Melanie van Leeuwen is called “an excellent practitioner” by sources who comment on her expertise as both counsel and arbitrator. She draws praise for “her business-orientated approach and her care with the details”.
Melanie van Leeuwen is a partner of Derains & Gharavi International.
Since 1996, Melanie has been practising international arbitration exclusively. She has solid experience as counsel and arbitrator in both commercial and investment arbitration, conducted under all major sets of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SCC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, DIAC, NAI, CEPANI and Swiss Rules) and governed by various procedural and substantive laws. She has handled over 100 arbitrations as counsel and arbitrator concerning disputes arising out of international commercial contracts, cross-border investment, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and investment protection under international law. She has been particularly active in the sectors of energy, mining, media, information and communication technology, construction and engineering, real estate, aviation and infrastructural and defence projects. She also regularly represents clients in annulment, enforcement and consolidation proceedings before the Netherlands state courts.
WWL: France (2018) commends Melanie for her "clear and strategic legal thinking when it comes to complex arbitration proceedings" and considers her to be "one of the true leaders in the field."
Melanie has been appointed to the ICSID panel of arbitrators and panel of conciliators by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She is the vice chair of the IBA arbitration committee, a member of the ICC arbitration commission, a member of the supervisory board of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, a member of the board of Paris, the Home of International Arbitration, as well as founding board member of the Dutch Arbitration Association. In the past Melanie served as a co-chair of the LCIA’s Young International Arbitration Group and NAI Jong Oranje.
She is the author of numerous publications in the field of arbitration and frequently participates at arbitration conferences as speaker or moderator.
Melanie is fluent in English, Dutch and French, and has a working knowledge of German. She is a member of the Amsterdam and Paris bars.