Derains & Gharavi

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Paris-based arbitration boutique led by highly regarded specialists who frequently act as counsel or arbitrator in prominent cases. Familiar with the rules of all major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID. Particularly noted for work on behalf of either private individuals or corporate entities pursuing BIT claims against Middle Eastern or Asian states. Also handles disputes relating to expropriation. Key sectors include the energy and natural resources, construction and telecoms spheres. Benefits from a well-reputed public international law practice, representing sovereign states from the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Strengths The firm is described as "one of the key boutiques" in the European arbitration field.

Work highlights Acted for Muhammet Cap and his Turkey-based company on an approximately EUR400 million ICSID case relating to construction projects brought under the terms of the Turkey-Turkmenistan BIT.

Notable practitioners

Hamid Gharavi frequently represents clients in ICSID cases, acting for both sovereign states and investors. He boasts an impressive track record on cases involving Central Asian, Middle Eastern and African jurisdictions. He is also noted for his activity as an arbitrator, with sources describing him as "exceptional." One source reports: "He isbrilliant, very active and efficient. He follows up every case with the same attention; he is very hard-working and can find the nook in every case."

Melanie van Leeuwen is "precise and very strong internationally," according to sources. She is frequently selected to serve as arbitrator in complex international disputes, for both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Yves Derains is revered for his work as arbitrator in complex disputes around the world. He is regularly called on for his knowledge of commercial arbitrations and ICC cases, often presiding over matters involving Spain or Latin America.