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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

Peers and clients say:

“Melissa is a tremendous counsel, with great experience with dealing complex matters and finding innovating solutions”.
“She understood the strengths and weaknesses of our position and tried to leverage the strengths and find ways to avoid suffering from the weaknesses”
"She has a calm and composed style and is not fazed by hostile questioning or interventions"
“I only have positive things to say about Melissa and I hope I will be able to work with her again”
"Her fluency in Spanish, French and English is an excellent asset"


Counsel in Hogan Lovells’ International Arbitration group, Melissa Ordonez focuses her practice on investment treaty and commercial arbitration.

Melissa is French/Colombian and has specialised in arbitration for a decade. She boasts a unique multicultural background as well as trilingual skills (she is fluent in English, French and Spanish), which enables her to represent clients in complex arbitrations involving various regions of the world, including Europe and Latin America.

Melissa is particularly recognised for her strategic skills and her ability to bring clarity in cross-border disputes. As such, she has successfully acted for companies from diverse industries as well as on behalf of States.

She brings extensive experience of arbitration under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL, and has particular experience representing clients in the energy, technology and luxury sectors as well as in international investment disputes.

In addition to integrating the Who’s Who Legal Rankings in 2021, Melissa was recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in Commercial Arbitration by Rising Stars Expert Guide 2020. Melissa was also the winner of the 2019 Golden Camera in the annual contest organised by the Business and Legal Forum think tank, titled the Plumes et Caméras de l'Economie et du Droit. Moreover, she regularly publishes articles on topical issues of arbitration and is frequently invited as a lecturer.  

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Melissa trained in leading firms in Paris and London. She is a graduate of the Kings College London and the Sorbonne University in Paris where she benefited from a full scholarship from the French Government for her academic excellence.

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