Christophe Bondy > Cooley (UK) LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cooley (UK) LLP

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Work Department

Public International Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Investment Treaty Arbitration
Intellectual Property Litigation                                        


Christophe is special counsel in Cooley’s London office and among the world’s most experienced investment treaty counsel. Through his role as lead counsel to Canada in multiple NAFTA Chapter Eleven arbitrations and as private sector counsel to several other sovereigns and private claimants, he has addressed and considered in depth virtually all procedural and substantive issues arising in this field. His cases have made a substantial contribution to the development of international investment law. He also has unmatched experience as counsel in the negotiation of international investment agreements.

He is a recognised thought leader in international investment law, regularly called upon to speak at leading conferences and frequently invited to provide training to State officials on the management of investment treaty claims. Christophe regularly appears on the BBC and is quoted in the Financial Times and other industry publications as an authority on a range of international trade and investment law issues.

Christophe also has substantial experience in international commercial arbitration under all major rules, as well as in advisory work on multiple aspects of Public International Law, including the law of State Responsibility, sovereign and diplomatic immunities, and international intellectual property law. Christophe is a visiting professor of international investment law at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies, London.


  • English, French : fully bilingual
  • German : working knowledge
  • Spanish : strong reading and oral comprehension


  • European Society of International Law
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • International Association of Economic Law
  • London Court of International Arbitration 
  • International Arbitration Institute (Paris)
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law 
  • Advocate’s Society (Ontario)


  • Courtauld Institute, University of London
    MA, 2007
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Law
    JD, 1996
  • University of Cambridge
    M.Phil, 1992, International Relations
  • Université d’Ottawa
    BA, 1991

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

At Cooley (UK) LLPTim Daniel is noted for his work with a number of governments and parastatals, particularly in the developing world. Key mandates include representing various states before the ICJ in a number of significant land and maritime boundary disputes. Daniel’s practice also covers counter‐terrorism and asset tracing for states and private companies; he continues to advise the government of Nigeria on national and international boundaries. James Maton and Laurence Harris act for corporations and governments in a wide range of complex commercial, regulatory and public international law disputes, with a focus on the recovery of proceeds of corruption and enforcing foreign confiscation orders. John Brown is an expert in maritime boundary delimitation and in the definition of maritime zones. Counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien are also of note for investment-state arbitration, Law of the Sea matters and for issues concerning the continental shelf.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s ‘practice group comprises individuals who work strongly together as a team to produce meaningful results‘. Its key strengths are international commercial (particularly oil and gas exploration matters) and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations. James Maton heads the London litigation team, which also includes Mark EverissMark Deem and Laurence Harris, along with David KendallKevin Perry and special counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien. Henry Stewart was promoted to partner, while James Crabtree left for Keystone Law.