Melanie van Leeuwen is a partner of Derains & Gharavi International.
Since 1996, Melanie has been practicing international arbitration exclusively. She has solid experience as counsel and arbitrator in both commercial and investment arbitration, conducted under all major sets of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SCC, ICDR, ICSID, UNCITRAL, DIAC, NAI, CEPANI and Swiss Rules) and governed by various procedural and substantive laws.
Melanie has handled over 100 arbitrations as counsel and arbitrator arising out of international commercial contracts, cross-border investment, joint ventures, M&A and investment protection under international law. She has been particularly active in the sectors of energy, mining, media, information and communication technology, construction and engineering, real estate, aviation and infrastructural and defense projects. She also regularly represents clients in annulment, enforcement and consolidation proceedings before the Netherlands state courts.
Who’s Who Legal: France (2016) commends Melanie for her "exceptional talent and her precision and accuracy", listing her "as a leading light in the energy, media and construction sectors".
Melanie has been appointed to the ICSID panel of arbitrators and panel of conciliators by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She is the vice chair of the IBA arbitration committee, a member of the of the ICC arbitration commission, a member of supervisory board of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, a member of the board of Paris, the Home of International Arbitration, as well as founding board member of the Dutch Arbitration Association. In the past Melanie served as a co-chair of the LCIA’s Young International Arbitration Group and NAI Jong Oranje.
She is the author of numerous publications in the field of arbitration and frequently participates at arbitration conferences as speaker or moderator.
Melanie is fluent in English, Dutch and French, has a working knowledge of German and is a member of the Amsterdam and Paris bars.
WWL says: Mélanie van Leeuwen is "strongly recommended" as "one of the best arbitration counsel" by sources who also comment on her "perfect management" and "knowledge of local regulations".
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