Derains & Gharavi International

Bertrand Derains

Founding Partner

Biography

NATIONALITY: French
LANGUAGES: French, English and Spanish.
ADMISSION: Paris
OFFICE: Paris

 Bertrand Derains, founding partner of Derains & Gharavi, has 20 years of experience in international arbitration. He has acted both as counsel or arbitrator in numerous international ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, such as those under the rules of the ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL. His experience extends to arbitral proceedings governed by civil law, common law, investment treaties and general public international law.

Bertrand has been particularly active in arbitrations involving the energy sector (oil and gas/electricity), large-scale engineering and construction projects, mining, sales/services agreements, shareholders relationships, joint-ventures, M&A, intellectual property matters, and investment protection in general under international law.

He regularly represents clients in arbitration related litigation, including in actions aimed at obtaining injunctive relief, interim measures, annulment and enforcement of arbitral awards before French state courts. He has also acted as expert before foreign courts in arbitration related proceedings.

Bertrand also has experience working as legal advisor on construction projects in Africa.

He regularly lectures on international arbitration at the University of Tours.

EXPERIENCE AS COUNSEL

EXPERIENCE AS ARBITRATOR

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Since 2009 Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi
1999 – 2008 Partner, Derains & Associés
1993 – 1999 Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Paris
1992 – 1993 Legal adviser on a large construction site in Botswana for a major French Public Works company

ACADEMIC POSITION

EDUCATION

1992 Postgraduate Degree (DEA) of English and American Business Law at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
1991 Postgraduate Degree (DEA) of Business Law and Economics at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
1990 Graduate of the Institut de Sciences Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po)
1988 Maîtrise de droit privé at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas

MEMBERSHIP

Publications

Chronique des Sentences Arbitrales de la CCI in JDI, 2016, n°2, p. 623

Chronique des Sentences Arbitrales de la CCI in JDI, 2015, n°1, page 224

Co-author of a Panorama de jurisprudence américaine together with Eric Ordway from Weil Gotshal & Manges, published in les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage – The Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2014/2, page 381

Co-author of Chronique des Sentences Arbitrales de la CCI in JDI, 2013, n°1, page 248

“France’s new Arbitration Law successfully streamlines the arbitral process”, Commercial Dispute Resolution (2011), Q2 Issue 4, p. 49, co-author Cédric Soule

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