Derains & Gharavi International

Marie Laure Bizeau

Partner

Biography

NATIONALITY: French
LANGUAGES: French and English
ADMISSION: Paris
OFFICE: Paris

Marie-Laure Bizeau is a partner at Derains & Gharavi and has over 15 years’ experience in international arbitration. She has acted as counsel or arbitrator in numerous proceedings, including ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations under all major sets of rules (ICC, LCIA, DIAC, CRCICA, and UNCITRAL) as well as investment arbitrations (including under ICSID Rules).  Her experience extends to proceedings governed by civil law, common law, investment treaties and general public international law.

Marie-Laure’s practice covers a broad spectrum of industries. She has handled arbitrations related to engineering and construction contracts, international sales/services agreements, distribution and license agreements, joint-ventures and shareholder relationships. She has been particularly active in the sectors of energy (oil and gas), infrastructure, telecommunications, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and investments in general.

She also regularly represents clients in annulment and enforcement proceedings before French state courts.

Marie-Laure is a visiting lecturer in international arbitration at the University of Montpellier.

EXPERIENCE AS COUNSEL

Counsel in ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitration proceedings

Counsel in investment arbitration and ICSID annulment proceedings

Counsel in annulment or enforcement proceedings related to institutional or ad hoc arbitration

EXPERIENCE AS ARBITRATOR

  • Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal in an ICC arbitration between two North African companies relating to a services contract;
  • Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal in an ICC arbitration between a Middle East company and a European company relating to an industrial equipment purchase contract;
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between European companies relating to a cooperation agreement for the management of an oil licence;
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between European companies relating to the sale of wind turbines;
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between French companies relating to the management of a nuclear power plant;
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between French companies relating to a purchase contract;
  • Co-arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration relating to a franchise contract for the operating of a supermarket.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Since 2018 Partner, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
2016 – 2017 Counsel, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
2009 – 2015 Associate, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
2003 – 2008 Associate, Lazareff Law Firm (Paris)

ACADEMIC POSITION

Since 2014 Visiting lecturer in international and internal arbitration at the University of Montpellier

EDUCATION

2002 Bar School (Paris)
Thesis: “French Courts international jurisdiction regarding provisional and conservatory measures”
2001 Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in Litigation, Arbitration and ADR – University of Paris II–Assas
Memorandum: “Article 6.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights and International Arbitration”
1999 Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in International Business Law – University of Paris I, Sorbonne
1998 Master of Business and Commercial Law – University Paris XI, Jean Monnet (Paris)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member of the Commission on International Arbitration of ICC France
  • Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of ICC France
  • Member of the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage
  • Member of Association Française d’Arbitrage (AFA)

Publications

"L’expropriation indirecte dans les conflits entre contractants extractifs" in Le contentieux extractif, Chambre de Commerce Internationale 2015

L'Article 10 du nouveau Règlement d'arbitrage de la CCI: Percées et formalisation de la pratique de la Cour sur la "Jonction d'arbitrages" (Hamid Gharavi & Marie-Laure Bizeau), in Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage / The Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2012 n°1, p. 51

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