Catherine Schroeder is a French-qualified lawyer, based in Paris, who has both French and American citizenships.
She is currently counsel at Derains & Gharavi where she has been working since its creation in 2009.
She began her career working with Yves Derains at Derains & Associés (2005 to 2009), following internships at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shearman & Sterling, and having spent a year working as a paralegal at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. She studied at University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Paris), where she gained a postgraduate degree in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and another in international private law.
Catherine has over 14 years of extensive experience in arbitration.
Her current practice focuses on commercial arbitration, mainly in the fields of energy; oil and gas; construction; joint ventures; distribution; international sales; agency; and intellectual property.
She regularly sits as an arbitrator, and is included in the panel of major arbitration institutions.
She also acts as counsel in arbitral and post-arbitral proceedings before the French courts, and has acted as secretary to arbitral tribunals chaired by Yves Derains in more than 30 arbitrations under varied institutions (ICC, AFA, CMAP, CAM, SCC, LCIA, DIAC).
She has published several articles on arbitration and regularly intervenes in international arbitration conferences.
She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and the French Arbitration Committee.
Her working languages are French and English.