Derains & Gharavi International

Thomas Bevilacqua

Senior Counsel


NATIONALITY: French and American
LANGUAGES: French and English
ADMISSION: Paris, New York, Texas

Thomas Bevilacqua is senior counsel at Derains & Gharavi and has more than 20 years of experience in international commercial arbitration, having previously been partner at Foley Hoag and at Winston & Strawn.

He has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitration and investor-State arbitration proceedings under the auspices of, inter alia, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP), as well as in ad hoc proceedings such as UNCITRAL rules-governed commercial and investment disputes.

His arbitration practice has touched upon the fields of engineering and construction, energy, waste recycling, pharmaceuticals, educational and cultural goods, industrial distribution, software and new technologies, among others. He has handled disputes arising out of tax and regulatory controversies, permitting and concession contract renewals, FIDIC contracts, infrastructural projects, joint venture agreements, distribution contracts, insurance agreements and intellectual property contracts.

Thomas has also acted as arbitrator and represented clients in judicial proceedings both in civil and common law jurisdictions such as in post-award phases, successfully defending or challenging awards in France and the United States. He also advises clients on private international law issues regarding choice of law, forum selection clauses and the Hague Evidence Convention.

He has been distinguished by Best Lawyers in France 2019 and past years in the fields of arbitration and mediation and international arbitration

Thomas holds an taxation from the University of Miami School of Law, an LL.M. in French and EU Law, from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a J.D. from the Albany Law School.


Since 2020 Senior Counsel, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
2011 – 2018 Partner, International Arbitration, Foley Hoag LLP (Paris)
2009 – 2011 Partner, International Arbitration, Winston & Strawn LLP (Paris)
2005 – 2008 Senior Associate, International Arbitration, Winston & Strawn LLP (Paris)
2001 – 2005 Associate, International Arbitration, Dentons (formerly Salans) (Paris)
1996 – 2000 Associate, Litigation and arbitration, Akin Gump, Houston, Texas


2019 LL.M., Taxation, University of Miami School of Law
2001 LL.M., French and EU Law, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
1995 J.D., Albany Law School
1991 B.A., Mathematics and French language and literature, State University of New York at Albany


“Getting the deal through” Arbitration, Chapter on French arbitration law, co-author 2015 through 2018

Practical Law Company’s Cross-Border Arbitration Handbook, chapter on French arbitration law, co-author 2010 through 2014

Ensuring Party Equality in the Process of Designating Arbitrators in Multiparty Arbitration: An Update on the Governing Provisions, co-author, Journal of International Arbitration, Volume 27 no. 1, 2010

Reinvigorated Debate: The Hague Evidence Convention, International Financial Law Review, Global Dispute Resolution Guide 2010

Voluntary Intervention and Other Participation of Third Parties in Ongoing International Arbitrations: A Survey of the Current State of Play, World Arbitration & Mediation Review, Volume 1 no. 4, 2007

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