Christophe von Krause | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Christophe von Krause
Christophe von Krause

Christophe von Krause

Partner, Paris

“Christophe focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution. Clients praise his ‘vast knowledge’, ‘excellent, meaningful advice’ and ‘tactical instincts.’”

The Legal 500 2014

Overview

Christophe von Krause focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution. He has appeared before international arbitral tribunals under the rules of major arbitration institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), as well as ad hoc arbitral tribunals.

Christophe's clients value his extensive sector knowledge, which spans construction, oil and gas, hotels and leisure, pharmaceuticals and corporate disputes. He also has a significant track record in pre-arbitration disputes, alternative dispute resolution (including adjudication) and negotiating complex dispute settlement agreements.

Clients from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds benefit from the international breadth of Christophe's knowledge and experience. He represents clients and delivers written and oral advocacy in both English and French. His work frequently touches civil laws in numerous jurisdictions, in particular North Africa, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining White & Case, Christophe spent time in West Africa with an international law firm, advising foreign investors in the oil and gas, mining and industrial sectors.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar

Education

  • DESS droit des affaires (post-graduate degree in Business Law), University of Rennes
  • Diplôme Juriste Conseil d’Entreprise (LLM), University of Rennes
  • Maîtrise droit des affaires (JD), University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas

Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

ICC arbitration on a major construction and infrastructure project in North Africa, 2014 – ongoing

Christophe is representing a consortium of international foreign contractors in ICC arbitration proceedings related to a major infrastructure project.

ICC arbitration on an infrastructure construction project in South East Asia, 2014 – ongoing

In an ICC arbitration governed by a South East Asian law, Christophe is representing a contractor in connection with a major infrastructure project.

ICC arbitration on a plant construction dispute in the Middle-East, 2013– ongoing

Christophe is representing a foreign contractor in an ICC arbitration related to the construction of a manufacturing plant in the Middle-East.

ICC arbitration on a corporate M&A dispute, 2013

Christophe represented a seller in a corporate M&A dispute in ICC arbitration proceedings, regarding price adjustment and representations and warranties indemnification.

ICC arbitration on a major infrastructure project in Scandinavia, 2008 - ongoing

Christophe has been acting in ICC arbitrations in Stockholm and in related adjudication disputes regarding the design and construction of a major infrastructure project.

ICC arbitration on a pharmaceutical joint venture dispute, 2011

In an ICC arbitration in Geneva, governed by Swiss law, Christophe represented a client in a joint venture dispute in the pharmaceutical sector.

SCC arbitration on an industrial facility in Russia, 2009 - 2010

In an SCC arbitration in Stockholm, governed by Russian law, Christophe represented a client in a matter relating to the construction of an industrial facility in Russia.

Arbitrations on various hospitality disputes, 2004 - 2010

Christophe represented international hotel operators in various arbitration proceedings regarding hotel operations and constructions in various countries in Africa, Eastern and Western Europe. In particular he represented a client in an ICC arbitration in Paris, governed by Algerian law, arising from the operation of a hotel in Algiers.

Speaking Engagements

"Enforcing Award – The New York Convention and More", 5 November 2013: LCA Regional ADR Conference West Africa,
Lagos, Nigeria

"Anti-Corruption and Bribery Facing Tribunals in International Arbitration", 25 October 2013: ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference,
Toronto, Canada

"The Arbitrator and Confidentiality in Arbitration", 12-13 October 2013: 4ème Journées d'Etudes Mohand Issad,
Algiers, Algeria

Publications

  • South Africa issues draft bill on investment protection without general recourse to international arbitration for foreign investors, Option Droit & Affaires, 4 December 2013, (Refonte du droit des investissements en Afrique du Sud: vers l'exclusion d'un droit de recours général à l'arbitrage international) (co-author with Gaëlle Filhol)
  • International arbitration: French judges confirm that Paris is the leading place, LJA, 4 April 2011, (Arbitrage international: les juges français confirment la place de Paris sur le devant de la scène)
  • International arbitration: Streamlining, while competition heats up, PLC Magazine, 25 March 2011
  • Efficiency and security of arbitration: Paris scores big, La Tribune, 20 March 2011, (Efficacité et sécurité de l'arbitrage: Paris transforme l'essai)
  • New French arbitration law clarifies role of national courts and reinforces recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards, Kluwer International, 25 February 2011
  • The European Commission's Opposition To Intra-EU BITs And Its Impact On Investment Arbitration, Kluwer International, 28 September 2010
  • Construction arbitration: contract termination and call of the guarantees, Global Arbitration Review, March 2010
  • Existence and Validity of an Arbitration Agreement: The French Supreme Court Confirms that the Validity of an Arbitration Agreement Depends Primarily on the Common Intent of the Parties, Kluwer International, 27 January 2010
  • International Arbitration and French Insolvency Proceedings: French Supreme Court Reiterates Importance of Public Policy, Kluwer International, 28 October 2009
  • Phoenix Action Ltd. v. The Czech Republic, ICSID Case No. ARB/06/5, Award of April 15, 2009 – Concept of investment under the ICSID Convention revisited, Kluwer International, 28 July 2009

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 2015, Foreign Firms – Algeria

"Stands out for international arbitration"

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 2015, Foreign Firms – Tunisia

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 2015, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration – France

"Terrific"

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2015, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration – France

"Ability to distil complex issues"

Expert Based Abroad, Chambers Global 2015, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration and Corporate/Commercial – Algeria

"Christophe is in every respect an excellent and outstanding lawyer. This applies to his analytical and legal skills, tactical instincts and understanding of the Algerian environment."