Melanie van Leeuwen is described as “a Dutch superstar in Paris”. Peers “only have praise for Melanie” and laud her as “an outstanding professional and great personality”.
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, LCIA-MIAC, ICSID, SCC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, PCA, 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, construction projects 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.
Melanie has been appointed to the ICSID panel of arbitrators by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. At present, she is serving as vice-president of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, as co-chair of the ICCA/IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration, as a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution, as a member of the board of Paris, the Home of International Arbitration and as a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association.
She is the author of numerous publications in the field of arbitration and frequently speaks at arbitration conferences.
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.