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Nicolas Demigneux

T: +33 1 44 15 80 00 M: +33 6 70 08 35 79 Email Nicolas Office: Paris

Awards

The Legal 500 Paris 2016-2017 - Recommended lawyer - Dispute resolution, commercial litigation and corporate law

The Legal 500 Paris 2016-2017 - Recommended lawyer - Insurance

Nicolas Demigneux Partner

Contact details

Nicolas Demigneux

T: +33 1 44 15 80 00 M: +33 6 70 08 35 79 Email Nicolas Office: Paris

A litigation expert, Nicolas specialises in general commercial and insurance litigation, arbitration and private international law. Nicolas is also well known for his broad expertise in Africa related matters which includes representing several African governments in project disputes and contractual negotiations. He currently heads the Paris Africa group.
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Nicolas' expertise covers the various fields of civil and commercial law, including construction, mining, project and corporate disputes, product liability and contracts for large French and international companies.

In the insurance sector, Nicolas advises on matters relating to professional or product liability in the areas of aviation, pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals and construction.

Nicolas' arbitration experience involves acting as counsel during ad hoc or institutional arbitrations. In addition, he has experience as an arbitrator in domestic commercial disputes. Previous clients have praised Nicolas’ work with one client (SNC Lavalin) describing him as "​a very shrewd lawyer …has a rare sense for finding the magic bullets that will make you win".

Nicolas speaks French and English and is a member of the Paris and New York bars.

"A top professional"
Inmaculada Vázquez - Petroleos de Venezuela SA - Corporate and Litigation Director

  • Commercial litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Construction and engineering dispute resolution

Listed US chemical specialty products manufacturer

Representing a US chemical specialty products manufacturer in court survey and litigation proceedings in a multi-million product liability dispute against a French luxury sailboat manufacturer over the alleged defectiveness of the varnishes manufactured.

Venezuelan state owned oil and gas company

Representing a Venezuelan state owned oil and gas company in domestic court proceedings for urgent conservatory measures in support of ICC arbitration in relation to an off-shore drilling contract dispute.

French multi-national bank

Representing French multi-national bank against its insurers on fraud cover (bankers blanket bond) disputes in relation to two majors events for losses in excess of €500 million.

World leading turbine manufacturer

On instruction from an insurance company, assisted and represented a world leading turbine manufacturer against co-insurers in regard to an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between a turbine manufacturer and his Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

Lukoil Overseas

Advising Lukoil against insurers for the coverage of search and rescue costs incurred following the crash of a helicopter in coastal waters offshore Ghana.

More: Commercial litigation

French shipyard

Assisted and represented a French shipyard on instruction from an insurance company in an ICC arbitration and court survey proceedings against an Algerian company specialised in the maritime transport of gas over alleged defective reparation and maintenance operations on the tanks of an LNG carrier.

Shipbuilding and marine engineering company

Assisting a shipbuilding and marine engineering company in a pre ICC arbitration dispute against its buyer in relation to the construction of a passenger ferry and alleged non-conformities.

Korean shipyard

Assistance and representation of Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery to a French shipyard of a very large gantry crane.

Canadian helicopter operator

Representing a helicopter operator and its insurers in an ICC arbitration against a French helicopter manufacturer in connection with the loss of an aircraft.

French listed data storage company

Representing a French data storage company before the ICC in relation to the implementation of a spin-off agreement and related manufacturing agreements.

International aircraft lessor

Representing an aircraft lessor in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute over the alleged breach of a supply agreement for aircraft construction equipment.

Listed US software supplier

Representing a listed US retail software supplier in a UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration against a French garment company.

Multi-national professional service firm

Representing a multi-national professional service firm in an ICC arbitration for a contractual dispute against a German engineering company over the payment of consultancy fees.

More: International arbitration

French world leader in waste management and water treatment

Representing a French world leader in waste management and water treatment in court survey and litigation proceedings against contractors and insurers, relating to major construction defects of the core control systems of one of its strategic waste storage and management plant in France.

Multi-national bank

Advising a commercial bank as partner of a joint venture within the framework of a multi-million dispute between the joint venture and an UAE developer over the construction and guarantee scheme of a major sewerage plant in Dubai.

Defence and security company

Acting on behalf of a defence and security company against a power generation and rail transport equipment service company. This concerned a claim relating to the development of an integrated automated data communication system for a Brazilian railway company and associated construction works.

Syndicat Intercommunal du Traitement des Résidus Urbains (SITRU)

Representing SITRU in survey proceeding and court litigation in relation to the loss resulting from the defects affecting the hotwater tanks of one of its incineration line.

More: Construction and engineering dispute resolution
  • Construction and engineering
  • Insurance

French world leader in waste management and water treatment

Representing French world leader in waste management and water treatment in court survey and litigation proceedings against contractors and insurers, relating to major construction defects of the core control systems of one of its strategic waste storage and management plant in France.

Multi-national bank

Advising a commercial bank as partner of a joint venture within the framework of a multi-million dispute between the joint venture and an UAE developer over the construction and guarantee scheme of a major sewerage plant in Dubai.

Defence and security company

Acting on behalf of a defence and security company against a power generation and rail transport equipment service company. This concerned a claim relating to the development of an integrated automated data communication system for a Brazilian railway company and associated construction works.

Syndicat Intercommunal du Traitement des Résidus Urbains (SITRU)

Representing SITRU in survey proceeding and court litigation in relation to the loss resulting from the defects affecting the hotwater tanks of one of its incineration line.

More: Construction and engineering

World leading turbine manufacturer

On instruction from an insurance company, assisted and represented a world leading turbine manufacturer against co-insurers in regard to an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between a turbine manufacturer and his Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

French world leader in waste management and water treatment

Representing French world leader in waste management and water treatment in court survey and litigation proceedings against contractors and insurers, relating to major construction defects of the core control systems of one of its strategic waste storage and management plant in France.

French multi-national bank

Representing French multi-national bank against its insurers on fraud cover (bankers blanket bond) disputes in relation to two majors events for losses in excess of €500 million.

Canadian helicopter operator

Representing a helicopter operator and his insurers in an ICC arbitration against a French helicopter manufacturer in connection with the loss of an aircraft.

Lukoil Overseas

Advising Lukoil against insurers for the coverage of search and rescue costs incurred following the crash of a helicopter in coastal waters offshore Ghana.

More: Insurance 
  • Africa
  • Iran

Government of the Republic of Congo

Advising the government of the Republic of Congo in contractual negotiations with SGS and contract drafting relating to the establishment of legality verification software for forest law enforcement governance and trade.

Government of Guinea

Advising the government of Guinea on a complex infrastructure project involving rail, ports and an Iron ore mine.

Government of Djibouti

Advised with regard to their oil terminals concessions and related containers.

KBR (ExxonMobil's contractor)

Advice, assistance and representation before the Chadian courts (including Chad Supreme court) and the CCJA of OHADA in Abidjan regarding numerous claims by sub-contractors regarding the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project for a total of £4.5 million.

Lukoil Overseas

Advising Lukoil against insurers for the coverage of search and rescue costs incurred following the crash of a helicopter in coastal waters offshore Ghana.

More: Africa

Giti

Representing GITI Tajhiz Teb Co on a multi-jurisdiction litigation against US listed company Biorad Laboratories, including various enforcement proceedings, an appeal before the Cour de Cassation (the French Supreme Court), totr action before the French Commercial Court, supervising litigation in Iran and supervising potential litigation in the US.

Iranian distributor of pharmaceuticals and bio medical products

Representing an Iranian distributor of pharmaceuticals and bio medical products in complex litigation against a listed US company and its French subs in relation to the termination of several multi-million euro contracts further to the wrongful application of US sanctions.

Iranian bank

Advising an Iranian bank on the application of EU sanctions and their impact on their French directors and officers.

Iranian automotive manufacturer

Representing an Iranian automotive manufacturer against its French distributor before French courts over the wrongful termination of various service and distribution contracts.

More: Iran 

Awards

The Legal 500 Paris 2016-2017 - Recommended lawyer - Dispute resolution, commercial litigation and corporate law

The Legal 500 Paris 2016-2017 - Recommended lawyer - Insurance

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