Chronique des Sentences Arbitrales de la CCI in JDI, 2016, n°2, p. 623
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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
- Representing the Panamanian subsidiary of a major French construction company in an ICC arbitration against a Panamanian company relating to the breach of a construction contract.
- Representing a Belgian company in an ICC arbitration against an African State relating to the breach of a payment guarantee.
- Representing a European State against a Canadian company in annulment proceedings of an ICC award.
- Representing a British company in an ICC case against an Italian company relating to the breach of a distribution contract.
- Representing a number of parties in an ICC arbitration against a Cypriot company relating to a mining investment in Austral Africa
- Representing a French company in an ICSID arbitration relating to the expropriation of an investment in the Republic of Guinea
- Representing the Republic of Togo in an ICSID annulment proceeding against an award issued between the Republic and Togo Electricité and GDF-Suez Energie Services with respect to an investment in the electricity sector.
- Representing a Lebanese family against the Democratic Republic of Congo in an ICSID arbitration initiated pursuant to the foreign investment law for breach of international law with respect to an investment in the wood and construction industry.
- Representing a Chinese company against an African State entity in an ICC arbitration in a 45 million USD Dispute.
- Representing a Spanish consortium against an Algerian public entity, in a UNCITRAL arbitration in regard to a gas exploration and production contract (amount in dispute, more than 2.5 billion USD).
- Representing a European consortium in an ICC arbitration against a bi-national public entity from Latin America, in regard to a construction contract for a hydroelectric dam (amount in dispute: 1 billion USD).
- Representing an African State in an ICC arbitration against a European company in regard to an oil production and commercialization contract (amount in dispute: more than 12 million USD).
- Representing a European company against an African State in an ICC arbitration in regard to a sales and services contract (amount in dispute: more than 10 million USD).
- Representing a Mediterranean State in an ad hoc arbitration against a State owned company in regard to an oil sales contract (amount in dispute: 900 million USD).
- Counsel in Pre and Post arbitral proceedings before the French Courts.
EXPERIENCE AS ARBITRATOR
- Chairman in an ICC arbitration between a Spanish bank against a Honduran company regarding two credit contracts.
- Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Spanish company and an Algerian company relating to the alleged breach of a boat construction contract.
- Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Belgium company and an Italian company regarding the performance of the parties’ obligations under a sales contract (Award rendered in 2010).
|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|
- Lecturer on international arbitration at the University of Tours (since 2000)
- Lecturer on commercial law (1990 – 1991)
|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|
- Member of the Commission de l’Arbitrage International d’ICC France
- Member of the LCIA European Users’ Council
- Member of the Club Español del Arbitraje
- Member of the I.A.I.
- Member of the A.S.A.
- Member of the Association des Anciens Élèves de Sciences Po
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