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Laurence Ponty

Laurence Ponty

Archipel11, Route de ChêneGenevaGenevaSwitzerland1207

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

Peers and clients say:

"Laurence is a very talented lawyer with great commercial knowledge of the CIS and EMEA regions"
"Laurence is a very bright lawyer, extremely responsive and engaged, with remarkable experience in international arbitration"
"She shows great attention to detail and is a remarkable strategist"
"Smart, pragmatic and trustworthy, with trilingualism destined to make her a key lawyer in the Russian-speaking arbitration market"
"Very strong advocate who always provides precise and clever advice"


Laurence Ponty is counsel at Archipel, a boutique international law firm with offices in Geneva and Paris. Laurence is qualified in France and England & Wales and is registered to practice in Geneva.

She has 12-year experience representing private and state-owned entities of the CIS and the EMEA regions in complex arbitration proceedings in the fields of energy, construction, real estate, engineering, telecommunications and services, under all major arbitration rules. She also has experience in cross-border litigation, including asset recovery and enforcement proceedings, and regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Laurence is an active member of numerous professional associations. She serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Russian and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN), and as chair of the Legal & Tax Chapter of the Joint Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-CIS countries (JCC).

Prior to joining Archipel, Laurence practiced international arbitration at Lalive in Geneva and worked as counsel at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), where she administered over 150 arbitration proceedings, with a particular focus on Russia and CIS-related matters.

She holds a Master in International Commercial Law from University Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne (2003), as well as a Master’s degree in Business Law and a postgraduate diploma in Russian Law from University Paris X Nanterre (2002).

Laurence practices in French and English and has a good command of Russian. She is the author of various publications on international arbitration and investment issues and regularly speaks at arbitration conferences and training programmes.

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