Gide has just won a major case for French nuclear group Areva
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$3 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 11 (of which 3 is as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
Gide’s international arbitration practice goes a long way back; founding partner Philippe Nouel was a well-known and respected member of Paris’ arbitration community.
Today, the firm has a network of international offices and arbitration lawyers in London, Warsaw, Moscow, Shanghai and Beijing. In 2006, a team of Anglo-Saxon litigators were integrated in London. Gide can now provide a common law litigation and arbitration practice out of both Paris and London.
Work runs the gamut of industries, with the usual focus on energy and mining disputes, and includes investment treaty work. Five partners in Paris have arbitration credentials.
The firm has lawyers on the ground in Paris, London, Algiers, Istanbul, Casablanca, Tunis, Riyadh, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as Beijing, Shanghai and parts of eastern Europe.
Who uses it?
Clients range from governments and state-owned entities to private companies. One current client is French industrial conglomerate Areva.
Areva’s case against Siemens has gone well for the French side (see “Recent events”, below).
Meanwhile, Gide arbitration counsel were effective for Orascom, the telecoms operator, in a dispute with the Republic of Chad a few years ago. First, the team won an award in France, with the work led by Christian Camboulive; they then successfully enforced in the UK, in what now stands as a landmark case on sovereign immunity under UK law.
Gide also won compensation for newspaper publisher Víctor Pey Casado in a claim against Chile over a Pinochet-era expropriation. It’s ICSID’s longest-running case and the award still stands, despite Chile’s efforts to annul it.
2011 saw one of the practice’s biggest wins to date. Members of the team advised Areva in an ICC arbitration against Siemens, in a row over a joint venture agreement.
The case turned on whether Siemens’ plans to enter a competing joint venture with a Russian nuclear company. Areva brought a request for arbitration in 2009 and the final award – rendered in May 2011 – ordered Siemens to pay Areva more than US$925 million.