Théobald Naud is a partner at DLA Piper, based in Paris. He is a dual-qualified English solicitor and avocat at the Paris Bar. Théobald joined DLA Piper in London as a trainee solicitor in 2007 and was promoted to the partnership in 2018.
Théobald advises and represents clients with respect to investment and commercial arbitration disputes, with significant experience in proceedings administered by ICSID, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, as well as ad hoc arbitrations pursuant to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. He also regularly represents clients in French courts to challenge or enforce international arbitration awards and arbitration clauses.
Théobald has worked on Africa-related investment disputes for a number of years, including the long-standing representation of the Republic of Guinea in parallel multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitrations against BSG Resources Limited and affiliated companies relating to a claim of expropriation of a mining concession and related rights (ARB/14/22). Current mandates also include the representation of Belgian investors in a multi-million dollar ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Madagascar relating to an investment in the textile manufacturing sector (ARB/17/18).
Théobald has particular experience in the interaction between international arbitration and parallel proceedings, having spoken at multiple conferences on the issue. In 2018, he published a chapter ‘International Commercial Arbitration and Parallel Criminal Proceedings’, in Carlos Gonzalez-Bueno (ed), 40 under 40 International Arbitration (2018).
In 2018, he was named as one of the ‘Rising Stars’ of commercial arbitration for France by Expert Guides.