Dispute resolution: International arbitration in France
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP ’s Paris team frequently joins forces with the firm’s London, Madrid and Dubai offices to handle significant matters. The practice is involved in both commercial and investment arbitration disputes, often acting for state entities. The practice is heavily involved in oil and construction disputes involving the Middle-East. It also manages a substantial ICSID caseload on behalf of investors regarding major solar power investment claims led against the Kingdom of Spain. Marie Stoyanov and Christopher Mainwaring-Taylor co-head the practice.
Marie Stoyanov; Christopher Mainwaring-Taylor
‘I found the team highly professional, competent, prompt, cooperative and highly responsible. At all stages the performance of Allen & Overy was outstanding.’
‘Marie Stoyanov is remarkably intelligent, sharp and professionally competent with wideranging expertise.’
Government of the UAE
The Kingdom of Morocco
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Advising over 30 international investors in twelve 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 UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Zagrebačka Banka in an investment treaty claim at ICSID against Croatia, relating to legislation passed by Croatia allowing borrowers unilaterally to convert Swiss Franc‑denominated or ‑indexed loans into Euro loans at historic exchange rates.
- Acting in the Kingdom of Morocco’s defence of an investment treaty claim brought by a Swedish company owned by a Saudi Arabian billionaire under the Sweden‑Morocco bilateral investment treaty.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is extremely adept at tackling complex issues. They are very thoughtful, caring and active in supporting their clients. They have excellent competence in handling a significant volume of documents during the document production phase’.
‘Jacob Grierson is extraordinarily brilliant and full of insights. He has an exceptional ability to see the various issues in the big picture. He has excellent logic and ability to defeat opponents.’
‘Jacob Grierson is an elite dispute resolution lawyer. He is meticulous, focused, extremely dedicated and a consummate professional. He is what every in-house lawyer wants and needs: a truly exceptional partner who knows how to partner.’
‘Counsel Thomas Granier has an exceptionally logical mindset with a really sincere attitude towards his clients. He has a gentle approach, but he always accurately identifies the problem.’
- Representing WARI S.A. against Mauritian and French telecommunication companies in an ICC arbitration in Paris arisen out of a confidentiality agreement governed by French law.
Ashurst LLP’s compact team handles some of the market’s most high-profile disputes in the nuclear sector. Additionally, the practice is active in a wide range of commercial arbitration disputes, including several cases in connection to Africa. The Paris practice, which is entrusted by many of France’s leading corporations, also regularly works alongside the London office. Practice head Emmanuelle Cabrol is highly recommended.
Republic of Benin
Marie Danis; Benjamin van Gaver; Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc
Other key lawyers:
‘The team provides efficient advice and has perfect knowledge of ICC proceedings.’
‘Marie Danis has great listening skills and provides fine analyses. She is very efficient.’
‘An impressive network; the arbitration team knows all the major players and how to adapt strategy accordingly. It is extremely experienced, approachable and reactive.’
‘Marie Danis’ network is impressive. Her attention to detail is outstanding.’
‘Marie Danis is an excellent lawyer and arbitrator.’
- Representing two companies of Klesch Chemicals group in a claim to set aside an ICC arbitration award issued in November 2015 in favour of Arkema France.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent communication skills.’
‘Excellent mastering of files and remarkable efforts to seek and find necessary pieces of evidence.’
- Representing two individuals in an action against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to set aside an investment arbitral award rendered in 2019.
Betto Perben Pradel Filhol
Boutique firm Betto Perben Pradel Filhol is able to assist its clients with all types of disputes; from international arbitration and litigation, to mediation and white-collar issues. The firm regularly handles prominent commercial arbitration proceedings in the defence and aerospace sector, often representing Safran. The practice is particularly adept at handling matters in relation to Africa, acting for African states as well as for major French, Chinese and international companies. A new major Chinese company also recently retained the firm. Several strategic disputes in the telecoms, mining and oil and gas sectors are visible in the caseload. Jean-Georges Betto, Gaëlle Filhol and Alexandre Reynaud are the key names and co-head the practice alongside Dominique Perben who notably contributes in the mediation field.
Jean-Georges Betto; Gaëlle Filhol; Alexandre Reynaud; Dominique Perben
‘A complementary team, attentive follow up and strong client interpersonal skills.’
‘Martin Pradel has remarkable expertise in dealing with international law conflicts.’
Pan African Minerals/Frank Timis
- Representing Sergei Pugachev in a multibillion arbitration case against the Russian federation on the basis of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between France and Russia.
- Representing Pan African Minerals against Burkina Faso in an ICC arbitration dispute in the mining sector.
- Representing the Accor Group in a dispute against the Republic of Togo in relation to a lease contract for one of Togo’s main hotels.
Bredin Prat handles commercial and investment arbitration disputes, acting for Middle-Eastern and Eastern European states as well as for leading French and international companies from various sectors. The team notably handles construction, post-M&A, and energy and technology infrastructure disputes, with matters often involving African jurisdictions. The practice is co-headed by Louis-Christophe Delanoy, Raëd Fathallah, José María Pérez and Tim Portwood. Also involved are counsels Giulia Carbone and Marina Weiss.
Louis Christophe Delanoy; Raëd Fathallah; José María Pérez; Tim Portwood
Other key lawyers:
Giulia Carbone; Marina Weiss
‘Experienced team, highly knowledgeable, responsive and precise’.
BRIF TRES d.o.o. Beograd and BRIF-TC d.o.o. Beograd
Enauta Energia S.A.
The Republic of Croatia
The Arab Republic of Egypt
The Lebanese Republic
- Advised the Arab Republic of Egypt on an ICSID arbitration brought by US investors, relating to a cotton trading enterprise which was the subject of a previous ICSID claim.
- Advising real estate investors on an ICSID arbitration against Serbia in a dispute related to the stalled construction of a shopping centre in Belgrade and acts in violation of Serbia’s obligations under the applicable BIT and international law.
- Advised Enauta Energia S.A., a Brazilian oil company, in an annulment proceeding brought by a Brazilian counterpart before the Paris Court of Appeal, in relation to several awards rendered in an LCIA arbitration.
Brown Rudnick LLP offers a fully integrated common and civil law team. The firm handles commercial disputes that involve a wide array of issues: industrial matters as well as corporate, commercial and insurance law-related cases. It advises several major corporations, including leading names in the energy and automobile areas. Several exequatur cases, including UNCITRAL award enforcement proceedings involving an African state, also appear in the caseload. Sébastien Bonnard who heads the practice, and Hervé Le Lay act both as counsel and arbitrator in matters.
‘Great compact team with strong international arbitration experience.’
‘Highly knwoledgeable. Great quality work, thorough and timely. Business-oriented.’
‘As an international law firm, they can efficiently put together the right team from various jurisdictions in multi-jurisdictional disputes, they have a good understanding and appreciation of different markets.’
‘Sébastien Bonnard is a very able and hardworking tribunal chair with experience of the Middle-East region.’
‘Hervé Le Lay is a pleasure to work with, always available, credible, knowledgeable. He knows the Turkish market well and he understands the challenges and expectations here.’
Valentine Chessa; Marina Matousekova
‘The team is comprised of excellent arbitration practitioners, work is always well shared between team members, so clients will receive a maximised capacity work result. Valentine Chessa is an excellent organiser and efficient team leader for cases of all levels of complexity. Being a smaller firm, they ensure that people of the highest quality work on matters, partners who are committed to the work and constantly available to clients.’
‘The team is agile and responsive. Their attention to detail is amazing. Valentine Chessa and Antonio Musella are very knowledgeable and very experienced. It was a joy working with them.’
‘They are dispute resolution at its best – a very focused team, specialised for all sorts of disputes and arbitration cases. They are well organised, coordinated, responsive. They think things through very thoroughly and carefully, which makes them reliable and particularly smart when it comes to creating the strategy for the dispute. I would recommend them wholeheartedly. They have a very good network of contacts and collaborators, you can address them for any query around Europe, they will lead you through.’
‘I would like to make a special mention of and strongly recommend Valentine Chessa and Nataliya Barysheva in consideration of the high level of professionalism and dedication they demonstrated in handling and managing very complex international arbitration cases.’
‘Valentine Chessa is an experienced arbitration practitioner, solution-oriented, always to the point and extremely well prepared and organised. Nataliya Barysheva is an invaluable team member and an excellent partner for complex work with Valentine’.
‘Valentine Chessa and Marina Matousekova are both very sharp, efficient, innovative and easy to work with. It is a pleasure to work with Valentine Chessa. She makes it look so easy, but a long and thorough thinking process is behind her work. This brings extra quality and reliability to her performance.’
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s Paris-based practice lost star partner Claudia Annacker in summer 2020 when she joined Dechert LLP. The practice has kept its expertise in investment arbitration with the up-and-coming counsel Laurie Achtouk-Spivak, who is involved in major disputes, often in relation to Africa and alongside the firm’s London and New York offices. She notably acts for several banks and foreign states. Litigator Jean-Yves Garaud is a strong name for ICC and exequatur cases and receives appointments from leading companies to handle significant disputes, often raising major corporate and commercial law issues. Counsel Guillaume de Rancourt contributes his commercial arbitration expertise.
Jean-Yves Garaud; Laurie Achtouk-Spivak
Other key lawyers:
Guillaume de Rancourt
The Hellenic Republic
The Republic of Austria
The Republic of Iraq
The Ministry of Land and Property Relations of the Republic of Tatarstan
The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
The Arab Republic of Egypt
Telecom Italia International N.V and Telecom Italia S.p.A
- Represented the Hellenic Republic in an ICSID arbitration brought by Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co. Ltd. under the Cyprus-Greece BIT, with the dispute arisen out of measures taken to address the Hellenic Republic’s financial and sovereign debt crisis.
- Acted as counsel to the Ministry of Land and Property Relations of the Republic of Tatarstan in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Ukraine seeking compensation for damages as a result of Ukraine’s violations of the Russia-Ukraine BIT.
- Acted as counsel to Vale S.A. as claimant in an LCIA arbitration in London involving fraud and breach of warranty in connection with a mining investment in Africa.
Clifford Chance handles a high volume of ICC cases, a good portion of which involve representing a leading aeronautic company. Additionally, the practice manages both investment and commercial arbitration disputes pertaining to various sectors such as mining, finance and construction, and involving various parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and the Middle-East. Jason Fry co-heads the firm’s global international arbitration practice with London colleague Audley Sheppard QC. Simon Greenberg is another key name.
Other key lawyers:
Clyde & Co LLP
‘They provide a high level of expertise. They are well positioned to give advice and represent in cases from different jurisdictions, in several languages and in different areas. Their ability to communicate smoothly and efficiently with clients give sufficient time to study and their advice on the specific matter followed by a brilliant representation makes them a priority choice in arbitration cases.’
‘Clyde & Co is dynamic, client-orientated with very high-quality work which really makes them stand out as a team. The firm uses its worldwide presence to serve its clients, which is time efficient and also avoids taking on outside experts which keeps the costs down, too.’
‘Nadia Darwazeh is a very confident and experienced lawyer.’
‘Nadia Darwazeh is an all-round excellent lawyer: intelligent strategist, outstanding legal analysis and a very persuasive advocate at hearings.’
‘Nadia Darwazeh is an exceptional strategist with a commercial approach to disputes.’
‘Senior associate Sophie Gremaud impressed us with her advocacy at the hearing.’
Republic of Cameroon
- Represented the Republic of Cameroon in an ICSID arbitration and ICSID annulment proceedings.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP exclusively acts for states and state-owned entities in investor-state arbitration. The firm represented the Republic of Kazakhstan is a series of large investment cases dealing with various issues including pharmaceutical and oil and gas investments. The Paris team, which often handles cases alongside the London and New York offices, also manages disputes for Romania and Cyprus, for the latter notably in several matters concerning the banking sector. In addition, the practice takes on commercial arbitration and exequatur work. The highly experienced Geoffroy Lyonnet and Peter Wolrich co-head the practice.
Geoffroy Lyonnet; Peter Wolrich
‘Curtis has long been a go-to firm for international arbitration, particularly for large and complex cases involving states and state interests. The firm has a wealth of experience and expertise in such cases, and Peter Wolrich and his team in Paris are world-class.’
‘Peter Wolrich is one of the foremost practitioners in the field of international arbitration today. His teams implement and carry out his ethos and vision impeccably.’
The Republic of Kazakhstan
National Oil Corporation of Libya
- Represented the Republic of Kazakhstan in a dispute with Caratube International Oil Company LLP regarding the alleged wrongful termination of a contract for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the Caratube oil field.
- Represented the Republic of Kazakhstan in a dispute with AS Windoor in which AS Windoor alleges having suffered a denial of justice in the host country’s territory.
- Defending the Government of Romania against allegations by ten claimants that it breached treaty obligations under the ECT when it amended regulations designed to incentivise participation in its renewable energy sector.
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's team assists a prominent client base that consists of many of France’s leading international corporations. The practice handles commercial arbitration cases dealing with a wide range of issues; a major hydroelectric construction project, waste contracts, and defence and telecoms equipments. It has particular expertise in the management of corporate and joint venture disputes. The team also acts in several exequatur cases. Laurent Aynès and Carine Dupeyron co-head the practice. Cyril Bonan and of counsel François de Bérard also contribute.
Laurent Aynès; Carine Dupeyron
Other key lawyers:
Cyril Bonan; François de Bérard
‘They are very practical and client-oriented, very flexible with an enormous availability and readiness to dive into the matter, and they have an impressive know-how.’
‘Carine Dupeyron: she is exceptional in terms of legal knowledge and both oral and written advocacy.’
- Represented the Kuwaiti Koot Food Group in proceedings to set aside an arbitral award rendered in favour of Lebanese company Kabab-Ji.
- Representing Veolia Propreté, a French company in the waste-to-energy sector and a subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, against the Republic of Italy in an ICSID investment arbitration 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.
‘The firm demonstrates excellent written communication. Lawyers rapidly assimilate evidence from facts and experts testimonies to deal with complex questions of law. They are able to handle complex construction claims in civil or in arbitration courts’.
‘The lawyers are very responsive and excellent. They are able to resolve complex technological and industrial cases at an affordable price. Their billing is very detailed and allows a clear follow-up of where the resources are spent’.
‘Pierrick Le Goff is fluent in English and German and has an excellent knowledge of common and civil laws. He writes crisply and persuasively, and tailors his written submissions to make them fit for purpose. Pierrick is also excellent at producing short and sharp written submissions that go straight the point’.
Frenetic Films AG
MagPower Soluçoes de Energia (Portugal)
- Representing an Algerian state company in an ICC arbitration arisen from a construction dispute concerning the design, construction and maintenance of a desalination station in Algeria.
- Representing a European telecom company in an LCIA arbitration against a leading telecom company in a post-acquisition dispute exceeding $70m.
- Representing MagPower Solucoes de Energia (Portugal) against a French company before the Paris Court of Appeal in annulment proceedings of a WIPO arbitral award.
Dechert LLP’s Paris practice attracted leading individual Claudia Annacker in September 2020 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to further strengthen the firm’s investment arbitration and international public law expertise. The group also successfully won new major clients and mandates in relation to Eastern Europe and Africa. The firm handles several large-scale investment disputes in relation to North Africa and manages a number of commercial disputes in Africa. Over the past years, the practice has greatly extended its geographical reach, all while remaining a leading name for Latin American disputes with key clients such as the Republics of Ecuador, Columbia and Guatemala. In terms of industry sectors, the practice handles highly diverse investment and commercial disputes from the energy, infrastructure, banking and life sciences sectors, acting both for states or private companies. More recently, the group was instructed to advise on new pre-arbitration matters in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on public concessions in the transport and natural resources sectors. Practice head Eduardo Silva Romero is highly regarded. Also recommended are: Xavier Nyssen, José Manuel García Represa, Philip Dunham and Erica Stein. Associate Audrey Caminades also deserves a mention.
Eduardo Silva Romero
Other key lawyers:
Xavier Nyssen; José-Manuel García Represa; Philip Dunham; Erica Stein; Audrey Caminades
‘Their intelligent approach to the issues and their agility is commendable. For me, it is the best ever firm in dealing with arbitration.’
‘They are incredibly intelligent and have great technical knowledge of the business, giving multiple options to facilitate the best decision.’
‘Team members openly communicate with each other; partners and associates have direct communication; a very well-prepared team and always accessible.’
‘The team is composed of many experienced international arbitration practitioners. This gives huge confidence in the quality of their legal advice.’
‘I enjoy working with Erica Stein because she is very approachable, has great legal instincts and her advice is always on point. She is terrific in a hearing room, knows how to approach any legal question and can provide useful answers to the tribunal members.’
‘Eduardo Silva Romero is one of the best practitioners in the field.’
‘The team left no stone unturned. They supported us very closely throughout, whether in terms of keeping us informed in a timely manner of developments and new information and making the time to discuss in detail the finest points.’
‘Philip Dunham has a forensic eye for detail, is extremely tenacious and has a first-class cross-examination style. He is a delight to work with.’
The Republic of Poland
The Czech Republic
Rizzani de Eccher S.p.A.
Colombian investors Carlos Mario Rios Velilla & Francisco Javier Rios Velilla
Autopista del Norte S.A.C.
The Republic of Ecuador
The Republic of Colombia
The Plurinational State of Bolivia
The Republic of Guatemala
- Represented Ecuador in a long-running investment arbitration against a French oil & gas company, reducing the claim of 70% and winning on counterclaims for environmental harm to the Amazonian rainforest.
- Representing a Belgian logistics group in a potential $1.5bn treaty claim against Uruguay relating to a port concession.
- Representing a French Life Sciences company in a commercial arbitration arisen out of a license agreement regarding the calculation and payment of certain sublicense fees.
Dentons’ Paris team manages a varied caseload, spanning commercial and investment disputes initiated before various courts such as the ICC, SCC and ICSID. The team, which often acts alongside the firm’s other international offices, notably deals with matters pertaining to oil and gas, renewables, M&A, construction and commercial issues. With its wide geographical reach, the practice acts for major French and international companies in proceedings in Europe (Poland, Italy, Romania), Africa (Egypt, Libya and Guinea) and the Americas. Jean-Christophe Honlet and Barton Legum co-head the practice, which also includes Anna Crevon .
Jean-Christophe Honlet; Barton Legum
Other key lawyers:
‘In-depth knowledge of international dispute resolution, attention to detail and a multilingual staff. ’
‘Jean-Christophe Honlet is an engaging, friendly, yet extremely professional lawyer. His ability to grasp complex issues and devise strategies to promote a case is exceptional. ’
‘Jean-Christophe Honlet and Barton Legum are remarkable practitioners, including in investment arbitration. Jean-Christophe Honlet in particular is an outstanding litigator and tactician.’
‘Dentons (Paris) team is amazing; very professional, intelligent and diligent. The team, as supervised by Barton Legum and Anna Crevon, has always presented work products of the highest standards and quality. We are exceptionally grateful for all the efforts, recommendations and work of the team.’
‘We most appreciate the business-oriented solutions that the team provides. Barton Legum is exceptionally intelligent and insightful. He understands the energy business very well and always recommends forward-looking solutions. Anna Crevon is exceptionally intelligent. Her biggest strength is an ability to work with different cultures in international business.’
‘Exceptionally strong in international arbitration and in sovereign practice.’
‘Barton Legum provides a strong intellectual approach and has exceptional persuasive skills. Anna Crevon is exceptional in international law and arbitration. Jean-Christophe Honlet is fantastic on commercial arbitration.’
Customs & Tax Consultancy
Future Pipe International
Government of the People’s Republic of China
GPF GP Sarl (Luxembourg) (Griffin)
Mr Viorel Micula
Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd
Silver Ridge Power
- Representing Misen Enterprises AB in a SCC arbitration seated in Stockholm relating to the implementation and possible termination of a joint activity agreement with a Ukrainian State-owned gas company.
- Advising Customs Tax and Consultancy Limited (CTC) on an ICC arbitration against the Democratic Republic of the Congo and enforcement of the award.
- Representing OAO Gazprom in the set-aside proceedings filed by the Republic of Lithuania in Sweden concerning the Republic’s request to set aside the award issued by the SCC tribunal.
Derains & Gharavi
Derains & Gharavi is a leading international arbitration boutique. The firm offers a substantial bench, with partners and associates from various international cultural backgrounds, and manages a large and well-balanced commercial and investment caseload. The firm's portfolio is very diverse and includes a high amount of work in connection with the Arab world (Libya, Egypt, the UAE), as well as Central Asia (Iran and Turkmenistan) regarding investments made in various sectors, such as construction, energy infrastructure, commercial projects, and the banking and insurance sectors. Several cases involving Eastern European jurisdictions are also visible in the caseload. Exequatur and award annulment cases are further areas of strength. The practice is co-headed bythe highly regarded Yves Derains, Hamid Gharavi, who ranks among the best in his field, Bertrand Derains, Melanie van Leeuwen, and the Beirut-based Nada Sader. Marie-Laure Bizeau left in 2020 to join Medici, while Thomas Bevilacqua joined as senior counsel from Foley Hoag.
Yves Derains; Hamid Gharavi; Bertrand Derains; Melanie van Leeuwen; Nada Sader
Salini Impregilo S.p.A
TRASTA Energy Limited
Al Ghurair family
Mrs Hind Al Hariri
Mr. Mustafa Orhan Özer (Turkey) and Mr. Nurettin Mendost Dirlik (Turkey)
Mr. Hasmet Kurum
Republic of the Sudan
The State of Qatar
The Arab Republic of Egypt
Alcatel-Lucent SA / Nokia
Bank Melli Iran
Bank Saderat Iran
Iran Insurance Company
Lebanese Sheikh Fahed Hariri
- Assisting Romania with defending an ICISD claim brought against it b EP Wind Project (Rom) Six Ltd, alleging violations of the Cyprus-Romania BIT.
- Assisting Romania with defending an ICISD claim brought against it by Nova Group Investments, B.V., alleging violations of the Netherlands-Romania BIT.
- Representing Egypt in an ICSID claim brought by Future Pipe International B.V., relating to alleged acts and omissions of the Egyptian Ministry of Housing pertaining to the regulation of the Egyptian market for pipes used for sewerage.
DLA Piper‘s Paris practice handles a large amount of investment and commercial arbitration as well as exequatur work in relation to Africa. The caseload also includes several European cases, notably acting for the Republic of Hungary and Moldova. The group's matters deal with a broad range of issues, including corporate and contract law, as well as with different industry sectors, including telecoms and construction. The practice is co-headed by the highly regarded Michael Ostrove and Alexander Brabant. Théobald Naud and counsel Maxime Desplats are also key members.
Michael Ostrove; Alexander Brabant
Other key lawyers:
Théobald Naud; Maxime Desplats
‘Michael Ostrove is excellent; he is a very talented lawyer and advocate, but also an unfailingly courteous and considerate opponent.’
‘A very proficient and nice team.’
‘Alexander Brabant is a great technician and knows his files to perfection.’
‘A team of professionals who are dedicated to serve their clients the best way.’
‘Michael Ostrove is an utmost professional.’
‘The team is made up of highly qualified individuals.’
Atlantique Telecom SA (Etisalat)
Democratic Republic of Congo
DS2 and the De Sutter brothers
Republic of Guinea
Republic of Hungary
Republic of Kenya
Republic of Moldova
- Advising and representing the Republic of Guinea in a dispute over the Simandou iron ore deposit before an ICSID arbitral tribunal.
- Advising and representing Interpol in PCA arbitration proceedings relating to a public international law claim brought following the arrest in China of Interpol’s former President.
- Advising Vodacom on a DRC law dispute before four separate jurisdictions (French courts, Belgian courts, DRC courts and the CCJA) to secure enforcement of an award.
Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP has a strong and very experienced bench that is able to handle a high volume of work, spanning both commercial and investment disputes. A large part of its workload consists of Iran-US claims cases. The practice also handles a lot of matters dealing with oil and gas and construction issues attached to Africa and the Middle-East, representing states or major private French and international companies. It also acts for a multinational in a major tax dispute. David Sellers and Wesley Pydiamah co-direct the practice. Also recommended are Gaëlle Le Quillec and Julien Fouret as well as counsels Nanette Pilkington and Athina Fouchard.
David Sellers; Wesley Pydiamah
Other key lawyers:
Gaëlle Le Quillec; Julien Fouret; Nanette Pilkington; Athina Fouchard
‘Hands-on approach, reliability and client-oriented attitude are some of the qualities Eversheds Sutherland can provide you with. The dispute resolution team is truly coherent and capable of providing you with a truly business-oriented support.’
‘It is not only about the skills and know-how each and every person of the team can provide you and your business with, but it is also about the people. Special mention goes to Wesley Pydiamah; he stands by your side throughout the entire process. The same applies to Nanette Pilkington.’
Islamic Republic of Iran
National Iranian Oil Company
- Advising the Islamic Republic of Iran on three separate Iran-US claims tribunal cases.
- Representing the National Iranian Oil Company as respondent in an ad hoc arbitration initiated by Crescent relating to the sale of Middle Eastern natural gas under a long-term sales and purchase contract.
‘Andrea Pinna is a superb advocate. Excellent to work with. He is smart, careful and a pleasure to work with.’
Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA, SA)
Kingdom of Spain
Natural Gas Transmission System of Greece (DESFA, SA)
Republic of Albania
Crédit Agricole / CACEIS (France)
Republic of Croatia
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited (BAPEX), Bangladesh Oil Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla)
Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima
Republic of Nicaragua
Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) (Dominican Republic)
Bangladesh Power Development Board
The Russian Federation
Republic of Uzbekistan
Republic of Ecuador
Oriental Republic of Uruguay
People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Republic of India
Republic of Peru
Republic of Panama
State of Qatar
Republic of Mauritius
Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Republic of Angola
Republic of Djibouti
Republic of Ghana
Republic of the Philippines
Republic of Nigeria
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Federal Republic of Somalia
United Republic of Tanzania
- Representing the Russian Federation in challenging an awards grant to Yukos and acting in opposition to the attempts by the former majority shareholders of Yukos to have the award and enforced worldwide.
- Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in set-aside proceedings brought by Oxus Gold in which the Court ruled in favour of Uzbekistan dismissing Oxus Gold’s attempt to resuscitate the $1.3bn claim.
- Representing the Russian Federation in set-aside proceedings involving a $1bn ad hoc UNCITRAL award.
Serge Antoine Tchekhoff; Robert Corcos Rajeev; Sharma Fokeer
Other key lawyers:
Eric Bouffard; Pierre-Emmanuel Fender
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.‘s team, which includes several London-based lawyers, handles a high volume of commercial arbitration work. The practice is often involved in construction and energy disputes in relation to Europe and Africa, with instructions coming from French and international clients, including Chinese, Turkish, US and European companies. Exequator cases are another area of strength. The team is co-headed by Christian Camboulive, Carole Malinvaud, who was recently appointed as chair in an ICSID arbitration, Alexandra Munoz and the London-based Rupert Reece. Also recommended are counsels Sacha Willaume and Saadia Bhatty, who is based in London.
Christian Camboulive; Carole Malinvaud; Alexandra Munoz; Rupert Reece
Other key lawyers:
Sacha Willaume; Saadia Bhatty
‘Gide is the most international of French law firms. They have a large and sophisticated team. In addition, the Paris office can count on the London team for Anglo-Saxon arbitrations.’
‘Christian Camboulive and Carole Malinvaud are excellent advisers and arbitrators and know how to lead teams on very complex cases. Rupert Reece is an extraordinary barrister. ’
‘Gide’s practice of arbitration is remarkable, especially for investment arbitration and arbitration relating to Africa. Alexandra Muñoz is a remarkable lawyer and litigator, one of the rising stars of the Paris Bar and of international arbitration practice. ‘
‘The firm is a heavyweight when it comes to Africa.’
‘The team led by Carole Malinvaud and Christian Camboulive is surely the best in international arbitration. They have great experience, show strong flexibility; they are truly excellent’.
Hope Services LLC
Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani SPA and Finmeccanica
International Chamber of Commerce
Crédit Foncier de France
Victor Pey Casado and President Allende Foundation
Inter-State Gas Systems Ltd / the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Pakistan
- Representing Hope Services LLC in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Cameroon brought under the 1986 USA-Cameroon BIT.
- Represented two Italian defence companies before the Paris Court of Appeal in proceedings introduced by the Iraqi State to set aside two arbitral awards rendered in an ICC arbitration relating to a contract for the sale of battleships.
- Represented the International Chamber of Commerce in summary court proceedings brought by an Emirati company against the ICC and a Libyan company, seeking interim measures to preserve its rights under a shareholders agreement.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles a high amount of Africa-related work from various industry sectors, such as insurance, mining, oil and gas and energy. The Paris-based team is entrusted by leading French and international companies as well as banks to manage commercial and investment arbitration work, including high-stakes and rare award revision proceedings. The team recently received a substantial number of new mandates, including a Brazil-related dispute. Thierry Tomasi, Laurence Franc-Menget, and the London- and Paris-based Andrew Cannon co-head the practice. Of counsel Emily Fox is another key member.
Thierry Tomasi; Laurence Franc-Menget; Andrew Cannon
Other key lawyers:
JKX Oil & Gas
- Represented Ruashi Mining (DRC) and Ruashi Holdings (South Africa) as respondents in ICC proceedings commenced by the DRC’s state-owned mining company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines in relation to the exploitation of copper mines in the DRC.
- Acting for Ortiz Construccioes y Proyectos SA in an ICSID arbitration based on the Spain/Algeria BIT.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP shoulders a rich commercial arbitration caseload encompassing various industry sectors, such as energy, TMT, construction and life sciences. The Paris arbitration team is often involved in matters concerning Africa and the Middle-East. The team also handles investment arbitration and exequatur cases. Practice head Laurent Gouiffès, who also seats as arbitrator, and Thomas Kendra are recommended. Counsels Melissa Ordonez and Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse provide key support.
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Kendra; Melissa Ordonez; Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse
‘The team provided us with remarkable support through their expertise and their mastery of arbitration procedures. Its involvement, ability to define a clear and effective reading of the procedure, as well as the mastering of complex regulations applicable in the field of life sciences have been major assets in the positive management of litigation.’
‘Thomas Kendra and counsel Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse have both demonstrated real involvement and perfect expertise. Their dynamism and their human qualities were also greatly appreciated.’
‘The team of lawyers with whom we worked really met our expectations to our complete satisfaction.’
‘Thomas Kendra really stood out throughout the process. He had a perfect mastery of the subjects to be discussed. We also appreciated the fact that he is perfectly bilingual (English / French).’
‘I appreciated the expertise, ability and spirit of cooperation of Laurent Gouiffès who has enabled the Court to achieve a quick and efficient decision.’
‘They have excellent competence in international arbitration and also a very good understanding of the energy sector. They have a very strategical approach to cases and the ability to think outside the box and apply that to the case. They ensure a good understanding of the case and the client.’
‘The whole team works hard. Laurent Gouiffès is very focused on getting to the core of the case, strategic thinking and solid preparations. Thomas Kendra is very hands-on with cases.’
‘Strong performance in handling complex arbitration in the energy sector; professional and well-prepared hearings.’
‘The team has admirable ability in arbitration proceedings. Their turnaround time on the evaluation of issues is remarkable.’
‘From the partners to the more junior associates: all made an excellent impression on me.’
‘Strategic vision of the files by the partners; available; involved and exceptionally competent teams.’
‘Extremely able and practical people looking to get the best result as quickly as possible – exactly what an in-house lawyer is looking for.’
‘Strong knowledge of substantive and procedural law; efficiency and excellent process management; responsiveness and impressive turnaround times; diligence and attention to detail ; flexibility and constant client engagement.’
- Represented Edenred in ICSID annulment proceedings initiated by Hungary on the basis of European law and the ECJ’s Achmea ruling, in the context of a global controversy concerning the new EU investment policy.
- Representing the state-owned telecom company of Kosovo, Kosovo Telecom JSC, in an ICC dispute brought by a mobile phone operator involving the non-renewal of one of the two mobile virtual network operator contracts in Kosovo.
Thierry Lauriol; Ioana Knoll-Tudor
‘Unique commitment. The team is always available.’
- Advising Vicat on an investment arbitration against the State of Senegal under BIT France-Senegal.
- Ioana Knoll-Tudor acted as arbitrator in the ICSID Case No. ARB/19/30, VM Solar Jerez GmbH and others v. Kingdom of Spain.
Jones Day’s team assists leading French telecoms, transport and energy companies as well as international companies and a state entity. The practice is heavily involved in matters pertaining to the Arab World, but also manages cases in relation to Europe and Latin America. It is principally involved in commercial arbitration relating to the telecoms, energy, construction and life-sciences industries. Elie Kleiman and Jean-Pierre Harb co-head the practice. Counsel Claire Pauly is also recommended.
Elie Kleiman; Jean-Pierre Harb
Other key lawyers:
‘Elie Kleiman is one of the best international arbitration practitioners in Paris. As a counsel, he is a tough adversary and a formidable ally. As an arbitrator, he is a highly experienced professional which gives him an unquestionable legitimacy.’
‘Elie Kleiman has a unique knowledge of the arbitration practice in France, the key actors, and has a wide experience in different economic sectors.’
‘Elie Kleiman and his team do not pretend to know everything and are humble; as such the strategy is built step by step, in order to build a very strong case.’
‘The team is innovative and thinks outside the box. They are fierce opponents.’
‘Elie Kleiman and Claire Pauly are both excellent lawyers. Elie Kleiman has an acute understanding of clients’ needs. He also understands what arbitrators want to hear and his written submissions are concise and winning briefs. Claire Pauly deserves recognition: she is smart, hardworking and reliable.’
‘The team, with practice head Elie Kleiman, has a wealth of experience in the field of international arbitration. One of its distinctive features is its experience in both civil law and common law-based arbitration proceedings.’
‘Elie Kleiman provides tailored advice and possesses strong advocacy skills which make him stand out.’
K&L Gates LLP
Louis Degos; Charlotte Baillot
‘Maitre Louis Degos is a remarkable lawyer.’
Georges Arama; François Klein
‘The KGA team has shown great professionalism in handling a delicate arbitration. The fluidity of relations between its members and the sense of leadership made it possible to better tackle the different facets of the dispute. The investment, rigour and reactivity of KGA were decisive for the success of the arbitration.’
‘Maître Arama conducted all the discussions and the pleading with great skill. His vast experience was decisive. Maître Halimi and Maître Clouet-Picton handled details of the case with great rigour and professionalism. They also showed great responsiveness during the preparation sessions between hearings. Maître Ithurbide brought a balanced approach to the whole of the pleading through his experience and calm.’
‘It is a collaborative practice which combines the competence and experience of the firm with the position of the client. A team that listens and communicates the elements of information collected, proposes lines of defense and constantly seeks what is best for the client.’
‘Cabinet KGA Avocats is attentive, available and proactive.’
King & Spalding LLP’s Parisian practice acts for leading companies in commercial and investment disputes. The team, which regularly collaborates with its London and US-based colleagues, manages a high amount of work in the energy sector, including several key matters in the Arab world such as a particularly large and sensitive dispute concerning the Iraqi gas sector. The practice also acted for investors in 19 distinct renewable energy-related investment cases led against a number of European states. The firm's role in a prominent mining dispute in Uruguay and several infrastructure construction disputes in Africa and the Middle East, demonstrates its wide geographical reach. Practice head James Castello, Ken Fleuriet, Marc-Olivier Langlois and Laurent Jaeger are all very experienced.
Other key lawyers:
Ken Fleuriet; Marc-Olivier Langlois; Laurent Jaeger
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Ltd.
Union Fenosa Gas
Government of Turkey
Trinh Vinh Binh
Emirates International Investment Company LLC
Société des Parcs d’Alger
Cavalum SGPS, S.A.
KS Invest GmbH & TLS Invest GmbH
Cube Infrastructure Fund SICAV
ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH et al.
VC Holding II S.a.r.l. et al
SunReserve Luxco Holdings S.a.r.l. et al.
CEF Energia B.V.
FREIF Eurowind Holdings Ltd.
Greentech Energy Systems
Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A.
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
- Representing Spanish energy company Unión Fenosa Gas in three arbitrations against the Government of Egypt and its national natural gas company, EGAS, and in one ICSID Annulment proceeding.
- Representing Vinh Binh in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Vietnam for wrongful imprisonment, torture, and uncompensated taking of properties.
- Representing Air Canada in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela relating to the blocked repatriation of the proceeds of ticket sales in the country.
Latham & Watkins’ team manages a very impressive caseload. The firm acts for state entities and leading companies in investment and commercial arbitration, with a strong focus on Latin American matters in investment-related arbitration. The practice manages a series of high-stakes disputes for the state of Columbia in the mining sector, including defending it against several ICSID disputes initiated by various mining companies. The varied commercial arbitration caseload, also often in relation with Latin America, notably includes energy and M&A-related disputes, but the practice also acts for several leading pharmaceutical companies. Paris practice head Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is highly recommended and also serves as the firm’s global co-chair of practice. John Adam joined Squire Patton Boggs in March 2021.
‘Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is a key asset for the firm. He takes the time to do the necessary team work in an international investment dispute.’
‘Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is of course an expert in international commercial and investment arbitration. But what makes working with him so rewarding, is that he is also very quick to understand the client.’
Refinadora Costaricense de Petróleo – RECOPE
Republic of Colombia
Republic of Ecuador
Novenergia II Energy & Environment, (SCA), SICAR
- Representing Recope, Costa Rica’s State-owned refining company, in a politically sensitive ICC arbitration against CNPCI, the People’s Republic of China State-owned oil & gas company.
- Representing the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration against Eco Oro Minerals Corp. under Chapter 8 of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), with the dispute relating to the adoption of certain environmental measures intended to protect páramo ecosystems.
- Representing the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration brought by Red Eagle Exploration Limited in relation to environmental measures taken by the Republic of Colombia to protect páramo ecosystems.
Julie Spinelli; Jean-Luc Larribau
‘Julie Spinelli works with great legal rigour and determination.’
‘The team is particularly dynamic and shows a combative state of mind and total commitment, particularly appreciable in complex litigation.’
‘Jean-Luc Larribau and Julie Spinelli know how to get to the point and quickly identify decisive issues on which the decision of a judge or referee can tip. They both show an extraordinary fighting spirit. Julie Spinelli also has good management of talents allowing the full efficiency of teamwork and intelligent sharing of tasks.’
‘The team is young and extremely professional. They have intimate knowledge of their files which allows a great mastery of each step of the procedure. The preparation for the hearings is of high quality.’
‘Julie Spinelli is particularly remarkable, not only for her mastery of procedures and her files, but also for her level of English which I find much superior to what I have encountered in other firms. Jean-Luc Larribau shows a certainty of judgement and advice that is remarkable.’
‘Elite boutique with hands-on involvement from senior practitioners and a strong bench of associates supporting the partners.’
‘Julie Spinelli is outstanding. Julie is comfortable handling both international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations with an enviable track record of success in both. A good oral advocate.’
‘Le 16 Law is outstanding. Their team, composed of a group of young lawyers with extensive experience in top notch law firms, is a dynamic combination of brilliant and creative energy. They have the gravitas of future leaders in their fields. They think outside the box.’
‘Julie Spinelli is a highly innovative and creative lawyer. She possesses a sixth sense when analysing matters, identifying and addressing highly complex issues, which will make her one of the best lawyers of her time. She possesses a rare perspicacity when dealing with clients and difficult matters.’
- Representing several agents in the aeronautical industries in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa in several ICC arbitration proceedings against a leading European consortium in relation to claims for the wrongful termination of agency contracts.
- Representing a European steel construction company in ICC arbitration proceedings initiated by a major project owner against several construction companies in relation to a damage claim related to alleged defects on an industrial site.
- Representing a telecommunications company in ICC arbitration proceedings against an African state and its national telecommunications agency in relation to the expropriation by the state of the right to operate an international telecommunications gateway.
Linklaters manages a highly diverse commercial and investment caseload, spanning oil and gas, mining, telecoms, construction, media and post-M&A issues. The team is particularly involved in cases relating to Africa and the Middle East, more specifically to Senegal, Gabon, Chad, Jordan and Lebanon. It acts both for state entities and companies and was recently retained by an African state to act in a major oil ICSID dispute. Finally, the group also manages several exequatur cases. Roland Ziadé heads the practice which also includes Arnaud de La Cotardière and counsel Andrew Plump. Pierre Duprey left the firm in March 2020 to found Audit Duprey Fekl.
Other key lawyers:
Arnaud de La Cotardière; Andrew Plump
‘The team has strong skills and extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. They show rigour in their analysis and have good knowledge of practices and customs in arbitration matters.’
Mayer Brown's diverse Paris-based team is able to fluently handle cases in French, English, Spanish and Arabic. In the firm's growing commercial and investment practice, cross-border matters involving African jurisdictions are a regular occurence, for example regarding electricity concessions. The practice acts for leading companies and state entities and is involved in several large construction and energy disputes, including in an outstanding construction dispute in the Middle-East, a new mandate for the team. Practice head Dany Khayat is highly recommended. Other key names include Alejandro López Ortiz and José Caicedo .
Other key lawyers:
Alejandro López Ortiz; José Caicedo
‘The arbitration team, under the lead of Dany Khayat, is quite multicultural and diverse. They provide a useful business-oriented approach and their specific knowledge and experience in the Middle-east is highly appreciated.’
‘Dany Khayat is very sharp and has an unparalleled business-oriented vision. His experience and knowledge in the Middle-East is very important and useful.’
‘This team demonstrates proper coordination, which allows them to focus in-depth on all documents and get the best results and not miss any opportunity for success.’
‘They have extensive experience and are very knowledgeable and resourceful. They showed great experience and managed to handle unexpected issues when they occurred.’
‘They were extremely professional and experienced. Alejandro López Ortiz was very detail-oriented. He always came back with great solutions and options. His legal expertise also ensured that we got the best possible outcome of the case.’
Junefield Gold Investment Limited
Lion Mexico Consolidated, L.P.
The Republic of the Gambia
The Kingdom of Morocco
- Representing SEEG and Veolia Africa, affiliates of Veolia Environnement, in a contract-based ICSID arbitration arisen out of a water and electricity concession in Gabon.
- Representing Chinese company Junefield in an investment treaty claim against Ecuador arisen out of the taking of its concession rights in a gold and silver mine in Ecuador.
- Representing D.S. Construction FZCO, a UAE company, in a UNCITRAL/PCA Investor State arbitration brought pursuant to the OIC Investment Treaty concerning numerous large construction projects in Libya.
Orrick Rambaud Martel‘s strong team manages a busy investment and commercial arbitration caseload. The firm recently received a series of new ICSID mandates. Although the group most often acts for investors, it was recently retained by the Democratic Republic of Congo to assist with a $60m ICSID dispute with a Kuwaiti investor in the telecommunications sector. In commercial arbitration, the practice manages a varied range of cases, including a golf and hotel project in the Middle-East. Michael Bühler, who serves as global co-head of the firm’s international practice, and Charles Kaplan are the key names in the practice and both regularly also seat as arbitrators. Also recommended are Nicole Dolenz, and associates Tunde Oyewole and Anne-Sophie Gidoin. The Geneva-based Charles Adams is the other co-head of the practice.
Charles Adams; Michael Bühler
Other key lawyers:
Charles Kaplan; Nicole Dolenz; Tunde Oyewole; Anne-Sophie Gidoin
‘Quick response, deep knowledge of the market and high legal standing. Availability even at short notice.’
‘Charles Kaplan demonstrates profound experience and skills, especially in terms of strategy and tactics. His activity as an arbitrator is fundamental in preparing cases. He also fully understands clients.’
‘Michael Bühler is an excellent lawyer with great experience and good reputation in the world of international arbitration.’
‘Nicole Dolenz has excellent understanding of complex technical matters.’
‘Very good ability to grasp issues and to hold solid legal positions to influence the resolution of disputes.’
‘Charles Kaplan is available and impactful.’
‘Charles Kaplan and Tunde Oyewole are in the details of the case at any given time and work on the submissions themselves. Therefore quality in details is very high as there is no loss of information down the road from the window dressing partner to the back office working associate and vice versa. The team members are easily reachable and matters which need further discussion are openly discussed and turned around for the best solution possible. The drafting is always well ahead of the deadline and can therefore be reviewed in peace by the client. They provide clear strategies with pros and cons clearly identified and invite the client to actively participate in solution finding.’
‘Charles Kaplan and Tunde Oyewole are both extremely smart and stand out in their field with detailed knowledge of the commercials underlying the case. Since both are multilingual in speaking and able to read even more languages, they are often able to pick details up that might have been lost with a translation. Client suggestions are not brushed away, but freely discussed for benefit purposes. Their work is very effective which holds costs in check.’
Democratic Republic of Congo
Tamagot Bumi and Bumi Mauritania
Voigt & Collegen
- Advised OHADA on reforming its arbitration law and implementing a mediation law.
- Representing Voigt & Collegen/SolEs Badajoz, a German investor, in ICSID proceedings against Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty.
- Representing the DR Congo in a $60m ICSID arbitration, initiated by a Kuwaiti investor in the telecommunications sector.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP manages a large ICC caseload dealing with construction disputes in relation to various parts of the world, including the Middle-East, Eastern Europe and Western Asia. The practice was also appointed on a new highly significant ICC case pertaining to Algeria. The team, which advises an extensive client base of international engineering companies and contractors, also deals with exequatur cases. Key members include practice head Frédéric Gillion, the London- and Paris-based Jean-François Le Gal and senior associate Florian Quintard.
Other key lawyers:
Jean-François Le Gal; Florian Quintard
‘The team is excellent. Its lawyers are specialists.’
‘Jean-Francois Le Gal is outstanding. He has rapidly made a name for himself as one of the leading young partners in the profession, able to work effortlessly in French or in English. He is well-organised, highly intelligent and extremely personable.’
‘Associate Florian Quintard is an excellent lawyer.’
‘Jean-François Le Gal is an excellent lawyer for contractual disputes. He knows his cases inside out and leaves no stone unturned.’
Salini Impregilo SpA
Todini Costruzioni SpA
‘Ana Vermal ran a closely coordinated team which is highly effective and sensitive to client priorities.’
‘Ana Vermal is a highly effective and engaged team manager, a tenacious advocate and a skilled lawyer – a pleasure to work with.’
‘Ana Vermal and her Proskauer team have always been extraordinary every step of the way. They are also fair in billing. With Proskauer, I always knew what I was paying for.’
‘Ana Vermal is more than outstanding. Her knowledge and capabilities put her at a 20 on a scale of 1-10.’
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP continued to grow its associate bench. The Paris team handles a balanced investment and commercial arbitration caseload, including many large disputes and billion dollar cases. The cohesive team has extensive experience in sensitive cases, including politically challenging matters pertaining to major public procurement and oil and gas price reviews. The group regularly joins forces with the Washington and London offices and recently achieved three victories in cases from the telecoms and energy sectors. The practice also handled several challenging exequatur cases before the international Chamber of the French Appeal Court and recently obtained a major decision concerning arbitrator’s duties. Isabelle Michou, Thomas Voisin and Michael Young are all recommended. The Geneva-based Philippe Pinsolle heads the European practice. Counsels James Clark and Anne-Marie Lacoste also contribute.
Philippe Pinsolle; Thomas Voisin; Isabelle Michou; Michael Young
Other key lawyers:
James Clark; Anne-Marie Lacoste
DP World Group
- Represented port terminal player DP World in its dispute with the Republic of Djibouti following Djibouti’s decision to terminate the concession contract that had been concluded with the Joint Venture created by DP World and the Port of Djibouti.
- Representing Solvay in a dispute arisen over the closing of a transaction pursuant to which BASF agreed to purchase part of Solvay’s polyamide’s business.
- Representing Sonatrach in proceedings against Tunisian company Medex Petroleum concerning a breach of contract in two instances by the defendant, relating to the development and operation of oil fields.
Reed Smith has continued to build its profile on the Paris market as reflected by its team’s growth: Andrew Tetley made partner in 2020 and former Linklaters’ managing associate Clément Fouchard joined as partner in September 2019. The practice is particularly renowned for its very solid construction and infrastructure dispute expertise. It handles high-profile cases in relation to nuclear and oil and gas infrastructure on behalf of blue-chip clients and often deals with ICC and LCIA disputes in relation to France, Africa and the Middle East. Increasingly, the group is also active in pre-arbitration work, notably linked to force majeure situations. The practice offers longstanding experience in African-related disputes, even beyond its core sectors. Peter Rosher and Ana Atallah co-head the practice.
Ana Atallah; Peter Rosher
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Tetley; Clément Fouchard
‘Pragmatic and commercial advice. There is strength in depth amongst the team and they are very responsive. The fees are always competitive and provide very good value for money.’
‘Very knowledgeable team, extremely involved in its cases, able to quickly adapt and remain responsive and 100% available.’
‘Very high-quality work.’
‘Peter Rosher provides excellent advice and he is very much trusted and a go-to lawyer for commercial disputes. He has commercial acumen in spades. Importantly, he is always available and has put together a very good team.’
‘Peter Rosher has extensive experience, is highly professional and shows great finesse in the way he approaches matters.’
Other key lawyers:
Government of Ukraine
Arab Republic of Egypt
Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC)
People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Government of Lithuania
People’s Republic of China
Electricité de France
- Representing Lagardère Sports as claimant in an ICC arbitration in Geneva against the Confederation of African Football (CAF) relating to the termination by CAF of a $1bn exclusive media rights agreement.
- Representing Georgia as respondent in an SCC arbitration initiated by Mr. Zaza Okuashvili under the Georgia-UK bilateral investment treaty, relating to the payment of taxes to the State by various companies owned by the Claimant.
- Representing the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration brought by Hela Schwarz GmbH under the China-Germany bilateral investment treaty.
Simmons & Simmons
‘The team has great experience and in-depth knowledge of procedures. It provides a high-quality strategic approach and thorough case preparation.’
‘Philippe Cavalieros has great experience and is a fine strategist.’
Sodexo Pass International S.A.S.
- Represented Sodexo Pass International in ICSID annulment proceedings initiated by Hungary against an ICSID Award worth approximately €90m rendered in January 2019.
Teynier Pic is a well-established dispute resolution boutique. The practice acts for major companies, including several leading corporations in the energy and engineering sectors. It is particularly involved in matters pertaining to construction and industrial projects, notably in relation to Africa, Turkey and the Middle East, but also offers experience in the healthcare sector. The team also has strong exequatur expertise and manages several significant investment and commercial arbitration award exequatur cases. Eric Teynier and Pierre Pic co-head a practice, which also includes Raphaël Kaminsky, Shaparak Saleh and counsel Sara Nadeau-Séguin,
Eric Teynier; Pierre Pic
Other key lawyers:
Raphaël Kaminsky; Shaparak Saleh; Sara Nadeau-Séguin
‘Serious and competent; great involvement with the client.’
‘The managing partners have a great depth of knowledge and experience in international arbitration. Everyone from the paralegals to counsels were world-class. They stayed small and flexible and clearly only hire best-in-class. I have dealt with many firms over the years and rank them in the top two I have ever dealt with.’
‘ Sara Nadeau-Séguin is smart, thorough and hardworking. Nothing was ever too hard and she always put the client first. Her written arguments are brilliant. Absolutely world-class. Her legal arguments at hearing were powerful and convincing.’
‘Great work ethic, very knowledgeable team from associates to partners. Responsive and well-organised.’
‘The team is extremely impressive for its efficiency, responsiveness and capacity to adapt.’
‘Raphaël Kaminsky and Diane Caron Laviolette: I was impressed by the quality of their work on the factual and legal level and by the excellent working atmosphere that they were able to create between us (and between them). Raphaël Kaminsky was able to advise me on the strategic and sensitive issues of the matter with great intelligence and pragmatism. They are really excellent lawyers.’
‘A strong team with a great work ethic.’
‘Shaparak Saleh is a rising star in international arbitration. She cuts no corners and is truly committed to her clients.’
‘Teynier Pic is one of the leading dispute resolution practices in the French market. It has a team of very hands-on and experienced partners and a very large team of associates all focused on arbitration, litigation and mediation. They are able to work in French or in English with many native speakers in all aspects of international arbitration and litigation. This makes them quite unique.’
‘Young, dynamic, innovative, hardworking and bright team. The team handles facts and law with ease, which makes the preparation of written submissions extremely smooth. The lawyers are passionate about what they do. I was also impressed by their ability to work rapidly, meet deadlines and make themselves available at all times.’
‘I believe Shaparak Saleh is one of the best professionals in her field. She is a hardworking, clever and passionate lawyer who makes you feel that your case is her top priority.’
‘Associate Hermann Prodel is a very intelligent and devoted lawyer with great communication skills.’
‘Dynamic, always accessible and very responsive, as close as possible to the business considerations of its clients.’
‘A most successful experience with Shaparak Saleh who combines competence, experience and creativity in dealing with issues in the oil and gas sector.’
‘The team of partners is truly exceptional. They are all from magic circle teams and have joined forces to form a boutique solely dedicated to arbitration and litigation in support of arbitration.’
‘Raphaël Kaminsky is exceptional both in terms of legal acumen and commercial skills. Shaparak Saleh has built a spectacular niche practice in set-aside proceedings of investment treaty cases before the French courts. Her experience in this respect is second to none.’
Zakhem Construction and Engineering
Saur & Stereau
Serafin Garcia Armas and Karina Garcia Gruber
- Advising Rusoro Mining in annulment proceedings brought before the French courts by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
- Representing Schooner Capital in 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.
- Advising Zakhem on a dispute with public Algerian company Sonatrach relating to set-aside proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal pertaining to a €50m award obtained in ICC proceedings in 2018.
Three Crowns LLP
International boutique Three Crowns LLP’s Paris-based team regularly interacts with its London and Washington colleagues. The practice shows strength in commercial and investment disputes and is very experienced in energy sector disputes, having handled several Iranian gas disputes and disputes for leading oil and gas corporations in price, taxation, exploration and construction-related issues. The firm’s very diverse caseload also includes major construction disputes from various parts of the world, including a major case concerning the building of a port terminal. Finally, the practice is also involved in a sensitive dispute dealing with corruption allegations and offers high-level public international law expertise that is sought after for major inter-states' disputes. Co-heads of practice Georgios Petrochilos and Todd Wetmore are among the best in their fields. Also recommended are Kathryn Khamsi, Simon Elliot and counsel Alexandra van der Meulen.
Georgios Petrochilos; Todd Wetmore
Other key lawyers:
Kathryn Khamsi; Simon Elliot; Alexandra van der Meulen
‘They are truly arbitration specialists. A very experienced and professional team with very sharp people who complement each other. It is a pleasure to work with them. ’
‘Georgios Petrochilos is a strategist, very intelligent and has a special ability to understand and work with foreign laws’
‘Todd Wetmore is tireless, very intelligent and pragmatic. Construction litigation has no secrets to him.’
‘Simon Elliot is a very pragmatic and sharp hard worker. ’
The Kingdom of Bahrain
WCV World Capital Ventures Cyprus
Shariket Kahraba Hadjret En Nouss Spa
Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA)
- Representing Crescent Petroleum in a multi-billion-dollar arbitration against the National Iranian Oil Company arising out of a gas sales purchase agreement.
- Representing the Kingdom of Bahrain alongside the other ‘Quartet’ States in various proceedings commenced by Qatar relating to the boycott imposed since 2017.
- Represented Greece’s State-owned gas company DEPA in Stockholm-seated ICC arbitration proceedings against its Turkish counterpart BOTAS, obtaining a landmark decision in legal and economic terms.
White & Case LLP is looking stronger than ever. In 2020, the substantial team secured a series of new major mandates and successfully expanded its geographical reach, now handling cases worldwide. The practice is historically particularly strong in the construction sector, managing high-profile cases such as a dispute dealing with the expansion of the Panama Canal and a $5bn dispute for client Inpex that arose out of the construction of an onshore LNG processing facility in Australia. It is also involved in major other LNG, hydropower and nuclear facility construction disputes. The firm also takes on large energy-related cases, including oil and gas price review disputes, and a wide range of matters from other sectors, for example the telecoms sector. Michael Polkinghorne is in charge. Also recommended are the highly regarded: of counsel Christopher Seppälä, Charles Nairac, Christophe von Krause, Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall and John Willems, and next generation partners Nicolas Bouchardie, Kirsten Odynski, Elizabeth Oger-Gross and Noor Davies. Lucas De Ferrari was promoted to partner on January 1st 2021, while Rebecca Shorter joined the Paris team from the London office in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Christopher Seppälä; Charles Nairac; Christophe von Krause; Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall; John Willems; Nicolas Bouchardie; Kirsten Odynski; Elizabeth Oger-Gross; Noor Davies
‘The stand-out strength is the depth of knowledge from all aspects of the team, from lead counsel to associates. The work levels are extremely high and the resulting submissions are second to none. I have no doubt that the level of cross-examination from White & Case is far superior. The team always has a deep understanding of a case allowing them to react to all possible responses without missing a beat. Charles Nairac and Elizabeth Oger-Gross are a joy to watch in action.’
‘Charles Nairac stands out from a very professional crowd. His quality lies in applying his extensive knowledge with a manner that makes him very approachable. He is happy to discuss and debate issues of a case no matter how leftfield they are.’
‘Christophe von Krause is very professional, efficient and dedicated. We truly enjoy working with him.’
‘White & Case’ s practice is unique because its members’ experience is very extensive and comprehensive. The most remarkable feature is their teamwork capability. ’
‘I would mention Mr. John Willems (partner) and Ms. Yutty Ramen (associate).. I value the following qualities in these individuals: professionalism and organisation skills.’
‘Their ability to work seamlessly across teams worldwide, avoiding duplication of effort, has been extremely impressive. They have an extraordinary depth and breath of experience.’
‘The stand-out individual is, without question, Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall. He has an unerring ability to see directly through to the key elements of the case and to think strategically. He always outthinks the other side. Even more importantly, he understands how to bring and keep arbitrators onside. His advocacy is meticulously prepared and persuasive.’
‘The team is highly organised and manages contributions from internal teams and external experts in a very efficient and effective manner. The ability to coordinate a long and complex process is one of the key strengths. The team is also excellent in terms of preparation of the witnesses as well as in cross-examination of counterparties.’
‘Michael Polkinghorne is a stand-out partner in the international arbitration practice. He has a deep understanding of the arbitration dynamics and an extensive knowledge of the energy sector. He is superior in cross-examination and has created an excellent team which works with him and the client in a very efficient manner. Elizabeth Oger-Gross is also an excellent partner, with great skills and a strong dedication and commitment.’
Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.
Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd
Eldorado Brasil Celulose S.A.
Government of Nigeria
Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.
Roads Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Georgia
- Advising Inpex on a $5bn arbitration relating to the construction of an onshore LNG processing facility in Australia.
- Advising PT Ventures on a number of interrelated proceedings totalling $3bn in relation to its shareholding in Unitel S.A., Angola’s largest telecommunications company.
- Advising a joint venture on a $450m ICC arbitration arisen out of a dispute over the construction of a hydropower plant in Latin America.
Grégoire Bertrou; Dominique Mondoloni
Port de Djibouti S.A.
Symphony Partners Limited
Next Global Investment Limited / Dynamic Link Ventures Limited
Devas Corporation (India)
- Advising Port de Djibouti SA in an 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 of the company that operated the terminal.
- Representing Hong Kong vehicles in an ICC Arbitration against Fullerton Bay Investment Limited and KPN Energy Holding, Сo. Ltd., in connection with the sale of Wind Energy Holding.
- Representing the Kyrgyz Republic in a UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by Penwell, a BVI company, based on the Law on Investments in the Kyrgyz Republic.