Derains & Gharavi International

Oliver Whitehead


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NATIONALITY: Dutch and New Zealander
LANGUAGES: English and Dutch
ADMISSION: Netherlands

Olivier is an associate at Derains & Gharavi, specialised in international arbitration. His areas of practice include international commercial disputes and investment arbitration. He has acted in proceedings conducted under the arbitration rules of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI).

He holds an LLM in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam and a LLB from Utrecht University.

Oliver is admitted to the Netherlands Bar (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten).


Since May 2022 Associate, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
Aug. 2018 – April 2022 Associate, International arbitration and mergers & acquisitions practice groups, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Amsterdam)
Sept. 2016 – May 2018 Law assistant, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Amsterdam)


2021-2022 Lecturer of Willem C. Vis Moot Court course at University of Amsterdam


2018 LLM International and European Law: Public International Law, University of Amsterdam – Thesis topic: ‘What Happens When the Incentives Dim: When States spark international investment in renewable energy’
2016 LL. B. (Hons), Utrecht Law College



International Arbitration in the Netherlands, with a Commentary on the NAI and PCA Arbitration Rules (Kluwer 2021), contributor

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