Our experience

Our careers in international arbitration have been generalist ones. We have handled a wide variety of international arbitration matters, without concentrating on a particular sector or subject matter.

That said, over the course of a combined half a century of practice, we have developed significant experience in a number of sectors and subjects. We list below some representative cases, divided by sector and, where relevant, subject.

Most international commercial arbitrations are confidential. In recognition of this, the listings below do not specifically identify the parties. Our detailed CVs (see the rubric “Our Team”) list public investor-State arbitrations in which we have served as arbitrator, counsel or expert.

Service as arbitrator

ICC arbitration between Dutch seller and Turkish buyer regarding post-M&A warranties in respect of the sale of a Dutch company transferring control of a Turkish private university, London seat, Dutch law (President)

ICC arbitration between gas company and contractor regarding the provision and dismantling of equipment for a combined-cycle power plant in Italy, Paris seat, French law (President)

ICC arbitration between joint operators regarding an oil exploration project in Ivory Coast, Geneva seat, French law (President)

ICC arbitration between owner and contractor regarding an industrial construction project in Algeria, Geneva seat, Algerian law (President)

ICC arbitration between owner and contractor regarding environmental works in a French landfill following a divestiture, Paris seat, French law (President)

ICC arbitration between owner (State company) and contractor regarding an infrastructure train project in Romania, Bucharest seat, Romanian law (President)

Ad hoc arbitration under the rules of arbitration of the European Development Fund (EDF) between owner (West African State) and contractor regarding a road construction project, West African seat, West African law (President)

ICC arbitration between owner and contractor regarding the construction of a steel mill in Brazil, Paris seat, Swiss law (President)

ICC arbitration between contractor and subcontractor regarding the construction of a desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates, Milan seat, Italian law (President)

SCC arbitration between manufacturer and distributor regarding distribution of products in the United States, Israel and certain territories of the CIS, Geneva seat, New York law and CISG (President)

ICC arbitration between Saudi Arabia construction company and Italian company regarding a public works construction joint venture, Paris seat, Italian law (Sole arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between leisure travel company and hotel owner regarding the termination of a hotel management agreement, Paris seat, Tunisian law (Sole arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between owner and contractor regarding the construction of grain silo complexes in Romania, Paris seat, French law (Sole arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between principal and agent regarding an agency agreement for tunnel boring machines to be sold in Iran, Paris seat, German law (Sole arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between buyer and seller regarding a sale of marine equipment, Paris seat, Norwegian law and CISG (Sole arbitrator)

Investment treaty arbitration (UNCITRAL – PCA) between a dual national investor and an African State regarding the alleged expropriation of a banking group, Brussels seat, BIT and international law (Co-arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between Middle-Eastern contractor and East African State regarding a road construction project, London seat, East African law (Co-arbitrator)

Ad hoc (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) arbitration between Barbados and Dutch companies regarding commissions claimed in respect of sale of military vessels, Geneva seat, Dutch law (Co-arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between owner and contractors regarding an electricity infrastructure project for an African mine, Brussels seat, French law (Co-arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between owner (State-owned entity) and contractors in consortium regarding an infrastructure train project in Algeria, Algiers seat, Algerian law (Co-arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between owner (Middle Eastern State) and contractor regarding the construction of a powerplant, Paris seat, Swiss law (Co-arbitrator)

Ad hoc arbitration between owner (European State) and consortium of contractors regarding a motorway construction project, European seat, European law (Co-arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between European buyer and US seller of an international energy group regarding the implementation of a share purchase and warranty agreement, Paris seat, French law (Co-arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between contractor and sub-contractor regarding the manufacturing and sale of automotive products, Geneva seat, Swiss law and CISG (Co-arbitrator)

Two related post-M&A ICC arbitrations between buyer and seller of an energy group, Paris seat, French law (Co-arbitrator)

UNCITRAL arbitration between foreign-owned Ugandan company and a Uganda concerning the termination of a concession agreement for the operation of a railway, London seat, Ugandan law (Co-arbitrator)

ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty between an English company and Republic of Congo concerning interests under a production sharing contract for exploration and development of off-shore petroleum resources, public international law (Co-arbitrator)

UNCITRAL arbitration between Nigerian company and a Chinese state enterprise concerning a memorandum of agreement for joint activities in upstream petroleum projects, London seat, Nigerian law (Sole arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between foreign-owned Gabonese company and Gabon concerning the construction of roads and other infrastructure, Paris seat, Gabonese law (Co-arbitrator)

ICC arbitration under an investment treaty between Belgian and Luxembourg investors and Madagascar concerning court proceedings arising out of an insurance policy, Paris seat; public international law (Sole arbitrator)

ICSID arbitration between Mauritius companies and Mauritania concerning the termination of a mining permit; Paris place of proceedings, Mauritanian law (President)

ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty between a French company and Senegal concerning mining operations; Paris place of proceedings, public international law (Co-arbitrator)

LCIA arbitration between Cypriot individual and companies and Cypriot and Belizean companies concerning matters of corporate governance, London seat; Cypriot law (Co-arbitrator)

ICC arbitration between Swedish company and Bulgaria concerning recovery of a Soviet-era debt, Paris seat, French law (Co-arbitrator)

ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty between English bank and Tanzania concerning a project finance loan for a power station, London place of proceedings; public international law (Co-arbitrator)

ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty between Emirates companies and Yemen concerning telecommunications operations, London place of proceedings; public international law (Co-arbitrator)

Service as conciliator

ICSID conciliation between foreign-owned Cameroon company, Cameroon and Cameroon state enterprise concerning concession to operate water distribution networks, Paris place of proceedings, Cameroon law (President)

UNCITRAL conciliation between US company and North African State arising out of a production sharing contract for exploitation of petroleum resources, Paris place of proceedings, law of North African country (Co-conciliator)

Service as counsel

Energy

Upstream

Counsel for a Swedish company in an SCC arbitration with Ukrainian state enterprise concerning termination of a joint venture for the production of gas and other petroleum resources

Counsel for an Indonesian oil company in an ICC arbitration with an African national oil company regarding an oil exploration project

Counsel for a Barbados company in an ICSID arbitration with Bangladesh state enterprises concerning liability for blowouts at gas fields and quantum of damages

Counsel for a public Indian company in an ICC arbitration against a Tunisian company concerning pipelines for one of the most important Iraqi oil fields

Counsel for a Barbados company in an ICSID arbitration with Bangladesh state enterprises concerning failure to pay for gas delivered

Counsel for an Indonesian company in an ICC arbitration with a Libyan company concerning minimum exploration requirements under production sharing agreements

Counsel for a French company in an ICC arbitration with 16 other companies concerning the allocation of profits among production sharing contract groups for gas supplied to a liquefaction plant

Counsel for US companies in an ICSID arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada concerning local content requirements imposed on an oil production venture

Counsel for a foreign-owned Congolese company in an ICC arbitration with another foreign-owned Congolese company concerning termination of an agreement for the acquisition of an interest in a production sharing contract due to lack of government approval

Midstream and Downstream

Counsel for an African company in two UNCITRAL arbitrations with a Spanish company concerning a regular price review under contracts for the long-term supply of LNG

Counsel for a Middle Eastern company in the first multi-party/multi-contract ICC emergency arbitration and subsequent arbitration on the merits with an African State and several state-owned companies regarding an agreement for the country’s exclusive oil supply

Counsel for an African company in two UNCITRAL arbitrations with a Spanish company concerning a special price review under contracts for the long-term supply of LNG

Counsel for a German energy company and its Romanian subsidiary in an ICC arbitration against a State-owned entity regarding the implementation of a privatization agreement

Counsel for an Italian company in an ICC arbitration concerning a regular price review under a contract for the long-term supply of LNG

Counsel for a Dutch company in an ICC arbitration against a BVI company regarding the supply of bitumen in Algeria

Counsel for an Italian company in an ICC arbitration arising under the take-or-pay provisions of a contract for the medium-term supply of LNG

Counsel for a Russian company in an SCC arbitration with Lithuania arising under a shareholders agreement concerning court proceedings against directors of a gas distribution company

Counsel for a Dutch company in an ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty against Romania concerning measures taken in a criminal investigation of a company engaged in petroleum sales

Counsel for a Russian company in an SCC arbitration with Lithuania under a share purchase agreement concerning the prices of gas supplied to a gas distribution company

Counsel for a German company in an ICSID arbitration with Ukraine concerning diversion of chemicals produced under tolling agreement

Renewable Energy

Counsel for a Belgian company and two individuals in an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty against Italy concerning measures preventing realization of a 120 MW solar project

Counsel for a Dutch company in an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty concerning reduction of feed-in tariffs for solar plants represented to remain constant for 20 years

Counsel for European investors in ICSID annulment proceedings, following an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty with an EU Member State concerning measures relating to solar energy

Counsel for private equity fund in preparing arbitration concerning dispute under joint venture framework agreement for wind energy project

Construction and Real Estate

Counsel for Belarusian company in ICC arbitration with an Italian company concerning construction of multi-use office towers and complex

Counsel for an Italian contractor in an ad hoc arbitration against a French owner concerning a paper mill construction project

Counsel for Italian companies in an ICC arbitration with a Polish company concerning construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal

Counsel for a Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration against a Middle-Eastern State-owned owner regarding a dispute in connection with a chemical plant EPC project

Counsel for a French public company in an arbitration against a Romanian company in connection with a construction project in Romania

Counsel for an Italian energy company and its Russian subsidiary (owner) in a series of ICC arbitrations against a Spanish contractor regarding the construction of a powerplant in Russia

Counsel for a French contractor in an ICC arbitration against a Russian owner regarding a construction project in Russia

Counsel for Luxembourg company in an ICC arbitration with a Croatian state agency concerning a public-private partnership for the renovation of hotel properties

Counsel for Luxembourg private equity fund manager in an SCC arbitration with Poland concerning the development of a luxury apartment complex

Counsel for the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty with a Korean company concerning the development of a golf course

Counsel for an investor in a hotels business, beneficiary of an ICSID award, in enforcing that award against a Middle-Eastern State

Counsel for a US company in an ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty and construction contracts with the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning failure to pay for construction services

Counsel for the United States of American in an ICSID arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement concerning the development of a shopping mall

Counsel for a Norwegian company in an ICC arbitration with an Omani company concerning liability for a fire caused by a subcontractor during works at a refinery

Mining

Counsel for a Canadian company in an ICSID arbitration under a free trade agreement with the Republic of Colombia concerning illegal mining preventing enjoyment of gold mining permits

Counsel for a public mining company and several of its subsidiaries in several ICC arbitrations (mining and M&A post-divestiture disputes)

Counsel for the Republic of Armenia in an ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty with a US investor concerning renewal of a mining permit for gold mining operations

Counsel for a UAE company in an ICC arbitration against an African State regarding a mining project

Counsel for the Republic of Uzbekistan in parallel ICSID and SCC arbitrations with a US company under an investment treaty and a joint venture agreement concerning gold mining operations

Counsel for an Asian State in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought under a bilateral investment treaty by an English company, regarding a gold mining project

Counsel for a State concern in an SCC arbitration against a Canadian company regarding the termination of a gold mining joint venture

Pharmaceuticals

Counsel for French companies in an UNCITRAL arbitration under an investment treaty with Poland concerning a failure to renew marketing authorizations for drug products

Counsel for a French pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration against an Italian pharmaceutical company regarding the termination of a pharmaceutical distribution agreement

Counsel for a Chinese company in an ICC arbitration with 7 companies concerning impurities in active pharmaceutical ingredients

Counsel for a French pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration against a Swiss pharmaceutical company regarding a dispute over a co-development agreement

Counsel for Canadian companies in an ICSID arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement against the United States concerning an import alert based on good manufacturing practices

Counsel for a Japanese pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration against a Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company regarding the calculation of royalties under a worldwide patent license agreement for a blockbuster drug

Counsel for a public US company (NASDAQ) in an ICC arbitration against a French foundation concerning a worldwide biotechnology patent license

Counsel for one of the principal public US pharmaceutical companies (NYSE) in an ICC arbitration against a Dutch company following a take-over bid and the application of a change of control clause

Manufacturing

Counsel for a Dutch company in an ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty with the Arab Republic of Egypt concerning practices banning use of plastic piping in public water and sewerage projects

Counsel for a Cyprus company and a Danish individual in an ICC arbitration against a BVI company regarding a shareholders agreement and the control of a French logistics company

Counsel for a public French company and one of its German subsidiaries in an arbitration against a Japanese company regarding a European-wide automobile product recall

Counsel for a public French company in the automotive industry in two ICC and ad hoc arbitrations against other automotive companies concerning the operation of two joint ventures

Counsel for a public US company (NYSE) in an ICC arbitration against a French company concerning a European automotive patent license

Counsel for Swedish nationals in an ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty with Romania concerning failure to enforce laws concerning illegal alcohol sales

Counsel for Kazakhstan companies and individuals in an SCC arbitration regarding a joint venture in Kazakhstan

Counsel for the Commonwealth of Australia in an UNCITRAL arbitration under an investment treaty with a Hong Kong company concerning laws requiring plain packaging of tobacco products

Counsel for a public Danish company in an ICC arbitration against a Swedish company concerning an alleged cartel investigated by the European Commission

Counsel for the United States in an ICSID arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement concerning application of Buy America rules to use of steel products in highway construction

Other Sectors

Counsel for a Greek company in an ICC arbitration against a French company regarding a motorway tolling agreement

Counsel for a US company in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada concerning a railway investment

Counsel for a United States company in an ICC arbitration against an African State regarding the reform of the country’s customs system

Counsel for a German media conglomerate in an ICC arbitration against a French company regarding the termination of an IT project

Service as expert

Expert witness before the High Court of Justice in London regarding French law in relation to the transfer and extension of arbitration clauses to non-signatories (Kout Food Group v Kabab Ji, [2019] EWHC 899 (Comm), [2020] EWCA Civ 6)

Expert witness before the Court of Assise of Milan regarding arbitration under a bilateral investment treaty and the ICSID Convention

Expert witness in ICC arbitration regarding certain issues of French law in relation to the application of the New York Convention

Expert witness in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning arbitration under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules

Service as counsel in arbitration-related judicial proceedings

Counsel for various companies in actions to set aside arbitral awards and enforcement actions, before French and foreign courts.  Obtained in particular the first complete stay of enforcement of an international award in France since the pro-enforcement 2011 French reform of international arbitration.