Thomas Parigot is well regarded by market sources who consider him “a smart strategist” and note his “strong trial skills”.
Thomas Parigot is a senior associate in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration practice. Currently based in Paris, he practised in the firm’s New York office for three years. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling in 2010, he was an associate in the international arbitration department of a major French firm.
Thomas advises and represents companies, states and state-owned entities in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations across a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, mining, electricity, water and sewerage services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, aviation, distribution and construction.
His experience includes both ad hoc arbitrations, especially under the UNCITRAL Rules, and institutional arbitrations conducted in accordance with ICC and ICSID rules. He has acted on investor–state disputes, energy arbitrations, shareholder disputes, arbitrations related to large-scale construction projects, and general commercial disputes arising from supply and sales agreements.
Thomas frequently appears as counsel in arbitration-related litigation before French courts (annulment or enforcement proceedings). He has also acted as secretary to arbitral tribunals constituted under the rules of the ICC.
A native French speaker, Thomas also speaks Spanish and English fluently. He is a member of the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA-40), the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) and ICDR Young & International.
Thomas holds a master’s in international business law and management from French business school ESCP-EAP/HEC; he also holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in contract law from Paris XI University and a master’s in international business law from Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I).