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Chambers Review

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International Arbitration - France
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What the team is known for

Derains & Gharavi is a highly respected boutique dedicated exclusively to international arbitration and related litigation matters. The law firm balances its practice between investment and commercial operations, and acts on cases across the globe, from Europe and the Middle East to Asia and Africa. The team is especially active in the construction and oil and gas industries. The practice is praised for the numerous prominent arbitrators within its ranks.

Strengths

Clients enthuse: "We were very pleased with the work of the firm," and add: "All members of the team were always hands-on and we were impressed with their knowledge of the case and the issues at stake."

Another client praises the quality of the associates in the team and further notes: "Their ability to be quick and responsive is amazing."

Work highlights

Acted for Romania on a USD400 million ICSID case against a Cypriot wind farm investor.

Notable practitioners

The "impressive" Yves Derains maintains a leading reputation in the arbitration field and acts as chair and co-arbitrator on commercial and investment cases. Sources mention that "he is extremely efficient."

The "outstanding" Hamid Gharavi remains a go-to for clients on major investment cases. His respected practice sees him regularly acting on cases with Middle Eastern aspects, both as counsel and arbitrator. Clients comment: "He is very smart, sharp, and hands-on."

Melanie van Leeuwen acts as counsel and arbitrator and handles cases under a variety of arbitral rules, including ICSID and SCC. She moves up the arbitrators rankings on the back of positive market feedback. One source comments: "She is an exceptional arbitrator. She is extremely involved, very respectful to all parties, very well prepared and responsive."

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Derains & Gharavi

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Hamid G Gharavi
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Melanie van Leeuwen
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International Arbitration: Arbitrators

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Yves Derains
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Hamid G Gharavi
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Melanie van Leeuwen
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