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Thought Leaders - Arbitration 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Yves Derains “is the epitome of wisdom and wise judgement” in arbitration proceedings, comments one effusive source. He possesses over 40 years of experience as arbitrator and counsel. ​


Yves Derains is a founding partner of Derains & Gharavi.

Having served as counsel, chairman or co-arbitrator in more than 300 commercial and investment arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, DIAC, SCC, LCIA, AAA, Milan Arbitral Chamber, CRCICA, CEPINA, PCA, Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution and the European Court of Arbitration, Yves is consistently ranked among the most in-demand arbitration practitioners in the world. He is appointed to the ICSID panel of arbitrators and conciliators by the Republic of Albania.

In addition to his practice, Yves is the chairman of the ICC Institute of World Business Law since 2010 and former president of the Arbitration Court of the Jerusalem Arbitration Centre (JAC), which was created by both Israeli and Palestinian ICC national committees.

Formerly secretary general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and director of the legal department of the ICC, Yves also acted as the chairman of the French Arbitration Committee and of the Working Party on the Revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration in 1998. He participated in the review of the new Rules in force as of 1 January 2012. With Eric Schwartz, Yves is the author of A Guide to the ICC Rules of Arbitration.

Yves Derains is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. He is a member of the Paris Bar.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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