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Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Philippe Leboulanger is an outstanding legal professional"
"Philippe's work not only reflects best practice in arbitration but is simply top tier"
"He has a fabulous reputation for annulment and enforcement:


Philippe Leboulanger is the founding partner of Leboulanger & Associés.

An acknowledged expert in international arbitration, Philippe has been a leading practitioner since 1975. He has handled hundreds of commercial and investment arbitration cases with various applicable laws (under civil and common law legal systems) and parties from all over the world. His extensive experience covers various business sectors, notably hotel management, energy, oil and gas, construction and turnkey projects, state contracts, sales, commodities, distributorship, agency, franchising, licensing, corporate, technology, telecommunications, intellectual property, transport, pharmaceuticals, aeronautics, banking and finance.

Philippe has acted as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, counsel and legal expert in arbitration cases conducted under the auspices of all major institutions (notably ICC, LCIA, ICSID, PCA, CRCICA, DIAC, CCJA/OHADA, SCAI) as well as in ad hoc arbitrations (notably under the UNCITRAL Rules). He also represents clients in post-arbitration proceedings (setting aside of awards, enforcement proceedings, etc) before the French courts.

In addition, he is the author of numerous publications and is a frequent lecturer and visiting professor in international arbitration at several law schools worldwide.

Philippe also holds key positions within various international arbitration institutions. He is the former president of the Comité français de l’arbitrage (CFA); vice president of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) advisory committee; member of the CRCICA board of trustees; member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law; and member of the ICC French committee.

National Leader

France - Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Philippe Leboulanger has substantial experience as counsel and arbitrator in disputes across a wide range of sectors, including energy, corporate and finance.


Philip Leboulanger specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration, international trade law, private and public international law.

His professional experience includes: appearing as counsel, expert and appointed as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chairman of arbitral tribunals in numerous international arbitrations (ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, CRCICA, Swiss Arbitration Institution, OHADA-CCJA, Ad-Hoc) concerning state contracts, construction, sales, distribution, investments, oil and gas, transfer of technology and joint-ventures, etc.

Philip appears as counsel before courts in numerous cases relating to international commercial arbitration, international trade law, enforcement of awards, immunity from execution, etc.

He is on the following arbitration panels: the International Chamber of Commerce (French Committee); the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) (Member of the Board of Trustees, President of the Advisory Board); and the London Court of International Arbitration.

Philip holds a Doctor of Laws (Private International Law), an LLM in Private Law, an LLM in comparative law and an LLM in criminal law.

He is a lecturer on international commercial arbitration and international trade law at University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris II (France), and a visiting Professor of international arbitration law at University of Cairo (Egypt), Birzeit University (West Bank) and University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law (Romania).

Philip is a member of Comité français de l'arbitrage (past chairman, 2010-2012), the French Committee of Private International Law, the International Law Association, the International Bar Association, the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Egyptian Society of International Law.

He speaks French and English.

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