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Julie Spinelli

Julie Spinelli

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

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.”


Julie Spinelli is a partner at Le 16 Law, a dispute resolution boutique firm. Before joining Le 16, Julie worked for eight years in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and for nearly three years at Derains & Gharavi. She has acted as counsel in numerous commercial and investment arbitration proceedings conducted under all major sets of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SCC and UNCITRAL) and governed by various procedural and substantive laws.

She has acted as sole arbitrator and administrative secretary in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings.

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.

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

Julie is the author of numerous publications in the field of arbitration. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP) and the International School of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (EIMA). She is also a member of the arbitration 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 stands out as ‘a very convincing advocate who gets straight to the core of any problem’”.

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