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W. Laurence Craig

W. Laurence Craig


Mr Craig, senior counsel in Orrick's Paris office brings more than 40 years of experience to Orrick's International Arbitration Group. Mr Craig, "Laurie" to all who know him, has been dubbed a "founding father" of international arbitration and has co-authored three major treaties on international arbitration.

Mr Craig has practised international commercial law in Paris since 1964, and has been specialised in international arbitration since 1970. He has served as counsel in more than 150 International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations, including numerous disputes involving states and state agencies. He has also frequently acted as counsel in state arbitrations before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and under the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration and in investment disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties. He frequently acts as arbitrator, both party-appointed and as Chairman, and has served as such in more than 25 ICC arbitrations and in numerous AAA, LCIA, ICSID, CIETAC and ad hoc arbitrations.

Mr Craig's practice both as arbitrator and counsel has focused on complex investment and commercial disputes in matters ranging from oil concessions, production-sharing agreements, power purchase agreements and long-term commodity purchase agreements, including uranium. He has also frequently acted as counsel and arbitrator in joint venture disputes including acting as arbitrator in very large telecommunication disputes.

Mr Craig is a graduate (cum laude) from the Harvard Law School and holds a doctorate in law from the University of Paris. He is a member of the New York Bar and avocat honoraire of the Paris Bar. Before joining Orrick, he was a partner with Coudert Frères in Paris.