Derains & Gharavi International

Catherine Schroeder



NATIONALITY: French and American
LANGUAGES: French and English

Catherine Schroeder is counsel at Derains & Gharavi and has more than 10 years of experience in international commercial arbitration. She has both acted in international arbitration proceedings and legal proceedings before French state courts. Her arbitration practice mainly focuses on the petrochemical, construction, energy and distribution industries. She has handled disputes arising out of joint venture agreements, distribution, agency agreements and intellectual property contracts.

She also acts as arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

She has more particularly experience in arbitration under the auspices of, inter alia, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce Centre (ICC), the Association Française d’Arbitrage (AFA), the Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP), the Arbitral Chamber of Milan (CAM), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), as well as in ad hoc proceedings, including UNCITRAL.

Catherine holds a DESS in Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolutions from the University Paris II as well as a DEA in International Private Law from the University Paris II.


Since 2017 Counsel, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
2009 – 2016 Associate, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
2005 – 2008 Associate, Derains & Associés (Paris)


2003 – 2004 Bar School (Paris)
Thesis: “The relevance of class actions under French law”
2002 – 2003 Postgraduate Degree (DESS) Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolutions, under the direction of Professor Jarrosson, University of Panthéon – Assas, Paris II
2001 – 2002 Postgraduate Degree (DEA) International Private Law, under the direction of Professor AUDIT, University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris II
1999 – 2000 Master of International and European Law, University of Panthéon – Assas, Paris II



“The practice of expertise in international arbitration”  in “Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage – The Paris Journal of International Arbitration”, 2016-2, p.401

“Institutions d’arbitrage et responsabilité”, note sous CA Paris, 1re ch. C, 22 janv. 2009, n°07/19492, SNF SAS c/ Chambre de commerce internationale (CCI) (Yves Derains & Catherine Schroeder), in “Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage – The Paris Journal of International Arbitration” 2010-1, 2010

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