynamic. Always attentive, acting as closely as possible to the interests of the client, combining tradition and modernity.’

Key clients

The Kingdom of Morocco


The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Lebanese Republic

BRIF TRES D.O.O Beograd and BRIF-TC D.O.O Beograd

Work highlights

  • Representing Malaysia in the appeal of the exequatur order of a partial award and the annulment proceedings against a USD 15 billion final award rendered on a USD32 billion claim by purported heirs of a XIXth century south-east Asia sultan based on a XIXth century document.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Morocco in a new ICSID case initiated by a French telecoms company and one of its Moroccan subsidiaries, under the France-Morocco BIT and relating to a telecoms network.
  • Representing real estate investors in a EUR 300 million ICSID arbitration against Serbia in a dispute related to the stalled construction of a shopping centre in Belgrade and treatment which was in violation of Serbia’s obligations under the applicable BIT and international law.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Practice head(s):

Jean-Yves Garaud; Laurie Achtouk


‘The team is very successful, as it combines specialists in international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration.’

‘Jean-Yves Garaud is an excellent jurist and an arbitrator of very high quality. As a lawyer, he is extremely skilled and fully understands the problems of his clients and knows how to present them to arbitrators or judges.’

Key clients

The Hellenic Republic

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Republic of Iraq

The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Telecom Italia International N.V and Telecom Italia S.p.A

Work highlights

  • Representing the Hellenic Republic in an ICSID arbitration brought by Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co. Ltd. under the Cyprus-Hellenic Republic bilateral investment treaty arising out of measures taken to address the Hellenic Republic’s financial and sovereign debt crisis
  • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in an ICSID arbitration brought by Shell under the Netherlands-Nigeria BIT in relation to oil spillage in the Niger Delta.
  • Representing the Republic of Iraq in an ICC arbitration commenced against the Republic of Turkey under inter-state agreements governing the use and operation of oil pipelines between Iraq and Turkey and related storage and loading facilities.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is entrusted by the world’s largest corporations. The group has a strong reputation for handling a high number of strategic cases in the aviation sector and has recently expanded its client and case portfolio to other areas. The practice is notably handling several very large mining disputes in Africa and Brazil, including acting in one of the largest arbitration cases in the mining field in terms of financial amounts claimed. While the team is proficient in both investment and commercial arbitration, the commercial dispute caseload is particularly strong and includes various matters including a high-stakes case in the defence sector. The team also has particular know-how dealing with matters raising sensitive corruption issues and breaches to the international public order. Practice head Jason Fry and Simon Greenberg are both highly regarded. The team also includes counsels Karolina Rozycka, Marie-Isabelle Delleur and Alexis Foucard.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fry

Other key lawyers:

Simon Greenberg; Karolina Rozycka, Marie-Isabelle Delleur; Alexis Foucard


‘The team is very well organized and delivers legal services in a very professional manner. Jason Fry is a very good leader and his expertise is very well respected by arbitration tribunals. This team offers a commercial vision and delivery to budget’

‘Jason Fry takes a hands-on approach to cases and is always directly involved in all steps relating to the case. Jason shows great leadership.’

‘Cooperation within various jurisdictions; extensive experience and perfect time management’.

‘Simon Greenberg has outstanding knowledge and experience. He always comes with new solutions and ideas in respect of further steps which enables clients to adopt the best strategy for their disputes.’

Key clients

Avima Fer Congo S.A.

Greyridge Iron Holding Inc.



Modern Arab Construction

MMCS Strategic 1

NSC Global

Octavia Ltd

Odebrecht Latinvest S.à.r.l.



Work highlights

  • Representing POSCO E&C in a US$2bn ICC arbitration in one of the largest international commercial arbitrations emanating in relation to South Korea, in connection with the development and construction of Songdo, a new “smart” city near Incheon, Seoul.
  • Representing AVIMA IRON ORE LIMITED, GREYRIDGE LTD and AVIMA FER CONGO in a high-profile ICC arbitration recently initiated against the Republic of Congo following the revocation of Avima’s mining license on spurious grounds.
  • Representing ODEBRECHT LATINVEST S.À.R.L. in an ICSID arbitration initiated against the Republic of Peru in relation to the termination of a concession contract to build and operate a pipeline for the transport of natural gas in the South of Peru.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Practice head(s):

Nadia Darwazeh

Other key lawyers:

David Brown; David Meheut; Ivan Urzhumov; Hery Ranjeva; Sophie Grémaud


‘They can deal with arbitration-related issues from A-Z and also do all of their own advocacy before tribunals and state courts, which provides an excellent service for clients.’

‘Nadia Darwazeh’s immense ICC experience is very impressive and a great added value on cases. She is a very experienced and outstanding arbitrator. David Méheut’s pleadings before the French courts are very persuasive.’

‘Although Clyde & Co is a large law firm, their Paris practice offers ’boutique’ quality personalized service.’

Key clients

Republic of Cameroon

The Ministry of Oil and Minerals (of the Republic of Yemen)

Yemen Oil and Gas Corporation

iXBlue SAS


Liberty House Group


Orion Satellite Communications Inc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Republic of Cameroon in a heavily publicised $1bn ICSID arbitration against Hope Services LLC over the alleged expropriation of an online platform to help fund community projects in Africa.
  • Acted for the government of Ukraine in an ICSID arbitration brought by Philip Morris under Ukraine’s bilateral investment treaties with the US and Switzerland, arising out of a fine that was imposed upon them by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for creating artificial barriers to other market entrants.
  • Acted for Liberty House Group in a post-M&A ICC arbitration against Rio Tinto, which arose out of the acquisition by Liberty House of Europe’s largest aluminium smelter.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is a key name in the field of investment arbitration where the firm acts for states and state-owned entities. The practice handles a large caseload on behalf of Kazakhstan, acting in high-profile oil and gas-related disputes. It has also recently been retained by the Republic of the Congo to handle several landmark disputes concerning the mining sector. Cyprus and Romania are two other key clients for which the firm is handling renewable energy and various other cases. The team also represents states and companies in commercial disputes and exequatur cases. The Paris team regularly collaborates with the firm's London, New York and Washington offices. Co-heads of practice Geoffroy Lyonnet and Peter Wolrich have an extensive wealth of experience. Also involved are Rémy Lerner and Marie-Claire Argac, who was promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Geoffroy Lyonnet; Peter Wolrich

Other key lawyers:

Marie-Claire Argac


‘Peter Wolrich is a heavyweight name of the Paris international arbitration scene, who has built a very capable team around him, able to handle the most complex matters smoothly and efficiently.’

‘Very thorough lawyers. Exceptionally well prepared and hardworking.’

‘Geoffroy Lyonnet is an exceptional practitioner. Very smart and well respected by the client and the counterparty.’

‘Geoffroy Lyonnet and his team are market leaders in matters relating to international commercial and investment arbitrations in France. The team has breadth and depth; and Geoffroy’s availability, direct input and client management skills are impressive every time.’

‘Excellent team, very creative on the legal level and masterfully led by Geoffroy Lyonnet’.

‘Geoffroy Lyonnet is an excellent and very experienced professional who leads the team with talent.’

‘Very well prepared. Peter Wolrich is highly regarded on the international market.’

‘Peter Wolrich is a fantastic lawyer and advocate, and can be the difference between winning and losing a case. His long experience means that he will be unfazed in every situation, and always able to turn developments in the litigation to his client’s advantages.’

Key clients

The Republic of Kazakhstan

National Oil Corporation of Libya


Republic of Cyprus

Republic of Cyprus

Republic of the Congo

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Congo in an arbitration initiated by Avima Fer Congo S.A and its majority shareholder Greyridge concerning a mining exploitation permit over the Avima iron ore deposit located in the Sangha department of the Congo.
  • Defending Kazakhstan in a construction-related ICSID arbitration initiated by an Estonian company, AS Windoor, claiming a denial of justice.
  • Defending Romania in an ECT arbitration arising out of allegations by ten claimants that Romania breached treaty obligations under the ECT when it amended regulations designed to incentivize participation in its renewable energy sector.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier regularly represents CAC 40 and international corporations in commercial arbitration. The practice is regularly retained to act in M&A, sales and supply-related disputes as well as public infrastructure and defence. The team's work has a wide geographical spread with disputes spread across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It also shows strong ability in the field of exequatur awards. The practice is co-headed by Laurent Aynès and Carine Dupeyron.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Aynès; Carine Dupeyron


‘Laurent Aynès is one of the most reputed French law professors of the past decades. He brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to the firm’s practice. Carine Dupeyron is a brilliant lawyer and arbitration specialist, with the smoothest advocacy skills – charming yet precise and ruthless.’

‘Tremendous experience and mastery’.

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Representing a Kuwaiti group, which is a major player in the restaurant industry in Kuwait, in a judicial proceeding before the French Cour de Casssation seeking to quash a decision of the Paris Court of Appeals that rejected a request to annul an ICC arbitral award, rendered in favour of a Lebanese company.
  • Representing Veolia Propreté against the Republic of Italy in an ICSID investment arbitration initiated in June 2018 based on the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing Sunrise, a Nigerian consulting company, against Nigeria and Sinohydro, a Chinese construction company, in an ICC arbitration relating to the withdrawal by Nigeria of the award of a contract for the construction of the Mambilla Project, one of the biggest hydroelectric projects in Nigeria and Africa.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Practice head(s):

Samatha Nataf; Pierrick Le Goff

Other key lawyers:

Capucine du Pac de Marsoulies


‘The partners and their team are very involved in the files. They have a real “team” vision and a perfect command over their files, including an understanding of necessary technical aspects.’

‘Samantha Nataf and Pierrick Le Goff are excellent.’

Key clients


Alstom (France)

Algerian Energy Company

Argentor Essayeurs (Belgium)

Frenetic Films AG

Groupe Sinosky

Niel Natural Ressources Investments (Luxembourg)

Work highlights

  • Representing Algerian Energy Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of SONATRACH in several disputes related to the construction, operation and maintenance of desalination stations in Algeria.
  • Representing Genoway, a leading French biotech company, in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore against a Chinese company related to the breach of a distribution agreement.

Dechert LLP

A global leader in the field, Dechert LLP's Paris office contributes significantly to the firm’s impressive reputation in this area and has a sizeable practice. The team stands out for its ability to attract top-notch investment and commercial arbitration cases and has established itself as a go-to-firm for Latin America and Spanish-related issues. The firm manages an equally prominent caseload in relation to Eastern Europe; in recent work, the firm recently obtained the annulment of two arbitration awards by the Paris Court of Appeal for Poland on the basis that they are contrary to European law. The firm also has a significant practice acting for companies, with clients drawn from sectors including energy, construction, banking, mining, telecoms and life sciences. The Paris team is headed by Eduardo Silva Romero, who also co-chairs the firm’s global practice, and includes stellar practitioner José Manuel García Represa. Claudia Annacker and Enikő Horváth are also prominent names in the field, handling arbitration and public international law work. Associate Audrey Caminades provides additional support. Philip Dunham  has since left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Silva Romero

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Annacker; José-Manuel García Represa; Enikő Horváth


‘A team oriented towards understanding customer needs. Excellent both from a technical point of view and from a strategic point of view, mixing civil law and common law lawyers. It has powerful software as support tool management.’

‘Listens to the customer. Precise and succinct opinions, systematically integrating strategy elements with different options (mentioning the advantages and disadvantages of each option).’

‘The firm adopts a strong client-centered approach; they put clients’ needs first. The practice also has strong work ethic where the team would work tirelessly to complete the complex legal projects entrusted to them. In striving to achieve the best results for the clients, they would try and go beyond boundaries and challenge assumptions, and think outside the box. Members have top-notched legal training and acumen, and because Dechert recruits its talents from diverse backgrounds, so that the combined diversified perspectives and life experiences frequently enable the team to arrive at novel and unique solutions to what may appear at first sight as being intractable legal issues.’

‘High quality work, done very efficient and in a timely manner.’

‘Claudia Annacker and Eduardo Silva Romero are very responsible, always ready to help.’

Key clients

The Republic of Poland

Czech Republic

Rizzani De Eccher S.p.A. (RdE)

Interconexión Eléctrica

Arab Republic of Egypt

Hellenic Republic


The Argentine Republic

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Poland in successful annulment proceedings of two arbitration awards before the Paris Court of Appeal, on the basis that they are contrary to European law.
  • Representing a French pharmaceutical company in two ICC commercial arbitrations arising from product licensing agreements.
  • Representing European investors in the first ICSID investment arbitration brought against the State of Kuwait in a dispute arising from the construction of an expressway in Kuwait City.


Practice head(s):

Anna Crevon


‘Proficient knowledge and experience.’

‘Anna Crevon is a highly qualified top-lawyer, who has exceptional legal intuition and deep knowledge. Her strategic skills and gift for languages are focused on their clients’ best interest.’

Key clients

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Misen Enterprises AB

Work highlights

  • Co-counsel to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an ICSID proceeding (including pending annulment proceedings) initiated by ConocoPhillips concerning the alleged expropriation of its assets.
  • Representing Misen against the Government of Ukraine under a gas royalty dispute.

Derains & Gharavi

Derains & Gharavi is an international arbitration boutique; its members are predominantly based in Paris but the firm also has a small office in Beirut and is particularly strong for Middle East-related cases. It is notably representing Iranian entities and banks in a series of large investment disputes linked to the banking sector. The firm also manages a large oil and gas caseload, notably linked to Libya. Egypt is also a client, while the firm’s activities also extend to many other parts of the world. It is acting for India before courts as well as defending Romania in several renewable energy cases. The team also regularly represents companies, wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs in commercial and investment disputes and also handles exequatur cases. The practice is co-headed by leading arbitrator Yves Derains; Hamid Gharavi, who is highly regarded in arbitration circles as a counsel and arbitrator; Bertrand Derains; Melanie van Leeuwen; Beirut-based Nada Sader; Sophia von Dewall and Emmanuel Foy.

Practice head(s):

Yves Derains; Hamid Gharavi; Melanie van Leeuwen; Bertrand Derains; Nada Sader; Sophia von Dewall; Emmanuel Foy

Key clients


Arab Republic of Egypt

Central Bank of Iran

IMAL s.r.l.

Republic of India

Republic of the Sudan


RTL Group

Saad Buzwair Automotive Co

TRASTA Energy Limited

United Nations


WeBuild S.p.A. (previously Salini Impregilo S.p.A.)

Work highlights

  • Represented Bank Melli Iran and Bank Saderat Iran in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Kingdom of Bahrain under the Iran-Bahrain BIT and secured an award of more than USD 250 million in November 2021.
  • Represented the Dayyani family (Entekhab Investment Development Group) in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Iran-Korea BIT against the Republic of Korea and secured an award of more than USD 68 million in June 2018, and obtained dismissal of the annulment application initiated by Korea in July 2018 for the seizure of Korea’s assets in London in July 2020.
  • Representing the Central Bank of Iran in two multibillion investor-State arbitrations against Bahrain (USD 1.7 billion) and the Republic of Korea (USD 7 billion) in relation to their multiple breaches of the Bahrain-Korea BIT and Iran-Korea BIT, respectively, arising out of Bahrain and Korea’s refusal to release and return bank deposits held in Bahraini and Korean banks.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper demonstrates strong abilities in the investment and commercial arbitration realms and acts for state entities and companies. The team is able to handle complex and challenging issues, including representing the Republic of Moldova before the European Union Court of Justice (EUCJ) in a high-profile annulment proceeding questioning the court definition of an “investment”. It is particularly active in Africa-related cases, notably in Guinea and in RDC in matters concerning the telecoms and mining industries. The team also handles a wide variety of cases, touching upon various legal issues and industrial sectors. It regularly manages award exequatur and annulment proceedings before courts. The highly regarded Michael Ostrove, who also co-chairs the firm’s global practice, co-directs the Paris practice alongside Alexander Brabant. Théobald Naud is another key practitioner and counsels Maxime Desplats and Ophélie Divoy also contribute.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ostrove; Alexander Brabant

Other key lawyers:

Théobald Naud


‘The team in Paris is very strong in commercial international arbitration and in particular in complex EPC turnkey disputes. They are very solution oriented and pragmatic, coupled with years of experience. Their fast turnaround time is also appreciated.’

‘Michael Ostrove is a very skilled and experienced litigator. He is hands-on and always makes himself available. Michael is able to advise on important strategic aspects of a case based on his wealth of experience in international arbitration.’

‘Maxime Desplats is a very ambitious senior associate, with great attention to detail and excellent customer service. They are both friendly, have a relaxed way of communicating with the client while remaining highly professional at all times.’

‘A small, solid and very well organized team.’

‘Théobald Naud is brilliant, very impactful.’

‘The lawyers are very good and at the forefront of their disciplines. Their young lawyers are very motivated and very fresh in terms of their knowledge.’

Key clients

Republic of Guinea

DS2 and the De Sutter brothers

Vodacom entities

Vodacom entities

Republic of Moldova

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nasim Hasanov

Republic of Hungary

Republic of Hungary


Naval Group


Alteo Gardanne SAS


Work highlights

  • Obtained a major victory for Guinea in one of the highest profile and important mining disputes in the world.
  • Obtained a complete victory for INTERPOL in PCA arbitration proceedings relating to public international law claims brought following the arrest in China of INTERPOL’s former President.
  • Successfully represented Telco company in a DRC law dispute before four separate jurisdictions (French courts, Belgian courts, DRC courts and the CCJA) to secure enforcement of an award in favour of the client.

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP has been managing a large Iranian caseload on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran and National Iranian Oil Company for several years, with disputes concerning various expropriation and gas issues. Aside from its Iranian-related work, the Paris practice handles commercial and investment arbitration, representing states and private companies. The Paris team, which frequently corroborates with global colleagues, often acts in Africa and Middle East-related cases. It is appearing in several cases related to Libya and in matters concerning various other African countries (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Gambia and RDC). The team deals with a wide range of issues and has a strong practice in the oil and gas sector. David Sellers and Wesley Pydiamah lead an experienced team, which also includes Gaëlle Le Quillec, Julien Fouret and counsel Nanette Pilkington.

Practice head(s):

David Sellers; Wesley Pydiamah

Other key lawyers:

Gaëlle Le Quillec; Julien Fouret; Nanette Pilkington


‘Very responsive team’.

‘Julien Fouret is excellent: he supervises his teams well and finds very good arguments to serve his customers.’


‘Wesley Pydiamah is a reachable, experienced and intelligent professional. He follows up cases regularly and is very easy to work with since he is very kind and calm. He knows how to manage clients as well as giving high level advice in a timely manner.’

‘Deep knowledge of Iranian laws and regulations.’

‘Nanette Pilkington is a hard working and caring member of the group, who always delivers precise and timely advice.’

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Iran

National Iranian Oil Company

African Petroleum

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s Paris team is a key hub in the firm’s impressive international arbitration practice, which includes practitioners based in London, Germany, the US, Emirates and Asia. Following the closure of its Moscow office, the firm has set up a Russian desk in Paris and London to assist clients facing Russian-related disputes. The Paris office manages a large and high-profile caseload, comprising large disputes in the construction and energy sectors. It has recently been retained to advise on sensitive matters in relation to energy prices, notably in the LNG fields and is also managing high-stakes disputes concerning the rewenables energy market in Europe and Mexico. The group’s commercial and investment arbitration caseload encompasses matters dealing with various parts of the world, including a growing Francophone practice, notably in French Africa. The Paris office has also recently become the firm’s main hub for construction disputes in continental Europe. The firm also manages large exequatur cases before French courts. Leading corporations including French flagship companies are clients. The practice is headed by Noah Rubins and also includes Peter Turner and Christophe Seraglini. Other key names include Will Thomas, who divides his time between Paris and London, as well as counsels Alexandra van der Meulen, who handles public international law issues, and Vasuda Sinha.

Practice head(s):

Noah Rubins

Other key lawyers:

Peter Turner; Christophe Seraglini; Alexandra van der Meulen; Vasuda Sinha


‘Vasuda Sinha is exceptionally bright and an excellent advocate. She can ably synthesise complex issues and explain them in a straightforward manner to tribunals.’

‘The Paris team keeps experts uniquely informed of case developments. This greatly increases experts’ capabilities to add value. The team manages all aspects of disputes work peerlessly.’

‘They are wholly invested in the detail and strategic considerations of cases.’

Key clients

The Republic of Korea

Akfel Commodities

iSystems Global

Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation

Sun-Flower Olmeda

Inter RAO

Gardabani Holdings


Mr Ahron Frenkel


Bursel Tekstil Sanayi Ve Diş Ticaret


Republic of Latvia



Serafín García Armas

Karina García Gruber

Wuxi Yadea


Occidental Chemical Corporation


Work highlights

  • Acting for Rusoro, and Serafín García Armas and Karina García Gruber, in separate arbitration proceedings against Venezuela.
  • Representing Akfel Commodities in its investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Turkey under the Turkey-Singapore BIT, concerning the December 2016 expropriation of Akfel Commodities’ Turkish businesses.
  • Representing Sun-Flower Olmeda, Gilatz Spain, Mr Aharon Naftaliu Biram, Redmill Holdings, Eurus Energy, and Portigon as claimants in three separate arbitrations brought under the Energy Charter Treaty against Spain, arising out of Spain’s changes to its renewables tariff regime.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.'s team frequently collaborates with its London counterparts to cover civil and common law issues. The firm has a strong presence in Africa-related matters and acts for a number of African states as well as companies, in matters relating to infrastructure, construction, mining, M&A and tax issues. Its investment and commercial arbitration practice also extends to several other industries and countries and the group has recently been retained by the French state to handle a major mining case. The team is also well known for its strong tribunal litigation expertise in relation to arbitration and is notably acting for the ICC court in a key matter before French courts. The team is co-headed by Carole Malinvaud, who is increasingly sought after as an arbitrator (she has been named chair in several ICSID arbitration cases), Christian CambouliveAlexandra Munoz and London-based Saadia Bhatty, who was promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christian Camboulive; Carole Malinvaud; Alexandra Munoz; Saadia Bhatty

Other key lawyers:

Sacha Willaume


‘The Gide arbitration team has strength in depth as well as deep-rooted expertise in international arbitration. This is one of the strongest and most sophisticated teams in Paris for commercial or investment arbitration.’

‘Carole Malinvaud’s approach in cases as counsel is informed by her invaluable experience as an arbitrator. She has excellent judgement.’

‘Sacha Willaume is a terrific advocate and team leader who is destined for great things. His work instils confidence and he is always one step ahead in spotting strategic issues.’

‘All lawyers in the arbitration team are committed to giving advice and providing quality service. Their top-notch multilingual and multicultural team is made up of some of the most experienced and reputable lawyers.’

‘Saadia Bhatty is widely recognized as one of the foremost international arbitration lawyers. She understands Africa. She has acted and still acts as an expert for the African Union.’

‘Very good team. Parity between men and women well respected. Good mix between French and international team. Very good cooperation with the litigation teams which allows a less formatted approach to arbitration of cases. Excellent cross-examination skills.’

‘Alexandra Munoz demonstrates a good mastery over her files, is calm, and strong in cross-examination. Christian Camboulive has great experience and is a talented speaker.’

‘Saadia Bhatty is a well-known international arbitration specialist. She has extensive experience in international arbitration, provides invaluable insights and inspirational leadership.’

Key clients

Hope Services LLC

International Chamber of Commerce

Asmidal SPA

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania

The French Republic

Petroci Holding

EGIS / Ecuador

Work highlights

  • Representing the French Republic in a treaty-based arbitration relating to mining concessions.
  • Advising EGIS, a major international engineering group in relation to a dispute against a South American state and a state company regarding the construction of a gas pipeline and gas stations.
  • Representing the International Chamber of Commerce in litigation proceedings before the Paris court (Tribunal judiciaire) in relation to an arbitration against an African State.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Paris team brings together common law, civil law and Portuguese law capabilities. The group, which regularly combines forces with its London counterparts, is highly active in Africa, while also handling matters in relation to various other parts of the world (Brazil, Afghanistan and more recently Russia) and represents leading international companies, including several blue-chip French corporations. The team acts in commercial arbitration touching on various sectors, notably telecoms, technology, energy and mining. The practice regularly appears before French courts in award enforcement proceedings and has recently obtained several victories in that area. The practice is headed by Thierry TomasiLaurence Franc-Menget, as well as London and Paris-based Andrew Cannon. Of counsel Emily Fox also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Tomasi; Laurence Franc-Menget; Andrew Cannon

Other key lawyers:

Emily Fox


‘The team is very reactive, very available and “customer focused” which is extremely appreciable. Excellent cohesion and a perfect knowledge of the files. Constant search for alternative options.’

‘Thierry Tomasi is an excellent lawyer who has very specific knowledge of law, arbitration but also of railways. Very great professional.’

‘A very strong team, with a good portfolio of clients. Very well positioned for international clients, especially with issues in Africa.’

Key clients

Anglo American



JKX Oil & Gas



B2 Gold



Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP handles a strong volume of commercial arbitration disputes. The practice is regularly involved in matters relating to the energy and TMT sectors, while also handling several post-M&A and construction disputes. It is active in matters with a wide geographical spread, with its caseload including disputes concerning Mongolia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Colombia. The team acts for corporations, as well as state entities and has been recently retained by an Eastern European state to act in an oil dispute. The team also handles exequatur cases before French courts.   Laurent Gouiffès and Thomas Kendra are the practice heads. Other key members include Melissa Ordonez, who was promoted to partner in early 2023, and counsel Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Gouiffès; Thomas Kendra

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Ordonez; Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse


‘The Paris team is remarkable. They show particular expertise in arbitration in Eastern Europe as well as high-value expertise in energy matters. They have a multilingual and experienced team which is effective and efficient. They really master the strategic and political elements of a case, as well as the legal aspects, and they bring it all together to push for the perfect result. In addition, they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Laurent Gouiffès and Thomas Kendra are real professionals, very capable and have a remarkable communication ability.’

‘Experienced team and attentive approach to matters. The partners are hands-on and are always available for discussions or recommendations. The team members always go far and beyond what is expected.’

‘Laurent Gouiffès has outstanding experience in dealing with complex legal issues and provides clients with practical recommendations. He is also very understanding.’

‘The team is cohesive, very motivated, very competent. It masters all aspects of arbitration. The team has the ability to intervene at all stages of an arbitration procedure and to adapt the strategy to any change. In terms of technology, the team is up-to-date and masters the use of even recent technologies.’

‘Laurent Gouiffès is a real leader, very intelligent, very dedicated, expert in Middle Eastern affairs, very convincing, open to ideas and an excellent strategist who masters the subject of arbitration. Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse is very intelligent, very dedicated, very diligent, and quickly grasps the laws of different jurisdictions and is able to make good analyzes of those laws. He will make a great lawyer in the near future.’

‘A strong dispute resolution practice. The team is very knowledgeable, highly responsive and business-oriented. It combines deep legal knowledge with out of the box strategic thinking and a particularly acute understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a case, ensuring at the end of the day the best possible outcome for the client.’

‘Laurent Gouiffès is also an experienced arbitrator, hence he has an excellent grasp of the intricacies of the international arbitration process. Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse is very diligent and thorough, with strong analytical thinking. He ensures that all angles of a client’s case are adequately addressed. They both work great as a team.’

Key clients

Republic of Colombia

Kosovo Telecom

Work highlights

  • Representing the government of Colombia in an investment arbitration initiated by Neustar Inc. and .CO Internet SAS  relating to the commercial expansion and administration of the country’s top-level domain for Colombia, “.CO”.
  • Representing Kosovo Telecom JSC  in a high-profile ICC arbitration dispute brought by a mobile virtual network operator involving the non-renewal of the mobile virtual network operator agreement.

Honlet Legum Arbitration

Honlet Legum Arbitration is a new international boutique firm launched in January 2022 by Jean-Christophe Honlet and Barton Legum, who were formerly heads of practice at Dentons and who have extensive experience in the field. The duo cover both investment and commercial arbitration, predominantly acting for international companies. It manages a diverse caseload spanning energy, healthcare, mining and corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Christophe Honlet; Barton Legum

Key clients

GCM Mining corp.

Kout Food Group (KFG)

Misen Enterprises AB

Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd.

Niko Exploration (Block 9) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Niko Resources in two long-running $1bn ICSID arbitration proceedings seeking payment for gas delivered to Bangladesh Oil and Gas Mineral Corporation and seeking declaratory relief arising from two gas well blowouts in Bangladesh.
  • Representing GCM Mining Corp. (“GCM”) in a $300m dispute against the Republic of Colombia in an arbitration under the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Colombia.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Bonnard; Sena Agbayissah

Key clients

Togolese Republic

Fusion for Energy/ ITER Project

Work highlights

  • Representing the Togolese Republic in an ICSID arbitration against Togo Terminal-Bolloré.


Jeantet stands out for its strong Eastern Europe (Vienna and Stockholm arbitral courts) and Africa arbitration practice. The practice manages an impressive caseload in the field of energy, construction, distribution and post-M&A issues and acts for several major French, European and international companies. It also represents several African states in dealing with major investment disputes concerning mining and oil and gas issues. The team is headed by Thierry Lauriol, who has strong expertise in the field of Africa investment disputes. Following publication, Ioana Knoll-Tudor left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Lauriol

Other key lawyers:

Aymar Claret de Fleurieu


‘The team works very well together with a great attention to detail. We were always kept fully informed on all aspects of our case which gave us total clarity each step of the way. It is clear that we were in very good and capable hands.’

‘Aymar Claret de Fleurieu is organized, efficient and always on the top of his cases.’

‘The team listens to its customers, and comes up with adapted, appropriate and often original solutions.’

‘Thierry Lauriol and Martin Travaut form a complementary team. Their availability is flawless. And the proposed solutions are both effective and original. Their contact book is remarkable.’

‘Jeantet offers a variety of legal services within a wide array of jurisdictions. Their long standing history, diversified lawyers, and huge international client base makes them able to cater to each individual’s needs and provide custom tailored and extremely efficient legal advice and services.’

Key clients



Jones Day

Jones Day‘s Paris office has a strong track record handling cases with a nexus to the Middle East. The practice is notably handling a high-profile case pertaining to the Iraqi telecoms sector and managing several significant cases linked to Algeria and Saudi Arabia. It is also involved in matters concerning various other parts of the world including Europe and Argentina. Construction, as well as oil and gas are key industry sectors but the caseload is quite diverse and also includes a sensitive dispute over environmental liabilities in the defence sector. The practice is able to deal with both commercial and investment arbitration. The team is co-headed by Elie Kleiman and  Jean-Pierre Harb; they are supported by recently promoted of counsel Claire Pauly.

Practice head(s):

Elie Kleiman; Jean Pierre Harb

Other key lawyers:

Claire Pauly


‘Tight and experienced team, very attentive to customers and experts, that finds the right balance in its relations with all parties. No arrogance and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Elie Kleiman and Claire Pauly are a well-established and very effective duo.’

‘The team is very responsive; perfectly understands legal issues and always offers a very pragmatic approach, guided by clients’ concerns and needs.’

‘Elie Kleiman, Jean-Pierre Harb and Claire Pauly are all excellent lawyers and fine litigators. Jean-Pierre Harb has in-depth knowledge of the EMEA region and a solid experience in construction in particular.’

‘Excellent team of seasoned international arbitration professionals. One of the most brilliant minds in the profession. Excellent knowledge of the technical and financial aspects of files.’

‘Elie Kleiman and Claire Pauly are both incredibly brilliant and very approachable. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘A dynamic team.’

‘Elie Kleiman has strong experience and authority in international arbitration. Claire Pauly is undoubtedly one of the future stars of international arbitration, thanks to her dynamism and her great professionalism.’

K&L Gates LLP

Practice head(s):

Louis Degos

Key clients


King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP's Paris team frequently works in tandem with the firm's London and US offices and handles commercial and investment arbitration. It is heavily involved in energy-related matters and acts in many oil and gas disputes, notably in relation to Africa and the Middle East. The practice is also representing numerous investors in some 22 investment arbitration disputes brought under the Energy Charter Treaty against Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania, regarding renewables energy investments made in those countries. The team also takes on work in relation to other parts of the world, including North and South America, where it handles a  range of issues. It is notably involved in a considerable ICSID dispute concerning an Algerian real estate project. The practice is headed by James Castello, and includes the highly experienced Ken Fleuriet, who splits his time between Paris and Washington, Marc-Olivier Langlois and Laurent Jaeger. Of note, Agnès Bizard was promoted to counsel in 2022.

Practice head(s):

James Castello

Other key lawyers:

Ken Fleuriet; Marc-Olivier Langlois; Laurent Jaeger


‘Very extensive experience in international arbitration. Willingness to address customers’ needs’.

‘The team led by James Castello makes a company feels as though they have a very strong team in-house; they are close to the client, understand its needs to provide subtle and sophisticated legal advice.’

‘James Castello is certainly among the top arbitration counsels worldwide, always available, always ready to provide support the client needs.’

Key clients

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Ltd.

Union Fenosa Gas

Government of Turkey

Air Canada

Trinh Vinh Binh

Minera Aratiri

Emirates International Investment Company LLC

OMV Upstream International GmbH

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Cavalum SGPS, S.A.

KS Invest GmbH & TLS Invest GmbH

Cube Infrastructure Fund SICAV

Demeter Partners

ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH et al.

Tauber Solar


VC Holding II S.a.r.l. et al


Enernovum GmbH

SunReserve Luxco Holdings S.a.r.l. et al.

CEF Energia B.V.

Foresight Luxembourg

FREIF Eurowind Holdings Ltd.

9Ren Holdings

Greentech Energy Systems

Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A.


Edisun Power

Hannover Leasing

Triodos Renewable Europe

LSG Building Solutions GmbH

Green Source Consulting GmbH


Core Value Investments GmbH

Pressburg UK GmbH

ACF Renewable Energy Ltd.

European Solar Farms A/S

Sapec S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing numerous clients in 22 investment arbitrations brought under the Energy Charter Treaty against Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania following substantial investments made in renewable energy facilities.

Latham & Watkins

Headed by Fernando Mantilla-SerranLatham & Watkins' Paris practice is particularly recommended for Latin American disputes. The team is involved in commercial and investment arbitration cases notably pertaining to Colombia - where it manages a large caseload, dealing with various issues spanning mining and environmental protection matters - Mexico and Brazil. The team, which represents states and companies, handles a range of issues covering various sectors including healthcare, entertainment, M&A and energy. The Paris team works in close cooperation with the firm’s US and Madrid offices. Associates Esperanza Barrón-Baratech and Diego Romero are two other key members.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano

Other key lawyers:

Esperanza Barron Baratech; Diego Romero; Eugenie Caroit


‘The team is extremely competent and skillful. It is 100% dedicated to its cases and has an exceptional understanding of international arbitration.’

‘Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is a star individual and very rightly so. He is sharp, a great speaker and omnipresent in the case. Eugenie Caroit is brilliant, very easy to work with, fluent in many languages, which makes her very easy to interact with in cases involving people from different backgrounds. She is also excellent in hearings. Esperanza Barron-Baratech is also excellent; a young associate with a bright future.’

Key clients

Republic of Colombia

Dominican Republic

Live Nation Inc.

Novenergia II Energy & Environment, (SCA), SICAR



Cadena SER

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration brought by Eco Oro Minerals Corp. in relation to certain legislative, administrative and judicial measures introduced by Colombia to protect environmentally sensitive páramo ecosystems.
  • Advised the Dominican Republic in an arbitration conducted under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules brought by EnviroGold (Las Lagunas) Limited, a Vanuatu company which is a subsidiary of the Australian mining company PanTerra Gold.
  • Representing American global entertainment company Live Nation in an ICC arbitration in relation to the client’s termination of a US$ 462 million deal to acquire a 51% stake in the largest concert promoter in Latin America, OCESA and other subsidiaries owned by Mexico’s Grupo CIE.


Linklaters primarily manages commercial arbitration disputes while also handling investment ones. The Paris team, which combines forces with counterparts in London and other international offices, handles a diverse range of work, touching upon the mining, energy, healthcare, media and financing sectors, among others. Geographically, it often deals with matters relating to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The practice acts for companies as well as for several African states and is currently managing several matters for Gabon and it recently obtained the setting aside of two sentences before French courts on corruption grounds. The team is headed by the firm’s global co-head of practice Roland Ziadé, who also sits as an arbitrator, and also includes Arnaud de La Cotardière and counsel Andrew Plump. Managing associate Maria Mitaeva is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Roland Ziadé

Other key lawyers:

Arnaud de La Cotardière; Andrew Plump; Maria Mitaeva


‘Roland Ziadé is a terrific arbitrator. He is a brilliant arbitration specialist. He has fantastic international experience and expertise, which makes him one of the handful of elite arbitrators in Europe.’

‘A team with a unique expertise within arbitration as well as how business is conducted in the Middle East.’

‘Roland Ziadé is obviously an expert in arbitration and has a background in the Middle East’.

‘Andrew Plump, apart from being an excellent counsel, has also turned out to be a master in leading a team, including experts, in the process of preparing and submitting arbitration documents.’

‘Managing associate Maria Mitaeva is an upcoming star who impresses with her ability to gain knowledge, in a very short time, from a large quantity of extensive documents and based on that, provide spot-on analyses.’

‘Excellent availability and quality of work. Very good level of competence and knowledge in international arbitration involving important legal and financial issues’.

‘Strong capacity to analyse issues; very good implementation of defence strategies; great ability to identify legal issues and to propose solutions and responses to opposing claims; strong command of the way to approach the arbitral tribunal and arbitrators.’

‘Maria Mitaeva is a very pragmatic and straight to the point professional.’

Key clients

Republic of Senegal

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International

Republic of Gabon

Jordan Phosphate Mines Company PLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Republic of Gabon in obtaining the setting aside by the Paris Court of Appeal of a EUR135m ICC arbitral award that had been rendered in favour of Groupement Santullo-Sericom in November 2019
  • Successfully represented Jordan Phosphate Mining Company in obtaining a decision from the Paris Court of Appeal in November 2021, entirely rejecting the adverse party’s setting-aside challenge to an ICC 2019 Final Arbitral Award in favour of the client.
  • Successfully represented Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) in an ICC arbitration and subsequent proceedings before French courts.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown's Paris team is frequently involved in international matters and sits as part of the firm’s global practice. The Parisian group represents a prominent client base, comprising leading French and international companies and banks, as well as state entities and has a balanced international investment and commercial arbitration caseload. The team regularly manages mandates relating to Africa and the Middle East and also has a strong Latin American practice. Recently, the practice has been instructed to handle a significant mandate concerning infrastructure investments made in Lithuania. Clients are drawn from sectors including energy, construction and agriculture. The team is headed by the excellent Dany Khayat and also includes Alejandro López Ortiz and José Caicedo. Counsel William Ahern also contributes to this area.

Practice head(s):

Dany Khayat

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro López Ortiz; José Caicedo; William Ahern


‘Very efficient and responsive team.’

‘Dany Khayat is a very good strategist.’

‘The team is diverse, international, and highly experienced in different fields, which allows the department to handle a wide range of cases from investment arbitration, to construction and commercial disputes. All members of the team are dynamic and responsive, and offer services that are tailored to the needs of every client. Mayer Brown also has an impressive global network spanning different jurisdictions which is a valuable tool for efficiently handling international cases.’

Key clients

D.S. Construction FZCO

Société Générale

The Kingdom of Morocco

The Republic of India

The Republic of the Gambia

UAB Vilniaus Energija and Veolia Environnement S.A.


Visor Mühendislik Insaat Turizm Gida ve Mekanik Elektrik Taahhüt Ticaret Limited Sirketi and Gökhan Arasli

Work highlights

  • Representing Veolia Environnement and its Lithuanian subsidiary, Vilniaus Energija, in an arbitration administered by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in relation to a dispute over the performance of a lease agreement for the district heating network in Vilnius, as well as improvements and modernisation of the leased facilities.
  • Representing Veolia Environnement, Veolia Energie International, UAB Vilniaus Energija and UAB Litesko in an ICSID Arbitration in relation to a dispute concerning the expropriation of Veolia’s investment in the operation, improvement and modernisation of heating networks in numerous Lithuanian cities, including the capital, Vilnius, and other violations of the France-Lithuania bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing the Republic of India in an UNCITRAL/PCA international arbitration against Kowepo under investment treaties.


Practice head(s):

Marie-Laure Bizeau; Valence Borgia; Caroline Duclercq


‘The Medici team bring together lawyers who have extensive experience in international commercial and investment arbitration. The partners all have expertise as counsel but also as arbitrators, and also intervene in peri-arbitral litigation proceedings. Clients are supported from the pre-arbitration phase until the final execution of the award. The firm has also developed experience in supporting clients seeking financing for the procedure.’

‘Caroline Duclercq demonstrates great technical skills and an ability to deal with complex issues in the context of international arbitration procedures. She has always shown herself to be extremely responsive, creative in developing a global procedural strategy, and able to support clients on all of their issues, however varied they may be.’

‘The team has knowledge in conducting international arbitration and deep knowledge of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules.’

Key clients

Finetis Morocco (Morocco) and Finetis France (France)

Boralex (France)

Phycomat (France)

Kabbadj (Morocco)

S.A.R.L. Blow Pack (Tunisia)

Work highlights

  • Representing Finetis Morocco and Finetis France in a dispute against the Kingdom of Morocco in ICSID proceedings related to the construction and operation of a high-speed telecoms infrastructure.
  • Representing Boralex in a complex commercial dispute involving several and parallel proceedings before an arbitral tribunal and French courts, in relation to the performance of a development contract and the acquisition of wind farms in France, against former partner Innovent (France) and its CEO.
  • Acting in annulment proceedings initiated by Phycomat against a CAIP award rendered in an arbitration between two French companies regarding breaches of contracts relating to the development of rapeseed varieties


Orrick handles commercial and investment arbitration and represents French and international investors and corporations in a range of cases. It manages several large mandates dealing with expropriation issues in Croatia and Egypt, as well as a series of disputes challenging Spain and Romania’s legal renewable energy framework. The team is also involved in a very significant matter concerning a large resort construction project in the Middle East. Practice head Michael Bühler and Charles Kaplan are also regularly appointed as arbitrators in commercial and investment arbitration cases. Nicole Dolenz and of counsel Tunde Oyewole are two other key members.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bühler

Other key lawyers:

Charles Kaplan; Nicole Dolenz; Tunde Oyewole


‘Charles Kaplan’s competence and in-depth knowledge of our business are major assets.’

‘Charles Kaplan is an excellent lawyer, has a great reactivity and a very pragmatic approach to the subjects entrusted to him. We have worked with him for many years and have complete confidence in his advice.’

‘Exchanges in transparency and trust. Responsiveness. Availability.’

‘Can quickly get to grips with the most complex technical issues and present them in a convincing and comprehensible manner.’

‘Nicole Dolenz works tirelessly and with real enthusiasm into the most complex technical issues and develops a deep understanding of them.’

Key clients





Safran (Groupe)


Voigt & Collegen

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of Dutch investors in a $2bn ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Croatia in relation to an alleged expropriation.
  • Represented Vicat Group, a French cement company, in a €200m ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt over the former’s stakeholding in Sinai Cement.
  • Acted for Voigt & Collegen in a dispute with Spain regarding changes to its renewable energy tariffs.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Practice head(s):

Ana Vermal


‘Ana Vermal shows an unmatched commitment to her clients and a knowledge and understanding of case law and the intricacies of each case that distinguishes Ana. She uses that knowledge to provide advice that I can depend upon. In my experience, it is this knowledge, commitment, responsiveness, and presence that sets her apart from her peers. I would rate the level of service among the very highest in the industry.’

‘Ana Vermal is more than outstanding. She is a 10 out of 10. I have used her for international cross-border arbitration. For depositions, she prepares clients beyond what they could typically expect. She prepares me and my colleagues for every possible scenario and each approach the other side may take. She also utilizes her extremely strong courtroom presence and strong cross examination to prove our case and present the facts in a very compelling manner.’

‘Ana is a great strategic thinker. She knows how to build the case, which arguments to make, when to make them, and how to handle procedural issues. She is among the very best at what she does!’


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's Paris team plays a critical role in the wider firm's general arbitration offering, combining both civil and common law know-how. The practice manages significant commercial and investment arbitration cases and the team regularly handles complex disputes, involving simultaneous proceedings. The team has been increasingly sought after to handle parallel emergency arbitration and conservatory measures proceedings which are part of a core arbitration dispute. The firm has a strong energy caseload and has recently seen an uptick in work linked to the Ukraine war and Russian sanctions as well as energy transition issues. It is managing several large gas price review disputes. Construction and commercial cases also represent a good portion of the firm’s total caseload, and the firm has received several new instructions linked to commodity supply issues. Exequatur and award enforcement proceedings are also handled. Leading companies, including many oil and gas and mining corporations, are clients. The Paris practice is co-headed by Philippe Pinsolle, who is Geneva based but also heads the firm’s continental Europe practice, Isabelle MichouThomas Voisin, Michael Young, who divides his time between Paris and New York, and Alexander Leventhal, who was promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Pinsolle ; Thomas Voisin; Isabelle Michou; Michael Young; Alexander Leventhal


‘Quinn Emanuel’s team is of an exceptional level.’

‘Isabelle Michou is incredible. In addition to her expertise in international arbitration, she stands out for her strategic vision of the cases entrusted to her and knows how to deliver clear, pragmatic and effective advice.’

‘Excellent litigation and arbitration skills. Remarkable analytical and synthesis skills. Listen to customers, great availability’.

Key clients

Dr. Maya Dangelas



Exxon Mobil

UP and CD Holding

Alicia Grace and others (Oro Negro)

TP Ferro Concessionaria S.A.

Reed Smith

Reed Smith is frequently entrusted by international companies facing commercial arbitration disputes in the energy, construction and transport sectors and regularly acts in Africa-related matters. While the team regularly handles matters concerning oil and gas concession and infrastructure projects, its caseload is wide and also extends to various other industry sectors and geographic locations. The team also handles investment arbitration and award exequatur work. The practice is co-headed by Peter Rosher, who also sits as global chair of the firm’s practice, and Ana Atallah. Andrew Tetley is another key member.

Practice head(s):

Peter Rosher; Ana Atallah

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tetley; Clément Fouchard


‘Peter Rosher has undeniable experience in arbitration.’

‘Peter Rosher has extensive experience in arbitration, is very responsive and knows how to show pragmatism in approaching cases.’

‘Exceptional! Peter Rosher is an exceptional lawyer and I would follow him everywhere.’

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s Paris-based team is fully integrated into the firm’s global practice, collaborating regularly with other international offices in managing cases. Led by Jennifer Younan, the team handles commercial and investment cases and is currently handling a series of strategic disputes on behalf of Ukraine, concerning Russian interests in the country (all matters were started before the 2022 war). The practice is also involved in a major gas construction dispute in relation to the Middle East. The team also regularly advises clients on international sanctions and international human rights issues. Counsels Alexander Marcopoulos and Elise Edson also contribute.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Younan

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Marcopoulos; Elise Edson


‘It is an excellent practice with vast resources to handle complex arbitration disputes’.

‘Jennifer Younan is our key contact in the practice. She is a strategy maker and excellent specialist in international public law’.

‘Jennifer Younan is not only one of the best and smartest arbitration lawyers out there, she is also consistently representing her clients with integrity and class. Very impressive.’

‘Despite the geographical distances between the team members, they are able to coordinate the matter without any difficulty. The time differences also allow the client to have 24 hour access to a lawyer who is fully aware of the matter.’

‘Jennifer Younan’s capability to look at a matter from different angles and to foresee the arguments that will be made by the counterparty is amazing.’

Key clients

Ministry of Justice of Ukraine



Human Rights at Sea

Work highlights

  • Representing Ukraine as respondent in a $4.2bn SCC arbitration brought by VEB.RF, Russia’s national economic development institution related to sanctions and other measures allegedly targeting Russian banks in Ukraine after 2014.
  • Representing Ukraine as respondent in a $1.12bn ICSID arbitration initiated by Emergofin B.V. and Velbay Holdings Ltd., affiliates of UC RUSAL, under the Netherlands-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing Ukravtodor, the Ukrainian State Road Agency, in multiple setting-aside proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeals in connection with a construction dispute.

Simmons & Simmons

Practice head(s):

Philippe Cavalieros


‘This is a superb dispute resolution team, up there with the very best available worldwide.’

‘Philippe Cavalieros is a brilliant lawyer. Well-prepared, with good strategic thinking, convincing orally and in writing. He has lots of experience with international arbitration.’

Key clients

First Quantum Minerals Ltd

Sodexo Pass International SAS

Work highlights

  • Representing a subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals Ltd in an ICSID arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
  • Successfully represented Sodexo Pass International SAS in an ICSID arbitration, followed by ICSID annulment proceedings, against Hungary.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is the go-to-firm for large investment disputes, especially ICSID ones, or arbitration proceedings involving state entities. The firm frequently represents state entities including Latin American, Eastern European, African and Arabic states, and also acts for companies. The firm manages an impressive caseload, notably in the oil and gas field and is also involved in large disputes concerning the construction, agriculture and media sectors. The Paris team, which frequently combines forces with the firm’s international offices including New York, recently won a victory for Costa Rica. Headed by Carole Sportes, other key practitioners include José Ricardo Feris, John Adam, Sabrina AïnouzJérôme Lehucher and Rostislav Pekař, who divides his time between Prague and Paris.

Practice head(s):

Carole Sportes

Other key lawyers:

José Ricardo Feris; John Adam; Sabrina Aïnouz; Jérôme Lehucher; Rostislav Pekar


 ‘Very good inter-personal relationship and pragmatic advice. Lawyers are competent, personable and know their field. Billing is fair and as agreed in advance.’

‘José Ricardo Feris is outstanding at preparing cases as well as briefing and advising clients on the way forward.’

‘Rostislav Pekar is an absolute star – one of the leading arbitration advocates of his generation.’

‘They have a very strong team work spirit: roles are well defined; good use of collective experience and knowledge; dialogue within the team runs well, boosting confidence in the younger team members.’

‘They are very devoted, receptive, responsive, knowledgeable and experienced.’

Key clients

Republic of Peru

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Republic of Costa Rica

Republic of Ecuador



Republic of Croatia

Slovak Republic


Rand Investments, Inc

Work highlights

  • Obtained a total victory for Costa Rica in an ICSID arbitration brought by a Spanish investor in the food industry.
  • Representing the Republic of Peru in a series of three massive arbitrations relating to the construction of a metro line in Lima, with claims totalling around $2bn.
  • Representing the Republic of Nigeria in a high-profile dispute valued at more than $6bn revolving around OPL245 – an oil prospecting license that has been the subject of controversy for the past 20 years.

Teynier Pic

Dispute resolution boutique Teynier Pic has extensive experience in the arbitration field and regularly represents some of France’s leading companies, as well as many international groups. It often acts in ICC and commercial arbitration, spanning various industrial sectors: corporate, telecoms and construction for instance. The team has a strong involvement in matters relating to Africa and the Middle East and is also prominent in exequatur and award enforcement before French courts. Eric Teynier and Pierre Pic co-head the practice, which also includes Raphaël Kaminsky and Sara Nadeau-Séguin. Of note, the firm was joined at the end of 2022 by Danny Rifaat, who has a strong track record in work with a nexus to the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Eric Teynier; Pierre Pic

Other key lawyers:

Raphaël Kaminsky; Sara Nadeau-Séguin; Danny Rifaat


‘One of the best teams in the arbitration market. Friendly and extremely competent. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Pierre Pic and Raphael Kaminsky are exceptional, as are the teams supporting them.’

‘The team is capable of innovation and is very responsive.’

Key clients

Schooner Capital

Zakhem Construction and Engineering

State of Cameroon

Cengiz insaat ve ticaret

Stileks Scientific and Production Firm

Mohammed Abdel Raouf Bahgat


Bouygues Energies et Services

Thales Alenia Space

Fives Stein

Work highlights

  • Representing KIC, the Korean Sovereign Fund, in an enforcement action engaged by Iranian citizens who prevailed in a UNCITRAL BIT arbitration.
  • Representing Jnah, a Lebanon-based client in revision proceedings, before French Courts relating  to an ICC award in which the Tribunal found it did not have jurisdiction to hear the client’s claim for the loss of opportunity to establish a Marriott hotel in Lebanon.
  • Advised Schooner Capital in the context of set-aside proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal after an ICSID Facility Tribunal found it did not have jurisdiction to hear the claimant’s case against the Republic of Poland.

Three Crowns LLP

The Paris team at international arbitration firm Three Crowns LLP works in close combination with its London, Washington and Singapore counterparts, making it ideally placed to handle a broad range of disputes. The practice manages both international investment and commercial arbitration and acts for a prominent client base comprising oil, gas and construction majors as well as several state entities. Its caseload regularly consists of large mandates, in relation to construction, mining as well as oil and gas sales, price review and exploration permits. The team also manages sensitive disputes concerning allegations of corruption and a wide range of cases touching upon various issues including corporate and commercial matters. Geographically, the team regularly handles work in connection with Africa and the Middle East, but also works on cases concerning Singapore and Latin America. The team is also familiar with exequatur proceedings and is routinely entrusted to handle this work. Georgios Petrochilos and Todd Wetmore have stellar reputations in the area. Also recommended are Kathryn Khamsi and Shaparak Saleh. Simon Elliot joined the Singapore office.

Practice head(s):

Georgios Petrochilos; Todd Wetmore

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Khamsi; Shaparak Saleh; Marie-Provence Brue; Thomas Dauvillier


‘Commercial vision, deliver to budget, seamless communication in English, experience and expertise in international arbitration.’

‘We have worked with Ms. Shaparak Saleh, Ms. Marie-Provence Brue and Mr. Thomas Dauvillier. Their attentiveness, commitment to the matter and Shaparak’s experience made them stand out.’

‘The firm organized the case by subjects and each subject was led by a top senior associate. That made the strategy quite comprehensive and accurate.’

‘I found the team highly coordinated and open about the case.’

‘Incredible view of cases in terms of planning the strategy.’

‘Competence and professionality.’

‘The team leader and team members are absolutely committed and dedicated to our matter. They are highly efficient and competent. They work tirelessly to find the best solutions to address all the issues that we encounter.’

‘Shaparak Saleh – brilliant, dedicated and very hardworking. She would go all out to win the case for her clients.’

Key clients



Crescent Petroleum




Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA)

Republic of Chile

Rusoro Mining

Serafin Garcia Armas and Karina Garcia Gruber

SNC Lavalin

The Kingdom of Bahrain


WCV World Capital Ventures Cyprus

Work highlights

  • Acting for Crescent Petroleum in an arbitration dispute against the National Iranian Oil Company concerning a gas sales and purchase agreement.
  • Representing Chile in an ICSID claim filed by Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. E.S.P. (ISA) concerning the collection of fines and guarantees for delays incurred by ISA in the construction of the Cardones-Polpaico Electricity Transmission Line in Chile.
  • Acting on behalf of the investors in a significant shareholder dispute with the majority owner and CEO/chairman of Kyobo, Korea’s third-largest life insurance company.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has impressive capabilities and its expertise in construction disputes is unparalleled on the market. The firm handles an outstanding caseload in that area, representing companies and states in many of the world’s largest infrastructure projects: canal, port, bridge and highways as well many hydroelectric, nuclear and other energy-related construction facilities and infrastructures. In addition to handling construction work in the energy field, the team also manages a considerable amount of other types of energy-related disputes, including sensitive gas price review arbitrations. The team has a large global coverage and is active in disputes in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. It also handles a range of diverse commercial arbitration disputes including commercial partnerships and telecoms-related matters. The stellar team is headed by the legendary Michael Polkinghorne and includes high-profile names Christophe von KrauseCharles Nairac  and Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall, as well as the highly regarded John WillemsNicolas BouchardieKirsten OdynskiElizabeth Oger-GrossNoor DaviesLucas De Ferrari and  Samy Markbaoui.

Practice head(s):

Michael Polkinghorne

Other key lawyers:

Christophe von Krause; Charles Nairac; Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall; John Willems; Nicolas Bouchardie; Kirsten Odynski; Elizabeth Oger-Gross; Noor Davies; Lucas De Ferrari; Samy Markbaoui


‘There is no legal service that you could not get from this team. The team is competent, hard-working, and transparent.’

‘Christophe von Krause is an exceptional lawyer. He is intelligent, easy to work with, and always ready to listen.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable, competent and experienced in international arbitration.’

‘Christophe von Krause is exceptional and very assuring throughout the process.’

‘Andrew McDougall is one of the world’s leading arbitration specialists. The Paris team has stellar lawyers and a team of enormous talent with whom it is a pleasure to work.’

‘Very engaged, excellent understanding of the European gas markets. Makes complicated matters straightforward.’

‘Michael Polkinghorne is smart and commercial.’

Key clients


Federal Government of Nigeria

Ministry of Justice of Georgia

PT Ventures

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Bertrou; Dominique Mondoloni

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Alekhin

Key clients

Port de Djibouti

Kyrgyz Republic

Devas Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Devas Corporation (India) on annulment proceedings filed by Antrix Corporation (India) against an ICC award rendered in the arbitration.
  • Represented the Port de Djibouti on LCIA Arbitration against DP World, the leading UAE-based logistics and supply chain company, in relation to the performance of the concession agreement of the Doraleh terminal and the termination of a joint-venture agreement.
  • Successfully defended the Kyrgyz Republic in a London-seated UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by Penwell, a British Virgin Islands-based company, that saw its $298m claim dismissed on jurisdiction and admissibility grounds due to illegality of the underlying investment.