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Melissa Ordonez

Senior Associate

Melissa Ordonez
English, French, Spanish
Practice Group

As a senior associate in our International Arbitration group, Melissa Ordonez focuses her practice on commercial and investment treaty arbitration. She brings extensive experience of arbitration under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL, acting for companies from diverse industries as well as on behalf of States. Melissa has particular experience representing clients in the energy, technology and luxury sectors as well as in international investment disputes. She is also a member of the firm's Latin American practice with substantial experience in international arbitration in the region. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Melissa trained in leading firms in Paris and London. She is a graduate of the Kings College London and the Sorbonne University in Paris where she benefited from a full scholarship from the French Government for her academic excellence. Melissa publishes regularly on topical issues in arbitration and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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 Swiss company in an ICC arbitral proceeding regarding the takeover of a Milan based fashion luxury goods company.

Advising a Spanish electric utility company in pre-arbitration proceedings against a North African petroleum company in relation to a gas price review dispute.

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

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., King's College London, 2009
  • Magistère in Business Law, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2008
  • Master in Private International Law and International Business Law, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2008
  • Master in Business Law, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2007


  • Member of ICC YAF
  • ICDR
  • YIAG

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Paris

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

L'arbitrage international : une justice pour la résolution des litiges

Target Carrières, 2013

Published Works

Anulación de los laudos CIADI - Variables de ajuste y margen de maniobra de los Comités ad hoc

Anuario Latinoamericano de Arbitraje, n°1, 2011
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