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Wesley Pydiamah heads the international arbitration team at Eversheds Sutherland in Paris and co-leads the Africa group globally. His experience includes dozens of cases in which he has represented (and conducted advocacy for) governments, state entities and private multinational companies in proceedings before numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitral tribunals (under ICSID, ICC, SIAC, PCA, LCIA, DIFC and UNCITRAL rules). He also has significant experience in proceedings before the Iran–US Claims Tribunal.
Wesley is specialised in the energy and telecoms sectors. Since 2020, he has been consistently identified as a ‘Future Leader in International Arbitration’ by Global Arbitration Review and Who’s Who Legal . In 2023, Jeune Afrique ranked Wesley in 25th place among the 100 most influential lawyers in Africa, and, in 2020 and 2021, Euromoney listed him as one of the 10 rising stars in international arbitration in France. In 2022, Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration noted: ‘Wesley Pydiamah is a responsible, fast, accurate and responsive lawyer, singled out for his ability to develop a clear strategy in disputes.’ The Legal 500 also singled him out in 2022: ‘Wesley Pydiamah is a great professional to work with and clients are very satisfied with the work he is performing. He is always available with his unique and practical solutions to projects.’
Wesley has served as editor of The Guide to Telecoms Arbitrations , the first-ever international publication on telecoms arbitration, published in July 2022 by Global Arbitration Review. He also lectures on arbitration and disputes in Africa at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and the London School of Economics. He is a member of several arbitral organisations and a founding member of AfricArb. He also serves on the advisory board of the Mediation and Arbitration Center Court, the leading arbitral institution in Mauritius dedicated to resolving Africa-related disputes. He regularly publishes articles on arbitration in Africa and speaks at conferences aimed at doing business in French-speaking Africa.
Wesley holds law degrees in international law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris Nanterre University, and he is fluent in English and French. He is admitted to practise in France.
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