Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution: International arbitration
Betto Perben Pradel Filhol
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Dispute resolution: International arbitration in France
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's practice regularly acts in conjunction with colleagues from the firm's New York and London offices. The group is representing several EU states, including the French State, in various ICSID and investment disputes, notably in relation to the banking and financial sector. The team is also acting for several Eastern European, Arabic and African states. It is especially involved in strategic matters pertaining to the oil and gas sector. The firm is also handling commercial and ICC arbitration and recently acted in a high-profile M&A-related case. Exequatur procedures are another area of strength.Claudia Annacker and Jean-Yves Garaud are key names. Counsels Laurie Achtouk-Spivak and Guillaume de Rancourt are also noted.
Claudia Annacker; Jean-Yves Garaud
‘The team shows in-depth knowledge of a state’s needs.’
‘The team follows an outstanding client-oriented approach and has great knowledge of the law and practical aspects of the ICSID arbitration process.’
‘Excellent team players who are reacting quickly and in a coordinated manner.’
‘Claudia Annacker has outstanding knowledge of international and investment arbitration law, demonstrates quick comprehension of peculiarities of relevant national law implications, and is hard-working, efficient and well structured.’
‘Laurie Achtouk-Spivak’s contribution and recommendations are very valuable.’
The Republic of Austria
The Republic of Iraq
The Arab Republic of Egypt
The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
The Republic of Tatarstan
Telecom Italia International N.V and Telecom Italia S.p.A
The French Republic
- Defending the Hellenic Republic in an ICSID arbitration brought by Cyprus Popular Bank Public under the Cyprus-Hellenic Republic bilateral investment treaty arising out of measures taken to address the Hellenic Republic’s financial and sovereign debt crisis.
- Defending Georgia in an UNCITRAL arbitration dispute brought by a group of investors under the US-Georgia bilateral investment treaty.
- Representing the Arab Republic of Egypt in an ICSID arbitration brought by Unión Fenosa Gas under the Spain-Egypt bilateral investment treaty concerning an investment in a liquefied gas plant.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
International arbitration powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's Paris-based team handles a large and high-profile caseload, including several multibillion-dollar commercial and investment disputes. Cases deal with a broad range of issues, including energy, telecoms, defence, banking and tax-related topics. It has seen a number of new instructions relating to Africa and energy-price reviews. The team notably achieved a successful result for Sonatrach in a UNCITRAL dispute with Tunisian company Medex regarding oil field development and exploitation contracts. The Paris practice is jointly headed by Isabelle Michou, Thomas Voisin and Michael Young. Philippe Pinsolle heads the European practice and, although largely based in Geneva, also woks from the Paris office. Counsel James Clark and senior associate Alexander Leventhal are also noted.
Philippe Pinsolle ; Isabelle Michou ; Thomas Voisin ; Michael Young
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is of exceptional quality.’
‘The team is consistent and offers thorough work products. It is meticulous and leaves no stone unturned.’
‘Philippe Pinsolle and senior associate Alexander Leventhal impress by how fast they can learn about a case. They are highly available and always try to answer as soon as possible.’
‘Isabelle Michou is an outstanding litigation strategist. She is also a very skillful negotiator.’
‘Michael Young and counsel James Clark have the ability to well assess arbitration strategies and provide expert advice.’
Albaniabeg Ambient (ABA), Angelo Novelli, and Costruzioni
Ayoub-Farid Michel Saab and Fadi Michel Saab
B.V. Belegging Maatschappij “Far East” (Malta Branch) (“Far East Malta”)
Chèque Déjeuner and C.D Holding Internationale
DNO ASA (Norway)
Esso Deutschland GmbH
Exem Oil & Gas
Exem Oil & Gas B.V.
Hydro S.r.l., Costruzioni S.r.l.
Iskandar Safa and Akram Safa
MIC Afrique et Millicom Cellular SA
Oberthur fiduciaire S.A.S
Ophir Energy PLC
Republic of Tunisia
Société Générale de surveillance
TP Ferro Concesionaria SA
US investors in Oro Negro
- Representing Cnooc in a major arbitration regarding cost recovery and over-lifting claims against the Nigerian National Petroleum Company.
- Achieved a full victory over the merits for Sonatrach in a UNCITRAL dispute with Tunisian company Medex regarding oil field development and exploitation contracts.
- Representing Tunisia in a billion-dollar ICSID arbitration against foreign investor ABCI concerning alleged expropriation.
Shearman & Sterling LLP's Paris office houses half of the firm's global arbitration team. The 50-lawyer Paris based practice handles leading commercial and investment arbitration disputes involving every part of the globe. It manages a very strong Arabic (Algeria and Egypt especially) and African caseload, and also handles a growing volume of work involving Asian parties - the firm was retained by the Chinese state to represent it in its first ICSID arbitration. The practice advises state entities, state-owned companies, investors and private corporations. The team is notably managing landmark multibillion-dollar disputes in relation to the energy, gas price and construction sectors. The practice was also recently involved in strategic M&A related disputes and is also handling a high-profile ICSID annulment proceeding before an ICSID ad hoc committee. Emmanuel Gaillard and Yas Banifatemi jointly head the firm's global practice. Other key members include Coralie Darrigade, Maude Lebois, Mohamed Shelbaya and Jennifer Younan. Newly promoted partner Benjamin Siino has particular expertise handling award enforcement cases.
Emmanuel Gaillard ; Yas Banifatemi
Other key lawyers:
The People’s Republic of China
The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
The Arab Republic of Egypt
The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
The Republic of Lithuania
- Representing the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration brought by Hela Schwarz GmbH.
- Defending the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in an ICSID arbitration dispute initiated by Société des Parcs d’Alger and Emirates International Investment regarding a $5bn urban park project.
- Defending the Arab Republic of Egypt in an arbitration dispute under the UNCITRAL rules and administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in relation to a petrochemical plant.
White & Case LLP houses one of France's two largest teams with some 50 lawyers dedicated to the practice. The team, which can also rely on further international capabilities, notably attracts the world's largest cases in the construction sector. It is handling several multibillion-dollar disputes in that area, especially involving Latin America and Africa. The firm is also advising several leading corporations and states in arbitration proceedings with various Chinese entities. The energy, oil and gas sectors are another key area where the team handles high-profile matters, notably in relation to Middle Eastern, Eastern European and African countries. It is also representing several states and companies in ICSID and investment disputes. Michael Polkinghorne supervises the practice, which includes of counsel Christopher Seppälä, Charles Nairac, Christophe von Krause, Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall and John Willems; as well as Nicolas Bouchardie, Kirsten Odynski, Elizabeth Oger-Gross and Noor Davies.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team shows strong commitment and dedication, in depth-understanding of cases at hand and excellent cross-examination skills.’
‘An international team, familiar with many jurisdictions, offering strategic approach to cases.’
‘A very strong, talented and hard-working international dispute resolution team.’
‘They are always responsive and very experienced, well-disciplined and have a wide network.’
‘Christophe von Krause is a driving force.’
‘Michael Polkinghorne provides outstanding arbitration preparation through his ability to have both a strategic approach to cases and to deeply dive into them to understand various nuances. He is outstanding in the cross examination of counterparties.’
Grupo Unidos por el Canal
PT Ventures/Oi SA
Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd
Government of Nigeria
- Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A. and its shareholders in a $5bn dispute with the Panama Canal Authority.
- Securing a $750m victory for PT Ventures SGPS in ICC arbitration proceedings arising out of a dispute in Angola in the telecoms sector.
- Represented Engie SA, GDF International SAS and Engie International Holdings BV in the settlement of an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against Hungary brought under the Energy Charter.
Dechert LLP is retained by several European and Latin American states to handle significant cases in the telecoms, construction and oil sectors. The firm recently acted for the Republic of Ecuador in five arbitration proceedings including handling a Permanent Court of Arbitration case with Chevron involving sensitive environmental pollution and corruption allegations issues. The group also acts for international companies, including Chinese, European, Anglo-Saxon and Spanish corporations, in commercial and investment arbitration. Exequatur cases are another area of strength and it recently successfully resisted annulment proceedings launched before the Paris Court of Appeal regarding an ICSID award rendered in favour of its client the Republic of Poland. Eduardo Silva Romero heads the practice. Other key names include Xavier Nyssen, José Manuel García Represa, Philip Dunham and Erica Stein.
Eduardo Silva Romero
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
- Acted for the Republic of Ecuador in five arbitration proceedings including handling a Permanent Court of Arbitration case with Chevron involving sensitive environmental pollution and corruption allegations issues.
- Representing Colombia in a $1bn ICSID arbitration dispute with América Móvil regarding telecoms assets.
- Representing a European construction joint venture made up of Rizzani De Eccher S.p.A., Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A. and Trévi S.p.A. in an ICSID dispute with the state of Kuwait regarding the construction of an expressway in Kuwait City.
Derains & Gharavi
International arbitration boutique Derains & Gharavi fields a strong and experienced group; team members currently act as counsel or serve as arbitrators in over 100 active cases. The firm, which has its main base in Paris and offshoots in Washington and Beirut, handles commercial and investment disputes, representing companies, investors and state entities. It acts in cases involving various continents and firm is involved in arbitration relating to oil, construction, banking, insurance, corporate shareholdings and expropriation issues. The firm is also involved in several high-profile exequatur proceedings, including handling a highly significant case before the Netherlands courts in the gas sector. Team members include Yves Derains, who is a particularly sought after arbitrators; the highly respected Hamid Gharavi; and Bertrand Derains and Melanie van Leeuwen, who also have extensive experience. Marie-Laure Bizeau and Beirut-based Nada Sader are also notable.
Yves Derains; Hamid Gharavi; Bertrand Derains; Melanie van Leeuwen; Nada Sader; Marie-Laure Bizeau
The Republic of the Sudan
The Republic of Romania
Bank Melli Iran & Bank Saderat Iran
Iran Insurance Company
Caratube International Oil Company LLP
Aktau Petrol Ticaret A.S.
The Hellenic Republic
Dalkia International (part of the Veolia Group – France)
Oxus Gold plc
Desert Line Projects and Sheikh Ahmed Farid
Banco Nacional de Cuba
Export Marketing Services Ldt
Messrs. Devincci Salah Hourani (US national) and Issam Hourani (British national)
Saad Buzwair Automotive Co
Attila Dogan Construction and Installation Co. Inc.
Libyan Emirati Refining Company (LERCO)
- Representing Turkish businessman Mr. Muhammet Cap in a ICSID BIT dispute regarding 31 construction projects in the country of Turkmenistan.
- Defending the Republic of the Sudan in ICSID proceedings brought by Mr. Michael Dagher concerning alleged unfair treatment of an investment in the Sudanese telecoms sector.
- Acting for Libyan Emirates Oil Refining Company as owner and operator of Libya’s largest oil refinery in annulment proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
King & Spalding LLP has a very experienced team that handles a high number of investment arbitration disputes, while also managing commercial arbitration work. The practice is notably involved in matters concerning Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, and handles a significant volume of oil and gas, and mining-related disputes. The team recently secured a landmark $2.2bn ICSID award win for Unión Fenosa Gas regarding investment claims launched against Egypt - one of the highest financial awards ever rendered by an ICSID tribunal. It is also managing a large European renewables energy caseload in relation to which it recently secured several victories in 2019 against Spain and Italy. The Paris practice often teams up with Houston-based colleagues and also handles large cases in the construction sector. James Castello heads the practice. Other key names in the team include Ken Fleuriet, Amy Frey, Marc-Olivier Langlois and Laurent Jaeger.
Union Fenosa Gas
Government of Turkey
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Ltd.
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
- Secured a $2.2bn ICSID award win for Unión Fenosa Gas in an investment dispute with Egypt.
- Representing Société des Parcs d’Alger and Emirates International Investment Company LLC in a major new ICSID dispute led against the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.
- Secured a victory for a Dutch national of Vietnamese origin, Trinh Vinh Binh, in an UNCITRAL arbitration with Vietnam for wrongful imprisonment, torture and uncompensated confiscation of properties.
Three Crowns LLP
International arbitration boutique Three Crowns LLP handles a sizeable volume of high-profiile arbitration work, often acting in collaboration with colleagues in London and Washington. The group is managing a high volume of energy disputes and is notably representing leading oil and gas corporations in dealing with matters spanning gas pricing, taxation, exploration and construction-related issues. It is also handling several Iranian gas disputes. The firm's extensive caseload is particularly diverse and also includes various commercial disputes, as well as sensitive cases dealing with corruption allegations; its caseload spans a wide geographic footprint. The firm also houses a top public international law practice which is retained to act in major inter-state disputes including arguing cases before the International Court of Justice. The highly regarded Georgios Petrochilos and Todd Wetmore are the practice heads. Also recommended are Kathryn Khamsi, Simon Elliot, and newly promoted counsel Alexandra van der Meulen.
Georgios Petrochilos; Todd Wetmore
‘A very integrated and efficient team with a unique ability to deep-dive into highly complex technical issues and turn them into a compelling and elegantly drafted story.’
‘The firm provides exceptional quality of services and deep experience.’
‘Todd Wetmore is very impressive at cross-examination of various fact witnesses. He is a fine strategist and his advocacy skills are very impressive.’
‘Simon Elliot is exceptionally helpful in dealing with the complex valuation of business issues in arbitration. He is a very elegant draftsman and has a very impressive ability to handle highly complex technical issues.’
The Kingdom of Bahrain
WCV World Capital Ventures Cyprus
- Acting for Crescent Petroleum in a gas sales purchase agreement dispute with the National Iranian Oil Company.
- Representing Elliot Associates in an investment claim relating to the valuation of shares and related financial instruments that was brought under UNCITRAL rules arising out of a major state corruption scandal.
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP manages a strong oil, gas and mining-related caseload. The Paris team is representing leading players in the field in dealing with oil exploration, pipeline and gas price issues, notably in relation to the Middle East region. The practice is also handling several matters involving Asian parties or jurisdictions. It is also active in a high volume of renewable energy investment arbitration disputes directed against Spain and other EU countries. Marie Stoyanov and Christopher Mainwaring-Taylor jointly head the practice.
Marie Stoyanov; Christopher Mainwaring-Taylor
DWS RREEF Global Infrastructure Fund
The State of Morocco
- Represented over 30 international investors in 20 distinct claims under the Energy Charter Treaty against the Kingdom of Spain, relating to investments in renewable energy plants in Spain.
- Secured a €112m ICSID award in compensation for client Antin in relation to the recognition of Spain’s breach of the Energy Charter Treaty relating to investments in solar thermal power plants.
- Represented the government of Oman in an ICSID case initiated by Samsung Engineering arising out of the 2013 bidding process for the expansion of a major multibillion-dollar oil refinery project in Oman.
Bredin Prat regularly represents state entities, including Arabic, European and African states, in investment disputes. The team also acts for leading French and international companies in commercial arbitration cases. It is involved in commercial, M&A, public procurement, construction and gas disputes, notably in relation to the Middle East and Africa. Louis-Christophe Delanoy, Raëd Fathallah, José María Pérez and Tim Portwood jointly head the practice.
Louis-Christophe Delanoy; Raëd Fathallah; José María Pérez; Tim Portwood
‘An honest law firm.’
‘Louis-Christophe Delanoy is a “surgeon” when dealing with arbitration issues. He leaves nothing to chance and is fully involved in matters.’
The Republic of Croatia
The Arab Republic of Egypt
The Lebanese Republic
- Representing the Arab Republic of Egypt in an ICSID arbitration brought by US investors and relating to a cotton trading enterprise.
- Representing UC Rusal’s subsidiaries Emergofin and Velbay Holding in ICSID arbitration proceedings with Ukraine in connection with the expropriation of their shareholding from the Zaporizhia Aluminium Plant in Ukraine.
- Representing the Republic of Croatia in ICSID arbitration proceedings brought by a Dutch investor in the European real estate, energy and retail sectors.
Clifford Chance is handling a high volume of ICC cases, a good portion of which involve representing a leading aeronautic company. The practice, which is active in investment and commercial arbitration, is also representing the government of Taiwan in facing its first-ever investment treaty arbitration case. In addition, the team is managing a diverse caseload, dealing with the mining, finance and construction industries, involving various parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and the Middle-East. Jason Fry jointly heads the firm's global international arbitration practice. Simon Greenberg is another key name, while counsels Sandrine Colletier and Louis-Alexis Bret also provide strong support.
Jason Fry; Simon Greenberg
‘A very solid, efficient and always reliable team, which gets the job done.’
‘The team shows excellent ability to take into account every business aspect impacting a case and has strong commercial arbitration expertise.’
‘Jason Fry impresses with his ability to develop a convincing and realistic case. His clear and persuasive advocacy skills are also highly impressive. His wisdom and expert knowledge is recommended for the most complex matters.’
‘Simon Greenberg is excellent. He has a lot of experience as counsel and arbitrator, and is very sharp and bright in terms of definition of case strategy. He has acute knowledge of ICC rules.’
‘Counsel Louis-Alexis Bret is combative and tenacious.’
The Government of Taiwan
- Representing the Government of Taiwan in its first investment treaty arbitration case.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has a policy of only acting for governments and state-owned entities in investor-state arbitrations. The Paris practice is handling several large investment and exequatur cases for the Republic of Kazakhstan. It is also acting for Russia and other European states. The firm also manages commercial arbitration disputes. It is notably involved in matters touching upon the energy and oil and gas markets. The team, which regularly handles cases alongside colleagues in New York, is also dealing with a major case in the banking sector. Peter Wolrich, who jointly heads the firm's practice at global level, and Geoffroy Lyonnet co-chair the Paris-based practice.
Peter Wolrich; Geoffroy Lyonnet
‘The team has the ability to see the big picture of a case at once, and then to keep an eye and reassess that picture along the way.’
The Republic of Kazakhstan
National Oil Corporation of Libya
- Representing the Republic of Kazakhstan in a $168m ICSID dispute in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Successfully defended Arkema before the Paris Court of Appeal in ICC award annulment proceedings initiated by Klesch Chemicals.
- Representing the government of Romania in ICSID cases brought by ten renewable energy investors claiming a breach to European Union Treaty obligations when the country altered its renewable energy sector regulations and incentives granted for investment in the sector.
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's team is often instructed by France's largest corporations. The practice handles investment arbitration disputes and manages a high volume of commercial arbitration cases. It is notably acting in matters raising complex international corporate law issues, as well as construction and contract breach-related topics. The firm is involved in several high-profile cases and is notably representing Nigerian consulting company Sunrise Power and Transmission in a ICC dispute with the state of Nigeria and a Chinese construction company relating to the construction of one of Africa's largest hydroelectric plants. The firm also manages several significant arbitration-related cases before French courts. Laurent Aynès and Carine Dupeyron joined head the practice. Cyril Bonan is also involved and François de Bérard was made counsel.
Laurent Aynès; Carine Dupeyron
- Representing Nigerian consulting company Sunrise Power and Transmission in an ICC dispute with the state of Nigeria and a Chinese construction company relating to the construction of one of Africa’s largest hydroelectric plants.
- Successfully acted for Total (Elf Neftegaz) in ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration with a Russian company and two Regions of the Russian Federation regarding an oil exploration agreement.
- Acting for Veolia Propreté in an ICSID investment arbitration based on the Energy Charter Treaty with Italy.
Dentons manages a well-balanced investment, commercial and enforcement arbitration caseload. The Paris team is involved in various matters, spanning tax, M&A, construction, renewable energy, and oil and gas-related issues. It is regularly handling cases in relation to Eastern Europe and various other parts of the world including Africa and the EU. The Paris practice is co-chaired by Jean-Christophe Honlet, who also sits as the firm's global head of arbitration, and Barton Legum, who leads the firm's global investment treaty arbitration practice. Anna Crevon is also involved.
Jean-Christophe Honlet; Barton Legum
Other key lawyers:
‘Dentons Paris has the ability, breadth of knowledge and resources to cater for all types of investment and commercial arbitration disputes. It staffs its cases intelligently and cost sensitively and has stand out advocates and great thinkers who are able to approach difficult issues from a variety of angles in order to find the best solution.’
‘The team is hard-working, very sophisticated and has great resources.‘
‘Jean Christophe-Honlet is extraordinarily knowledgeable in the investment and commercial arbitration field, is an exceptional thinker, has wonderful clarity of thought and has great bedside manner for delivering complex and difficult points in an understandable way.‘
‘Bart Legum is very sharp and knowledgeable on both commercial and public law issues.’
Customs & Tax Consultancy
Future Pipe International
Government of Australia
Government of the People’s Republic of China
GPF GP Sarl (Luxembourg) (Griffin)
Mr Viorel Micula
Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd
Silver Ridge Power
- Representing Blusun and its shareholders in ICSID annulment proceedings related to an award rendered in a case led against the Republic of Italy regarding a solar energy project.
- Acting for Dubai-headquartered fibreglass manufacturer Future Pipe International in ICSID arbitration proceedings with Egypt alleging discriminatory legislation from the Arabic state affecting the client’s business.
- Successfully represented OAO Gazprom in proceedings filed by the Republic of Lithuania in which the Swedish Court of Appeal rejected Lithuania’s judicial recourse to set aside a $2bn award regarding a gas joint venture.
DLA Piper's caseload is well balanced between commercial, investment and exequatur cases. The team, which acts for companies and state entities, is handling a high proportion of cases relating to Africa, particularly major mining, energy and telecoms matters. It is notably managing a high-profile multibillion-dollar mining ICSID investment dispute for the Republic of Guinea. The Republic of Hungary has also instructed the practice to handle several enforcement and investment disputes. Vodacom is another key client. The team is jointly headed by Michael Ostrove and Alexander Brabant. Other key names in the practice are Théobald Naud and counsel Maxime Desplats.
Michael Ostrove; Alexander Brabant
‘The team demonstrates thorough understanding of the facts.’
‘The outstanding Michael Ostrove provides extremely thorough analysis and his writings are to the point and clear.’
‘Théobald Naud and counsel Maxime Desplats has exceptional knowledge of the law, are very confident and calm, are tough negotiators and can negotiate in such a way that they are able to obtain the best maximum results for their clients.’
Atlantique Telecom SA
Democratic Republic of Congo
DS2 and the De Sutter brothers
Republic of Guinea
Republic of Hungary
Republic of Kenya
Republic of Moldova
- Representing the Republic of Guinea in a multibillion-dollar mining ICSID case and in annulment proceedings.
- Acting for Vodacom in a complex ICC arbitration over the breach of the terms of a settlement agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Successfully represented the Republic of Moldova in arbitral award annulment proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal pursuant to the Energy Charter Treaty.
Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP's practice stands out for its strong experience in dealing with Iranian-related disputes. The team is notably representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in three separate Iran-US claims before the special Iran-US tribunal. It is also acting for the National Iranian Oil Company in a high-profile ad hoc arbitration relating to the sale of Middle Eastern natural gas. The firm, which is historically known for its involvement in investment arbitration representing state entities, has recently expanded its commercial arbitration caseload and diversified its corporate client portfolio. The recent hiring of Gaëlle Le Quillec and Julien Fouret from Betto Perben Pradel Filhol is another strong move in that direction. The practice is also handling matters in relation to Africa, Iran, Libya and the Middle East, dealing with various issues spanning oil and gas, construction, telecoms and commercial partnership-related topics. The practice is jointly headed by David Sellers and Wesley Pydiamah. Counsels Nanette Pilkington and Athina Fouchard are also involved.
David Sellers ; Wesley Pydiamah
‘The firm works very diligently and follows up matters strictly.’
‘The team is easy to reach and finds fast, thoughtful and effective solutions that answer complicated issues.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable and experienced in relation to Iran-related disputes.’
‘Wesley Pydiamah is a strong advocate and strategist, who shows excellent grasp of the details of a case.’
‘Counsel Athina Fouchard is very kind and responsive.’
Islamic Republic of Iran
National Iranian Oil Company
- Representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in three separate Iran-US claims before the special Iran-US tribunal.
- Acting for the National Iranian Oil Company in a high-profile ad hoc arbitration initiated by Crescent, relating to the sale of Middle Eastern natural gas.
- Represented Iranian company Khark Petrochemical Company in a $25m dispute under Iranian arbitral institution ACIC with an Indian-owned company relating to the recovery of outstanding payments.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.'s Paris and London offices often team up together to handle cases. The Paris team mainly acts in commercial arbitration cases, spanning oil and gas, construction, energy, corporate and commercial issues. The firm acts for French companies as well as international groups. It is handling several matters concerning Algerian, Middle Eastern and African corporations. The firm is also sought after to handle enforcement cases before French courts and is also regularly entrusted by the International Chamber of Commerce to help with its most strategic judicial cases. The firm's practice is jointly headed by Christian Camboulive, Carole Malinvaud, Alexandra Munoz and London-based Rupert Reece.
Christian Camboulive; Carole Malinvaud; Alexandra Munoz; Rupert Reece
‘Hands-on and no nonsense approach. They go into the tiniest detail of any commercial transaction to ensure full understanding before filing any court action. They provide brief and clear explanations regarding procedural matters.’
‘Strong knowledge of arbitration procedures.’
‘Very responsive and professional team. Very thorough work and support. Very good advice.’
‘Christian Cambouvile has a hands-on approach. He looks at a file from different angles in order to find and anticipate any weak spots and counter-arguments. He quickly grasps subtleties of the most complex commercial transactions.’
‘Alexandra Munoz demonstrates great analytical skills.’
International Chamber of Commerce
Crédit Foncier de France
Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani
Mr. Victor Pey-Casado
President Allende Foundation
- Successfully represented the International Chamber of Commerce in four disputes before French courts.
- Representing Crédit Foncier de France before judicial courts in two ICC awards revision procedures relating to the validity and performance of an international loan agreement and an international guarantee.
- Representing Saipem in three ICC arbitration disputes with Sonatrach in relation to the construction of oil and gas treatment facilities in Algeria.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles commercial and investment arbitration disputes, acting for leading French and international oil, mining, energy and various other industry sector companies. The team regularly handles cases with an African element, and also has notable strength in handling Portuguese and Brazilian-related matters. Its recent caseload includes several matters relating to oil and gas, mining, telecoms and public sector concessions. The practice is also handling enforcement award cases before French courts. The team is jointly headed by Thierry Tomasi, newly promoted partner Laurence Franc-Menget, and Andrew Cannon , who divides his time between London and Paris. Of counsel Emily Fox and associate Vincent Bouvard are also noted.
Thierry Tomasi; Laurence Franc-Menget; Andrew Cannon
Other key lawyers:
‘An outstanding team which delivers fast results in complex cases and in difficult circumstances. They are very pragmatic and have deep industry knowledge.’
‘A team with huge experience, that seems to work well across offices. They are top lawyers with deep knowledge of international law and market practice, deeply embedded in the world of international arbitration.’
‘Andrew Cannon is excellent on public international law and a very safe pair of hands.’
‘Laurence Franc-Menget is very knowledgeable and effective, and very easy to work with.’
‘Thierry Tomasi and associate Vincent Bouvard are always available, and sharp in their analyses and advice.’
Groupe Up (Chèque Déjeuner)
JKX Oil & Gas
Republic of Tunisia
Jones Day handles commercial and investment arbitration cases. The firm is regularly appointed to handle major construction and energy disputes in relation to the Middle East. It is also handling a very sensitive case in connection with Libya. Leading French and international oil and gas, telecoms and several state entities are clients. Elie Kleiman and Jean-Pierre Harb jointly head the practice. Associate Claire Pauly is also recommended.
Elie Kleiman; Jean-Pierre Harb
‘The arbitration department is outstanding. It provides immediate and high quality assistance.’
‘Jean Pierre Harb is a brilliant lawyer with deep technical knowledge and a practical focus.’
‘Elie Kleiman is one of the best lawyers of his generation. He has a great legal mind and has keen commercial sense.’
‘Associate Claire Pauly is one to watch.’
Latham & Watkins’ practice is led by the highly experienced Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, who also jointly heads the firm’s global practice. The Paris-based team represents Latin American states, French companies and several international corporations, handling commercial and investment arbitration. The practice also handles cases in relation to the US, Europe and Africa. It is notably involved in key matters in the oil and gas and construction sectors, while also handling commercial and life sciences-related matters. John Adam is the other key member.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has a deep bench of talented and experienced practitioners with remarkable Spanish language capacity.’
‘The very quick and smart Fernando Mantilla-Serano delivers powerful arguments with aplomb and diplomacy.’
‘The hard-working John Adams knows all the details of a case.’
Republic of Colombia
Republic of Ecuador
- Representing construction consortium Gicom in $1bn ICC proceedings in Sao Paulo against the owner of a major hydroelectric power project and its main contractor.
- Representing Latin American conglomerate Grupo Chaidneme in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris under Colombian law against a European vehicle manufacturer, concerning the wrongful termination of an agency and distribution agreement.
- Acting for Uruguayan aerospace distributor Cofradis in ICC proceedings against six subsidiaries of Airbus Group regarding the abrupt termination of the parties’ commercial relationship and payment of outstanding invoices.
Linklaters handles commercial and investment disputes in many areas, including oil and gas, energy, mining, construction, defence and distribution. The Paris-based team regularly deals with Latin American (particularly Brazilian), Middle Eastern and African cases. Pierre Duprey jointly heads the firm’s global practice. Arnaud de La Cotardière, Roland Ziadé, and counsels Andrew Plump and Christian Albanesi are other key advisers.
‘The team has real cohesion and strength from top to bottom. They never get discouraged in the face of adversity and show real grit and excellent ideas for recovery, even when things do not go as planned.’
‘They do not leave any aspect of a file at hand unattended for, anticipate weaknesses in the case at hand and push clients to dig into documents to find points of strength to counter them as part of a defence strategy set out since the inception.’
‘Pierre Duprey is a true leader of the practice in every way – calm under fire, resourceful and truly excellent as an advocate.’
‘Roland Ziadé stands out for being very knowledgeable, sharp and passionate. Each new case is treated as if it was the case that will change his career. He has great capacity to anticipate and address the moves of the adverse party and to predict the expectations of the tribunal. He is definitively a top arbitration lawyer and someone to better have on one’s own side when facing an arbitration dispute.’
‘Counsel Andrew Plump masters cross-examination of witnesses and drafting very complex cases in simple and persuasive arguments. Andrew manages to get extremely positive outcomes from each cross-examination exercise.’
Orrick Rambaud Martel's practice was strengthened by the hire of an experienced team from Jones Day, including the highly respected Michael Bühler, who is now in charge of the firm’s global practice, and Nicole Dolenz. They join forces with Charles Kaplan and litigation partner Frédéric Lalance, who is also a regular contributor to the practice. The team handles investment and commercial arbitration. It has particular know how in the gas, natural resources, mining and energy sectors. The African continent is a key market where the team has strong knowledge, including in-depth familiarity with the OHADA framework.
Michael Bühler; Charles Kaplan
‘The team is very responsive, well organised, familiar with extensive details of the case, and able to put arguments and weak and strength positions into perspective and draft accordingly.’
‘Charles Kaplan is super good in oral presentation of a case at a hearing as well as in cross examination. He has great expertise and strong knowledge of the aviation sector. He tackles matters in a very aggressive way and masters every aspect of arbitration and litigation aspects. He has profound experience and skills, especially when it comes to case strategy.’
Tamagot Bumi and Bumi Mauritania
Voigt & Collegen
- Co-counsel in representing the Republic of Guinea in a $5bn ICSID dispute with Beny Steinmetz Group Resources regarding an alleged iron mine rights expropriation.
- Acting for German investor Voigt & Collegen/SolEs Badajoz in ICSID proceedings with Spain regarding investments in the country’s renewable energy sector.
- Acting for two investors in a $140m ICSID case with the Republic of Mauritania regarding mining permit issues.
Ashurst LLP’s practice is rapidly growing from strength to strength. Headed by Emmanuelle Cabrol, the Paris team is managing several highly strategic cases for a leading French industrial company. The firm is also appointed by many other high-profile French companies to act in energy and infrastructure-related commercial arbitration cases involving France, Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the world, including Brazil. Associates Bogdan Voinov and Jehan-Damien Le Brusq are also noted.
Betto Perben Pradel Filhol, formerly Betto Seraglini, changed its name following the departure of several partners. Jean-Georges Betto, Gaëlle Filhol and recently promoted partner Alexandre Reynaud are the key practitioners. The firm primarily handles commercial arbitration but is also involved in several investment disputes. Its caseload includes aviation, mining, agent consultancy, contract, gas and technology related-matters.
Jean-Georges Betto; Gaëlle Filhol; Alexandre Reynaud
‘The firm is very knowledgeable in the field of arbitration and quickly understands industry specific characteristics and challenges. The firm has a productive and efficient integrated team approach.’
‘The firm shows great client care.’
‘Jean-Georges Betto is brilliant and has very convincing skills. He demonstrates excellent oral abilities that make him a feared attorney from the other side. He has great strategic understanding of cases.’
‘Gaëlle Filhol has the rare ability of listening, thinking and debating before coming to a conclusion.‘
Brown Rudnick LLP
Brown Rudnick LLP's Paris and London teams are completed integrated and combine common law and civil law expertise. The team is representing several leading French companies, especially in the energy area, as well as many international corporations including several Middle Eastern clients. It is involved in ICC and LCIA matters concerning construction, oil and gas and commercial partnership issues. The firm is notably acting in a major gas plant construction dispute. Nicholas Tse and Sébastien Bonnard jointly head the practice. Hervé Le Lay is another name to note.
Nicholas Tse; Sébastien Bonnard
Other key lawyers:
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s mainly handles commercial arbitration disputes, while also taking on some investment arbitration work. The practice regularly handles matters in relation to Africa and the Middle East, notably in connection with the energy, telecoms and media sectors. It is involved in a multibillion-dollar price review case and is handling an important investment arbitration exequatur case. Laurent Gouiffès heads the practice. Other key members include Thomas Kendra and newly promoted counsel Melissa Ordonez, who has expertise in Latin American-related matters.
‘The Paris team stands out because of their truly multi-jurisdictional approach. They are also a real team, in the sense they have clearly been working together for years and you can see how they click in a hearing.’
‘They show truly outstanding dedication to their clients’ interests.’
‘Laurent Gouiffès is remarkably practical, business-minded, charismatic, and a great team-leader. He follows a result-based approach. He constantly goes back and forth to keep to the details and the big picture. His strength is that he does not take anything for granted, he is constantly looking at the case from new angles.’
‘Thomas Kendra is dedicated, reliable, thoughtful and team-oriented. He shows great ability to keep calm under pressure.’
Mayer Brown handles a balanced commercial and investment arbitration caseload. The multi-lingual team notably takes on cases in English, Arabic and Spanish. The practice represents several major French companies, as well as state entities. It is regularly involved in cases relating to the Arabic world, especially Morocco, Libya, Qatar, as well as Africa and Latin America. It has good expertise handling complex construction and various commercial disputes, and recently, the firm has been appointed to work on sport arbitration. Dany Khayat heads the practice. Alejandro López Ortiz is the other key member, while newly promoted partner José Caicedo also provides support.
The Republic of The Gambia
Lion Mexico Consolidated, LP
Société d’Energie et d’Eau du Gabon and Veolia Africa
The Kingdom of Morocco
The Republic of Gambia
The Arab Republic of Egypt
Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
- Representing the Republic of Gambia an ICSID arbitration dispute with Carnegie Minerals.
- Representing Lion Mexico Consolidated in a NAFTA and ICSID real estate project dispute with Mexico.
- Acting for Veolia’s affiliate SEGG in a water and electricity concession ICSID dispute with Gabon.
Reed Smith is representing several leading French companies from various industries, including the aviation, energy and engineering sectors. The Paris-based team, which regularly collaborates with its London counterparts, is involved in several cases where significant financial amounts are at stake including several multibillion-dollar disputes. The practice is notably handling matters in the energy, industrial construction and commodities fields, in addition to managing several exequatur cases. It frequently handles Africa-related matters. Peter Rosher and Ana Atallah are the practice heads. Counsel Andrew Tetley is another key name.
Peter Rosher; Ana Atallah
Other key lawyers:
‘Peter Rosher has a hands-on, pragmatic approach and a sharp strategic eye.’
‘Counsel Andrew Tetley has unique experience of common law and civil law traditions, understands business issues and invariably delivers solutions to complex arbitration and litigation matters.’
Teynier Pic is one of France's oldest established international arbitration and commercial litigation boutiques. The firm grew in 2019 with the arrival of several new associates and counsel Sara Nadeau-Séguin, who joined from Woods LLP. The team handles commercial and investment arbitration disputes, involving various parts of the world, notably Africa and the Middle East, dealing with various issues including construction. It is appointed by many leading French and international corporations as well as Algerian, Lebanese, Iranian, Turkish and Jordanian companies. The group is also handling a high amount of exequatur cases pertaining to high-profile arbitration disputes. Eric Teynier, who acts as counsel and arbitrator, heads the practice. Other key members include Pierre Pic, Raphaël Kaminsky and Shaparak Saleh.
‘The team is a very skilled and dedicated.’
‘Raphaël Kaminsky shows remarkable responsiveness and dedication. His work is highly remarkable and he shows perfect understanding of legal and underlying economic and technical issues. He has impressive cross-examination and oral pleading skills.’
Zakhem Construction and Engeneering
Saur & Stereau
- Successfully represented Turkish contractor company Cengiz in a €300m BIT arbitration with Libya and now acting for the client in a set-aside judicial recourse before French Courts.
- Acting for Saur and Stereau in €25m ICSID arbitration proceedings with Algeria.
- Representing Venezuela-based gold producer Rusoro Mining in annulment proceedings brought by Bolivia before the Paris Court of Appeal to set aside a $1.2bn award.
- Representing KNM Group in a SCC arbitration with Lukoil Uzbekistan Operating Company.
- Representing Iconia Capital LLC in a $10m UNCITRAL dispute with Georgia regarding a real estate investment in Tbilisi.
Other key lawyers:
Flore Poloni; Marie Valentini
‘They are commercial and very responsive to clients’ requirements.’
‘The team is able to anticipate evolutions of a dispute which allows them to propose very relevant solutions and strategies.’
‘Marie Danis and counsel Flore Poloni are extremely capable dispute resolution lawyers who are articulate, bilingual and on top of their legal briefs.’
‘Marie Danis shows high availability as well as a great ability to abide by the deadlines.’
‘Counsel Flore Poloni has extensive expertise in international arbitration.’
‘Counsel Flore Poloni and associate Karol Bucki make up a great pair who both have great views on the applicable law and business matters.’
- Representing Klesch Chemicals in set aside proceedings before French courts regarding an ICC award issued in favour of Arkema France.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very good and committed. It has large resources and makes itself completely available.’
Clyde & Co LLP
Other key lawyers:
Eric Diamantis; David Brown; David Meheut
‘The excellent team has in depth knowledge of ad hoc and institutional arbitration.’
‘Its members have a wealth of experience and are truly interested, engaging and open-minded. The team follows a refreshing innovative approach.’
‘The team not only gets the job done, but does so to an exceptional standard.’
‘Nadia Darwazeh is a real star: she is very sharp, quick on her feet and a great negotiator. She is an exceptional strategist. She has solid expertise in arbitration, shows exceptional time and case management skills and is very pleasant to work with. Her deep knowledge of ICC arbitration and arbitrators is a true asset. She is also an extremely persuasive advocate.’
‘Senior associate Sophie Grémaud is technically excellent.’
- Successfully defended the Republic of Cameroon in ICSID annulment proceedings brought by Capital Financial.
Louis De Gaulle; Samantha Nataf; Pierrick Le Goff
Frenetic Films AG
- Defending Frenetic Films in an IFTA arbitration relating to the international distribution of 3D Documentary “Ouragan” picture.
Other key lawyers:
Hery Ranjeva; Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo; Ivan Urzhumov
European Commission / Cyprus
- Successfully acted for the Republic of Uzbekistan before the Court of Appeal of Paris which dismissed claimant Oxus Gold’s attempt to resuscitate a $1.3bn claim.
- Acted for Russia in various exequatur and arbitration cases, including representing the Federation before the Court of Appeal of The Hague in the Yukos case.
- Successfully acted for the state of Venezuela in obtaining the partial set-aside by the Paris Court of Appeal of a high-value award rendered in favour of Rusoro Mining.
Cédric Fischer; Silvestre Tandeau de Marsac; Tristan Dupré de Puget; Marc Henry
‘The team is highly skilled and smart.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable and always keen to provide efficient solutions to pressing legal matters. The team is well-versed in dealing with complex business matters and always takes into account strategic considerations and alternative ways for resolving disputes.’
‘Marc Henry is a very experienced arbitrator and an exceptional legal mind with deep knowledge of dispute resolution matters.’
‘Cédric Fisher provides highly strategic and effective advice. He is remarkable in French language arbitration.’
Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff; Rajeev Sharma Fokeer
Other key lawyers:
Eric Bouffard; Jean-Pierre Farges; Pierre-Emmanuel Fender
Thierry Lauriol; Ioana Knoll-Tudor; Xavier Pernot
‘The team is committed and focused in achieving top results. Lawyers are precise and effective, always able to react promptly and overcome any unpredictable situation.’
‘Ioana Knoll-Tudor immediately understands problems at stake and is able to propose practical solutions. She is very responsive and thorough.’
AIR LIQUIDE INTERNATIONAL
- Representing French manufacturing cement company Vicat in an investment arbitration dispute with the State of Senegal.
K&L Gates LLP
Louis Degos; Charlotte Baillot
Other key lawyers:
- Successfully defending the Gabonese Republic in award annulment proceedings before the Court of Appeal of Paris initiated by a Tunisian company regarding a construction contract for 5,000 apartments.
Julie Spinelli; Jean-Luc Larribau
‘The team is up to the standards of the top players of the market. Advice is very comprehensive, while remaining perfectly clear.’
‘Julie Spinelli is a bright lawyer who impresses with her ability to sum up complex ideas in very simple terms. She is truly tactical and greatly reactive. She is a good person to have at one’s own side in a difficult case.’
Pinsent Masons LLP
Other key lawyers:
Jean-François Le Gal
‘The team is truly international which makes working with the firm from an English perspective very easy. They are able to seamlessly switch between issues of French and English law to advise appropriately on cross-border matters.’
‘Jean-François Le Gal is recommended for his intellectual rigour and ability, rather rare on the market, to be equally comfortable handling civil law or common law cases. His affability combines with a razor-sharp mind, making him an outstanding lawyer.’
‘Senior associate Florian Quintard is very clever.’
- Representing European contractor Salini Impregilo SpA in ICC proceedings with the Romanian National Company of Motorways regarding construction of a motorway bypass.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm is very strong on case strategy and coordination and team building.’
‘Ana Vermal combines an astute strategic overview with outstanding presentational skills both in writing and face-to-face. She delivers far beyond common expectations. She shows an unmatched commitment to her clients and knowledge and understanding of each case that is well beyond her years.’
- Representing Sodexo in international arbitration proceedings with the State of Hungary regarding expropriation in the meal voucher sector.
Dominique Mondoloni; Grégoire Bertrou
Port de Djibouti SA
Symphony Partners Limited
Next Global Investment Limited / Dynamic Link Ventures Limited
- Representing Port de Djibouti in a strategic LCIA Doraleh terminal concession agreement dispute with DP World.
- Acting for Symphony Partners in ICC proceedings with Fullerton Bay Investment and KPN Energy regarding the sale of Wind Energy Holding (Thailand).
- Acting for Devas Corporation in annulment proceedings concerning an ICC award filed by Antrix Corporation.
Other key lawyers:
Maria Kostytska; Sara Susnjar
‘The team shows excellent coordination and motivation, and is hard working.’
‘The team is particularly strong in arbitration-related litigation regarding enforcement and the setting aside of arbitral awards.’
‘Maria Kostyska is outstanding, thoughtful and determined. She has a particularly impressive international perspective, being multi-lingual and admitted in several jurisdictions. She also sits as an arbitrator so knows what it is like from that side of the fence.’
Republic of Ecuador
Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
- Representing Ukraine in a UNCITRAL/PCA investment treaty arbitration brought by the Republic of Tatarstan regarding an inter-state refinery project.