Athina Fouchard Papaefstratiou is a counsel at Lazareff Le Bars in Paris. She specialises in international arbitration, public international law and general contract law. She has acted as counsel, arbitrator or administrative secretary in commercial and investment arbitrations in various sectors, such as energy, banking and finance, mining, construction and telecommunications. Her experience includes ad hoc as well as institutional arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, CRCICA and CCJA arbitration rules.
Athina holds an LLB (Merits) from the University of Athens, an LL.M. (Merits) from Queen Mary College, University of London and a master’s degree (Merits) from the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas (scholarship on the merits from the Greek Ministry of Education).
Prior to joining Lazareff Le Bars, Athina worked as an associate in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris for six years. She also served as assistant legal counsel in the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs of UNESCO for one year, acted as an independent practitioner and trained in different international law firms in London, Paris and Athens.
Athina regularly publishes and speaks at conferences on issues of arbitration and international law. She is a member of ICC Hellas, CIArb and several other arbitration practitioners’ associations.
She is registered with the bar in Paris and in Athens and speaks English, French, Greek and Spanish.