Derains & Gharavi International

Yves Derains

Founding Partner


LANGUAGES: French, English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Yves Derains, founding partner of Derains & Gharavi, is presented by Chambers Europe 2016 as a “much-celebrated arbitrator who remains a preferred choice for multi-jurisdictional matters”. Ranked in “Most in demand arbitrators” in the 2016 editions of Chambers Europe, Chambers Latin America and Chambers Global, he is also praised for his appearance as counsel: “Seasoned arbitrator Yves Derains has long-standing experience as both arbitrator and counsel”. Peers comment that “there’s no doubt that he is top of the list for international arbitration” and Clients are greatly satisfied for “the depth of his involvement in matters” and with his “approach, analysis and valuable advice”. In 2016, he was designated Lawyer of the Year 2017 in the field of international arbitration in The Best Lawyers in France.

Yves Derains, who is a former secretary general of the ICC Court, was appointed chairman of the ICC Institute of World Business Law in 2010. He is also the former president of the Arbitration Court of the Jerusalem Arbitration Centre (JAC) that was created by both Israeli and Palestinian ICC national committees. He has over 40 years’ experience in arbitration. At the time of his departure from the ICC, he joined the Canadian firm Phillips & Vineberg. Shortly afterwards in 1985, he founded Derains Gélinas & Associés, one of the first arbitration firms, which name would change into Derains & Associés in 1994 and eventually become Derains & Gharavi in 2009.

Yves Derains has not ceased to devote himself to the development of international arbitration. He successfully led the review of the ICC Rules of Arbitration adopted in 1998 and participated in the review of the new Rules in force as of 1 January 2012. Yves Derains offers clients a double perspective through his long-standing experience as arbitrator and counsel. His skills are particularly highly regarded in Latin America, where he regularly conducts arbitrations in Spanish and Portuguese.

As former Chairman of the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage, Yves Derains is on the arbitrators’ lists of numerous arbitration institutions and speaks at conferences all over the world. He is co-author of the celebrated work, A Guide to the ICC Rules of Arbitration, 2nd Edition, with Eric Schwartz, Kluwer Law International, 2005, which has become a seminal text on the application and interpretation of the ICC Rules of Arbitration.




Since 2009 Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi
1994 – 2008 Founding Partner, Derains & Associés
1985 – 1994 Founding Partner, Derains-Gélinas & Associés
1982 – 1984 Partner, Philips & Vineberg Paris
1977 – 1981 Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC and Director of the Legal Department of the ICC
1973 – 1977 Secretary of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC and Director of the Legal Department of the ICC. Secretary of various ICC Commissions including the International Commission on Banking Technique and Practice.
1971 – 1973 Attaché to the International Court of Arbitration and to the Legal Department of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).



1970 D.E.S. in Private Law (Paris University)
1968 License in Private Law (Paris University



"Arbitraje internacional y neutralidad procesal", Colección Cátedra Bancolombia de derecho económico, financiero y del mercado de valores, serie Arbitraje Internacional – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Grupo Editorial Ibañez, 2019  

Introduction to investor-state arbitration, Wolters Kluwer, 2018, co-author Josefa Sicard-Mirabal

“Le professionnalisme des arbitres” in Cahiers de Droit de l’Entreprise n°4 (juillet-août 2012), Lexis-Nexis, 2012

Collection of ICC Arbitral Awards, 1975-1985, Paris, Deventer, 1990 (with S. Jarvin); 1986-1990, Paris, Deventer, 1994, (with S. Jarvin and J.J. Arnaldez) ; 1991-1996, Paris, Deventer, 1997 (with J.J. Arnaldez and D. Hascher) ; 1996-2000, Paris, Deventer, 2000 (with J.J. Arnaldez and D. Hascher) ; 2001-2007, Paris, Wolters Kluwer, 2009 (with J.J. Arnaldez and D. Hascher); 2008-2011, Wolters Kluwer, 2013 (with J.J. Arnaldez and D. Hascher); 2012-2015, Wolters Kluwer, 2019 (with J.J. Arnaldez and D. Hascher)

Report on French law on Arbitration, International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, ICCA, Kluwer, 2013 (with Laurence Kiffer)

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