Philippe Cavalieros joins arbitration team in Paris

02 Oct 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons expands in Paris with the appointment of new partner* Philippe Cavalieros on 02 October 2017.

Philippe joins the firm from Winston & Strawn LLP and has significant experience in all aspects of international arbitration, particularly within the services, oil & gas and transportation sectors.

The firm’s international arbitration practice has extensive experience in disputes involving emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, China and the Far East. The team also has strong industry expertise in TMT, financial institutions, life sciences, asset management & investment funds and energy and infrastructure.

Last year the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris saw a record 966 new cases involving 3,099 parties from 137 countries. It currently handles 1,592 cases, with a 15% rise in parties from Latin America, parties from South and East Asia up by 22%, and record figures for jurisdictions such as Korea, Brazil, Nigeria and Turkey. As a very active market, Paris remains the most frequently chosen seat in ICC arbitrations. Philippe’s arrival adds bench strength to Simmons & Simmons’ international arbitration team and further enhances its offering to clients.

Philippe brings with him one associate, Janet (Hyun Jeong) Kim, a US national and New York attorney, fluent in English, Korean, and French. This is the fourth partner hire for Simmons & Simmons’ dispute resolution team in the last 18 months. Recent hires include Emily Monastiriotis (construction & engineering specialist in London),  Payam Beheshti (financial services specialist in Dubai), and Dr Stuart Dutson (head of international arbitration and aviation and financial sector disputes specialist in London).

Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff, head of the firm’s international dispute resolution group, commented: “We are pleased to welcome Philippe to our international dispute resolution group. Philippe’s arrival demonstrates our continued investment in arbitration and provides additional strength to our international client offering. Philippe will provide additional strength to our international client offering and to our expertise in emerging markets disputes, notably Franco-phone Africa and Eastern Europe.” 

Stuart Dutson, head of Simmons & Simmons’ international arbitration group said: "We are delighted that Philippe is joining our international team to head up the Paris team. His considerable international arbitration experience and expertise will augment our existing leading Paris practice, but I am most excited about working with him on our investment treaty and pan-African disputes."

Philippe commented: “I am delighted to join Simmons & Simmons to lead its arbitration team in Paris, and to further strengthen its client offering. Simmons & Simmons has an incredible potential for growth in international arbitration, with well-known practitioners and a unique network of offices in most major arbitral hubs.”

Jacques-Antoine Robert, head of the firm’s Paris office, continued: The appointment of Philippe will provide enhanced value to our clients and the markets in which they operate. In terms of the firm’s existing client base, there is wide potential for international arbitration work, particularly in francophone Africa, and therefore plenty of scope to develop and expand the practice.” 

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