In this chapter we recognise 107 outstanding arbitration practitioners in France. They have been selected for their experience and expertise in a large variety of disputes across many sectors, operating under major institutional rules or on an ad hoc basis.
Most Highly Regarded
White & Case performs well with six listings in this chapter.
Charles Nairac is an outstanding arbitration counsel and arbitrator who is “widely revered for his extensive experience in complex construction and energy cases”.
Michael Polkinghorne is a “market-leading lawyer”, highly esteemed for his detailed understanding of commercial and investor-state arbitrations.
Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall QC comes highly recommended by international sources for the breadth of his experience in mining, construction and energy disputes.
Sylvain Bollée is highlighted for his encyclopaedic knowledge of French arbitration law.
Christopher Seppälä is a “first-rate advocate”, recognised for his leading construction arbitration expertise.
Shearman & Sterling demonstrates its strong presence in the market with six nominations.
Emmanuel Gaillard enjoys a “splendid reputation as go-to counsel for oil and gas arbitrations”.
Yas Banifatemi’s long-standing international arbitration practice earns her much admiration, with sources saying she “certainly lives up to her stellar reputation”.
Coralie Darrigade is an outstanding lawyer whose knowledge spans commercial and investor-state arbitration. She is regarded as “key to the firm’s team”.
Maude Lebois is a “highly effective counsel” who “masterfully fights for her clients and remains courteous with opposing counsel at the same time”.
Jennifer Younan is “a real star” who offers “strong advocacy skills” and is “a pleasure to be in a team with”.
Mohamed Shelbaya is “an excellent lawyer” who excels in French and Middle Eastern disputes.
Dechert receives nominations for four practitioners.
Global Elite Thought Leader Eduardo Silva Romero receives plaudits for his foremost expertise in international arbitrations across a broad range of industries.
José-Manuel García Represa stands out for his “unparalleled ability to understand complex quantum issues”.
Philip Dunham impresses sources with his “expert knowledge, detailed analyses and capacity to problem-solve”.
Xavier Nyssen draws praise for the strength of his dispute resolution practice and is commended for his “calm presentation of razor-sharp arguments”.
Derains & Gharavi is home to four lawyers highlighted in this chapter.
Yves Derains is acclaimed for his expansive knowledge of international arbitration law.
Hamid Gharavi is “a first-class act” with a wealth of experience as arbitrator and counsel in investment-treaty and commercial arbitrations.
Melanie van Leeuwen is an accomplished lawyer with a remarkable facility for commercial arbitrations in energy, construction, media and IT sectors.
Bertrand Derains possesses considerable experience as arbitrator and counsel across an array of commercial, civil and public international law cases.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also receives four nominations.
Christophe Seraglini is “an authority for French arbitration law” and is noted for his “special combination as professor and practising lawyer”.
Peter Turner QC is an “outstanding counsel in terms of experience, efficiency and practical approach”.
Noah Rubins QC is an “excellent lawyer and brilliant arbitrator”.
Ben Juratowitch QC is celebrated as “extremely accomplished” with “a very sharp mind”.
Bredin Prat achieves three listings.
Raëd Fathallah is a “top-notch lawyer” with a “fantastic dispute resolution practice in the Middle East”.
Tim Portwood is highlighted for his extensive experience and his “ability to present immaculately well in hearings”.
Louis Christophe Delanoy is “absolutely brilliant” and “highly capable of finding ingenious solutions to extremely complex issues”.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton sees three lawyers noted in this chapter.
Jean-Yves Garaud is “superb, poised and honest”, and “understands exactly what a tribunal needs to know”.
Claudia Annacker is a “distinguished public international law specialist” with profound investment treaty knowledge.
Laurie Achtouk-Spivak is “a terrific advocate” and is “extremely knowledgeable on issues of investment arbitration and public international law”.
Gide Loyrette Nouel claims three first-rate practitioners mentioned in this chapter.
Carole Malinvaud is “truly outstanding” and maintains an “impressive reputation as an arbitrator”.
Christian Camboulive is commended as an “elite arbitration lawyer” with a detailed understanding of contractual law.
The “excellent” Alexandra Munoz regularly “deals with the most complex disputes” in the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan also receives listings for three lawyers.
Isabelle Michou is a leading lawyer and highly esteemed for her “strong commitment and dedication to cases”, with sources adding that she “always obtains the best possible results for clients”.
Michael Young QC is “tremendously sharp and consistently impressive”. He is “highly regarded for his eloquence and ability to get straight to the point”.
Thomas Voisin stands out for his “eloquent advocacy” and his considerable international arbitration experience.
Independent arbitrator Alexis Mourre is widely acclaimed as a “phenomenal arbitrator who does an excellent job heading the ICC”.
Global Elite Thought Leader Pierre Mayer is celebrated as “one of the best-known French arbitrators” for his “exceptional mind” and “issue of fair and well-reasoned awards”.
Fernando Mantilla-Serrano at Latham & Watkins is “a top-class counsel and arbitrator” with a “strong Latin American practice”.
Todd Wetmore with Three Crowns is an esteemed construction arbitrator and counsel who is “very effective in cross-examination”.
Georgios Petrochilos is “an impressive and knowledgeable advocate” whose expertise spans commercial, investment-state and public international law.
Simon Greenberg at Clifford Chance is a renowned arbitration practitioner who exemplifies profound ability in an array of international arbitration cases.
Jason Fry is a go-to practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in the arbitration space across the energy, infrastructure and aerospace sectors.
Laurent Jaeger at King & Spalding is “an open-minded and fair arbitrator” who stands out for his natural resources work.
James Castello is noted for his “very fine legal mind” which he applies to complex construction and energy arbitrations.
Roland Ziadé with Linklaters is “a talented counsel and arbitrator” with deep and varied arbitration expertise.
Jennifer Kirby of Kirby maintains a “strong reputation” and an impressive track record as a “very effective” arbitrator and counsel in an array of international proceedings.
Dany Khayat at Mayer Brown is “very pleasant and effective as arbitrator and counsel”, and is a go-to for construction, infrastructure and joint venture disputes at home and in the Middle East.
Brigitte Stern of Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne stands out as “a first-class arbitrator” who is “renowned for investment treaty cases”.
Bart Legum at Dentons is commended as “an excellent lawyer” who is “super sharp” and “great and precise in his examination of witnesses”.
Jean-Christophe Honlet holds a “stellar reputation” for his in-depth knowledge of investment treaty cases.