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Nicolas Demigneux

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

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Nicolas Demigneux Paris office managing partner

Contact details

Nicolas Demigneux

Nicolas Demigneux
Paris office managing partner

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

Managing partner of the Paris office, Nicolas is also a litigation expert, specialised in general commercial and insurance litigation, arbitration and private international law. 
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His expertise covers the various fields of civil and commercial law, including construction, project, aviation 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.

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. Nicolas currently heads the Paris Africa group.

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

"A very shrewd lawyer…has a rare sense for finding the magic bullets that will make you win"
Senior ­director, a global leading engineering and construction group

  • Fraud and asset recovery
  • Commercial litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Construction and engineering dispute resolution
  • Shipping litigation
  • Aviation litigation and regulation
  • Dispute resolution

Transfer of shares and deprivation of assets

Advising and representing a Singaporean trust company and a Mauritius private company in a €120 million dispute following the sale of their interests in a Congolese mining company and the following fraudulent divestment of its assets.

Global leader in facility management

Advising and representing a global leader in Facility Management against its insurers in connection with a dispute over the coverage of the consequences of a large scale fraud following the acquisition of one of its competitors in the US.

Global enforcement of US decisions and asset tracing

Advising and representing the owner of an international commodity trading company to trace assets and recover damages for breach of contract and fraud in relation to a complex “pump and dump” scheme; and to enforce NY decisions in France and Monaco. Assistance included piercing the veil of various holding and shell companies in Monaco.

French multi­national bank

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

Transasia Commodities Investment

Representing Transasia Commodities Investment in a €25 million multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset recovery case.

Post-acquisition litigation

Representing the shareholders of a car-part company in connection with a €20 million dispute against the buyer over the sale of their shares. Assistance included defending multiple attachments and freezing orders.

Chartis

Advising on coverage issues and subrogation recovery legal actions in relation to a €15 million fraud suffered by its insured, a French investment bank.

US insurance company

Representing a US insurance company in French court proceedings against a Luxembourg banking group in relation to various fraud liability claims.

Canadian Fintech

Advising in relation to a CAD$8 million fraud cause. Assistance included various court proceedings in France against a number of fraudsters domiciled in France; and tracing and attaching their assets.

More: Fraud and asset recovery

SUEZ

Representing SUEZ, a world leader in waste management and water treatment in court survey and protracted 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.

Water treatment market leader

Representing a world leader in the production of drinking water and the treatment of sewage and sludge in proceedings before French Courts and in court-ordered surveys against various contractors, sub-contractors and insurers in relation to the construction of water treatment plants in the North of Paris and South of France.

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.

Multi-national bank

Advising an international commercial bank as partner of a joint venture within the framework of a multi­million dispute between the joint venture and an UAE developer over the construction and guarantee scheme of a sewerage system in Dubai.

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.

Listed US chemical specialty products manufacturer

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

Jinwang Europe and Hunan Jinwang

Representing Jinwang Europe and Hunan Jinwang in over 10 court proceedings in multiple high courts and courts of appeals in relation to various complex commercial and contractual post-acquisition disputes.

Global leader in facility management

Advising and representing a global leader in Facility Management against its insurers in connection with a dispute over the coverage of the consequences of a large scale fraud following the acquisition of one of its competitors in the US.

Maersk Line A/S

Advising and representing Maersk Line in various French court proceedings against multiple companies of the Bolloré Logistique group (China, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Italy, etc.)and its insurers in connection the losses resulting from a large scale fire on board Maersk Honam in the Arabian Sea, causing the death of 5 sailors and the total loss of the major part of an 8,000 containers cargo.

Biocon

Representing Biocon, India's largest biopharmaceutical company, against a French listed company specializing in cancer medications, on a cross-border product liability dispute.

Museum of Islamic Art (Qatar)

Representing the Museum of Islamic Art in connection with a dispute arising out of the delivery of defective furniture to be installed in the museum's Ducasse restaurant.

Transportation Partners

Representing Transportation Partners, Ciel Voyage and Lion Air in connection with various disputes related to the renegotiation of aircraft leasing agreements, including multiple challenges of attachments proceedings.

South African Airline and Wells Fargo Bank Trustee

Representing South African Airline (SAFAIR) and Wells Fargo Northwest Bank Trustee, as trustee of trusts managing hundreds of aircrafts, in separate court proceedings before the commercial court of Paris, in relation to proceeding brought by ASECNA, an international organization in charge of collecting various overflight charges.

Archway Aviation

Representing aircraft lessor Archay Aviation and its majority shareholder MHR Fund Management LLC in relation to the repossession of A321 aircraft engines parts, in the context of Monarch Airlines' collapse.

World leading turbine manufacturer

Assisting and representing the insurer of a world leading turbine manufacturer against co­insurers in an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between the turbine manufacturer and an Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

Remuneration and dismissal of a Chief Executive Officer

Advising and representing the CEO of a leading French food producer and worldwide retail distributor in relation to a dispute over his remuneration package and wrongful dismissal.

Multinational food and beverage company

Assisting and representing in ad hoc arbitration a multinational F&A company in a complex €20 million contractual dispute against the founders of chain of restaurant.

Shareholders' dispute

Advising and representing a Mauritius company investing in a wide range of industries worldwide, in an ICC arbitration against one of the leading commercial banks in Canada in relation to the disputed termination of a shareholders’ agreement.

Chinese crane manufacturer

Representing a leading Chinese crane manufacturer in a court-ordered survey and litigation proceedings following the collapse of a crane on the docks/containers and the subsequent losses for business interruption.

French leading shipowner

Representing a French leading shipowner in urgent conservatory proceedings following the dispute related to the construction of transshipment facilities for use in connection with a clean coal power plant in Dubai, to prevent its counterparty from enforcing multi-million dollar guarantees.

International drug trafficking and smuggling

Advising and representing the Deutsch subsidiary of an international organization specializing in international ship management and maritime services, in relation to criminal proceedings brought against crew members following the interception of a vessel and discovery by French Customs of 2 tons (approximately €160 million worth) of cocaine on-board.

Global enforcement of US decisions and asset tracing

Advising and representing the owner of an international commodity trading company to trace assets and recover damages for breach of contract and fraud in relation to a complex “pump and dump” scheme; and to enforce NY decisions in France and Monaco. Assistance included piercing the veil of various holding and shell companies in Monaco.

Canadian Fintech

Advising in relation to a CAD$8 million fraud cause. Assistance included various court proceedings in France against a number of fraudsters domiciled in France; and tracing and attaching their assets.

French multi­national bank

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

Post-acquisition litigation

Representing the shareholders of a car-part company in connection with a €20 million dispute against the buyer over the sale of their shares. Assistance included defending multiple attachments and freezing orders.

Transfer of shares and deprivation of assets

Advising and representing a Singaporean trust company and a Mauritius private company in a €120 million dispute following the sale of their interests in a Congolese mining company and the following fraudulent divestment of its assets.

American chemical company

Representing an American chemical company in the context of a dispute arising out of the performance of a contract related to the design, manufacture, transport, delivery and installation of an air-cooled condenser.

International supplier of marine foundations

Assisting an international marine foundation supplier with the negotiation of contracts in relation to the development of an offshore wind farm and relevant insurance coverage; and ensuing multi-million euros recovery proceedings.

Spanish refrigerated-transport company

Representing a Spanish refrigerated-transport company in a dispute related to the allegedly non-conforming delivery of various fresh and frozen food products to supermarket operators.

Transasia Commodities Investment

Representing Transasia Commodities Investment in a €25 million multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset recovery case.

An international banking and financial company

Representing an international banking and financial company in architecting a complex settlement structure to terminate a loan default dispute with an Iranian group and its affiliates.

SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank

Representing SG Kleinwort Hambros bank in series of cases to enforce decisions in France in relation to bank loan defaults.

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 off­shore drilling contract dispute.

French multi­national bank

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

World leading turbine manufacturer

Assisting and representing the insurer of a world leading turbine manufacturer against co­insurers in an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between the turbine manufacturer and an Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

Iranian distributor of pharmaceuticals and bio medical products

Within the framework of pre-litigation discussions, negotiating for an Iranian distributor of pharmaceuticals and bio medical products long term distribution contracts with the French subsidiary of a listed company.

Tym Ganain

Advising and representing Tym Ganain, a Spanish company specialized in shipbuilding services and stabilizers manufacturing, and its insurers in relation to a dispute with a worldwide Italian group operating in the industrial forging sector in both court-ordered survey and proceedings following the crack of stabilizers of an international cruise line ship.

Monegasque mega-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Monegasque €140 million mega-yacht owner and its insurers in a dispute over the indemnification of massive damages caused by a fire that originated in renovation works performed in France by a German subcontractor. Representation extended to both court-ordered survey and proceedings on the merits.

Marine insurance

Assisting and representing an insurer in connection with the disputed coverage a €100 million claim following the total loss of a ship during renovation work.

Cayman Island super-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Cayman Islands €16 million super-yacht owner in emergency proceedings and multiple freezing-orders campaign in France and Italy.

Korean shipyard

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a Very Large Gantry crane to a French shipyard.

French listed data storage company

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

Shipbuilder and ship delivery

Representing a leading Korean shipbuilder in various ICC arbitrations in relation to the payment of disputed claims relating to the performance of a contract for the construction and delivery of $426 million vessel.  

Shareholders' dispute

Advising and representing a Mauritius company investing in a wide range of industries worldwide, in an ICC arbitration against one of the leading commercial banks in Canada in relation to the disputed termination of a shareholders’ agreement.

Syndicat Intercommunal du Traitement des Résidus Urbains (SITRU)

Representing SITRU in survey proceeding and court proceedings against operators, contractors and insurers in relation to massive losses resulting from the defects affecting the hotwater tanks of one of its incineration lines

Canadian helicopter operator

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

More: Commercial litigation

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 off­shore drilling contract dispute.

Shipbuilder and ship delivery

Representing a leading Korean shipbuilder in various ICC arbitrations in relation to the payment of disputed claims relating to the performance of a contract for the construction and delivery of $426 million vessel.  

Shareholders' dispute

Advising and representing a Mauritius company investing in a wide range of industries worldwide, in an ICC arbitration against one of the leading commercial banks in Canada in relation to the disputed termination of a shareholders’ agreement.

Multinational food and beverage company

Assisting and representing in ad hoc arbitration a multinational F&A company in a complex €20 million contractual dispute against the founders of chain of restaurant.

Korean shipyard

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a Very Large Gantry crane to a French shipyard.

French listed data storage company

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

Mining Chinese conglomerate

Representing a Chinese conglomerate in court proceedings to vacate an ICC Arbitration Award on the grounds of due process violations.

More: International arbitration

Multi-national bank

Advising an international commercial bank as partner of a joint venture within the framework of a multi­million dispute between the joint venture and an UAE developer over the construction and guarantee scheme of a sewerage system in Dubai.

SUEZ

Representing SUEZ, a world leader in waste management and water treatment in court survey and protracted 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.

Water treatment market leader

Representing a world leader in the production of drinking water and the treatment of sewage and sludge in proceedings before French Courts and in court-ordered surveys against various contractors, sub-contractors and insurers in relation to the construction of water treatment plants in the North of Paris and South of France.

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 proceedings against operators, contractors and insurers in relation to massive losses resulting from the defects affecting the hotwater tanks of one of its incineration lines.

Chinese crane manufacturer

Representing a leading Chinese crane manufacturer in a court-ordered survey and litigation proceedings following the collapse of a crane on the docks/containers and the subsequent losses for business interruption.

French leading shipowner

Representing a French leading shipowner in urgent conservatory proceedings following the dispute related to the construction of transshipment facilities for use in connection with a clean coal power plant in Dubai, to prevent its counterparty from enforcing multi-million dollar guarantees.

World leading turbine manufacturer

Assisting and representing the insurer of a world leading turbine manufacturer against co­insurers in an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between the turbine manufacturer and an Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

Tym Ganain

Advising and representing Tym Ganain, a Spanish company specialized in shipbuilding services and stabilizers manufacturing, and its insurers in relation to a dispute with a worldwide Italian group operating in the industrial forging sector in both court-ordered survey and proceedings following the crack of stabilizers of an international cruise line ship.

Monegasque mega-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Monegasque €140 million mega-yacht owner and its insurers in a dispute over the indemnification of massive damages caused by a fire that originated in renovation works performed in France by a German subcontractor. Representation extended to both court-ordered survey and proceedings on the merits.

Marine insurance

Assisting and representing an insurer in connection with the disputed coverage a €100 million claim following the total loss of a ship during renovation work.

Cayman Island super-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Cayman Islands €16 million super-yacht owner in emergency proceedings and multiple freezing-orders campaign in France and Italy.

Korean shipyard

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a Very Large Gantry crane to a French shipyard.

Shipbuilder and ship delivery

Representing a leading Korean shipbuilder in various ICC arbitrations in relation to the payment of disputed claims relating to the performance of a contract for the construction and delivery of $426 million vessel.  

More: Construction and engineering dispute resolution

Maersk Line A/S

Advising and representing Maersk Line in various French court proceedings against multiple companies of the Bolloré Logistique group (China, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Italy, etc.)and its insurers in connection the losses resulting from a large scale fire on board Maersk Honam in the Arabian Sea, causing the death of 5 sailors and the total loss of the major part of an 8,000 containers cargo.

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 off­shore drilling contract dispute.

Monegasque mega-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Monegasque €140 million mega-yacht owner and its insurers in a dispute over the indemnification of massive damages caused by a fire that originated in renovation works performed in France by a German subcontractor. Representation extended to both court-ordered survey and proceedings on the merits.

Shipbuilder and ship delivery

Representing a leading Korean shipbuilder in various ICC arbitrations in relation to the payment of disputed claims relating to the performance of a contract for the construction and delivery of $426 million vessel.  

International drug trafficking and smuggling

Advising and representing the Deutsch subsidiary of an international organization specializing in international ship management and maritime services, in relation to criminal proceedings brought against crew members following the interception of a vessel and discovery by French Customs of 2 tons (approximately €160 million worth) of cocaine on-board.

Marine insurance

Assisting and representing an insurer in connection with the disputed coverage a €100 million claim following the total loss of a ship during renovation work.

French leading shipowner

Representing a French leading shipowner in urgent conservatory proceedings following the dispute related to the construction of transshipment facilities for use in connection with a clean coal power plant in Dubai, to prevent its counterparty from enforcing multi-million dollar guarantees.

Korean shipyard

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a Very Large Gantry crane to a French shipyard.

Chinese crane manufacturer

Representing a leading Chinese crane manufacturer in a court-ordered survey and litigation proceedings following the collapse of a crane on the docks/containers and the subsequent losses for business interruption.

Listed US chemical specialty products manufacturer

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

International supplier of marine foundations

Assisting an international marine foundation supplier with the negotiation of contracts in relation to the development of an offshore wind farm and relevant insurance coverage; and ensuing multi-million euros recovery proceedings.

Cayman Island super-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Cayman Islands €16 million super-yacht owner in emergency proceedings and multiple freezing-orders campaign in France and Italy.

Tym Ganain

Advising and representing Tym Ganain, a Spanish company specialized in shipbuilding services and stabilizers manufacturing, and its insurers in relation to a dispute with a worldwide Italian group operating in the industrial forging sector in both court-ordered survey and proceedings following the crack of stabilizers of an international cruise line ship.

More: Shipping litigation

Transportation Partners

Representing Transportation Partners, Ciel Voyage and Lion Air in connection with various disputes related to the renegotiation of aircraft leasing agreements, including multiple challenges of attachments proceedings.

Archway Aviation

Representing aircraft lessor Archay Aviation and its majority shareholder MHR Fund Management LLC in relation to the repossession of A321 aircraft engines parts, in the context of Monarch Airlines' collapse.

South African Airline and Wells Fargo Bank Trustee

Representing South African Airline (SAFAIR) and Wells Fargo Northwest Bank Trustee, as trustee of trusts managing hundreds of aircrafts, in separate court proceedings before the commercial court of Paris, in relation to proceeding brought by ASECNA, an international organization in charge of collecting various overflight charges.

More: Aviation litigation and regulation

SUEZ

Representing SUEZ, a world leader in waste management and water treatment in court survey and protracted 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.

Water treatment market leader

Representing a world leader in the production of drinking water and the treatment of sewage and sludge in proceedings before French Courts and in court-ordered surveys against various contractors, sub-contractors and insurers in relation to the construction of water treatment plants in the North of Paris and South of France.

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.

Multi-national bank

Advising an international commercial bank as partner of a joint venture within the framework of a multi­million dispute between the joint venture and an UAE developer over the construction and guarantee scheme of a sewerage system in Dubai.

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.

Listed US chemical specialty products manufacturer

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

Jinwang Europe and Hunan Jinwang

Representing Jinwang Europe and Hunan Jinwang in over 10 court proceedings in multiple high courts and courts of appeals in relation to various complex commercial and contractual post-acquisition disputes.

Global leader in facility management

Advising and representing a global leader in Facility Management against its insurers in connection with a dispute over the coverage of the consequences of a large scale fraud following the acquisition of one of its competitors in the US.

Maersk Line A/S

Advising and representing Maersk Line in various French court proceedings against multiple companies of the Bolloré Logistique group (China, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Italy, etc.)and its insurers in connection the losses resulting from a large scale fire on board Maersk Honam in the Arabian Sea, causing the death of 5 sailors and the total loss of the major part of an 8,000 containers cargo.

Biocon

Representing Biocon, India's largest biopharmaceutical company, against a French listed company specializing in cancer medications, on a cross-border product liability dispute.

Museum of Islamic Art (Qatar)

Representing the Museum of Islamic Art in connection with a dispute arising out of the delivery of defective furniture to be installed in the museum's Ducasse restaurant.

Transportation Partners

Representing Transportation Partners, Ciel Voyage and Lion Air in connection with various disputes related to the renegotiation of aircraft leasing agreements, including multiple challenges of attachments proceedings.

South African Airline and Wells Fargo Bank Trustee

Representing South African Airline (SAFAIR) and Wells Fargo Northwest Bank Trustee, as trustee of trusts managing hundreds of aircrafts, in separate court proceedings before the commercial court of Paris, in relation to proceeding brought by ASECNA, an international organization in charge of collecting various overflight charges.

Archway Aviation

Representing aircraft lessor Archay Aviation and its majority shareholder MHR Fund Management LLC in relation to the repossession of A321 aircraft engines parts, in the context of Monarch Airlines' collapse.

World leading turbine manufacturer

Assisting and representing the insurer of a world leading turbine manufacturer against co­insurers in an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between the turbine manufacturer and an Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

Remuneration and dismissal of a Chief Executive Officer

Advising and representing the CEO of a leading French food producer and worldwide retail distributor in relation to a dispute over his remuneration package and wrongful dismissal.

Multinational food and beverage company

Assisting and representing in ad hoc arbitration a multinational F&A company in a complex €20 million contractual dispute against the founders of chain of restaurant.

Shareholders' dispute

Advising and representing a Mauritius company investing in a wide range of industries worldwide, in an ICC arbitration against one of the leading commercial banks in Canada in relation to the disputed termination of a shareholders’ agreement.

Chinese crane manufacturer

Representing a leading Chinese crane manufacturer in a court-ordered survey and litigation proceedings following the collapse of a crane on the docks/containers and the subsequent losses for business interruption.

French leading shipowner

Representing a French leading shipowner in urgent conservatory proceedings following the dispute related to the construction of transshipment facilities for use in connection with a clean coal power plant in Dubai, to prevent its counterparty from enforcing multi-million dollar guarantees.

International drug trafficking and smuggling

Advising and representing the Deutsch subsidiary of an international organization specializing in international ship management and maritime services, in relation to criminal proceedings brought against crew members following the interception of a vessel and discovery by French Customs of 2 tons (approximately €160 million worth) of cocaine on-board.

Global enforcement of US decisions and asset tracing

Advising and representing the owner of an international commodity trading company to trace assets and recover damages for breach of contract and fraud in relation to a complex “pump and dump” scheme; and to enforce NY decisions in France and Monaco. Assistance included piercing the veil of various holding and shell companies in Monaco.

Canadian Fintech

Advising in relation to a CAD$8 million fraud cause. Assistance included various court proceedings in France against a number of fraudsters domiciled in France; and tracing and attaching their assets.

French multi­national bank

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

Post-acquisition litigation

Representing the shareholders of a car-part company in connection with a €20 million dispute against the buyer over the sale of their shares. Assistance included defending multiple attachments and freezing orders.

Transfer of shares and deprivation of assets

Advising and representing a Singaporean trust company and a Mauritius private company in a €120 million dispute following the sale of their interests in a Congolese mining company and the following fraudulent divestment of its assets.

American chemical company

Representing an American chemical company in the context of a dispute arising out of the performance of a contract related to the design, manufacture, transport, delivery and installation of an air-cooled condenser.

International supplier of marine foundations

Assisting an international marine foundation supplier with the negotiation of contracts in relation to the development of an offshore wind farm and relevant insurance coverage; and ensuing multi-million euros recovery proceedings.

Spanish refrigerated-transport company

Representing a Spanish refrigerated-transport company in a dispute related to the allegedly non-conforming delivery of various fresh and frozen food products to supermarket operators.

Transasia Commodities Investment

Representing Transasia Commodities Investment in a €25 million multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset recovery case.

An international banking and financial company

Representing an international banking and financial company in architecting a complex settlement structure to terminate a loan default dispute with an Iranian group and its affiliates.

SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank

Representing SG Kleinwort Hambros bank in series of cases to enforce decisions in France in relation to bank loan defaults.

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 off­shore drilling contract dispute.

French multi­national bank

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

World leading turbine manufacturer

Assisting and representing the insurer of a world leading turbine manufacturer against co­insurers in an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between the turbine manufacturer and an Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

Iranian distributor of pharmaceuticals and bio medical products

Within the framework of pre-litigation discussions, negotiating for an Iranian distributor of pharmaceuticals and bio medical products long term distribution contracts with the French subsidiary of a listed company.

Tym Ganain

Advising and representing Tym Ganain, a Spanish company specialized in shipbuilding services and stabilizers manufacturing, and its insurers in relation to a dispute with a worldwide Italian group operating in the industrial forging sector in both court-ordered survey and proceedings following the crack of stabilizers of an international cruise line ship.

Monegasque mega-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Monegasque €140 million mega-yacht owner and its insurers in a dispute over the indemnification of massive damages caused by a fire that originated in renovation works performed in France by a German subcontractor. Representation extended to both court-ordered survey and proceedings on the merits.

Marine insurance

Assisting and representing an insurer in connection with the disputed coverage a €100 million claim following the total loss of a ship during renovation work.

Cayman Island super-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Cayman Islands €16 million super-yacht owner in emergency proceedings and multiple freezing-orders campaign in France and Italy.

Korean shipyard

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a Very Large Gantry crane to a French shipyard.

French listed data storage company

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

Shipbuilder and ship delivery

Representing a leading Korean shipbuilder in various ICC arbitrations in relation to the payment of disputed claims relating to the performance of a contract for the construction and delivery of $426 million vessel.  

Shareholders' dispute

Advising and representing a Mauritius company investing in a wide range of industries worldwide, in an ICC arbitration against one of the leading commercial banks in Canada in relation to the disputed termination of a shareholders’ agreement.

Syndicat Intercommunal du Traitement des Résidus Urbains (SITRU)

Representing SITRU in survey proceeding and court proceedings against operators, contractors and insurers in relation to massive losses resulting from the defects affecting the hotwater tanks of one of its incineration lines

Canadian helicopter operator

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

Transfer of shares and deprivation of assets

Advising and representing a Singaporean trust company and a Mauritius private company in a €120 million dispute following the sale of their interests in a Congolese mining company and the following fraudulent divestment of its assets.

Global leader in facility management

Advising and representing a global leader in Facility Management against its insurers in connection with a dispute over the coverage of the consequences of a large scale fraud following the acquisition of one of its competitors in the US.

Global enforcement of US decisions and asset tracing

Advising and representing the owner of an international commodity trading company to trace assets and recover damages for breach of contract and fraud in relation to a complex “pump and dump” scheme; and to enforce NY decisions in France and Monaco. Assistance included piercing the veil of various holding and shell companies in Monaco.

French multi­national bank

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

Transasia Commodities Investment

Representing Transasia Commodities Investment in a €25 million multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset recovery case.

Post-acquisition litigation

Representing the shareholders of a car-part company in connection with a €20 million dispute against the buyer over the sale of their shares. Assistance included defending multiple attachments and freezing orders.

Chartis

Advising on coverage issues and subrogation recovery legal actions in relation to a €15 million fraud suffered by its insured, a French investment bank.

US insurance company

Representing a US insurance company in French court proceedings against a Luxembourg banking group in relation to various fraud liability claims.

Canadian Fintech

Advising in relation to a CAD$8 million fraud cause. Assistance included various court proceedings in France against a number of fraudsters domiciled in France; and tracing and attaching their assets.

More: Dispute resolution

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  • Shipping
  • International trade

World leading turbine manufacturer

Assisting and representing the insurer of a world leading turbine manufacturer against co­insurers in an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between the turbine manufacturer and an Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

Monegasque mega-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Monegasque €140 million mega-yacht owner and its insurers in a dispute over the indemnification of massive damages caused by a fire that originated in renovation works performed in France by a German subcontractor. Representation extended to both court-ordered survey and proceedings on the merits.

Listed US chemical specialty products manufacturer

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

Maersk Line A/S

Advising and representing Maersk Line in various French court proceedings against multiple companies of the Bolloré Logistique group (China, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Italy, etc.)and its insurers in connection the losses resulting from a large scale fire on board Maersk Honam in the Arabian Sea, causing the death of 5 sailors and the total loss of the major part of an 8,000 containers cargo.

Global Leader in facility management

Advising and representing a Global Leader in facility management against its insurers in connection with a dispute over the coverage of the consequences of a large scale fraud following the acquisition of one of its competitors in the US.

French multinational bank

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

Marine insurance

Assisting and representing an insurer in connection with the disputed coverage a €100 million claim following the total loss of a ship during renovation work.

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.

US insurance company

Representing a US insurance company in French court proceedings against a Luxembourg banking group in relation to various fraud liability claims.

Chartis

Advising on coverage issues and subrogation recovery legal actions in relation to a €15 million fraud suffered by its insured, a French investment bank.

International supplier of marine foundations

Assisting an international marine foundation supplier with the negotiation of contracts in relation to the development of an offshore wind farm and relevant insurance coverage; and ensuing multi-million euros recovery proceedings.

Tym Ganain

Advising and representing Tym Ganain, a Spanish company specialized in shipbuilding services and stabilizers manufacturing, and its insurers in relation to a dispute with a worldwide Italian group operating in the industrial forging sector in both court-ordered survey and proceedings following the crack of stabilizers of an international cruise line ship.

SUEZ

Representing SUEZ, a world leader in waste management and water treatment in court survey and protracted 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.

Water treatment market leader

Representing a world leader in the production of drinking water and the treatment of sewage and sludge in proceedings before French Courts and in court-ordered surveys against various contractors, sub-contractors and insurers in relation to the construction of water treatment plants in the North of Paris and South of France.

Syndicat Intercommunal du Traitement des Résidus Urbains (SITRU)

Representing SITRU in survey proceeding and court proceedings against operators, contractors and insurers in relation to massive losses resulting from the defects affecting the hotwater tanks of one of its incineration lines.

Chinese crane manufacturer

Representing a leading Chinese crane manufacturer in a court-ordered survey and litigation proceedings following the collapse of a crane on the docks/containers and the subsequent losses for business interruption.

Canadian helicopter operator

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

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Transportation Partners

Representing Transportation Partners, Ciel Voyage and Lion Air in connection with various disputes related to the renegotiation of aircraft leasing agreements, including multiple challenges of attachments proceedings.

Archway Aviation

Representing aircraft lessor Archay Aviation and its majority shareholder MHR Fund Management LLC in relation to the repossession of A321 aircraft engines parts, in the context of Monarch Airlines' collapse.

South African Airline and Wells Fargo Bank Trustee

Representing South African Airline (SAFAIR) and Wells Fargo Northwest Bank Trustee, as trustee of trusts managing hundreds of aircrafts, in separate court proceedings before the commercial court of Paris, in relation to proceeding brought by ASECNA, an international organization in charge of collecting various overflight charges.

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Multi-national bank

Advising an international commercial bank as partner of a joint venture within the framework of a multi­million dispute between the joint venture and an UAE developer over the construction and guarantee scheme of a sewerage system in Dubai.

SUEZ

Representing SUEZ, a world leader in waste management and water treatment in court survey and protracted 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.

Water treatment market leader

Representing a world leader in the production of drinking water and the treatment of sewage and sludge in proceedings before French Courts and in court-ordered surveys against various contractors, sub-contractors and insurers in relation to the construction of water treatment plants in the North of Paris and South of France.

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 proceedings against operators, contractors and insurers in relation to massive losses resulting from the defects affecting the hotwater tanks of one of its incineration lines.

Chinese crane manufacturer

Representing a leading Chinese crane manufacturer in a court-ordered survey and litigation proceedings following the collapse of a crane on the docks/containers and the subsequent losses for business interruption.

French leading shipowner

Representing a French leading shipowner in urgent conservatory proceedings following the dispute related to the construction of transshipment facilities for use in connection with a clean coal power plant in Dubai, to prevent its counterparty from enforcing multi-million dollar guarantees.

World leading turbine manufacturer

Assisting and representing the insurer of a world leading turbine manufacturer against co­insurers in an £80 million coverage claim in relation to a dispute between the turbine manufacturer and an Indian client over the delivery of alleged defective turbines.

Tym Ganain

Advising and representing Tym Ganain, a Spanish company specialized in shipbuilding services and stabilizers manufacturing, and its insurers in relation to a dispute with a worldwide Italian group operating in the industrial forging sector in both court-ordered survey and proceedings following the crack of stabilizers of an international cruise line ship.

Monegasque mega-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Monegasque €140 million mega-yacht owner and its insurers in a dispute over the indemnification of massive damages caused by a fire that originated in renovation works performed in France by a German subcontractor. Representation extended to both court-ordered survey and proceedings on the merits.

Marine insurance

Assisting and representing an insurer in connection with the disputed coverage a €100 million claim following the total loss of a ship during renovation work.

Cayman Island super-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Cayman Islands €16 million super-yacht owner in emergency proceedings and multiple freezing-orders campaign in France and Italy.

Korean shipyard

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a Very Large Gantry crane to a French shipyard.

Shipbuilder and ship delivery

Representing a leading Korean shipbuilder in various ICC arbitrations in relation to the payment of disputed claims relating to the performance of a contract for the construction and delivery of $426 million vessel.  

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Maersk Line A/S

Advising and representing Maersk Line in various French court proceedings against multiple companies of the Bolloré Logistique group (China, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Italy, etc.)and its insurers in connection the losses resulting from a large scale fire on board Maersk Honam in the Arabian Sea, causing the death of 5 sailors and the total loss of the major part of an 8,000 containers cargo.

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 off­shore drilling contract dispute.

Monegasque mega-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Monegasque €140 million mega-yacht owner and its insurers in a dispute over the indemnification of massive damages caused by a fire that originated in renovation works performed in France by a German subcontractor. Representation extended to both court-ordered survey and proceedings on the merits.

Shipbuilder and ship delivery

Representing a leading Korean shipbuilder in various ICC arbitrations in relation to the payment of disputed claims relating to the performance of a contract for the construction and delivery of $426 million vessel.  

International drug trafficking and smuggling

Advising and representing the Deutsch subsidiary of an international organization specializing in international ship management and maritime services, in relation to criminal proceedings brought against crew members following the interception of a vessel and discovery by French Customs of 2 tons (approximately €160 million worth) of cocaine on-board.

Marine insurance

Assisting and representing an insurer in connection with the disputed coverage a €100 million claim following the total loss of a ship during renovation work.

French leading shipowner

Representing a French leading shipowner in urgent conservatory proceedings following the dispute related to the construction of transshipment facilities for use in connection with a clean coal power plant in Dubai, to prevent its counterparty from enforcing multi-million dollar guarantees.

Korean shipyard

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a Very Large Gantry crane to a French shipyard.

Chinese crane manufacturer

Representing a leading Chinese crane manufacturer in a court-ordered survey and litigation proceedings following the collapse of a crane on the docks/containers and the subsequent losses for business interruption.

Listed US chemical specialty products manufacturer

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

International supplier of marine foundations

Assisting an international marine foundation supplier with the negotiation of contracts in relation to the development of an offshore wind farm and relevant insurance coverage; and ensuing multi-million euros recovery proceedings.

Cayman Island super-yacht owner

Assisting and representing a Cayman Islands €16 million super-yacht owner in emergency proceedings and multiple freezing-orders campaign in France and Italy.

Tym Ganain

Advising and representing Tym Ganain, a Spanish company specialized in shipbuilding services and stabilizers manufacturing, and its insurers in relation to a dispute with a worldwide Italian group operating in the industrial forging sector in both court-ordered survey and proceedings following the crack of stabilizers of an international cruise line ship.

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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 off­shore drilling contract dispute.

Shipbuilder and ship delivery

Representing a leading Korean shipbuilder in various ICC arbitrations in relation to the payment of disputed claims relating to the performance of a contract for the construction and delivery of $426 million vessel.  

Shareholders' dispute

Advising and representing a Mauritius company investing in a wide range of industries worldwide, in an ICC arbitration against one of the leading commercial banks in Canada in relation to the disputed termination of a shareholders’ agreement.

Multinational food and beverage company

Assisting and representing in ad hoc arbitration a multinational F&A company in a complex €20 million contractual dispute against the founders of chain of restaurant.

Korean shipyard

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a Very Large Gantry crane to a French shipyard.

French listed data storage company

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

Mining Chinese conglomerate

Representing a Chinese conglomerate in court proceedings to vacate an ICC Arbitration Award on the grounds of due process violations.

More: International trade
  • Africa

Government of Guinea

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

Government of Djibouti

Re-litigation advice in relation to the operation of  oil and container terminals concessions.

Government of the Republic of Congo

Conducting contractual negotiations with SGS and contract relating to the establishment of legality-verifications-softwares for forest law enforcement governance and trade.

South African Airline and Wells Fargo Bank Trustee

Representing South African Airline (SAFAIR) and Wells Fargo Northwest Bank Trustee, as trustee of trusts managing hundreds of aircrafts, in separate court proceedings before the commercial court of Paris, in relation to proceeding brought by ASECNA, an international organization in charge of collecting various overflight charges.

Transfer of shares and deprivation of assets

Advising and representing a Singaporean trust company and a Mauritius private company in a €120 million dispute following the sale of their interests in a Congolese mining company and the following fraudulent divestment of its assets. 

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.

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