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Gide’s international arbitration practice goes a long way back: Philippe Nouel, who co-founded the firm in the 1950s, was a well-known and respected member of Paris’s arbitration community and appeared in some seminal cases of the 1980s, including an ICC arbitration over an Iranian nuclear power plant; and Klöckner v Cameroon, which gave rise to the first-ever ICSID annulment decision.
Partners Christian Camboulive and Carole Malinvaud subsequently steered Gide’s arbitration department together with Pierre Raoul-Duval before his retirement from the firm in 2017.
The two practice co-heads are both highly regarded in the field. Camboulive is a former vice chair of the IBA arbitration committee, while Malinvaud was recently appointed president of the ordinary division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
Other partners to know are Michel Pitron and the recently promoted Alexandra Munoz in Paris; English and French-qualified barrister Rupert Reece in London; and Piotr Sadownik in Warsaw.
The arbitration team is centred in Paris with other partners in London, Warsaw and Moscow.
Gide has additional offices in Brussels, Algiers, Cairo, Casablanca, Tunis, Istanbul, New York, Beijing and Shanghai. In 2017, it also opened an office in Tehran.
Who uses it?
Government clients include Comoros in a dispute over oil and gas rights; Ivory Coast in a maritime boundary dispute with Ghana; and Morocco in an ICC case over a road project.
Aviation, aerospace and defence companies feature prominently, including Dassault, Thales and Safran (see ‘Recent events’). Other clients include Deutsche Telekom, Orascom (in a dispute with Chad), Areva, French insurer Covéa and the International Chamber of Commerce.
French mortgage provider Crédit Foncier retained the firm for three ICC arbitrations over the financing of a hospital in Saudi Arabia.
Centenarian Spanish publisher Victor Pey Casado has been using Gide in a long-running ICSID case against Chile over the expropriation of his newspaper business during the dictatorship of President Augusto Pinochet.
One of the practice’s biggest wins was in 2011 on behalf of French nuclear company Areva in an ICC arbitration against Siemens. The German side was ordered to pay Areva more than US$925 million for breaching their joint-venture agreement by planning a tie-up with a Russian rival.
In 2012, the firm triumphed in an HKIAC arbitration brought by a French industrial company against a Chinese former business partner. The client won damages and a permanent injunction ordering the Chinese party to withdraw parallel court proceedings in China that had prevented the client’s managing director from being allowed to leave the country.
The firm also obtained wins for a French bank in two high-value parallel ICC arbitrations that included enforcement proceedings in the Middle East.
Gide defended Dassault, Thales and Safran against an ICC claim launched by Taiwan that ended in late 2017 with the French aerospace companies being ordered to pay €227 million including interest. The dispute concerned alleged improper commissions paid on the sale of Mirage fighter jets 25 years ago.
The firm’s Paris and Algiers offices helped a Canadian engineering company obtain a favourable partial award in July 2017 in an ICC case over the construction of electrical facilities in Algeria.
Other Algeria-related ICC cases the firm is handling include three arbitrations for an Italian contractor concerning oil and gas treatment facilities; and a matter for a French engineering company relating to a water treatment plant.
It acts for a Chinese consortium in a case at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre relating to the construction of tunnels for a hydroelectric project in Vietnam.
A major French bank and its Mauritian subsidiary are using the firm for an ICC case and related court proceedings against a Malagasy industrial group concerning a shareholders’ agreement.
Alexandra Munoz was promoted to the partnership in early 2017. Saadia Bhatty, a former Gide associate, rejoined the London office as counsel after a three-year spell at Clyde & Co.