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Legal 500 EMEA 2022
"Laurent Gouiffès stands out amongst the arbitration partners and lawyers that I have worked with over the years. His lawyer skills and management skills are the best I have seen so far."
A partner leading our International Arbitration group in Paris, Laurent Gouiffès is praised by clients for his strategic skills, with one saying: "He anticipates and is very attuned to the sensibilities of the tribunal." Chambers Europe 2021
Recognised on the market as "remarkably practical, business-minded, charismatic, and a great team leader, following a results-based approach, where he constantly goes back and forth to keep to the details and the big picture, his strength is that he does not take anything for granted, constantly looking at the case from new angles." Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Sources further praise his leadership skills and describe him as "energetic, motivated and enthusiastic" Chambers Global 2020, as well as "extremely persistent and forceful when it comes to making the client's point in hearings." Chambers Europe France 2019
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 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.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022
"Laurent Gouiffès is a top arbitration practitioner and arbitrator, able to identify business aspects and offer practical solutions to client's needs, not mere legal analysis"
Representing a European oil and gas production company in high-value ICC arbitration proceedings against another European oil and gas company in relation to price review of a long term gas contract
Representing a media conglomerate against a Lebanese company in parallel ICC arbitration proceedings relating to breaches of several agreements in connection with their business in the Middle East
Representing the government of a South American country in a high value ICSID investment arbitration relating to the commercial expansion and administration of the country’s top-level domain name.
Representing the Republic of an eastern European state in an ICC arbitration seated in Zurich, governed by English and Albanian law, and arising from a petroleum cost recovery dispute.
Representing a market-leading telecom tower infrastructure company in ICC arbitration proceedings against a leading French telecom company in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.
- Post-masterate diploma in International Law, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 1996
- Sciences Po, 1993
- Solicitor, England and Wales
- Member of ICC, LCIA, CFA, ASA and IAI