“Phenomenal on construction cases”
Chambers Global 2017 (France)
“Phenomenal on construction cases”
Chambers Global 2017 (France)
Chris' main areas of practice are international commercial arbitration and international construction, with a particular focus on international construction claims and disputes relating to large, complex civil engineering, industrial (including nuclear) and building projects.
He has more than 35 years of experience representing or counseling parties in relation to international commercial arbitrations under the rules 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 Japan Commercial Arbitration Association and the Cairo Regional Centre, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL and other arbitration rules.
He has represented multi-national corporations and banks, as well as sovereign States or their State-owned entities (Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Iran, Kuwait, Peru and Qatar), in international arbitrations. He has also served as chairman of the tribunal or co-arbitrator in various arbitrations.
His practice has a particular focus on international construction claims and disputes in relation to civil engineering, industrial (including nuclear) and building projects, as well as claims under contracts in the oil and gas industry. He has also acted as construction and arbitration counsel in project finance transactions, including Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT), Design-Build-Operate-Transfer (DBOT) and similar projects.
He served as Chairman of the International FIDIC Standard Conditions Subcommittee of the International Bar Association from 1985-89, and advised FIDIC in the preparation of the fourth edition of its civil engineering conditions ("Red Book") published in 1987. He was Legal Advisor (and Member) of FIDIC's Update Task Group which prepared the three current FIDIC conditions of contract for major works (the "Red", "Yellow" and "Silver" Books), published in 1999. He has been Legal Advisor to the FIDIC Contracts Committee continuously since 2000 and currently serves as FIDIC's official Observer on the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
Chris is a former Vice-President Emeritus of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, an international member of the Board of Directors of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and on the list of International Arbitrators of CAMARB – Business Arbitration Chamber – Brazil. He was also a member of UNIDROIT's Working Group which prepared the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2016. Chris is a lecturer on international construction contracts to post-graduates at Paris University (Panthéon-Assas).
Lead counsel for a European electrical utility in two ICC arbitrations relating to a proposed multi-billion Euro EPC contract for the design and construction of a nuclear power plant (2000 MWe). Chris also acted as lead counsel for another such utility, in two ICC arbitrations relating to another such contract for the design and construction of a nuclear power plant (1630 MWe).
Lead counsel in four related ICC arbitrations in Paris involving a dispute with a contractor concerning a major land remediation project in the Middle East, as well as ancillary court proceedings in the United States.
Lead counsel in an LCIA arbitration in London relating to claims arising out of construction of one of the largest privately-financed (BOT) infrastructure projects in Europe and as lead counsel or co-counsel in two separate ICC arbitrations in London concerning disputes with subcontractors arising out of the same project.
Lead counsel in an ICC arbitration in Paris, conducted in French, brought by two major oil companies concerning the interpretation of the State's standard form of production-sharing contract.
Lead counsel in an ICC arbitration in Paris, conducted in French, governed by the African State's law relating to the construction of a major dam and hydro-electric plant in Africa.
Lead counsel in an ICC arbitration in Paris related to the supply and erection of a special steel plant in Egypt, and supervision of ancillary court litigation in Egypt and the United States relating to the call of the client's performance bond.
Lead counsel in an ICC arbitration in London, relating to a real estate project in China, including supervision of ancillary court litigation in London, England, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Shanghai, China.
Lead counsel for a contractor, a partner in a joint venture having a contract for the construction of a major highway in the Middle East, in an ICC arbitration in Paris brought against it by another partner for an accounting.
Lead counsel for an Arab contractor, the claimant, in an ICC arbitration against an Asian State relating to the construction of the main airport in such State.
"Contractors and Employers sharing their experiences of how the Egyptian market has dealt with flotation of the Egyptian pound in 2016 and delays due to economic unrest", November 20, 2017: SCL-ICC Conference, Cairo (Conference moderator)
"La liberté contractuelle d'organiser le règlement des différends dans les grands contrats internationaux", September 21, 2017: Training session on ADR, Bouygues' head office, Guyancourt
"Whether arbitrators interpret contracts differently from national courts?", July 20, 2017: CIArb Conference, Johannesburg
"Use of the Sealed Offer in International Arbitration", July 20, 2017: CIArb Conference, Johannesburg
"Practice of International Construction Contracts in France" conference, May 31, 2017: Young Professionals of Construction in Paris (YPCP), Université II Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris (Opening speech)
"Multi-tier dispute resolution clauses – Dispute Boards", May 20, 2017: postgraduate diploma entitled Diplôme Universitaire International Construction Contracts (DUI2C), Paris Panthéon-Assas University, Paris (Lecture)
"Introduction to Dispute Resolution", May 20, 2017: postgraduate diploma entitled Diplôme Universitaire International Construction Contracts (DUI2C), Paris Panthéon-Assas University, Paris (Lecture)
"The statute of limitations in construction disputes under Romanian law", April 25, 2017: ICC, Paris
Recent Case Law on Dispute Boards, to be published in Dossier XV of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2017
Why Finland Should Adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, to be published in Journal of International Arbitration, issue 34.4, 2017
The New Assistance ICC Provides to Protect the Confidentiality of a 'Sealed Offer', published in ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, Issue 1, 2017, (co-author with Paul Brumpton and Mariele Coulet-Diaz)
Commentary on Recent ICC Arbitral Awards Dealing with Dispute Adjudication Boards under FIDIC Contracts, published in the International Construction Law Review, Vol. 33, Part 3, July 2016
The Second Persero case before the Singapore Court of Appeal, published in the Construction Law International, Vol. 10, Issue 4, December 2015
Sub-Clause 20.7 of the FIDIC Red Book Does Not Justify Denying Enforcement of a 'Binding' DAB decision, published in Construction Law International, London, 2011
Libyan Civil Unrest – Contractor's Remedies, published as a White & Case Insight: Construction, March 20, 2011, (co-author, with Nicolas Bouchardie)
Enforcement by an Arbitral Award of a Binding But Not Final Engineer's or DAB's Decision Under the FIDIC Conditions, published in The International Construction Law Review, London, England, 2009
The Development of a Case Law in Construction Disputes Relating to FIDIC Contracts, published in Precedent in International Arbitration, edited by E. Gaillard and Y. Banifatemi, JurisNet, LLC, New York, 2008
Obtaining The Right International Arbitral Tribunal: A Practitioner's View, Vol. 25, Part 2, The International Construction Law Review, London, England, April 2008
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