PARIS – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – Laurent Gouiffès has recently…

PARIS – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – Laurent Gouiffès has recently joined the Allen & Overy Paris office as “Counsel” to develop the international arbitration practice. Joining from the London office of Denton Wilde Sapte, Laurent officially started six months ago allowing him to work closely with the arbitration lawyers in the London office before moving to Paris. His arrival in Paris marks a significant boost and investment into the global arbitration practice.

Commenting, Jean Claude Rivalland, head of the corporate department of Allen & Overy Paris, said “International arbitration is experiencing a boom in all jurisdictions and Paris is internationally recognised as a leading arbitration centre. Laurent’s technical and commercial expertise are widely regarded and will be important in developing the Paris arbitration practice.”

Stephen Jagusch, international arbitration partner, added “Laurent is one of the most talented young French international arbitration lawyers I know. He is a welcome addition to our global group.”


Admitted to the ‘Barreau de Paris’ in 1998 and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales since 2005, Laurent Gouiffès (35) specialises in litigation, especially international arbitration and technical and energy related disputes. He has acted on numerous arbitrations, either as counsel to one of the parties or as secretary to the arbitral tribunal, in particular under the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, CAS and UNCITRAL rules. His work in technical and energy-related disputes has focused on the aerospace, oil and gas, electricity, nuclear and mining sectors.

Recent cases which Laurent has worked on include:

· Representing a German gas company against an English energy trading company in an ICC arbitration in relation to a gas price revision dispute (Geneva);

· Representing the government of an Eastern European country against an investor from a neighbouring country in an ICSID arbitration, initiated under the Energy Charter Treaty, in relation to a nuclear power station (Washington);

· Representing Luxembourg pharmaceutical companies against an American pharmaceutical company in an LCIA arbitration relating to the sale of a dermatological product (London).

Graduate of the ‘Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris’ (1993), with a Post-masterate diploma (with honours) in public and private international law from the University of Paris, Panthéon-Assas (1996).

Laurent Gouiffès began his career as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris, in 1998, working on international arbitration, litigation and advisory work.

From September 2002 to November 2005, he worked as a senior associate at the London office of Denton Wilde Sapte, mainly in International Arbitration.

Laurent has been a lecturer in international arbitration for a post-graduate course (DESS Droit des affaires et fiscalité), University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, since 2001.

Laurent speaks regularly at conferences and seminars and has published many articles on arbitration, energy and public and private international law. His publications have appeared in The Middle East Economic Digest, International Energy Law and Taxation Review, La Tribune, Le Figaro, OGEL, Al Hayat, ICC Handbook, Gas Regulation, the IBA Newsletter and International Arbitration Law Review. Publications: ‘L’arbitrage international, propose-t-il un modèle original de justice?’ LGDJ, Travaux et Recherches – Panthéon-Assas 1997; ‘The dispute settlement mechanisms of the Energy Charter Treaty’, in “Investment arbitration and the Energy Charter Treaty”, Juris Publishing, 2006.

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