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Charles Kaplan


Charles Kaplan is an experienced arbitration lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office. He has conducted arbitrations on gas pricing disputes, oil production sharing agreements, tax stabilisation agreements, international joint ventures, as well as aircraft development programmes, in France and elsewhere.

Highly regarded in the international arbitration market, Charles Kaplan is consistently recognised as a key practitioner particularly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

According to Chambers and Partners, clients describe him as an “extremely bright” expert on cross-border matters and praise his “commercial insight and dedication”. Ranked among Chambers France’s top International Arbitration lawyers, Charles is said to be “a very good lawyer whose experience in international arbitration is superb”.

In particular, Charles advises major French and international energy majors, and industrials. He has extensive experience of arbitration under ICC, ICSID, French Arbitration Association, LCIA and Milan Chamber rules. He regularly sits as arbitrator.

He originally qualified as an English barrister and then as a French avocat. In addition to investment disputes, he has handled civil as well as common law disputes in a number of jurisdictions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Before he joined Orrick, he was co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Global Arbitration practice and led the Paris Arbitration group.