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Work Department

International Arbitration

Position

Global Head of Disputes

Career

Emmanuel Gaillard founded and heads Shearman & Sterling’s 100-lawyer International Arbitration practice.

He has advised and represented corporations, States and State-owned entities in international arbitration cases for over 25 years. He has also acted as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator or Chairman under most international arbitration rules and is frequently called upon to appear as expert witness on arbitration law issues in international arbitration proceedings or enforcement actions before domestic courts.

Over the course of his career, Emmanuel Gaillard has acted on many of the largest international disputes submitted to arbitration. In addition to the USD 50 billion award secured for the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company, he acted on the ICC arbitration brought by The Dow Chemical Company against Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait, which led to a USD 2.47 billion award in favor of Dow, previously distinguished as the largest arbitral award rendered in the history of international arbitration.

A Professor of Law in France currently acting as a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Emmanuel Gaillard has written extensively on all aspects of arbitration law, in French and in English. Co-author of a leading treatise in the field (Fouchard Gaillard Goldman On International Commercial Arbitration), he also authored the first published essay on the legal theory of international arbitration.

Languages

French and English

Memberships

  • Member, appointed by France, ICSID Panel of Arbitrators (2006–18)
  • President and co-founder, International Academy for Arbitration Law (2011–13)
  • Chair, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal
  • Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Chairman, International Arbitration Committee, International Law Association (1989–96)
  • Member, Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA), Comité Français de Droit International Privé, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); former Court member (2002-2007)
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Member, Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy
  • Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration

Education

  • Agrégé des Facultés de droit
  • Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II), PhD

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration

Paris-based Emmanuel Gaillard heads Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s global disputes and international arbitration practice. It has particular strength in the construction and energy sectors, with a focus on joint ventures and government-side bilateral investment treaty cases. To this end, Gaillard and London-based Ximena Herrera-Bernal are representing the Republic of Colombia in ICSID proceedings brought in relation to the treatment of a real estate project in terms of the US-Colombia FTA. Christopher Ryan and Henry Weisburg, working from Washington DC and New York, respectively, continue to act for the Republic of Panama following an alleged expropriation of infrastructure contracts and violation of the terms of the US-Panama BIT. However, the team lost Mark McNeill who joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in September 2019. Since publication, Abu Dhabi-based Alex Bevan has taken over as global practice head following Gaillard’s departure (accompanied by Herrera-Bernal) to co-found Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes in February 2021. 

Paris > Résolution des litiges: Arbitrage international

(Les grands avocats du marché)

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Le bureau parisien de Shearman & Sterling LLP réunit une cinquantaine d’avocats ; représentant ainsi la moitié des effectifs globaux de la firme américaine en arbitrage. Le cabinet traite des procédures commerciales et d’investissement couvrant toutes les parties du monde. Il est en charge d’un large volant d’affaires africaines et arabes, en lien notamment avec l’Algérie et l’Egypte. Il traite aussi de nombreux dossiers impliquant des parties asiatiques – l’État chinois a fait appel au cabinet pour le représenter dans sa première affaire CIRDI. De manière générale, le cabinet est mandaté par des entités étatiques, des entreprises d’état, ainsi que des sociétés et des investisseurs privés. Le cabinet est impliqué dans de nombreuses affaires emblématiques dont les enjeux atteignent plusieurs milliards de dollars, et se rapportent notamment aux secteurs de l’énergie, du prix du gaz et de la construction. Le cabinet est aussi récemment intervenu dans des arbitrages stratégiques en matière de fusions-acquisitions. Il gère enfin une importante procédure d’annulation d’une sentence CIRDI pendante devant un comité ad hoc du CIRDI. Les très réputés Emmanuel Gaillard et Yas Banifatemi sont à la tête de la pratique du cabinet au plan global. Sont également recommandés : Coralie DarrigadeMaude LeboisMohamed Shelbaya et Jennifer Younan. Benjamin Siino, qui a été promu associé, dispose d’une expertise particulière dans la gestion des procédures d’exequatur.

Algeria > Foreign firms

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