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Julie Spinelli

Julie Spinelli

Le 16 Law16, rue de l’ÉlyséeParisFrance75008

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Julie Spinelli is “an excellent arbitrator” who is hailed by peers as “a very talented lawyer of her generation”. She is “known for the quality of her work as well as her great communications skills”.


Julie Spinelli is a partner at Le 16 Law, a dispute resolution boutique firm. Before joining Le 16, Julie worked in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and at Derains & Gharavi and has over ten years’ experience in international arbitration. She has represented private parties and governments in arbitration proceedings conducted under all major sets of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID and SCC) and in UNCITRAL ad hoc proceedings. Her experience extends to proceedings governed by various procedural and substantive laws and investment treaties.

She regularly sits as an arbitrator in commercial arbitration proceedings.

She also represents clients in annulment, enforcement and arbitration-related proceedings before French courts.

Julie has handled arbitrations arising out of international commercial contracts, including in particular long-term gas supply contracts, energy and mining exploration and production contracts, licensing agreements, agency agreements but also arbitrations arising out of M&A disputes and investment protection under international law. She has been particularly active in the sectors of energy, construction and engineering, aeronautical, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and hospitality.

Julie is the author of numerous publications in the field of arbitration. She is also a visiting lecturer in arbitration at the Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP) and at the University of Aix Marseille III – Paul Cezanne . She is also a member of the arbitration and ADR group at the French National Bar Council (CNB).

Julie is fluent in English and French, and is a member of the Paris Bar.

She has been identified as a future leader in her field by WWL: Arbitration, which stated, "Julie Spinelli is 'always a pleasure to work with' say peers, one of whom comments, 'Julie is one of the best French lawyers I have worked with and is highly respected'" and that she "stands out as 'a very convincing advocate who gets straight to the core of any problem'".

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