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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Addleshaw Goddard hired Ioana Knoll-Tudor, who notably has a strong Eastern European practice, from Jeantet in October 2023, to launch its Paris-based arbitration practice.
International arbitration firm Anima Dispute Resolution was launched in October 2023 by Jacob Grierson and Thomas Granier, who previously headed Asafo & Co.’s practice.
Gowling WLG launched its Paris international arbitration practice following the arrival of Marie-Aude Ziadé in September 2023; she handles international arbitration and litigation, has strong construction-sector know-how and also sits as an arbitrator.
Led by Alexandre Reynaud and Marina Matousekova, TALMA Dispute Resolution has all-around international arbitration expertise and acts for several prominent companies involved in commercial arbitration, notably in relation to Africa.
Trinity International LLP hired Natasha Peter, who was previously with Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. and divides her time between the firm's London and Paris offices, in 2022 to co-head the firm’s practice alongside colleagues Lucien Bou Chaaya and Stéphane Brabant. The practice has a strong focus on Africa and mining disputes.
Eduardo Silva Romero, José Manuel García Represa and Catalina Echeverri Gallego launched commercial and investment arbitration firm WORDSTONE DISPUTE RESOLUTION AARPI, following their departure from Dechert in late 2023.

Dispute resolution: International arbitration in France

A&O Shearman

Led by the excellent Jennifer YounanA&O Shearman's Paris-based team handles commercial and investment arbitration cases. It has built a strong reputation handling highly complex strategic investment disputes on behalf of Ukraine and relating to expropriation issues with Russia. The team, which regularly collaborates with colleagues from the firm's other international offices, also handles work dealing with other parts of the world including Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and pertaining to various industry sectors including oil and gas and TMT. The practice also provides guidance to clients on international sanctions, contract negotiations 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


‘Shearman & Sterling’s Paris arbitration team remains a top-class team focusing on investor-related arbitrations and, in particular, working against Russia.’

‘Jennifer Younan has a broad experience of working for Ukraine on a number of high-profile arbitration. She is an excellent lawyer with profound tactical and strategic thinking.’

‘The firm has deep knowledge on international arbitration (both in commercial and investment). People are hardworking and pleasant.’

Key clients

Ministry of Justice of Ukraine



Human Rights at Sea

Work highlights

  • Representing Ukraine, Respondent, in an SCC arbitration in Stockholm brought by VEB.RF, Russia’s national economic development institution.
  • Representing Ukraine as respondent in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Emergofin B.V. and Velbay Holdings Ltd., affiliates of UC RUSAL, under the Netherlands-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing Ukravtodor as applicant in a series of proceedings before the French courts to request the setting aside of several arbitral awards rendered in a construction dispute.

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman's Paris-based practice is led by Marie Stoyanov, who also serves as the firm’s global international arbitration practice head and co-head of its public international law group. The team, which regularly works alongside colleagues from the firm’s other international offices, handles a steady stream of commercial arbitration cases but has particular strength in the investment arbitration field where it regularly advises state entities (notably Morocco and several other Arabic states) as well as corporations and investors. The team features regularly in large disputes linked to Africa and the Middle East, pertaining to various industry sectors including energy and construction.

Practice head(s):

Marie Stoyanov

Key clients

The Kingdom of Cambodia

The Kingdom of Morocco

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Kingdom of Cambodia in defending an investment treaty claim at ICSID brought by two Chinese investors in the telecoms sector.
  • Acting for the Kingdom of Morocco in its defence of an investment treaty claim brought by Corral Morocco Holdings AB in relation to Morocco’s only oil refinery.
  • Acting for the United Arab Emirates in defending an investment treaty claim commenced against it at ICSID , brought by BM Mühendislik ve İnşaat A.Ş, a subsidiary of a Turkish construction and engineering conglomerate.

Asafo & Co.

Asafo & Co.

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Rouche; Emmanuel Avramesco; Charles Kaplan; Tunde Oyewole


‘Excellent knowledge of the international arbitration process and ability to handle matters involving multiple jurisdictions, especially Africa and emerging markets in general.’

‘Very professional and very responsive team.’


Key clients

Congo Bantu Mining S.A.R.L


Republic of Gabon

Republic of Congo


Ludwig Pfeiffer Hoch -und Tiefbau GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Alphamix before the Privy Council against an attempt by the Mauritian State to reinstate an arbitral award on the construction of the “Rivière du Rempart market”.
  • 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 Cobamin in a $20m ICC arbitration in Paris initiated by Ivanhoe Mining Group concerning a potential joint venture on three major permits.

Ashurst LLP

Led by Emmanuelle CabrolAshurst LLP‘s compact Paris practice attracts key mandates from leading corporations. The team handles a high amount of work linked to the energy sector (gas and renewables) and Africa (notably from Algeria), while construction issues pertaining to the nuclear field is a major area of strength. The Paris team, which frequently collaborates with the firm's London and Dubai offices, is notably involved in a particularly prominent case relating to gas field expropriation and recently noticed an uptick in mandates concerning French renewables projects. The team’s caseload also extends to other various areas.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuelle Cabrol


‘A team capable of handling highly significant and technical disputes. Partners know their file very well and do not break up a file among multiple actors, which provides for a much more solid internal logic.’

‘Emmanuelle Cabrol is very solid legally, discreet, but she has authority and is efficient.’

Business oriented’.

Key clients


Sunny Hill


Work highlights

  • 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.
  • Representing a leading international group in a sensitive dispute against a state-owned company in the nuclear sector.

Audit Duprey Fekl

Boutique firm Audit Duprey Fekl has a high-level team that is retained by leading companies to assist with commercial and investment disputes, notably in relation to Africa. The team regularly acts in large oil and gas and mining disputes, while its expertise also spans sensitive exequatur cases and its strong academic knowledge and recognition also earns it mandates on complex judicial proceedings challenging arbitrators’ duties and arbitration court composition. The practice is co-headed by Pierre DupreyMathias 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

Key clients

World Natural Resources Ltd

Commerzbank AG

Republic of Senegal

Work highlights

  • Representing World Natural Resources Ltd in ICSID proceedings in relation to a dispute concerning a large oil field in the Republic of the Congo.
  • Represented World Natural Resources Ltd and its local subsidiary in an ICC arbitration in relation to a USD 200 million worth dispute concerning a large oil field in the Republic of the Congo.
  • Advised Commerzbank AG and drafted witness statements on its account to be submitted in court in relation to the possibility for French courts to recognise a foreign anti-suit injunction issued to safeguard Paris-seated arbitration proceedings.

August Debouzy

Practice head(s):

Marie Danis; Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc

Other key lawyers:

Marie Valentini


‘The team is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to French law. They have the resources and skillset to extensively research the most intricate legal problems and provide strategic and pragmatic guidance for addressing them. They also understand the challenges that big businesses face when confronted with legal proceedings. Their network with arbitrators and experts is fantastic. The team is very diverse and collaboration is easy and effective. They are also very flexible. Strong corporate and M&A practitioners also work in tandem with the disputes lawyers to ensure a thorough analysis is conducted of commercial disputes.’

‘Marie Danis is approachable, very reactive and always does her best for her clients. Her network is unparalleled and this is a significant advantage. Marie is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to arbitration and French law.’

‘Marie Valentini is diligent and never misses a detail – she will know your dispute from A to Z, she is not afraid to face the difficult challenges head on and look for creative and strategic solutions.’

‘The team is very hands on. Expert in the area of dispute resolution and international arbitration. They know their subject well and give a lot of comfort to clients. The team is diverse, technologically savvy and very collaborative. ’

‘Marie Danis: simply brilliant.’

‘Great ability to quickly make themselves acquainted with a foreign legal system and strategize accordingly. Also, they are a joy to work with: their command of the English language is excellent, they are extremely diligent and highly responsive.’

‘Marie Danis is very gifted when it comes to strategy: she is able to assess very complex issues (even if those issues are governed by non-French law) and develop a highly sophisticated strategy that works. Marie Valentini (counsel) certainly also deserves mentioning: she is extremely sharp minded, very diligent and responsive.’

Key clients


United Mining Supply|Specter Aviation Limited

Alteo Gardanne

Work highlights

  • Representing Antrix in challenging before the Supreme Court the decision issued by the Paris court on 22 June 2022, dismissing its request to set aside an ICC award decision in its dispute against Devas.
  • Represented a major player of the defence and security industry in a strategic ICC arbitration.
  • Representing UMS and Specter as defendants in proceedings initiated by M. Jean Laprade, World Aircraft Leasing Inc. and Ultragold SARL to set aside a CAIP international award.

Baker McKenzie

Practice head(s):

Katia Boneva-Desmicht; Karim Boulmelh


‘Strong expertise, responsiveness and client commitment. It is made up of experienced professionals, with a solid knowledge of international investment arbitration and legal practice. The team is very responsive, very committed and collaborative.’

‘Karim Boulmelh is an experienced and recognized lawyer in international arbitration. He has in-depth expertise in international law and arbitration. Karim is a brilliant and dedicated lawyer, who is always looking for innovative solutions for his clients. He is also an excellent communicator, which allows him to negotiate effectively with opposing parties and present convincing arguments before arbitration tribunals. Marine De Bailleul stands out for her intelligence, rigor and commitment. She has a solid background in international arbitration. Marine is a rising star in international arbitration.’

‘Efficient and motivated team.’

Key clients



Mr Norland Suzor

Work highlights

  • Representing MM. Jorge Heemsen and Enrique Heemsen in an action against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to set aside an investment arbitral award rendered on 29 October 2019 by an arbitral tribunal.
  • Representing Mr Louis Claude Norland Suzor and SBEC Systems Limited (SBEC) in their ICSID claim against the Republic of Senegal under the Mauritius/Senegal Bilateral Investment Treaty.

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat runs a balanced practice handling commercial and investment arbitration and is entrusted by many of France’s leading corporations while also regularly acting alongside state entities in investment disputes (Morocco, Lebanon and Egypt are key clients). The firm’s caseload is highly diverse, spanning energy price review, telecoms, construction, commercial contracts and post-M&A disputes. It also regularly manages matters relating to Eastern Europe. Of particular note, the team recently earned a groundbreaking victory for the state of Malaysia in set-aside proceedings concerning a $15bn arbitration award. Raëd FathallahJosé María PérezTim Portwood,  Marina Weiss and Laura Fadlallah are key names.

Practice head(s):

Raëd Fathallah

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Raëd Fathallah: excellent client skills, always keen to help and a very fair-minded arbitrator. Good knowledge of the law.’

‘A stellar and leading practice in international arbitration. They have an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals who provide advice which is always incisive and exactly on-point. They benefit from great global coverage. They always do the utmost to secure a win for their clients. Their client service is second to none. Consummate ability at handling extremely difficult cases in challenging jurisdictions.’

‘Timothy Portwood and Marina Weiss. Both are excellent. Tim Portwood is a leading international figure in this field, a virtuoso lawyer at the absolute top of his game. He is an absolutely superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. He has a masterly command of the subject and has unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of his cases. He displays absolute charm with his clients. He is very charismatic and clients love him. Most importantly, he gets great results. ‘

Marina Weiss is a new star in the firm. She is dedicated, totally unflappable and exudes confidence. She has endless energy and works tirelessly to achieving the best result for her clients. ’

‘Laura Fadlallah is committed, very competent and available’.

‘The arbitration team at Bredin Prat is the safest pair of hands in Paris. Their deep knowledge of arbitration law is exceptional and their first-class practice is enhanced by their local connections in the French and international arena. They always put the interest of their clients first.’

‘Tim Portwood is an exceptionally smart lawyer who offers the best of the common and civil law traditions. This combined approach to multijurisdictional matters is immensely valuable.’

‘Laura Fadlallah is a rising star in Paris who will surely make her way to the top in no time. She is an absolute pleasure to work with. She has a practical and down to earth approach but stands firm in defending her client’s best interest above any other consideration.’

Key clients


The Kingdom of Morocco

The Lebanese Republic

The Arab Republic of Egypt

BRIF TRES d.o.o. Beograd

BRIF-TC d.o.o. Beograd

Work highlights

  • Representing the State of Malaysia in the appeal proceedings regarding an exequatur order of a partial award and set-aside proceedings against a $15bn award.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Morocco in an ICSID arbitration initiated by a French cable network construction company and one of its Moroccan subsidiaries.
  • Representing the Lebanese Republic in annulment proceedings of an ICSID arbitration case.

Clay Arbitration

Clay Arbitration

Practice head(s):

Thomas Clay

Other key lawyers:

Taha Zahedi Vafa


‘The team made up of Professor Clay and Taha Zahedi is a very fine advisory duo with real depth and real perspective on arbitration matters. Professor Clay is a remarkable arbitrator for his knowledge of the cases and Taha Zahedi has cutting-edge expertise in cases concerning the Middle East.’

‘Professor Clay is an authority on international arbitration, but he stands out even more for his mastery of the factual and financial elements of the cases on which he intervenes. Taha Zahedi often demonstrates great finesse in his analyses. He is young but already very promising.’

‘Excellent close-knit team with real specialists in French arbitration. The “go to” firm for complicated arbitration law issues, including appeals before the French courts.’

Key clients

Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons Co.

Etrak Insaat Taahhüt Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Üstay Yapi Taahhüt Ve Ticaret Anonim

Nurol Insaat Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Alteo Gardanne SAS

Mr. Michel Platini

Nova Group Investments, B.V. v. Romania

FREIF Eurowind Holdings Ltd v. Kingdom of Spain

Landesbank Baden Württemberg, HSH Nordbank AG, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale, Norddeutsche Landesbank v. Kingdom of Spain

ExxonMobil International Holdings Inc. (United States of America) et. al. v. Republic of Cameroon

HSBC Latin American Holdings (UK) Limited v. Republic of El Salvador

Work highlights

  • Advising on the enforcement of the Arbitral Award rendered in favour of Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons Co in a dispute arising out of the Libyan Government’s actions to annul the decision to grant a licence to the company Al-Kharafi for the establishment of a tourism investment project.
  • Advised Etrak Insaat Taahhüt Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi in its dispute against the State of Libya arising out of claims of a breach of public works contracts concluded with Libyan entities in the 1980s.
  • Advising Üstay Yapi Taahhüt Ve Ticaret Anonim in its dispute against the State of Libya arising out of the disruption of the performance of public works contracts and claims of corruption.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Practice head(s):

Jean-Yves Garaud; Achtouk-Spivak


‘The Cleary international arbitration team is an outstanding combination of the highest technical competence and delightful individuals who are great to work alongside. Their case analysis and strategy is some of the best in the industry and their client communication and guidance unparalleled.’

‘With the Cleary team, you know you are getting full service from specialists in all the needed jurisdictions, who work seamlessly towards the common end goal.’

‘From the first step in a case to the last, the team is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful. They take the time to explain and collaboratively discuss options with clients and will always take the client’s input on board, including by delivering drafts well in advance so that the full team can have a frank discussion. Cleary provides top notch service and I recommend them frequently.’

Key clients

African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)


Bank of Spain

Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO)

Central Bank of Iraq

Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.p.A.


FLSmidth A/S

Société des Hydrocarbures du Tchad

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Hellenic Republic

The Republic of Chad

The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

The Republic of Iraq

The Republic of Zimbabwe (ALSF)

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

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in an ICSID arbitration brought by Wise Solutions CDI, SA arising out of a dispute related to a 15-year concession contract for waste management services in Abidjan.
  • Successfully represented the Republic of Iraq in an ICC arbitration it brought in May 2014 against the Republic of Turkey and arising out of Turkey’s violations of a crude oil pipeline agreement for the supply and purchase of crude oil concluded between Iraq and Turkey in 1973 (the ITP Agreement).
  • Representing the Republic of Chad in connection with several arbitration proceedings involving ExxonMobil subsidiaries in connection with their alleged sale to the Savannah group and the subsequent nationalisation of their interests.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance houses a high-level and diverse commercial arbitration practice, spanning many industry sectors and geographical areas. The group is notably involved in managing highly strategic cases in the aviation sector but is also regularly retained to act in large mining cases in relation to Africa and Brazil. The team also assists clients in dealing with matters raising commercial and corporate issues, spanning the construction, defence, IT, banking and the renewable energy sectors. The practice's set of expertise also encompasses complex exequatur and sanctions-related cases including a number of Russian-linked matters. The practice is jointly headed by the highly experienced Jason Fry and Simon Greenberg, who are assisted by counsels Sandrine ColletierKarolina Rozycka, Marie-Isabelle Delleur and Alexis Foucard.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fry; Simon Greenberg

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team is smart, responsive and dynamic across the board.’

‘The firm emphasizes understanding customers’ requirements and objectives and adapting legal services accordingly.’

‘The firm emphasizes understanding customers’ requirements and objectives and adapting legal services accordingly. They frequently work directly with clients to provide novel and practical answers to challenging legal problems.’

Key clients

Avima Fer Congo S.A.

Greyridge Iron Holding Inc.



MMCS Strategic 1

Modern Arab Construction

NSC Global

Octavia Ltd

Odebrecht Latinvest S.à.r.l.



Work highlights

  • Advising POSCO E&C in an ICC arbitration concerning a USD 2.7 billion dispute arising out of the construction and development of a new “smart” city near Incheon, Korea.
  • Advising Avima Iron Ore Limited, Greyridge Ltd and Avima Fer Congo in a high-profile, bet-the-company ICC arbitration initiated against the Republic of Congo following the revocation of Avima’s mining license on spurious grounds.
  • Advising Odebrecht Latinvest S.à.r.l. against the Republic of Peru (ICSID arbitration) 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 masters all forms of arbitration-related work, including commercial and investment disputes as well as exequatur cases. The Paris practice, which can benefit from the firm’s global network, has a strong ICC and construction offering, often advising on road and infrastructure projects notably in Africa. Its diverse caseload also includes telecoms, public procurement, natural resources and energy-related disputes, linked to many parts of the world including Europe and South America. The team acts for state entities and companies and is one of Ukraine’s privileged counsels for its strategic Russia-related matters, notably at the exequatur stage. Practice head Nadia Darwazeh and Ivan Urzhumov are strongly regarded. David Brown is another key name for construction work. Counsel Sophie Grémaud also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Nadia Darwazeh

Other key lawyers:

David Brown; Ivan Urzhumov; Sophie Grémaud


‘The team in Paris has both excellent ICC arbitration experience and construction know-how. They deliver work of an exemplary quality thanks to agile staffing.’

‘Nadia Darwazeh is an outstanding leader who has an immaculate command of the ins and outs of ICC arbitration. She is also an excellent communicator. ’

‘The team is intellectually brilliant, prepared for all the twists and turns, efficient and diverse.’

Key clients

Consorcio Aerosuspendido Poma SAS y Sofratesa Inc

Dathomir Mining Resources


Liberty House Group

Orion Satellite Communications

Republic of Cameroon

Smart City Solutions Holdings Inc

The Ministry of Oil and Minerals of the Republic of Yemen

Yemen Oil and Gas Corporation


Work highlights

  • Representing Dathomir Mining Ressources, a mining company operating in Africa, in two  ICC arbitrations.
  • Representing European and African governments in various proceedings and in different industry sectors, including in an emergency ICC arbitration.
  • Representing large contractors in their arbitration proceedings around the world, including in Africa.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP stands out for acting exclusively for states entities in investor-state arbitration. The Paris-based team, which frequently works with colleagues in the firm's other international offices, represents African, Middle Eastern and European states in a large array of disputes. It is notably involved in several billion-dollar investment arbitration cases raising mining permit issues, and handles large cases linked to the oil and gas and renewables markets. Its caseload also includes commercial arbitration disputes and exequatur cases. Practice heads Geoffroy Lyonnet and Peter Wolrich are well-known experts in the field. Rémy Lerner and Marie-Claire Argac are also involved.

Practice head(s):

Geoffroy Lyonnet; Peter Wolrich

Other key lawyers:

Rémy Lerner; Marie-Claire Argac


‘Ranks among the elite of Parisian arbitration teams, with extensive expertise and great competence at all levels, from partners to associates.’

‘Peter Wolrich has been a leading figure in international arbitration for decades, and no longer needs introduction.’

‘The team is excellent and can articulate legal and economic matters.’

‘Geoffroy Lyonnet is the team’s strategist.’

‘They do a superb job in representing state entities. The team works relentlessly to research every aspect of a case. They present brilliant written pleadings and their oral advocacy is top notch. ’

‘Peter Woolrich is a very experienced arbitration practitioner with a keen eye in making complex matters easy to understand and digest. Marie-Claire Argac is a brilliant practitioner who explains the law and the facts elegantly and persuasively.’

Key clients

The Republic of Kazakhstan

National Oil Corporation of Libya


Republic of Cyprus

Republic of Cyprus

Republic of the Congo

Republic of India

The Dominican Republic

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Congo in an ICC arbitration initiated by local mining company Avima Fer and its majority shareholder Greyridge following the withdrawal of the company’s mining exploitation licence due to its failure to develop and exploit an iron ore deposit in Congo.
  • Representing the Republic of Congo in an ICC arbitration initiated by a local mining company Congo Iron and its majority shareholder Sundance following the withdrawal of the company’s mining exploitation licence following its failure to develop and exploit an iron ore deposit in Congo.
  • Representing the Republic of Kazakhstan in an ICSID arbitration against AS Windoor, an Estonian design and construction company specialised in glass manufacturing.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's compact team is entrusted by leading French corporations and international groups to assist predominantly with commercial arbitration disputes. The team often handles cases concerning complex international corporate transactions and joint ventures spanning France, Europe and Africa. It is also currently involved in a number of disputes linked to bankruptcy issues and is managing a particularly large case concerning a prominent Nigerian hydroelectric project. Its exequatur know-how particularly stands out with the firm routinely handling complex set aside and award annulment cases before French courts, notably raising major international public order concerns or issues linked to the Russian-Ukraine war. Laurent Aynès and Carine Dupeyron are the practice co-heads.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Aynès; Carine Dupeyron


‘Very experienced and highly specialized in what they do ’.

‘Carine Dupeyron is extremely bright, efficient and user friendly. She forms an outstanding team with Laurent Aynès, each of whom brings expertise and a different perspective on the files they handle.’

‘Very experienced. They provide solution-oriented advice to clients. They are very collaborative. ’

‘Carine Dupeyron is very detail-oriented, and her analytical skills are truly impressive. She has a deep understanding of complex legal issues, and a great ability to craft persuasive arguments. Her ability to navigate cross-border legal complexities and work effectively in international teams in a collaborative manner is truly commendable.’

Key clients




Banijay Group

Hydro Construction & Eng. Co. Ltd.

Kout Food Group

Sunrise Power and Transmission Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Kuwaiti group Kout Food Group in a judicial proceeding before the French Cour de Cassation seeking to quash a decision of the Paris Court of Appeals that rejected a request to annul an ICC arbitral award, rendered in favor of a Lebanese company.
  • Representing Veolia Propreté and a subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, against the Republic of Italy in an ICSID investment arbitration initiated in June 2018 based on the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing Sunrise Power and Transmission Company, a Nigerian consulting company, against Nigeria and Sinohydro 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 has a solid commercial arbitration practice with the team representing French and international companies, including several leading companies, in handling a wide variety of cases. The practice regularly advises on construction, mining and aviation-related cases and is currently involved in a number of significant cases relating to Africa and notably Algeria. Additionally, the team has recently been entrusted with matters raising complex Russian sanctions issues, while exequatur cases are also dealt with. The practice is co-headed by Samantha Nataf  and Pierrick Le Goff  and includes counsel Capucine du Pac de Marsoulies.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Nataf; Pierrick Le Goff

Other key lawyers:

Capucine du Pac de Marsoulies


‘Team seeking maximum efficiency.’

‘Samantha Nataf: ability to identify the strategic dimensions of files.’

‘A very pragmatic and technically high-level team.’

‘Samantha Nataf and Pierrick Le Goff  form a very efficient duo.’

‘Responsiveness and high skills.’

‘Pierrick Le Goff is particularly qualified in matters of arbitration and masters the finer points of the procedures and possible avenues of appeal’.

‘A great team. Very balanced composition in terms of experience as well as gender and nationalities. Always available and attentive to the customer’s interests.’

‘Samantha Nataf and Pierrick Le Goff have a total mastery of international arbitration and an astonishing ability to find the most impactful arguments for a winning strategy.’

Key clients


Alstom (France)

Algerian Energy Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Algerian Energy Company in ICC arbitration proceedings that arose from the construction, operation, and maintenance of a desalination plant in North Africa.
  • Advised an international airline in an 100m USD arbitration that arose from the performance of an engine maintenance agreement.


Practice head(s):

Anna Crevon


‘A very skilled and experienced practice. They deal with extremely interesting cases. They also benefit from the extensive network of offices they have around the world.’

‘Anna Crevon is a very skilled arbitration practitioner, with deep knowledge and extensive experience in international arbitration. Anna is extremely dedicated to her work and absolutely focused on getting the best result for her client.’

‘The Dentons team in Paris is of the highest quality.’

‘Anna Crevon is extremely talented. Her grasp of strategy is second to none. She is resilient, technically excellent and has an ability to function across multiple cultures. A rare talent.’

Key clients

Phoenicia Hotel Company

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Misen Enterprises AB

Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

Derains & Gharavi

Derains & Gharavi is one of France’s most respected international arbitration dispute boutiques. Hamid Gharavi  is the leading force behind many of the firm's most high-profile cases. The practice is especially strong in the investment arbitration space and features in a series of high-stakes strategic disputes led against Bahrain in the banking sector, and Libya in the oil industry field. The team’s involvement also extends to many other industry sectors and regions of the world. It notably has a strong investment caseload pertaining to Europe’s renewable energy sector. The team, which acts for state entities, companies and investors, also handles commercial arbitration work linked to various fields including TMT, and handles exequatur cases before Dutch and French courts. Other team members include renowned arbitrator Yves DerainsBertrand Derains, Melanie van Leeuwen and Sophia von Dewall and Emmanuel Foy.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients


Arab Republic of Egypt

Central Bank of Iran

IMAL s.r.l.

Naftiran Intertrade Co. (NICO) Limited

Republic of India

Republic of the Sudan


RTL Group

Saad Buzwair Automotive Co

TRASTA Energy Limited

United Nations


WeBuild S.p.A.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Paris office has a solid and good sized bench, capable of dealing with commercial and international arbitration. The team is highly involved in matters pertaining to Africa, and notably the Democratic Republic of Congo, and relating to the telecoms sector as well as oil, gas and mining licences. The practice also manages several investment cases against the state of Georgia, while its caseload also spans various other industry sectors and European countries. It won a number of cases recently including in disputes raising sensitive corruption and intra EU issues. The team acts for companies and some state entities. Star partner Michael Ostrove jointly heads the Paris practice alongside Alexander Brabant. The team also includes Théobald Naud and counsel Maxime Desplats.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ostrove; Alexander Brabant

Other key lawyers:

Théobald Naud; Maxime Desplat


‘Their Paris based team is very easily approachable and they are quick to turn matters around. Also I appreciate their pragmatic advice.’

‘Michael Ostrove: pragmatic, analytical and very client focused approach’

‘Maxime Desplats: very motivated senior associate, prepared always to go the “extra mile”.’

‘Very professional and very friendly team. ’

‘Théobald Naud: very impressive. Exceptional in pleadings, always accessible. Very effective and very clear.’

Key clients

Republic of Guinea

DS2 and the De Sutter brothers

Vodacom entities

Ronald Waldmann

Republic of Moldova

Nasib Hasanov

Republic of Hungary

Naval Group

AVZ Minerals Limited

Green Lithium Holdings Pte Ltd

Dathcom Mining SA


Work highlights

  • 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.
  • Secured a high-profile win for the Republic of Moldova in the Court of Justice of the European Union in the now Komstroy vs Moldova case.
  • Represented Naval Group in a 555-million-euro settlement following the termination of the Attack class submarine programme by the Commonwealth of Australia in the wake of the AUKUS deal.

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP‘s commercial arbitration practice is sought out by several leading French corporations. The firm also remains active in the investment arbitration field and is historically involved in cases related to Iran. The practice deals with matters encompassing various industry sectors such as telecoms, aviation, construction and energy relating. It has a strong involvement in Africa and the Middle East but has also recently gained new mandates to act in matters pertaining to France and Latin America. The practice is headed by Wesley Pydiamah and also includes counsel Nanette Pilkington.

Practice head(s):

Wesley Pydiamah

Other key lawyers:

Nanette Pilkington


‘High availability and responsiveness. Fluid and very modern collaboration tools.’

‘Fully dedicated to the client, high experience, business mind and solution-oriented.’

‘The team is really excellent and highly recommended.’

‘High-quality lawyers who provide perfect guidance and solutions. They are always available and responsive to the client with very clear explanations. Wesley Pydiamah is fabulous to work with. ’

‘Great teamwork.’

‘Always try to deliver the best of their experience.’

‘They are clearly experts in the field of dispute resolution, they have excellent client service, they are very practical, highly conscious of client needs and responsive .’

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Iran

National Iranian Oil Company

African Petroleum

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's highly capable team has strong credentials handling both commercial and investment arbitration. The Paris team, which is part of a solid global network, is retained to manage complex and strategic cases, across various industry sectors (including energy and construction) and geographical zones (Europe, Asia, Middle East, South America) by companies but also by some state entities. The team’s ability to handle high-end work recently earned it new mandates linked to Russian sanctions and on high-stakes LNG and gas prices disputes. Managing exequatur cases is another key feature of a team which includes the highly regarded Noah RubinsPeter Turner and Christophe Seraglini. Counsels Alexandra van der Meulen , who handles public international law issues, and Vasuda Sinha provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Seraglini

Other key lawyers:

Noah Rubins; Peter Turner; Alexandra van der Meulen; Vasuda Sinha


‘Very responsive at all times and work always promptly delivered within tight timelines. It is easy and a pleasure to work with them.’

‘A hugely experienced team in large scale and complex disputes, in particular in investor-state cases. They are thought leaders in international arbitration. Their disputes team is truly international and diverse.’

‘Always focused on key issues and well prepared for the hearings.’

Key clients

The Republic of Korea

Akfel Commodities

iSystems Global

Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation

Sun-Flower Olmeda

Gilatz Spain

Mr Aharon Naftaliu Biram

Redmill Holdings


Portigon (formerly WestLB)

Inter RAO

Gardabani Holdings

Silk Road Holding



Razvoj Golf

Mr Ahron Frenkel


Bursel Tekstil Sanayi Ve Diş Ticaret

Burhan Enuştekin

Selim Kaptanoğlu

CTIP Oil & Gas


Serafín García Armas

Karina García Gruber

Wuxi Yadea



Airbus Helicopters

BP Gas Marketing

Work highlights

  • Acting for GPIX in relation to a high-stakes arbitration against the Government of India under the India-Mauritius BIT concerning the unlawful termination of licences for ground handling services at seven airports in India.
  • Advised Wuxi Yadea on a dispute brought by its former France-based distributor, Yadea France, before the Paris Commercial Court in relation to its exclusive distribution agreement, despite the arbitration clause included in the agreement.
  • Advised Inter RAO and its subsidiaries globally on three parallel arbitrations (two SCC and one ICSID) under contracts and treaties against Georgia relating to the breach of Georgia’s obligations with regard to the adjustment of electricity tariffs.

Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes

Launched early 2021, Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes houses a sizeable and international team and has offices in Paris, London and New York. The fully dedicated arbitration firm offers a full-service practice, from advisory work and early-stage case management to final enforcement proceedings, representing leading French and international clients. It manages high-profile investment and commercial arbitration disputes, acting for state entities and leading companies in strategic and geopolitically sensitive cases (some matters involving corruption and international security issues), in connection with various industry sectors including oil and gas, nuclear and telecoms. The team's caseload spans global disputes involving Russia, China and Latin America (notably Colombia and Brazil). It has a particularly strong footprint handling matters concerning the Middle East and Africa through a dual qualified team able to handle cases in Arabic, including headline disputes in Egypt and Algeria. Practice head Yas Banifatemi is a high-profile figure in the field, with other top names including Mohamed Shelbaya, Coralie Darrigade, Maude Lebois, and Thomas Parigot  who was promoted to partner in early 2023. In Benjamin Siino, the firm has remarkable arbitration exequatur expertise in France and across the globe, notably for cases involving state entities.

Practice head(s):

Yas Banifatemi

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Shelbaya; Benjamin Siino; Coralie Darrigade; Maude Lebois; Thomas Parigot


‘A very united and extremely competent team. Excellent strategic approach and explanations to clients. The best arbitration firm.’

‘Yas Banifatemi and Mohamed Shelbaya are exceptional arbitration lawyers. Competent, strategisers, educators, available and very pleasant. Their teams are also remarkable and have a great team spirit.’

‘Great versatility of the team which is able to advise on negotiations prior to a dispute. Very regular communication with the client. The team is capable of managing a large volume of documents and technical documentation. Finally, I think the firm achieves a good level of gender parity.’

‘Maude Lebois is proactive and has a practical approach to issues. She always takes into account the commercial aspects of a case, navigates easily between the various technical questions and quantification of damages, which are often complex. She seems to have a real interest in technical issues relating to construction projects. She does not hesitate to propose creative solutions.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei)


Electricité de France

Dassault S.A.


Majority shareholders of former Yukos Oil Company

Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS)

Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation

Sonatrach (Algeria)

Sonangol (Angola)






Work highlights

  • Defeated $30 billion worth of claims in an arbitration on behalf of the Arab Republic of Egypt initiated by four Saudi investors.
  • Secured the dismissal, on behalf of an affiliate of Mubadala, of EUR 550 million claims brought in an ICC arbitration by Real Madrid Football Club.
  • Representing Huawei in an investment arbitration against Sweden regarding measures that have resulted in Huawei’s exclusion from Sweden’s 5G network.

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

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has a combined London and Paris-based practice that handles commercial and investment arbitration cases on behalf of some European and African state entities but predominantly for companies. The team has a strong involvement in Africa-related matters, concerning mining, oil and gas and construction issues. It has also been recently retained to handle a high-stakes case linked to Russia and another significant case opposing leading insurance companies. The practice also regularly handles exequatur cases before French courts.  Carole Malinvaud, who regularly sits as an arbitrator in ICSID and ICC arbitration cases, is noted. She co-chairs the practice alongside Christian CambouliveAlexandra Munoz and London-based Saadia Bhatty and Rupert Reece.

Other key lawyers:

Sacha Willaume; Astrid Westphalen


‘Gide’s arbitration department is undoubtedly among the best specialized teams on the market in international arbitration. The partners who make it up, like the collaborators, are all excellent professionals. The department has a perfect command of the technologies that allow it to work best on large-scale projects. ’

‘The teams in the UK and France are able to collaborate seamlessly and have enormous experience and knowledge of their respective markets as well as the international one. ’

‘Rupert Reece is excellent. He possesses and applies his huge knowledge and experience in a way that benefits his clients. He is also easy to work with.’

‘Christian Camboulive: detailed knowledge of files and extensive experience of arbitration practices.’

‘Saadia Bhatty is eloquent, persuasive in her answers and very responsive’.

‘Carole Malinvaud leads a diverse and brilliant team. She has terrific judgement and cuts a very authoritative figure in the hearing room. She invariably has the ear of the Tribunal and is very good at putting together and leading the best teams for any given case.’

‘Christian Camboulive, Alexandra Munoz and Astrid Westphalen stand out for their extensive knowledge of arbitration in various economic sectors and the particularities that these different sectors can represent.’

‘Alexandra Munoz is very experienced in international arbitration cases. She has a very keen sense of analysis.

Key clients

Expertise France

Zenith Energy Africa Ltd

Asmidal SPA


The French Republic

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Public Power Corporation

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP acts for large international and French companies in commercial arbitration pertaining to a wide range of issues and industry sectors, including insurance, Russian sanctions, oil and gas, construction and mining. The team regularly handles Africa-related work and also stands out for its Portuguese and Brazilian law capabilities. Its expertise also encompasses exequatur cases. Thierry Tomasi and Laurence Franc-Menget are the practice heads, with of counsel Emily Fox providing support.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Tomasi; Laurence Franc-Menget

Other key lawyers:

Emily Fox


‘An efficient team, very homogeneous and always oriented to the customer’s needs. Good quality of service provided. A  keen sense of strategy.’

‘Thierry Tomasi has a very sharp and very acute sense of complex cross-border situations and is a very skilled lawyer in international arbitration.’

Key clients

Anglo American


Al Misnad

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Led by Laurent Gouiffès, Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's solid Paris-based team is regularly mandated to act in large disputes, mainly in commercial arbitration cases but investment arbitration is also a field of expertise. The team is particularly active in the energy and telecoms sectors, often managing cases linked to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The client base is highly diverse and includes state entities, banks, French and foreign corporations and financial entities. The team also manages exequatur cases before French courts. Other names in the practice include key partner Thomas Kendra as well as Melissa Ordonez and counsel Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse.


Practice head(s):

Laurent Gouiffès

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Kendra; Melissa Ordonez; Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse


‘A great team full of wonderful individuals. Their collaborative approach makes them stand out. They keep track of every detail and have great communication with the client.’

‘Melissa Ordoñez stands out not only for her professionalism and great control over every detail, but also for her great personal qualities. She is always willing to help.’

‘The team is outstanding, composed of very professional and experienced lawyers who provide clear, practical and strategic advice and argue the case extremely well. They are also very approachable and responsive. ’

Key clients

Republic of Colombia

Kosovo Telecom

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Colombia in an investment arbitration initiated by Neustar.
  • Representing Kosovo Telecom 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

International boutique firm Honlet Legum Arbitration is jointly headed by Jean-Christophe Honlet and Barton Legum, who handle investment and commercial arbitration. The pair represent international companies in dealing with a large variety of cases, spanning energy, healthcare, mining and corporate related-issues, linked with Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Christophe Honlet; Barton Legum


‘Representation was first class and all legal actions were won despite robust defence.’

‘Jean-Christophe Honlet is a remarkable advocate. He is able to absorb vast amounts of data and distil it into simple terms that can be understood by laymen. His ability to work on our case in both English and French was a huge bonus as the litigation was conducted in both France and the USA. ’

‘Strategic and business oriented thinking, also effective time and resources management ’

Key clients

Aris Mining Corporation

Kout Food Group (KFG)

Misen Enterprises AB

Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd.

Niko Exploration (Block 9) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Aris Mining Corp. in a US$300 million against the Republic of Colombia in an arbitration under the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Colombia.
  • Representing Niko Resources in two long-running US$1 billion 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 Rio Tinto Alcan and Rio Tinto France in a US$150 million post-M&A arbitration against the Liberty House group regarding the acquisition by Liberty from Rio Tinto of the largest aluminium smelter in Europe, located in Dunkirk.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Bonnard; Remy Gerbay

Other key lawyers:

Remy Gerbay; Sena Agbayissah; Sabrina Touchard,


‘Excellent team. Sébastien Bonnard knows how to surround himself with talented lawyers and help them grow. ’

‘Sébastien Bonnard: excellent lawyer, business sense, in-depth expertise in arbitration/litigation.’

‘Sabrina Touchard: excellent lawyer, very rigorous.’

‘Sébastien Bonnard is an extremely brilliant lawyer and strategist who also has great qualities as a litigator in court.’

‘Availability. Efficiency. Systematically informs clients of the progress of the file at each stage. Very well equipped in terms of IT tools. ’

‘Sébastien Bonnard is very impressive – very pleasant, intelligent, diligent, works a lot on his files. ’

Key clients

ITER / Fusion for Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr. Yves Martine Garnier in proceedings against the Dominican Republic  arising out of the illegal expropriation of a waste collection concession in the Municipality of Santo Domingo Este.
  • Representing the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in an action for confirmation of an arbitral award issued against it.


Practice head(s):

Thierry Lauriol


‘A very specialized and well-established team.’

Key clients



Republic of Cameroon

AECI Mauritius Ltd

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

International Chamber Of Commerce (ICC)

Work highlights

  • Representing an African state in an ICC arbitration against a mining company concerning the withdrawal of the state’s mining titles.
  • Representing a leading European energy producer and distributor in two different ad hoc arbitration proceedings relating to the breach of a distribution contract.

Jones Day

Jones Day acts for a prominent client base, comprising large telecoms, energy, engineering and defence companies. The Paris-based team has a strong involvement in commercial arbitration disputes relating to North Africa and the Middle East and is managing high-stakes cases linked to Iraq and Algeria, notably concerning construction work. The practice also deals with significant matters relating to joint venture and M&A transactions. Elie Kleiman and Jean-Pierre Harb head the team, which also includes of counsel Claire Pauly.

Practice head(s):

Elie Kleiman; Jean Pierre Harb

Other key lawyers:

Claire Pauly


‘Strong technical expertise and experience; real teamwork with clients and experts.’

‘Elie Kleiman: experience, vision, synthesis skills. Claire Pauly: competence, empathy, involvement’.

Good listening skills, highly responsive, strong working capacity and great agility. The team is particularly available and professional.’

Claire Pauly is swift, dynamic and enthusiastic. Elie Kleiman has excellent pleading skills, listens and is very experienced and accessible’.

Key clients

TotalEnergies SE

Orange SA

Dar Al-Handasah Consultants Shair

Partners Holdings BSC

K&L Gates LLP

Practice head(s):

Louis Degos


‘The team stands out for its precision, excellent cohesion, responsiveness, constant desire to innovate, high availability, wide use of technologies and very effective collaboration.’

‘Louis Degos and his team demonstrate immense responsiveness.’

‘Excellent mastery of French arbitration legal issues and of related arbitration judicial proceedings’.

Louis Degos is a reference in the field’.

Key clients


King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP‘s comprehensive Paris-based practice regularly combines forces with the London and US offices in tackling commercial and investment arbitration cases, acting for many leading international corporations and also some states. The firm has strong experience handling large and challenging cases and is involved in high-stakes Middle Eastern and Algerian commercial arbitration pertaining to oil and gas and construction projects. Its exequatur caseload is also strong and features several recent victories in set-aside arbitration proceedings before French courts. The excellent James Castello and Marc-Olivier Langlois are the practice co-heads, with the highly experienced Laurent Jaeger and counsel Agnès Bizard also noted.

Practice head(s):

James Castello; Marc-Olivier Langlois

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Jaeger; Agnès Bizard

Key clients

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A.

Government of Turkey


9Ren Holdings

OMV Upstream International GmbH

Ms Ritika MEHTA



Union Fenosa Gas

Edisun Power

Cavalum SGPS, S.A.

ACF Renewable Energy Ltd.

Air Canada

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Ltd.

Athena Investments

Sapec S.A.

Foresight Group

Pressburg UK GmbH

Bouygues Travaux Public

Work highlights

  • Representing numerous clients in 22 investment arbitrations brought under the Energy Charter Treaty against Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania.
  • Representing Société des Parcs d’Alger (Algeria) and Emirates International Investment Company LLC (United Arab Emirates) in an ICSID claim originally filed in 2018 against the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria relating to the development of a very large urban park.
  • Representing Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A., a listed Spanish construction contractor that, along with two other contractors, brought an ICSID arbitration against Kuwait under the Spain-Kuwait and Italy-Kuwait BITs.

Latham & Watkins

Headed by Fernando Mantilla-SerranLatham & Watkins‘ Paris-based arbitration practice houses a compact team which regularly acts in close collaboration with colleagues from the firm’s other international offices including London in representing companies and state entities. The caseload features prominent investment and commercial arbitration cases pertaining to Colombia, and notably relating to mining and environmental protection issues. Outside of its Latin America involvement, the team also regularly handles a broad range of commercial arbitration matters including those pertaining to M&A, joint venture and distribution issues. It won three victories in the course of 2023 and gained new commercial arbitration mandates relating to the pharmaceutical sector. Associates Esperanza Barrón-Baratech and Diego Romero provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano

Other key lawyers:

Esperanza Barron Baratech; Diego Romero; Eugenie Caroit


‘Strong work ethic and knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector. They are extremely dedicated.’

Key clients

Cadena SER

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Carvajal S.A.

Dominican Republic


Live Nation Inc.

Novenergia II Energy & Environment, (SCA), SICAR

Republic of Colombia

Steward Health Care International


Linklaters is particularly active in cases concerning Africa (Gabon and Senegal) and the Middle East, dealing with mining, natural resources, energy and construction-related issues. The Paris team, which regularly combines forces with colleagues from the firm’s other international offices, also handles M&A arbitration disputes and is present in cases pertaining to various other parts of the world including Portugal and Latin America. The team mainly acts in commercial arbitration but also manages some investment disputes while exequatur proceedings is another field of expertise. Practice head Roland Ziadé is the key figure in the team, while senior litigator Arnaud de La Cotardière and counsels Andrew PlumpMaria Mitaeva and Claudia Cavicchioli also contribute.

Practice head(s):

Roland Ziadé

Other key lawyers:

Arnaud de La Cotardière; Andrew Plump; Maria Mitaeva ; Claudia Cavicchioli


‘Works as a team. Talented, constantly listening to clients’ aspirations.’

‘Good knowledge’.

‘Andrew Plump is an exceptional and dedicated lawyer.’

Key clients

Republic of Gabon

Jordan Phosphate Mines Company PLC

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International

Republic of Senegal

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 fields a strong team that manages a large caseload and regularly attracts new mandates. The group is adept at handling both commercial and investment arbitration and its caseload regularly deals with matters related to Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. The team also has the ability to manage complex pan-European cases that raise complex EU legal issues and routinely handles high-stakes disputes pertaining to energy, construction, mining, concessions and utilities projects. It is involved in a landmark construction dispute in the Middle East and in several major banking-related cases, notably connected to Lebanon. State entities as well as French and international companies are clients. The team is able to draw on the firm's international platform to offers complementary capabilities in London, Singapore, Brazil, Dubai and the US. Practice head Dany Khayat is the key name, with Alejandro López Ortiz and José Caicedo also highly regarded. Counsel William Ahern also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Dany Khayat

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro López Ortiz; José Caicedo; William Ahern


‘Dynamic and realistic approach, remarkable understanding of foreign laws. They are competent and hardworking.’

‘This team is amazing.’

‘They put themselves in the client’s shoes. José Caicedo and Dani Khayat are always willing to offer suggestions to help find new avenues.’

Key clients

D.S. Construction FZCO

Junefield Gold Investments Limited

The Kingdom of Morocco

Société Générale

The Republic of India

The Republic of the Gambia

Veolia Group

Work highlights

  • 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.
  • Representing the Chinese company Junefield Gold Investments Limited in an investment treaty claim against Ecuador arising out of the expropriation of its concession rights in a gold and silver mine in Ecuador.
  • 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


‘Close-knit, very professional team’.

Key clients


Maria Lazareva


Mrs Ngassa Winkeu


Work highlights

  • Representing a French company and its Moroccan subsidiary in a dispute against the Kingdom of Morocco in ICSID proceedings related to the construction and operation of high-speed telecoms infrastructure.
  • Representing Maria Lazareva, a Russian national, in annulment proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal against an award rendered in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the state of Kuwait.
  • Successfully represented the interests of Mrs. Ngassa Winkeu and her third-party funder, Navitrans, in an ICC case against Cameroonian, French, Lebanese and Swiss companies in relation to the interpretation and performance of a share and purchase agreement (OHADA law – French language).

MCL Arbitration

MCL Arbitration

Practice head(s):

Alexis Mourre

Other key lawyers:

Valentine Chessa; Hervé Le Lay


‘A great choice for international clients. The team has extreme know how, and is calm and great to work with. ’

‘They are a client-oriented team providing very good practical advice on how to conduct arbitration proceedings.’

‘Hervé Le Lay is a talented lawyer. He is clear and lively. He is also very available.’


Other key lawyers:

Nicole Dolenz; Sara Little

Key clients

Voigt & Collegen

Safran (Groupe)

GE Renewable Energy

Lincoln Electric




Solek Holding SE

EEPro GmbH

Marchi Energia S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of Dutch investors in a $2 billion ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Croatia in relation to an alleged expropriation.
  • Acting for Voigt & Collegen in a case pursuing remedies against Spain for changes to its renewable energy tariffs after both Spain and Italy changed their policies.
  • Representing a group of investors in an ICSID arbitration against Romania under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Practice head(s):

Florian Quintard; Gaëlle Filhol

Other key lawyers:

William Brillat Capello

Key clients

Salini Impregilo SpA

Todini Costruzioni SpA


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP acts for many leading French and international corporations, specialising in various industry sectors, particularly oil and gas. The team regularly manages multibillion-dollar cases opposing major companies and state entities, handles commercial and investment arbitration cases and provides civil and common law expertise. Its large caseload encompasses oil and gas, infrastructure, mining, banking, concession and construction disputes, and pertains to various parts of the world including Africa and Europe. It has recently attracted new high-profile mandates relating to Russian sanctions and asset seizures. The French practice is co-led by Philippe Pinsolle, who is Geneva based and also heads the firm’s continental Europe practice, the highly experienced Isabelle MichouThomas VoisinMichael Young, who divides his time between Paris and New York, and Alexander Leventhal.

Practice head(s):

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


‘Extremely knowledgeable within the field of investment arbitration and easy to work with. Good team of efficient and easy to approach members.’

‘This is one of the top firms for international arbitration.’

‘Thomas Voisin shows great leadership and experience’.

Key clients

Uniper Global Commodities

Fortum Oyj and its affiliates

Dr. Maya Dangelas



Exxon Mobil

Republic of Tunisia

TP Ferro Concessionaria S.A.

Reed Smith

Reed Smith has a solid Paris-based team that handles a diverse commercial arbitration caseload on behalf of French and international companies, encompassing various industry sectors and legal issues such as aviation, power and energy, M&A, construction, mining and shipping. The team handles a good amount of Africa-related work and also assists clients in dealing with sensitive pre-arbitral issues and sanctions matters. The team also acts in exequatur cases. The practice is co-headed by Peter Rosher and Ana Atallah. Andrew Tetley and Clément Fouchard are other two key members.

Practice head(s):

Peter Rosher; Ana Atallah

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tetley; Clément Fouchard


‘Experts in the field.’

‘Erwan Robert is extremely talented in his field, dynamic and pragmatic. He has always met our expectations within generally very short deadlines.’

‘Andrew Tetley is a highly experienced and thorough international dispute resolution lawyer.’

Signature Litigation AARPI

Signature Litigation AARPI

Practice head(s):

Flore Poloni; Philip Dunham


‘They know the law, provide exceptional advice and work efficiently.’

‘Flore Poloni is incredibly sharp and responsive. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team stands out for its great availability, responsiveness as well as its tireless determination in defending the interests of its clients.’

‘Flore Poloni is extremely available and always listens to her interlocutors. She explores and considers all options and strategies available to defend the interests of her clients. She is capable of implementing a defense strategy within very short time frames. Furthermore, she implements innovative work and organizational tools within her team to best meet customer needs.’

‘Finely tuned team with seamless coordination.’

‘The work performed is excellent and the client service is outstanding.’

‘Flore Poloni is a fantastic arbitration expert. She delivers high quality work product and great client service. Flore is sharp, focused and thorough in her work. She is definitively an international arbitration star.’

‘Strong team with clear dedication to and expertise in litigation and arbitration. Talented and very responsive.’

Key clients


Bolloré Logistics SE

Simmons & Simmons

Practice head(s):

Philippe Cavalieros


‘Philippe Cavalieros has immense experience in both ICC and ICSID arbitration’.

‘Philippe Cavalieros: Excellent knowledge of his clients’ business and way of working. Very expert approach with reasonable recommendations. Great help in decision making.’

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 both an ICSID arbitration, and ICSID annulment proceedings, against Hungary.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is regularly entrusted by state entities to assist with major investment disputes (particularly ISCID ones). The Paris-based team, which often combines forces with the firm’s US and other international offices, is a popular choice for Latin American states for large construction, mining and oil and gas investment disputes. The team also handles strategic cases pertaining to Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, dealing with oil and gas investments notably, but also extending to construction, real estate, media and manufacturing investment issues. Additionally, the team also handles some commercial arbitration work and also acts for companies. The Paris team is headed by Carole Sportes and includes the highly regarded José Ricardo Feris and 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


‘Great team members capacity and case strategy.’

‘José Ricardo Feris: great communication skills, team leader, great work organization skills and strategic thinker. John Adam: ability to overcome every obstacle with extraordinary strategy, determination and intelligence. A real team leader.’

‘The team is staffed with some of the most experienced practitioners in the field. They have an impressive track record.’

‘José Ricardo Ferris and John Adam have extensive experience which allows them to prioritize only the most important aspects of any dispute they work on. They highly value their client’s time and money. ’

‘José Ricardo Feris and John Adam’s tandem is a strong core of the Paris team, serving Latin America, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East investment and commercial cases. The best of their generation based in Paris. ’

‘José Ricardo Feris and John Adam work in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, with areas of expertise in construction, post M&A and energy. They provide the highest quality of work and are sensitive to clients’ costs concerns.’

Key clients

Republic of Peru

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Republic of Costa Rica

Republic of Ecuador


Republic of Croatia

Slovak Republic


Rand Investments, Inc

Government of Panamá

Republic of Latvia

Dominican Republic

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 arbitrations relating to the construction of line 2 of the Lima metro, with claims totaling around $2bn.
  • Representing Panama in the Cobre Panama mine dispute.

Teynier Pic

Dispute resolution boutique Teynier Pic fields a sizeable team led by five experienced partners who assist French and foreign corporations in commercial arbitration with particular know-how handling construction disputes while also taking on cases that relate to other various industry sectors such as retail. The practice is particularly appreciated for its strong knowledge of Africa and Middle East jurisdictions, regularly handling claims relating to Dubai, Qatar and Lebanon. The team also has excellent exequatur and award enforcement expertise. The team is co-headed by Eric Teynier and Pierre Pic, and also includes key partners Raphaël Kaminsky,  Sara Nadeau-Séguin and  Danny Rifaat. Counsel Yann Dehaudt-Delville provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Eric Teynier; Pierre Pic

Other key lawyers:

Raphaël Kaminsky; Sara Nadeau-Séguin; Danny Rifaat; Yann Dehaudt-Delville


‘The Teynier Pic team is exceptional, both in terms of competence, availability and creativity. The team is very diverse both in terms of training and legal culture and is extremely responsive. For me, this team stands out very significantly from competing teams on the market. ’

‘Danny Rifaat is an exceptional lawyer: a Lebanese lawyer by training, he masters three languages ​​(English, French and Arabic) and has unparalleled knowledge of arbitration procedures with extensive and first-rate knowledge of the laws of the Gulf and Middle East countries.’

‘Each member excels in their field, whether in arbitration (ICSID and ICC), banking, construction or simply on technical questions of procedure. The way this firm works is impressive and is equivalent to that of the behemoths in the sector. Their advantage is rapid adaptation to customer requests without cutting corners on resources and product quality. Definitely one of the best international firms to work with.’

Key clients


Ministry of Environment, Romania

Schooner Capital

Zakhem Construction and Engineering

Cengiz insaat ve ticaret

Stileks Scientific and Production Firm

Mohammed Abdel Raouf Bahgat

Work highlights

  • Advising Stileks on the appeal of annulment proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal, regarding an underlying arbitration in which the arbitral tribunal awarded US$45 million-plus to Komstroy, which subsequently transferred its rights in relation to the award to Stileks.
  • Advising the Romanian Ministry of Environment on annulment proceedings brought against an ICC award obtained by OMV, the Austria-based multi-national oil & gas company, in relation to the privatisation of Petrom, the Romanian State petroleum entity.
  • Advising Cengiz on a €300 million BIT arbitration against Libya, in one of the first BIT arbitrations undertaken by Turkish investors against Libya following losses which they suffered in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in the country.

Three Crowns LLP

International arbitration firm Three Crowns LLP  is retained by many of the world’s largest corporations including a number of large French companies. The practice, which also acts for some state entities, is at the forefront of commercial and investment arbitration and is entrusted to deal with high-profile and sensitive cases. The team has a strong presence in the oil and gas sector where it routinely advises on some of the world’s largest cases in that area, notably concerning the Middle East and Africa. Construction is another strong area of involvement, while the firm’s caseload also includes M&A and exequatur cases, among other matters. Practice heads Georgios Petrochilos and Todd Wetmore are experts in the area. Kathryn Khamsi, Shaparak Saleh and recently promoted partner Ilija Mitrev-Penushliski are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Georgios Petrochilos; Todd Wetmore

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Khamsi; Shaparak SalehIlija Mitrev-Penushliski; Ryan Manton; Thomas Dauvillier


True specialists in international arbitration.’

‘Todd Wetmore: a senior figure but hands on. Extremely sharp in both strategy and submission.’

‘Georgios Petrochilos: knowledgeable of all laws; the person you want to work with in a difficult case.’

‘Ryan Manton: experienced and well rounded senior associate.’

‘Thomas Dauvillier is prompt and extremely attentive. ’

‘Strong experience with complex arbitration. Business-oriented, tailor-made and very practical legal advice. ’

Key clients

Crescent Petroleum

Guardian Holdings Limited

KLIC Holdings limited

Apfin Investment Pte. Ltd

Hoenir Incorporated


Elliot Associates

Serafin Garcia Armas

Karina Garcia Gruber


Kingdom of Bahrain


DEPA (Public Gas Corporation of Greece A.E)

Work highlights

  • Representing Crescent Petroleum in two cases against the National Iranian Oil Company arising out of a gas sale and purchase agreement.
  • Acting for Eni in a high stakes and politically sensitive dispute against the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Netherlands-Nigeria BIT in a case relating to a multibillion-dollar investment in Nigeria’s deep offshore and involving allegations of corruption.
  • Securing an award on behalf of Elliot Associates in an investment claim brought under the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement and arising out of a major state corruption scandal.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has outstanding credentials in the international arbitration field and houses a sizeable team of arbitration specialists. The firm's expertise is pre-eminent in the construction field where it acts for companies and state entities in some of the world’s largest disputes (including the Panama Canal case). The team also manages high-profile commercial and investment disputes relating to a range of industries and geographical regions. It is particularly active in Africa and the Middle East where it notably advises on high-stake telecoms and energy matters (including price review cases). State entities and leading corporations are clients. Among its recent developments, the team notably won a remarkable $1bn sentence in an Iraqi telecoms case and has been mandated to handle sensitive matters dealing with fraud allegations, Russian sanctions and new cryptocurrencies industry cases. The practice also handles strategic exequatur cases before French and foreign judicial courts. Arbitration specialists Michael Polkinghorne and Christophe von Krause are key names. Charles NairacAndrew de Lotbinière McDougall, John WillemsNicolas BouchardieKirsten OdynskiElizabeth Oger-GrossNoor DaviesLucas De Ferrari and  Samy Markbaoui are also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Michael Polkinghorne; Christophe von Krause

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


‘Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall is very very sharp and spot on. He is a great strategist and manages and sets the pace of dispute resolution skillfully. Working with him is not only a pleasure but an insurance that the case will play out in his favour.’

‘They are excellent and very meticulous in the following-up of files. They are trustworthy and ready for any surprise’.

‘Elizabeth Oger Gross and Michael Polkinghorne demonstrate great attention to detail and promptness in responses’.

‘A leading law firm in international arbitration in the construction field. They evaluate all the issues at stake and make a balanced proposal to the client.’

‘Charles Nairac is an industry veteran. His strategic insight on how to formulate defense is invaluable. Lucas de Ferrari is a rising star who promotes teamwork.’

Key clients


Jan De Nul N.V.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal

Iraq Telecom Limited


Ministry of Justice of Georgia

PT Ventures

Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Export Development Canada

Work highlights

  • Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A. (Panama) and its shareholders WeBuild, Sacyr S.A. and Jan De Nul N.V. in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the $ 5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project.
  • Successfully represented Iraq Telecom Limited in a complex shareholder dispute relating to Iraq Telecom’s investment of $810 million in Korek, an Iraqi telecoms company based in the Kurdistan Region.
  • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in two ICC arbitrations brought by Nigerian energy company Sunrise Power and Transmission Company.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Practice head(s):

Grégoire Bertrou; Dominique Mondoloni

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Alekhin


Excellent litigation and arbitration skills. ’

‘Dominique Mondoloni knows his files perfectly and manages to find the best arguments to advance the client’s interests ’

‘Gregoire Bertrou knows how to drive home a point in his client’s favour.’

Sergey Alekhin is extremely hardworking and smart.’

Key clients

Devas Corporation

Kyrgyz Republic

Port de Djibouti

Work highlights

  • Represented three SPVs in an ICC arbitration opposing a BVI and a Thai SPV concerning the sale of a majority stake in one of the largest wind farm projects in South-East Asia.
  • Advising the Kyrgyz Republic in most of its investment arbitrations, including cases opposing investors from Kazakhstan and Lithuania.
  • Advising Port de Djibouti on LCIA Arbitration against DP World in relation to the performance of the concession agreement of the Doraleh terminal and the termination of a joint-venture agreement.