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.  Melissa is French/Colombian and has lived in several countries including Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. With a unique multicultural background, she is able to work on complex arbitrations involving various regions of the world. She is known for her strategic skills and 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 is fluent in English, French and Spanish and publishes regularly on topical issues in arbitration. In particular, she is currently writing a chapter on international investment law for a prominent Colombian university text book on international public law.

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 the Hogan Lovells International Arbitration Women Steering Committee

Member of the Hogan Lovells Paris Diversity Committee


Melissa Ordonez was appointed as President of the Investment and International Commerce Commission of the Association des Juristes Franco-Colombiens (AJFC). The AJFC promotes cultural and academic exchanges between legal professionals in France and Colombia through debate, colloquia, forums and publications.

Bar admissions and qualifications


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

Late Twist to the Commisimpex saga as French Supreme Court reverses its position on state immunity from execution Practical Law Arbitration Blog

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Articulation des principes de droit public dans larbitrage international Speaker at the French Administrative Supreme Court during a colloquium ran by the Association of French-Colombian Lawyers

Hogan Lovells Events

Speaker at the ICC YAF Debate: Arbitral Battle, at the Arbitration Centre of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce

Published Works

Somewhere beyond the seen: Paris Court of Appeal sets aside an award on the basis of serious indications of money laundering after considering new evidence and reevaluating the record ARBlog

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Speaker on State counterclaims in investment arbitration, and participant in discussions on the prospects of Latin-American women in international arbitration at the Arbitration Centre of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce

Published Works

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

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