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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

Peers and clients say

“He is truly excellent and is in a class of his own”
“He is very sharp”
“Emmanuel is a French star!”
"THE French arbitration name"

Biography

Emmanuel Gaillard is Shearman & Sterling’s Global Head of Disputes and Global International Arbitration Practice Group Leader. A Professor of Law in France, he serves as a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School.

Universally regarded as a leading authority and thought leader as well as a star practitioner, Emmanuel acts as counsel and arbitrator in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He also acts as expert witness.

Emmanuel has acted on many of the cases that have marked the history of international arbitration. In addition to securing a $50 billion award for the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company in a dispute against the Russian Federation, he acted on the ICC arbitration brought by The Dow Chemical Company against Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait, which led to a $2.47 billion award in favor of Dow. He has also represented the Arab Republic of Egypt and its national energy companies in multiple matters following the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

Emmanuel Gaillard has written extensively on all aspects of arbitration law. His publications include a seminal treatise (Fouchard Gaillard Goldman On International Commercial Arbitration), the first essay on the Legal Theory of International Arbitration, available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and other languages, and the UNCITRAL Secretariat Guide on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, available in all UN languages.

Emmanuel served as a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators, appointed by France. He chairs the International Arbitration Institute (IAI) and was one of the co-founders of the International Academy for Arbitration Law.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended

Awards won by Emmanuel Gaillard

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