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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

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Sébastien Bonnard is a first-class arbitration specialist who ranks prominently among peers for his remarkable ability handling institutional and ad hoc proceedings.


Sébastien Bonnard is the managing partner of Brown Rudnick’s Paris office. An experienced International arbitration specialist, Sébastien has been involved as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings, both institutional (ICC, ICSID) and ad hoc, as well as in post-arbitral disputes (annulment and enforcement) for both private and public operators. Sébastien also acts as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and president of arbitral tribunals in ICC or ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He is also active in alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation or conciliation. Sébastien is particularly active in disputes relating to construction, mining, telecommunications, joint ventures and distribution agreements in Africa and the Middle East.

Sébastien also has significant experience in the negotiation and monitoring of construction contracts (EPC contracts, lump sum contracts, etc). He authored the French chapter of the PLC Cross-border Construction and Projects Handbook between 2012 and 2017. Sébastien is a lecturer on the international business law master’s degree course at Paris-Sud University (Paris XI).

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Sébastien Bonnard set up and headed the international arbitration practice of a Paris-based boutique firm after practising in the international arbitration department of Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI in Paris for more than 10 years.

Sébastien’s native language is French and he is fluent in English. He is a member of the Paris Bar.

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