Melissa Ordonez

Melissa Ordonez

Senior Associate, Paris

Email melissa.ordonez@​

Phone +33 1 53 67 47 47

Fax +33 1 53 67 47 48

LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation

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.

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



Bar admissions and qualifications


Related practices

International Arbitration

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.

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Jurisdiction and admissibility: are we any closer to a line in the sand? Arbitration International

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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