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Thomas Kendra


Thomas Kendra
English, French, Spanish
Practice Group

As partner in our International Arbitration Group, Thomas Kendra has extensive experience acting for companies and States in commercial and investment arbitrations and mediations, including in particular under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL.

Thomas' knowledge and skills are focused on the energy, aerospace, technology, construction and telecommunications sectors, as well as in investment arbitration, in which he has acted for both States and investors. He is dual-qualified in England and France. Thomas is passionate about encouraging the growth of alternative dispute resolution, notably in Africa and also Asia, where he has worked. This led him to collaborate in establishing the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) in Rwanda in 2012, for which he was shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year by the Law Society. He remains an active member of KIAC's Board and Executive Committee and regularly publishes and speaks on the topic of ADR in Africa. Thomas also teaches a class on energy arbitration at the University of Versailles.

Representative experience

Representing a central Asian state 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 French company in an ICSID arbitration under a BIT against an Eastern European State.

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

Education and admissions


  • European Legal Studies, University of Bristol
  • Université de Bordeaux
  • University of Salamanca


  • Founding Board member of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre
  • Member of LCIA (YIAG) and ICC
  • Shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year 2012 (Law Society)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Paris

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of England and Wales


Shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year 2012

Law Society

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