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Christophe Bondy

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Cooley LLP

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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

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'very approachable, timely team offers practical advice and costs are reasonable'. Its diverse practice covers asset recovery and claims arising from corruption, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and investment treaty disputes as well as IP and life sciences litigation, product liability and technology disputes. Kevin Perry acted for Bambino Holdings in the defence of proceedings brought by US company, Bluewaters Communications Holdings, which relates to the sale of shares in Formula 1 racing in 2005. James Maton heads the firm's UK disputes practice; Laurence Harris is vice chair of the firm's global litigation department; and Mark Deem 'brings his considerable experience into play with quick and insightful analysis'. Product litigation lawyer Rod Freeman   joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP  and investment treaty special counsel Christophe Bondy was hired from Volterra Fietta.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'lawyers stand out due to their¬†exceptional experience in the field of international investment law and their commitment to accomplish the best result for their clients'. The practice covers¬†international¬†commercial arbitration work, including¬†oil and gas exploration matters,¬†licensing rights in the Middle East, technology licensing rights, bio‚Äźsciences and product testing disputes, and international supply agreements. It also acts in¬†investment treaty arbitrations and¬†insurance and reinsurance-related¬†arbitrations.¬†James Maton¬†is London litigation head;¬†Mark Everiss¬†focuses on reinsurance litigation; and¬†Mark Deem¬†is 'a tough negotiator, but brings valuable commercial¬† perspective to the dispute resolution process at the right time'. Other key contacts are David Kendall,¬†Kevin Perry¬†¬†and James Crabtree.¬†Special counsels¬†Christophe Bondy, who¬†'has incredibly deep experience of investor-state arbitration', and¬†public international law specialist¬†Joshua Brien¬†joined from¬†Volterra Fietta¬†and The¬†Commonwealth Secretariat, respectively.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Cooley (UK) LLP hired Christophe Bondy from Volterra Fietta, while special counsel Joshua Brien was recruited from the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, where he was the head of the oceans and natural resources division. Bondy led advice to West African Aquaculture, as claimant, in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of the Gambia, which concerned the direct expropriation of the claimant's aquaculture business by the Gambia; and Brien has extensive experience advising states on maritime boundary issues and stands out for continental shelf claims. James Maton is the head of litigation in the firm's London office; and independent consultant Tim Daniel's work includes representing states before the ICJ in significant land and maritime boundary disputes and in international arbitration disputes. Laurence Harris is also a key name and John Brown is a Law of the Sea consultant.

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