Laurent Gouiffès

Laurent Gouiffès

Partner, Paris

Email laurent.gouiffes@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +33 1 53 67 47 47

Fax +33 1 53 67 47 48

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French, German

Practice groupLitigation

'[He is] very talented and very good under pressure.'

Legal 500 EMEA 2013

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.

Awards and recognitions

2017

Arbitration
Chambers & Partners

2017

Arbitration and Energy
Who's Who Legal France

2017

Commercial Arbitration
Expert Guides

2017

"Forte Notoriété" Litigation and Arbitration in the Energy Sector
Décideurs

2017

"Forte Notoriété" Litigation and Arbitration in the Africa
Décideurs

2017

Arbitration and Mediation
Best Lawyers

Education and admissions

Education

Post-masterate diploma in International Law, Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, 1996

Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, 1993

Memberships

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

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.

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