Derains & Gharavi

International Arbitration Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected boutique dedicated exclusively to international arbitration and related litigation matters. Balances its practice between investment and commercial operations, and acts on cases across the globe, from Europe and the Middle East to South America and Africa. Especially active in the construction and oil and gas industries. Praised for the numerous prominent arbitratorswithin its ranks.

Strengths The firm is described by sources as "a dynamic firm which is growing internationally."

Notable practitioners

Hamid Gharavi
maintains a strong reputation for his activity as arbitration counsel and arbitrator. He often assists clients with cases relating to the Middle East. One interviewee enthuses: "He isbrilliant, very active and efficient," before adding that 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
acts as an arbitrator on investment and commercial arbitration cases. Sources praise her for being "very strong internationally and precise."

Yves Derains
has a superb reputation for his activity as an arbitrator and chair in ICC and ICSID cases. He appears on a wide range of institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.