"He is a true strategist with very sharp analysis"
"Thomas has amazing legal skills and oral advocacy"
"He is a tough cross-examiner"
Thomas Parigot is a counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration practice.
Thomas acts as counsel in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. He has advised and represented companies, states and state-owned entities in disputes arising in a broad variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, mining, electricity, water and sewerage services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, aviation, manufacturing, retail, media and construction.
His experience includes both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. He has acted on multiple arbitrations arising from business combinations (M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes), investor-state arbitrations, energy arbitrations, arbitrations related to large-scale construction projects, and general commercial disputes arising from supply and sales agreements.
Thomas also frequently acts as counsel in arbitration-related litigation before French courts (annulment or enforcement proceedings). He has also acted as secretary to arbitral tribunals.
Thomas joined Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration team after two and a half years as an associate in the international arbitration department of a major French firm. Currently based in Paris, he also practiced in Shearman & Sterling’s New York office for three years.
A native French speaker, Thomas 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).