Derains & Gharavi International


March 2018

Décima Conferencia Latinoamericana de Arbitraje

Yves Derains interviendra lors de la conférence CLA 2018 (Décima Conferencia Latinoamericana de Arbitraje) sur le sujet de “La profesionalización de los árbitros”. Cette conférence aura lieu les 31 mai et 1er juin 2018 à Cuzco (Pérou).

Protegiendo la integridad del Arbitraje

Yves Derains interviendra sur le thème de “Como conducir eficazmente un arbitraje internacional” lors de la conférence CCI “Protegiendo la integridad del Arbitraje” qui se tiendra à Cuzco (Pérou) le 30 mai 2018.

Primera Conferencia Conjunta ITA-ALARB sobre Arbitraje Internacional

Yves Derains interviendra lors de la conférence “Primera Conferencia Conjunta ITA-ALARB sobre Arbitraje Internacional” mise en place par les organisations Institute for Transnational  Arbitration (ITA) et Asociación Latinoamerícana de Arbtiraje (ALARB) et qui sera dédiée au thème suivant: “Arbitraje sobre Conflictos de Recursos Naturales” les 3 et 4 mai 2018 à Santiago (Chili).

Melanie van Leeuwen choisie pour présider un Tribunal dans un arbitrage CIRDI

Melanie van Leeuwen a été nommée président du Tribunal dans un arbitrage CIRDI entre des investisseurs américains et la République d’Arménie. Cette nomination a été relatée dans deux articles.

Article d’Investment Arbitration Reporter paru le 16 mars 2018:

A tribunal has been constituted to hear an ICSID arbitration brought by Edmond Khudyan and Arin Capital & Investment Corp against the Republic of Armenia.

The tribunal was finalized on March 16 2018 with the appointment of Melanie Van Leeuwen by the parties. Ms. Van Leeuwen is a partner at Derains & Gharavi in Paris and was previously tapped by Horthel Systems Tesa Beheer BV and Poland Gaming Holding BV to sit as the claimants’ nominee in a BIT claim against Poland.

Ank Santens of White & Case was earlier appointed by the claimants and Armenia nominated Zachary Douglas.

As we reported, the dispute relates to the US claimants’ investment in a luxury real estate project. The claimants contend Armenian authorities did nothing to come to their assistance after they were defrauded by their local partners.

We reported that, due to the relatively small size of their claim ($10-15 million) the investors initially proposed that a sole arbitrator should hear the case. However, it appears that Armenia has not agreed to that proposal.

The claimants are represented by Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. Armenia has retained CMS Hasche Sigle in Munich and Hong Kong, and Concern Dialog Law Firm in Yerevan“.

Article paru dans le GAR le 26 mars 2018 (extraits):

The latest round of panels formed at ICSID has seen first-time appointments for Melanie van Leeuwen of Derains & Gharavi, Ank Santens of White & Case, Brazil’s Eduardo Damião Gonçalves and five others, while beleaguered Bulgarian arbitrator Stanimir Alexandrov has received six appointments.

Since GAR’s last tribunal round-up in January, new panels have been formed in 23 cases. These include 14 new claims against countries including Armenia, Croatia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Romania, Saudia Arabia, Spain, Tanzania and Uzbekistan. Four annulment committees have been formed while five tribunals have been reconstituted following the resignation of an arbitrator (in one case, an arbitrator rejoined the panel after having resigned from it).

First-timers van Leeuwen and Santens are sitting together on a tribunal that will hear a US$15 million claim against Armenia brought by US businessman Edmond Khudyan and his California company Arin Capital. The case concerns the state’s alleged failure to act on allegations that Khudyan was defrauded by his business partner in a bankrupt real estate venture.

A Dutch national based in Paris, van Leeuwen is chairing the tribunal while Santens, a Belgian-based practitioner in New York, has been appointed by the claimants. Armenia has nominated Australian Zachary Douglas QC of Matrix Chambers in Geneva.


Edmond Khudyan and Arin Capital & Investment Corp v Republic of Armenia (ICSID Case No. ARB/17/36)
Date constituted: 15 March
• Melanie van Leeuwen (Netherlands) (appointed by the parties)
• Ank Santens (Belgium) (appointed by the claimants)
• Zachary Douglas QC (Australia) (appointed by Armenia)”



Yves Derains sera l’orateur principal de la “XI Conferencia de Arbitraje Internacional organisée par la CAM-AMCHAM, l’Instituto Ecuatoriano de Arbitraje et l’Université San Francisco de Quito, à Quito les 22 et 23 mars 2018.