Alexandre Kiabski

Partner, Paris



Alexandre Kiabski is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation practice of White & Case in Paris. 

He specializes in civil, commercial and stock market litigation, as well as matters with an African nexus.

Over the course of his career, Alexandre has handled multiple high stakes disputes before State courts in France as well as several African jurisdictions (Senegal, Gabon, DRC, South Africa, Rwanda), across a broad range of industries, including the mining and energy sectors.

Bars and Courts
King's College London
Master 2 Professionnel (DESS), Droit des Affaires Internationales
Université d'Aix-Marseille III
Diplôme de juriste conseil d’entreprise (DJCE)



  • Representing an American investment management firm before the Court of Appeal of Paris and French Supreme Court following a decision of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) ordering the firm to pay a record €20 million fine for alleged violations of stock market regulations and obstruction to the AMF's investigation;
  • Representing a large, global technology company in the context of the first-class action in France relating to data protection and alleged breaches of the GDPR;
  • Representing major international hotel groups in the context of commercial proceedings before French courts relating to the ownership and management of hotels and restaurants located in Paris;
  • Acting for various large industrial groups in the energy sector (gas, oil) in the context of commercial disputes with significant financial and reputational stakes;
  • Acting for large French media and insurance companies in the context of unfair competition proceedings;
  • Acting for the shareholders of start-up companies and large industrial groups in the context of corporate disputes against other shareholders (unfair competition, fraud, wilful misrepresentation);
  • Acting for major US film production and distribution companies in the context of proceedings before French courts relating to allegations of copyright infringement;
  • Representing leading companies in the adult websites industry in the context of proceedings before the Judicial Court of Paris and the French Administrative and Civil Supreme Courts, following attempts by the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel to enforce legislation imposing age verification obligations;
  • Acting for one of the largest French banking groups regarding a dispute between entities of the group concerning regulatory issues;
  • Representing several subsidiaries and former managers of one of the leading mining conglomerates before the Court of Appeal of Dakar and Supreme Court of Senegal, in the context of a $500 million dispute with a South African competitor which initiated criminal and civil proceedings related to alleged acts of bribery;
  • Representing one of the foremost mining companies in a multi-billion cross-border matter involving criminal, regulatory and commercial issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • Advising an African state in the context of cross-border enforcement proceedings in several European (Luxembourg, France, Monaco) and Asian (Hong Kong) jurisdictions; and
  • Advising a company in the context of commercial disputes with the State of Djibouti.


  • Acting for an African State in the context of ICSID arbitration proceedings with high financial stakes (approx. €1 billion) raising complex issues of environmental, mining, property and investment law, brought by a French investor under a bilateral investment treaty;
  • Representing an African State in the context of ad hoc arbitration proceedings initiated by a leading French logistics and transportation group in relation to alleged contractual breaches of a harbour concession;
  • Acting for an African State in a €600 million ICC arbitration initiated by a foreign contractor handling various infrastructure projects and related criminal proceedings in various jurisdictions (Switzerland, France) for allegations of bribery and money laundering;
  • Representing one of the Big Four accounting and audit firms in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings with significant reputational stakes, initiated by a counterparty for breach of contract;
  • Representing an oil company in the context of a contractual dispute with a partner in connection with a project in the Middle East.

* Experience prior to joining White & Case

Teaching engagements

  • Lecturer in Commercial Law, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (Versailles) in 2020-2024.

Pro bono experience

  • Pro bono attorney for French NGO "Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda" in the context of a number of ongoing criminal investigations and proceedings against alleged perpetrators of the Tutsi genocide, from 2012 to date.

La crise en Ukraine et l’impact des sanctions européennes sur les relations commerciales et contrats en cours, Alexandre Kiabski, Cahiers de droit de l’entreprise, LexisNexis, 1er July 2022

Baux commerciaux, paiement des loyers et pandémie de Covid-19 : la Cour de cassation rejette les pourvois des preneurs, Kami Haeri, Alexandre Kiabski, Robin Hassid, July 2022

Le Conseil constitutionnel déclare contraires à la Constitution les dispositions relatives au manquement d’entrave aux enquêtes et contrôles de l’AMF, Kami Haeri, Alexandre Kiabski, Robin Hassid, Flash, February 2022

Awards and Recognition

Recognized as "Key Lawyer" by Legal 500 EMEA 2024 for Dispute resolution: Commercial Litigation in France

In December 2021, Alexandre was recognized as "one of thirty Rising Stars in France, in business law", by Leaders League's Décideurs Magazine.