Christophe Bondy > Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP
5 ALDERMANBURY SQUARE
LONDON
EC2V 7HR
England

Work Department

Investor-State ArbitrationTrade Policy & NegotiationsInternational ArbitrationPublic International Law

Position

Partner

Christophe Bondy has more than 20 years of experience as an investment treaty counsel, and his work includes taking a leading role in some of the highest profile cases yet decided in investment treaty arbitration. Through his work as lead counsel to Canada in multiple NAFTA Chapter Eleven arbitrations and as private sector counsel to multiple sovereigns and private claimants, he has addressed and considered in depth virtually all procedural and substantive issues arising in international investment law both from the state and the investor perspective. His cases have made a substantial contribution to the development of international law in this field. In addition to his busy counsel practice, Christophe sits as an arbitrator in investment treaty cases.

Christophe also has deep experience as counsel in the negotiation of international trade and investment agreements.  He was senior counsel to Canada in the negotiation of the Canada – European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), with particular emphasis on services and investment chapters. He has negotiated treaties with countries around the world and advised States on both strategic and compliance issues, up to the highest levels of government, and provides capacity building and advisory services to States around the world.

Christophe has extensive experience as counsel in international commercial arbitrations 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. 

Career

  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Avocat, Paris Bar

Languages

English, French, Spanish, German

Memberships

  • Adjunct Professor of International Investment Law and International Dispute Resolution, Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (Georgetown University – London campus)

  • UNCITRAL Practitioners Group, Working Group III: Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform

  • 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)

Education

  • M.A., University of London, Courtauld Institute
  • J.D., University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • M. Phil., University of Cambridge, International Relations
  • D.E.A., Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
  • Université d’Ottawa, Honors, History

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP‘s London team routinely represents states and investors in PIL-governed arbitrations; and its expertise covers state-state disputes, state immunity laws in the UK and abroad, and anti-corruption laws and economic sanctions. Investment treaty arbitration chair Matthew Coleman is a go-to counsel for claims against African States; and Christophe Bondy has longstanding investment treaty arbitration experience. Promoted to partner in January 2022, Thomas Innes consistently acts in investor-state arbitrations; while masterful lawyer Juliya Arbisman is a 2021 recruit from Diamond McCarthy LLP for the London and New York offices. Associate Alexandre Genest also focuses on PIL work.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

An integral part of its global dispute resolution group, Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP‘s ‘world-class‘ practice brings together expertise in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, public international law, award enforcement, and cross-border litigation. Investment treaty arbitration chair Matthew Coleman is a go-to counsel for claims against African states; Neil Dooley litigates fraud claims in the financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical and property sectors; Christophe Bondy is an investment treaty arbitration expert; and Angus Rodger appears in international commercial arbitrations.