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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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Dispute resolution, commercial litigation and corporate law & Insurance

Dispute resolution, commercial litigation and corporate law & Insurance

Nicolas Demigneux Partner

Contact details

Nicolas Demigneux

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

A litigation expert, Nicolas specialises 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 tracing
  • Commercial litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Construction and engineering dispute resolution

Global enforcement of judgment debt

Advising the victim of an international fraud on enforcing their judgment debt globally, including advising on global strategy, assisting them to trace assets, supervising foreign lawyers on enforcement and recognition proceedings.

Chartis

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

US insurance company

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

Canadian fintech

Assisting in providing virtual currency service in a CAD$8 million fraud cause. The instruction includes filing 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.

More: Fraud and asset tracing

Biocon

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

Jinwang Europe and Hunan Jinwang

Representing Jinwang Europe and Hunan Jinwang in over 10 court proceedings in relation to various complex commercial and contractual disputes.

Archway Aviation

Reprensenting 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.

Transasia Commodities Investment

Representing Transasia Commodities Investment in a multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing 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.

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.

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.

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 over the alleged defectiveness of the varnishes manufactured.

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

On instruction from an insurance company, assisted and represented 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.

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.

Iranian distributor of pharmaceuticals and bio medical products

Negotiating long term distribution contracts with the French subsidiary of a listed company.

More: Commercial litigation

A leading marine contractor

Representing a leading marine contractor in a pre-arbitration dispute with a shipbuilding company.

Chinese group

Representing a Chinese group in the preparation of an action to vacate an ICC Arbitration Award on the grounds of due process violation.

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.

Shipbuilding and marine engineering company

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

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.

More: International arbitration

Multi-national bank

Advising a 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.

Syndicat Intercommunal du Traitement des Résidus Urbains (SITRU)

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

SUEZ

Representing, SUEZ  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.

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 co­insurers 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 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.

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 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.

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

Iranian distributor of pharmaceuticals and bio medical products

Negotiating long term distribution contracts with the French subsidiary of a listed company.

Iranian bank

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

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.

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

Dispute resolution, commercial litigation and corporate law & Insurance

Dispute resolution, commercial litigation and corporate law & Insurance

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