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Laurent Gouiffès


Laurent Gouiffès
English, Italian, French, German
Practice Group
Partner leading our International Arbitration group in Paris, Laurent Gouiffès is "very smart and energetic. He gets to the bottom of each issue no matter how difficult or challenging it is", Chambers Global 2017. Recognised on the market as an "'undisputed specialist' on technology and energy-related international arbitrations" in Who's Who Legal 2014, he is has been described by sources as "disarmingly persuasive, knowledgeable, articulate and poised" in Chambers Europe, 2012, as well as "one of the leading partners in investment arbitration and as a great strategist" by Who's Who Legal 2017.

With a key focus on energy-related, technological and investment disputes, Laurent regularly acts on behalf of clients in the oil and gas, mining, electricity, nuclear, aerospace and telecommunications industries as well as on behalf of States. He has over 20 years' experience acting in high profile, complex international arbitrations and mediations and has a vast experience of arbitration under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL. He has also acted in a number of disputes brought under the Energy Charter Treaty. Laurent also acts as arbitrator in cases before the ICC, LCIA and Chamber of Arbitration of Milan. He is dual qualified in France and England.

Laurent also regularly speaks and publishes on topical issues in arbitration, energy and public/private international law, including giving lectures on energy arbitration at LSE in London and Sciences Po in Paris.

'Sources describe him as 'disarmingly persuasive, knowledgeable, articulate and poised'.

Chambers Europe, 2012

Representative experience

Representing a European oil and gas production company against a North African petroleum company in an ICC arbitration, and subsequent challenge and enforcement proceedings, in relation to the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas.

Representing the Government of Mongolia in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by a Canadian mining company under the Energy Charter Treaty relating to uranium mining licenses.

Representing a Latin American state in relation to two ICSID arbitrations brought by companies in the coffee and fertilizer industries.

Representing a global aircraft manufacturer in an ICC arbitration against one if its principal suppliers.

Representing a global oil company in ICC mediation proceedings against an African state regarding tax issues linked to the application of its concessions.

Representing a Guernsey company in an action against the setting aside of an arbitral award before the Paris Court of Appeal.

Representing the French subsidiary of a multinational oil and gas company in ICC arbitration proceedings brought against them, and against three other energy companies, by a leading French oil and gas company in relation to corporate law issues.

Representing a South African branch of a major UK bank in an UNCITRAL arbitration against an African Government after the privatisation of the state-owned telecommunications company.

Education and admissions


  • Post-masterate diploma in International Law, Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, 1996
  • Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, 1993


  • Member of ICC, LCIA, CFA, ASA and IAI
  • LCIA working Group on UNCITRAL
  • ICC taskforce on arbitration involving states
  • Councilor on the LCIA European Users Council

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Paris
  • England and Wales



Chambers & Partners


Arbitration and Energy

Who's Who Legal France


Commercial Arbitration

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"Forte Notoriété" Litigation and Arbitration in the Energy Sector



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