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Marie-Laure-Bizeau

Marie-Laure Bizeau

EMAIL ml.bizeau@medici.law

PHONE  +33 1 81 70 82 50

Valence-borgia-

Valence Borgia

EMAIL valence.borgia@medici.law

PHONE +33 1 81 70 82 50

Caroline-duclercq

Caroline Duclercq

EMAIL caroline.duclercq@medici.law

PHONE +33 1 81 70 82 50

Marie-Laure Bizeau

EMAIL ml.bizeau@medici.law

PHONE +33 1 81 70 82 50

mlb

ADMISSION

  • Paris Bar

LANGUAGES

  • English 
  • French

EDUCATION

  • Certificat d’aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat — CRFPA de Paris (2002)
  • Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in Litigation, Arbitration and ADR – University of Paris II–Assas (2001)
  • Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in International Business Law – University of Paris I Sorbonne (1999)

Marie-Laure Bizeau is a partner at Medici. Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2003, she began her career with Serge Lazareff and then worked at Derains & Gharavi International since its creation, for more than 11 years, including as a partner from 2018 to 2020. She has more than 17 years of experience in international arbitration during which she has acted as Counsel in numerous commercial arbitration proceedings governed by the rules of the largest arbitration institutions (ICC, LCIA, DIAC, CRCICA Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, KCAB, TRAC and UNCITRAL) as well as in investment arbitration proceedings, whether ad hoc (notably under the aegis of The Agreement for Promotion, Protection and Guarantee of Investments among the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference) or under the ICSID Rules.

Marie-Laure has been involved in arbitrations relating to construction, sales and service contracts, distribution and license agreements, joint ventures and shareholder relationships in the sectors of energy (oil and gas), infrastructure, telecommunication, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and investments in general. Her experience covers proceedings governed by civil law, common law, investment treaties and general public international law.

In addition, she has developed a strong practice in peri-arbitral litigation and more particularly in proceedings for the annulment and enforcement of awards before French courts as well as in proceedings relating to the liability of the various parties involved in the arbitration proceedings.

Marie-Laure also regularly acts as an arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings.

Since 2017, Marie-Laure has been included in the Who's Who Legal list of Future Leaders in International Arbitration, which describes her as "absolutely first-class", praised for her "depth of intellect and super client skills"; she is also recognized by Legal 500 as 'a "notable" practitioner' (2020 EMEA Edition). In 2021, Marie-Laure was ranked in the Arbitrators list of Decideurs Magazine in the “Strong reputation” category.  

 

EXPERIENCE

Experience as Counsel in investment arbitration and ICSID annulment proceedings

  • Counsel to a Tunisian company in an arbitration against the Republic of Gabon initiated under the Investment Agreement of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in relation to the construction of social housing buildings in the Republic of Gabon;
  • Counsel to a French company in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Guinea relating to the construction of a building complex in Conakry;
  • Counsel to Lebanese investors in an ICSID arbitration against the Democratic Republic of Congo relating to the expropriation of an investment in the construction and wood industries and in the annulment proceedings initiated by the Democratic Republic of Congo against the award (Antoine Abou Lahoud and Leila Bounafeh-Abou Lahoud v. Democratic Republic of the Congo, ICSID Case No. ARB/10/4);
  • Counsel to the Republic of Togo in ICSID annulment proceedings initiated against Togo Elecritcité and GDF Suez and relating to a dispute concerning a concession in the electricity industry.

Experience as Counsel in ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitration proceedings

  • Counsel to a Belgian company in an ICC arbitration against an African State relating to a leasing contract - Claims: EUR 87.000.000 — Seat : Paris — Cameroonian law;
  • Counsel to an American company against an Italian company in an ICC arbitration concerning a contract for the supply of industrial paint —  Seat : Geneva — Swiss law;
  • Counsel to a Middle East company against Middle East companies in an ICC arbitration related to car distribution contracts;
  • Counsel in mediation proceedings under the auspices of the CMAP (Centre for mediation and arbitration of Paris) between a European hospitality group and a French company relating to the operation of overseas hotel complexes;
  • Counsel to a Middle East State in an ICC arbitration against an Asian company arising out of the design and construction of a solid waste management facility;
  • Counsel to a commercial agent in an arbitration under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration against various companies of the same group and relating to an agency contract;
  • Counsel to a European bank in an ICC arbitration against another European bank relating to a share purchase agreement;
  • Counsel to an Indian company in an ICC arbitration against a Spanish company relating to the manufacture  and delivery of materials as part of a plant construction;
  • Counsel to a Middle East citizen in an ICC arbitration relating to a debt collection and the implementation of a demand guarantee;
  • Counsel to a French company in an ICC arbitration relating to a services contract;
  • Counsel to a French company in a domestic commercial arbitration relating to hotel management contracts;
  • Counsel to an Iranian construction company in an ICC arbitration against an Italian company relating to the breach of a construction contract.

Experience in proceedings related to arbitration

Experience as arbitrator

  • Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal in an ICC arbitration between two North African companies relating to a services contract;
  • Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal in an ICC arbitration between a Middle East company and a European company relating to an industrial equipment purchase contract;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relating to a contract for the construction of a road;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between European companies relating to a cooperation agreement for the management of an oil licence;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between French companies relating to a contract for the distribution of pharmaceutical products;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between European companies relating to the sale of wind turbines;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between French companies relating to the management of a nuclear power plant;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between French companies relating to a purchase contract;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relating to a contract for the inspection of goods;
  • Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between European and North African companies relating to a construction contract;
  • Co-arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration relating to a franchise contract for the operating of a supermarket;
  • Co-arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration relating to a contract for the construction of a hotel.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Since 2020 — Founding Partner, Medici (Paris)
  • 2018-2020 — Partner, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
  • 2015-2018 — Counsel, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
  • 2009-2015 — Associate, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
  • 2003 -2008 — Associate, Cabinet Lazareff (Paris)

MANDATES / TEACHING

  • Since 2014 — Visiting lecturer in international and internal arbitration at the University of Montpellier;
  • Lecturer at the Bar Training School of the Paris Court of Appeal;
  • Member of the Arbitration and ADR Commission of ICC France.

EDUCATION

  • 2003 — Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in Litigation, Arbitration and ADR – University of Paris II–Assas
  • 2002 — Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in Litigation, Arbitration and ADR — University of Paris II–Assas
  • 1999 — Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in International Business Law — University of Paris I, Sorbonne

PUBLICATIONS / SPEAKER

  • Guillaume Feld & Marie-Laure Bizeau, ""Living hidden to be happy" - Myths, reality and practice of ad hoc commercial arbitration" in La Revue de l'arbitrage, n°1, January-March 2021;
  • "Introductory Note to Sofregaz v. NGSC (CA Paris, June 3, 2020)", International Legal Materials (ILM), Volume 60, Issue 2, published by The American Society of International Law, March 2021;
  • Speaker at the ICC YAF Conference on the Constitution of the Arbitral Tribunal, December 2020;
  • Speaker at "Arbitrators' crossed opinions", webinar-conference organized by Freshfields, October 2020;
  • "Investment arbitration and pandemic" in Jus Mundi, August 2020;
  • "Protection in arbitration proceedings", conference organized by the Paris Bar Association and the European Court of Arbitration on "The protection of the weaker party and the impecunious party in arbitration (allowing better access to arbitral justice)", on December 18, 2019;
  • "Indirect expropriation in disputes between extractive parties" in Le contentieux extractif, International Chamber of Commerce, 2015;
  • Hamid Gharavi & Marie-Laure Bizeau, "L'Article 10 du nouveau Règlement d'arbitrage de la CCI: Percées et formalisation de la pratique de la Cour sur la jonction d'arbitrages", in Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage / The Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2012 n°1, p. 51.

Valence Borgia

EMAIL valence.borgia@medici.law

PHONE +33 1 81 70 82 50

Valence-borgia

BAR ADMISSION

  • Paris Bar
  • New York State Bar

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • French
  • Italian

EDUCATION

  • Paris Bar School — Paris, France, (2006–2007)
  • LLM, General Studies — New York University, New York, New York (2005)
  • Master Diritto Privato Europeo — La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy (2004)
  • D.E.A, Droit des affaires et de l’économie — Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France (2003)

Valence Borgia is a member of both the Paris and New York State bars.

Valence acts as counsel and as arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc international arbitration proceedings.  She has significant  litigation expertise before French courts, specializing in matters related  to arbitration, including enforcement and annulment proceedings, as well as arbitrator liability disputes.

Valence is ranked in the category "Strong Reputation" in the annual Arbitrators ranking by the magazine Décideurs Finance et Droit in 2021. Legal 500 recognized her as "tenacious", "excellent in advocacy" and an "excellent litigation lawyer". She has also been named by the magazine Décideurs Finance et Droit as one of the "30 rising stars" of the Business Bar in 2016 and "a young talent to follow" by Legal 500.

Valence is particularly active in litigations involving African and Italian parties and regularly litigates matters involving the energy, transport, aeronautics, media, agri-food, recycling, and infrastructure industries.

Valence is the co-founder of the round table breakfast, "Wake Up (with) Arbitration!" which is devoted to the practical aspects of arbitration.  She is also a co-founder of the Women's Foundation and an administrator of the Equality Laboratory and has developed a pro bono practice for matters involving gender discrimination and  gender-based violence

As a former member of the Paris Bar Council, currently member of the Law and Procedure Association’s board, and an Honorary President of the Union of Young Lawyers, Valence is very involved in the defense of women's rights.

 

RECOGNITION

  • Magazine Décideurs Finance et Droit - ranking in the category "Strong Reputation" in the annual list of Arbitrators, 2021;
  • Legal 500 - "tenacious", "excellent in advocacy" and "excellent litigation lawyer", 2018;
  • Legal 500 - "a young talent to follow", 2019;
  • Magazine Décideurs Finance et Droit - one of the "30 rising stars" of the Business Bar, 2016.

EXPERIENCE

Experience in commercial arbitration

  • Arbitrator: sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration over the performance and the termination of a distribution agreement between a Romanian company and a Belgian company — Seat: Paris — Belgian law — English and French languages; 
  • Counsel: ICC arbitration between a Belgian company and an African State over a game farming and ranching contract - Claims: EUR 87.000.000 — Seat: Paris — Cameroonian law;
  • Arbitrator: sole arbitrator in an expedited ICC arbitration over the performance of a contract for the purchase of goods between a Pakistani company and a Spanish company — Seat:  Paris — English language;
  • Counsel: ICC arbitration between two French companies over share purchase contracts in the wind energy industry - Claims: EUR 6.000.000 — Seat: Paris;
  • Arbitrator: sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between an Italian company and a Gabonese company over the performance of an infrastructure construction contract — Seat: Paris — Italian, French and English languages;
  • Arbitrator: co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration over the performance of a contract governing oil related activities between two Ivorian companies — Seat: Geneva — French and English languages;
  • Counsel: ICC arbitration between Tunisian and German parties over the non-conformity of industrial equipment - Claims: EUR 4.000.000 — Seat: Paris — Vienna Convention on the international sale of goods — French language;
  • Arbitrator: co-arbitrator in ad hoc international procedings over the performance of an agent contract between an Italian company and a French company — Seat: Paris. — Italian law — French and Italian languages;
  • Arbitrator: co-arbitrator in ICC proceedings over a port infrastructure contract between a French company and an African company - Claims: USD 35.000.000 — Seat: Paris — French language;
  • Arbitrator: co-arbitrator in a CMAP procedure over requests for resolution of transfer of securities - Claims: EUR 17.300.000 — Seat: Paris — French law;
  • Counsel: ICC arbitration between a Lybian company and an Emirati company over the breach of agreements relating to the construction and operation of a refinery - Claims: EUR 160.000.000 — Seat: Paris — Lybian law —  English language;
  • Counsel: ICC arbitration between a French company and a Congolese company over an oil drill transport contract — Seat: Paris — French law — English language;
  • Counsel: ICC arbitration between British parties and parties from the British Virgin Islands over the breach of an aircraft purchase contract - Claims: EUR 12.000.000 — Seat: Paris — French law —  French language;
  • Counsel: ad hoc arbitration over a post-acquisition dispute involving a seller’s guarantee - Claims: EUR 25.000.000 —  Seat: Paris —  French law;
  • Counsel: CMAP arbitration over the termination of contracts by a real estate company for the provision of services - Claims: EUR 1.500.000 —  Seat: Paris —  French law;
  • ICC arbitration between a French company and a Turkish company over telecommunication trademark license contracts;
  • ICC arbitration between Moroccan and French parties over an international telephone traffic routing contract —  Seat: Paris;
  • Ad hoc arbitration over the non-execution of shareholders' agreements related to a joint-venture in the food industry —  Seat:  Paris —  French law;
  • Ad hoc arbitration over the use of an asset and liability guarantee following the acquisition of shares in companies holding quarries — Seat: Paris — French law;
  • CMAP arbitration over the consequences of the non-renewal of urban and real estate development contracts - Claims: EUR 1.800.000 — Seat: Paris — French law;
  • ICC arbitration between Lebanese and Saudi parties over the breach of satellite TV program broadcasting contracts - Claims: USD 72.000.000 — Seat: Paris — English language.

Experience in litigation

  • Counsel to a leader in the wind energy industry in litigation proceedings following the acquisition of several wind farms and which resulted in a EUR 50.7 million judgment in its favor;
  • Counsel to a listed French company in litigation involving bank guarantees on first demand in the recycling industry;

  • Counsel to a BVI company holding works of art in litigation following the acquisition of a forgery;

  • Counsel to a British Virgin Islands company in a dispute relating to the insurance of works of art;

  • Counsel to a French company, specializing in the management of network infrastructure in a dispute with a Belgian telephone operator, relating to the purchase of satellite capacity;

  • Counsel to a French company in the food & beverage industry in litigation related to investigative measures likely to violate business secrets;

  • Counsel to an artistic agent in disputes with lyric artists;

  • Counsel to an Italian company operating in the labels and paper industry in various commercial disputes with its customers;

  • Counsel to a French company in various commercial disputes in the agribusiness industry;

  • Counsel to American oilfield services company in relation to an air transport accident;

  • Counsel for actions arbitration award enforcement and annulment proceedings;

  • Counsel for arbitrators and arbitration institutions in post-arbitration liability disputes;

  • Counsel to a leading United States security and remote monitoring systems company in contractual liability and unfair competition disputes;

  • Counsel to North American company in litigation related to the closure of a French factory;

  • Counsel to French and international companies in insurance litigation following claims; 

  • Counsel to attorneys in professional disputes, including partner, ethics, and collaboration related disputes;

  • Counsel to victims in matters involving sexual discrimination and violence.

EXPERIENCES

  • 2020 - Present — Founding Partner, Medici, Paris, France
  • 2009-2020 — Counsel, K&L Gates, Paris, France
  • 2007-2009 — Associate, Eversheds LLP, Paris, France

EDUCTION

  • 2006 - 2007 — Paris Bar School, Paris, France
  • 2004 - 2005 — L.L.M in General Studies New York University 
  • 2003 - 2004 — Master in Diritto Privato Europeo - Prof. Guido Alpa  — Università La Sapienza Rome
  • 2002 - 2003 — DEA Droit des affaires et de l'économie Université Paris I

PROFESSIONAL COMMITMENTS

  • Co-Director of Paris Place of Law Association ("Paris Place du Droit");
  • Member of the Paris Bar Council (2018-2020);
  • Member of the Board of Law and Procedure Association ("Droit et procédure");
  • Founding Member of the round-tables dedicated to arbitration “Wake up (with) Arbitration!”;
  • President ad honorem of the Young Lawyer Association (2014-2015);
  • Founding Member of the Women Foundation ("Fondation des Femmes");
  • Member of the Board of Equality Laboratory think tank ("Laboratoire de l'Égalité").

PUBLICATION

  • "Wind farms litigation : Innovent ordered to pay EUR 50.7 million to Boralex", in Le Monde du Droit, 20 May 2021 (https://www.lemondedudroit.fr/deals/75692-contentieux-eolien-innovent-condamnee-a-payer-50-7-millions-euros-boralex.html?jjj=1621508375428);
  • Third-Party Conciliation: France reacts to Covid-19 with a New Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism” in the Arbitration Journal No.9 of the Russian Arbitration Association, January 2021;
  • Interview with Valencia Borgia, "A woman lawyer committed to professional equality", in Journal Spécial des Sociétés, May 2020;
  • "3 questions to Valence Borgia", in La Semaine du Praticien, La Semaine Juridique, 2020;
  • "Future management practices in law firms: towards mutation?" in Revue pratique de la prospective et de l'innovation, LexisNexis Jurisclasseur, October 2016.

Caroline Duclercq

EMAIL caroline.duclercq@medici.law

PHONE +33 1 81 70 82 50

Caroline

ADMISSION

  • Paris Bar

LANGUAGES 

  • English
  • French

EDUCATION

  • Mediation Training — CMAP (2018)
  • Certificat d’aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat — CRFPA of Montpellier (2001)
  • Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in International Business Law — University of Montpellier (2000)

Caroline Duclercq is a partner at Medici. Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2002. She has around 20 years of experience in domestic and international arbitration. She is listed in the specialized rankings such as Who’s Who Legal as "future leaders" in international arbitration and also Leaders Leagues, Décideurs Finance et Droit, and Les Echos in the list of "Best lawyers in Arbitration and Mediation" since 2019. In 2021, Caroline was ranked in the Arbitrators list of Décideurs Magazine in the “Strong reputation” category.

She advises and represents French and foreign clients and acts as counsel in numerous commercial arbitration proceedings, either ad hoc or governed by the rules of the largest arbitration institutions (ICC, SCC, AFA, CMAP, LCIA, Stockholm, Danish Institute, KCAB, SIAC, Cepani, CCAT, etc.). Her experience covers proceedings governed by civil law and common law. She has a significant experience of complex construction and engineering arbitration proceedings (in particular under FIDIC Rules) and has also been involved in numerous arbitrations relating to distribution, hotels and leisure, energy (oil and gas), industrial/intellectual property, joint venture and shareholder agreements, sales/purchases, telecommunication, and transportation.

Caroline also regularly acts as an arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings.

In addition, she has developed a strong practice in peri-arbitral litigation and more particularly in proceedings for the annulment and enforcement of awards before French courts.

She finally also regularly acts as contract manager to prevent and organise potential disputes in the sector of construction and engineering.

Since 2014, Caroline is Director of the on-line University Diploma (MOOC) on domestic and international arbitration with the University of Montpellier (France). She is also lecturer in arbitration at the University of Versailles St-Quentin, Montpellier and Toulouse.

She is the co-founder of the round-tables dedicated to arbitration “Wake up (with) Arbitration!” since 2012 and regularly speaker at conferences relating to arbitration, construction and gender equality.
 
She is a Board Member of Association Française de l’Arbitrage (AFA) and Paris MENA Legal Club and an active member of the French Commission of ICC.

 

EXPERIENCE

Experience as Counsel in commercial arbitration 

  • Counsel for a third-party funder who has been joined to an ICC case between Cameroonian, French, Lebanese and Swiss companies in relation to a share purchase agreement — OHADA law — French language;
  • Counsel for the Claimant in an ICC case between a Lebanese company and a company from the UAE in relation to the construction of a pipeline — UAE law — English language;
  • Counsel for the Claimant in an ICC case between French companies in relation to an advisory agreement in the context of the restructuring of a group — French law — English language;
  • Counsel for the Claimant in an ICC case between a French company and a Dutch company in relation to the performance of exclusive patent licences — French law — English language;
  • Counsel for the Respondent in an ICC case between an English company and a Moroccan company in relation to loan and financing contracts in the context of the Moroccan Exchange Office Regulation — French law — English language;
  • Counsel for the Claimant in an ICC case between an American group and a Japanese company in relation to a joint venture in the context of a tire cartel — New York law — English language;
  • Counsel for the Respondent in an ICC case between a French company and a Mauritian group arising out of a hostelry management contract for three new-built hotels — French law — French language;
  • Counsel for the Claimant in an ICC case between an Indian company and a German group in connection with distribution and agency contracts — German law — English language;
  • Counsel for the Respondent in an ICC case between a Moroccan company and a Swiss company regarding hotel operations — French law — French language;
  • Counsel for the Claimant in an ICC case between a Belgian company and a Portuguese company regarding a distribution agreement and assignment of trademarks — Belgian law — French language;
  • Counsel for the Claimant in a FNTP (Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics) case between two French companies in relation to a consortium in the construction industry — French law — French language.

Experience in proceedings related to arbitration

  • Counsel to a third-party funder in proceedings for annulment of a partial award on jurisdiction (ratione personae) dismissing the junction of the third-party funder as co-claimant;
  • Counsel to a French company in proceedings for annulment (partial annulment) of an award based on violation of due process and ultra petita award;
  • Counsel to a Swiss company in proceedings for annulment of a final award based on violation of public policy regarding collective proceeding;
  • Counsel to a French company against two other French companies in proceedings for annulment of an ICC award based on violation of due process and equality between the parties;
  • Counsel to a French company against another French company in proceedings for annulment an ICC award based on the violation of due process and public policy;
  • Counsel to a Moroccan company against an English company in proceedings for annulment of an ICC award based on violation of public policy;
  • Counsel to an American company for the enforcement of an award issued against a French and Israeli company: exequatur, seizures, conciliation within the scope of the Covid statutory provisions and negociations of a memorandum of understanding;

  • Counsel to a Swiss company for the enforcement of two awards issued against Swiss, Cameroonian and Lebanese companies: exequatur, banking seizures and seizure of property, debts, trademarks, search for assets;

  • Counsel to a French company for the enforcement in Mauritius of an ICC award in relation to a hostelry management contract for three new-built hotels;
  • Counsel to a Moroccan company against a German company in proceedings for annulment of a ICC award based on lack of independence and impartiality;
  • Counsel to a Spanish company against a Moroccan company in the context of a pre-arbitration proceeedings in the construction industry.

Experience as arbitrator

  • Chairman in an ICC case betwenn two UAE companies relating to a contract for the construction of an hospital center — UAE law —  English language;
  • Chairman in a CMAP case between two French companies relating to an exclusive game license agreement — French law — French language;
  • Chairman in an ICC case between an Egyptian company and a Chinese company relating to a construction subcontract — Egyptian law — English language;
  • Chairman in an ICC case between a French company and an Italian company relating to a licensing agreement — French law — English language;
  • Emergency arbitrator in an ICC case between an Italian company and an Egyptian entity relating to the call of guarantees in a construction contract — Egyptian law — French language;
  • Emergency arbitrator in an ICC case between a Danish and Russian company related to a hotel franchise contract — English law — English language;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC case between a French and UAE company related to the performance and the termination of license, support and supply contracts — French law — English language;
  • Sole arbitrator in a CMAP case between seven French companies relating to a shareholder agreement — French law — French language;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC Case between two French companies relating to a representation contract — French law — French language;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC case between an African State and a private company in the British Virgin Islands arising out of the enforcement of an arbitral award and a subsequent settlement agreement that is argued to have been concluded in fraud — Swiss law — English language;
  • Sole arbitrator in a CMAP case between two French companies relating to a consultancy agreement — French Law — French language;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC case between two Spanish companies relating to a shareholder agreement relating to railways — French Law — English language;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC case between a US company and a Senegalese banking corporation relating to the construction of oxygen plants for hospitals — French law — French language;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC case between an Egyptian entity, a Dutch company and a UAE company, relating to a services agreement — French Law — English language;
  • Co-arbitrator in a Danish Institute case between a Danish company and a Moroccan company regarding a franchise agreement — Danish law — English language;
  • Co-arbitrator in an AFA case between an American group and a French company relating to the performance of an acquisition contract — French law — French language;
  • Co-arbitrator in a CCAT case between a State-owned company and a Canadian company regarding a services contract — French law — French language.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Since 2020 — Founding Partner, Medici (Paris)
  • 2012-2020 — Partner, Altana (Paris)
  • 2010-2012 — Counsel, Lazareff Le Bars (Paris)
  • 2009-2010 — Associate, Derains Gharavi & Lazareff (Paris)
  • 2002 -2008 — Associate, Lazareff law firm (Paris)

 

EDUCATION

  • 2018 — Mediation training  — CMAP
  • 2001 — Bar School Certificate (France) - Memoranda: “Arbitration and Groups of Contracts” and “Pre-franchising Contracts
  • 2000 —  Postgraduate Degree (DESS) International Business Law - University of Montpellier (France)
  • Certificate of International Business and Tax Law - HSD Ernst & Young International Arbitration Moot in Vienna (Austria)
  • 1997 — Master of Commercial and International Business Law - University of Montpellier (France)

 

MANDATES/TEACHING

  • October 2020 — Lectrurer at the Master II of Paris Saclay in Arbitration and International Trade Law on "Drafting procedural documents in the context of an arbitration";
  • April 2020 — Lecturer at EIMA (International School of Alternative Dispute Resolution), training course on the different phases of an arbitration procedure;
  • 2015 - onwards — Director of the online degree (MOOC) on Domestic and International Arbitration, University of Montpellier (duarbitrage.org);
  • 2014 - onwards — Lecturer, University of Toulouse, Master in International Business Law;
  • 2012/2013 — Lecturer, Paris Bar School “The Judge and the Arbitrator”;
  • 2012 - onwards — Founding Member of the round-tables dedicated to arbitration “Wake up (with) Arbitration!”;
  • 2011 - onwards — Lecturer, University of Montpellier, Master in International Business Law;
  • 2007 - onwards — Lecturer, University of Versailles, Master in International Arbitration;
  • Member of the French Commission on International Arbitration of the ICC;
  • Board Member of the Association Française de l’Arbitrage (AFA) and Paris MENA Legal Club;
  • Arbitrator on the lists of ICC, AFA, CMAP and CAMM (Arbitration institution from Madagascar) and CRCICA (Cairo, Egypt);
  • Member of ArbitralWomen.

RECENT TALKS

  • June 2021:  "Arbitration and securities in OHADA law" conference organized by Achille Nganza, contribution about "The right of retention of the arbitral award"- Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire;
  • April 2021:  "Being a woman in an arbitrator world, by Caroline Duclercq", Paris Baby Arbitration Podcast;
  • March-April 2021: "Cross examination of witnesses - When Commen Law interferes with civil law", theorical and practical training, by the French Arbitration Association;
  • January 2021: "10th anniversary of the French Arbitration Law Reform", conference organized by Le Club des Juristes;
  • April 2020: Conference organised by the Chinese Swiss Law Association on "Third-party funding at the time of COVID-19" (webinar);
  • February 2020: MACI lecture on Women in arbitration - Paris, France;
  • December 2019: MENA Conference on the "Duration of an arbitration proceedings in the construction industry" - Dubai, UAE;
  • October 2019: Conference CNB on "How to manage the duration of an arbitral proceedings" – Paris, France;
  • June 2019: ICC Conference for Maghreb International Arbitration on expedited procedure – Tunis, Tunisia;
  • March 2019: 7th ICC MENA Conference on "Diversity in International Construction Arbitration from DABs to Tribunals" - Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • February 2019: CFA colloquium on international public policy in France, Spain and England – Madrid, Spain;
  • January 2019: Option Finance Colloquium "Ethic and arbitration" - Paris, France;
  • January 2019:Wake up (with) Arbitration!” debate relating to the international chambers of the Paris Court of Appeal - Paris, France;
  • January 2019: AFA training on “Cross-examination of witnesses: when common law visits civil law practice” - Paris, France;
  • 12 December 2018: Paris Bar : “Arbitration and Mediation in the OHADA zone”;
  • 21 September 2018:Oral evidence in arbitration” by the International Campus - Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire ;
  • 12 April 2018: GAR Live Paris on “Construction Disputes: Delay experts – are their days numbered?”;
  • 29 January 2018: Cross-examination of witnesses: when common law visits civil law practice” for the French Arbitration Association - Paris, France;
  • 14 December 2017: "Enforcement of awards in Morocco and Africa" during the annual Symposium organized by Lexis Nexis on “Investments in Africa and Legal Certainty- the 30 main strategic issues” - Casablanca, Maroc;
  • 6 December 2017:Overcoming procedural conflicts in international arbitration” during the conference “Navigating through Common Law and Civil Law waters in International Arbitration: Young Perspectives from Europe and the Americas” organized by CIArb YMG - Paris, France;
  • 1st December 2017:The pros of choosing French law arbitration” during the international conference “Arbitration, a development channel for economic operators in the African – Indian Ocean zone” - La Réunion, France.

PUBLICATIONS

  • "UNCITRAL Arbitration rules: the Pionner Arbitration framework", in the ADR Cell, New Law College, University of Pune (India), November 2020;
  • Caroline Duclercq and Thais Barthelémy "Last update on COVID-19: An event of Force Majeure?" - Medici Blog, July 2020;
  • "Duration of arbitration vs. duration of litigation: refelexions" in Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage, 2019-4, pp. 667 to 677, July 2020;
  • "Report on Third Party Funding in Arbitration Global Forum" in the Journal of Swiss Chinese Law review, further to the 4th edition of the SCLA Global Forum, June 2020;
  • "Women in arbitration", May 2020;
  • "Professor in arbitration, a professional arbitrator?", May 2020;
  • Interview for the LJA about the publication of awards, June 2019; 
  • “Publication of the award: a secret life is a happy life?” - Report Roundtable; “Wake Up (with) Arbitration!”, March 2019;
  • “The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre amends its arbitration rules” - Blog Altana law firm, December 2018;
  • “Société Saad Budzair Automotive Co v. Société Audi Volkswagen Middle East FZE LLC”, Paris Court of Appeal 27/03/18 – Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem;
  • “When French Judges confirm the expansion of their control over arbitral awards” - YAR (Young Arbitration Review), November 2018;
  • "Construction Arbitration : the updated ICC Report” - Les Echanges internationaux, September 2018;
  • “The choice of French arbitration law”, chapter of the book “Arbitration and investment in Africa and Indian Ocean Zone” - Lexis Nexis, September 2018;
  • “London’s burning, Paris s’éveille?” - Report Roundtable “Wake Up (with) Arbitration!”, June 2018;
  • “Obligation of disclosure and notorious fact: when the Court of Appeal recalls the extent of this obligation” - Blog Altana law firm, April 2018;
  • “Slipery slope for intra-EU investment arbitration”  - Blog Altana law firm,  March 2018;
  • "When civil law countries recognize punitive damages"  - Blog Altana law firm, January 2018;
  • "Enforcement of Arbitral Awards: Creditors, don’t wait too long!" - Blog Altana law firm, January 2018;
  • "English Court Rules on the Extent and Limits of the Role of the Secretary of the Arbitral Tribunal", Decision of 9 February 2017 of the Commercial Court of the High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division, Case No. CL–2016–61) - Revista de Arbitraje Comercial y de Inversiones , November 2017;
  • "Arbitrator and Defaulting Party: All alone like in 'the Martian'" - Blog Wake up (with) Arbitration!, August 2017;
  • 'Third Party Funding: new recognitions in domestic legislations and statuts" - Blog Altana law firm, August 2017;
  • "Arbitrage et Partie Faible"  - Clunet, March 2017;
  • "New trends in French Arbitration Law: a narrower control of the compatibility of international arbitration awards with international policy?" - The American Lawyer, October 2016.

 
 
 
 

ASSOCIATES

Aleksandra-carré

Aleksandra Fedosova

EMAIL  — a.fedosova@medici.law

PHONE  — +33 1 81 70 82 50 

ADMISSION— Jurist

LANGUAGES — English | French | Spanish | Russian | Chinese

EDUCATION

  • Trainee Lawyer at the Paris Bar School (EFB) (2021)
  • Master 1, International Business Law, University Paris Saclay (2018)
  • Master 2, International Business Law, University Paris Saclay (2017)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki (2013-2016)
  • Bachelor of laws, University of Law and Business, Saint-Petersburg (2012-2016)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, exchange program, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice (2015)

Aleksandra is dedicated to international arbitration and commercial litigation.

Before joining the firm, Aleksandra worked in arbitration and litigation teams of several law firms.

Aleksandra holds a degree from the University Paris Saclay where she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Law. She also studied at the University in St. Petersburg, Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki and Ca' Foscari University in Venice.

Aleksandra is fluent in French, English, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.

Zelie

Zélie Héran

EMAIL  — zelie.heran@medici.law

PHONE  — +33 1 81 70 82 50

ADMISSION — Paris Bar

LANGUAGES — English | French | Spanish

EDUCATION

  • Trainee lawyer at the Paris Bar School (EFB) (2020)
  • LLM, International Dispute Resolution, King’s College London (2019)
  • Master 2, International Business Law, University of Paris II–Assas (2017)

Zélie is dedicated to international arbitration and commercial litigation.

Before joining the firm, Zélie worked in arbitration and litigation teams of French and international law firms. She acquired experience in commercial arbitration, whether domestic or international, as well as in investment arbitration and commercial litigation.

Zélie holds a degree from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas where she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Law. She completed her studies at the University of King’s College London where she obtained an LLM in International Dispute Resolution. She has also undertaken an exchange program at the University of Copenhagen (KU).

Zélie is fluent in both French and English.

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Marie Morier

EMAIL  — marie.morier@medici.law

PHONE  — +33 1 81 70 82 50

ADMISSION — Paris Bar

LANGUAGES — English | French

EDUCATION

  • Trainee lawyer at the Paris Bar School (EFB) (2020)
  • LLM, Comparative and International Dispute Resolution, Queen Mary University of London, Distinction (2019)
  • Master 2, International Economic Law, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Valedictorian (2017)

Marie is dedicated to international arbitration and commercial litigation.
 
Before joining the firm, Marie worked in international arbitration teams of international law firms. She acquired experience in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and public international law.

Marie holds a degree from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas where she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in International Economic Law. She completed her studies at the University of Queen Mary University of London where she obtained an LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution. She has also undertaken an exchange program at the Faculty of law of McGill University.

Marie is fluent in both French and English.

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Jeanne Veillerot

EMAIL  — jeanne.veillerot@medici.law

PHONE  — +33 1 81 70 82 50

ADMISSION— Paris Bar

LANGUAGES — English | French 

EDUCATION

  • Trainee Lawyer at the Paris Bar School (EFB) (2016-2017)
  • LLM, International Business Law, Sorbonne-Assas International Law School, Singapore (2016)
  • Master 2, International Economic Law, University of Paris II-Assas (2014)

Jeanne is dedicated to international arbitration and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Jeanne worked for three years in an international law firm in London as associate in the litigation and arbitration practice group. She gained experience in international arbitration, before several institutions (ICC, LCIA, ad hoc), both commercial and investment, but also post-arbitral disputes and commercial cases before UK courts. Jeanne has experienced high profile construction and engineering arbitrations, governed by civil and common law (in particular under FIDIC rules). She is also particularly active in disputes relating to construction, involving oil and gas issues, power plant projects, distribution and shareholders agreements, with various applicable laws.

Jeanne is graduated from University of Assas-Paris II with International Private Law master’s degree and holds a LL.M. in International Business Law from Sorbonne-Assas International Law School (Singapore). She has also undertaken an exchange program at Uppsala University (Sweden).

Jeanne is fluent in both French and English.

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